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Bathroom renovation checklist

Renovating a bathroom requires a lot of work and careful planning. However, this doesn’t mean that you should postpone this forever. Instead, roll up your sleeves and get down to work immediately. In order to help you out with this endeavour, we’ve prepared the ultimate bathroom renovation checklist. Let’s take a look.

Determine your budget

First of all, you have to determine your budget in advance so that you know exactly how much money you can spend and then create your plan accordingly. Owing to this, it will be much easier for you to decide what you should include in the remodelling project and in what order you should finish the tasks. For example, it’s crucial that you start with what’s most urgent and then consider all other minor alterations. Finally, keep in mind that you won’t remodel your bathroom again soon, so don’t hesitate to invest in high quality materials and furniture. We guarantee you it will all pay off in the end.

Take time into consideration as well

Once you’ve determined your budget and made a sound plan, don’t forget to take time into consideration as well. The majority of people think that just because their bathroom is small, everything will be finished in a couple of days. However, most often they are wrong and end up panicking because their vacation is almost over and there is still a lot more to be done. So, in order to avoid such an unfortunate scenario, make sure to consider the smallest details including the time you’ll need to purchase tiles or vanity pieces. Finally, you should know exactly when all the ordered items will be delivered since you certainly don’t want to prolong the whole project only because your online orders are late.

Hire a professional

Since bathroom remodelling can be quite overwhelming, don’t shy away from hiring a contractor that can take a look at your drawings and check your entire plan. Although this means investing a bit more money in the project, you’ll be sure that everything will be done properly. After all, it’s much wiser to spend a bit more in advance than to end up with a bathroom full of flaws and impractical solutions that will become a true nightmare.

Decide on the perfect style for your bathroom

One of the most important aspects of every bathroom is style. So, before you start remodelling, you should determine which look you want for your bathroom. For example, if you’re into vintage bathrooms and rustic accessories, we would recommend going for an amazing freestanding bath which will add that final touch. On top of that, even the smallest details like beautiful vintage brass faucets can make your bathroom look absolutely sophisticated and elegant. Finally, it’s extremely important that you choose the right colour for your walls as well, since it should match the rest of the decoration perfectly. Therefore, in order to get some inspiration, feel free to check out the latest Pantone colour report and find out which hues are considered to be a true craze this season.

Be practical – think about storage

Aside from thinking only about your bathroom’s look, don’t forget to consider the practical aspects as well. In other words, it’s high time you started thinking about various storage options and see which one will be the most suitable for you. For example, we like the idea of using vertical space as much as possible. So, instead of buying a massive cabinet that will occupy a lot of floor space, go for several open shelves that can be easily installed one above the other. In addition to that, if you have some free room under the sink, you can install sliding drawers underneath and get a lot of additional space for cleaning supplies or cosmetics.

Install adequate lighting

Finally, having adequate lighting installed in your bathroom is of the utmost importance if you want it to be practical and absolutely safe. On top of that, you should make sure to brighten your home with natural light as well, since many studies have shown that daylight has numerous benefits in comparison to artificial sources. Finally, you can install light dimmers so that you can enjoy romantic baths with your partner or relax in your bathtub after a long day at work.

As you can see, there are quite a lot of things that you need to consider before you start remodelling your bathroom. However, if you design a good plan, there is nothing to worry about. Just roll up your sleeves and get down to work!


Warm Winter Interior Design – Warm Up Those Rooms With Decor


Now that winter’s set in for the long haul and everyone seems to be moping around about the fact, it might be a great time to consider upgrading your house or taking on a decorating project for those long winter months. Even just doing a small job like painting walls a more warming colour can go a long way to creating a warm, hearty atmosphere that keeps you cosy during the cold months ahead. So what are some ways you can do up the house to make it more welcoming for winter? Read ahead and get your thinking cap on. You might be surprised what a small undertaking can change in terms of cosiness.

Colours For Days

If you want to create a seriously cosy atmosphere for the winter, consider painting your rooms more warm colours such as deep aubergine, beige, or sage colours. Warm colours will help “warm up” the room and will keep you feeling snug as a bug in a rug through the cold months ahead. This even works for feature walls, so consider a nice deep colour that feels like a hug when you look at it and then take to the walls and create the perfect atmosphere in your home. Accentuate it by bringing in a bit of nature and put things like pine cones, sprigs of pine branches and the like in baskets or floral arrangements to give your home a woodsy feel.

Twinkle Twinkle Fairy Lights

Fairy lights are the perfect accompaniment to winter drab. They cheer a room instantly, especially when used in unique, fun ways and not just strung on walls or across mantle pieces – although you can do that too. If you are a fan of woodsy or country styled homes, consider collecting branches from the outdoors – especially longer ones, and then intertwine the fairy lights with the branches and prop up in a corner. You can accentuate it even more by adding a lovely looking country style ribbon to hold it all together, and voila – an impromptu corner light. For another country touch, get various sizes of mason jars, cut a small hole in the top of each and dump fairy lights inside, any which way. Thread the lights out of the hole, and leave a bit in between each jar for a cute messy look before threading it into the next jar and so forth. This makes for a great warm light that will keep any room protected from the chill outside.

Throw Rugs For Laminate/Tile/Wood

It goes without saying, but finding a great rug for the laminate, wood or tile flooring is a great way to warm up a room during the winter. Especially if you find a faux sheepskin rug to put underfoot of commonly walked on surfaces or right next to the bed for an extra bit of plush in the mornings when you have to pull yourself from your cosy bed. If you want other suggestions, check out Chill.ie and their recent ebook about decorating your home against the cold!

So if you’re looking for great ways to do up a space without needing much in the way of tools or time, these are some great ways anyone can get a cosier space today with minimal effort. Which one will you try?



Interior Design Ideas For Your New Home

A friend of mine has always dreamed of designing his own home and now that he has acquired a nice piece of land, he is having lots of ideas in his head concerning the designs of his new home and also how the interior designs would be like. Every night after dinner, he will be on the drawing board putting the ideas down on paper. It is easy to just sketch out what you want your house to look like but we will need the architects and the civil engineers to make your house practical and safe for you to stay in.

While designing the layout plan of the house, this friend has more or less visualized how the interior would look like. But the final decision will be reached after consulting his wife. He will leave the children to choose the design for their own rooms.

Now that the house is in the midst of construction and everything is going smoothly and on schedule, it is time for them to look into the interior designs for their house. Looking through magazines, visiting showrooms, and furniture stores are some of their weekend activities as a family.

The man was quite impressed with the some of the ideas he found on one of the Los Angeles interior designer’s website. Since the living room is a common room for the whole family, the design must be well received. He will have the say over his study room, the kids will pick the design for their own bedroom, and the kitchen will be the wife’s choice. The remaining rooms of the house will be the joint decision of husband and wife.

Every idea will be presented to the family. The guideline is to keep it simple and practical for a comfortable home. Views and suggestions were given and taken seriously. Once the work is done, you will be stuck with the design. And also the budget has to be considered.

Consulting one of the Beverly Hills interior design firm for professional tips and quotation will be the next step. These professionals will help you with the right colours for the wall of the different rooms and placing of lightings in each rooms, etc. Some are just hopeless with interior designing, even for their own room. If that is the case, then let the interior designers come up with their ideas depending on your style and requirements.

Vintage accents in minimalist homes

If there’s one thing that many Melburnian property owners understand, it’s the importance of a home versus a house. The latter is a place you merely reside, while the former evokes a sense of belonging, warmth and of identity that reflects its occupants. The following considers new house builds and how to make them your own. As minimalism’s clean lines and open plan living continues to dominate many of the family homes currently being constructed, it can be more challenging to put your own personal stamp on a brand new dwelling. Today’s design focus is on the vintage aesthetic and how to use its features to add character and warmth to a living space.

Wall paper is vintage in a big way. A great way to lift a room can to be to add either colour, pattern or texture, or all of the above, to your space. Options include full wall coverings, either the top or bottom half of the wall, the ceiling or a single feature wall. Full wall coverings can be subtle and muted in a variety of pastels or lighter shades, while feature walls you can afford to be more bold and make a statement. For the truly adventurous different designs on the upper and lower half could be even be incorporated. If you’re not quite ready to commit, consider removable wall stickers. These days they are not only available as decals for kid’s bedrooms, but can be a used as a lattice, edging, tessellation or any repetitive design you desire.

If you want to keep the walls neutral, consider some artwork to lift a space. Even small, functional rooms such as toilets or laundries can be invigorated with some 2D decoration. Ornaments or feature pieces can also add a touch of sparkle to a room. Think vintage perfume bottles, hat racks, retro indoor plants, rugs, mirrors or a restored sideboard. In the kitchen you might invest in some new retro style appliances (mmm Smeg) or invest (or restore) an oven with multiple chambers for the ultimate old school kitchen look. If you are in Melbourne, get home design ideas by attending to some open houses in the arty neighbourhoods to get some décor inspiration. Try Brunswick, Fitzroy and their surrounds. Online, Pinterest will keep you busy for hours!

A note of caution, wherever possible aim to source authentic items to decorate your home. You don’t necessarily have to spend thousands at antique dealers to make an impact, but be wary of mass produced and inferior quality goods that typically do not have longevity. You might also consider new items that are locally made, ideally with sustainably sourced and high quality materials. Although price can be a good indicator of provenance, you can still source fantastic items from second hand shops and markets, car boot sales or even from the sales of deceased estates. If you’re handy yourself, consider restoring some items back to their former glory or converting them into a new piece for your home.

A Home Full of Joy: Decorating Everywhere

In certain things in life there is an accepted way, a common wisdom that most people accept and absorb and follow more or less unconsciously, instinctively if you will. You see this in the way people dress, act, and most importantly for today’s discussion, the way we design and decorate.

To an extent, this is a good thing. Society wouldn’t function if everyone was an iconoclast all the time, inventing new ways to make coffee in the morning. Language in itself would not exist at all, being working example of acceptance of community definitions in entirety. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to choose your own path and make things totally, 100% personal. Decorating your home is one of those times.

The Traditional Way

Decorating your home usually involves a few simple principles, which are all sound:

  • Select a colour palette
  • Choose a basic style
  • Find flooring and furniture that fit your look
  • Paint the walls
  • Add wall art like canvas prints and other items to complement everything.

And that’s fine for specific rooms around your house. But this room-centric approach often leads to different visual experiences in each room, which can make them feel like islands of isolated design work, disconnected from each other and the rest of the house. This feeling can be exacerbated if the rooms are redecorated at different times.

Applying Design Everywhere

A way to conquer this problem is to forget some of the ‘rules’ of traditional home design and start thinking in terms of decorating everywhere. Don’t think of your rooms as isolated spots within the house, think of them as interconnected areas that flow into each other. In other words, consider the journey guests take through your home: From the entryway, they go to the living room for cocktails. Then to the dining room for dinner. They’ll visit the bathroom and the kitchen, and finish the evening in the lounge or family room, possibly even spending the night in the spare bedroom.

Then, look for opportunities to design and add decoration in less-than obvious places. The entryway is a good start – some canvas art or other design elements can turn a perfunctory space for shedding jackets and umbrellas into a pleasing first experience for guests.


Image Source: TheCanvasFactory.com.au

Staircase landings are another spot often forgotten when you design room by room, and an ideal place for a vibrant print or other art.


Image Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Another unusual place where a bit of wall art or other design can have a real moment of impact? Wardrobes, especially walk-in-robes, actually, are places where design usually goes to die, becoming congested with clothes and clutter. Think twice and open them up with something pleasant to look at – on the wall, the door, even the floor!


Image Source: LifeStyle Australia

Finally, when painting your newly-designed home, consider your rooms as a whole and think about transitions. When stepping out of one room to go to another, the hall should pick up the colour palette of both and serve as a visual link between them – you could even use a gradient plan to slowly go from one shade outside of one area to another outside the next.

Whatever you decide to do to open up your home’s design, never stop thinking of new ways to have some fun with it. Once you start thinking beyond rooms the possibilities – just like the forgotten areas – are endless.