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5 home decorating tips for de-stressing

By AJ Cochrane | December 14th, 2018 • No Comments
5 home decorating tips for de-stressing

Stress, everyone’s life is filled with it. We all have busy hectic lives and it is not unusual to feel anxious after an extremely demanding day at school or work.  With a few décor changes you can create a peaceful home environment which will calm and energise you.  Retrieve your sanity and bring tranquillity back into your home with these five de-stressing tips! 1. Open up a small room Lack of space in a small room could be adding to your anxiety.  Home decorating 101:  How to create an illusion of space and light in a small room.  Paint the […]

4 vegetables kids will love to grow

By Swish | November 14th, 2018 • No Comments

Nurturing and growing vegetables in your own garden is fun.  Getting children involved in the process teaches them so much, a love of nature, a real understanding of vegetables, where they come from and how good they can taste. Start off with a patch of land (or pots) in a nice sunny position. Add a label spike for each different group of veggies along with your child’s name – it’s a great way to encourage responsibility and ownership.  Here are four yummy veggies to kick start the kids gardening program: Strawberries Strawberries are delicious, colourful, sweet, and loaded with antioxidants […]

5 Renovation Tips that will Add Great Value to your House

By AJ Cochrane | November 1st, 2018 • No Comments
5 Renovation Tips that will Add Great Value to your House

Buying or building a house is one of the most expensive purchases we ever make, so it makes sense to maintain our houses and keep them in a mint condition.  As our houses age, however, there does come a time where simple maintenance is not enough – certain aspects of the house will need to be updated and modernised. Given renovations don’t generally come cheap here are 5 tips which will help your valuable asset keep appreciating, but hopefully won’t break the bank! 1. Rip up the carpet Thanks to the prevalence of allergies, more and more homes are going […]

10 questions to ask a professional house renderer

By AJ Cochrane | September 14th, 2018 • No Comments
10 questions to ask a professional house renderer

Most of us spend a quite a bit of time and money on the interior of our houses but over the years very little love and attention goes into caring for the exterior of our homes. A professional exterior paint job can rejuvenate lots things but if you have a brick home, painting the bricks often doesn’t seem to cut it! Happily, there is another option. Why not render your home’s exterior walls? The aesthetic benefits of a professional render job will transform and modernise the look of your home while at the same time preventing corrosion from the sun, […]

4 striking colours you can choose for a feature wall

By Swish | August 16th, 2018 • No Comments
4 striking colours you can choose for a feature wall

For a dramatic impact, there is nothing quite like painting walls in bold colours. But, even though we are in awe of those amazingly colourful Italian and French apartments and stately homes, Australians are more conservative and most of us are not quite ready for that overall ‘in-your-face’ effect. So, why not consider a rich dark accent wall or feature wall as it is usually referred to over here. It is budget-friendly and will make an impressive impact in any room. Here are four strong classic feature wall colours to ponder: 1. A Red Blaze It does take a bit […]

The best wood floor options for your home

By AJ Cochrane | February 8th, 2018 • No Comments
The best wood floor options for your home

Who doesn’t look a beautiful timber floor? Timeless appeal, long-lasting, allergen free … the benefits to going with wooden flooring in your home are many. But which kind should you choose? Well, it all comes down to personal preferences and how you use your house, of course. The three main players when it comes to the types of wooden flooring you can have in your home are laminate, solid wood and engineered wood. Below we list the pros and cons of all three when it comes to durability, repairability, price and lifestyle. Laminate Flooring Price is an immediate delight when […]

11 ways to make your home more eco friendly

By AJ Cochrane | December 6th, 2017 • No Comments
11 ways to make your home more eco friendly

Many of us want to do our bit for the environment. But we’re also busy. Are there simple things we can do to look after our planet a bit better? You bet there are. 11 things in fact: 1. Use non-toxic cleaners Borax, vinegar, baking soda, salt, and lemon juice are all cheap and natural.  Leave the harmful chemical cleaners in the shops and try a few of the 27 tox-free cleaning recipes here. 2. Use rugs If you have lots of wood and tiles floors, well-placed rugs can provide a surprising amount of warmth. Anything that allows you to […]

7 small styling tips that will make a big difference to your home

By AJ Cochrane | November 1st, 2017 • No Comments
7 small styling tips that will make a big difference to your home

When it comes to styling your home, personal choice always plays a big factor. But there are some acknowledged ‘rules’ that apply to every situation – tiny tweaks that will make a big difference. 1. Watch with the cushions! Cushions are great. They add colour and softness to a room but, oh dear, how many is too many? When you start having to fight your way through a pile of cushions just to sit down, then having to re-arrange them after you get up, it’s time to put a few away in the cupboard! 2. Wall Art – get the […]

Achieve the ‘Hampton Look’ in your home with these 5 Simple changes

By AJ Cochrane | August 30th, 2017 • No Comments
Achieve the ‘Hampton Look’ in your home with these 5 Simple changes

Have you always fancied the casual, beachy and elegant American Hampton style home but thought it would be too costly to replicate?  These five simple changes can give your home the Hampton sophistication without breaking the budget. 1. Natural light We are very lucky in Australia as most of our homes have abundance of glass and natural light which is a core element of a Hampton-style home. If you do have a room which is a little dark, don’t despair, installing a few downlights will make a big difference. 2. Use light colours Hampton décor combines lots of natural light, […]

The 6 most popular kitchen splashbacks

By Swish | July 24th, 2017 • No Comments

When it comes to the splashback for your kitchen, there are so many options choose from today! Today we break down the six most popular types of kitchen splashback: pros, cons and little style tips. 1. Tiles These are the more traditional option when it comes to splashbacks – the range of sizes and colours are endless. Something that’s come roaring back into fashion is the humble subway tile. Many designers are using it to give a feel that is simultaneously retro and modern. The one thing you have to keep in mind, however, is that with tiles, there are […]

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