Bring a piece of the Ananda Boutique Hotel to your home in the following ways:
Get your mind out of the gutter naughty, it's to do with sheets. The most comfortable, soft, gorgeous, sexy, delicate and may I mention healthy sheets ever.
Don't underestimate the power of a good set of bed linen. Your bed is your sanctuary, the perfect place to revitalize and rejuvenate, binge watch a season of Netflix and even get a bit frisky with some in-between the sheets fun. So lovely people, I would like to introduce you to the best of the best, Purezone bamboo sheets. I always feel the need to share with you that I am in no way affiliated to the product and that I derive no benefit by promoting products on my blog. The things I choose to share with you are the things that I love and believe that you will love too!
HOLY SHEET I literally could not believe how amazing these felt on my body. The benefits of bamboo are endless. Bamboo sheets are incredibly soft and smooth on the skin and are a naturally hygienic choice; bamboo is antibacterial, hypoallergenic and anti-microbial.
On top of this, it is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, making bamboo a sustainable, organic crop grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides. It is also great for temperature regulation, allowing you to keep warm in winter and cool in summer (PERFECT for Melbourne weather.)
I used to think that sheet softness meant I had to buy Egyptian Cotton with a high thread count, but boy was I wrong. I also had a misconception in my head that bamboo wouldn't feel or look luxurious but I was so wrong! I am a bamboo convert! Trust me, you'll be texting your friends to tell them how good the experience in your bed was, and I'm not talking about the PG stuff. Even Jesse couldn't get enough!
My bamboo sheets are from Purezone, they have an amazing range and they have certainly kept me as a returning client!
Don't be afraid to get m o o d y
Sometimes all it takes is a moodboard - having everything you like, together, right in front of you helps clarify exactly what you like and don’t like! Use Pinterest, Instagram, flick through magazines and collect your fave visual references. This will help you cement your own personal style and nail down exactly what look shows off your individuality.
The more styles the merrier
Don’t feel like you have to stick to one style. So many of you think that the items in your home have to belong to one, specific style (e.g. strictly scandi.) THIS IS SO NOT THE CASE. I often find that the most engaging and experiential spaces are those that tell a story whilst the most boring, standard and COMMON ones are the ones that feature a piece that everyone has. The places that resonate with me the most are in fact the ones that have a myriad of items from travel, inherited pieces from parents, one or two really stand out, WOW pieces and anything else that embraces individuality. Don’t be afraid to show off pieces that evoke fond memories. Invest in one thing that you really LOVE and make this a piece that really stands out. By having this statement piece, you really don’t need to fill the space with undesirable and ineffective clutter.
Quantity NOT quality
You are probably thinking WTF. But this is so true sometimes. Why not collect a few of the same, or even varying, jars, cheap vases or even a mixture of varying candles. This creates a striking effect, mood and ambience that will make your home look like it’s fresh off the cover of a magazine! Three vases looks so much better than just one. And remember, try sticking to odd numbers for the best effect.
Tray it up
Trays in the home = tres chic. Perfect for a coffee table, entrance foyer bench or even in a powder room. Pile up some books, add a candle, a small bunch of blooms or even an old perfume bottle and voila – you are already hot to trot!
The more you layer the space, the more homely, inviting and comforting it becomes. Add that wow factor with a throw and some scatter cushions. There are tons of cheap and amazing options available and this can really help bring that extra dimension to your home.
Its the little things
Sometimes the tiniest details make the most dramatic and biggest statement. Why not change up the door hardware. There are some seriously cool and unique things available today like leather door handles and tabs and unique finishes and textures. Incorporate these details throughout the house to make sure you achieve a cohesive look.
And lastly.. Have fun with it! Remember everything in moderation and don’t clutter. Don’t feel the need to fill every inch of the house, this will only make the space feel smaller. Please do not finish reading this and employ every tip I have given in every single room. Try out a few in different spaces and if you feel intimidated and don't know where to begin, I always say - Don't be afraid to go with your gut!
Those of you who follow me on Instagram already know that I love a good Insta story.. I mean who doesn't, right? So you might have already seen one of my uploads from the other day about a gorgeous delivery I received from Kikki K. I just know that there are loads of you out there who, much like me, have a secret obsession with cute stationary and organizing tools. So I just HAD to write a blog about it because these products were seriously too divine and necessary not to.
As hard as I try to be organized, I am not. Running several businesses as well as being a full-time mom and wife means I live a crazy, hectic and full on life (which I love!) but it also means I need things set out for me. I find that if things are written out in front of me, they become easier to visualize and prioritize. Sometimes I have so much on my plate that I need to smash through that I don't even know where to begin. Which is why the planner pad I received is so good. It allows me to order tasks according to their level of importance and makes the things I need to accomplish tangible and clear.
The next item that arrived was a Dream Journal and to say I am totally obsessed is an understatement. The opening lines "Don't be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams" speak to me more than I could ever describe. I have always been a dreamer. Dreaming gets me through every day and year and in all honesty, I would not be where I am today if it was not for a lil' dreaming. The journal has sections for goals, short-term dreams, long term dreams and inspiring quotes. If you are a dreamer, I highly recommend this journal! And it is so pretty-in-pink too. Totally functional as well as nice to look at. Love love love it!
I also received a "Paper book for every day inspiration." This book contains inspiring DIY projects and craft goodness for paper lovers. It is packed with quotes, stickers and just awesome things in general. Sometimes all it takes is a few clever words strung together in an inspirational quote to get your ass into gear and make you realize that what you wish for is actually easily attainable with the right attitude.
The last (and potentially the best) thing I received was a gorgeous, leather notebook. The reason I love this so much is because I cannot survive without a diary. I need to write down everything whether it is online, in a book or on a scrap piece of paper. This notebook was monogrammed with my initials. So obsessed with it all.
Thank you for the amazing goodies Kikki.K! And to my readers, be sure to check out their new range. Easy on the eye but so functional too for anyone on the go! What stationary and organizing tools can you guys not live without? Let me know in the comments below! I can't get enough of this stuff!
Most of the people I speak to are terrified of renovating and redesigning their homes, especially when they don't have much choice but to do it on their own. Budget constraints and various other factors restrict people from hiring designers to do their homes for them and this creates a lot of fear, anxiety and heartache. I totally recognise that renovating or refurnishing your home can be an extremely daunting experience to say the least – essentially you are gambling with unknown products, unfamiliar suppliers and huge expenses without being 100% sure that your final result will even achieve what you wanted in the first place. But.. in actual fact, the prospect of designing a space for you and your family to love, enjoy and call 'home' for years to come should bring about excitement and happiness! So.. what am I getting at? I have the perfect tool to ease you through this seemingly cumbersome effort!
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Make your rented house a home
I know first hand what it is like to be frustrated when renting and feel like you don’t have control over what you really want to do with your home; the struggle between wanting to personalise your space, but not being able to. I rented for 5 years, and I always held back! I never used my nice crockery or tableware. I kept everything boxed up just waiting for that perfect home, and I can certainly say that I regret doing that, because it was undoubtedly the cause of a lot of internal dissatisfaction. We commonly hold back from buying good quality and expensive pieces of furniture because we feel like it’s a poor investment to put money into an item that may not suit a more permanent or purchased house in the future. However, not putting energy into your rental will find a way to creep up on you and cause frustration.
Ultimately, if you are renting a property it is a necessity to take advantage of your current living situation. You can do better and actually love your surroundings, even if they are temporary! You should not have to be frustrated and disgruntled every time you walk through your front door..
This is a perfect opportunity to trial a variety of styles you like because it’s a temporary space that you can use to experiment, live out and personalise! Own your home (regardless if you actually do own it) and make it yours. There are loads of ways you can decorate or style your rental property keeping within the restrictions you have to work to, you just have to have an open mind!
you don’t have to spend big to see results!
There are so many minor things you can do that will revamp your rental and make it a space that you are genuinely proud of. Here are a handful of my tips:
- Don't like your floor? Why not buy a gorgeous rug to detract from it! And if or when you move one day, you can easily find a spot for it in your new home!
- DO NOT HOARD. Declutter and get rid of the items that you are holding on to but that don't serve you properly anymore. The more space you have, the easier it will be to find a good piece of furniture or objec
- Bring flora and fauna into your home! Fresh flowers, planters and greenery can make the world of difference. Not only will this help you connect with nature, this will help you reduce stress and is directly linked to mental and emotional development.
- Put your best photo forward.. Cute photographs and pictures will help the space feel far more homely, warmer and personal and are also a cost-effective way of decorating the space.
- Mirrors help reflect natural light and create an illusion of more space. This will elevate the space enormously!
- Purchase or put out coffee table books and stunning 'objects de art' that have personal significance to you. Don't focus on what is "in fashion" or what your friends have in their spaces; focus on the things that are important to you and inspire you. These pieces do not necessarily to have a high monetary value yet they will make your rental glow with personal style.
- Use your nice hand towels, crockery, cutlery and candles. Many people 'save' their stunning pieces for "one day in their own home." This type of thinking will only cause you unhappiness and angst. USE THEM TODAY! Feel proud to have gorgeous things in your home, even if you do not own it per se.
Look ON the brightside
There are definitely positives involved in renting. With every home you rent, should come a more refined sense of what you want in your "forever home." Renting will help you to identify and know exactly what you want and need so when the time comes, you will be well prepared with clear-cut ideas and little indecision! Focus on what you want rather than what you don't want. This positive thinking will also improve your lifestyle with general energy to attract positive experiences!
Ultimately you need to look at what inspires you, reflects your own personal style and what would make the home a space you love! In the mean time, I want to hear your best kept secrets about what you do to jazz up your rental? Hit me up in the comments section below!
We all have our own little things which we do each and every day that make us feel a little more like ourselves. These rituals are personal and differ from person to person. These are the things that I do, day in and day (or should I say night) out, that make me feel refreshed, revitalized, alive and grounded!
1. I am entirely devoted to my body and my mind and making sure that in the first hour of my day everything starts with a positive is a MUST. Normally, Jesse wakes up at 6am so he comes to snuggle in bed with me where I am spoilt with cuddles, laughs and giggles. The minute we are up, I quickly make my bed. No matter what, my bed is made within the first hour of my day.. if my bed is not made, I feel scattered, disorganized, and messy! I always want to start the day on a positive!
2. I pop on the diffuser in my kitchen. Each day the scent is different - today was lemongrass, eucalyptus and wild orange… Our sense of smell is massively underestimated! What we smell can completely trigger the way that we feel and ultimately effect our thoughts, which effect our emotions and therefore our energy. Aromatherapy is fascinating; I am no expert but I know enough to passionately push for the fact that scent can have an incredible impact on our mood, our emotional wellbeing and our health. So I take advantage of this daily and make this part of my morning ritual to ensure that there is productivity and energy in the way I face the morning.
3. I boil the kettle and pour myself hot lemon water. I am very lucky that I don’t have issues with my gut or stomach but I care very much about my health in terms of food and the one thing that I know is very beneficial to do is to have a glass of hot water with lemon every morning before eating breakfast, so I treat my body to this.
Night time Rituals
1. Richie and I love to cook together! Every night, after we put Jesse to sleep, we go straight to the kitchen to start chopping up some veggies for dinner. A sit down meal is extremely important to us; we have a small veggie patch in which we grow kale, silver beet, and an array of other herbs.. Every night we pick something from our garden. I think this always grounds us and makes us mindful of where our food comes from… which is so easy to forget nowadays with readily accessible products that come nicely package and washed!
2. As my days are generally filled with a mixture of meetings, phone calls, emails to attend to and an 8 month old, nights are really the only moment I get to sit down properly, take a breath and get my thoughts together before the next day. Once I have finished doing my writing or last minute emails and work, I make it a ritual to take a nice warm shower and put lavender oil drops in the corner…this is so relaxing and I find myself looking forward to it every night.
After this, I make sure the lights are dimmed in the bedroom. We have side pendants from India which when turned on create an extremely moody and relaxing space.
3. I like to crawl into bed with tea, maybe sometimes even a dessert (who am I kidding.. I have dessert every night!) , and my iPad/book to relax and wind down. At the moment, I am watching ‘Girls’ and I am hooked! Tea in hand, a baby asleep and the lights dimmed low…It’s a moment that quite simply does not get old!
These practices, however small or insignificant they may seem, are little steps I take to ensure that I keep myself sane and happy! What are your favorite morning and evening rituals? I would love to hear all about them!
We are not robots, and so our homes should not be composed in an identical manner. Each home has a different occupant, with his or her own unique aesthetic, tastes, experiences and love for art.. I always encourage clients to stay away from trends and to embrace their individuality! For this reason, art should be original for each client. I believe that there is something so incredibly refreshing and powerful to know that the piece hung on your own wall is exclusive to you, reflecting and feeding from the exact space it sits within.
Bring freshness to the art you already have
As a practicing designer, if I am partaking in a full furniture package for a client, I absolutely will be expected to and also wish to partake in the selection of art - from sculptures to curated pieces or selections of ready-made items. I often utilise specific art pieces the clients already have and reframe them, bringing new life and a fresher look to those pieces. Often the actual art is incredibly interesting and stunning however the frame its sits within doesn’t best showcase the unit. With a simple reframe, you can make a vast difference!
Just like with design, there is no such thing as right or wrong when it comes to selecting art. Art is so personal. However, when designing and having to select art for my clients, I always respond to the general aesthetic, vibe and colour scheme that I have employed throughout the space. This completely directs me in saying yes or no to the countless pieces I search through. Tonal qualities and colour are also huge aspects to consider with this - it is not solely about you loving the art piece but how it integrates aesthetically into the design of the home. Another key aspect to take into regard is the size of the piece. Sometimes I just know the wall needs a monster; something dramatic striking and large. At other times, I feel subtle and eclectic is more suitable – a wall of 10-20 pieces uniquely framed and clustered together can be equally effective and striking.
walls as art
The art pieces within my own home are always unique works that I have collected throughout my journeys, travels and overseas trips. I frame and hang unique textures and fabrics that have their own story as well as hand knitted macramé. I have hand made Moroccan mosaics which are installed in areas throughout my home, which I consider to be art. These walls add so much depth, history and beauty to our space. The art throughout my home has always had a personal narrative attached and has not been dictated by monetary value. The pieces each tell a unique story, and have been curated and specially selected for the space in which they nest.
I was recently asked what trends I have noticed with regards to art and interior design. I have definitely picked up that Australians are far more interested in using handmade products and are steering away from the massed produced, especially when it comes to art. This is evident in the creative use of materials and textures to create walls of art as opposed to hanging art; ultimately integrating these materials into the interior design of homes. Although I generally hate the term "trend," there are the odd few that offer perpetual magic! A great example of this is tiles. It is no secret that I am OBSESSED with Moroccan hand made mosaics. They are huge at the moment and I think this comes down to their timelessness and their power to offer a point of difference in homes; a product that truely tells a unique story. My side project, Tilesofezra (www.tilesofezra.com) have a beautiful range of Moroccan Zellige Mosaics. These are handmade creations that have been manufactured for centuries, sustaining the craft and tradition of Morocco and allowing for the end user to have a product in their home which adds drama, intense layering and a very bespoke aura; an aura that could not be achieved through using a mass produced tile.
In saying that, I am relieved to see Australians being more adventurous and unique in their styling selections and instead of following a trend or guideline, listening to their own intuition, unique aesthetic and following what genuinely excites them. If you take one thing away from this post, I hope it is the courage to embrace your own individuality when styling your home and selecting the art that goes in it! You won't regret it!
P.S - I would LOVE to hear what your favourite art pieces in your home are! Tell me all about them below!
Last week on the blog I shared with you a couple of hot tips for your living room. Because I love talking (LOL) and also have so much to say on this topic I figured that one blog post just ain't gonna cut it. So here goes the sequel to last week's post.
SAY yes to a great rug and sofa
I am a massive advocate of carpet, being the daughter of THE carpet man in Sydney - Carpeteria, Newland Street Bondi Junction ( Ask for Jack! :) ), but I also love using other flooring materials. I much prefer to use a hard surface in a kitchen – a timber floorboard, polished concrete or large format tile and then run this right through to the living room. That doesn't mean you cant section off a space with a seperate flooring finish such as a carpet or an oversized rug - always oversized! Not only does a rug separate and distinguish the area as separate BUT it also adds to the physical and aesthetic comfort of the living space.
I must stress that each space and each client is different, but for me a key furniture piece in the living room is a good, comfortable sofa. The shape, upholstery choice, and scatter cushions will make a world of difference too! Comfortable dining chairs/bar stools according to the design and a functional dining setting are also critical pieces.
Lighting is incredibly important to the atmosphere of a space. I always urge clients to hang pendants above their dining table or a wall hung, retractable light fitting that can be pulled over the table. Lastly, multifunctional furniture, such as side tables and stools that can respond with your everyday needs and lifestyle are PERFECT for smaller spaces.
fabulous finishing touches
Be brave with colour! Get in touch with your inner fun and use colour to highlight the key areas of your home. Do this with your loose furnishings/accessories OR emphasize the importance of a room with creating a feature wall. Paint the entire wall or apply bold wallpaper…if you balance this out with accessories that compliment the tone of the colour along with other neutrals throughout the room you, will find that it will speak out loud but in an elegant way. Another awesome tip I can offer (and this one is probably more relevant to the dining room) is to be courageous with your serving ware! There is nothing better than the excitement I see on the faces of my guests when they sit down to brightly colored and bold printed plates.. I like to buy separate plates and bowls (entrée, main, small and large soup size). Depending on the meal of the night, I will choose the colour range and style the tableware to suit. Its so much fun to bring colour into the dinner party this way! Be brave to mix and match textures, patterns and prints.. Everyone should have a go!
Mirror mirror on the wall - Mirrors work wonders! They create a visual illusion that the room is larger than reality and they reflect any light that is entering the space that in result makes the area brighter! But I say play with your mirrors.. Buy frames that are circular, square shape or even doorframes, and use them as the basis as your mirror surround. Bring mirror into the space through furniture…or if you have the budget, mirror panels to clad the entire wall look incredible!
Lastly, why not try DIY vases and jars. I never throw glass drink bottles or glass jars out… You will find me using pickle jars for my nuts and seeds or flowers. I place them all around the house, not only in the living room. These are the small elements and features around the house that give a personal and hands on touch!
What in your living room inspires you or what issues are you struggling to deal with when it comes to loving your living room? I would love to help!
What is it about the living room that makes it such an important space in our homes?
The living room is the centre of our home; our daily interactions are based around entertaining, dining, relaxing and residing which all takes place in this particular area of the home. It's a space that every member of the house feels comfortable, shares in happiness and engages with one another.
The secret to a great living room
Personally, I tend to gravitate towards living and kitchen spaces; for me, it needs to provide a comfortable environment to look at AND to be within. In addition, a sun filled area is imperative - I can never get enough sunlight in a living room. I definitely believe each individual has his or her own style and aesthetic, so in my opinion ‘personality’ has a big role in a ‘great living room’. Accessorize and use specific colours that suit your own taste. Whilst saying this, an open plan design allows the overall feel of the space to be more inviting and less cluttered. An open plan living room means an integration of the kitchen with the family living…and so, this would mean no separation between the two spaces. As the kitchen is the core of all ‘coming together’ and the heart of the home, it is really such a beautiful concept to combine the two areas into one.
When designing the layout for an open plan space, I always like to play with placement of ‘dining’ and ‘lounging’ spaces. As so much entertaining takes place around an Island bench AND so often around a coffee table, I like to look at working against the conventional placement of the ‘grand’ dining table adjacent to the kitchen area. In some cases, when presented with more space, I will let the open kitchen run into the living, offsetting the dining area. In other cases, I like to combine joinery of the living room into the dining space – e.g A floating shelf becomes a bench seat for the table.
I often find clients do not appropriately utilize the size of their space through the furniture chosen – We can successfully create illusions of how large or small our homes are by the furniture we choose to style with. Using items that are too small for larger areas or alternatively furniture that is too big for compact spaces can completely ruin a gorgeous space. My rule is to make sure you can comfortably move between furniture, there isn’t too much space but you are not trying to squeeze in between either.
Smaller, separate living rooms
In smaller areas, we need to remember we are not disadvantaged, we just need to get a bit more creative and wise with our designs!
An integration of joinery with dining works wonders. This can be as simple as creating a bar seat in your kitchen island to allow for a more casual dining. Don’t clutter and choose your furniture wisely. Buy pieces that can be space saving and multifunctional!
In addition, be careful with colour; dark, bold or strong colour schemes will make spaces appear smaller. My advice would be to keep things bright and clean and integrate those eclectic items you like in small doses, that way they can be seen and shown off.
I often find that clients don’t know their style. They love EVERYTHING and so they tend to overclutter, which ultimately leads to a cramped vision and takes away from each piece. I call it ‘CTC - Culling the C*P! If you over-accessorize the interior, you do a disservice to your space and to the pieces you treasure most! CTC!!!!
FABULOUS FEATURE WALLS
I love making something a feature in a living room. My style is such a combined mix of modern meets eclectic. I Love Spanish, Italian, Indian, Asian and Moroccan styles and I work these together with a touch of 1950’s retro and modernism. It somehow works!
I often tend to find myself working with artists to create custom art or buying one off pieces such as Balinese bed heads, Vintage artifacts or timber carved doors as a feature to hang on the wall in a living/dining space. In some homes, I have used gorgeous wallpaper to add to the vibe of the room, but it would have to really be something amazing and unique.
I think that's enough for you to digest for now.. Stay tuned for my post next week where I will carry on giving you the best tips on how to make your living room truly special!
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ARE YOU THINKING OF RENOVATING? GEORGIA EZRA SHARES HER TOP 6 TIPS ALL AVID RENOVATORS NEED TO HEAR!
1. Choose your materials before getting prices from Builders!
STOP! Before you think about sending out those plans to get quoted, you need to choose every finish, fitting and material throughout your home. Plans are just simply not detailed enough and every element throughout your home (your sinks, tap-ware, basins, flooring options, door handles, tile scope etc) vary in cost from project to project. Without these detailed schedules, it is absolutely impossible for builders to accurately price your renovation.
Without this information you are lying in the dark, and your builders will still have hundreds of questions…It’s a “lose-lose” situation for all. The more transparency you bring to the quoting process, the less likely you will be faced with variation fees down the track, specifically when your builders are pricing on standard specifications. As a result, when you start choosing your materials you will learn that those higher priced items were ‘not allowed for’ and you can throw the original builders costs out the window - Sometimes you can be faced with 10’s of thousands in variation fees!
If you are better prepared and provide your builder with specifications, materials, finishes and fittings, they have to quote on those items - which means transparency, no budget blow-outs, less stress, reassurance and clarity of both the client and the builder. A “win- win” for all!
2. Learn to dissect your Pinterest board!
We all have a booklet or collection of inspiration images.. our dream kitchen or bathroom.. BUT when it is time to renovate, most of us struggle understanding what exactly it is about the images we love so much and HOW to make our spaces just like them - “the dream end vision.”
Learn to understand what elements about each image you like, dissect the image into material type and colour – e.g. flooring type, flooring finish and flooring colour, wall colour, bench-top finish, bench-top colour etc. This will allow you to break down the elements within your aspired space and recognize exactly what and how you wish to bring these into your own home.
3. Be realistic about your lifestyle and what is practical and functional for you and your family!
For most of us, renovating is a ‘one time only’ experience and so the pressure to do it right the first time can become overwhelming (to say the least!) We want our homes to look beautiful but most importantly they must be practical and functional for your family lifestyle.
Choosing a beautiful finish that will easily damage and quickly deteriorate is not necessarily the right answer for a family with young children. For example, although stunning, a cararra marble bench top will easily mark, scratch and stain after 1 week!
Make sure you are well informed about the materials you use and find out if they maintain well for years to come. Keep valuable questions in your mind during your research… Can the materials be cleaned easily, renewed if scratched or marked and how will they perform in the future?
4. On a shoestring budget? This is the time to be creative!
A small budget does not mean a simple result - get creative with your options and bring your space to life. Some of my best interiors had small budgets to work with, which caused me to think outside the box and become inventive with ways to apply materials as well as cleverly spreading budgets evenly over the overall plan.
We are all faced with the dilemma of wanting finishes that seem well beyond what we can afford. Don’t be discouraged as there are a number of ways to face your budget blues! I tend to suggest featuring a small area of a very nice material (that may be costly) and then collaborating this with something far more cost effective. i.e a feature tile splash-back in your bathroom with the rest being a more standard cost effective tile can give you a high end, beautiful end result. In the picture below, I created this gorgeous and effective splash-back using one of my all-time faves - the Tilesofezra aqua Morroccan Zellige Mosaic.
I also like to use cost effective tiles in creative ways. Use a subway tile in a herringbone pattern, use soft colour tones, like a soft blue and you will create the high-end wow factor you desire!
5. There is no such thing as right or wrong design, only your design!
I’m often asked to talk about ‘trends.' I don’t like this word at all. I believe every individual has his/her own unique style, taste and aesthetic.. following trends based on magazines, TV shows and what other interior designers are doing does not lend to expressing ones individuality! I say embrace your personal connection with styles, furniture, decorative pieces and colors and when insecurity creeps in your decision making, remind yourself that it is all subjective -there is no such thing as right or wrong design, only YOUR design!
6. Compare apples with apples!
When sending out your plans and specifications, I highly recommend allowing 2 to 3 builders to provide quotes. This way you are able to ensure that the prices that come back to you are competitive and that you are not being fooled. We are not builders and we are really relying on their professionalism and advice to guide us on this daunting experience. This comparison also ensures all builders’ quotes include the same allowances for these items, so you can easily compare quotes - ‘apples with apples’.
I hope this helps!
What are your other concerns about renovating? Have you had any nightmare experiences you want to share? Let's chat about it in the comments section below!
The past 6 months have been a massive learning curve as well as incredible adventure for me! I made the very hard decision to temporarily put GABBE (my interior design studio) on hold so that I could have some real time and what I call ‘emotional freedom’ from my full time work whilst caring for my first child. I love my job and I love my clients, but deep down I had an underlying dream that always got put to the side due to time restraints with running 3 small businesses simultaneously. This time off was tremendously vital for me to get pen to paper and start scribbling down all of my ideologies which have been so relevant to my life as well as my design processes with my clients..
In my new book "A Healthy Home A Healthy You," I write:
This book is dedicated to my son Jesse Aaron Morris: who gave me the permission to listen to myself, go for my dreams and live the healthiest version of my life.
There is so much truth in my dedication. The space I gave myself as well as bringing my beautiful son in my life put so much into perspective and allowed me to fully explore some long time passions.
Back in 2015, Richie and I were living in an apartment which effected our emotional and physical health/well being. The apartment was south facing and sandwiched between two very tall buildings. The space was always cold and dark, the apartment was ridden with rising damp, mold started growing on our clothes and you could smell the bacteria in the air. Our lives were affected in so many ways during this period. My first hand experiences lead me to this powerful knowledge that we hold yet completely underestimate. The more and more I thought, lived, experienced, listened, heard and looked around me, the greater I realized how intrinsically connected our mental wellbeing was to our home.
3 months of pen to paper, I now have a self published book ” A Healthy Home A Healthy you” and already the book has been so well received… I am flattered by the responses from readers who have bought the book. This book drastically helped me as well as so many thus far, I know this is an area all – not just interior lovers - need to learn about.
If you don't know already, here is a little info about the book that I know has the power to change your life! "A Healthy Home, A Healthy You is an inspirational and educational guide that gives you the steps to make your home and your life epic!"
• A downloadable e-Book full of inspiring stories and information designed to help inspire. A Healthy Home, A Healthy You including modules on Liberating the Mind, Manifesting Your Space, Life and Reality and The Senses
• Enjoy the journey of learning about yourself page by page and get straight to the source of what’s stopping you from creating the home that you ultimately desire
• Customised worksheets and tips that give you the tools to make these necessary actions stick!
In my book I provide step by step action worksheets , I pose questions which dig deep so that we can all identify what is stopping us from keeping a constantly comfortable and organized home.
If you are feeling inspired already by what I have just mentioned and are screaming hell yes - this book is perfect for you! You can download your free preview right HERE!
Today I want to give you advice on something that often tends to be ignored when designing or renovating your homes - doors. Doors at face value might seem unimportant or insignificant when compared to the grand scheme of all other big house design decisions. However, this is certainly not the case.
Watch the video below to learn about the importance of choosing the perfect door!
Making final choices for your home, including these door decisions, is hard - believe me, I know and feel your pain! It is even harder when other circumstances mean that you have to make these decisions without the knowledgeable advice of an interior design expert. This is why I am working furiously to create a guide to help you take care of this seemingly overwhelming and daunting task!
"Step Up Your Home" saves you the hardship of sorting through confusing information, takes the pressure off your decision making process, and saves you time and money. The guide will hopefully be available mid 2017, but in the meantime, you can sign up for it and read more about it HERE.
However.. Its your turn! I want to hear from you! Is this "Step Up Your Home" guide something you would like? I am interested to know if a step by step guide teaching you everything you need to know about home renovation, the ins and outs and the do's and the dont's be something you would want and need? Please comment below!!
Lets be real - all of us have an inner hoarder residing inside of us. I am a culprit too. This is why so many people struggle with clutter in their homes. The only thing clutter is good for is creating stress and causing anxiety. We all know clutter needs to go but we don't actually know how to get rid of it. I cover this topic extensively and give away my tips on conquering clutter in my "A Healthy Home, A Healthy You" guide.
Decluttering and removing the noise and chaos not only has aesthetic benefits, but also has the power to improve our mental states, moods and spirits. It is truly amazing!
I also discussed decluttering your home with The Home Team. Take a look at the video below!
When one adds colour into the home and gets it right, it can look oh so right but when adds colour and gets it wrong - my gosh it looks very, very wrong!
Perfecting the balance of too much colour, not enough colour or even just picking the right colour presents a challenge for many! In my ebook "A Healthy Home, A Healthy You," I offer priceless and clearcut ways on how to do this correctly (click HERE to find out more about this useful guide).
For now, why not have a look at the video below to learn one of my secrets on how to bring colour into the home.
How do you bring bursts of colour into your own home? What colours are you going mad for this season? I would love to learn from you guys too! Hit me up and teach me some new tricks in the comments below!
It still feels surreal every time a project of mine is featured in a magazine or on a show. Today I’m feeling incredibly lucky and honoured to have again had my work featured in EST magazine - this time a renovated home in Richmond.
This interior features two of my passions, GABBE design as well as some of my magnificent tiles from Tilesofezra. This project was heaps of fun and by using a paired-back approach, I was able to let the home’s true essence and character shine through. I am totally obsessed with the end result and I feel so humbled that the incredible EST (I am independent and in no way asked to promote EST, I truly love and respect the publication) have acknowledged the magical allure of the home.
One of the many reasons that I absolutely adore my home is that it is a true reflection of MY style, not necessarily what is "on-trend" per se. Being in my home makes me feel extraordinary and every day without fail, I feel so blessed and appreciative that I am able to live in a space that I love! It is this sense of happiness that translates into many other spheres of my life.
Watch the video below to discover how you can embrace your own individuality when decorating your home.
BUT.. for many of you, identifying and showcasing your individuality is still not simple. If you feel overwhelmed with this topic, my guide "A Healthy Home, A Healthy You" is perfect for you. The guide can provide you with easy to follow tips on how to identify what your own style is and how to make sure your home epitomizes what it is that you love so much. Get access to the guide and a free preview copy HERE.
W E A R E I N S A N T A M A R T A , C O L O M B I A !
THIS WEEK WE ARE AT THE MAGNIFICENT
This week we take a look at Hotel Don Pepe located in Santa Marta, Colombia.
Santa Marta is South America’s oldest city and has the historical architecture to show for it. This hotel is heritage listed, which allows it to showcase the original brickwork and archways,
that are still intact. These elements have been reclaimed to enhance their relevance for today.
Hotel Don Pepe is made up of both original brickwork and tiles, as well as modern materials that make sure it stays true to the city’s colonial heritage.
Georgia’s favourite design elements at Hotel Don Pepe- White, white and more white. What brings the different textured elements together are the tonal whites that cover many aspects from the travertine floors to the white painted walls, and to the white washed timbers. The white keeps the space looking fresh and unique, and when juxtaposed to the original brick the space looks amazing.
1. Plaster your walls with a rippling effect and paint them white. The texture keeps it interesting, and you can never go wrong with a classic white coat of paint.
2. Expose the lintels above your doorways. Lintels or archways can be what gives a space its own individual identity, so show them off! Paint or add a white wash to the surrounding timber to keep the the colour scheme consistent.
3. Use indoor plants such as palm trees to bring in some colour and help the space look lived in. Plants always help a home look homely.
4. Tilesofezra have a fabulous in stock floor tile range, create interest intrigue and an exotic result via floor tiles!
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In last week's blog, you got to view the beautiful event of Healthy Home, Healthy Plate, hosted by Jessica Sepel and myself (If you missed out, you can click here to see exactly how this one-of-a-kind event went down.)
For those of you who were lucky enough to catch what happened, you will know that guests were given amazing take-home gift bags. A lot of time, thought and effort was put into selecting the products that we feel passionately about, to include in these stunning giveaways.
I wanted to share this with all of you because these products deserve to be celebrated! Have a look at what the lucky ladies who attended the event got to walk away with (Cue uncontrollable envy and drooling!)
Who doesn't love a good superfood? It seems everyone these days is going crazy for black beans. And we are too!
Jimmy Blacks organic black bean powder is gluten free, non GMO, vegan friendly, contains no added sugar, is organically sprouted, is rich in anti-oxidants and is a great source of fibre. Its wide range of benefits include:
• 31.9% of vegan friendly protein in every serve; essential for muscle development and repair.
• Complex carbohydrates to provide energy to a working body throughout the day
• A low GI of 30 ensures long and sustained fuel increasing concentration and brain function.
• Powerful micronutrients of molybdenum and folate to aid a healthy lifestyle.
Wow! I actually want to bath in this essence for eternity! I AM...Bliss assists you to let go of any frustrations and negativity, uplifting your moods and increasing clarity, instilling balance and peace. WHAT MORE COULD I ASK FOR IN AN OIL?!
The oil contains Sandalwood (relaxing and uplifting it encourages “higher” consciousness and deeper meditation,) Sweet Orange (Also known as “the smiley oil” it is cheerful, uplifting and joyful, encouraging positive emotions,) Lemon, Geranium and Lavender to name a few.
Have a look at all their amazing flavours and products here at http://www.hanakotherapies.com/
Leading an active lifestyle is so important not only for physical health, but for mental health and wellbeing too. Hand in hand with working out goes protein and we are totally obsessed with this Nuzest Pea Protein. Not only is it gluten free, dairy free and non GMO but it tastes SO. DAMN. GOOD!
No surprises here - we love everything Moroccan (DAH!!) Ofcourse the goodie bag had to include a discount voucher for one of our all-time faves, Kasbah Moroccan Imports, who offer a huge selection of unique Moroccan handcrafts, including ceramics, lanterns, furniture, mosaic tables, tea sets, gift ware and everything you’ll need for your home décor. Their pieces can really add that va va voom to your home and make it something truly special.
Address: 673 Nepean Hwy, Brighton East, VIC
MooGoo is as amazing to use as it is to say! MooGoo is an Australian company with an entire range of natural and gentle products that are made with effective ingredients and no gimmicks. We particularly love the full cream moisturiser, designed to moisturise easily irritated skin using natural ingredients. The base oil of the cream is Sweet Almond Oil, which is high in the types of fatty acids needed for troubled skin. Other ingredients include pasteurised honey (so safe for babies) and Coconut Oil. The pH is balanced to the skin through the use of Apple Cider Vinegar. It also smells delicious!!
Mr Hubbard Cafe & Larder
Melbourne is overflowing with coffee shops and cafes. It seems like every day a new coffee shop has opened up on a different corner. But boy oh boy have I found an absolute GEM! Mr Hubbard Cafe & Larder, which can be found at 117 Wattletree Road, Malvern, never fails to plate up the most delicious, organic and healthy food. Some say the next best thing to eating the food is talking about it, and I could speak about just how delicious Mr. Hubbards catering was FOR HOURS. I am salivating right now just thinking about it. Definitely give @mrhubbardcafe a stalk on instagram!
Being a mother to my gorgeous baby boy, Jesse, has ensured that I am very particular when it comes to what products I choose to use in my home. Murchison-Hume products are:
- Free from dyes (Linked to cancer, can be toxic to animals and slow to biodegrade)
- Free from Petrochemical solvents (Respiratory and skin irritants. Petroleum based)
- Free from non-sustainable Palm Oil derived ingredients (Causes destruction of tropical rainforest)
They are also natural, marine safe & effective, non-irritant, biodegradable, do not contain harsh chemicals and are cruelty-free and the packaging is recyclable and re-usable.
I am really loving the bathroom cleaner, hand cream and all surface spray but they literally make every product imaginable!
IN BED discount voucher
Few things in life are sweeter than getting into a crisp, clean bed that is covered in gorgeous linen. IN BED are experts at producing not only the best bed linen, but table and clothing linen too. All their products are made from high quality, natural fibres & fabrics . The goodie bags contained 30%-off vouchers on their amazing linen range!
FYI: I am not endorsed by any of these products and I do not gain any benefit/reward in return for promoting these products! I'm just sharing the love and showing you products that you too might also go ga-ga for!
What products do YOU absolutely adore? What essentials would you include in a goodie bag? Have you tried any of these products before? Share the love in the comments section below.