interior style

How to style your powder room

Your powder room may be small, but it is possibly the best place to showcase your home's signature style. In reality, most people that visit your home will enter your powder room at some stage. 

So here are my my top tips on how to style it!

Interior Design -   Studio Ezra    Tiles -   Tiles of Ezra

Interior Design - Studio Ezra

Tiles - Tiles of Ezra

Beautiful hand soap and hand cream

Is there anything more unappealing than a grotty, old bar of soap. Opt for a beautiful, matching hand soap and cream set to delight your guests. This is not only neat but also feels somewhat luxurious. 

Don't forget to consider how the soaps will look in the powder room. A lemongrass and coconut handsoap might smell absolutely delicious, but how will that bright yellow and brown bottle go with the finishes in your bathroom?


Hand towels

I would advise either opting for gorgeous linen-like thin cloth or something really fluffy and cozy. What you prefer is up to your personal preference. Why not go for a bold print to really bring some life and character into the space. 

 

Interior Design -   Studio Ezra    Tiles -   Tiles of Ezra    Benchtop -   Caesarstone

Interior Design - Studio Ezra

Tiles - Tiles of Ezra

Benchtop - Caesarstone

Plants Plants Plants

Bring a small indoor plant or even some freshly cut flowers to the powder room to make it feel extra lively and homely. If you are bringing a plant in make sure it is exposed to the sunlight it needs. This will vary depending on the type of plant you choose.

Interior Design -   Studio Ezra    Tiles -   Tiles of Ezra    Benchtop -   Caesarstone    Sink -     Omvivo    Tapware -   Astrawalker

Interior Design - Studio Ezra

Tiles - Tiles of Ezra

Benchtop - Caesarstone

Sink - Omvivo

Tapware - Astrawalker

Candles

Light it up, baby!

All about the tray

Put your candles or soaps on a small tray to add an extra dimension and layers to the space. I personally love the brass, Moroccan look however this will depend on the style of your home. I have seen chic perspex, mirrored trays which look fab in a really modern home!

Less is more

Powder rooms are conventionally small. DO NOT OVERCLUTTER the small surface area that exists. We don't need to see every flavour of soap and hand-cream you own. Choose one and keep it simple. Less is certainly more!

Do you have anything in particular you are struggling with when it comes to styling your powder room? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to assist you!

Selling your Home: How to make the best out of your campaign

Inspections are not a walk in the park. I learnt that first-hand during my recent campaign to sell my own house. Subsequently, I thought it was fitting to go into detail of how to take your inspections to the next level. Inspections show potential buyers how they can consider life in their potential home. So it is imperative that you portray the most desirable home scenario possible..

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Never leave a half used toilet roll in the bathroom

This is basically like saying “yep, I just took a poo this morning.” You want your home to feel as though no one has lived there before; as if its brand spanking new. You don’t want it to feel as if someone else is currently living there. 

The toilet bowl

Further to toilet paper.. Please make sure your toilet bowls are clean. No skid marks thank you. 

Remove all family photos

Family photos mean occupation - the one thing you want is for potential buyers to walk inside your home and see themselves living there - connect, fall in love and become so attached. By leaving family photos out, all you are doing is causing your potential buyers to block that connection. All they will be able to visualise will be you living in the home - not them. 

What is the first thing that will make an impact on entry?

Smell!

What do your potential buyers smell? It is so important that your home smells fresh and appealing.. During my campaign, I had candles and essential oils on for at least 30 minutes before the openings. I wanted potential buyers to walk into my home and feel something.. There is nothing worse than walking in to a bedroom and smelling that stale smell of someone else. 


MUSIC

During my openings, I have had Moroccan, soulful music playing in the kitchen. Not only does this show potential buyers what the home will be like when the music is on and they are occupying the house but it also “transports” the buyers. Music makes every moment more magical.. why wouldn’t we all want to make our openings more magical and almost mystical for our potential buyers. 



The C Word

Clutter - GET RID OF IT.No one wants to see or feel a messy home. Clean your drawers - I promise you they will be opened. I have attended many showings myself and I can honestly say I am so turned off when I go to a viewing and open a cupboard door and everything is shoved and jammed packed into the drawers and cupboards. It is just not appealing. This campaign, I made sure all my cupboards were in order (we generally keep everything super tidy behind doors, but I made extra effort to remove some clutter from the pantry. It makes me feel amazing too!)

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Kids toys - a Big No No

The reality is that when you have kids - young and old - their stuff is strewn across living rooms and bedrooms . Often, to you, this cr*p becomes the norm and part of the furniture... but this is not the case for someone who is visiting your home. It sticks out like an iceberg. During our campaign, all of Jesse’s toys, tables, and 'stuff' was taken out of the living room. We knew our home would appeal more to someone without kids so we wanted to show the house as if there were no kids in the main areas (his bedroom we left as is obviously!) 


Flora and Fauna

Quite simply, a must.

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Towels

Putting fresh fluffy towels is a must for every single inspection. You basically want new buyers to walk in to your home and feel that no one has lived here before and that they will be the first! Crunchy paper style towels, a big no no.... Wet and recently used towels.. a no no... smelly towels... a no no :) 

Have I left any must do’s off the list? Let me know in the comments below!

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    

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

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

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.

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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


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!

 

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.

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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


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