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DIY your way to a more zen home

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DIY your way to a more zen home

At the end of a long day, your first instinct will be to unwind and decompress in your homely haven. You might want to spend time cooking a delicious meal or binge-watching your favourite show. Whatever you enjoy doing after work or school should be something that makes you happy, but that’s difficult to do if your home isn’t a peaceful environment.

Here are our top DIY ways to create a more zen home. By taking these strategies on board you’ll quickly feel the energy around your home changing into something more positive.

Earthy tones

Give your home a natural, warm and down to earth feel by painting your rooms in earthy colours. The act of painting a room is a therapeutic process on its own, but when you use neutral, natural hues, you’ll feel more connected with the earth and foster a feeling of peace. Think shades of mushroom, terracotta and olive green to create a restful atmosphere.

Calming sounds

You may already have a place in your home that is perfect for mindfulness activities like meditating and yoga if it weren’t for the noise. Some homes and apartments are in close proximity to neighbours and busy streets, so you can potentially hear everything from the neighbour's TV to the fire brigade two or three streets over. Try hanging wind chimes around the outside areas of your house or even inside near open windows. They’ll fill your home with calming sounds that promote restfulness.

Another sound that people often find calming is that of trickling water. Try to find a small, indoor fountain that you can keep on the kitchen counter or in your home office. Wherever you find yourself struggling the most to block out the external noise, add something that plays calming nature sounds. Even if it’s an app that you play on your phone while you practice your breathing, the sound of a rainforest and babbling stream will calm and centre you.

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Amplify natural light

Another way you can connect with nature from inside your home is to enhance natural light wherever you can. Hang sheer curtains, mirrors and keep the blinds open so natural light floods your living spaces and bedroom. You’ll feel a natural peace from the warming sunlight and you’ll help the earth by using less electricity for heating and lighting. Being good to yourself and the planet will ease your conscience as you transition into a mindset of less worry.

Simple furnishings

Living in a place that’s focused on zen has a lot to do with simplicity and minimalism. You don’t want to use up too many natural resources for things that will just sit around your home unused. To avoid paying too much and reduce waste consider upcycling found items or things you already own. Make your own pallet furniture instead of buying something new and mass produced. Pallets can be recycled into tables, bedheads, outdoor seating and even a wine rack if you spend a bit of time getting creative with a toolkit.

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Declutter frequently

Sometimes what’s blocking good energy doesn’t have to do with what’s in your mind, but instead it could be the things in your home that can stress you out. If you don’t have a habit of cleaning and decluttering frequently, the mess may be blocking your zen. The mail stacking up on the counter or the clothes piling up on the bedroom floor can actually contribute to feelings of fatigue and stress. Deep clean and tidy your key living spaces monthly to allow good energy to flow through your home.

Promote positive energy

You don’t have to meditate all the time to find the right balance of energy in your life. What you bring into your home can help you create good energy, like Himalayan salt lamps and crystals. Salt lamps have grown popular in western culture because of the way they look, but also because people can feel a noticeable change in their energy. The salt provides warmth and balanced energy to any room, a practice of feng shui. They also look great with many décor styles, from modern to boho to Hamptons.

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Achieving and maintaining a level of zen is something everyone should strive for in their home environment. It helps keep your mind and emotions in check while you deal with day to day stressors. While you can’t always keep negative energy away from you during the day, you can help cleanse your spirit and achieve that level of zen once you get home.

The energy you bring into your home doesn’t have to be the energy that stays there. By transforming your environment, you can make your living space one that amplifies positive energy and blocks out anything that could disrupt that. See what you can do in your own home to experience how much it can change your mind and your personal level of zen.

Author bio:

Kacey Mya is the lifestyle and travel 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. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like SUCCESS, Tripping.com and more!

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5 must-have accessories to style a home to sell

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5 must-have accessories to style a home to sell

When it comes to selling your home and getting the best price it's important to market it to potential buyers in the most attractive way possible.

Thoughtful and fresh styling can be the difference between a quick sale and a house that sits on the market for months.

Here are five finishing touches that’ll take the styling and presentation of your home to the next level to ensure a speedy sale and wow buyers as soon as they set foot in the door.

Comfy cushions

Scatter cushions are the perfect way to add colour, interest and texture to your home’s furnishings and outdoor entertaining areas. Best of all you can give a tired armchair or outdoor setting a new lease on life simply by swapping out the old faded cushions with a few new plush ones.

We’re big fans of this unassuming little Scandi knot cushion design that’s taking interiors all over Pinterest and Instagram by storm. We love the sculptural and textural appeal this little guy instantly brings to beds, chairs and couches.

Save- Knot cushion pink, $8, Kmart

Splurge- Knot cushion, various colours, $79, Cush & Co

Deliciosa greenery

When staging a home for sale a handful of houseplants is a great way to brighten, enliven and add a pop of colour to any bare or ‘awkward’ corners or spaces that could use a lift. You can also add extra colour and character with your choice of cool pot plant or pot stand.

The latest ‘it’ plant of 2018, monstera deliciosa (aka the Swiss cheese plant) is famous for its big glossy split leaves. It’s the perfect addition to a living area, dining room (pictured below) study or bedroom and is best kept out of direct sunlight.

Save- Rattan plant stand, $24.99, IKEA

Splurge- Pot plant set, Matt Blatt, $375

Elegant bar cart

A retro bar cart is one of the biggest trends in home interiors and home entertaining at the minute. When styling a home for sale you want to paint a picture of a particular lifestyle to appeal to a certain type of buyer. The bar cart is a great way to showcase the home’s great entertaining areas and add some flair to a study, living room, patio or dining area.

Set up a fabulous drinks trolley using a cart or side table, a cocktail making set, a serving tray, a bowl of citrus fruits, glam glassware topped off with your favourite spirits or a bottle of bubbly.

Save- Kitchen service trolley, $79.95, DShop

Splurge- Gold Gatsby bar cart, $399, Temple & Webster

Furry flourish

When selling your home, you want it to feel as warm and inviting to potential buyers as possible. This is especially important if it’s hitting the market during the winter time. One of the best ways to achieve this is to incorporate luxurious fluffy and furry tactile textiles throughout your home.

For instance, hang a pair of lush white terry cloth bathrobes on a bathroom hook to add a luxurious hotel vibe to the space. Drape a decadent sheepskin rug across a desk chair, outdoor patio setting, ottoman or on the floor to instantly warm up a plain room. Add velvet or faux fur throws and blankets to couches and beds to add another layer of luxury.

Save- Luxury faux sheepskin rug, $51, Next.com.au

Splurge- Rose sheepskin, $179.99, Adairs

Crackling fire pit

A hot (literally!) decor trend in landscaping and outdoor living right now are fire pits. Consider a DIY project to build your own or you can purchase a fire pit kit if construction isn’t your forte.

Fire pits showcase how versatile your outdoor area is and set a homely mood. Light your fire pit for the photo shoot to make your property ad images leap off the screen and catch buyers’ eyes. Create a timber stack in close proximity to your fire pit for ease of use and as a decorative feature.

Save- Steel fire pit, $49, Bunnings

Splurge- Steel fire pit, $1,100, Stahl

We hope these accessories inspire you to dress up your home before putting it on the market to achieve a top price outcome.

Happy decorating!

The Homely Team

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5 tips to plan an effortless backyard party

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5 tips to plan an effortless backyard party

Organising a backyard party can take a lot more work and be much more stressful than you might initially imagine. Most people don’t realise just how much work is required until they get into the nitty-gritty of it all, suddenly panicking about where guests will sit, how the drinks will be kept cold and what the weather will be like.

You may consider hiring a professional party company to take care of the planning and ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible. Next time you’re hosting a backyard party or casual soiree, keep these tips in mind to hold a memorable event that goes off without a hitch.

 Image: Perth Party Hire

Image: Perth Party Hire

Theming fun.

Before you even start the planning process, the first thing to ask yourself is whether you want your party to have a theme. Choosing a theme can make the planning process easier, as it gives you a direction to go in when choosing decorations, planning food and figuring out all the finer details. Consider whether your backyard party is going to be casual and laid back or a more elegant and sophisticated affair.

Party themes are only limited by your imagination, with popular theme options including Hawaiian, Tropicana, pirate, boho, 60s, Bollywood, Palm Springs pool party, high tea picnic, Mexican fiesta and many others. Picking a certain colour scheme to complement your theme is also helpful to get your party plan rolling.

Organise furniture, supplies & equipment.

Once you’ve chosen your theme, assess your backyard space and consider whether you have the right furniture, supplies and equipment needed to bring your vision to life. Do you have enough seating for all guests? Do you have the right height tables to serve food on? Do you have enough cutlery and glassware?

If you don’t have all the equipment you need, ask friends or relatives if they have supplies you can borrow, or hire your backyard party supplies for a fraction of the cost of buying them brand new or second hand. From glassware to dance floors to lighting to umbrellas, you can hire it all! It’s also more space efficient and better for the environment than buying lots of stuff you may never use again.

 Image: Perth Party Hire

Image: Perth Party Hire

Fab food & drink.

When choosing the type of food and drinks you want to serve at your backyard party, there are several things to keep in mind, including budget, theme and type of occasion. If your plan is for guests to be standing, choosing complex meals that require seating, cutlery and sturdy plates isn’t the best idea. Opt for easy nibbles and finger food instead that can be passed around on trays and easily eaten with one hand. Think dips, cheeseboards, croquettes, sliders, tacos, prawns and mini pizzas. Maybe even set up a lolly or dessert bar where guests can pick and choose their fave sweet treats.

 Image: Perth Party Hire

Image: Perth Party Hire

Likewise, the idea of serving cocktails might sound like a great plan, but who is going to make them? Having a premade punch or jugs of sangria can be a great alternative to freshly mixed cocktails.

Set yourself realistic plans within your skills and budget and consider hiring a caterer, wait staff or a bartender to take the pressure off if that’s within your price range. That way you can enjoy the party with your guests rather than stressing about prepping and serving food.

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Wild weather contingencies.

We all know how unpredictable the weather can be – a backyard party in the middle of January doesn’t guarantee a hot sunny day any more than a soiree in July guarantees wind and rain. Whatever time of year your party will be held, make sure you’re prepared for the requirements of the season and have a backup plan.

If it’s a colder month, hire some outdoor heaters, hand out blankets or set up a fire pit to keep your guests warm. Don’t forget marshmallows to roast and hot chocolate of course!

If your party is in spring and summer have sunscreen, fans, plenty of water and ice buckets on hand. You could even hire a marquee to set up on the lawn so your guests will have shade and protection from the rain if an unseasonal storm threatens to spoil the day.

 Image: Perth Party Hire

Image: Perth Party Hire

Pump up the jam.

The right playlist can really make or break a party. When selecting music for your event, don’t just choose your favourite songs or the latest hot hits – opt for popular songs that every generation knows and can enjoy just as much. Stick with the classics, keep things upbeat and happy and make sure your playlist is long enough to last the duration of the party.

Other questions to keep in mind when planning a backyard party:

  • Do you need protection against mosquitos, flies or other bugs?
  • Do you have adequate, ambient lighting?
  • Are there sufficient transport options for guests?
  • Do you have a space for dancing or other forms of entertainment?
  • Where are you going to cool the drinks?
  • Where will guests put their recyclable bottles or rubbish?

For more backyard party inspiration, check out Perth Party Hireways to beautify your yard, backyard wedding ideas and how to prep your home for an Australia Day BBQ.

Author bio:

Rebecca Tunks is a digital marketing guru. She manages a variety of digital campaigns for small to medium businesses under her business CKY Media.

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Sofa selection: How to choose the best modular lounge for your home

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Sofa selection: How to choose the best modular lounge for your home

A sofa is the first piece of furniture every person will buy for their home. It’s not only a place to sit, it’s a resting place, a bed, a dining spot, a tv binge watching facility, and quite often...a pet bed too. Because of this, choosing the right couch is essential when you’re planning to invest in one for your new home or thinking about replacing your old sofa. But with all the kinds of sofas available in the market, which one should you choose?

When it comes to buying a new couch, modular lounges should be your sofa of choice.

What’s the difference between a modular sofa & a plain old couch?

Well, a modular sofa (sometimes also called a modular lounge) is a type of sofa that is made up of different pieces (or so-called modules) that make up the whole set. They come in different colours, shapes and sizes and can have various formations and features. Like a chaise, for example, can turn your plain old living room into a sleek and comfortable space for the whole family to hang out together.

The best part? When you move you won’t have the worry about it being the wrong shape for your new space. This is the benefit of a modular lounge - It can be rearranged to suit any space, occasion or household.

How to choose the best modular lounge for your home?

Check the amount of space you have available in your living room.

Do you have a big living space that can accommodate a large plush modular sofa or is your lounge room on the cosier side? Measure your space to determine how much room your fancy new modular lounge can take up to comfortably fit into your living room. Modular lounges come in all different sizes and numbers of modules, so be sure to consider the amount of room that the couch can occupy and don't forget to leave space for a coffee table.

A great tip: If you aren’t 100 per cent sure it will fit, get the dimensions of the lounge and lay out newspapers on the ground in your space to see what space the lounge might occupy. This will give you a realistic feel of how much space it’ll take up and whether it might feel too big or small.

Determine where you want to put your modular lounge.

Where will you position your new sofa? Do you envision it being against a wall? Or in the middle of the room as a room divider?

These types of sofas are very flexible, however, something to keep in mind is that most of the time modular lounges are designed to sit against a wall, which means that the back of the sofa might not be visually appealing should it be placed in the middle of a room with the back in view.
If you’re seeking a modular lounge that you can place in any part of the living room, consider one with a finished back so that it’s stylish from every angle.

Choose a style that complements your living room’s design.

Matching decor from curtains, rugs, upholstery and couch cushions is now a thing of the past. Mixing different kinds of materials, textures and colours together can make a house really feel like a home. Luckily, modular lounges also come in a variety of styles and with an assortment of materials and colours to choose from. From modern chic to classic leather or retro patterns, you’ll be able to find one that looks good, feels great and suits your style and decor perfectly.

Pick one that suits your lifestyle.

The most important thing to consider is to choose the modular lounge that suits your lifestyle. Are you the type of person who loves to come home from work and just veg out? Are you regularly entertaining guests? Do you have kids jumping all over them and spilling things? Or are you just one to curl up with your cat and watch a good flick? These are all things to consider when making your selection. Different fabrics and styles have different benefits. Some can be easily cleaned, hard wearing or super snuggly.

Shopping for your next modular lounge is an exciting time and also a long-term investment so choosing wisely is important. If our list above still has you worried about your choice, get in touch with the team at Chaise Sofas, who specialise in helping you choose the perfect lounge to suit both your lifestyle and home.

For more home furnishing tips check out this guide to furnishing your new home and advice for renters looking to furnish their home on a budget.

Author bio:

Andy Astudillo us a design enthusiast, blogger and a freelance writer. She currently lives in Perth, Australia and has always dreamed of travelling the world with her son. Her interests include interior design and home improvement which inspired her to share DIY and new decor ideas for other mothers and interior design enthusiasts like herself. 

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DIY home decor: Copper mason jar upcycle

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DIY home decor: Copper mason jar upcycle

Could your home decor use some luxe shimmery touches? It turns out you don’t need to spend a fortune to embrace the charms of metallic finishes and furnishings at home.

 Image: Dulux Australia

Image: Dulux Australia

If you’re looking to give some ordinary household objects a glamourous copper makeover, look no further than a humble can of spray paint, such as Dulux Duramax, and your pantry for some spare jars.

One of the best things about Dulux Duramax Metallic Finish is that you can use it to upcycle a variety of objects and materials, including timber, metal, plastic, glass and ceramics. Also, because it’s so quick to dry you can turnaround a DIY project in a matter of hours.

Dulux Colour Expert Andrea Lucena-Orr says, ‘Rose Gold is one of the hottest trends and it’s incredibly versatile’.

’It has more warmth than gold and silver and looks fabulous paired with classic navy and white, deep greens and earthy neutrals. Use Dulux Duramax Metallic Finish Rose Gold to transform a plain pendant light into a glam feature above the kitchen bench; or create a rose-tinted vignette from a trio of simple glass vessels that you can display on a shelf or coffee table’, suggests Andrea.

 Image: Dulux Australia

Image: Dulux Australia

We decided to go with a mason jar makeover because they’re so affordable (typically around $1-$2 a piece), on-trend and such a versatile accessory (see their 21 uses below).

Here’s our step-by-step guide to creating your very own spray-painted statement copper mason jars.

How to make dazzling copper mason jars:

You will need:

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Dulux Duramax Metallic Finish spray paint in Rose Gold

3 mason jars

Masking tape

Drop sheet/ newspaper

Lazy Susan (optional)

Cloth

Safety glasses

Step 1. Remove the lids from your mason jars and set them aside. Wipe down the outside of your mason jar with a damp cloth to remove any dust or grime that’ll prevent clean adhesion. Nb. Make sure the surface is dry before spraying.

Step 2. Use your masking tape to block off any areas you don’t want to be painted on your jars. You can make patterns, shapes or lines depending on the look you want (I did gold dipped, horizontal stripes and also coated an entire jar).

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Step 3. Lay down your drop sheet in a well-ventilated area (outside is best to avoid overspray damaging surfaces or indoor furniture).

Step 4. Cover your lazy Susan with a layer of newspaper. Line up your 3 jars on the Lazy Susan so you can spray each side of your jars without having to touch them.

Step 5. Put on your safety glasses, shake the can for 3 minutes before first use and also in between coats.

Step 6. Spray several light misty coats (I did 3) of Dulux Duramax Metallic Finish onto your glass jars as you gradually rotate the lazy Susan. Alternatively, without a lazy Susan, you can just walk carefully around the jars as you spray. Wait 30 minutes in between coats for the paint to dry.

Tip: Spray with smooth even strokes parallel to the surface holding the can about 15cm from the jars for an even finish.

And voila, your jars are ready to be brought inside and put on display!

 

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21 uses for your new luxe copper mason jars:

Tea light candle holder

Pot plant

Toothbrush holder

Vase

Desk organiser

Laundry powder holder

Liquid hand soap dispenser

Pendant light fittings

Tiki-torch

Bathroom organiser (cotton tips, bath salt, bobby pins storage)

Sewing kit

Kitchen fresh herb planter/keeper

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Craft storage

Mini terrarium

Picture frame

Table centrepiece

Ribbon dispenser

Fairy light night light

Piggy bank

Makeup brush holder

Gift box

For more fun DIY projects to up your home's decor game check out these crafty home improvement projects, DIY copper patina plant pots and DIY boho paper feather artwork.

Happy painting! 

The Homely Team

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How to nail Hamptons style home decor

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How to nail Hamptons style home decor

Airy, sophisticated, classic and soothing are a few words that come to mind when thinking of homes in the famous beachside suburbs of The Hamptons in Long Island, New York.

The artful blend of relaxing in luxury of Hamptons style has soared in popularity in recent years amongst home styling rookies and pro interior designers alike.

No matter where you are in the world, you deserve to feel like you're relaxing seaside and sipping on a cocktail amongst all your favourite things. Here’s how to nail Hamptons style when decorating your home.

1. Use a calming blue & white palette.

Blues and whites add calm and sophistication to sleeping and living room spaces. You can build up your use of colour by starting with a simple white palette. Next, layer on colour, textures and patterns using plump cushions, throws and accessories. This will contribute to a luxurious, welcoming and comfortable feeling.

Think coastally-inspired but focus on your favourite shades of blue. Greys and other neutrals (think sandy creams and beige) work well with a coastal inspired Hamptons theme, but feel free to emphasise greys if you want to strengthen elements of an industrial-meets-Hamptons look. Avoid using cliched nautical decor accessories like anchors and sailboats to add interest and colour. This will help to keep your look as refined and elegant as possible.

2. Start with the entryway.

Your entryway sets the tone and mood for the other spaces in your home and starting with the decor in this small space offers an affordable way to establish a positive first impression for guests. You'll also feel instantly relaxed as you enter your home.

Subtly capture Hamptons style in your entry by focusing on neutrals and adding a hint of oceanic blue in the accents. Give natural warmth to your room by installing timber sideboard as a focal point. Imagine a natural wood table with a simple, classic lamp, greenery in a sophisticated vase and woven baskets for organisation.

What about the blues? Insert the blues in drapery, a plush upholstered armchair, an area rug, a piece of art or in your hallway trim.

3. Opt for natural fibres.

Picture living seaside. You walk along the shore of a private beach to relax after a long day, and observations of driftwood, waves tumbling to shore and sounds of beachgrass rustling in the breeze soothes your soul. These natural elements, when dried out, could make a beautiful basket or be crafted into a driftwood sculpture — but no one has time for that.

Bring natural fibres of coastal areas into the home to cultivate a serene mood. Use rattan baskets for storage kept conveniently in plain sight. What about placing a natural wood divider to break up a large space? Other touches of woven fibres, wicker and natural woods placed throughout the home extend this accessibly chic and relaxed theme.

Consider using a bamboo mat to bring together a large outdoor living space. Look for high-quality bamboo materials which are kiln-dried and enable resistance to warping and cracking. Heavy furniture can go right on top. These rugs aren't as fragile as you may think — bamboo mats can survive all the wear and tear of even the most active families and heavily trafficked zones. Plus, it helps that they’re stain-resistant and easy to clean.

Natural fibres are wonderful because of their neutral and raw state they don’t clash with anything and never date. They portray a modest, subtle and classic look, whether you want to go bohemian or Hamptons-style there's sure to be a natural fibre furniture item to suit!

4. Use flashy metals sparingly.

To emphasize sophistication in your home, keep the flashy and blingy metals in the cupboard or attic. Use metallics and metals, themselves, sparingly.

Imagine a living room with white walls and powder blue upholstered chairs. Place a small table with this same powder blue top between the chairs, and witness the gold geometric legs glimmer subtly with the rising morning sun.

Let brass light fixtures, unique appliances and other accents make their statements in subtle ways among the soothing white and blue palette you've created.

5. Tie it together & personalise with art.

For ages, art provided a mode of expression and space for being, and art continues to add aesthetic and personality to one’s interior style. Continue the blues, whites and neutrals into your choice of art, or you could go bold cobalt blue and geometric.

Consider lining your walls with Picasso’s blue period art, from 1901 to 1903, where the artist painted life’s struggles in monochromatic blue. A rose period followed this, and Picasso is an example of a master artist with diverse bodies of art to include in your home. You may also prefer to display the works of your family, friends or those of local artists.

Decorating your home in Hamptons style doesn’t have to be expensive or tricky. Take these five tips and find your aesthetic bliss among, blues and whites, neutrals, natural fibres, subtle uses of metals and expressive artwork.

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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Window covering makeover: 4 things to consider

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Window covering makeover: 4 things to consider

From drapes, plantation shutters, roller blinds, venetians to sheers...the list goes on and on!

With so many types of window treatments available nowadays, picking the right ones to enhance the look of your window panes and home's decor can seem like a maze of overwhelming possibilities.

Initially set your options straight by deciding on a budget for your new window coverings and taking a look at your home’s structural features and existing home furnishings to help guide your window covering selection.

Next, use the following advantages and disadvantages of different popular window treatments to help inform your final choice.

Sheer style

Sheer curtains are an affordable and fashionable contemporary window treatment option. Sheers come in various colours and they’re easy to install. This kind of floaty material will give a room a light and airy feeling. Keep in mind they may not be the best option for a bathroom or bedroom unless they're paired with shades or blinds or lined with heavier fabric for privacy reasons.

Also, you can buy thin sheer drop curtains that are extra-long. Let them bundle up on the floor for an expensive, oversized luxe look.

 

Fabric texture

Another essential thing to do is to think about the mood you want to achieve in your room. For a formal living area or luxurious boudoir, there’s heavy velvet or silk which acts as a great insulator. However, more practical child-friendly and washable choices include cotton sateen and silky rayon blends.

 Image: Mr Mitchell

Image: Mr Mitchell

For a more casual coastal feel, consider billowy linen which is a dry-cleanable and durable fabric. Alternatively, cotton can work with almost any existing decoration scheme and bring a neat, crisp feel, as do wool blends.

Shades vs blinds

Extensive choices for shades and blinds are available to match the functional needs of your window and preferences for decor. While shades consist of soft textiles like fabric, blinds are solid and made out of hard materials such as metal or timber. For that reason, blinds can be more durable, easy to clean and better for people that suffer from allergies.

A major positive of shades and blinds is you can raise and lower them and adjust the angle of your blinds to achieve optimum light control and privacy. A downside is there can be some seepage of light around the edges of blinds and shades, so they may not be the most practical block-out solution for bedrooms.

Shades allow you to enjoy a clear view of the outside with a clean, breezy look. You can also match the textile of your shades to suit your furniture upholstery and décor colour scheme. For something a bit different check out Roman fabric shades that consist of horizontal, flat folds in various colours and patterns and honeycomb-shaped shades.

Drapes vs curtains

Curtains can be made from a huge variety of different fabrics to add a softer style, texture and colour to your space. While curtains are typically from lightweight materials, such as lace, linen, or cotton, drapes are fabricated out of heavier textiles, such as velvet, tapestry and damask.

Curtains create a casual, breezy ambience, and drapes offer a more elegant, glam and formal look. Furthermore, metal curtain rings, ornamental rods, ornate pelmets and decorative tiebacks add energy and interest to ordinary drapes and curtains.

Updating your window coverings can greatly impact the overall design and feel of your home. It will give you great satisfaction and transform the feel of any room instantly. We hope the above tips help to guide you through your next window makeover project.

Author bio:

Mark Stanley has been a Sales Consultant, Project Manager, and a Blogger who’s currently working for Removalists Perth. He has climbed the Himalayas, survived a car accident and was already fond of travelling even in his early teenage life. He is a father of two and currently lives in Melbourne Australia with his library of Books in his own home. Mark has been a travel enthusiast for 20 years and has a passion for writing articles and stories that help travellers in their journey.

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5 bedding styling tricks to help sell your home

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5 bedding styling tricks to help sell your home

Selling your home can be a stressful time. Staging your home with the right look and furniture has been proven time and time again to help sell your home quickly.

In any open home, you want to make your home look beautiful to help potential buyers visualise what it will look like if they lived there on a day to day basis. This is especially true of bedrooms, the room where we all spend a majority of our time at home.

The following bedroom styling tips will help you appeal to the most number of buyers for your next open house, and even if you’re not looking to sell provide some great inspo to improve your overall bedroom look!

1. Focus on bedding layers.

Layering bedding is a great way to appeal to a buyer’s eye when they walk into a bedroom.  You can do this by combining different sheet colours, pillowcases and a duvet cover.

Another great way to generate a lovely layered look is to add accent pillows. There is no rule of thumb over the correct number of pillows to use but two European pillows, two standard pillows and three decorative cushions (the third being the centrepiece) is a popular configuration for double beds or larger.

At the end of the day, you want to ensure your bed and the room look and feel inviting. Avoid the mistake of making layers that look too perfectly positioned and put together. The cosy, inviting atmosphere is critical for this tactic to be triumphant.

2. Utilise colour to catch the eye.

Try using some pops of colour to add style to your bedroom and make it feel vibrant and alive as opposed to an ordinary and characterless room with a bed in the middle.

Adding colour to your bed sheets and duvet covers, for example, will also help draw attention from any areas of your bedroom that are not so appealing, like an old radiator, duct or carpeting, by helping to draw a potential buyer’s eye away from those items.

Blankets and throws are an easy solution to inject colour. Not only can you pick a contrasting colour that goes with your room’s decor and colour scheme, blankets and throws can also amp up that feeling of warmth and cosiness too.

3. Introduce bedding textures.

Using different bedding textures can help a potential buyer feel welcomed into your bedroom. Experiment with different fabric types to create a comfy looking area that any buyer could imagine themselves retiring to at the end of a hard day’s work.

Try styling your bed with tassel cushions, a knit throw and a matching set of linen pillowcases and duvet covers for a homey atmosphere that appeals to a buyer’s emotions.

There is no right or wrong way to combine various textural elements. Just use your imagination and play with different looks until you find that perfect synergy.

4. Symmetry is your friend.

When prospective buyers walk into your bedroom, you want them to feel relaxed and calm. You do not want their brain to go into overload with wild design everywhere they look.

Using symmetry in a room design as well as bedding will help a buyer stay in buying mode and not get overwhelmed or distracted by the room's cosmetic features. Plus, symmetry is key to good feng shui in the bedroom. This can be achieved through effective use of extra pillows, a pair of bedside tables and accessories or a couple of well-positioned pot plants can work wonders.

This isn’t to say that everything must be symmetrical. Asymmetry can work well too depending on the layout of your room. For example, mismatched-sized cushions or different cushion cover types or fabrics can look even better on a bed than an immaculately presented pillow arrangement.

5. Use wall art to enhance the overall bedroom aesthetic.

One of the quickest and most effective ways to add to the appeal of an everyday bed and mattress is to add wall art, either as a substitution for a headboard or as a complement to your bedding.

Adding tasteful, alluring piece of art will make your bedroom feel a little more lived in and help it seem more lively and interesting. Adding a few personal touches like this will help eliminate that generic staged bedroom look, effectively avoiding the IKEA catalogue look.

The best takeaway from this is that staging your bedroom for a potential sale does not have to be difficult, expensive or add to your stress levels. By applying one or two of these bedroom styling tips, you can simultaneously add serious style to your bedroom and wow buyers walking through your home.

For more bedding style inspiration, check out this informative bedding guide or take a look at our other posts budget-friendly ways to revamp your bedroom, your sheet buying guide or some fantastic decor tips for kids’ rooms.

Author bio:

Alex Packett is the Community Manager at EziBuy Limited. EziBuy Limited is an online retailer selling clothes, homewares and gifts. It is a leader in the apparel and homeware catalogue market, mailing over 23 million catalogues annually and processing more than 1.75 million orders a year to customers in Australia and New Zealand.

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6 spaces that need a dreamy daybed

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6 spaces that need a dreamy daybed

You can never have too many places for downtime and lounging around at home, right?

Enter the daybed. A daybed is the perfect indulgent and versatile modern furniture solution. It can be used for sitting, meditating, studying, reclining with a book and maybe even getting a quick forty winks.

 Image: Australian House & Garden

Image: Australian House & Garden

Originating in ancient Greece daybeds, aka klines back in the day, would be placed in common areas of the home where guests mingled, serving a similar function to couches today. Daybeds were a place for leisure, lounging and socialising. They were commonly fashioned out of stone or marble adorned with lots of pillows and cloth for comfort.

Thankfully we’ve come a long way since ancient times and we're spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting daybed styles and materials for our homes.

Whether you’re considering a cosy custom designed built-in piece or purchasing a timber four poster daybed, there’s sure to be a style below that’ll inspire your choice.

Home library

Add some instant decorative panache to a study or reading zone with an enticing upholstered daybed (or two!).

 Image: Jessica Helgerson Interior design

Image: Jessica Helgerson Interior design

Make the space extra inviting and homely with the addition of a cosy quilt, plenty of throw pillows and a sheepskin rug.

Up your daybed’s functionality by adding built-in drawers and shelving for additional storage of documents, knick-knacks, stationary and reading materials.

Don’t forget to place a small coffee table or shelf close at hand to stow extra books, magazines and a cup of coffee as you while away hours on end.

Poolside

There’s nothing that screams luxe resort-style living quite so well as a poolside daybed. It’s the ideal spot for soaking up some vitamin D, keeping an eye on the kids as they play in the pool and enjoying a poolside picnic.

Ensure you pick out waterproof and weather resistant cushions and materials, to keep your daybed looking fresh, even after a few stray splashes escape the pool.

Depending on the layout of your pool, the addition of a long built-in bench-style daybed (as pictured below) can also help provide loads of extra seating when hosting a pool party or BBQ. 

Living room

As one of the most used and sociable rooms in the home, the living area will definitely benefit from a daybed addition.

Snuggle up for a movie night or cheer on your team in a big sporting event from your ultra-comfy daybed.

Wow guests when you hang out by making an oversized hanging daybed design the decorative focal point of your living room.

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115 Kalgoorlie Street, Mount Hawthorn, WA

Patio

Add whimsical flair to your porch or balcony by hanging a super chic daybed from the ceiling so you can swing gently back and forth while you lounge and take in the fresh air.

Imagine perusing the morning paper, watching the sunset or stargazing with the little ones from your special hanging patio daybed.

 Image: Nor Wazwaz

Image: Nor Wazwaz

Spare room

A daybed is an ideal space saving solution for that spare room you don’t know what to do with. The daybed can serve a dual purpose as a couch in a kid’s playroom, TV room or den and as overnight guest accommodation when you need it.

Pushing a daybed up against a wall offers you more floor space than a typical bed would, so you have more freedom with how you use the rest of the room.

Opt for a daybed with trundle for your spare room, so you have double the spare sleeping space for those unexpected overnight guests and kid’s sleepovers.

She shed

The ultimate space to hide away at the bottom of the garden or a ‘she shed’ wouldn’t be complete without somewhere super comfy to put your feet up away from the noise of your household and enjoy some serious me time.

Whether that means binge-watching your favourite show on the iPad, knitting a scarf or simply having a cup of tea, a daybed will help you do all these things and unwind in optimum comfort.

We love the feminine feel of this curvy white wrought iron daybed. Take it to the next level of pretty with the addition of a floaty canopy and fairy lights.

For more lust-worthy interiors check out these wonderful window seats, laid-back hanging chair ideas and amazing outdoor reading nooks.

Happy daybed hunting!

The Homely Team

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10 interior design rules you need to know

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10 interior design rules you need to know

Those before-and-after shots make decorating look so easy, don’t they? As if someone just came along, waved a magic wand and every room turned out perfectly. Sadly I can’t give you the magic wand, but I can share some basic decorating principles that will help you create your own piece of magic at home. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Choose a hero

Every room needs one hero piece – something that will surprise, delight and make an impact. It might be an oversized piece of furniture in a bold colour, a fabulous rug, a work of art, or a feature wall.

Your hero piece is designed to steal the limelight. It should be the thing you fell in love with the moment you saw it, and that you might be prepared to splurge a little more on. Remember, however, to make sure it has space to breathe.

Tip: If your stage-stealing piece is a bold colour, try using hints of it elsewhere for a cohesive look, such as the pink flowers in the vase on top of the candy-coloured sideboard in this dining room.

2. Mix up shapes

Most living rooms will have a lot of rectangles and squares – it’s simply the nature of those bigger furniture items such as sofas, sideboards and shelving units. If you notice your space has lots of lines and right angles, think about adding some circles. A round coffee table, a pair of round side tables, a round rug, a round wall hanging – the options are endless.

Tip: A round mirror is a great way to break up all those straight tile lines in a bathroom. Go as big as you can. Large-scale mirrors make a real statement and can visually enhance the sense of space in a small bathroom too.

3. Hang it right

A beautiful painting or artwork will look far better when hung at the right height. Also, having a consistent centre line throughout your home helps create a sense of harmony.

As a general rule, the centre of the artwork should be at eye level, which for the average person is 145 centimetres from the floor. Remember, that’s 145 centimetres to the centre of the art, not to the hook. Yep, I’ve made that mistake before.

Of course all rules are made to be broken, so when it comes to a feature picture wall, well, anything goes. But a top tip is to centre the first piece – your statement artwork – at eye level and spread smaller pieces outwards from there.

4. Fake height

Do you have low ceilings? Choose low-profile furniture such as sofas and coffee tables to create the illusion of room height. Boost this with tall, slim bookshelves that draw the eye upwards and make walls and windows appear taller.

Mixing different heights in this way will also help create a relaxed vibe in your home.

Tip: To create an illusion of more space, paint the walls, skirting boards and ceiling in the same colour. This will blur the lines of where the walls end and the ceiling begins.

5. Anchor your room

A rug is the one thing I frequently note is missing from my clients’ homes, which means they’re usually high on my list of items to purchase as part of a restyle. Why? Because rugs help anchor a room, plus they’re a great way to add colour, texture and softness. Need to carve up a large, open-plan space into separate zones? A rug is your number-one tool.

Rugs are also relatively inexpensive for the impact they create.

Size matters! Be generous with the size of your rug. Remember the on-the-rug rule for your living room: go bigger to ensure that at least two legs of every furniture piece in the living area are sitting on the rug.

Make sure the rug extends at least 15 to 25 centimetres from either side of the sofa to create a balanced look. And remember, a rug is not wall-to-wall carpet – never lay a rug right up against the wall or window. Aim to leave at least 25 centimetres of visible floor around a rug.

Tip: Don’t forget about your dining table. It’s a great place for a rug too. And if you’re worried about little-people spills, go for a reversible rug for double the lifespan.

6. Love it or lose it

I’m surprised by how many times a client points to an item in their home and says “Hate that!” We so desperately want our homes to feel finished that we often rush decisions and give in to impulse buys (or sales) that weren’t really right.

But you can and must love your home and every room in it. That means filling it with things that have meaning and memories attached to them, and replacing those things that frustrate you.

7. Take a step back

Can’t put your finger on exactly what your room needs? Step back and see the room as a whole. As interior designers know, viewing a room from a distance often makes it easy to see what needs to be replaced, added or removed; whether it’s the empty wall that needs to be filled, the wall that needs colour or the corner that’s crying out for a tall plant.

8. Off the wall

A sofa need not be right up against your wall. If you have the space, pull it out a metre or two and put a shelving unit or console on the wall instead. This not only offers up styling opportunities behind the sofa, but it breaks up the room and can make it feel cosier and more inviting.

9. Include negative space

If you’re big on colour, make sure you include some spots to rest the eye. Aim to include some empty space in a room, or balance your brights out with plenty of neutrals. Here, the owners have used white-washed walls to balance out all the brights.

10. Mirrors are actually magical

You don’t need a wand, you need a mirror! Not only do they add light and depth to a room, but they can reflect views, visually expand a space, be the hero piece of a room… plus, of course, they’re practical too.

A mirror is a great investment and one that will make a huge difference to the look and feel of your space. Now, go create some magic…

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

Author bio:

Laura Downie is a Houzz Australia Contributor. A Sydney-based Interior Decorator & Stylist with a passion for all things creative. Happiest when I’m designing, travelling, writing or adding to an ever-growing indoor plant collection!

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Cheap thrills: Budget-friendly living room styling tricks

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Cheap thrills: Budget-friendly living room styling tricks

In my time as an interior stylist specialising in home staging, I’ve met so many people confused about why their house won’t sell, only to see a mish-mash of decor, poorly placed furniture (or lack of) and spaces overwhelmed with personal stuff!

The impact home styling has on buyer perception is huge. The way a room is styled has a massive impact on how they imagine themselves living in that area. It’s not just the decor either, the positioning of furniture also plays a huge part in buyer perception. Position a sofa one way, and it can make a living room look smaller than it is, position the sofa another way and it'll make the same space look twice as big. Styling a home for sale is all about playing to the buyer’s mindset.

If you’re keen to give property styling a go to sell your house quickly or if a living room makeover is well overdue, here are my budget-friendly home styling tips.

 Image: Grace & Co.

Image: Grace & Co.

1. Faux greenery.

If you’re not much of a green thumb or will rarely be at the property when it’s listed for sale, opt for some faux greenery indoors to get that fresh 'living' green feel. Put the greenery in beautiful pots; you can purchase these anywhere quite cheaply. Gold and silver pots are always effective.

2. Avoid the walls.

Try pulling living room furniture away from the walls; it makes the room seem more spacious and luxurious.

3. Rugs.

Rugs are quite inexpensive these days and add texture and definition to an area. Rugs also add softness where needed.

4. Old & new.

Don’t be afraid of mixing old and new pieces. Avoid the ‘matchy-matchy’ catalogue look by sourcing products from a variety of stores and pairing new pieces with your older furnishings to introduce character and interest.

5. Art.

Large living room walls are easily brought to life with art. There’s no need to visit an art gallery though. Simply add a beautifully framed black and white family photo to add depth and interest to the room.

6. Add character to a table.

Do yourself a favour and search Pinterest for coffee table vignettes. A vignette is a group of items in different sizes and heights that you typically put on your coffee table or side table. Usually, in odd numbers of three or six, the different sizes and heights draw the eye in.

7. Books & magazines.

Beautiful books and magazines add a feel of inviting people to relax and read. They will entice potential buyers to imagine themselves in that particular room reading a good book. Look for beautifully illustrated second-hand books at your local op shop or garage sales.

8. Side table.

Never underestimate the power of a humble little side table. It can instantly change the look of your living room and is also the perfect place to stage a vignette or include a cosying lamp.

 Image: Grace & Co.

Image: Grace & Co.

Where to source budget decor items

When shopping for home decor, aim to buy a few things from different retailers instead of buying all of them from one shop. Here are a few places I recommend:

TK Maxx Outlets – TK Maxx constantly change their stock and you never know what you'll find.

Ikea - Ikea is great for frames and basics including faux greenery stems and pots.

Adairs – If it’s cushions and throws you’re after, Adairs always seem to have great quality ones on sale.

Kmart – Yes, Kmart is popular, but it’s important not to have your living room appear ‘Kmart staged’. Avoid the marble and furry Kmart cushion look and instead shop at Kmart for smaller items such as pots, vases, candles, storage boxes and baskets.

Freedom - While a little more expensive, Freedom often has sales, and their artwork is perfect to brighten up any space.

If you stick to these top tips and ensure you maintain a layered and thoughtful mix of materials, textures and vintages, your living room will take on a custom-designed, luxurious look for a lot less. Not only that, it’ll excite potential buyers, and because people buy with their eyes, you’ll likely have an offer (or two!) before you know it.

Author bio:

Melanie Grace is an Interior Stylist and the creator of Grace & Co. Property Styling. Grace & Co. works with reputable Brisbane real estate agencies to transform houses going under the hammer into every buyer’s dream.

Need an experience property stylist with a great eye for what sells? Contact the team at Grace & Co. Property Styling today.

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Low-key, utterly beautiful backyard wedding ideas

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Low-key, utterly beautiful backyard wedding ideas

If you’re thinking of a low-key, but an oh-so-lovely wedding, saying ‘I do’ in a garden space can be utterly romantic and beautiful. Backyard wedding celebrations are equally relaxed as they are special. From the details in the décor to the personal touches, it’s the kind of heartfelt party your friends and family will be hanging out to attend. Plus, it’s much kinder on the wallet and your sanity, too!

Whether you’re planning on holding the wedding at your home or someone else’s, the two essential ingredients for a lovely backyard wedding are the same: Embrace both casual and luxury vibes and always have a plan B (in case of bad weather).

Ready to transform your backyard into bridal bliss? Here are some of the most elegant, charming and easy-going ideas to incorporate.

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Create a ‘pop-up’ wedding venue

If you don’t already have a freestanding structure in your garden, you can create a pop-up wedding venue through a hired gazebo, arbour or marquee. A simple suburban backyard is a perfect backdrop for an intimate pop-up wedding ceremony and celebration. Deck your outdoor area out with dining settings, lawn games for the cocktail hour and whimsical outdoor accessories to give the space a magical and unique touch.

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Colour cues

Taking advantage of the beautiful outdoors means you can use nature as your colour inspiration. Pick a palette that coordinates with the season and location. Fresh greens and light neutral browns combined with pastels make a striking combination or add a pop of colour for extra personality. A vivid blue, sunny yellow or candy-apple red pair nicely with the typical garden colour palette and break up the softer hues. If you want to up your luxe factor, add rich coppers, golds or silvers to your decor.

Feature romantic lighting

Great ambience will transform your home wedding from good to gorgeous. From the first dance under twinkling fairy lights to exchanging toasts under the romantic glow of melting candelabras and lanterns, the right lighting really can set an enchanting mood.

The best thing about outdoor lighting is you can get as creative as you want. String lights through the ceiling of your patio or pergola space and wrap them around nearby trees and shrubs. Hang filament light bulbs under the patio or marquee roof and line garden beds with tiki torches. Oversized lanterns and candles are great alternatives to spotlights too. They’ll offer a warm ambience, ample light and elegant atmosphere. For safety reasons make sure all walkways, paths and entries are well lit.

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Comfort is key

Backyard weddings ooze relaxation and easy-going comfort. Not only do you want it to look the part (swap the princess ball gown for a fuss-free elegant slimline dress), but you want to cater the space for it too. Provide a comfortable place to lounge with cushions and cosy blankets to keep guests warm well into the night. If the weather calls for it, a fire pit or outdoor gas heaters may be necessary for cooler evenings.

If you're getting hitched in summer, you may want to invest in some pretty customised paper fans, parasols, outdoor fans or misters to keep everyone cool throughout the day too. Utilise shady tree areas for the ceremony, eating and drinking spots or encourage guests to congregate under the patio area.

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When it comes to time to bust a move, prompt a bustling dance floor by setting up a flip-flop station by the band or DJ to help your friends and family feel comfortable to kick their heels up.

Make a statement with seasonal blooms

Stick to seasonal blooms or even homegrown foliage to complement your backyard wedding. This will also ensure you have the freshest flowers for the special occasion. Wildflowers can be perfect for the bouquets and as centrepieces for tables, working exceptionally well in outdoor weddings. If you’re after something more relaxed, a bridal bouquet made of leafy greens, air plants, eucalyptus and white roses is ideal. Once you know what season you’re getting married in, have a look at the best wedding blooms for that time of year for inspiration.

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Encourage picnic style dining

For a cosy yet stylish occasion, you want to get the dining set up just right. Casual seating is key, but it must be comfortable too. Depending on the number of guests, you can hire food trucks, tables and chairs to cater for your event. Set up under shady trees or dine under the patio or marquee space. Scatter picnic blankets around the backyard for guests who want to lay back and lounge around while you tie the knot or are off taking photos. It’s always a good idea to keep a row of chairs set up too for those who aren’t comfortable on the ground.

Set up good lighting over the tables so guests can see their food and each other. Low-hanging Edison bulbs strung from a floral chandelier above the dining space adds a cool rustic touch. Don’t be afraid to bring some of the indoors outside as well. A couch, dining table or a couple of armchairs can provide perfect casual outdoor seating and food serving space for the evening. An indoor rug runner, for example, can make a pretty aisle to walk down on the lawn.

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Turn the patio into a dance floor

What’s a backyard wedding without a dance floor? Another great alternative for a patio or pergola space is to turn it into a dance room. Whilst this area is good for exchanging your vows or wining and dining in, a smooth and flat patio or deck surface for dancing feet is perfect. Function companies hire out dance floors or you can set one up a flat grassy area, provided there are no stilettos!         

Backyard weddings are a fantastic alternative to pricey wedding venues, especially if your carefree energy demands something low-key yet breathtakingly beautiful. There are lots of ideas on Pinterest to get those creative juices flowing too. From decorating ideas to refreshing cocktail recipes and buffet-style food. What ideas will you be using for your special day?

Author bio:

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Great Aussie Patios – Perth’s leading patio builders with a unique design and cost-effective solution for any outdoor space. You can catch her on Google+.

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Cosy home styling: How to embrace Dulux’s hottest autumn hues

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Cosy home styling: How to embrace Dulux’s hottest autumn hues

If you’re looking to stylishly cosy up your home this season, then look no further than Dulux’s autumn 2018 colour trends.

Quintessentially autumn, warm, rich and earthy tones dominate Dulux’s colour palette of the season ‘Kinship’.

 Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

‘This colour palette exudes warmth, but in a sophisticated and contemporary way. It is easy to work with, allowing you to add character with minimal fuss,’ says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour Expert.

Andrea recommends partnering earthy shades with light neutrals and tribal-inspired textured furnishings to ‘create a cocooning and nurturing space’ in your home.

The fabulous colours that’ll help you achieve this include terracotta (Dulux’s Very Terracotta), russet (Dulux’s Sassy), soft green-greys (Dulux’s Herbalist or Hildegard), warm neutrals (Dulux’s Beige Artefacts or Maiko) and rich reds (Dulux’s Carmen Miranda).

 Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

4 ways to embrace the cosy Kinship palette this season:

1- Just a hint.

‘If you’re nervous about the idea of introducing deep colours to your space, you needn’t be. You’ll find that even a small amount of these richer hues against a white or neutral background, in the right spot, can make a big impact,’ Andrea says.

For example, you could repaint the front door, a bookshelf, dresser draws, a storage nook or a door frame.

 Dulux Colour Trends 2018– Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

Dulux Colour Trends 2018– Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

Alternatively, create a tonal vignette by painting a medley of op shop finds (i.e. vases, boxes, jugs, jars, glassware, bowls or picture frames) in similar shades of the one colour to add a striking display to a mantel, shelf or side table.

 Dulux Colour Trends 2018– Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

Dulux Colour Trends 2018– Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

2- Natural complements.

This colour palette works wonderfully with natural materials that are so popular in interior design at the moment, like warm timbers, stone and linens, so it will be easy to integrate them into your existing decor.

The Design Chaser’s Michelle Halford recommends introducing a vintage timber console or dresser, rattan chairs, woven lighting and baskets to make your Kinship palette sing.

 Dulux Colour Trends 2018– Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

Dulux Colour Trends 2018– Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen.

3- Make a statement.

If it’s a bold statement you’re after this season Michelle suggests painting ‘the fireplace surround or creating an eye-catching feature wall with one of the bolder colours in the Kinship palette, such as Dulux Very Terracotta or Sassy, and keep the other walls soft and neutral’.

If you decide to go all out and embrace a bolder hue it’s vital to pair it with a complementary white or neutral with similar undertones. ‘This will create a sense of balance, allowing the bold hues to enhance rather than overwhelm a space’, Andrea says.

Dulux Natural White, for example, is a warm white that sits beautifully alongside the pinkish tones of Maiko and Time Capsule.

 Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

4- Add texture with accessories.

Boost the cosiness factor by adding in lashings of texture throughout your space. Think oversized knits, luxurious velvets and linens.

Layer on rugs and cushions with fringing, tribal prints, embroidery and tassel details in earthy shades for extra interest and impact in your space.

‘Bold abstract art, textured wall hangings and plenty of greenery provide the perfect finishing touches’, Michelle advises.

 Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

Dulux Colour Trends 2018 – Kinship Palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Mike Baker

We hope these tips allow you to effectively cosy up your home this autumn. 

For more paint colour inspiration check out the paint colours that'll boost the value of your home, tropical-inspired decor ideas, colour schemes we're loving for autumn and colour trend predictions for 2018.

Happy decorating!

The Homely Team

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How to make your baby’s nursery homely

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How to make your baby’s nursery homely

The time has finally come – your new baby is about to arrive! You’re counting the days until you get to see their gorgeous face for the first time and introduce them to the world.

Before you embark on this journey, an important step of the parenting process is having a relaxing space ready for your baby. Hopefully, you’ve managed to organise a cosy environment for your child to come home to, but if not, don’t panic – we’ve provided some helpful tips on making your nursery welcoming and comfortable for your bundle of joy.

To theme or not to theme

Many new parents decide to use a theme when decorating their baby’s nursery. It’s not only fun to create a themed nursery, but it also makes things easier when picking furnishings and pretty decor to create an inviting space.

If you have a theme in mind, designing a nursery is easy, but if you don’t know where to start picking a theme can be quite stressful. Some parents pick nursery themes based on their own personal interests or go with something gender appropriate while others may pick a theme at random and roll with it.

Here are some popular theme ideas for creating a welcoming nursery:

  • Jungle theme: Think lions, elephants, giraffes, monkeys and more jungle friends for your little one, with tree decals or real indoor plants to really set an engaging colourful scene.
  • Space theme: Use planets, rocket ships and glowing stars to create a mystical and calming space that’s out of this world.
  • Fairytale theme: Be inspired by castles, forests, butterflies, fairies and toadstools for a whimsical nursery any little prince or princess will love.
  • Nautical theme: Embrace blue and white stripes, sailboats, rowing boats, flags, bunting, beachy accessories, whales, ocean waves and anchors to create a calming shipshape nursery. 

Another great way to liven up your baby’s nursery is a wall mural. If you don’t have any painting skills of your own, you can commission a freelance artist to design a beautiful creation for something really special or have a playfull wallpaper mural printed and installed.

If the thought of a mural is too daunting, take it easy with some super cute stickers. Stick on removable decals have become a hugely popular addition to nurseries, with their easy application and temporary nature being favoured by parents who want to create a cosy, vibrant space with minimal effort and maximum impact.

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Artworks are a great feature in any nursery and adding a colourful print or framed picture is a fantastic way to liven up your child’s space. Babies love contrast and colour as they learn to use their eyes, so adding artwork not only looks great but is also helpful for your baby’s development.

Interactive activities

Your baby will constantly be learning as they grow and develop. If you download The Wonder Weeks app, you can learn new lessons each week about all the new skills your baby is developing, such as learning to see colour and movement, adjusting their focus points, seeing contrasts and more. This is why creating simple interactive stimulation in your nursery is important.

A hanging mobile is a wonderful way to stimulate your child’s mind while also adding an attractive feature to your nursery's decor. One tip we recommend is creating a homemade mobile that your baby can use to practice seeing colour and movement. You can buy these of course, but making your own is a nice way to add a personal touch and a little extra love to the nursery. Hanging origami above the change table or crib is a great way to keep bub entertained.

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We love these colourful origami balls that are cheap, fun and easy to make. You can create your own origami balls or origami stars in a matter of minutes.

Temperature & light

It’s super important your baby is always at a comfortable temperature, with the recommended temperature for a nursery around 18 to 22 degrees Celsius. It’s a good idea to invest in a room thermometer that can help you monitor the temperature so your baby’s room is never too hot or too cold. Having a nursery at a steady temperature will help your baby sleep better, stay healthy and make it easier to comfortably dress them.

Controlling the light in your baby’s room is also important, as this will help you work with their ever-changing sleep patterns. Ideally, you should install block out blinds and curtains in both the nursery and the parents' bedroom, as this will block out daylight to make it easier to nap throughout the day.

When installing blinds and curtains, it’s vital to ensure they are installed to child safety standards and are professionally fitted to guarantee they are correctly secured to the wall.

Storage

You’ll need lots of storage in the nursery for toys, clothing, bedding, nappies, wipes, pyjamas and more. Take our word for it - you’ll be surprised by just how much stuff you’ll need for such a little person. We highly recommend storing your nappy changing items within arms reach to your change table so you can keep a safe hand on your bub while changing their 592nd nappy!

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Set up a play zone

The nursery is the first room your baby will ever have, so the small touches are worth it to ensure they have a warm and happy space that feels like home. Making this a fun area to play is great for baby, family and friends and will encourage an inviting and friendly energy in the room. If space permits, add some of the below items to create a play zone your baby will love.

  • Space to play and interact - You will become your baby’s favourite toy and moving your face with various expressions and talking to your baby is one of the best games.
  • Rug to play on – Soft flooring is needed so your baby has somewhere comfortable and safe to play.
  • Toys – Have a collection of toys nearby to show and play with your baby.
  • Activity mat – To stimulate your baby’s senses when they want to learn and sit up.
  • Bouncer – These can help soothe and entertain your baby.
  • Rocking chair – Both you and your baby will love the stress-easing properties of gently rocking back and forth.

We hope these five tips help you set up the perfect environment to welcome your new baby into the family home. For the next stage in your baby's childhood check out these six decor ideas for kids rooms.

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Rebecca Tunks is a digital marketing guru. She manages a variety of digital campaigns for small to medium businesses under her business CKY Media.

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Abbey Blinds is a family owned, mobile service with over 28 years of experience in custom blinds and curtains in Perth. This experience is evident in the quality of their fabrics and components at factory prices. They personally standby every single window treatment they deliver and install. This is demonstrated by their 2-year warranty. Request your free in-home quote today!

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5 ways to introduce beautiful natural materials into your home

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5 ways to introduce beautiful natural materials into your home

You may live in an extremely modern and sleek new home or apartment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a touch of the natural world to your everyday surroundings.

Not only are natural materials and textures on-trend and versatile, but they also bring a much-needed sense of warmth, calmness and homeliness to any plain space.

After all, a house isn't truly a home until you bring it to life with your own personal touches. Add your own sense of serenity to your abode by bringing the natural world inside in the following ways.

Use timber as a transformative piece

While you can buy furniture and home accessories in almost any colour, shape or size, always opt for wood when you desire a warm and natural appeal.

As no piece of timber is the same, timber provides a unique natural look while offering a durable and practical piece of furniture in the process.

Best of all, there are different finishes, including reclaimed, varnished or untreated, and various types of wood to choose from, including oak, pine and cedar, to suit all tastes and budgets.

In the kitchen consider adding some floating timber shelving for additional storage, rustic timber stools or undertake a timber makeover to create an eye-catching splashback design.

Cladding walls and ceilings in timber panelling will also instantly up the ‘cosiness factor’ of any room.

Go neutral

When you bring natural elements into your home, you need the ambience of your space to match the calming vibes of the objects you're introducing. When it comes to producing harmony between all your home's features, nothing brings coherence and restfulness quite like a neutral colour palette.

Choose a beige, white or untreated timber finishes to enhance a natural vibe. Loud colours may clash with the natural materials you select, so it’s always best to stick to mostly neutral hues when decorating.

Rugs crafted from natural fibres, such as sisal, jute or hemp, are the perfect addition to flooring to add an interesting textural element that's in keeping with a neutral colour scheme.

When selecting natural stone elements for bench tops and flooring, stick to whites, beige tones and light greys to keep the airy relaxing neutral feel flowing throughout your home.

Opt for a rustic design

One of the best ways to bring natural materials into your home is by incorporating them into an overarching theme that ties everything together. Choose a rustic design to enhance the simple earthen styles that define the natural world.

Not quite sure how to bring the rugged yet natural beauty of a simple rustic theme into your home? Start off by introducing a few raw timber elements, such as an artistically arranged pile of firewood, exposed beams, an upcycled timber pendant light, repurposed window shutters or a charming barn door.

Ready for a drastic change to your home’s exterior? Create a rustic look by updating your shingles or by replacing your siding. Certain materials like cedar, teak wood and composite wood are great options to use for the exterior of your house to keep up the kerb appeal and longevity of your home’s external structure.

Bring in the real deal

Sure, artificial plants are easy to maintain — but they don't quite offer the natural feel and benefits of real greenery.

Potted plants and flower bouquets bring the indoors into your everyday surroundings while offering a fresh lively aesthetic.

If you’re worried about giving your plants the attention that they deserve, opt for an easy-to-grow indoor succulent that needs minimal watering or special conditions to thrive.

Many homeowners desire a space that promotes both inspiration and wellbeing. By bringing natural elements into your surroundings, you’re well on your way to duplicating the peace and serenity in nature within your own home.

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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Indoor plant styling: What's hot for 2018

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Indoor plant styling: What's hot for 2018

It’s hard to miss all of the greenery appearing in interiors, it seems like everyone working in interior design has suddenly sprouted a green thumb.

Our home is the perfect case in point. Rollback not so long ago and other than a bunch of flowers, and the dog, there wasn’t much else living indoors (other than us!).

Compare that to now, and the inside of our house is a veritable jungle. Peace lilies, monstera, maidenhair fern (although that isn’t looking so great), a rubber plant, snake plant, the most incredible Zanzibar or zed-zed plant, and some others that I haven’t committed the names to memory yet.

Adding plants to our home has been great – spaces that seemed a little bare or forgotten are transformed with the simple addition of a lovely pot and lush plant. There’s the satisfaction of pottering about with a watering can and pair of scissors keeping them all looking their best. As well as the unseen benefits of improved indoor air quality they provide.

 Image: House of Home

Image: House of Home

So, if you’ve already committed to some house plants, or are just about to, here are some tips for choosing the perfect pot, and maybe, more importantly, tips on how to keep your plants thriving.

First things first, you’ve been to your local nursery and chosen your gorgeous new plant, now you need the perfect container to put it in. Plants never look their best nor flourish in the boring black tub they come in.

The good news is that there are so many great choices – no matter what your decor, or your budget, there are planters and pot options galore to flatter and showcase your plants beautifully.

Planter choices that'll take your houseplants from drab to fab:

Ceramic – We’ve noticed there are a lot of lovely new glazed ceramic pots on the market at the moment – the ones we’ve seen are in interesting patterns in blues and greens. Of course, the classic terracotta cone-shaped pots look great clustered and have the advantage of being very budget friendly. Both of these options will need a saucer underneath to catch any water overflow.

On legs – Planter stands are the perfect way to neatly place a plant up off the ground and on display. Use them singularly to really make a statement or as part of a cluster of different sized plants to create height and balance. They are also a great way to present a trailing plant if a hanging basket or popping it on a shelf doesn’t work. Ivy Muse really set the bar in stylish planters with their range of contemporary plant stands.

For bigger plants – If you’re lucky enough to have a gorgeous big indoor plant like a fiddle leaf fig or monstera then they really need the right pot to complement them. There are lots of painted lightweight concrete pots out there – check out Pop & Scott, Design Twins, Arc & Family – there’s a long list to choose from, just choose one that you love and suits your room.

Self-watering – We are also loving self-watering pots, especially the one that Mr Kitly designed together with Décor. In on-trend colours and a simple design, these tick both the stylish and practical boxes.

Caring for your indoor plants

The only catch with using houseplants in your decor is that you need to look after them to keep them looking good. So here are some really practical tips for keeping some of the most popular houseplants thriving, growing and healthy.

Monstera

The monstera or fruit salad plant has striking leaves and grows both high and wide. When it comes to watering and care there are two simple rules: 1) Avoid direct sunlight – it will burn the leaves, and 2) When you water your plant if you can, take it outside and give it a really good soaking, letting all the excess water run out. Monsteras really don’t like wet feet.

Rubber plant

The rubber plant is a really hardy, low maintenance houseplant option. To know if your rubber plant needs watering, simply dig your finger down into the plant’s soil a couple of centimetres – if it's dry your plant needs watering. Like monstera, the rubber plant prefers a good soaking every couple of weeks. Also, to keep it looking its best, don’t forget to clean its glossy leaves with a soft damp cloth.

Fiddle leaf fig

The fiddle leaf fig has seemingly turned up everywhere – restaurants, cafes, friends’ houses and definitely on Insta. It’s a gorgeous plant with its large leaves, but it can be a little fussier to care for than the monstera and rubber plant. They don’t like being over-watered; they don’t like sitting in water; they don’t like cold drafts or being too close to a heater. They are slow growing and go dormant over winter, so you need to be patient!

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Image: House of Home

Snake plant

If the fiddle leaf fig sounds too challenging, then consider the snake plant, one of the hardiest indoor plants around. It tolerates low light, sporadic watering, and is slow growing so won’t need re-potting often.

Maidenhair fern

I love the bright green of maidenhair fern leaves, but they really aren’t easy to keep looking good. My tip is to buy with caution and then be prepared to experiment to find the spot in your home it loves – the humidity of the bathroom often works well. Good luck!

The joy of indoor plants is seeing them grow and bring life and colour into your space. Have fun choosing your pots and containers, clustering and grouping them together and looking after them long term. Your very own homely jungle is only a couple of nursery trips away!

Author bio:

Carlinea Williamson is the founder of House of Home, an online marketplace filled with everything for the Australian home. She also has a houseful of much loved indoor plants.

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6 interior design trends set to be big in 2018

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6 interior design trends set to be big in 2018

With a new year comes new trends and interior design is no exception! So if you're just about to move into a new home, start a reno project or you're simply interested to know more about what's in this year, Milray Park Australia's Home of eDecorating has compiled a list of their six favourite interior design trends that are going to be big in 2018.

1. Window seating.

In 2018, it’s all about self-care at home and where better than a comfy window seat to get your much deserved daily dose of 'me time'. The best part is that it’s totally up to you how you spend it. Perhaps you’ll be simply watching the world go by while catching some rays, getting stuck into a good book or even zenning out with a super restorative meditation session.

Not keen on making a permanent change to create a window seat with custom joinery? No problem! All you really need is a bench, a bench cushion and a window! Don’t worry if you don't have a suitable window to perch by, a bench under a beautiful artwork or photographic print can serve as your window to anywhere your heart desires.

 Image: Milray Park, styled by Milray Park Designer Peri Mooney

Image: Milray Park, styled by Milray Park Designer Peri Mooney

2. Wall Art.

This year, bare walls are simply gallery walls waiting to happen! In 2018 it’s a case of go big or go home (at home). So gather all your favourite paintings, illustrations and photography, a few quirky frames (or washi tape if you want to mix up framed and non-framed images) and get creative to showcase your very own art collection. The more the better.

3. The colour sage.

Say goodbye to the white and blue-y greys of 2017 and hello to sage this year! In 2018, this greyish green shade is the NEW neutral. It's easy to understand why as this perfect tone blends seamlessly with just about anything. Walls, ceilings, soft furnishings, there are plenty of ways to incorporate some refreshing sage shades into your interior.

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Image: Openhomesphotography.com

4. eDecorating.

Yes, this is the next big thing and it's taking the world by storm. In 2018, we will all be embracing the opportunity to collaborate with a personal interior designer online to decorate our homes at a fraction of the cost of in-person services. So with ideas and advice from the best in the business your next-level magazine-worthy home is a click away.

 Image: Milray Park, styled by Milray Park Designer Laura Downie

Image: Milray Park, styled by Milray Park Designer Laura Downie

5. Terracotta and terrazzo tiles.

While our general obsession with tiles has been going on for a while, 2018 is all about terrazzo and terracotta. Firstly, forget everything (you thought) you knew about these two styles. Now think about the million ways you could integrate terrazzo and terracotta into your interior (floors, walls and even lighting). Not ready to take the plunge? Dip your toe into this palette by incorporating terracotta shades into soft furnishings. We bet you’ll be painting (and tiling) in no time.

6. Indoor jungle.

Proven to be good for your health as well as pretty to the eye, in 2018 you need to get your hands on indoor foliage There are plenty of options out there even for those who don't have a green thumb! Monstera, devil's ivy or succulents actually thrive on neglect.

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Image: Leden Design

If you're still sceptical, think no more, art is the answer. Beautiful organic plant themed prints, paintings and photography will instantly bring you closer to mother nature minus the watering responsibilities. Winner!

Now that you know what to expect this year, all that's left to do is figure out how many of these beautiful trends to add to your home! Happy decorating.

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Milray Park gives all Australians access to personalised interior design service online for one simple $299 flat-fee price.

Whether looking to pull together the look for a space with just a few finishing touches, or for a full-on transformation, Milray Park provides a tailor-made interior design service.

Just about to move into your new home or planning a reno but not too sure where to start? First thing first, take Milray Park's short quiz to find out what your decorating style is.

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Quiz: Find your perfect real estate match

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Quiz: Find your perfect real estate match

No date lined up for Valentine’s Day? Don’t stress. Take our quiz to find your property soulmate. Whoever said money can’t buy love?

Finding the perfect place to live is kind of like searching for the perfect partner. You want something nice to come home to, that’s comfortable, reliable, clean, preferably conveniently located and ridiculously good looking, of course!

Simply answer these eight questions to discover the home that’ll have your heart racing. Hopefully, it’s love at first sight.

1. When you look out your bedroom window you want to see?

A. Mesmerising ocean views.

B. Your kids playing on your generously sized lawn.

C. People passing by in the bustling inner-city street below.

D. Nothing but serene and green Australian bush.

E. Pretty manicured gardens.

2. Your favourite style of architecture is?

A. Cape Cod.

B. Queenslander.

C. Contemporary.

D. Rustic.

E. Spanish.

3. You're most likely to spend your Saturday evening:

A. At a trivia night at the local pub.

B. Chilling out at a casual BBQ or pool party.

C. Enjoying a meal with friends at the hottest restaurant in town.

D. Snuggled up in front an open fireplace with a good book.

E. Hosting a fancy cocktail party at your home with your nearest and dearest.

4. Your ideal backyard…

A. Has contemporary landscaping and a huge alfresco area for entertaining.

B. Includes a large swimming pool, fire pit and room for a trampoline.

C. Is a paved low maintenance courtyard with space for a BBQ and table setting.

D. Has 25-acres of sprawling bushland to explore.

E. Is a hectare of idyllic landscaped grounds including a resort style pool, fountains and a tennis court.

5. Your favourite piece of home décor is:

A. A boho macramé wall hanging.

B. A timeless leather chesterfield lounge.

C. A super sleek oversized glass coffee table.

D. An artfully arranged stack of firewood.

E. A glam chandelier.

6. Your dream home location is:

A. Within 20 metres of the surf.

B. On a large block out in the burbs.

C. Conveniently positioned within 15-minutes of the city.

D. Peaceful and secluded.

E. In a semi-rural location with a small-town feel.

7. Your drink of choice is:

A. Pina colada.

B. Beer.

C. Espresso Martinis.

D. Scotch on the rocks.

E. Champagne.

8. If you could live in any country for a year you’d chose:

A. Indonesia.

B. Cuba.

C. Sweden.

D. Canada.

E. Spain.

And your real estate perfect match is…

You chose – mostly A: Beachside masterpiece.

Congrats, you've found the one! And what a stunner it is. Australia’s most easterly beachfront residence ‘Whalewatchers’ is situated overlooking Wategos Beach in Byron Bay. This magnificent property features four spacious ensuited bedrooms, five bathrooms, a decadent master suite, second-storey pool and spa, C-Bus smart home automation system, wine cellar, underfloor heating and a spectacular ocean outlook. Hello, heaven on earth!

You chose – mostly B: Captivating classic Queenslander.

Your love for this beauty will stand the test of time, just as charming Queenslander style has endured over the past hundred years or so. Set on a generous 1,012 square metre lot, the home has been meticulously renovated from top to toe with easy family living in mind. Highlights include polished timber floors, a laundry chute, a large backyard pool, high ceilings, an enclosed balcony, landscaped gardens and poolside deck area. What’s not to love.

You chose – mostly C: Smart inner-city townhouse.

This elegant architect designed townhouse would easily win the heart of any stylish city slicker. Showcasing deluxe finishes throughout, the sleek black and white kitchen and cosy courtyard take sophisticated living to the next level. The property offers a convenient lifestyle, just a quick commute to the city and walking distance to Rozelle’s shops, cafes and restaurants. But, if you don’t feel like venturing out you even have your own wine room and bar, score!

You chose – mostly D: Luxe log cabin.

 For sale:  Buxton, VIC

For sale: Buxton, VIC

A romantic abode in many respects, this secluded hand-crafted Canadian alpine style log home is the ultimate woodsy retreat. You’ll fall for the valley views, the tranquillity of 25-acres of bushland, two large open fireplaces and the impressive 100 square metre bluestone deck. The fact that it is designed to the highest fire protection rating will also give you good peace of mind.

You chose – mostly E: Opulent Spanish estate.

We’re guessing you like the finer things in life and this chateau is no exception. It’s sprawling 1.45 hectares of beautifully manicured grounds, hand-crafted iron gates, sculptures, water features and grand ballroom will surely sweep you off your feet. You’d never run out of things to do if this was your home base, with a resort style pool, cocktail bar, music room, billiard room, gym, sauna and tennis court all on the premises.

For more enchanting abodes and quiz fun check out these 10 breathtaking homes that'll inspire your V-day plans and 'Which interior design reflects your personality quiz?'.

Happy Valentine's Day!

The Homely Team

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How to embrace the hottest décor trend of 2018: Wabi-sabi

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How to embrace the hottest décor trend of 2018: Wabi-sabi

Although it may sound like a delicious item on the menu at a Japanese restaurant, wabi-sabi is the latest chic concept to take the interior design world by storm.

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese lifestyle philosophy that celebrates imperfection, impermanence, simplicity, craftsmanship and modest surroundings.

Roughly translated ‘Wabi’ means simplicity and ‘Sabi’ is the beauty of age and wear.

First appearing in Japan in the 12th century, wabi-sabi was made famous more recently by designers Tatsuro Miki and Axel Vervoordt.

 Image: Design Father

Image: Design Father

Finally, a home décor trend we can buy into without actually having to hit the shops.

Unlike many other popular interior styles, wabi-sabi doesn’t support consumerism. It isn’t about furnishing your home with new ‘cookie-cutter’ mass produced items to create a particular ‘look’, with specific pieces of furniture and a strict colour palette.

Wabi-sabi is all about reassessing your space and showcasing and appreciating what is already in it, rather than getting new items.

Cracks, chips, scratches, and general wear and tear are not things to be covered up, fixed or replaced according to this philosophy, they are admired and put proudly on show to symbolise the passing of time.

So, hold off on throwing away that comfy worn leather armchair or repainting that peeling kitchen wall in 2018.

 Image: Hutsly

Image: Hutsly

Perhaps as you look around your home you’ll recognise one or two elements of wabi-sabi already, like a tarnished mirror, a vase of flowers beginning to wilt or a worn floorboard or two. Maybe you're lucky enough to have some ceramic wabi-sabi gems tucked away in the back of the cupboard just aching to be admired.

Here are five more ways you can nurture a feeling of wabi-sabi in your home.

1. Handmade anything.

Whether it’s a handmade ceramic vase collection, a hand knitted throw rug or a handcrafted recycled timber bench, you can’t go wrong with a beautifully crafted bespoke piece that was made to last. Key to getting an authentic sense of wabi-sabi is to avoid anything perfectly formed, ‘overdone’ or mass produced. So, you can kiss that IKEA catalogue goodbye and head to a local car boot market or garage sale to see what one of a kind homeware finds you can score.

 Image: Kin Wallace Ceramics

Image: Kin Wallace Ceramics

2. Perfectly imperfect.

Pieces made from materials in their most raw and natural state goes hand in hand with celebrating the beauty of imperfection. Think exposed brick, rustic timber furniture (the more scratched the better) and, aged and distressed leather chairs. Raw timber Japanese stools are the perfect accessory for displaying small objects, books and for resting feet on.

 Image: Lady Darwin Designs

Image: Lady Darwin Designs

3. Unmake your bed.

The good news is you can stop ironing your sheets (if you ever did!) and making your bed every day, as wabi-sabi is all about the crumpled ‘slept-in’ unmade look. Bonus points for layers of soft wrinkled worn linen sheets to help create that effortlessly undone feel.

4. Natural wonders.

Having a respect for the natural world is a pivotal aspect of wabi-sabi living. Before buying a new item see if there is any way you could upcycle a piece or material you already have to serve the same purpose. Like constructing a floaty lamp shade or pendant light from old tatty linen you would have discarded. Use calming and simple earthy neutral tones to guide your décor colour palette too!

 Image: Sergey Makhno

Image: Sergey Makhno

5. Show off age.

Wabi-sabi is all about celebrating the beauty in the use and age of objects. Perhaps you could invest in a brass lamp that will age gracefully over time as it oxidizes and changes colour. If you break or chip some pottery or crockery, instead of chucking it in the bin glue it back together as best you can to reuse or display. Wabi-sabi style champions the exhibition of the effects of accidents and the wear of objects over time.

 Image: The Book of Life, 'Kintsugi'- The centuries-old art of repairing broken pottery with gold.

Image: The Book of Life, 'Kintsugi'- The centuries-old art of repairing broken pottery with gold.

We hope these examples help to inspire you to embrace a simple interior design aesthetic that celebrates imperfection and modesty.

For more interior design ideas take a look at the 70s home decor items making a comeback and ways to embrace the hanging chair trend.

Happy decorating!

The Homely Team

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How to embrace the hanging chair trend this summer

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How to embrace the hanging chair trend this summer

When you think of hanging chairs, you probably envision them dangling in the chicest, most bohemian of living rooms. The cosy, swaying seats do make quite the focal point, and they’re just as comfortable as they are beautiful.

These qualities make hanging chairs ideal for more places than just the inside your home — why not set one up outdoors to take advantage of your home’s exterior space? To make the design process even easier, here are four ways to embrace the hanging chair trend this summer and beyond.

Go traditional

Your home has that old-school Queenslander flair. A wrap-around porch beckons friends to come over and hang out in your home’s outdoor areas. As such, a line of rocking chairs certainly fits the bill when it comes to decorating, but a hanging chair or two also works.

Of course, because your home has such a traditional look, you don’t want to go with an ultra-modern hanging chair design. You can find a middle ground by installing a porch swing, which is technically a hanging chair, too. You’ll get all the fun and comfort of a cocoon-style chair without ruining the classic style that makes your house a home. Best of all most porch swings can seat at least two people at once, so you can share this hanging chair with that special someone.

Look to the trees

A bushy backyard has a lot to offer in terms of your hanging-chair placement. Strong, sturdy branches are the perfect natural support system for a hanging chair. Plus, spending time in nature will help you relax even more than your comfy, swaying new chair.

Like a front porch swing, your tree-tied chair will probably come with a different structure than a standalone hanging chair. Even a hammock will have the same soothing effect of a hanging chair, with the added benefit of being able to lay down, crack open a book, read or reflect. No matter how you do it, you’ll love having your chair hanging from the trees.

Give older updates a modern boost

Moving into a fixer-upper is great for your budget, but it also means that some areas of your home aren’t as modern as you'd like. If you're searching for some stylish and easy ways to upgrade your patio, a hanging chair could be an easy addition to make prior to a full renovation. Later, updating your existing patio floor with sleeker pavers will tie the whole scene together.

A hanging chair can make your older deck and patio furniture appear to be more modern, too. Add one in the corner of your deck where you already have a table, sun chairs, etc. to breathe new life into a space that’s looked the same way for years.

Of course, if you already have a renovated back patio, a hanging chair is the perfect accent there, too. Other modern updates might include a fire pit, outdoor grill, a rug or geometrically shaped planters and flower pots.

Don’t rule out small spaces

Compact living has its benefits: you have less to clean and less to maintain, for starters. On the other hand, a small home or apartment typically has less outdoor space and, therefore, less space for a hanging chair.

However, a little bit of creative and DIY-ing could help you sneak a hanging chair into even the smallest corner of your home’s balcony or entryway. On top of that, there are so many other space-saving elements to add to your balcony, too. Everything from a bike rack to a full herb garden can fit onto an urban balcony, with just a little bit of ingenuity and elbow grease.

Have a seat

No matter where you choose to put it, your hanging chair will instantly update the look and feel of your home’s outdoor spaces. Just as fitting on the front porch as it is the backyard, your hanging chair will become a destination for sunbathing, reading, snoozing…all of your favourite activities on a warm summer day.

All you have left to do is pick up or build your new seat and set it up. Then, sit back, relax and watch as summer fades into autumn: you have the perfect, most comfortable place to do it now.

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