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Taking Out the Heartache when Designing: Georgia's Golden List

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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I have created my very own resource library - My Golden List (which I will be constantly updating!) and all it entails is signing up on my website to get the password! You will receive exclusive access to Georgia's Golden List - which includes a range of my favourite retailers and awesome suppliers. I have spent the last 8 years designing homes for clients who love my style. It's a mix of Moroccan, Mediterranean, Indian, Asian, Indonesian, African, European... meets Modern! I am excited to pass along the access key to this precious fam, taking out the guesswork and saving you time and money. The brands featured in my list are the ones that I return to, job after job, at my design firm GABBE, not only because they have genuinely amazing products but because I know I am going to get top service from them every time. These guys are the Creme de la creme in the industry, and are every interior designer's secret weapon for amazing products and incredible deals.


If you feel inspired by the interiors I work on, the products that I buy for my clients, and my approach to creating positive, functional and happy spaces, then this list is your saving grace! It is finally ready; after years in the making and working with a team of awesome suppliers, it is now available to you! Click the link here to access my pride and joy - my Golden List!

P.S - If you mention that Georgia Ezra sent you, these companies will offer a seriously awesome trade discount - and when I say awesome, I mean awesome!

Art in the home and what it can do for you!

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.

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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!

xxx

Georgia

P.S - I would LOVE to hear what your favourite art pieces in your home are! Tell me all about them below!

Your Perfect Living Room Part II

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

xxx

Georgia

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And again.. Thanks for all the constant support and lovin' - it is a good feeling to be a part of this incredible tribe! Feel free to hit me up in the comments section below if there's something you want to share with me that was not covered in the survey!

xxx

Georgia


6 Tips You NEED to Know Before Choosing a Builder!

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! 

xxx

Georgia

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!

My Secret on Bringing Colour into the Home!

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!

xxx

Georgia


Richmond house tour: GABBE & Tilesofezra are making waves on EST with paired-back simplicity

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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. 

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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.

Take a look HERE, have a read and get invigorated and if you’re really feeling inspired why not why not get the look at www.tilesofezra.com!

 

Magnificent Melbourne home by Georgia featured on EST

It’s not every day that one’s work gets featured on one of the best design platforms in the business – EST magazine. I adore EST! It epitomizes stunning, contemporary, cutting-edge design and has always been a major source of inspiration to me.

I feel so fortunate to have had my design on this Melbourne home showcased. What’s even more special is that I had the opportunity to incorporate my gorgeous, mosaic tiles from my side project Tilesofezra (available at www.tilesofezra.com) into this project. 

Be sure to take a look at this space that truly embodies what we love at both GABBE design as well as Tilesofezra!

Natural light and it's importance on your health

When we enter a space, we are automatically aware of how we feel (either consciously or sub-consciously.) Different lighting schemes create different moods within spaces. Without natural light, a room will appear to be dark and moody, which in some instances may serve a purpose, but ultimately can have detrimental effects on a person's general wellness. But - what is the science behind this notion? Why does natural light have the incredible power to alter our moods? Let's delve a little further...

Natural sunlight causes our brain to release a hormone called Serotonin – this being the happy hormone and feel good neurotransmitter – so this means that without sunlight in our homes we are in fact exposing our selves to the risk of depression, anxiety and an array of other yucky symptoms.

When designing, depending on what mood we are trying to create, we will employ a combination of natural and artificial lighting to best achieve this aesthetic. But as a general rule, I do not believe artificial light is ever a better alternative to natural light.  I think natural light is always the best source in all circumstances within our offices, homes and interior spaces. Our bodies respond to it in such a positive way. We need natural daylight to function, just as we need darkness to help us go to sleep. It goes further than just aesthetics and more so about what our bodies respond to and need for the benefit of our emotional health and wellbeing. After all, what could possibly be more important than a healthy home and a healthy mind?

 

In the video below, I cover this concept in greater detail. 

Sensory Design - The Secret to a Healthy Mind

Sensory Design - The Secret to a Healthy Mind

When introducing light and airy colours you completely change the mood of the home to a clear, clean, bright and uplifting space. Keeping this in mind, of course there are certain circumstances where I like to utilise a more moody palette. I do this by painting the walls and ceiling a deeper colour as well as using dim pendant or lamp shade to light the room. Introducing retail tones in the upholstery and furniture as well as soft moody casts of light and shadows creates an extremely romantic emotional experience for most. Lush deep drapery and rugs as well as coffee table books of choice will compliment this too. This ultimately makes anyone who enters the room feel a completely different sense of experience purely through the tone and light within the room.

Here are my 5 easy tips on how to improve the natural light in your home:

  1. Open the blinds and let some natural light and fresh air flow throughout your home every day.
  2. Introduce large mirrors which bounce the light around the room.
  3. Style and accessorise with neutral and lighter colours 
  4. Paint your ceiling a shade lighter than the walls to make the ceiling height look taller. 
  5. Declutter and remove as much as you can from shelving and walls.

Be sure to watch the video below where I talk about this exact topic

Employ these tips and I ensure you you will be on track in creating the healthiest and most desirable home possible; and hand in hand with a healthy home comes a healthy YOU! 

xxx

Georgia

P.S - Do you struggle with certain spaces where bringing natural light in seems impossible? Tell me about it below and let me find ways to help you!


As seen on JS Health: Simple Ways To Reconnect Our Minds & Bodies To The Earth In Our Homes

For those of you living under a rock, Jess Sepel is absolutely dominating the world of wellness, nutrition and health blogging; she does so much to teach people how to nourish and take care of not only their physical bodies, but their souls too. You can read more about the incredible stuff she does here but for now I want to talk to you about something which I feel very passionately about. Jess recently invited me to share my insights on how to transform our homes into beautiful spaces that keep us grounded to the earth. Here is my two cents on simple ways to ground your bodies and your minds to the earth in your home.

Man was created in Nature, and as biblical as this all sounds, it’s the truth! When man was first created we didn’t have high rises and brick walls.. air conditioners or TV’s! So when we spend time in Nature it would be naïve to say we don’t feel rejuvenated and reconnected with our soul and core. Have you ever stared out into the vastness of the ocean and felt completely grounded. This overwhelming enormity of what we call ‘the sea’ reminds us of how small we are in this infinite planet and how little our problems really are.

Fresh flowers, indoor plants and greenery are so important to connect us with nature within an interior.

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Bring Flora and Fauna in to your home!

Indoor plantation and nature is directly linked to mental and emotional development, reduce stress and improve concentration. The introduction of potted plants within indoor environments have proved to lower blood pressure, increase concentration, increase productivity, improve wellbeing, lower levels of anxiety and raise satisfaction of users of the space.

We all know the sense of nostalgia that is felt when we smell a certain scent; maybe a specific perfume or the smell of the initial drops of rain on a dry curbside. Associating smells to past experiences, there is something incredibly magical when we are taken back to long gone places and times in our life solely through our sense of smell.

Certain fragrances can result in how we feel and result in physiological functions, causing us to feel relaxed, reducing tension leading to a more motivated and excited state… the beneficial list goes on.

This particular sense literally affects areas of our brain function that directly relates with emotions and feelings and ultimately leading to our behavioural responses. HOW COOL IS THAT!

In our homes this information is gold, because we can literally change our experience within our spaces to reflect a positive end-user experience! We also have a serious power to connect us and ground us to the earth. Through the aura of a natural burning fireplace or the rich varnished oak of a new floor, or burning lavender oils, we are connected and reconnected with nature and innately brought back to our core essence of who we are as human beings without the noise that comes in and out of our lives and within our minds.

Second to this, certain fragrances and oils have the power to literally induce a state of energy and motivation leading to an all-greater productivity in our daily life. This golden information is miraculous because we hold the key to really dictate our footprint and daily outcomes in a direction we wish to go, purely by the smells within our home!

So whether it be a gorgeous bunch of flowers or even the scent of a wood fire burning, you won't regret bringing a lil' bit of nature into your home!

xxx

Georgia


Georgia's tips on styling your kitchen

I think most of you will agree with me when I say the kitchen is the heart of the home. Many hours of a family's quality time together are spent cooking, eating or gathering in the kitchen.

In fact, I feel so passionately about the kitchen that I have even dedicated a portion of my guide "A Healthy Home, A Healthy You" to giving out priceless and invaluable tools on how to make the most of your kitchen space, and more specifically, how to excite the sense of taste to maximise your homely desires. Not only does your kitchen engage your "taste" sense, it also has the amazing ability to engage each of your other senses, as described in my guide.

To learn how to style your kitchen, watch this video below.

Do you have any special secrets when it comes to styling your kitchen? I would love to hear about them! Let me know in the comments section below!

xxx

Georgia


Hot tip by Georgia: How to style your bathroom

When it comes to styling a bathroom, a lot of us feel stuck. Deciding where to even begin can leave most of you feeling puzzled, muddled and ultimately, beaten. BUT - fear not! Creating a gorgeous bathroom space is so achievable, even for people who have zero experience in interior design.

Catch my hot tip on how to style your bathroom below.

How to style your bathroom with Georgia Ezra

What is your biggest issue when it comes to styling your own bathroom? I would LOVE to help!

xxx

Georgia


Georgia Ezra featured by Caesarstone!

What an exciting month! I am ecstatic to have been featured on the Caesarstone website as one of their celebrated designers!

Before I go any further, I would just like to state that I am fiercely independent and not endorsed by any brand or company to promote their products. In saying this, the pinnacle of my excitement for this feature stems from my long-lasting love affair with Caesarstone. For me and the resources I use when designing a space, settling for second best is not an option (and this is partly why I took matters into my own hands and founded Tilesofezra!) It is absolutely imperative to use quality products when designing interiors that enlighten and inspire – and in my opinion, Caesarstone delivers on this exact aspect.

This is why I felt it was necessary to write this post ... As a designer who knows how overwhelming it is when selecting finishes and materials for a home renovation, I feel it is my duty to educate, inspire and share my favourite contacts and leads with all of you. Caesarstone is a great company with a fantastic product, however as you follow me over the next few months, I will be opening up the gates to many more of the brands I like to use in my interior selections and designs. 

In the meantime, click HERE to see the entire Caesarstone article AND just because I love giveaways...

My gift to you: Head over HERE to get my favourite golden list of resources.. Just by signing up to this link you get my top suppliers and trade discounts from each and every one of them.  

Gain access to Georgia's Resource library ---> Click HERE

I have found so many different ways to incorporate Caesarstone in both residential and commercial projects I have worked on - it's incredible how the product looks different and unique every time. Another reason I love utilising this product is because it is both durable, aesthetically beautiful and easy to maintain. What more could I look for in a product?!

 

Below is a peak at some of the projects I have worked on where I chose to use Caesarstone

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