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PROLONG SUMMER With These Easy Design Tips Chase away the winter blues and extend the life of your entertaining space this season with these simple decorating tips. The best part is, you don't have to spend a fortune! Cosy it up with accessories Cosy up your outdoor entertainment area and create a nest by accessorising. Add cushions and swabs to your seating, making sure the covers are detachable and can be easily washed. Throw a few throws around that have different textures, patterns and…

PROLONG SUMMER With These Easy Design Tips Chase away the winter blues and extend the life of your entertaining space this season with these simple decorating tips. The best part is, you don't have to spend a fortune! Cosy it up with accessories Cosy up your outdoor entertainment area and create a nest by accessorising. Add cushions and swabs to your seating, making sure the covers are detachable and can be easily washed. Throw a few throws around that have different textures, patterns and…

ARRANGE FLOWERS LIKE A PRO. Good afternoon, I hope everyone is having a fabulous week.  It’s been a big week this week! Have started designing a cafe, put forward a feature bedroom concept for Habitat Magazine (which will be coming out in September) and have finally finished painting the timber ceiling in our design studio! Hey ho.  Let’s talk flowers. The other week I attended the James Dunlop Vive Vanuatu ...

ARRANGE FLOWERS LIKE A PRO. Good afternoon, I hope everyone is having a fabulous week. It’s been a big week this week! Have started designing a cafe, put forward a feature bedroom concept for Habitat Magazine (which will be coming out in September) and have finally finished painting the timber ceiling in our design studio! Hey ho. Let’s talk flowers. The other week I attended the James Dunlop Vive Vanuatu ...

Let’s get those curtains right! It’s a beautiful day out today so let’s keep this one short, sharp and succinct so you can get out there and enjoy the sunshine! :)  Here are my top five tips to getting your curtains right.  [caption id=attachment_1114 align=alignleft width=564] James Dunlop, Contemporary Collection[/caption]                  Selecting the right pleat style   	If you like a plush and full look, go for a French pleat. This uses more fabric and therefore expect to pay more…

Let’s get those curtains right! It’s a beautiful day out today so let’s keep this one short, sharp and succinct so you can get out there and enjoy the sunshine! :) Here are my top five tips to getting your curtains right. [caption id=attachment_1114 align=alignleft width=564] James Dunlop, Contemporary Collection[/caption] Selecting the right pleat style If you like a plush and full look, go for a French pleat. This uses more fabric and therefore expect to pay more…

GET YOUR HOME PREPARED FOR SALE. A Real Estate Agent's Perspective So you're thinking of selling your home but you're not quite sure where to begin. This article will provide some clarity on how to prepare your house for sale. It has been written by Hayden Brown - an experienced and highly appraised Real Estate Consultant in West Auckland.  Hi, Hayden here....  Before you begin marketing your house for sale there are a number of things you should take care of to ensure a smooth...

GET YOUR HOME PREPARED FOR SALE. A Real Estate Agent's Perspective So you're thinking of selling your home but you're not quite sure where to begin. This article will provide some clarity on how to prepare your house for sale. It has been written by Hayden Brown - an experienced and highly appraised Real Estate Consultant in West Auckland. Hi, Hayden here.... Before you begin marketing your house for sale there are a number of things you should take care of to ensure a smooth...

FOUR WALLPAPER DONTS. Coaxing a friend, handyman, builder, painter or husband to hang your wallpaper is a BIG no no...

FOUR WALLPAPER DONTS. Coaxing a friend, handyman, builder, painter or husband to hang your wallpaper is a BIG no no...

PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SALE. A Landscape Architect's Perspective - By Angelique Lambermon First Impressions always count! Did you know that your prospective buyer will make up their mind about your home within the first 6 seconds of viewing your property? You can then understand why it's important to prepare your home for sale the best way possible.  I can give you this information because apart from being a landscape architect I have previously worked for a well known...

PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SALE. A Landscape Architect's Perspective - By Angelique Lambermon First Impressions always count! Did you know that your prospective buyer will make up their mind about your home within the first 6 seconds of viewing your property? You can then understand why it's important to prepare your home for sale the best way possible. I can give you this information because apart from being a landscape architect I have previously worked for a well known...

LAUNDRY LOW DOWN. Right. Let's get to this week's blog – the Laundry Low Down. Interior design tricks that will help you get it right!...

LAUNDRY LOW DOWN. Right. Let's get to this week's blog – the Laundry Low Down. Interior design tricks that will help you get it right!...

WINDOW HEADINGS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. There are several heading styles to chose from depending on what look you are going for.  Do you want your curtains to look full and more traditional? Or perhaps a more modern & simplistic style is what you're going for? See below for a simple overview of each drapery heading style written by Auckland-based soft furnishing specialists ...

WINDOW HEADINGS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. There are several heading styles to chose from depending on what look you are going for. Do you want your curtains to look full and more traditional? Or perhaps a more modern & simplistic style is what you're going for? See below for a simple overview of each drapery heading style written by Auckland-based soft furnishing specialists ...

TRICKS TO GETTING A SMALL BATHROOM RIGHT. When you have a small space to work with there are key techniques designers use to achieve a more spacious look. Most of the advice out there regarding working with a small bathroom relates to keeping your scheme simplistic. However, more often than not I find these simplistic bathrooms boring and lacking in flair. I'm here to say you can achieve a spacious look without going down the easy simplistic road and compromising on personality...

TRICKS TO GETTING A SMALL BATHROOM RIGHT. When you have a small space to work with there are key techniques designers use to achieve a more spacious look. Most of the advice out there regarding working with a small bathroom relates to keeping your scheme simplistic. However, more often than not I find these simplistic bathrooms boring and lacking in flair. I'm here to say you can achieve a spacious look without going down the easy simplistic road and compromising on personality...

BREATHE LIFE INTO YOUR DINING ROOM. I dare you to think outside the square and take a risk! Go on, you know you want to. The most successful interiors are always those that have pushed the boundaries and, therefore, are fresh and unique. So with that said, here are my four ultimate tips on how to breathe life into your dining room – happy renovating!  [gallery ids=218,217 type=rectangular] Paint Your Dining Room Walls Dark! Deep moody walls softened with warm furnishings such as a wooden...

BREATHE LIFE INTO YOUR DINING ROOM. I dare you to think outside the square and take a risk! Go on, you know you want to. The most successful interiors are always those that have pushed the boundaries and, therefore, are fresh and unique. So with that said, here are my four ultimate tips on how to breathe life into your dining room – happy renovating! [gallery ids=218,217 type=rectangular] Paint Your Dining Room Walls Dark! Deep moody walls softened with warm furnishings such as a wooden...

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