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Tile your way to a colourful home

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Tile your way to a colourful home

When it comes to home renovating, many of us shy away from colour, instead gravitating towards, the safer, more classic option of white or neutrals, especially when our colour choices become overwhelming. But are we doing the right thing?

Colour is an integral part of our lives and tiles can offer renovators easy, cost effective options to brighten their homes.

Australia is a nation known for our spectacular landscapes and colourful culture but often with colour choices being a bit overwhelming we steer clear of using it. With a bit of preparation colour can also be a part of our homes.

Using colour can be daunting to many renovators, but when done well can be rewarding and create visually stunning environments.

It is important when using colour to be careful how you apply it. You still want to have a room that feels balanced and comfortable to be in.

My advice is to renovate from your heart. Adding colourful tiles is a fantastic way to reflect the real you, express your personality and create a home that you're proud of. Here are our tips on how to add colour with tiles.

Determine your desired effect.

Decide how much colour to use in your home. Will your colour design dominate your room, or have a focal point creating emphasis, such as a colourful mosaic splashback, bath hob or a feature shower wall?

Colour can be used to create pattern and geometry. Using colour in a patterned feature tile, shaped tile or through a coloured tile with laying pattern like offset or herringbone is a nice way to inject colour into your home without domination.

Coloured wall or floor tiles can liven up spaces such as the laundry or butler's pantry, lifting the area and injecting energy and excitement.

Take the time to select your colours.

As a starting point look in your own wardrobe; people are more inclined to gravitate to colours in their home that look good on themselves. They become favourites and we tend to like to see them in our surroundings. Warm colours, such as red, orange and yellow are vivid and energetic and can spark emotions of happiness, optimism and energy.

Cool colours, such as blue, green and purple, can give an impression of calm and soothing. Blue in particular is very popular now ranging from aqua tones expressing nomadic influences and beachside retreats to navy blue offering a more traditional influence.

Image:Beaumont Tiles

Image:Beaumont Tiles

Do your homework.

Look at a colour wheel to assist in combining your choice colours. Being able to use colours consciously and harmoniously can help you create spectacular results. Colours that have different tonal values to each other work well together, for example navy and gold or blue and mustard.

Another beautiful and less invasive way to use colour is to combine neutral colours that have contrasting base tones with natural materials, for example a cool grey used with a warm tan or timber hue. This organic touch adds colour and warmth without being too dramatic.

Consider your surroundings.  

Keep in mind the colours that are reflected in your geographic area. For example, aqua blues in Queensland, greens in lush tree filled areas or browns in rugged and rural surroundings.

Image: Beaumont Tiles

Image: Beaumont Tiles

Accessorise.

When renovating a bathroom, add replaceable accessories such as colourful towels, candles, luxurious packaged creams and soaps. This can be a great way to complement your colourful tile selections.

Scatter colourful cushions or statement wall art throughout your living spaces, and bright coloured cabinetry and appliances in the kitchen are a great way to add to your colourful look. Colour can create rhythm - your eyes can be lead around a room by placement of colour.

For more ideas for selecting feature tiles check out the latest trends in tile design and six bathroom tile styles we're obsessed with.

Author bio:

Rachel Gilding is a Strategic Designer at Beaumont Tiles. Beaumont Tiles is Australia’s biggest retailer of tiles and bathroom ware with 113 outlets across most states. An innovative market leader Beaumont Tiles buyers travel the globe to bring back the best in tile designs. Beaumont Tiles has company owned and franchised stores servicing trade, home builders and renovators, and the commercial sector.

About homely.com.au:

Homely.com.au is a new way to search for Frankston real estate for sale and properties to rent in Melbourne. With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, homely.com.au is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia.

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After reaching 3rd position, homely.com.au takes on the major real estate portals with secret weapon

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After reaching 3rd position, homely.com.au takes on the major real estate portals with secret weapon

After reaching 3rd position, homely.com.au takes on the major real estate portals with secret weapon

Homely's attracting homebuyers and renters before realestate.com.au and Domain with 10 years’ worth of unique content.

MELBOURNE, VIC – May 26, 2017

Fresh off being nominated as one of the top five real estate apps in the world for 2017 by the prestigious New York based Webby awards, Homely has shared the secrets that have helped it become the third largest national real estate portal in Australia. 

“Over 10 years we have built a very unique audience”, says Homely Co-Founder, Jason Spencer. “Almost 10 million Australians visited our site in the last 12 months looking for a home and that’s for one big reason...we have something realestate.com.au and Domain do not.”

Homely is the only Australian real estate portal to offer local content and community collaboration tools in the form of street and suburb reviews, Q&A and local discussion forums. These unique features connect homebuyers, renters and sellers with other knowledgeable locals and real estate agents. 

Homely has patented its street and suburb review process and owns the largest collection of ‘What it’s like to live somewhere’ content in Australia. 

“Homely is engaging people much earlier in the home buying and renting process than other real estate portals”, says Co-Founder Adam Spencer. 

“It’s taken many years but we now rank in the top three search results for over 90% of Australian suburb searches on Google. We’re the only portal in Australia that lets people research ratings and reviews to know what it’s like to live somewhere before buying or renting a home. It gives Homely a very unique customer acquisition strategy.” 

“Consumers come for the unique content and stay for the beautiful property listings”, Adam says.

The strategy has proven successful in the United States with portals Trulia and Zillow offering similar community centred content to fuel organic traffic growth.

"Our rapid growth over the past year proves that consumers want to research their home buying decisions on Homely. Our street and suburb reviews provide insights that homebuyers can use to make the smartest possible decisions about purchasing their most valuable asset," says Adam. “We're seeing tremendous growth in all areas of our business as we help millions of consumers connect with our real estate partner advertisers.”

Homely’s recently launched advertising platform ‘Homely Ads’ offers real estate professionals exposure across local community content in conjunction with priority promotion for listings within consumer search queries. 

“Our advertising model enables agents to engage in our local discussions to connect with potential homebuyers, renters and sellers even before they start searching for a home. Agents tell us this builds trust and loyalty, helping win new business when locals become buyers and sellers”, says Jason. 

Homely is the third largest national real estate portal based on the volume of listings on its marketplace, its three year traffic acceleration and adoption by over 90% of real estate agents nationally.

To help crystallise its third position Homely is gearing up for a major marketing campaign ‘Only on Homely’ to showcase the unique content that has helped the site achieve its industry position and ultimately support its agent advertisers. 

“It’s an exciting time for us at Homely”, says Jason. “The last 12 months have been a phenomenal growth period for us with record levels in all key metrics including traffic, leads, content and a 5th Webby nomination. We have had several approaches from major investors both here and overseas looking to get into the space and we look forwarding to making Homely Australia’s next household brand.”

About Homely:

Homely.com.au is a real estate search portal that helps millions of Australia’s each year to find their next home. Homely.com.au features over 90% of all real estate listings in Australia combined with unique neighbourhood content. Consumers can engage with street, suburb and agent reviews, a local Q&A community, school data and other tools to help them find the perfect place to live. Homely has been collecting ratings and reviews since 2007 where it was previously branded StreetAdvisor.com.au. Headquartered in Melbourne, Homely is privately held and founded by Jason Spencer and Adam Spencer. 

For further information, contact:

Jason Spencer

jason@homely.com.au 

Connect with homely.com.au:

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Twitter: @homelyau

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Tips to get the kids to help out at home

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Tips to get the kids to help out at home

Tired of picking up after the kids? Here are some ideas to get them to help you out.

How wonderful would it be if Mary Poppins was a real-life person who could sweep in and clean out our children’s bedrooms? While there’s fat chance of that, it is possible to initiate our children into the mysteries of household chores. After all, if everything is magically done for them, how are they ever going to learn? Training younger members of the family to help around the house makes sense in so many ways – it gives you more time and they get training in basic life skills. By the time they’re teenagers, you’ll be able to sit back and relax (well that’s the theory anyway).

Start early

We all want to raise self-sufficient, reliable, and capable adults, don’t we? Coddling our kids and doing everything for them, including making them packed lunches and doing their homework for them, is probably not going to do that. I’m not advocating child labour, but shouldn’t everyone contribute a little to the household once they’re able to?

Begin with their own space

In the absence of that Mary Poppins character to magically clean up, the first step is getting kids to clean up after themselves and that starts in their own bedrooms. If your child’s bedroom looks nothing like this one and you can’t actually see the floor, then figure out ways to make them put away their stuff.

Make a place for everything

I don’t know how many times we’ve panicked in the mornings because we can’t find a school hat, a pair of socks that match, the second shin-pad, the swimming goggles…the list goes on and on.

As any professional organiser will tell you, being organised is easier if there’s a place for everything. We can’t expect our children to be tidy if we don’t have those easily discernible places. So do whatever it takes to help them organise themselves.

Find a shoe rack

Encourage with rewards

Some people call it blackmail. I call it common sense. The rewards don’t have to be material until later. You could start off with other bargaining chips at first, such as time on devices, a trip to the park, a promise to read their favourite story before bed. Some families have star charts or other systems for rewards to entice their kids into helping out.

Create a schedule

If you have more than one child, you’ll need to cut down on the inevitable fights about who did what and when by making record of who did what, and when.

Make it fun

It must be the case that kids find chores fun – why else would we buy fake kitchens, irons and vacuum cleaners for them? Children love to play at being grown-ups and they naturally play-act the chores they see us do. So start early and get them to help out with those real chores, just make it fun along the way.

Start in the kitchen, which is one of the most creative places for housework, where they may actually enjoy doing the real thing. Play music, have a laugh and, at least initially, allow them to make the things they like to eat – sweet or savoury.

In many of the larger families I know, younger members are already rostered on for dinner duties. This is a necessity in some big families where everyone needs to pull their weight to make the household function. Start by having kids help in some elements of the preparation and then have them make simple things that don’t require too much chopping. You might then be surprised by how much young children love the challenge of following more complex recipes. 

Of course they need to be careful around safety in the kitchen, but it’s good to learn early. Kids need to be taught about the dangers of sharp knives, electrical appliances, boiling water, handling hot things and what they can and can’t put in the microwave.

Be patient

Easier said than done I know – when children want to help with the cooking, sometimes it’s easier to take over and do it yourself, but remember it’s worth suffering through a few less-than-fantastic meals before they can reach a certain standard. We all have to start somewhere.

Help them pack their own lunch

If both parents are working or you’re a single one, mornings can be crazy, with school uniforms to muster, breakfast to be prepared and school lunches to wrangle. Distribute the workload by encouraging your kids to start packing their own lunch boxes. If you keep the fridge and pantry well stocked with easy-to-find healthy treats, this shouldn’t be too difficult.

Diversify the tasks

Bear in mind there are a variety of tasks throughout the home that children might prefer as they grow up. Find out what they’re good at and what they like – one child might love cooking, while another loves gardening – so start to focus on that and there should be less in-fighting.

However, some jobs simply have to be done whether they’re enjoyed or not, so create a roster for those. The bathroom is probably the least palatable task to every member of the household, but we all use it and someone has to clean it. A roster is the easiest way to make sure everyone takes their turn.

Hands up who finds sorting and folding laundry one of the most laborious tasks in the house? It’s one of those I always try to delegate, and children will become more self-sufficient if they’re able to do these simple but necessary tasks themselves.

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Make jobs age-appropriate

Make a list of all the various chores in your household and which ones you’d like to delegate. See what you think your children are capable of. For example, young toddlers might be able to put their things away, put dirty laundry in a hamper, and do some light dusting, while older primary school children could feed pets, empty and stack the dishwasher, water plants, or make beds. As they get older they can move on to those harder tasks such as cleaning, gardening and cooking.

Introduce other skills

If you run a home business, or any other kind of business, it might help you to get your kids involved once they’re of a certain age, as well as being a good chance for them to earn some pocket money. Filing is a simple task that a teenager could help you with. It will help you out a lot, while also teaching them some simple administration skills. You know all those receipts you have in a shoe box? As they get older, kids could even move on to simple accounting or data entry. After they’ve done their homework, of course.

Be kind

Perhaps the easiest and best reward is simple praise for a job well done. As easy as it is, try not to be overly critical – unless it’s constructive. Be patient, kind and don’t get annoyed if they get it wrong. Otherwise you could end up with resentful and unhappy children.

Hopefully by the time you have young adults living at home, the hard work will have paid off and they’ll be valuable contributors to the household. Good luck!

To reward your helpful kiddies for all their hard work why not check out these six awesome backyard play ideas and play area ideas the kids will love.

This article was originally published on the Houzz.com.au. Read the original article here.

Author bio:

Liz Durnan is a Houzz Australia Contributor. Previously a freelance writer and editor at a variety of magazines and websites in London, New York and Sydney. She resides in the Blue Mountains bush in a straw bale house they built from scratch. She writes about her passions – mainly books and sustainable housing – while writing a book and attempting a permaculture garden.

About homely.com.au:

Homely.com.au is a new way to search for Frankston real estate for sale and properties to rent in Melbourne. With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, homely.com.au is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia.

Check out our Suburb Reviews and Questions pages to see what everyone is talking about.

Don't forget to download our iPhone app!

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Holiday like a celebrity at Australia’s most luxurious home hotels

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Holiday like a celebrity at Australia’s most luxurious home hotels

Do you aspire to a lifestyle of luxury where you can live like a celebrity in a lavish private home where all your needs, wants and whims are taken care of before you even know what they are?

Aspire no longer and welcome to the coolest trend in holiday accommodation; Luxico's luxury home hotels. Live it up like a celebrity and enjoy all the benefits that come with it (minus the privacy intrusion of paparazzi). It’s as simple as viewing stunning houses online, booking your desired home and then the rest is taken care of for you with a 24-hour luxury concierge service at your beck and call.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to indulge and have everything taken care of for you. To get started we’ve listed four of the most luxurious Australian property locations, to inspire you and showcase what a concierge service can do for you on your next vacation.

Palm Beach, NSW

It’s a draw card to celebrities from around the world and its desirable reputation is understandable with its stunning beaches, relaxed vibe and multitude of multi-million dollar properties. It’s also where you can fit right in when you book into Pacific Place.

Image: Luxico

Image: Luxico

As you set foot on to Pacific Place you’ll feel as if you’ve arrived at your own luxurious coastal resort. And nothing says resort living like the lush gardens and the unforgettable huge wooden entry doors that greet you on arrival. When you open those doors there’s no doubt as to why this home is a level of luxury above most others.

With its magnificent ocean views and infinity pool with timber deck this property is ‘Instagram heaven’ and is no secret (thanks Instagram!) that one of the world’s most popular fashion bloggers, Nicole Warne, aka @garypepergirl, enjoys luxury weekend getaways here with her friends.

Image: Luxico

Image: Luxico

Concierge service recommendation: Enjoy daily yoga practice from the privacy of your home hotel overlooking incredible ocean views. Your concierge can book a yoga instructor to come to the house daily throughout your stay.

Sydney, NSW

If a luxury, lavish city stay is on your wish list then look no further than Woollahra, an affluent suburb only 5kms east of Sydney’s CBD. Woollahra has a gorgeous village atmosphere with antique shops, galleries and numerous restaurants and cafes to enjoy. It’s considered Sydney’s hidden gem and as far as desirable places to live goes, Woollahra would come out near the top.

For premium accommodation in this sought after location you can’t go past Woollahra Terrace which is brimming with beautiful features and key attributes. Just one look at its incredible views over Cooper Park is all you need to fall in love with the stunning property.

Image: Luxico

Image: Luxico

Visible from the outdoor dining area, and the master balcony, the park is truly a sight to behold and will leave you feeling as though you are in your own little private oasis - just as a celebrity would feel! The electronic gated parking in this exclusive location completes the celebrity feel in this sleek and luxurious property.

Image: Luxico

Image: Luxico

Concierge service recommendation: Why cook when someone else can cook for you? The concierge can arrange for a professional chef to come in and prepare a gastronomic experience to remember!

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne is renowned for its incredible food, wine, culture, events, festivals and shows so this city is the perfect getaway if you want to live it up and splash out on an incredible experience! Toorak is less than 10kms from Melbourne’s CBD and is the perfect suburb to stay in and discover the very best Melbourne has to offer.

The Toorak Lodge provides irrefutable prestige with its unique 1920s white façade and traditional architecture. We think the stunning pictures speak for themselves…

Image: Luxico

Image: Luxico

Image: Luxico

Image: Luxico

Image: Luxico

Image: Luxico

Concierge service recommendation: Let the concierge team make a dinner reservation for you at one of Melbourne’s finest restaurants and arrange tickets to an incredible show afterwards.

Mornington Peninsula

Google ‘celebrities’ and ‘Mornington Peninsula’ and you’ll know you’ve found the right prestige suburb to experience a ‘celebrity’ style holiday. It’s home to the likes of Hugh Jackman (when he’s in Aus) and there are plenty of rumours that US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are looking to buy a holiday home in this affluent area.

When it comes to celebrity style accommodation and if you’re looking for a grand and unique property, the Frog Hollow Vineyard located on Main Ridge on the Mornington Peninsula will not disappoint. Set over 20 acres of spectacular scenery including a working vineyard, the estate can comfortably accommodate 17 guests.

Image: Luxico

Image: Luxico

There are also over 35 vineyards, cellar doors and restaurants within 10 to 30 minutes drive of Frog Hollow Vineyard and it also has it’s own 8-acre Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir vineyard.

Image: Luxico

Image: Luxico

Concierge service recommendation: Whilst in such spectacular wine country, why not let the concierge arrange an exclusive at-home experience with a wine-maker to learn all about making a great Pinot Noir – the Mornington Peninsula is famous for this variety with its cooler climate.

We hope these incredible properties have inspired you to indulge in a decadent home hotel experience for your next holiday or stay-cation.

For more amazing Australian luxury real estate check out trophy homes of Australia's 10 richest suburbs, spellbinding homes that could be straight out of Beauty and the Beast and five ultimate homes for embracing your inner child

Author bio: 

Katie Cahill is a Communications Specialist with a career spanning several continents; the UK, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Katie has worked in the media industry for more than 15 years and her passion for travel has driven her to work predominately with tourism and lifestyle clients.

About homely.com.au:

Homely.com.au is a new way to search for Footscray real estate for sale and properties to rent in Melbourne. With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, homely.com.au is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia.

Check out our Suburb Reviews and Questions pages to see what everyone is talking about.

Don't forget to download our iPhone app!

 

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Don’t fall down the rabbit hole: How to avoid borrowing beyond your means

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Don’t fall down the rabbit hole: How to avoid borrowing beyond your means

Taking out a mortgage is a huge milestone, and it’s one to be celebrated, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility that can put some people into financial hardship. With inflated property prices and record low interest rates, many homebuyers are forced to take out loans that they can’t afford to repay long term.

While we may be in a low-rate environment at the moment, it’s likely that interest rates will soon start to rise (possibly as early as next year). In fact, 81% of experts and economists from the finder.com.au RBA panel believe that rates will rise in 2018, so it seems low rates aren’t going to hang around forever.

Rising rates coupled with ballooning property prices, particularly in Australia’s capital cities, mean that first home buyers are often forced to borrow beyond their means.

New finder.com.au research found that 57% of mortgage holders can’t afford to pay an extra $100 on top of their current monthly repayments. In the great scheme of things, $100 per month or $25 extra a week isn’t that much.

The research found that just 18% of borrowers could handle a monthly increase of $250, while only 14% could manage a monthly increase of $1,000 or more in addition to their existing repayments. Women are more at risk with 63% saying they’d struggle to pay an extra $100 per month compared to 50% of men.

To find the right loan and interest rate, and to avoid over borrowing, here are some things to consider.

1. Find out what the average rates look like.

Currently, the average standard variable rate is 4.84%, while the average 3-year fixed rate is 4.37%. This gives you an idea of what the market has to offer. When selecting a loan, the interest rate is one of the most important factors to consider, as this will determine your ongoing interest charges. Opting for a competitive and low interest rate could save you thousands of dollars over the life of your loan.

While the interest rate is important, you’ll also need to think about product fees and features such as whether an offset account is included or whether you can make extra repayments without penalty.

2. Check the comparison rate.

The comparison rate reflects the true cost of the loan (including product fees and other loan costs) so bear this in mind when weighing up your choices. All lenders are required by law to show the comparison rate next to their advertised rate.

3. Forecast your borrowing power.

Estimating your borrowing power will help you understand how much you can afford to borrow for your mortgage. This is an important step to ensure that you don’t overextend yourself. You can use a borrowing power calculator to get a feel for how much you can borrow. Just make sure you have the details of your income, debts and expenses handy.

Image: Finder.com.au 

Image: Finder.com.au 

4. Aim to have a large deposit (and save for longer if you need to).

Saving up for a sizeable deposit is another way to ensure that you don’t borrow outside your means. In Australia, most full documentation loans require you to come up with a minimum of a 20% downpayment to avoid paying lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI).

Even if it means delaying your property purchase for a few more years, saving as much as you can for a deposit is crucial to ensuring that you don’t borrow more than you can afford to repay.

5. Factor in a 2-3% buffer on top of your current repayments.

With interest rates on the rise, it’s smart to estimate what your regular repayments will be and then add a 2-3% buffer on top. This will put you in a good position to manage more expensive repayments that come with higher rates.

Overextending yourself is an easy mistake to make when you first embark on your property-buying journey. By thinking carefully about your mortgage costs and the amount you can comfortably afford to repay both now and into the future, you can alleviate any financial stress.

Here are some more tips for buying your first home and refinancing your home loan.

Author bio:

Bessie Hassan is the Money Expert at Australia’s most visited comparison website, finder.com.au.

About homely.com.au:

Homely.com.au is a new way to search for Footscray real estate for sale and properties to rent in Melbourne. With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, homely.com.au is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia.

Check out our Suburb Reviews and Questions pages to see what everyone is talking about.

Don't forget to download our iPhone app!

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Luxury touches to upgrade your bathroom

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Luxury touches to upgrade your bathroom

Are you in the midst of planning a bathroom renovation and left wondering how you can include a little extra luxury?

We have put together a few of our designer’s favourite luxury touches to add to your bathroom renovation plans.

Shower heads

Gone are the days of selecting the one traditional overhead rain shower. Our designers love to add in an overhead rain shower paired with a hand held shower to give you a full body experience. Not only is this an ideal option for the whole household, as a hand held shower enables individuals to tailor a showering experience to their needs, it also doubles as a convenient way to clean the shower. Not to mention it comes in handy on the days you don’t want to get your hair wet.

Image: smarterBATHROOMS+

Image: smarterBATHROOMS+

Natural light

Bathrooms are typically on the smaller side and they're rarely lit properly, especially with a natural light source. Adding natural light to your space will open up the room and give the illusion of more space. This can be achieved by including a large window, even a highlight window when precious wall space is taken up by your fixtures and fittings. Internal rooms can include a skylight to fill the room with the luxury of natural light.

Large format tiles

Large format tiles add an aspect of luxury to a space. When correctly selected and paired with a complimentary grout colour the tiles will merge into one, making the floor and walls feel as though they are made from one continuous tile. This eliminates seen grout meaning the eye isn’t drawn to grout lines rather viewing the surface as a whole. (Not to mention cleaning it is a breeze!)

Bespoke cabinetry

We love nothing more than seeing bespoke joinery in a bathroom. Bespoke vanity units have the ability to tie a bathroom together, and add unique character and charm to a room. With innovative design solutions there are multiple ways storage can be maximised within a custom piece ensuring the unit is not only striking but also functional. It's so important to get the joinery right within your bathroom to ensure it complements the space rather than fights against it.

Large mirror(s)

The correct placement and proportion of a mirror within a bathroom can make such a difference to the overall look and feel of a space. There is no better way of opening up a room and dispersing light than with the help of a mirror or even multiple mirrors to make a space feel light and bright. There are many design options when it comes to mirrors, whether it be mirrored cabinets, shape mirrors, tinted mirrors, the list goes on, this is a simple way to add a little luxury to your space.

Colour accents

Who says your bathroom has to be all white? Don’t be afraid to have some fun with colour and choose an unexpected shade or design feature. Nothing speaks true luxury than a unique and well thought out design. Pastels, floral accents or waterproof wallpaper – they're all on-trend options in bathroom design. Explore interesting patterns for your tiles and contrasting colours; your bathroom can be as unique as you are.

Let our award winning design team help you add a little extra luxury in your bathroom space. Visit our showroom or make an appointment with our award winning design team today. Our designers will work with you to transform your space into something special.

For more considerations for a bathroom renovation look at our budget bathroom makeover tips, four super cool bathroom appliances and 10 ways to maximise your bathroom space

Author bio:

Alexa Beer is a bathroom and kitchen design specialist at smarterBATHROOMS+. smarterBATHROOMS+, is a multiple-award winning design and build firm, specialising in bathroom and kitchen renovation.

With the kitchen and bathrooms at the heart of the home smarterBATHROOMS+ will ensure your renovation goals are met in a friendly, intuitive and timely manner. Offering a project managed renovation with turn key solution their expert design and build team will see your project through start to finish. smarterBATHROOMS+ can transform any home with a stunning new bathroom or kitchen upgrade.

About homely.com.au:

Homely.com.au is a new way to search for Footscray real estate for sale and properties to rent in Melbourne. With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, homely.com.au is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia.

Check out our Suburb Reviews and Questions pages to see what everyone is talking about.

Don't forget to download our iPhone app!

We'd like to hear from you!

If you enjoyed this blog leave a comment below and share it with your friends. Please respect the public forum and refrain from posting any expletives or hateful comments as they will be removed. We're always on the look out for guest bloggers and would like to receive your feedback, so feel free to get in touch at marketing@homely.com.au.

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Decor styles perfect for small spaces

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Decor styles perfect for small spaces

You don’t have to choose uncomfortably compact furniture or boring neutral colours to enhance small living spaces. There are so many different ways to add interest, wow-factor and comfort to small spaces without your decor being cramped or overwhelming to the eye.

The key to successfully decorating a small space is to focus on function, your needs and personal taste while considering tried and tested decor styles for inspiration. These five decor styles are the perfect kicking off point for making over small spaces.

1. Minimalist

When you move into a small home space becomes precious. This will make you question, do I really need all this clutter? Minimalism style centres on only keeping items that bring you joy and serve a purpose. So throw out, giveaway and donate all your extra stuff.

Also part of the trend is to upcycle and repurpose old disused items. Try thinking outside of the traditional decor box when setting up your environment.

Create your own furniture out of untreated pallet wood, from a bed frame, coffee table to patio furniture. Use pallet wood to create an accent wall, or to form an attractive headboard for a bed.

Choose pieces of furniture that have a low impact on the environment and serve a dual purpose. Use a table or bed that folds out from a bookshelf or wall cabinetry, for example.

2. Modern

Modern style places a primary focus on clean lines, geometric shapes and the use of space. Colour blocking adds interest as does geometric scandi-inspired pieces you may find at Ikea or similar homewares stores.

To add width to an area, let a line of small pieces of art draw the eye across the room. The same trick can be done with furniture. Emphasise high ceilings, or give the illusion of long walls, by letting dramatic voluminous curtains sweep the length of your window.

3. Shabby-chic

Shabby-chic is trending for a reason at the heart of postmodern design, combining the best of common sense design with a creative and glamorous touch.

The marriage of tattered and graceful decor creates a comforting, romantic atmosphere. Open up areas and add a chic feel to your small space by painting the walls a lighter colour, with bright white, cream, pastel colours and layered paint effects. Romantic features, such as ornate mirrors open a room or linen covered surfaces, are characteristic of shabby-chic decor.

4. Country

In older days, the kitchen was the centre of the household as families prepared meals together, yet the 'need' for thousands of kitchen gadgets and gizmos take up space. The return to simple living embraces warm earth tones, and functional furniture and items with practical use.

For the kitchen, let lace curtains open up the room as light shines through. Remove the doors from the pantry and show off your mason jars full of jams, raw ingredients and pickled vegetables on shelves. Hang pots and pans chef style from ceiling hooks, walls or inside the cabinets.

Turn your kitchen island into the dining table, inviting family and friends in to cook and sup with you in a multipurpose space.

In country living, collected knick-knacks also add interest. Make a unified look and reduce the appearance of clutter by organising the items by type, size or colour on a floating shelf.

5. Retro

The return to retro style is typically focused around appliances and furniture. From a rotary telephone in the living room to a brightly coloured fifties fridge, these appliances make mundane everyday activities charming and vibrant.

Add a pop of colour to your kitchen with a 50s style Smeg refrigerator in your kitchen. At only 24 inches in width, Smeg fridges help make the most of a small kitchen by saving you a foot or more of space.

Many retro or vintage inspired pieces add a focal point to any room, with interesting geometry, bright colours and various patterns typical of designs.

Add personality with a bright and quirky oversized piece of pop art. Place a long, vibrantly coloured ottoman by a window and toss a patterned throw over it to draw the eye toward the open windows to enlarge the space.

While minimalism encourages you to declutter and focus on function, it also inspires you to upcycle and repurpose. Modern decor and shabby-chic styles add interesting lines, shape and comfort to your small space. Country and retro styles remind you to keep your space practical but not without personality.

It’s okay to cherry-pick from each of these decor styles, as long as your personality shines in your space. You don’t have to lose space to gain interest, or sacrifice personality just to comfortably move around. Small spaces are the most economic and stylish to decorate and is a chance to showcase just how creative you are.

For more advice to make a small home work for you check out the best pool designs for small backyards, how to make a small bathroom feel bigger and the pros and cons of compact apartment living.

Author bio:

Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine.

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7 super cool outdoor living ideas for winter

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7 super cool outdoor living ideas for winter

Don’t let the chilly weather stop you from enjoying your garden. The colder months are still a wonderful time for outdoor entertaining and relaxing. Decorating is the fun part, and there are many stylish and enchanting ways to transform your outdoor space into a snuggly haven from the cold.

So, let’s gather round the fire pit and have a look at some super cool ideas for your backyard that’ll help you make the most of your garden on any colder day. 

1. Fire pit

Of course, the crackle, warmth and glow of a fire pit really sets the right mood outside in winter time.
Fire pits come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and materials, and can be as simple or decadent as your budget will allow. You can go for a sophisticated built in option, a DIY project, or an affordable pit that’s ready to go straight out of the box.

A smaller tabletop fire bowl can be a stunning centrepiece for an outdoor table setting. Some possible materials include paving stones, natural stone, concrete, cast iron, copper, ceramic, granite and steel.

Fire pits can be fitted with a grill top to roast smoky flavoured meats, or get some metal skewers to have some sweet melted treats fill your belly in winter. Plenty of seating is a must as the fire pit will naturally draw a crowd at gatherings and become an inviting place to enjoy on chilly winter evenings.

2. Fire glass

As if a fire pit isn’t cool enough, fill it with fire glass. Fire glass is available in a range of unique and bright colours, and is mesmerising to watch as it shimmers and sparkles beneath the fire. It sits on top of a gas fire, such as that on a tabletop fire bowl.

Image: Bestplants.com

Image: Bestplants.com

As well as beautiful, fire glass is practical and functional. It does not smoke or burn, and it gets very hot to help maintain the fire and keep you warm. It is a cost-effective option for outdoor fireplaces, and it will be sure to catch everyone’s attention.

Safety should be a top consideration for any fire place inside or out, especially if you have children or pets. Some tips for fire pit and fire table safety include:
- Follow all manufacturer instructions carefully.
- Follow local government burning and placement rules.
- Follow guidelines regarding the location of your fire pit in relation to other structures.
- Keep children and pets a safe distance from the fire.
- Avoid windy conditions when embers can spread.
- Remove debris from around the fire.
- Have a garden hose or water container close at hand for emergencies.

3. Lighting

Outdoor lighting is a treat for the eyes at any time of year, but especially sets the right mood for a pretty winter wonderland backyard theme. After the sun has set, the show comes to life with twinkling lights strung up everywhere.

Image: Hative.com

Image: Hative.com

There are a multitude of easy, inexpensive and stunning outdoor lighting ideas. For instance, make your own lanterns with empty cans or mason jars to create a cosy rustic ambience. Hang lights from plants and furniture, or even weave fairy lights through baskets or hula hoops to make our own easy to hang decorations. Using a variety of lighting sizes, shapes, styles, and placements will look breathtaking-- the more the better!

4. Luxe fur

Let’s step up the cosiness factor of your patio beyond blankets and opt for faux fur throws and sheepskin rugs this season. This works wonders to create a cosy atmosphere and gives that ‘winter is coming’ sort of feeling. Draped over chairs and benches, this elegant idea will entice people to lounge around outdoors under your furry homewares on chilly days.

Image: Ikea

Image: Ikea

5. Day bed

A large and luxurious day bed is perfect for snuggling up outdoors in winter. Load it up with cushions and blankets and relax in the fresh air with your favourite book or a cup of tea. Unless it is undercover, choose a daybed with all-weather materials such as PE-wicker to last come rain, hail or sunshine.

This day bed pulls apart to reveal a hidden coffee table. So, you have the option to cuddle up or sip hot chocolate with friends at your leisure.

6. Outdoor spa

The outdoor spa is on many of our dream-home checklists, and is a luxurious way to warm up on a brisk day. The thought of dipping into a hot spa in chilly weather is as good as it gets.

There are many extravagant and unique ideas for outdoor spa designs. These include having the spa blend seamlessly into decking, using a canopy, using materials such as stone, or even incorporating features such as an outdoor fireplace. If you’re doing other outdoor renovations, why not go for something spectacular you can use year-round.

7. Retreat

Create a retreat where you can enjoy the fresh air and scenery, but have some shelter from the elements. It can be a constructed patio, or simply a lush green canopy to create a shield from the wind. You can make an outdoor nook with inexpensive lattice, intertwined with beautiful climbing flowers. As well as an inviting hideaway in winter, your retreat can shade you from the harsh sun during summer.

We all dream of crafting our perfect outdoor sanctuary. Use a combination of these cool ideas to make a cosy space that will demand a second look. These ideas are perfect for winter, as well as chilly nights, and colder days all year round.

For more alfresco decor advice and inspo take a look at our smart tips to buy patio furniture that'll last, five outdoor kitchen essentials and relaxing reading nook ideas.

Author bio:
Whitney Swope is the owner of Urbani Furniture, an outdoor furniture shop in Perth with wicker furniture that is stylish, versatile and exclusive. Including multi-functional dining settings, lounges and day beds. Whitney is passionate about creating an outdoor space that encourages you to live your dream lifestyle.

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What tradies do I need for my kitchen reno?

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What tradies do I need for my kitchen reno?

It’s no wonder that the kitchen is easily a favourite space in the house, and for many, it’s the heart of the home. It’s where you eat, cook, socialise and most importantly – drink your morning coffee.

Whether you’re looking to update a few minor aspects of your kitchen or do a complete revamp, it can be difficult to know exactly what trades you need to hire.

A complete kitchen renovation requires a whole host of tradespeople. Here are our top tips for hiring different trades for your kitchen reno.

Builder

A builder is a particularly important tradie if you're undertaking any major structural modifications, such as reconfiguring or extending the kitchen, which usually involves the knocking out of walls and other labour intensive activities.

Many building companies possess multiple trade licences to carry out every aspect of your renovation: from design to completion. However, other businesses may only be able to undertake the building and installation aspect of your kitchen renovation.

Tips for hiring a builder-

  • Work out your exact needs and find a licensed builder. Before signing the contract, check the builder's home building license on the Fair Trading website in your state to make sure they have the right qualifications for the job.
  • Discuss specific stages of the renovation process to clarify what they can handle and what they can’t.
  • If there are services they don’t offer (e.g. flooring or tiling), can they recommend another business?
  • Any job over $5000 should have a written contract in place by law, including the total cost and any costs that can be subject to change.
  • Check the business possesses the relevant insurance if anything should go awry.
  • Relying on a business to handle your whole renovation can be risky and you want to be assured they’ll complete a quality job. Ask friends and family for recommendations, or alternatively, seek out reviews online.

Electrician

An electrician is an essential tradie for a kitchen reno. Electricians not only install and wire up lighting and power points, but they also assist you in developing a lighting plan to showcase the new kitchen, as well as ensuring the kitchen is well-lit for practicality.

Tips for hiring an electrician-

  • When it comes to electrical tasks such as wiring or repairs, by law, a licensed electrician is the only person permitted to undertake the work.
  • Request a written estimate and an expected timeframe for the work.
  • Discuss the project permits with your electrician. In many cases, the local council or building department needs to issue a permit, especially for large scale electrical projects.

Plumber

Plumbing work is another essential trade in any kitchen project. There are many appliances that require plumbing work in a kitchen, such as:

  • Installing the dishwasher, stove or some refrigerators.
  • Connecting and installing a sink and hot water system.
  • Extending/connecting the gasline, and an electrician to check the oven circuit.

Tips for hiring a plumber-

  • Plumbing work is associated with risks, so it’s important to hire a plumber that’s insured.
  • It’s also just as important, if not more, to ensure your plumber is qualified and licensed to get the job done right the first time.

Cabinet maker

The construction and installation of new kitchen cabinets adds to both functionality and aesthetics of your new kitchen. Find a cabinet maker who will be able to give you advice on the cabinet layout and design based on your needs and wants.

Tiler

Tiles don’t just belong on the floor - they can also go on the splashback or even benchtops. A professional tiler will be able to efficiently remove any old tiles and install new ones for you. Whether you're comfortable sourcing your own tiles or not, tiling experts are always happy to give their opinion based on their extensive experience.

Flooring installer

While it may seem like flooring doesn’t impact the look and feel of a space, it can have an influence on how modern or dated it appears, and it needs to complement other design aspects of the kitchen. Find a flooring expert to advise you on what materials to use, the style that will best suit the space and your budget, and to lay the new floor.

While these represent the essential experts required for a kitchen reno, there are other services that are optional. Like painting, window installation, a ventilation professional, an interior designer or architect.

Any renovation can be confusing and stressful to plan alone. Find a kitchen renovation expert to help plan out the process for you – most reno businesses are able to help you every step of the way, from start to completion.

Other considerations

Along with the process of hiring trades, there are other kitchen design considerations you'll need to mull over, including:

  • Materials for: flooring, cupboard doors, handles, benchtops and the splashback.
  • Lighting fixtures.
  • Paint colours.
  • Theming or styles you like.

While you may think a kitchen exists just for cooking and cleaning dishes, it can actually elevate the whole design and atmosphere of your home. Whether you’re looking to update a couple of things in your kitchen or completely overhaul the space, the process is always smoother when you have reliable trades on hand.

Author bio:

Jenny Cheng is the content writer at Oneflare, Australia’s fastest growing online marketplace connecting consumers with professionals within the home improvement and services categories. She loves to bring creativity and refreshing ideas into her pieces - from health and fitness to advice on home design.

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Your guide to low maintenance, high impact landscaping

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Your guide to low maintenance, high impact landscaping

When you drive through a new neighbourhood, what is the first thing you notice about the different properties you see? It’s probably not the custom fixtures in the master ensuite, is it? It’s also probably not the Italian marble the owners spent a fortune on in the family area. (Disclaimer- If either of these are things that you do notice, well done. You have an excellent eye, but you also may exhibit prowler-like tendencies!).

All joking aside, it’s most common to notice the landscaping of a home, lining the perimeter of the structure. Some gardens are awe-inspiring, others tend to draw your eye for the wrong reasons because of their lack of care. Either way, your landscaping is the first calling card that you share about your home with passers-by and potential buyers.

One of the biggest misconceptions about landscaping is that intricate and awesome work takes a lot of time and money. Today, we’d like to break down that myth and instead, share some industry secrets and best practices you could look at doing yourself. After all, your time and money are two currencies that we’d like to see you retain as much of as possible!

Today, we’re partnering with the team at Australian Heritage Homes, the ultimate professionals in this endeavour. The decades of experience that the AHH team offer, frequently focuses on stretching your hard earned dollar as far as it will go.

Here are some ways to ensure that your landscaping is low maintenance, but high impact:

Explore plants that require minimal watering

Succulents and cactuses are on trend right now. Even if they don’t align directly with your aesthetic, there are alternatives to your favourite flowers and plants, which don’t require nearly as much water or TLC.

Choose plants with wide berths

In line with the advice above, we recommend choosing trees or plants with wide areas of shade cover, versus detail-oriented flower beds. Even though the flower beds may look beautiful when in bloom, think about the different types of nutrients and care they’ll need. They may even require different levels of watering. The result just isn’t worth the stress or the time.

Opt for gravel pathways, instead of grassy ones

Grass requires both trimming and watering on a regular basis, depending on what kind of weather the current season has thrown at you. When you choose deep gravel beds and paths instead, you’re knocking several items out of the budget and time commitment to maintenance, right off the bat.

Pick out native plants

If you’re set on intricate flower bed designs, keep an eye out for plants and flowers that are native to your area. This means that you’ll already know that they grow well in your specific environment, so both pruning and watering involvement will go down.

Check out material recycling depots

Many cities offer buildings or lots where you can drop off items that you just don’t seem to use anymore or from demolitions. These can be a mecca for raw materials like stone and timber sleepers for making garden beds, pots for plants or decorative touches which can take your garden to the next level with low investment.

Consider going artificial

Many master gardeners might gasp in surprise, but artificial grass is a big trend right now. You won’t have kids stomping through, and flattening it. You also won’t have to worry about seasons with low-rain levels and you can kiss weekends spent mowing the lawn goodbye.

Leverage retaining walls to create dynamic layers throughout your yard

What’s a retaining wall, you may ask? Feel free to explore the different properties on the AHH site, many of which feature retaining walls. These are a great hidden secret—a wall placed within the grade of a hill, to make your property look like it’s been carved into different layers. You can hide all the nuts and bolts of a retaining wall, with a few well-placed flowers and shrubs.

Find inspiration online

Thanks to the World Wide Web, landscapers and amateur gardeners are sharing all their secret tips for artistic garden projects that won’t break the bank. These include painting reused plant pots and fences, to add frequently-needed splashes of colour and style. If you’re not into the painting idea, Pinterest has a host of other projects, which may appeal to your style. Check out some Pinterest DIY projects.

We hope that these ideas kick start a creative brainstorm to help you take your landscaping to the next low maintenance level.

For more ways to up your home's kerb appeal check out these five exterior projects and how to boost your street appeal.

Author bio:

Australian Heritage Homes is located in Warrandyte South, Victoria, and builds quality, custom homes in Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs. Every customer speaks with owner Renay van Unen who has been building with the family business for the past 25 years, ensuring an expertise in service that cannot be matched by industry competitors. We pride ourselves on building homes of superior quality and excellent value.

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7 awesome ways to embrace street art at home

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7 awesome ways to embrace street art at home

As the saying goes ‘art is in the eye of the beholder’ and while all these residential artworks will not be to everyone’s taste, they all successfully make bold, colourful and interesting architectural statements.

From funky graffiti to full scale detailed murals, street art has a place in and on all kinds of homes, buildings and structures.

For sale: Fitzroy, VIC

For sale: Fitzroy, VIC

In a fantastic initiative local councils in Victoria are eligible for government grants in support of street art mural projects to help combat the 'ugly' tagging and graffitiing of buildings. So get ready to see more inspiring street art coming to buildings around your neighbourhood soon.

Here are seven ways you too can embrace urban art at your place drawing inspiration from these awesome works of art that we can’t take our eyes off.

Dress up your terrace

This one bedroom top floor apartment terrace oasis has used this stunning terrace wall to great artistic effect. The colouring and design choices in the rest of the apartment draw beautifully from the various shades and shapes of the figuration libre-esque mural.

Make a statement on external walls

As you can see on this two-level shop front charmer and the super cool converted warehouse above, colourful wall murals can really put a home on the map of a neighbourhood's streetscape. According to graffitimurals.com.au you can get your very own hand painted graffiti mural wall (2m H x 3m W) for around $1200. That seems a small price to pay for such an awesome one-of-a-kind invigorating decorative outcome.

Brighten up your garage or shed

This surrealist perspective mural design is sure to catch the attention of passers-by and makes what would otherwise be an unremarkable brick garage fun and pleasing to the eye. For a smaller scale commitment why not target your garage door or garden shed for an artistic DIY weekend makeover.

The fanciest fence in the street

This breathtaking and whimsical largely monochrome fence mural does a beautiful job at hinting that what lies beyond it is no ordinary house. A local Perth artist Robert Jenkins was commissioned to adorn the minimalist home's boundary wall with this original mural which amps up the award-winning Triangle House's dramatic facade even more so.

A show-stopping facade

With its creative flair and nods to different historic artistic movements, it's no surprise when you discover that this landmark Blue Mountains abode known as the 'mural house' had a past life as an artist's studio and residence. The vivacious style of this hand painted wall mural continues inside the home on its ceilings and in mosaic tile work to walls.

Edgy bathtub makeover

You may recognise this bathroom as the brainchild of contestants Caro and Kingi from season 11 of The Block. The perfect complement to the textured concrete rendered walls and industrial vibe of the rest of the apartment was this stunning custom made Melbourne laneway graffiti canvas printed tub. Talk about a bathroom with 'wow' factor!

2/1A Affleck Street, South Yarra, VIC

2/1A Affleck Street, South Yarra, VIC

Quirky living room talking point

Like something you would expect to see on the wall of your local aquarium, guests at this stunning beach house would be delighted (and dare I say have 'a whale of a time') admiring such a spectacular and sizeable work of art over dinner. A whale mural may not be everyone's first preference of artwork, but you could look at doing something on a similar scale with a colourful pop art mural or a more edgy urban graffiti designed wall size canvas.

So, are you game to design a bold statement mural running the length of your home’s exterior and for your house to become famous in your neighbourhood?

For more ways to get arty at home check out these eight creative places to display art

Happy decorating!

The Homely Team

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How to cut costs when building a new home

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How to cut costs when building a new home

Housing affordability is a hot topic for Sydney buyers and to a lesser extent all around the country. Anyone who has been looking to buy or build knows the feeling. It's not hard to stretch the budget to maximum capacity. If you’re building a new home, there are some simple things that you can do to fit your dream home into your dream budget.

Choose your land wisely!

Pay close attention to the block of land that you're looking to purchase. If the price is cheaper than others in the estate then it's probably for a reason. Some of the things that will impact your home build price later down the track include:

  • Easements
  • BAL(Bushfire Attack Level) Rating
  • Slope
  • Retaining walls
  • Soil Classification
  • Lot shape

Developers are likely to reduce the land price if the lot contains one of these features. The reason that they do this is because they know that when the home is eventually built, there will be additional works/materials/inclusions required in order for the application to be approved.

What do I do if I want to build a custom design?

If you have an oddly shaped block or if you have your own ideas for your new home then there are ways that you can save by going with a custom builder.

  • Keep the dwelling as close to a rectangle shape as possible. The more simple the building line, the cheaper the build.
  • If you're building a double storey home, keep the second storey in line with the ground floor. Making sure that there are supporting walls below your first floor can save you thousands on beams and other structural support. 
  • Think about the placement of your wet areas. When all of your wet areas are strategically placed closely together, fewer pipes are required. A simple step but it will save you money.

Leave stuff for after handover

Turnkey packages can be super convenient but things like landscaping, decking and fencing do add significant costs when organised through a builder. Plants, pebbles and grass definitely add that finishing touch to the outside of your home. However, your home is still perfectly functional without this pretty stuff on the outside.

If you're tight on budget, consider leaving the landscaping until after handover. It's even worth considering embracing your green thumb and working on your lawns and garden over time on the weekends. Doing it yourself will save heaps of money and might even turn out to be a fun family and friend activity!

Don't forget to talk to your builder. Your builder will be able to highlight where any added costs are coming from and should also be able to suggest how to bring the cost down (even just a little bit, better the money in your pocket!).

For more advice on building a new home have a look at six steps to find the right builder, the hidden costs of building and the pros and cons of building a new home.

Author bio:

Daniel Simone is the General Manager of Simone Homes. He believes the foundation of every family is the home and is passionate about building them. Proudly family owned and operated, the team at Simone Homes have been building bespoke homes for over 35 years. Follow Simone Homes on Facebook and Instagram.

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Homely.com.au is a new way to search for Edithvale real estate for sale and properties to rent in Melbourne. With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, homely.com.au is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia.

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Our guide to furnishing your new home

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Our guide to furnishing your new home

Furnishing your new home might seem like a daunting task, but it need not be. Check out these smart tips to have your home looking exactly how you want!

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5 exterior projects to up your home's style

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5 exterior projects to up your home's style

Does your home have kerb appeal? There's no denying that kerb appeal can help sell a house, if that is your aim. Or, it can just make your house the jewel of the neighbourhood if you have no plans to sell. Good landscaping alone can increase the value of your home by as much as 28 per cent.

There are many ways you can improve the outside of your home and update it. Some projects require more sweat equity than cash, too, so these projects can fit into any budget size. Here are five top exterior projects to instantly up your home's style stakes.

1. Paint or replace your front door

Although it doesn’t cost a lot of money or take a lot of paint or DIY know how to change the colour of your front door, a pop of colour can make a huge impact. If your front door almost blends into the exterior of your home, then it’s time to figure out how you can make more of an impact.

First, consider the colours that will contrast with and complement your exterior. For example, if you have a white brick house, then a pop of red or blue will stand out and contrast beautifully. By the same token, you can up the elegance of your home by replacing a standard contractor’s door with a glass panelled or carved front door that adds extra interest and style to the exterior.

2. Upgrade your mailbox

Your mailbox may not be the first thing you think of when looking at and redecorating the exterior of your home, but in most houses it is the closest part to the street and can draw the eye to your property in either a good or a bad way. Your first step should be to upgrade to a higher spec letterbox or replace the numerals with shiny new ones.

Next, look at the landscaping around the mailbox. Can you add edging for a more manicured look? Will flowers add additional colour to the front of your home? The best place to start is by considering what style of mailboxes are already used in your neighbourhood. Which ones do you like the best? How can you replace yours with one that fits in with the general look of other homes in the street that won’t be too jarring with your home's style?

3. Install a new garage door

Due to their size garage doors are particularly noticeable from the street, especially if they are cheaply made or the wrong style for your house. A home that is 20 or 30 years old may have outdated doors that are no longer in style. Swapping out your old garage door for a new one is a relatively inexpensive exterior change that can make a tremendous difference in the overall look of your home.

You might decide to replace your garage door because it is no longer working, but to really get the most from the project, you should consider the overall appearance of your home to choose a garage door that fits the style of your home. New garage doors can change the entire look of your home and remote control options can increase the functionality and appeal of your property to buyers considerably.

4. Invest in landscaping

What plants do you have in your yard and how are they arranged? This can apply to both your front and back yards, but the key is to have a nice mix of trees, shrubs, and flowers so that everything is balanced and aesthetically pleasing.

In some cases, home owners typically see between a five and 20 per cent return on investment for the cost of landscaping. Putting some money into landscaping, whether you do it all at once or invest in bits and pieces over time, has a way of paying off both in the visual appeal of your home and in resale value.

5. Change your roof

Another place you might not initially think to look to update is your roof. However, this is something that every single person sees when they pull up to your home. Trends change from year to year, but there are some roof types that instantly up the style of your home, such as slate tiles or colorbond roofing.

If your current roof doesn’t need to be replaced, take the time to look for broken tiles and replace them to neaten it up. Have the roof tiles professionally cleaned so that any unsightly dirt, moss, algae or grime that has built up over time is washed away and the overall look of the roof is revitalised. You can also extend your inspection to the gutters and make sure they are in good repair and fresh looking.

Even making minor changes, such as painting a door, adding some brightly coloured flowers, or washing the roof can make a huge difference in improving the kerb appeal of your home. These are just a few of the projects you can do this season to make your house the best looking on the block.

For more ways to boost your home's visual appeal look at 11 must-dos for a successful open house, hallway overhaul: 4 decor tips and three ways to add value to your home.   

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5 ultimate homes for embracing your inner child

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5 ultimate homes for embracing your inner child

Poolside cinemas, private bowling alleys and spiral waterslides all sound like something out of scenes from Richie Rich. But for the lucky owners of these extraordinary Australian properties these features are a reality that any child or child at heart would be crazy for.

Sometimes there’s nothing more refreshing than a home that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and has a sense of fun and enjoyment about it. Here are five fun-filled examples that are currently on the market.

Disco bowling alley

Billed as ‘a magical playground for children and adults alike’ anybody would be thrilled to be the proud owners of this awe-inspiring contemporary mansion.

You'll be living every kids dream with your very own two-lane commercial grade disco bowling alley. If that isn’t exciting enough, the incredible rumpus area is topped off with arcade games, an air hockey table, pool table, cinema room and a bar.

Once you’ve perfected your bowling technique, head outdoors to the mighty 24 metre swimming pool, heated spa and putting green for fun in the sun.

Wet‘n’wild spiral waterslide

Could this be the coolest beach home in Australia? It is a serious contender granting its owners direct access to the pristine Sunrise Beach. Heading out for a day of sun, sand and sandcastle building couldn’t be easier. Or you could just stay home and take in the jaw-dropping ocean vistas from your massive deck or master suite bed.

Big kids will take pleasure in luxuries like the Swedish sauna, spa bath, infotainment system and media wall. While little kids will delight in the 22 metre water slide and 25 metre glass enclosed lap pool.

Luxury home cinema

Imagine entertaining 17 of your closest friends in your very own 18-seat recliner Gold Class style home cinema with bar. Also think of the time and cash you’ll save not having to take the kids to queue up at the cinema during the school holiday rush.

Not to be missed, this brand-new architect designed home also includes a rooftop entertaining terrace with city views, an infinity pool, climate controlled wine cellar, gym and games room. Car enthusiasts will be happy to note there is plenty of room for all their toys in the six car basement garage.

Outdoor pool cinema

What kid wants to be stuck inside in front of a screen on a hot summer day when they could be splashing around in the family pool? With this outdoor pool cinema, the kids can embrace both these hobbies. Perfect for taking a dip and for hosting pool/ outdoor movie parties on balmy nights, your backyard would become the place to be in the summertime.

Think of the awesome BBQs you could host with your favourite sport showing on the big screen, such as Cup Day, the Grand Final and the Australian Open just to name a few. If you’re feeling inspired to take up a sport yourself, you can always head to Wynnum Golf Club, the District Lawn Tennis courts, the Junior Rugby League and Bowls Club, all mere streets away.

Underground basketball court

Part school gym, part James Bond villain lair, this vast underground basketball court is a truly unique and unexpected feature of this elegant Wembley historic home. Sporty individuals and aspiring Steph Curry's will spend all their time in this impressive space.

Best of all, come rain hail or shine, the kids will have an amazing place to run around, shoot hoops and entertain friends. For when the sun is out the little ones will also love getting acrobatic on the in-ground trampoline and monkey bars. 

We hope these homes have inspired you to take a more light hearted approach when it comes to modifying your home or buying a new home.

For more of Australia's coolest homes take at these spellbinding homes that could be straight out of Beauty and the Beast, the most romantic homes for sale and find out how to create kid-approved play areas.

Happy house hunting!

The Homely Team

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Apartment living: Are you playing by the rules?

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Apartment living: Are you playing by the rules?

We’re governed by federal, state, and council laws, but did you know there’s a fourth level of governance if you live in an apartment?

Regardless of whether you’re an owner or tenant, the building you live in has a set of by-laws or rules that anyone who steps foot on the property will have to abide by. These by-laws or rules are created and enforced by the owners of the building (collectively referred to as the 'owners corporation' or 'body corporate'), and are intended to meet the needs of all residents and ensure a safe and harmonious environment.

Here are some of the most common by-laws or rules that exist in properties around the country:

Managing noise levels

While keeping noise levels to a minimum is a general courtesy most of us exercise daily, those that insist on making a commotion can be issued a notice by the owners corporation or body corporate, and then a fine of up to $2,400 if the noise continues – permissible without police involvement! The exact fine amount will vary depending on which state you live in.

Keeping pets

Harbouring a pet inside your apartment? If your landlord is giving you a hard time about keeping a pet, it’s possible it’s due to a by-law or rule imposed by the owners corporation. So if your neighbour catches scent of what you’re up to, you may not just get kicked out, but fined too. The same restrictions apply to owner-occupiers, who may need to seek approval from the owners corporation or body corporate in order to keep a pet.

Hanging your washing on your balcony

Some owners corporations and bodies corporate (as well as local councils) don’t allow you to hang washing on your balcony on the basis that it can look unsightly. While some ban it entirely, others only rule it out if it can be seen from street level or from outside of the property, i.e. from buildings nearby.

Installing hard flooring

If you’ve just bought an apartment and want to remove the carpet and replace it with floorboards, you may need written approval first. By removing the carpet, you are essentially removing noise insulation, and this can have a negative impact on your neighbours, especially those living downstairs. For this reason, it’s important that you check the by-laws or rules surrounding such renovations, and always invest in premium installation, so you don’t risk complaints or a reinstallation later down the track.

Smoking on your balcony

Most owners condemn smoking inside of an apartment, but your owners corporation or body corporate may prohibit it on your balcony, too. In NSW, for instance, an owners corporation can adopt a by-law that allows them to prohibit smoking anywhere on the property.

Firing up a barbie

If the great Aussie barbie plays a big part in your leisure time, it’s worth noting that some apartments have by-laws or rules that ban barbecues for the simple reason that they stink out other apartments and can pose health and safety risks. Much like the by-laws or rules that apply to smoking, you may be able to light up a barbie if you’re up for the challenge of ensuring it doesn’t cause smoke to drift onto neighbouring or common property! There may also be restrictions to when you can operate a barbecue.

Moving in or out on weekends

So residents aren’t disturbed during their valuable days off, some owners corporations and bodies corporate enforce by-laws or rules that prohibit you from moving furniture in or out of the property during specific times. If you live in a high-rise, you may also need to book use of the lift and install protective lift covers. In some cases, you may even be charged a fee.

Installing blinds or curtains

You wouldn’t think that what you hang inside of your apartment could be dictated by others, but to protect the aesthetic of the building, many owners corporations and bodies corporate need to approve the colour, design and method of installation of any window coverings before you install them. This also applies to any sliding doors and can also restrict your use of fly screens.

For more things to think about before moving into an apartment take a look at the pros and cons of compact apartment living and Strata 101: Need to knows before buying off the plan.

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PICA Group is one of Australia’s leading property services companies. As a market leader, we aim to continuously redefine the experience of owning a property for the better through a range of businesses offering strata management, facilities management, receivables management, and property development services. Follow the PICA Group on Facebook @thepicagroup and LinkedIn.

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The 4 hottest rug colour trends this season

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The 4 hottest rug colour trends this season

Nothing refreshes a room quite like a new rug – choosing the right colour of floor covering to suit your space can truly ground a room, and provide a great jumping off point for selecting the colour scheme for the rest of your décor.

Whether your tastes are traditional or contemporary, bold and graphic or soft and organic, colour plays a huge role in selecting the perfect rug for your home.

For sale: 66 Gordon Street, Gordon Park, QLD, 'Eroded' rug

For sale: 66 Gordon Street, Gordon Park, QLD, 'Eroded' rug

The Pantone list of 2017s hottest colours is the perfect place to begin for on-trend colour inspiration. This year’s predictions are playful and vivid, igniting the imagination and inspiring a new wave of bold interior choices. These predictions definitely seem to be ringing true in trending colours for a wide range of products, and especially for floor rugs.

The latest releases from Designer Rugs are on the mark with their bright hues, and an ideal way to keep your living, dining or bedroom in vogue. With over 30 years of design history, plus the option to customise size, shape and colour to create the perfect fit, you’ll be sure to find the rug of your dreams in exactly the shade you need!

Here are four rug colours that will give your home an on-trend refresh:

1. Pink Yarrow

Pink Yarrow is definitely the boldest choice of the season, and is sure to lift your spirits and elevate your space. 'Evelyn' by Petrina Turner provides a nod to retro crocheted rugs of 70s decor, but with a luxury twist – beautiful New Zealand wool and bamboo is hand carved to provide incredible texture in this contemporary hue.

2. Lapis blue

Energetic, radiant and yet calming, Lapis blue is a rich and majestic option to centre your room around. 'Powder Room' by Romance Was Born uses this shade as a base, with pops of whimsical pinks and greens forming the overlayed design. With so many colours to pull out and use as inspiration, this quirky rug is a perfect departure point for an interiors update.

3. Primrose yellow

Bring the sunshine into your home with Primrose Yellow! This joyful, vibrant colour has been paired with subdued greys in 'Reflector' by Gavin Harris, creating the effect of the sun streaming through the clouds. This simple, geometric design has subtle diagonal detail, perfect for drawing the eye to certain areas of your room.

 

4. Flame

An ideal colour for adding warmth to a cool contemporary space, Flame creates a perfect centrepiece for a room, and pairs back well with many complimentary colours and wood tones. Luxury handknot style ‘Malabar’ has a lavish, touchable texture, and contains shimmering silk highlights in copper and orange tones.

Which of these exciting colour trends is your top pick this season? While these trend predictions are bold, they are extremely versatile in their application and can be toned down or amped up to suit your tastes. No matter your choice, a new floor rug is one of the easiest ways to update your space.

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Designer Rugs is Australia’s leading rug company, specialising in handmade custom rugs and carpets for both residential and commercial interiors. Designer Rugs has a successful history, operating since 1986 in the Australian and international flooring market and has developed a strong portfolio of clients and projects around its core value of quality, design integrity, originality and service excellence. Their range includes exclusive world renowned collections by Australian artists and designers. In addition, customers looking for ready-made rugs are provided with creative collections of handmade rugs in a wide variety of styles, influences and sizes.

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 9 ways to save money around the home

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9 ways to save money around the home

We’re not talking radical lifestyle changes, or living extremely frugally, but by adopting some simple money-saving measures, you can trim down your outgoing costs and see a notable increase to your bank balance. It makes complete sense that spending less and having more in the bank is going make most people happier and less stressed, so who wouldn’t want to live a low-cost day-to-day lifestyle, so that you have more to spend on the bigger treats? Seychelles here we come!

Here are nine lifestyle changes and household habits to help you pad out your savings.

Learn a new DIY skill

Whether it’s mending your own clothes, upholstering furniture or even building your own garden deck, being able to tackle a DIY job on your own, without having to seek expensive external help is going to save you a fortune. Simple online courses or YouTube videos offer quick and easy instructions, while basic evening classes could offer more extensive training. Just imagine if you knew a little about plumbing? Your wallet would certainly be happier!

Personalise your pressies

Try getting creative with your gifts and cards by making them at home, rather than relying on shop-bought solutions. Keep some great ideas up your sleeve by researching online, and make more than one at a time so you have stock in the cupboard for last-minute presents that you can whip up. Homemade children’s presents are going to make a heartfelt treat, and the kids will also enjoy helping make the gift. You can also make adult gifts in the form of homemade condiments, sweet bakes or even wine, again stocking up a few batches in the cupboard so you never arrive empty handed.

Bake your own bread

Who doesn’t love the smell of baking bread wafting around the house? And what greater special treat can you offer guests than home-made crumpets or muffins? Buying a bread maker is a large initial outlay, but it will help you save on grocery bills in the long run, particularly if you have bread storage that will keep it fresh. What’s more, home-baked bread is sure to encourage home-made lunches, thanks to the appeal of yummy doorstop-sized sandwiches.

Drink your own coffee

In a similar vein to baking your own bread, investing in a coffee machine and bean grinder will encourage you to make your own good-quality coffee to drink at home and take away. A thermos flask, or a sustainable coffee cup, not only keeps a few extra dollars in your pocket each day, it will save on environmentally harmful coffee cups too.

Revive furniture instead of trading it in

When furniture gets a bit tired and worn around the edges, we often take the easy, but costly route of trading it in for a new model. However, before throwing it out, or selling it on eBay, consider if you could revive it so it will last a little longer. 

Maybe a wooden dining table can be sanded down, revarnished or repainted? Or commissioning new covers for a well-used chair or sofa is going to be a lot less expensive, and more convenient, than buying a brand-new piece.

10 Ways To Fit In A Dressing Table

Repurpose old items

Becoming a keen op-shopper and nature-strip hunter is going to make life interesting, not to mention cheaper. Keep up to date with council clean-up days. Think up creative uses for everyday items, such as wooden palettes, and you can forego those designer buys for more unique and individual one-offs.

DIY Cushion Covers To Revive Your Home

Grow your own

You don’t have to own loads of land to grow your own vegies, even city balconies can be ripe pickings for homegrown produce. All you need is some good containers and a bit of dedication, and you’ll be treating yourself to delicious organic salad leaves, herbs and tomatoes in no time. Look up courses and videos on propagation as a way to reduce spending on plants at garden centres too.

Shop-bought herbs can add a hefty amount to grocery bills, particularly when they don’t last long in the fridge, so growing your own is a must for keen cooks who want to save money for other luxurious food treats.

Turn the power off

This is a well-worn money saving tip, but one that needs to be reiterated in a tech world where we continue to fill our homes with more and more devices. Turning off the power on computers and unplugging idle chargers is going to save on energy and electricity costs. No matter how small the savings, it all adds up in the end.

Rent out a room

This is a bigger lifestyle change that will take a bit of planning, but renting out a spare room to either casual Airbnb guests or Monday-to-Friday lodgers will see a huge contribution towards your weekly bills. It’s a big sacrifice to make, but if you’re prepared to share communal areas with strangers and are happy to clean up after them, then you could be looking at a significant financial boost to put toward your mortgage payments, and that’s priceless!

10 Small Changes That Will Save Big Money at Home

What lifestyle changes have you made to your daily routine to save the cents? Share your tips in the comments below.

This article was originally published on the Houzz.com.au. Read the original article here.

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Louise O'Bryan is a Houzz Contributor with over 15 years as an interiors writer, stylist and content producer for digital and print media. Specialising in house tours, room renovations and decorating solutions, her previous clients include Inside Out (Aus), Ideal Home, The Times weekend supplement and Sainsbury's magazine. I never tire from the thrill of discovering a jaw-dropping, inspirational home to feature and having an insight into other people's spaces. Call me curious or just nosey!

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5 kitchen splashback material heroes

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5 kitchen splashback material heroes

When you’re renovating or designing a kitchen for a new home it’s important to get your splashback material selection right as it is such a significant feature that runs through the entire kitchen.

The right splashback material choice will complement the rest of your kitchen and draw the eye to your kitchens best assets.

If you’re tired of seeing the same old coloured glass and subway tile kitchen splashbacks everywhere, we’ve put together a short list of our favourite material alternatives that’ll quickly become the hero piece of your kitchen.

Window

One of our favourite trends in kitchen splashbacks right now is glass window splashbacks. They look especially great when they showcase a stellar view or lush garden or green wall beyond.

You could even plant veggies, citrus trees and herbs in pots right outside your splashback window to create a nice green leafy view and to use in cooking.

Plus, window splashbacks let natural light stream into the kitchen, are easier to clean than tiles and make a kitchen feel airy and more spacious.

Glass digital print

If you aren’t lucky enough to have a good view from your kitchen or the ability to easily add in a 4m long window as your splashback, go for the next best thing; a glossy digital print glass splashback.

Image: The SplashbackCo.

Image: The SplashbackCo.

The great thing about this type of splashback is you can supply your own image and customise the splashback to exactly your taste and suit your décors style. It also doubles as a piece of art by adding an interesting focal point to your kitchen.

Make the kitchen your happy place with a statement visual that makes you feel at ease. Think tranquil rainforest landscapes, a beach at sunset, a vivid geometric pattern or a pretty city skyline view.

Pressed metal

Traditionally a decorative feature used on ceilings in heritage homes, pressed metal has had a revival of late popping up as a charming kitchen splashback material.

Pressed metal panels are quick to install, durable, relatively affordable and come in a range of patterns. Best of all you can have it powder coated in the colour of your choosing and re-coated when it’s time to redecorate.

Image: Melbourne Pressed Metal

Image: Melbourne Pressed Metal

Mirror

A mirrored splashback will give your kitchen an instant update and make it feel modern and sleek. They are especially good for making a compact kitchen feel bigger and lighter than it is.

There are also a range of different tints and hues available in mirrored splashbacks, like rose gold, charcoal grey, bronze and copper.

Image: EKBB Magazine

Image: EKBB Magazine

For a more edgy and cool industrial look check out distressed or tarnished mirror splashback styles.

Marble

No other kitchen material says luxury and high-end quite as well as a beautiful marble splashback.

Marble is a timeless material that is easy to clean and available in a wide variety of colours ranging from deep blue-greys through to bright white Calacatta.

Just make sure you seal the stone with a high-quality stone sealer to protect it from absorbing any stains.

We hope these kitchen materials have helped inspire you to choose something a bit outside the box when choosing your next splashback.

For more kitchen ideas take a look at our kitchen design tricks and tips, practical kitchen must haves for your next reno and the five best materials for kitchen cabinets.

Do you have a favourite kitchen splashback material we missed? Please share it with us in the comments section below.

Happy decorating!

The Homely Team

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Real life reno: Tuscan inspired Perth palace

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Real life reno: Tuscan inspired Perth palace

A home of impressive scale and grandeur that wouldn’t look out of place on a Tuscan hillside sits overlooking the Swan River at 12 Gibraltar Way, East Perth.

A unique buying opportunity to say the least, the palatial four-level mansion undertook extensive renovations using the finest materials and finishes sourced from all over the world.

Kerry Simpson and her husband decided to renovate their home a few years ago because it was looking dated inside and out. They felt a home in such a commanding position at the opening of Claisebrook Cove right on the water’s edge needed a façade to mirror its premium positioning.     

They also aimed to modernise the layout and make the most of the spectacular setting. ‘On the inside, more needed to be done to open the house up and enhance the amazing river and park views’, Kerry explains.

The project took 18 months where the home was completely gutted inside and out and stripped back down to the concrete.

All windows and balustrades were replaced and decorative mouldings and render were added to the exterior ‘to give the house a totally new look’, Kerry says.

In terms of style they settled on a Tuscan theme because the home already had features that leant itself towards this grandiose look and being so close to the water the location feels very Mediterranean. Kerry tells us she's ‘always been inspired by the look of Tuscan villas in Italy’ and wanted to emulate that romantic feel in her home.

Externally they enhanced the Tuscan theme by using a rich and earthy coloured render, sandstone mouldings, bronze wrought iron and rumbled stonework. ‘I do feel we were able to capture that luxurious Mediterranean feel beautifully’, Kerry says.

Internally no expense was spared on fitting out the home with the best of the best. In the entry foyer stained glass windows, an artisan designed wine cabinet and marble floors hint at the luxury to follow as you move through the rest of the house.

What could highlight the Tuscan flair of the home better than the private balconies off all bedrooms to take full advantage of the incredible river and park views.

The show-stopping whole floor master suite includes a sitting area, walk in robe, kitchenette and decadent ensuite. The ensuite features marble tiling, a dual vanity, a huge walk-in shower/ steam room with mosaicked bench seat and a freestanding tub to take in the views. Bellisimo!

Other luxe features of note include a traditional fireplace, two living areas plus formal dining, a granite wet bar, an outdoor Tuscan stone pool, courtyard and expansive BBQ area.

Perhaps best of all, what Italian home would be complete without a lavish kitchen to whip up a feast for the whole family. With granite benchtops, premium cabinetry, a walk in pantry, European fittings and a $30,000 ILVE oven shipped from Venice (that had to be craned into place!) tops off the decadent chef’s kitchen.

Kerry says the thing they love most about their home is the connection they have with the community where they sit on the balcony with a wine and people watch whilst looking out over the river, occasionally having a chat with passers by. Sounds like it'll be a tough spot to give up!

For more home reno inspiration check out the story behind a breathtaking Victorian masterfully transformed and a quirky Collingwood apartment makeover.

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