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What Does Home Mean to You?

"Home is a place you can feel comfortable cooking breakfast in your pajamas."
Danielle Halloran
Folsom, California
"A clean, fresh, lemon-scented living room, open windows, plenty of sun and warmth everywhere, and my mother’s cheese pie baking in the oven."
Thei Zervaki
New York
"Where I can be naked, both emotionally and physically."
Courie Helene Weiss
Marina Del Rey, California
"Home isn’t a place; it’s a feeling."
Winter Skelton
Springfield, Missouri
"Home is a place of love and comfort that always welcomes you with open arms―and perhaps a plate of freshly baked cookies."
Jaime Meier
Durham, North Carolina
"Home means catching fireflies out on the front lawn with my brother. Those were the best times of my life."
Shannon Cuthrell
Cary, North Carolina
"Home is where the rags of your life are turned into quilts, lemons become lemonade, and a few extra pounds are simply welcomed as - more of you to love."
Sherry Bubnowski
Four States, West Virginia

Colorbond Dune has been a mainstay in the range for many years and is still an extremely popular choice.  I really like to use it for a number of reasons which I will tell you below.  If you're considering a new roof or are building a new home, this may be one of the colours.. Read more

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The concept of The Three Birds has been hugely successful.  It's how many of us would like to live, working with close friends and renovating properties together – what a fabulous job!  It's always interesting to see the next house and The Birds are now up to house number 13.  This will be a treat.. Read more

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Have you noticed the recent love affair with green in the world of interiors?  Green, in general, is making a comeback, but Sage Green is really causing a stir and fast becoming many people's new favourite colour.  I am thrilled as green is my favourite colour and I also love to see more colour in.. Read more

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An environmentally responsive home is one which many of us aim to achieve when we are building a house.  Sustainable finishes and inclusions together with buildings that can withstand our tough climate conditions are often front of mind, but then budget constraints get in the way, builders don't always want to use new or different.. Read more

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The cornice is the plaster detail that covers the join between the wall and the ceiling.  It's an area that isn't usually paid a lot of attention until you have to select one or decide what you should paint it.  There is a very straight forward answer in terms of painting and that is that.. Read more

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I really like to use black accents both inside and outside of my home, however pure black can sometimes be too heavy, particularly over a large expanse.  I was therefore really pleased when Colorbond introduced Monument into their range.  It has been with us for some time now and is extremely popular with my clients. .. Read more

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Situated in the sprawling rural community of Tallai, on the outer edge of the Gold Coast, lies a home with a unique take on the luxurious contemporary Hamptons farmhouse style and the timeless comfort of the Australian Country aesthetic. Fontaine, by Australia’s Metricon Homes, is an acreage design spanning 600m2 that exemplifies the emerging Australian.. Read more

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I really like to specify Colorbond Windspray but it is often a maligned colour in the Colorbond range.  The thing about Colorbond Windspray is that it has a base that sometimes appears blue and sometimes green, depending on the time of day, and it is this chameleon quality that can put people off.  What I.. Read more

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With most of us spending more time working from home than ever before, there has never been a better time to show your workspace some love. “Your study should be a space of calm and concentration, but most importantly somewhere you actually enjoy spending time,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour and Communications Manager. “We all.. Read more

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I'm not sure when throws became popular in interiors but I can't remember a time without them.  However it has really been the last few years that we have seen such a wide range of throws on the market.  When I accessorise a room, I am focusing on introducing layers to the scheme and this.. Read more

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How does everyone feel about the warm colours, whites and neutrals that are gaining in popularity?  I love warmer tones as they are comforting and gentle on the eye.  However, I know some people are mystified that terracotta has made a comeback and that blush and apricot tones are now in vogue again.  If this.. Read more

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I am a big fan of Mid-Century home style which formed the backbone of my early design studies.  Often described as a modern look, the style is hardly contemporary as it dates back to the beginning of the Modernism movement in the late 19th century.   By shunning unnecessary ornamentation, a brave new and pared back.. Read more

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Over the past year, the functionality of the home has shifted, with kitchens becoming home offices, living rooms turning into yoga studios and bathrooms becoming a private retreat away from the stresses of daily life. “One of the most interesting shifts expected to appear in 2021 is a move away from the open-plan living that.. Read more

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A bedroom should be a calm environment to induce relaxation and one of the best ways to achieve this is to have a room that is tidy and free of clutter.  This is the main reason that I like to use a bedspread.  Let's face it, how many of us have the time or inclination.. Read more

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For the Autumn colour trends in 2021 expect to see soft, sun-baked neutrals bring a gentle warmth to interiors. “Most of us are still spending a lot of time at home, and after a tough year, we’re all ready for a change,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour and Communications Manager. “Colour can bring joy to.. Read more

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Green has to be about my favourite colour.  I do love them all but find that this is where I gravitate to, so when browsing the range of wallpapers from Superfresco Easy, it was no surprise to me that the Adilah design was one that I had to have.  I am a sucker for pretty.. Read more

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Home design is always evolving and it's interesting to see how the COVID 19 restrictions have transformed the way we live and use our homes.  We are now prioritising spaces for connection and retreat, as well as functions such as home offices and a seamless indoor-outdoor transition for relaxation and getting away from the ‘office'... Read more

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You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  What do you think of this old adage?   That first impression really does count and I was therefore excited to see these three ideas from Dulux Australia to update your hallway.  Make this space one that is inviting and that you want to linger.. Read more

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This is it.  The Block backyard and pool reveal is the final piece of the puzzle for The Block 2020.  This week has seen Sarah and George go from strength to strength and take out the final win, which I must say in my view, was absolutely deserved.  Their attention to detail, use of the.. Read more

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I am often asked by clients what colour do I paint my downpipes?  This can be pretty straight forward but always causes a lot of consternation, because let's face it, who wants to make a feature of the plumbing?  It is trickier however if you are installing new downpipes that are Colorbond and therefore you.. Read more

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The value of renovation projects across the country has increased by 7% to $748 million, the highest level recorded since April 2016, as homeowners take advantage of recent favourable market conditions and realise renovations dreamed up during lengthy COVID-19 lockdowns.  If this is you, then I have some inspiration of how to renovate for profit. .. Read more

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I have to admit that I am better at advising clients on decorating schemes than actually doing them myself.  I can choose them, no problem!  But when it comes to the actual work, I always employ a good tradesperson and like to direct rather than do. So when Superfresco Easy approached me to try out.. Read more

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This is it.  The Block backyard and pool reveal is the final piece of the puzzle for The Block 2020.  This week has seen Sarah and George go from strength to strength and take out the final win, which I must say in my view, was absolutely deserved.  Their attention to detail, use of the.. Read more

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The penultimate week on The Block 2020 sees the contestants working on their garage and studio space.  A garage is pretty straight forward with plenty of storage essential, but the studio is a completely different matter.  There is no doubt that a good decent sized garage with a studio is highly appealing for buyers and.. Read more

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Yellow is the happy colour of the spectrum.  Uplifting and bright, this colour evokes images of beautiful sunflowers, bobbing heads turned towards the sun and brings warmth to all it touches.  Good news for those of you who profess to love yellow as it is purported that this beautiful bright colour is liked by intelligent people who.. Read more

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Think curves, textures, wall and ceiling detail, metals and neutrals with a pop of colour.  Interior design trends in 2021 will focus on the elements that can make a dramatic difference to a home as well as offering a more comfortable space to enjoy. Interior Design Trends 2021 One of Australia’s leading interior designers, Greg.. Read more

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What do you conjure up with the word black?  For me it signifies elegance and sophistication.  I wouldn't be without a little black dress in my wardrobe and the same is true for me with interiors.  I would generally choose a black lampshade over a white one or a black picture frame before a timber.. Read more

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Wow!  Jimmy and Tam walked away from The Block 2020 as winners with a cool $1,066.00.  House number 5, which was faithfully renovated in a Retro 1950s style, sold for a whopping $4.256, which was $966,000 above the reserve.  I must say that I am thrilled to see this outcome as they were the only.. Read more

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This is it.  The Block backyard and pool reveal is the final piece of the puzzle for The Block 2020.  This week has seen Sarah and George go from strength to strength and take out the final win, which I must say in my view, was absolutely deserved.  Their attention to detail, use of the.. Read more

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The penultimate week on The Block 2020 sees the contestants working on their garage and studio space.  A garage is pretty straight forward with plenty of storage essential, but the studio is a completely different matter.  There is no doubt that a good decent sized garage with a studio is highly appealing for buyers and.. Read more

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The Block contestants are now on the home stretch with the commencement of the outdoor areas.  This week sees the reveal of The Block front garden and facade, which is a great opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the era they are designing to.  We had joint winners this week, Jimmy and Tam with their.. Read more

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The Block contestants are now on the home stretch with the commencement of the outdoor areas.  This week sees the reveal of The Block front garden and facade, which is a great opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the era they are designing to.  We had joint winners this week, Jimmy and Tam with their.. Read more

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Known as Hell week on The Block, the completion of the hallway, stairs, laundry and WC is an overwhelming week for the contestants.  Linking the original section of the house to the more contemporary space at the rear is a design challenge which this week saw Jimmy and Tam take out first place, but only.. Read more

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Scandi style has been embraced around the world as it is a style that is underpinned by good quality design and the premise that less is more.  Simplicity is important with this style, with each piece in an interior being carefully curated to provide a look that is timeless.  No wonder we love modern Scandi.. Read more

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The penultimate week on The Block 2020 sees the contestants working on their garage and studio space.  A garage is pretty straight forward with plenty of storage essential, but the studio is a completely different matter.  There is no doubt that a good decent sized garage with a studio is highly appealing for buyers and.. Read more

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For many of us in Australia, our outdoor living areas are an extension of our home interior.  With clever design, a good outdoor space can provide an additional room that can substantially extend your useable living area.  Somewhere that can be used for a large degree of the year, and in some regions, all year.. Read more

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Known as Hell week on The Block, the completion of the hallway, stairs, laundry and WC is an overwhelming week for the contestants.  Linking the original section of the house to the more contemporary space at the rear is a design challenge which this week saw Jimmy and Tam take out first place, but only.. Read more

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Do you love Scandi style?  The decorating mantra of light, white, texture, beautiful muted grey colours, natural finishes and simplicity.  Where can you go wrong with that?  The team behind the successful Melbourne based Scandinavian Interiors store Norsu Interiors have lots to tell you and tempt you with if you love this style.  If you.. Read more

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The Block Guest Bedroom 3 reveal has more than bedrooms this week and some great and not so great rooms. I have to say that I am a fan of Jimmy and Tam.  They are the only contestants who have really endeavoured to meet the original brief of decorating to an era and I like.. Read more

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I regularly hear that choosing a colour scheme can be one of the most challenging things to do, but it really shouldn't be hard.  People tell me that they are afraid of colour!  This is so sad as colour has the ability, more than any other design element, to change the mood of a room,.. Read more

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They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but with Australia’s beautiful weather and outdoor lifestyle, an outdoor room might just be the space that really captures the heart. This area, that bridges the divide between interior and exterior, can be an alfresco with a barbeque or relaxation destination the next. With.. Read more

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The Block Kitchen reveal is here with some stunning kitchens.  Kitchen week on The Block is always one of the most interesting as this is the biggest investment in the house and one that the contestants can't afford to get wrong.  Butler's pantries and integrated refrigerators are standard and gorgeous over-sized island benches are now.. Read more

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The Block Living and Dining reveal has been interesting as we have seen how the contestants have completed their open plan spaces and how successfully they have incorporated the living and dining areas into their kitchens.  If the contestants are being judged on their ability to meet the original brief of designing their rooms to.. Read more

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Who doesn't love the gentle whir of a ceiling fan? Along with frogs and cicadas, it is one of the sounds that signifies summer has arrived.  Those days when the roar of the cicadas actually make you feel the heat, is the time to ramp up the overhead fans.  A good architect will ensure that.. Read more

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For many of us, we have our families at home with us either full time or certainly with restrictions still in place, more than has been the case.  We therefore need to keep everyone busy and interested in life and this is the ideal time to plant a seed to a healthier lifestyle. Tuscan Path.. Read more

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Luke and Jasmin were joint winners this week for The Block Master Ensuite reveal but I thought they deserved to win outright.  It's interesting to see now in week 4 how the couples are progressing and developing their style, while endeavouring to adhere to the designated era brief.  I'm certainly getting my firm favourites. The.. Read more

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There is something quintessential about Australian Coastal style that sets it apart from similar looks around the world.  An Australian beach house is a long held dream for many of us, somewhere to retreat to, or if lucky enough to live in full time. Australian beach houses need to be understated with a relaxed vibe .. Read more

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Well, I have to say that I did not agree with the judges this week at all for the outcome of the Master Bedroom room reveal.   If the contestants are being judged on how well they interpreted the era, then this really wasn't the right outcome.  As a designer, when you're given a brief, you.. Read more

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At home on the East Coast of America, the upmarket, but very understated Hamptons style has swept the globe.  It seems that every second house that I work on is based on this classic style.  Whether it is the delicate colour palette of soft blues, greens and greys or the relaxed styling, which still manages.. Read more

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The Block Guest Bedroom and Ensuite 2 reveal was an interesting one this week and I must say I do agree with the judges on the winning team – Luke and Jasmin.  I am getting my firm favourites and although the rooms are not always executed perfectly I think there are some great ideas and.. Read more

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