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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 […]

5 home maintenance tips that will save you money this winter

By Swish | June 26th, 2017 • No Comments

The sensational warm winter days we’re having in Perth at the moment belie the fact that some extreme weather could be just around the corner. While the weather is calm, now is a good time to take care of some practical home maintenance jobs. Jobs that will reduce the risk of winter damage to your house and keep your family safe. Clean gutters It’s easy to forget about gutters until they’re overflowing and dumping water where you’d rather they didn’t. All you need to keep them clear is remove any leaves and twigs sitting in them. If you want to […]

The 5 best options for kitchen benchtops

By Swish | April 27th, 2017 • No Comments
The 5 best options for kitchen benchtops

Kitchens have always been an important hub of the house, and a large and expensive part of any kitchen is the benchtops. If you are renovating or building a new house make sure you take your time to explore the great range of benchtops on offer. It is crucial you choose the benchtop that suits your lifestyle. Here are our top five benchtops, all practical and are gorgeous wrapped into one: 1. Engineered Stone What is there not to love about “Engineered Stone”, no sealing is needed, it is extremely hard wearing and long lasting without the huge price tag. […]

The 5 common colour undertones used in house paint

By AJ Cochrane | October 25th, 2016 • No Comments
The 5 common colour undertones used in house paint

You have finally made a decision to paint your house and you know you want to use a neutral colour maybe beige, white or a light grey. Sound easy? Unfortunately, it can be a little more problematic than most people think. Learning a little about the undertones that make up the neutral spectrum will help you identify and choose the right shade for your house. Don’t worry, you don’t have to become an expert. You just need to know enough to avoid any unexpected surprises when you start your painting project. Here are five of the most common undertones used in […]

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