Bathrooms, bathrooms and more bathrooms

Did you grow up in a house with one bathroom? I did. These days it seems there are just as many bathrooms as bedrooms in houses and not every bathroom is the same. Like all renovations, the end user must be kept in mind. And there’s products to suit every taste, age and size. Freestanding baths or built in, back to wall toilet suites or wall hung hidden cistern, vessel basins or undermount or something in between, wall taps, mixers and spouts, double showers or single, fixed or hand held. The options are endless.

I was recently asked to give my tip on renovating a bathroom. You can read the article here.

If you would like assistance renovating or designing your bathroom, contact us for an appointment.

 

An Aged Care Makeover

Time for an update on the Aged Care Facility I have been working on for the past 12 months. These places can be so depressing and I am sure it’s because of the colours used some 10-20 years ago when the facilities were last updated or built. This is the second facility I have been called in to refresh. You can read about the first one here.

New Paint Colour in Hallway

New Paint Colour in Hallway

Hallway Before

Hallway Before

Initially I was asked to help out with paint colours. The rooms and hallways were quite dark and depressing painted in mauves and mustards. (Who decided mauve was an older person’s colour?) There were dashes of bright blues and yellow but in the main the place was dark. So working with the existing carpet, I chose a palette of fresher colours and instead of painting everything the one colour, I did what we would do in a home, and chose a white for the skirting boards and doors. This just lifts the whole space and adds some contrast and therefore interest.

Sitting Room Before

Sitting Room Before

After the painting was completed we installed shutters in the sitting rooms to make the rooms more streamlined.

Sitting Room After

Sitting Room After

Nurse's Station Before

Nurse’s Station Before

 

Nurse's Station After

Nurse’s Station After

I have also been sourcing new fabrics to co-ordinate with the new colour scheme and reupholster selected furniture pieces in the hallways and foyer. It will all come together once the painter moves into these areas and we get rid of those mustard walls.

Arm chairs before

Arm chairs before

Arm Chairs After

Arm Chairs After

Now I’m having fun finding new furniture for one of the dining rooms in the facility. New upholstered chairs, new dining tables, a sideboard and outdoor terrace setting to make the place look like a club is my mission. Let’s get rid of the institution feeling and make it a more friendly atmosphere. I’ll let you see when it’s all done.

If you would like assistance co-ordinating furniture, fabrics and paint colours in your home, contact me for an appointment.

 

Addicted to Renovating

Do you follow The Interiors Addict? Jen Bishop started her blog four years ago and it has quickly become a fabulous resource of all things Interiors.

Last month Jen took on a new venture or sister site called Reno Addict to help quench our growing thirst for all things to do with renovating.

First job was to remove asbestos thanks to some 1970's additions

First job was to remove asbestos thanks to some 1970’s additions

I’m thrilled that Jen and her offsider Olivia, featured my own renovation on this new site. You can read all about our californian bungalow renovation. Thank you ladies.

The house was peeled back to the original 1929 build.

The house was peeled back to the original 1929 build.

Are you addicted to renovating? Do you have your own renovation story? Tell us in the comments .

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I love renovating and creating the perfect home for it’s owners. If you would like assistance with your renovation, contact us for a consultation.

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Bright Colours on Your Home

I recently contributed to an article on house colours for the Domain website. Most of us want our houses to look like all the other houses around and we certainly notice if someone has decided to paint their home a bright colour. Is it wrong?

Bright and Colourful Exterior chosen by Inside Out Colour and Design

Bright and Colourful Exterior chosen by Inside Out Colour and Design

No of course it’s not wrong, you can have whatever colour you desire but you do need to consider carefully if you want your house to be known as the “purple house” for instance or if you are happy for it to stand out in a sea of greys and taupes.

Grey Exterior Colour Scheme Selected by inside Out Colour and Design

Grey Exterior Colour Scheme Selected by inside Out Colour and Design

My theory is that as long as the combination of colours works together then the overall effect will be great. Unlike this house which I featured 5 years ago. It still hasn’t had a coat of paint.

Pink House

You can read the article here.

If you would like assistance choosing colours for your home, contact us for a consultation.

 

Rotating Mirror

Here’s a funny little story about a mirror.

A client had asked me to keep an eye out for a mirror for above her fireplace. She had renovated a couple of years ago and was now getting around to the final touches. I happened to have a large mirror that a previous client had decided against so arranged for my husband to help me take it over and show her.

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The two men held the rectangular mirror in place whilst we women contemplated whether it should be portrait or landscape and what it was reflecting. In the end the decision was made that that was not the right mirror for the space. It was too dominating and my client didn’t want the mirror to dominate the room.

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A few months later I received an email from one of my mirror suppliers with a list of their sale items. I flicked it over to the client who liked the look of a mirror called the Pebble Turn Mirror. The client measured her space and made a paper cut out of the mirror and blu-tacked it to the wall. It all looked perfect. So I placed the order and arranged for my mirror hanging guy to instal the mirror.

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The client was at work and left me a key. We arrived and worked out which way the mirror would hang. It definitely had to hang in a portrait position as the space we had was higher than it was wider. Being an organic shape, we took every conceivable measurement to make sure it would be centred on the chimney breast. But it wasn’t your average wire and hook arrangement to hang it. The mirror had a round disc attached to the back and we had 4 small discs to be screwed into the wall. The disc on the mirror then slid into the cradle that was formed by the four small discs.

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So we did all that, stood back to admire our work and the Pebble Turn Mirror, turned. That’s right it just slowly rotated like a chocolate wheel. Both of us went sprinting to the wall in case it came crashing to the floor but of course it didn’t because it was securely held in the cradle. It just wasn’t sitting in the position we wanted. So we moved it back and tried to get the weight of the base to sit as we wanted. Nope, it rotated again. It seemed the mirror had a mind of it’s own and was only happy in a landscape position. Yet all the images we had seen of the mirror showed in a portrait position. We were getting frustrated! After a while we found some blu-tack and used it to hold the mirror in position. We waited and waited and the mirror stayed where it was. Phew!

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Just as we were about to leave, the client came home from work and we explained our dilemma and we would make inquiries for a more long lasting solution than blu-tack. I received a text about an hour later saying the mirror had rotated again!

A week later, my trusty mirror hanging guy came back with a solution. We needed a cog to stop the mirror from rotating. He glued a long piece of flat metal to the disc on the back of the mirror and when we finally sat that into place, the mirror could not rotate. Just as well I love a challenge!

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Upshot is the mirror looks fabulous in the room and creates some interest without dominating.

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If you would like assistance adding the final touches to your home, contact us for an appointment.

 

Furniture Placement in Tricky Room Shapes

Every now and then a client throws me a curly one. I’ve been asked to come up with a floor plan for an L shaped living room.The previous owners had a dining table in the L but the current owners don’t want a second dining table. It’s really in the wrong place anyway as it would mean walking right though the living room to take food from the kitchen to the dining table.

Furniture layout of previous owners

Furniture layout of previous owners

So I’ve been wracking my brain as to how to set out her three sofas and single chair without it looking like a furniture store yet look inviting. The L is too narrow to place a sofa and it will make accessing the windows behind difficult.

We want something statement like in there so it forms a part of the room yet not too bully to cut it off.

Suggested floor plan for L shaped living room

Suggested floor plan for L shaped living room

I think a round dining table as a display table will work. Something with an interesting base and then we can add collected objet d’art to create a vignette that reflects the style of the house and the owners.

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Placing a lamp and occasional table beside the chair will create a spot for reading, reflecting, phone calls or even doing the crossword.

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I hope the client agrees.

If you would like assistance decorating tricky spaces in your home, contact us for an appointment.

Window Frame Colours

One of my biggest bug bears is yellow window frames. There must’ve been a time when all aluminium window sales people were pushing the colour Primrose as nearly every residence I attend which has existing aluminium frames are this shade.

Primrose Window Frames

Primrose Window Frames

When you choose aluminium frames there are only a limited number of choices for standard colours without incurring added costs for custom colours. I’m all for keeping costs to a minimum but there is no place for Primrose. The other standard choices are

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White Opal Window Frames

or

Pearl White Window Frames

Pearl White Window Frames

Even the White Opal is a bit too yellowy for my liking and I agree the Pearl White might be a bit stark but you can co-ordinate so much more with the Pearl White than with a yellow based white.

Recently I was asked to consult on a timber cottage at Ramsgate which had Primrose Aluminium Window Frames in the front of the house but timber window frames in the rest of the house. The clients wanted a dark colour for the walls and I didn’t want to enhance the yellow. It makes sense to paint the interior of the window frames the same colour as the exterior, and with aluminium windows you don’t have any other choice.

House Beforehand

House Beforehand

Whilst the house was painted a cream colour, the Primrose window frames didn’t stand out so much. But I knew once the exterior was painted a charcoal the yellow would stick out like a sore thumb. Fortunately the windows had wide timber architraves that we could paint and try to disguise the Primrose.

House colour

House colour

So, as I always do, I stuck up a range of dark colours for the walls. The colours on the right are options for the front door. The clients chose the top colour (Dulux Charcoal Light) for the walls and opted for a glossy Black front door. So then which colour will lift the darkness of the building but not accentuate the yellow of the window frames. Good ol’ Dulux Chalk USA came to the rescue. It has just enough cream to tone down the Primrose yet “white” enough to lift the dark colour of the walls.

Dulux Chalk USA

Dulux Chalk USA

Then we went whiter still on the eaves, and remaining timber windows using Dulux Whisper White.

Dulux Whisper White

Dulux Whisper White

The clients were thrilled with the end result and the house sold promptly.

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Rear View Before

Rear View Before

Rear View After

Rear View After

If you need assistance choosing colours for your home, contact us for an appointment.

Recent Interiors and Exteriors

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It’s taken me a week and a bit but I’ve finally uploaded to my website, photos of interiors and exteriors which I have completed this year.

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My lovely friend and talented photographer, Lyn Johnston, took these great shots. We spent a day touring around the suburbs visiting clients again.

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

It’s a fun day and lovely to pop back in and see houses that have been completed for a while. I’m very grateful to my clients for allowing me to come back, some whilst they are not even there!

Love me a red front door

Love me a red front door

You can see more images of these houses over on my website.

Bedroom Before

Bedroom Before

Bedroom After

Bedroom After

If you would like your home to have a new look, contact me for a consultation.

The Selling Season Is Here

Have you noticed the burgeoning real estate section in your local paper at the moment? Or the number of For Sale or Auction signs around your neighbourhood?

Real Estate Signs everywhere

Real Estate Signs everywhere

As is the case every Spring, the market is “going off”!

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And a couple of “my” houses have gone on the market. I selected the external colour scheme for this house in Willoughby back in May and it will go to Auction at the beginning of November.

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Before – Custard and Ocean Blue

Funnily enough I had visited this house a year or two prior for Book Club when one of the members was living there.

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Rear Deck before

It never ceases to amaze me what a fresh coat of paint in contemporary colours can do for a house.

Back Deck Finished

Rear Deck After

Colours used were Dulux Teahouse for Gutters, Barge Boards, Fascias and Verandah Top Rail and Posts.

Dulux Teahouse

Dulux Teahouse

Dulux Powered Rock for Walls

Dulux Powered Rock

Dulux Powered Rock

Dulux Vivid White for Window Frames, Eaves and Verandah Balusters.

Dulux Vivid White

Dulux Vivid White

If you would like assistance selecting a colour scheme for your home, contact us for an appointment.

Great News for Houzz Users

My guess is, that if you’re reading my blog you’re interested in renovating and decorating your home. Right?

So then it stands to reason you are well aware of the phenomenon that is Houzz. But did you know there is now an Australian version? Yep, that’s right, the world’s leading destination for home renovation and design, has launched Houzz.com.au.

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Many times I have visited clients who have shown me images on Houzz.com and want to know if we can do “something like that.” Well in most cases we can do “something” like that but sometimes we just don’t have those particular items or systems here in Australia. But now Houzz.com.au will be providing more relevant inspiration, information and advice to help Australians improve their homes from start to finish.

 

More than just a site of inspirational and aspirational images, Houzz actually lets you source items, suppliers and trades all on the one site right from the comfort (or uncomfort) of your living room. There is a discussion section too where you can post your dilemma and receive input from other users.

By using Houzz.com.au, Australian homeowners and design enthusiasts can:

● Browse thousands of Australian interior, exterior and garden photos uploaded by Aussie design professionals to find inspiration. With more than 3.5 million photos of professionally-designed home interiors and exteriors, Houzz has the world’s largest online database of professional home photos, home tours and more

● Research and hire the best Australian architects, interior designers, builders, tradies and other professionals for their project

● Read through an extensive range of guides and articles from Aussie home design professionals, like 10 Rules of Australian Beach Style, Design Origin: Blues vs. Maroons or explore a world of Weird and Wonderful Dunnies

● Seek support and advice from the largest home community on the Internet

● Discover new products and materials to source for their project

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You can check out my portfolio on Houzz right here.

 

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