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The ideal conditions for painting + a ripper new colour palette

By Kelly Exeter | May 29th, 2014 • No Comments
The ideal conditions for painting + a ripper new colour palette

This weekend in Western Australia is the WA Day (previously Foundation Day) long weekend. And for the kids at the school my son attends, it’s an extra long weekend because they have Friday off as well as Monday thanks to a school development day. One of my fellow school mums mentioned that, inspired by this winter succulent colour palette, they might be using the extra long weekend to do some painting. It occurred to me that all the rain and cool weather we’re having at the moment might make that plan a little difficult so I thought I’d research some tips for […]

{Colours of Perth} Winter Succulent

By Kelly Exeter | May 23rd, 2014 • No Comments
{Colours of Perth} Winter Succulent

It’s been a rainy old week here in Perth and the clouds have been painting the sky every shade of grey known to man. Walking home from school with my little boy one afternoon this week, I happened past this beautiful succulent and it seemed like the dullness of the sky was simply being reflected in its plump little leaves. Look a bit closer however and subtleties start to emerge – purples and greens with a hint of blue … all overlaid with silvery tones. It’s a very subtle palette – especially when compared to the stunning contrasts of Summer […]

How to prepare a surface for painting

By AJ Cochrane | May 15th, 2014 • No Comments
How to prepare a surface for painting

There are obviously a few differences between the quality of a paint job when a professional does it compared to an amateur. But if you’re determined to paint your house yourself, there is one major area in which you can close the gap between a professional job … and the one you’re going to do. That area is in preparing the surface you are going to paint. It goes without saying that if you are applying paint to a clean, flat surface, you’re going to get a much better overall result. So how do we best prepare a surface for […]

{Colours of Perth} Summer bougainvillea

By Kelly Exeter | May 8th, 2014 • No Comments
{Colours of Perth} Summer bougainvillea

It was one of those ‘so bright it hurts your eyes’ Perth summer days. As the heat prickled our skin, the clear, cool waters of my aunt and uncle’s pool beckoned. But first I had to take a picture of their beautiful bougainvillea, showing off against the sparkling blue sky. The combination of colours in this photo just stops me in my tracks every time. The shocking pink of the flowers, the deep blue of the sky (like it could go forever) and the turquoise shades of the pool. They’re all very strong shades – yet they work beautifully together. If you like you can introduce the […]