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traceycltn
Aug 03, 2018
In Kitchens
One of the world’s most renowned chefs once said that “kitchens should be designed around what’s truly important – fun, food, and life”, and boy was he right. However, kitchens should also follow a design style, if for nothing else, then for the ease of decorating with the help of the guidelines you’ll get once you decide to follow a particular style. Modern design especially meets the needs of today’s hectic pace but also aims to satisfy even the pettiest aesthetic demands. So, if you are ready to bring your kitchen to the present day, here are some ideas that will put you on the right track. Au revoir, cabinets! Did you know that kitchen cabinets are not a must? Sure, they can make it easier to hide the mess, but open shelving could inspire you to keep everything neat and clean. Several parallel open shelves above the counter space can serve to store coffee mugs, glasses, seasonings and similar. This will give your kitchen a modern edge. Try to use clean, unfinished wood for an organic feel. Combine this look with stainless steel or matte black appliances. Paint it black Mick Jagger put it nicely: “No colors anymore, I want them to turn black”. Your kitchen will look like it belongs to the near future if you decide to spice things up with a black counter, cabinets, appliances, and pendant lamps. You can add different hues to create dynamics, but stick to neutral tones like brown and grey. The world is grey Nothing in life is black and white. It is more likely that everything is grey, so why wouldn’t your kitchen carry the hues of this color as well? Grey is cool, calming and ideal for a minimalistic kitchen. It is the perfect choice if you are aiming for a monochrome look because it’s not dull, but also not overwhelming. Besides matte grey cabinets, you should also aim for sleek, modern appliances, such as an LG LFXS24663S fridge, which is the perfect combination of two persistent kitchen trends: grey and stainless steel. Rustic and modern = relationship goals We often mistakenly presume that modern means simplistic and that it is limited to a single style. But it doesn’t have to be. Marrying a raw wood island, stainless steel units, shaker kitchen cabinets and contemporary Scandinavian-style pendant lamps is entirely possible. Make a splash with the backsplash Minimalism is often the primary rule of modern design, but some décor enthusiasts consider it to be overwhelmingly boring. If you are one of them, don’t worry about it. You don’t have to clean your kitchen of every shred of personality to keep it up-to-date. You can use your backsplash to create a show-stopping centerpiece. Think of colorful designs that include flowers, vines, trees, leaves, geometric patterns and similar. A pop, here, there, and everywhere Crisp white is a fail-proof choice for the kitchen, which includes everything from the walls to the cabinets. Besides making the kitchen brighter and creating the illusion of spaciousness, white is the ideal backdrop for using various pops of color to create dynamics. You can do that with your serving ware, kitchen faucets, houseplants, and even pastel-shade appliances. Industrial chic Industrial chic has been a go-to kitchen style for quite some time now, and it is no wonder that it is on its way to becoming a classic. Some of the alluring features of this design approach are stainless steel appliances, exposed pipes, a combination of matte and shiny finishes, concrete, raw wood, glass door cabinets, metal or iron pendant lamps and brick backsplashes. For many people, modern design means kitchens that are less traditional and more contemporary (e.g., flat surfaces, geometric shapes, the absence of ornamentation). However, modern kitchens include a wide variety of styles combined to meet the standards of aesthetics and functionality. Choose the one you like and try it out.
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traceycltn
Jul 08, 2018
In Bathrooms
Trends on the modern design scene are focused on creating private, relaxing home areas where homeowners can enjoy an atmosphere of peacefulness. Thus, we can see homes with plenty of greenery, nature-inspired designs, spaces with a Zen atmosphere and clutter-free, open areas. However, the trend aiming for tranquillity and serenity in home design is perhaps most perfectly portrayed in spa-like bathrooms. And in just a few steps, you can welcome this vibe to your home as well. Invite serenity with an earthy colour scheme A modern spa features a soft, understated colour palette that can inspire relaxation and peacefulness. For such a vibe in your bathroom, you should go with earthy tones that will fill your space with soothing natural energy. Beiges, greens, browns, soft yellows, greys and off-whites are all beautiful choices for a serene spa-like bathroom. In combination with natural wood, such a palette can help you give your bathroom an organic touch. Install subtle lighting Another great way to create a calming atmosphere in your bathroom is to install subtle lighting. Dimmers, for instance, are a functional solution because they can be easily adjusted to set the mood. However, lighting can also be used as a decorative statement in a modern spa-inspired bathroom. A lush chandelier placed above an elegant tub can work as a mesmerising focal point, bringing a touch of opulence to your soothing retreat. Check and repair Before moving to some other upgrades and changes, you need to check your bathroom for any leaks and hidden problems. If you notice that some of your pipes are damaged or cracked, you should have an experienced plumber apply effective pipe relining solutions, a reliable practice that can be completed in a day without major disruptions. Implementing this measure will help prevent your pipes from bursting and avoid unnecessary costs on restoring your bathroom. Bid clutter goodbye When designing a spa-like bathroom, you should create an open, airy space with an atmosphere of tranquillity. This means that you should opt for a simple, clutter-free design that can keep you calm and relaxed. If your bathroom is cluttered and messy, this can create a chaotic ambience, which may affect your state of mind. Thus, you should introduce plenty of storage units for an organised look and keep your surfaces clean. Consider introducing a tub A simple, yet elegant bathtub is an essential component of a spa-like bathroom. Introducing one to your bathroom will not only elevate its design, but it will also provide you with a perfect spot for relaxation and self-indulgence. If you have a small bathroom, you can go with a small but deep soaking tub, which will introduce a Zen-inspired vibe to your bathroom. A soaking tub is typical of Japanese bathrooms that exude relaxation, serenity and peacefulness. Introduce a comfy seat Whether it’s a simple ottoman or a cosy armchair, a beautiful seat will add to the comfort of your spa-inspired bathroom. It will provide you with a comfortable area to relax and apply a spa treatment or simply take a few moments for yourself before you continue with your everyday tasks. However, make sure to go with materials and upholstery fabrics suitable for a moist bathroom environment. Add spa-like decorations Although you should maintain an open, airy atmosphere, you can still introduce luxe decorations that will give your personal spa a final touch. Going with just a few handpicked details will create an impactful look while still keeping clutter at bay. When it comes to your decoration options, lush plants are a must in a spa-inspired bathroom. They will fill it with a soothing natural vibe while also energising it with a pop of green. Scented candles will help you illuminate your personal spa with a warm glow and fill it with a soothing aroma. Soft robes, lush towels, luxurious bathing products and a bathtub caddy will also help you create a truly indulgent spa-like atmosphere. Transforming your bathroom into a soothing spa will provide you with your own personal sanctuary for relaxation.
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traceycltn
May 09, 2018
In Garden and exterior
Today, home exterior trends are changing almost as fast as interior trends, so you have to be quite careful about what you choose, unless you want to have a remodel every five years. But, some new designs have a potential to become classics, while some older trends are coming back. So, if you want to be up to date with what’s in and what’s out in home exterior design, take a look at these top five designs popular among Aussies! Red brick is back Once upon a time, red brick was a go-to exterior material and it gave us some beautiful heritage buildings, and some not so beautiful generic suburbia homes. However, today this classic material is coming back with a twist. It’s no longer used for the entire home, but implemented together with contemporary materials to enhance the form and texture of the building. Also, if you happen to have an old home in desperate need of a renovation, you can completely embrace the traditional look of the red brick, and even enhance it further with exposed beams for a very European/Bavarian look. Eco-friendly design Going green has been one of the biggest home trends for a few years now, and many Aussies choose to invest in an eco-friendly and sustainable design. This includes choosing quality sustainable materials for the siding, locally harvested wood, natural vinyl and eco-friendly concrete. What is more, many choose to boost the natural light with energy-efficient windows and skylights, and use repurposed materials for decks, patios and outdoor furniture. Sturdy and effective roof No matter if you live in an old house, or if you’re just designing your new home, you should pay extra attention to the roof. In the past, there weren’t many styles and materials to choose from, but today, roofing trends are just as numerous as façade ones. There are affordable, but beautiful, laminate (or dimensional) shingles, synthetic slate roofing shingles, metal roofs, and even green roofs that are covered with soil, compost and plants. However, many Aussie homeowners don’t really care about shingles, but design their roofs with solar panels in mind! So, if you’re planning to harness the sun, keep in mind that concrete or terracotta tiles keep the panels warm for a longer time (solar panels are at their most efficient under certain temperatures). Just remember that fixing your roof or installing solar panels is not a two-hour task, and you’ll need some heavy equipment. Luckily, there are companies that offer practical crane hire in Brisbane, so you’ll be able to lift your materials with ease. Some companies also hire lifts that can help you conduct your works at height without any worries of falling! Bold colors Even though the time of neutral facades isn’t over yet, more and more Australian homeowners opt for a bolder color palette. By using contrasting colors and bold accents, you can make your home’s design stand out, and attract positive attention. The best way to choose a shade is to take a look at your architectural and surroundings palette to find a shade that will be unique and complement the environment at the same time. Quirky front door When you have a large neighborhood full of cookie-cutter homes, you want to make yours stand out and look special. One easy and fast way to do so is by repainting the front door! Many Aussies are embracing this trend that is very cheap but super effective. Opt for simple timber doors, grab a can of bold color and get paintin’! In addition, you can further impress your visitors with your grand entrance by creating an exterior balcony on the second level, installing large windows or skylights, steps, and even classic pillars (if you’re up for a larger investment). All of these elements will give personality to your home and tickle visitors’ interest. These designs will definitely attract attention to your place, and make every visitor feel a bit curious about the family living in such a trendy home!
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traceycltn
Apr 12, 2018
In Home Decoration
Minimalist design has become a staple of modern interiors, both in the commercial and residential realms. Homeowners across the globe are increasingly applying the minimalist mindset to their home interiors as one of the most powerful tools that will bring peace, serenity, and positivity into their living environment. And boy, is it proving effective. The great thing about the minimalist approach is that it doesn’t require any grand remodelling projects to take place. On the contrary, the less stuff you have, the more the design comes to life. Here is the essential guide to minimalist interiors to help you achieve peace at home. Banish the clutter Before you add any decor accents representative of the minimalist philosophy, you first need to clear your living environment of any extraneous elements, as well as clutter. Clutter is not welcome in any design approach, especially in a minimalist setting. So make sure you declutter your home meticulously, looking to throw away, sell, or give away anything you don’t need or haven’t used in a long time. This way, you will not only create a functional living environment, but one that is also free of emotional and physical chaos. Now you have a clean, organised foundation from which you can let the minimalism take over. Create focal points Every room in a minimalist home should have its focal point and surrounding accents (more on that in a bit) that will give the space its unique charm without labelling it or making it feel confined. Be sure to research statement islands for the kitchen, or elegant baths and complementary vanities for the bathroom, while gracing the bedroom with a grand canopy bed. These focal points can present interesting contrasts to the surrounding hues, breaking the monotony, or they can even complement the setting with similar colours. Depending on the look and feel of the space without the focal point, you will be able to choose the perfect colour and amenity with ease. Frame with natural elements Yes, spaciousness and freedom are essential in a minimalist design, but we mustn’t let them create disorder in the long run. One of the easiest ways to tie the various design pieces together and create a unified whole is to introduce natural elements. From colourful flower bouquets on the windowsills to the potted plants on the shelves and in the corners of the room, there is plenty to choose from. The design also thrives on wooden features, so consider introducing wooden tables and chairs, flooring, and cabinets. Cover the seating area with throws and blankets in a complementary, pastel hue, and you’re almost done. Stick to a simple colour palette Don’t allow yourself to get confused – minimalist is not the same as monochromatic. You don’t need to refrain from introducing exciting colour schemes in your home; you only need to adopt a lighter, more restrained colour palette to allow the design to come to life. You can always opt for neutral white as your foundation, however eggshell, champagne, and ivory are also excellent choices. If white is not your thing, consider a winter blue or even aqua blue hue – generally all pastel colours work wonderfully with the minimalist approach. This will allow your focal points and accents to truly shine. Focus on quality accents Quality always trumps quantity in a minimalist setting. That is why you want to focus on several key accents in every room that will present a nice contrast to the walls, and lock the design in place. Be creative, and think about colourful wall art, inspirational quote art, figurines, free standing lighting in an interesting hue, etc. The possibilities are endless, however, be careful not to clutter the environment. One focal point accompanied by three to four accents at most will do the trick. The minimalist design is taking over the world with its unparalleled functionality, simplicity, and timeless aesthetic appeal. By following this essential guide, you will achieve pure peace and serenity in your home the entire family will adore.
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traceycltn
Apr 09, 2018
In Bathrooms
Modern bathrooms have an important status on the design scene, representing one of the most important areas in contemporary homes. As an enchanting home spa, the bathroom has become a personal space where one can unwind and indulge themselves. As such, the bathroom should feature a simple, but elegant style that will give it a timeless charm. With these inspiring yet simple ideas, you’ll be able to design the perfect bathroom with a classic appeal. An enticing statement piece A bathroom with a simple, understated design offers plenty of opportunities for introducing charming elements that will give it a unique flair. If you opt for a subdued colour palette and a simple form for your bathroom, you’ll have a perfect backdrop for more conspicuous details. For example, you can introduce a white vintage display cabinet or a glamorous crystal chandelier to add a touch of opulence to your bathroom. Not only will this give it an authentic character and visual appeal, but it will also enable you to create a stunning décor statement for elevated design. Patterned floors A spa-inspired bathroom that features a subtle, neutral colour scheme or an all-white design can seem a bit boring and sterile. However, there’s nothing like a play of patterns to break up the monotony and bring elegant playfulness to a pristine bathroom. And there’s no better canvas in the bathroom than the floors. You should install tiles with intricate patterns and balance them with a simple wall design. You can go with a complementary colour palette to create a cohesive look. From the classic black-and-white combination to enticing mosaic tiles, flooring options come in numerous designs and styles. For an illusion of spaciousness, you should extend the floor tiles into the shower. Not only will your bathroom seem bigger, but it will also have a unique flair. Decorative hardware Another simple way to style up the bathroom is to replace the hardware and introduce a chic accent colour or finish. For example, chrome fixtures, such as shower accessories, faucets and decorative details, can bring warmth to a pristine white bathroom and create a harmonious look. However, before replacing the faucets and showerheads, make sure to have bathroom leaks repaired to prevent further damage. Since persistent leaks are an indicator of possible pipe problem, simply replacing the faucets won’t fix it, so make sure to call an experienced plumber who can identify the cause and stop the leak. Simple, minimalist design For a timeless appeal, you should go with simple design for bathroom elements, such as the vanity, tub, shower or cabinets. Clean, sleek lines will create a stunning modern look that will fill your bathroom with elegance. You should bring decorations down to a minimum and stick to just a few impactful pieces. A minimalist design will free your bathroom from clutter, create an open, airy look and enable your accent details and the statement piece to stand out. A subdued colour scheme of pale greys, pristine whites, soft blues and subtle neutrals is in the spirit of minimalism, which makes it the perfect choice for a simple, sophisticated bathroom that exudes serenity. Sleek mirrors As one of the most important elements in the bathrooms, mirrors are an essential part that will help you create a complete look. Not only will they make your bathroom brighter by reflecting light, but they’ll also create an illusion of spaciousness. Furthermore, they can be used as lovely accent details that will add to the general style of your bathroom. From a large statement mirror to a couple of simple ones, you shouldn’t forget to introduce this important detail that offers plenty of design choices. A simple, elegant bathroom design has a classic appeal that will always be in style. Thus, make sure to introduce these elements and give your bathroom a timeless look.
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traceycltn
Mar 12, 2018
In Home Decoration
The bedroom is a sacred part of the house for every homeowner. It’s where intimacy, passion and peacefulness meet to create the perfect little oasis where we go to distance ourselves from the rest of the world and be alone with our thoughts. For this reason, we need to put in some extra effort to decorate it properly. So, in order to help you create the bedroom of your dreams, we have singled out the best design ideas which will bring the true meaning of the word intimacy into the room. Let’s take a look. Choosing the right furniture Firstly, choosing the right furniture pieces is not an easy job. You may be thinking that it’s all about getting the biggest bed and the largest wardrobe, but we assure you it’s not that simple. For instance, if you want to sleep like royalty, we strongly recommend going for a king-sized bed with silk bed curtains to add that touch of mystery. On top of that, think about adding a fashionable armchair to your bedroom design as well. Just imagine how wonderful it will be when you find the perfect one and grab your favorite book - you won’t ever want to get out of it. Perfect storage options Secondly, when it comes to creating a stylish intimate bedroom, you have to think about the best storing options for your clothes and other items. First of all, you can forget about all those large wardrobes that only gather dust and are absolutely impractical. Instead, choose a spacious walk-in closet with sliding doors that simply screams class and sophistication. Plus, since you can never have enough storage space for all your things, think about investing in a beautiful traditional chest which will tie the whole room together and add a rustic feel to it. Light up the room Playing with lighting options can have numerous positive effects on the overall atmosphere of the room. For example, nothing can set the mood better than a light dimmer. There are even those that can be controlled remotely. Another great way you can show off your creative side is by opting for amazing custom lights that will help you make a bold fashion statement. Lastly, don’t forget to move the curtains and open your windows to let the natural light in as often as possible since this will brighten up the entire room and have a positive impact on your overall health. Flaunt your artistic side The bedroom is definitely a place where you can flaunt your artistic side and let your imagination run wild while decorating. Therefore, we recommend hanging as many paintings, posters and pictures of your favorite artists as you can. This way, you will create a unique atmosphere that will reflect everything you are passionate about. However, you don’t have to stick just to paintings. Instead, you can even use artistic vases as flower pots or place some funky lamps on your nightstands. Finally, if you are a gifted artist yourself, why not paint a mural on an accent wall and leave your original art statement in the most intimate room in your house? The colour of passion There is no better way of expressing passion in the bedroom than by finding the perfect color pattern for the walls. This season, everyone is going crazy for pastel colors that are both elegant and bold. Therefore, we advise you to examine what fashion experts have to say about these nuances. Our warmest suggestion for a bedroom color palette is the mix of Daybreak and Habanero Chili red since it perfectly combines the serenity of earthy tones with a strong passionate note. As you can see, enhancing the passion and intimacy in your bedroom is not that difficult after all. You just need to let your imagination run wild and not be afraid to make a bold design move from time to time. After all, this is your own personal oasis and the place where you can truly be yourself.
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traceycltn
Mar 07, 2018
In Garden and exterior
We all need a place where we can relax and unwind after a long day at work and perhaps spend a few romantic moments with our significant other. However, it’s not easy to just leave everything and go on a search for such a place, so why not build it at your own home? If you have a backyard, consider transforming it into a relaxing spa that will be there waiting for you whenever you feel like you could use some time off from your everyday responsibilities. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, here are a couple of things you should keep in mind. The view If you are lucky enough to have a garden with a view, place your spa in such a way that you can still enjoy that view from the comfort of the spa. For example, if you want to place your spa next to one side of your home, or if you want to build some sort of covering to protect the spa from the elements and create some privacy, don’t block the side of the spa that faces what you want to see. On the other hand, if you do not have a view, why not create one? Add some comfortable outdoor furniture around your spa, beautiful shrubs and flowers that will attract even more beautiful birds and butterflies, and you can even add a fire pit for some extra warmth – both literal and metaphorical. The type Depending on your needs and your budget, there are different types of spas you should consider. If you live alone and are simply looking to create your own private little getaway, or if you’re planning to move in the future, you might find the inflatable spa more than enough to satisfy your wishes. On the other hand, if you’re aiming at creating a romantic getaway for you and your partner, a beautiful 2 person outdoor spa might be just the thing you need. The shade Adding a parasol in order to provide the necessary shade can help you create the feeling of a vacation on a sandy shore, but if you’re looking for something a bit more aesthetic, there are many more options to consider. You can install a gazebo or pergola around your spa, and you can also use nature to your advantage and grow different vines along your gazebo or pergola. It would help you blend the whole structure into the surroundings, it would ensure a bit more privacy than a parasol, and it would make your garden look like a true oasis by adding a sense of mystery to the whole image. The landscaping Speaking of nature, it’s important to choose the right plants for decorating the surrounding area if you want to really set the mood and create something that will actually look like a calming resort. The key is in picking the plants that can easily adapt to your environment – tropical plants that you could see in Tahiti would probably not look as beautiful all dried out in your garden. So, mix your own local plants with trees, shrubs, perennials, and vines that are already adapted to your climate. You can find plenty of those in your local botanical garden shop, and you can always ask your local garden store employee for advice or hire a landscape designer if you can afford it. Nothing improves the aesthetics and functionality of your backyard like a beautiful spa. After all, your garden is your own small piece of the big world, so you should make the best of it. Once you improve its design with a gorgeous spa and other necessary decorative elements, you will no longer feel the need to go anywhere – everything you could wish for will be right outside your back door.
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traceycltn
Jan 26, 2018
In Home Decoration
Are you always in the lookout for that little something that will enhance your interior and make your home look more glamorous? Do you feel confined and claustrophobic in a small and dark home? Do you want an accent accessory that will attract all the eyes in the room? We have one answer for all of these question – mirrors! Mirrors have a way to add unique visual interest and making the space feel more spacious. And while you can’t go wrong with using mirrors in your home, there are several ways to maximize their function and fashion. Make your small room look larger Functionality isn’t the only problem in a tiny room. It is also the feeling that you are trapped in a cave from which you can’t escape, and that is the last feeling you want to have in your home. Besides decluttering and painting your walls in light colors, you can use mirrors to make the room feel more spacious. You will do that by positioning a mirror across from or adjacent to a window. This way you will create an illusion of another window. Also, you can place a mirror so that it faces a light source in order to make the room brighter. Add drama with large mirrors Another way you can open up a room and add drama is by introducing a full-size mirror. At the same time, this is an easy and quick road toward an effective décor, since such a big element doesn’t require a lot of details to accompany it. A tall mirror leaned against the wall is very transformative in every room, ranging from the entryway to the living room, and can make an overlooked corner more interesting. Like in the previous paragraph, a large mirror will make a room feel more spacious, even without paying special attention to positioning it. Frame it When using mirrors as decorative elements, you should incorporate them into the overall design style of the room. You can do that by choosing frames that match the theme of your interior. For example, antique mirror frames go perfectly with vintage décor, while mirrors with ornate, often wooden frames fit into the Mediterranean design. The art of minimalism While there is nothing wrong with sumptuous mirror frames, sometimes you can say much more with elegant minimalistic designer mirrors, which are usually very simple in shape and design. These pieces tend to have thin metallic frames that are low-key, but still breathe with pure sophistication that can elevate any space. These types of mirrors fit ideally into minimalistic décor styles, such as Scandinavian, which are very popular these days. A gallery wall Accent walls were usually reserved for artwork and photographs, but you can shake things up a bit by using mirrors instead. The trick is in finding mirrors of different sizes with different frames. This will add intriguing visual texture and ensure the wall looks like a gallery. Just make sure you leave enough space between the mirrors to avoid a cluttered or cramped feel. The space between them should be in proportion to each other. You don’t have to use mirrors alone, though. You can incorporate them in between the photos or artworks, to achieve dynamics. A mirror wall Don’t feel like adding one mirror at a time to your accent wall? That’s OK, you can go all out with one gigantic mirror covering the entire wall. If that doesn’t add drama you want, we don’t know what will. Depending on your preference, you can decide for simple frameless mirror or go for geodesic metallic frames, distressed wood, or anything else that pops your mind. Introduce mirrored furniture Mirrored furniture is a relatively new trend that is sweeping the world off its feet. These pieces can instantly inject character and style into your home and make it feel more glamorous. While larger mirrored furniture pieces, such as a dresser, are usually costly, you can go with a side table. Either way, you will end up with an instant interior pick-me-up. There you have it, a few tricks of the trade that will transform the look of your home by using nothing else than mirrors and your imagination.
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