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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

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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The Block Room Reveal Guest Bedroom week saw a particular challenge for the contestants.  To turn around a room in one week is a huge challenge for anyone, but to present and style it in a particular era adds another layer of complexity.  In many ways this is a challenge faced by professional designers daily.. Read more

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Following on from last week, the contestants should now be in their stride and getting to grips with the challenging brief.  Decorating a room in a style that is not one that you know much about, like, or can relate to, is very confronting.  Coupled with that are all the usual design elements that you.. Read more

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Photography is becoming one of the most popular hobbies in Australia.  As most of us now walk around with a fairly sophisticated camera, just in our phones, it is so simple to take a good quality snap.  Some people will tell you that a new model Smartphone has a camera that will rival a good.. Read more

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Faced with global uncertainty, life as we know it is on hold. Cut off from our normal freedoms and routines, home is now the epicentre of our lives where many of us work, study, eat, sleep and relax. Technology has become more important than ever before as we rely on connection with the outside world... Read more

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Did you know that beige is back in fashion?  That non-colour that everyone derides as being boring is on-trend.  So much so that Dulux UK announced this week that their colour of the year for 2021 is Brave Ground. According to Dulux UK, this earthy beige hue connects us to nature and will bring a.. Read more

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Which kitchen pendants should I choose is one of the questions that I am most often asked.  I think that the issue that people have is that there are so many on the market to choose from and a wide range of styles.  Then there is the question of how many pendants they should have. .. Read more

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How many of us don't dream of having a gorgeous little beach house to escape to?  Somewhere that offers a completely different environment to our regular day to day abode.  I certainly do and what appeals to me the most is that rather than a sensible home in neutrals and white, it could be somewhere.. Read more

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Have you noticed the recent trend for Terracotta?  Warmer neutrals have been making a comeback and gorgeous rich terracotta is at the forefront of this trend.  I wrote about this colour back in 2016 as I could see this beginning to appear in trend reports and fashion designs and now I am very happy to.. Read more

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How often do you see perfectly good pieces of furniture out on a nature strip destined for the local waste facility?  It's heartbreaking to see an item destroyed and clogging up landfill that with some TLC could be updated or repurposed. Over the years I have painted items of furniture that have dated or been.. Read more

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The Hamptons style is becoming increasingly popular for homes nationwide, particularly as it suits the Australian climate. Nowhere is it more at home than in Queensland, as the majority of the population lives on the coast.  The Hamptons look is reminiscent of the style of traditional Queensland homes, making it easy to showcase in suburbs.. Read more

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Creating a modern yet timeless feature wall that leaves a lasting impression in your home can be a daunting and unfamiliar task. Whether the aim is to inject playful colour into a child’s bedroom or add a touch of sophistication to a kitchen, a textured feature wall is guaranteed to bring the ‘wow’ factor into.. Read more

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In the global world of design, the hot trend of the moment has to be Scandi Style.  Whether it's our love of the Scandinavian mid century classic designs of the Modernist movement or the Danish passion for Hygge, we can't seem to get enough of it.  While this has been a hot trend in Australia.. Read more

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When it comes to styling a room, interior design expert, TV personality and Luxaflex Brand Ambassador, Neale Whitaker, certainly knows a thing or two. Recently visiting the bi-annual interior design trade show, Maison & Objet, Paris, one of the most important interior design events in Europe, Neale found the exhibition reinforced big-picture trends shaping the.. Read more

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Expert renovators Kyal and Kara Demmrich have wrapped up their latest project – a three-bedroom family home and studio just metres from Blue Lagoon beach on the Central Coast of NSW. Drawing inspiration from a Frangipani tree in the front yard of a small fibro cottage, the couple were able to realise their vision for.. Read more

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I know from working with clients who are building their dream home that often the interior door is one of the last elements that they consider.  However to get the look and feel right for your home, internal doors are one of the most important selections you will make.  Don't leave it until the last.. Read more

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Do you get confused by which style of decorating you like?  You can certainly be forgiven as there are so many styles around, many of them gorgeous and also many of them overlapping.  It can be difficult to define exactly what it is that you really like and why and how this can be translated.. Read more

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We often consider a rug as a styling element, an addition to a room to add either colour, texture or both.   However, a rug has a much larger role to play in terms of finishing a space and in fact should be planned and considered at the beginning of the design process.  How many of.. Read more

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Gardens can be such wonderful places.  Whenever I think that apartment living might be an alternative, I realise that I could never leave my garden.  They are a refuge to retreat to and the perfect spot to entertain friends and family.  Australia certainly has some vastly different regional temperatures and this is very evident during.. Read more

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With any style, it is often the design elements that you don't always consider first that can either really enhance and finish the look or mean that you don't quite achieve it properly.  The much loved Hamptons Style is no exception.  While we may adapt it to suit our own homes and lifestyle, some elements.. Read more

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Just occasionally, a house crosses my desk which is truly breathtaking and which helps you to understand the value and purpose of great design.  Renowned American architect John Lautner, who was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, sums up perfectly what the purpose of architecture is – to improve human life.  This is what we.. Read more

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Engineered oak floorboards are now firmly entrenched in the range of flooring options available.   As a designer, I regularly specify engineered oak flooring due to its superior aesthetic quality.  It is a preference for many of my clients, both in terms of functionality and style. The options though can be overwhelming and as with any.. Read more

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I really enjoy all the different seasons as they each have so much to offer.  Winter is a time to retreat and to appreciate our homes and all they have to offer.  In the midst of the Covid pandemic, we have even more reason to stay inside and I was therefore excited to see the.. Read more

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I am a big fan of green and it has made my heart sing to see the trend growing stronger for green kitchens.  In fact, I'm wondering whether green is the new navy blue.  I swoon over most kitchens with colour, although my own one is white!  But I can dream and I am pretty.. Read more

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From its origins on the East Coast of America, the Hamptons Style has swept the globe and has become firmly entrenched in Australian design.  As with any popular trend, the Australians, with our love of design, decorating and renovating, have put our own stamp on the look.  It's really interesting to see how trends evolve.. Read more

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We have all seen the real estate photos where it is clear as day that the property has been professionally styled to sell.  We have also seen living rooms that are nicely painted, which have some decent furniture but absolutely no soul.  What you are aiming to achieve for your own home is one that.. Read more

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When I think of Coastal Boho Style, I think about people who are relaxed and interesting individuals with a story to tell.  People who take care of themselves, exercise each morning, care about nutrition and their environment.  They like pretty things, hence the gorgeous flowing dresses and tops that you see in Bohemian style fashion.. Read more

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Grey and white is here to stay, at least for a while, but this doesn't mean that your home colour scheme has to be developed around all crisp and cool colours.  Greys and whites can be warm and when partnered with some on-trend terracotta tones, with touches of sociable orange, you have a contemporary Autumn.. Read more

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The arrival of a new baby is a much anticipated event, particularly if it is the first one!  Planning and decorating a nursery therefore can be one of the happiest times for a family.  You want the room to be right for the newborn but also a place of refuge for parents too.  I think.. Read more

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There is no doubt that we Australians love to renovate.  Rather than move, we prefer to upscale and improve our existing homes.  Growing up in England, for me the focus was more on decorating your home.  With so many older style houses and smaller blocks, the emphasis was just on improving the interior, but I.. Read more

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Have you ever considered black for kitchen cabinetry? It can be a bold decision and one that I think many people would shy away from.  But a black kitchen has many benefits from a design perspective.  Read further to see whether this could be the right choice for your next kitchen renovation. Design benefits from.. Read more

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Bathroom renovations are not straight forward for a number of reasons, one being the wide range of inclusions to decide upon.  Often overlooked, but integral to the design of the bathroom, is the choice of showerscreen.  I'm going to show you how to choose the right showerscreen for your new bathroom.  I find that this.. Read more

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As much as we all love sunshine and blue skies, when it comes to being at home, we need the flexibility to control the heat and light that they generate. There's nothing nicer than coming home to a house where the temperature is regulated (without relying on air conditioning that hurts the environment and your.. Read more

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Selecting colours for an exterior scheme can be tricky, mainly due to people not getting the tone quite right.   Colours perform so differently outside to inside and we often don't take into account quite how much impact the sun has on an exterior colour palette.  Colorbond Surfmist sometimes gets a bad rap however, let.. Read more

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We are working from a home office with increased regularity.  Whether avoiding a virus, traffic jams or simply realising that with greater advances in technology, we don't need to haul into an office in the centre of town every day.  Even if you work from home for one to two days a week, it's important.. Read more

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Decorating a home can be a time consuming and expensive undertaking so I often recommend that clients turn to the classic warm neutrals when looking for a foundation to their scheme.  This creates a welcoming and timeless home that can be partnered with many other colours.  Decorating with warm neutrals isn't perfect for every style.. Read more

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Black, white and grey are perennial favourites in the decorating stakes and the basis for a classic Parisian decorating style.  Sophisticated and elegant, this look, which belongs to the salons of one of the world's most beautiful cities, is timeless.  The appeal of Parisian style is that if you get the basics right you can.. Read more

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The appeal of Australian coastal towns is that they are usually set to a backdrop of lush hinterland thus offering their lucky residents the best of both worlds.  Designing a holiday home between the beach and the bush offers a particular set of challenges though. For Melissa Bonney, Director at multi-disciplinary design studio, the Designory,.. Read more

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Has your outdoor entertaining area seen better days?  Are you watching the summer months go by thinking that you should really update your backyard?  If so, I have some great inspiration and tips for you to update your outdoor entertaining area courtesy of Dulux.  Let me tell you more here. Colour in the image above.. Read more

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Choosing the right style and colour for your windows is one of the most important decisions you will make when it comes to planning and building a new home or renovation project. With so much at stake, let me show you how to choose windows and ensure you get the look that you want for.. Read more

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Navy blue is the new black.  Many will argue that grey is the new black, however as a long time lover of grey and one who appreciates its suitability to many decorating schemes, I still contend that for right now, Navy is the current all star.  There is no doubt that the colour partnership of.. Read more

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I doubt that any of us would ever say that Mustard is a favourite colour.  In fact I always remember Tricia Guild, the founder of Designer's Guild and a lover of colour, professing Mustard to be one of the few tones she disliked! I must agree that Mustard can be a rather dull and dingy.. Read more

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