home decor

First Impressions last - How to WOW your visitors!

Those of you who know me will know that I love entertaining. I get so much happiness from having my nearest and dearest in my home, whether it’s celebrating the special moments in life or just having a few cheeky wines with the girls for no particular reason. Creating good energy and positive vibrations in my home makes me so content. I love transforming my home into a comfortable and appealing environment that my guests look forward to visiting. I normally try mix it up a bit with a new “theme” or ‘concept,” so each and every time, I am creating a unique and exciting experience for my guests. In saying this, the one thing I always do is engage the 5 senses.

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Below are some of my top tips on how you can engage the 5 senses to create a lasting first impression on your guests!

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Music

Lets just say “Hey Google, play …” is a V popular term in office and my home. Put on some mellow tunes or if sticking to a particular theme, don’t be afraid to go all in with the tunes! A couple of months ago I had a Spanish-fiesta themed dinner party and we organised a live Spanish band as the entertainment. Over the top? Maybe. But did it wow the guests - Absolutely!

Mood Lighting, candles and ambience

Consider what mood you are going for. Dim the lights to create a romantic and cosy mood and don’t forget, a few candles go a looong way. You should consider the scents of the candles too.



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Table arrangements

Creating an aesthetically pleasing space is the first step to wowing your visitors. If you are having your visitors over for a dinner party or a Sunday lunch, the first thing to make sure you nail is the table setting. And you don’t have to spend bucket-loads of money to create classy and gorgeous table settings either. One hack I love doing is to put some freshly cut kale (straight outta my garden!) into vases. Simple, right? If you feel like treating yourself, grab some gorgeous flowers from your local florist and adorn your table with as much flora and fauna as you please!

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Food food food

Everybody loves food, and if anyone says they don’t, they must be lying. Even if you are not hosting a full-blown dinner party, it’s always nice to have delicious food and snacks for your guests to nosh on. Be prepared and make sure you have something yummy on offer. If it’s just a casual hang-out, throw together a super quick and easy dip the night before and serve with corn chips. Consider a home-made sweet treat to give your girlfriend alongside her cup of tea. These little details always go so far.

If you are hosting a dinner party, my one piece of advise is to not cook something you have never made before on the day of the event. Let’s be honest, even if we follow a recipe word-for-word, sometimes S&#T can go pear shaped very quickly - hehe. Avoid the stress and present something you are totally confident in making.

How do you wow guests in your home? I would love to learn some tips from you!

The 411 on my favourite indoor plants

I have long been a sucker for bringing greenery into the home (waaaaay before it became super trendy and fashionable!) Bringing plants and nature inside has the incredible power to uplift mood, soul and spirit. I always make sure myself and the team at Studio Ezra incorporate greenery in the spaces we design to ensure we create the most healthy and experiential spaces. Obviously, we can't put just any plant anywhere and everywhere as it may not be able to live in the conditions of the space... So here is everything you need to know about my 5 go-to indoor plants.

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Studio Ezra, Richmond Residence


Kentia Palms


I absolutely adore Kentia Palms! They do not need loads of sunlight so they are great for rooms that are on the darker side. They grow tall and not wide so they are also a great space saving option! Be careful not to overwater your kentia palm, watering it only when the uppermost soil layer is dry.

 

Olive Trees

Although olive trees are not necessrily indoor plants, I have always loved to bring them inside. This is totally possible however, they then need to be situated in areas that receive A LOT sunlight.. Such as in front of north facing windows. One of the main reasons why they are one of my faves is because they are soft and have an extremely calming quality about them. Oh and the colouring of their leaves is just stunning. 

 

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Fiddle Leaf Trees

Fiddle leaf fig trees are always a winner. Their oversized, large leaves are relaxed but architectural and beautiful. They make a statement but still manage to remain soft in their look and feel. They add so much warmth to the home. Make sure these get indirect natural sunlight and loads of it, they are sensitive plants and can be affected quickly and easily if not receiving the right amount of light. You may beed to move them around your home to find their perfect niche!

 

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Studio Ezra, Balwyn Residence

Yuccas

Now here's on you have seen but probably never known its actual name. I am obsessed with Yuccas! They are exotic, gorgeous and have low water requirements. Very durable plants!

 

Euphorbia Ingens

These indoor cactii are amazing as they are dramatic succulents that will grow to 2m high if they have rom. They are hardy and don't need much watering. These give that luscious greenery required and the height we all want in an interior! Beware, may not be the most suitable with young children. Youch! 

What indoor plants do you have in your home? Let me know which plants you love in your home and why in the comments section below. Always love discovering some new, gorgeous foliage!

The Rituals I Can't Live Without!

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!

Morning Rituals

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!

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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.

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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!

xxx

Georgia

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I would love to hear feedback from those of you who have purchased it and even those of you who have not done so yet. I feel like I have so much help, support and love to give so I want to make sure that I am aiding you in achieving the home and life of your dreams in the most effective way I can!

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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!

How to Choose the Perfect Door for your Home

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!

Choosing the perfect door for your home

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!!

xxx

Georgia


What I've Learnt about Decluttering your Home

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!

How to declutter your home

xxx

Georgia


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


The #1 key to embracing your own individuality when decorating your home

The word trend is one of the most disliked words within my vocabulary.

Going against the tide is ingrained in my soul, and so often I find myself looking for ways to express creativity and ideas in formats I have never seen nor experienced before.
— Georgia Ezra, as seen in A Healthy Home, A Healthy You

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.

How to 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.

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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