New App for Renovators

There are literally thousands of apps to help make renovating easier for the home renovator. But now there’s a new one available for those of us who want to incorporate timber in our homes. And let’s face it, timber floor boards are the one element nearly every home owner desires at the moment.

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Intergrain have created a great little app to assist you visualise what the floor will look like stained or treated with their range of colours and finishes. You can take a snap of the flooring and then choose from their colours to get an idea of what the end result will look like.

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Maybe you’re half way through a job and need some advice? You can just click on the Solutions tab. Not sure how much stain you’ll need? Click on the Calculator. Ready to roll but don’t know where to buy the product? Click on the Store Locator.

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I can see this will be a very handy app for me to use as well, when I’m trying to assist clients with their flooring needs. It works for both inside and out, flooring, decking, fencing, doors, windows, panelling, stairs, garage doors and furniture. You can download it right now, for free!

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If you would like assistance with choosing timber species and colours for your home, contact us for an appointment.

 

 

Dulux Colour Award Winners Announced

A big Congratulations to Mim Design for receiving the Grand Prix award with their Lexus Design Pavillion. Judges awarded the prize based on the use of subtle ombre colour appearing to ‘come off the wall’, which flat colour alone cannot achieve. With a stunning alignment to a French Impressionist feel the project was a great example of colour expression. This entry fell into the “Installation and Events” category which was a new category for the Dulux Colour Awards this year. The judges said this project was a clear standout. Rebalancing the harsh metallic of a Lexus car, the gentle palette helps visitors understand the softness within. The subtle ombre Dulux Leek and Coral Atoll was used to great effect, providing a dimensional impact which flat colour alone couldn’t achieve. The sage green gives the illusion of a floating sea with the floral ceiling display a beautiful upside down “Monet’s Garden”. Truly angelic, the space would be lovely to enjoy a champagne trackside.

Dulux Colour Awards 2015 Installation & Events Winner - Lexus Pavilion by Mim Design_Image Credits Shannon McGrath

Lexus Pavilion by Mim Design Photography by Sean Fennessy

 

If you follow my blog, you would know that I was a finalist in the Commercial Exterior category with my Warringah Creative Space project. Unfortunately I didn’t win (not that I was expecting to). Craig Tan Architects won this category with their Brompton Pavilion. Judges comments included the Brompton Pavilion created a dynamic display of colour within a sparse landscape. The 3D outer framing provided a sneak preview of vibrant colour. The structure balanced external, internal and in-between spaces through thoughtful use of colour. The palette combines both muted and bright shades highlighting the unusual structural aspects, including bright oranges and reds in Dulux Circus and Red Clown.

Brompton Pavilion by Craig Tan Architects Photography by Jaime

Brompton Pavilion by Craig Tan Architects Photography by Jaime

Congratulations to all the category winners and Highly Commended, it’s certainly a colourful read.

If you would like assistance choosing colours for you project, contact us for a consulation.

Caring for your Deck

In Australia, we love our decks. There’s nothing better than an outdoor space with timber underfoot. We really feel like we’re living the dream entertaining outdoors on our decks. But the maintenance is a pain. To really look after our timber, it needs to be treated and cleaned on a regular basis. And at this time of year, it’s perfect for doing that. So I was pleased to see that Cabot’s have released a new timber wash designed to refresh the decking in between oil coats.

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A wash down with this product helps remove dirt, dust, bird droppings (love the magpies singing on my deck, but hate the mess) and other hard to remove items to maintain its “good as new” appearance.

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That will be better than sweeping, hosing and still not being happy. It will brighten up the area for the autumn entertaining season, before it gets too cold to be outdoors. It’s much more gentle on your timber than normal household cleaners.

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Cabot’s Deck Wash is available from your local hardware store and a 1 litre bottle will give you about 6 washes. Guess what we’re doing this weekend?

 

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.

 

Armadillo&Co Indoor Outdoor Rugs

Armadillo&Co recently launched their new Indoor Outdoor Rug Collection with a soiree at the design studios of Landscape Designer, Adam Robinson.

Armadillo&Co Indoor Outdoor Rug Collection Launch Party

Armadillo&Co Indoor Outdoor Rug Collection Launch Party

The studio was packed with many from the industry trying to get a first hand look (and feel – they were soft) of the new rugs. They even gave one away, but alas I was not the lucky winner.

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I loved the swing tables holding the food down the centre of the studio.

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I think these rugs will be a welcome addition to the Armadillo&Co range and will provide some warmth underfoot for those outdoor entertaining rooms.

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If you would like to make enquiries on this range of rugs, contact us.

 

Dark House Colours

As I drive around Sydney, I often find myself looking at recently painted houses and wonder what colours I would choose if I were asked to provide a colour consultation. I rarely see a colour I don’t like, (except maybe a colour resembling a baby’s dirty nappy) but I do see a number of houses where the placement of colour (or lack of it) does nothing for the house or the colour.

Nappy Colour

Nappy Colour

One such house was this one which has recently been painted and is now on the market.

Dark paint colour all over

Dark paint colour all over

I have no problem with the dark colour. Dark colours can add drama and sophistication but the fact that the entire house is painted in the same colour with no relief whatsoever leaves this house quite depressing to look at. Besides, it goes against all the pre-sales styling advice anyone in the industry will give – make the house appeal to a wide variety of prospective buyers. I think this dark colour will do the opposite!

This was Shannon Fricke's cottage in Bangalow where I went for a Styling Workshop.

This was Shannon Fricke’s cottage in Bangalow where I went for a Styling Workshop.

There are some wonderful examples of dark house colours when you google it.

Queenslander with a dark paint colour

Queenslander with a dark paint colour

But the houses that look fabulous have been teamed with loads of white to lighten the effect. Contrast is so important in any colour design whether it be inside or out. No contrast and the overall effect is just plain dull.

A stunning dark house with loads of white to add contrast

A stunning dark house with loads of white to add contrast

I think you have to be very brave to choose a dark house colour but the end result when done well is striking. What do you think, was this house epic fail or fabulous? I’ll be watching what the new owner decides to do with the colour.

This was the house prior to it's current paint job.

This was the house prior to it’s current paint job. Not great but at least there’s some contrast.

If you would like assistance choosing house colours and placement for 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.

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.

Employing a Painter

I was cleaning up my files last week and found a sheet I had collected about painters and painting. I have no idea where it originated but thought it was very pertinent as my husband continues to paint our house following renovations in 2012!

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It takes two coats to change most paint colours. In many cases it’s better to buy less expensive paint and to two coats rather than buy the expensive paint to try and get away with one.

Despite what your painter tells you, especially for exterior, even if it appears to cover in one coat, everything needs two coats, that is very important for durability. Painting is done by hand therefore is subject to human error so two coats are important to get a solid, protective coating on the surface.

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You should always use kitchen and bath paint in a kitchen or a bathroom. They have mold and mildew inhibitors and have faster cure time.

Regular paint cures in 34 days , so use the right paint if you’d like to shower before then!

There is no substitute for good quality products and paint.

Painters will try to tell you that it doesn’t make a difference but take it from me(?), you get what you pay for. If it costs more, it usually means it’s better.

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But most importantly,

If you get 2-3 quotes for a paint job and there is a dramatic price difference between them, consider that each painter is viewing the job differently. One painter might be pricing the job based on how fast he thinks he can do it while the other painter is most likely pricing the job on how well  (or thoroughly) he thinks he can do it.

Paint can hide a multitude of sins which must be dealt with at a base coat level. Simply covering up flaws with a top coat can lead to big problems down the road. There is no substitute for a thorough job and cutting corners on prep work is the worst thing you can do.

 

 

 

 

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