Month: March 2013

Beds and Boudoirs – How to Create the Perfect Bedroom

Our bedrooms are the most important room in our home – it’s crucial our beds and mattresses are comfortable and luxurious.   A good night’s sleep is linked to good physical and mental health. If we sleep well, there’s nothing we feel we can’t achieve. But tiredness and poor sleep patterns can leave us feeling unmotivated …

The Difference between Beautiful and Model is in the Details

Many people say no matter how often they try to recreate a look it falls flat somewhere. The fact is it is very difficult to step across the invisible line between really beautiful and model like when remodelling or changing the design of a room. The difference is typically found in the smaller details.

Fresh Paint and Window Treatments for a Remodel Look in a Weekend

Walking through the house and thinking of projects we would like to do is done all the time. Walking through the department or home store, or even another person’s home adds to that list. Time, budget, and sanity makes us trim that list to reasonable and prioritized projects. The simple truth is we often think of …

Beautiful Rosewood Furniture For Your Home

Rosewood is one of the most sought-after woods for furniture making. Along with teak, it is strong, durable and able to withstand changes in temperature and humidity, which makes it idea for home furniture. It differs from teak in its colour – whilst teak is a light warm golden colour, rosewood is so named because of …

Bathrooms – Where Lighting’s The Focus

Bathrooms need great lighting – get it right and you’ll always look great first thing in the morning! Lighting is a key aspect of any successful room, and bathrooms are no exception. In fact, you need different kinds of lighting in your bathroom just as you do in a living room or kitchen, so it pays …

Adding Purpose to Outdoor Space

Whilst ornamental gardens and long expanses of lawn have some appeal they serve less practical purpose in a crowded home. Whether it is growing kids and their company that is causing your home to burst at the seams or the need for a quiet workspace for professional pursuits there are simply too many days in a …

Childhood Dreams

When I was a little girl I always wanted to be a show girl, a dancer, a singer, a performer, an artist. My only inspiration for this was repeated exposure to the beautiful   works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; the celebrated Impressionist painter whose images of singers and cancan dancers still make my face light up …

Flooring Options for DIY

The prospect of installing your own flooring can be intimidating but it is actually easier than many other DIY home improvement projects. There is very significant differences in the level of difficulty however depending on the flooring chose and the suitability of a particular room for that flooring option. Knowing the differences in suitability and difficulty …

Master Bedrooms – More than a Place to Sleep

The new trend in master bedroom design has been inspired by being away from home. People are now looking for the bedroom to be a place to get away from the rest of the world and even the rest of a busy home as a small sanctuary supporting itself.  Where did this inspiration come from? Luxury …

Efficient Design as Well as Style for Kitchens

When planning your new kitchen it is easy to become lost in the myriad of possibilities available. Naturally the aesthetic appeal is given priority as the first ideas come to mind. Everybody wants the eye catching look that gets accolades from guests and visiting family. The model kitchens are beautiful and the stone worktops all glisten …

A Practical and Economical Update to Every Room

When you walk into any room of your home several things become instantly apparent. The overall size is noticed first with an impression of roomy or cosy. A feel of the mood in the room is instant – formal or casual – comfortable or refined. Of course the furnishings set the use as dining, sitting or …

Bathroom Updates on a Budget

Bathrooms receive an inordinate amount of attention when pondering remodelling but with good reason. Frequent use and water cause them to age and look old faster. Repairs are more common than in other rooms giving need for work on a more frequent basis. Comfort and convenient features are more easily appreciated there than in other areas.

Ornamental Water Features in Landscaping

Bringing Nature to Your Outdoors   The look of a well-manicured landscape design sets the tone for all guests as they enter your home. It is often seen by far more people than ever enter your home and still is often forgotten about when thoughts of remodelling and updates come to mind.

Dining Room Design Tips

As the most used and most frequented by guests room in a home the dining room is often the showcase of your home. Whether full on remodelling or simply sprucing up with a fresh coat of paint or new furnishings some pointers will keep you on track for a final look that you are satisfied with.

Tips for optimizing small spaces

(HIB) - The trend toward smaller, more efficient homes is still in full swing, with new home builders offering floor plans that lower square footage while amping up usability. If your home is older, however, or you live in an apartment, your smaller sp...