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Welcome to our Home Renovation 2.0!

Our second renovation has well and truly begun, and we are right in the depths of the demolition process. Plaster, tiling and carpet have now all been removed, and our dedicated team, James, Joel and Moh, who are doing most of our demolition and carpentry, are currently working on our flooring level.

Throughout both this, and our last renovation, we have learnt the importance of having a strong, trusting relationship with the tradesmen we work with. We are very fortunate that our building team is passionate and hardworking, and we continually ensure that communication is only clear, and most importantly, that everyone’s spirits are high on site!

Watch Video 1 Below!

We are very fortunate that our building team is passionate and hardworking, and we continually ensure that communication is only clear, and most importantly, that everyone’s spirits are high on site!
Our  VERY    hands on team. Pictured here are Joel and James, who are  literally  under our house, calling out measurements to Moh who is cutting joists for the support of the floor.

Our VERY hands on team. Pictured here are Joel and James, who are literally under our house, calling out measurements to Moh who is cutting joists for the support of the floor.

Projects like this often come with little surprises as sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Such an example is our unexpected discovery of the pesky building enemy: asbestos. Luckily, it was able to be safely removed, and we were able to get back to work in no time! Another thing that I’ve been dreaming of  installing arched windows at the back of the house, however prices were escalating, and I had to trade it in for European oak retractable window doors. Gotta pick my battles, right?! They are just as beautiful and I can’t wait to show you the finished product.

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Have a look at our moodboard below, a compilation of everything that has inspired our new home. We are absolutely thrilled to be working with talented suppliers and extraordinary brands that are helping us create our dream home. For our new followers, here is a recap of our last renovation - Click here for the final video of Home reno 1. Home Renovation 2.0 will be even bigger and better, and we hope you are excited as we are.

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We will be sharing our entire renovation journey with you here on Georgiaezra.com, so keep your eyes peeled for updates on challenges, successes, details on brands we are working with, on baby number 2’s arrival (we can’t wait), and much more.

STAY TUNED for the next installation of our Home Renovation blog and if you know anyone who you believe will enjoy and benefit from joining us on our renovation journey, share our blog and my instagram page @georgia_ezra, where you get the updates first. Help us spread and inspire as many as possible!

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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.

Studio Ezra, Richmond Residence

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!

 

Studio Ezra, Balwyn Residence

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 journey continues.. Artisans at work

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Continuing from where we left off last week, we are still in Morocco, visiting the factory and having the time of our life, eating more than we thought humanly possible. In case you missed it, we are staying at the breathtakingly beautiful Riad Dar Bensouda.

Love this look?     Bring Dar Ben Souda into your home with Tiles of Ezra Zellige squares, from our Moroccan tile range.  Click   here   to see these as well as more Moroccan styles and to learn about the craft that is zellige tile making.

Love this look?


Bring Dar Ben Souda into your home with Tiles of Ezra Zellige squares, from our Moroccan tile range.

Click here to see these as well as more Moroccan styles and to learn about the craft that is zellige tile making.

DAY THREE: MEET THE MAKERS

Todays blog, as promised in the video below, is dedicated to the skilled artisans who hand make every part of zellige tiles. It is such a tedious process that requires 100% effort and skill from the legends who make them. So here goes; day three in mesmerising Morocco.

Every step and process that goes into the making of zellige tiles is done by hand. From preparing the clay to chipping the shapes that make up intricate mosaic patterns, the guys sustain a skillset that was taught them by their fathers and that was taught to their fathers by there grandfathers etc. They work day in and day out creating the most beautiful and exotic mosaics that we sell to you in Australia and around the world.. The precision, skill, accuracy and time needed to produce these zellige is unprecedented. Seeing the guys in action was inspiring. It's a privilege to be considered "family" by them and in turn, to help them sustain their craft.

Check out the vid to see the boys in action and to see just how much effort and skill goes into producing these tiles. BUT, please excuse the order of my insta stories. There was obviously no wifi.. you get the picture ;)

 

 

 

Styling your home like a PRO

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.

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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.

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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!

 

Layer slayer

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.

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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!

Give Your Rental the Glow it Deserves.. And LOVE Your Home!

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..

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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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!

xxx

Georgia    

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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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!

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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

Your Perfect Living Room

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.

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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!

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!

What the last 6 months have looked like for me!

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.

A HEALTHY HOME A HEALTHY YOU

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!" 

What's inside?

• 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!

xxx

Georgia

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


ALL ACCESS: Healthy Home, Healthy Plate with Georgia Ezra & Jessica Sepel

Healthy Home, Healthy Plate with Georgia Ezra & Jessica Sepel


Birds of a feather flock together; this could not be more relevant to myself and Jess. Essentially we both live and breathe health. We both identify with how important a healthy mindset is - healthy nutrition choices together with healthy environments have an unbelievably positive effect on a person's mind, soul and wellbeing. There are so many benefits in creating healthy and beautiful living spaces and environments - and it starts with YOU, in your home with what you surround yourself with as well as on your plate, with how you nourish your body and your soul.

Last month, myself and Jess made magic happen with a unique, exclusive and intimate event "Healthy Home, Healthy Plate." The aim of the discussion was to highlight the importance of a detoxified and decluttered space for a healthy mindset and lifestyle, and furthermore how we can apply these beliefs in the kitchen.

We hosted the soiree at my home, a space which I feel truly exemplifies me, what I love and a space that is MY personal escape. The evening turned out to be so much more than just a discussion. Being able to spend time with like-minded individuals, who all appreciate how vital it is to identify these obstacles that stand in the way of us living the lives we truly want and desire, is priceless. It was a beautiful affair filled with love, knowledge and GOOD VIBES (and lets not forget the yummy food we devoured either!) 

Miss out on the special event?

I get it - life happens and sometimes we miss out on amazing events. If you did miss out, make sure you get yourself a ticket to the next one. You can also see a bit of what went down below.

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Have a look at what one of our lovely attendees had to say!

I knew nothing about the Interior Designer who was hosting the event and I was skeptical of how practical her advice was going to be. I absolutely loved it! She spoke about the importance of reducing “noise” in your space. Noise is anything that drains your energy. It can be the accumulation of mail, books and junk that sits on your bench or dining room table. It causes a tightness in your chest and you think “I really must fix it/ move it/ throw it out when I get a chance” every time you pass it.

Yesterday I decided that I was going to clean - like a crazy person - and restore some order back into my space. I was so inspired that I even cleaned the skirting boards, walls and light switches! I threw out any toys that were broken or hideously ugly, packed up a whole heap of clothes and even steam cleaned the couch.

I sent messages to the friends that I had attended the event with (feeling very pleased with myself) and they had been doing the exact same thing!
This morning I woke up and felt a wonderful sense of calm.

HOT TIP

However, if what I touched on before about healthy homes or about creating healthy habits remotely struck a chord with you, I implore you to have a look at my ebook "A Healthy Home, A Healthy You." It will change your life more than you know by getting to the source of what's stopping you from achieving the home you truly desire! With the help of customised worksheets and tips, it will provide you with the tools to make the necessary actions actually stick! Have a look at the book here. 

Are there any other events you would be interested in attending? What topics do you feel you want to learn more about? I want to hear from YOU peeps!

xxxx

Georgia


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!

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