So, at this stage the windows and doors are in, pre-wiring is done, the plumbing is roughed in and the gyprock goes up!! It’s a weird time for a home owner because it looks the house shrunk…before we accuse the builder of not being able to measure or that we threw the whole thing into a dryer, remember 2 things. 1. Your plan’s measurements are from stud to stud –yep, the house 20mm smaller than you think it is and 2. This shrinkage is an optical illusion. The house will grow again, I promise. Read More
Welcome to weeks 7 & 8!!
Yes, I could have written an entire blog on kitchen week…but, no I really couldn’t. All of the kitchens were beautiful, modern and sophisticated and eerily similar. The same shades of grey, white and black were utilised over and over. The only stand outs were Josh and Elyse’s alternate island location and pantry. Both get two big thumbs up from me. OK, yes, the cook top depth was a mistake BUT that is why it is important for your builder to know what you want early on so we can make allowances for it. Read More
Welcome to week 6
Let me start by saying that I sat there slack jawed and appalled by Sarah and Jason’s lack of contrition. Jason, the truth can be offensive – get over it!! Let me also say that editing is a devious and nasty thing and can make anyone look the way the producers want them to look. But let’s face it, they failed, gave up and quit. Jason was so devastated at the possibility of his children’s travel plans to the UK that he was forced to juggle fruit. Now, don’t stone me to death for that but seriously, if they had put their foot down and said, my kids will NOT travel to the UK at this time so either one of us leaves and we get a replacement or we both go; I guarantee that it would have been something the collective we could rally behind. Read More
Week 4 & 5 Reveal and Judging – The Anything But a Bedroom & Living & Dining Rooms
Week Three’s ‘Anything But a Bedroom’ episode was, well, predictable. The Blockheads and The Judges all seemed to crawl back into the ‘every house needs a formal living room’ cave. These rooms are TINY and frankly, I preferred the concept (not the execution) of the home offices…even Wombats & Sticks closet, I mean office. Let me ask all of you out there, how often do we USE a room like this? Are we really going to make a point of going into this itty bitty room and stare lovingly at each other over a glass of single malt….NO, we are not. Why….because we have kids and pets and work and more stuff with kids like soccer practice and ballet lessons. So, where do we all end up? You guessed it; the kitchen/living/dining room. Read More
The Block Reveal and Judging – The Guest Room & Kids’ Room
Week 2 REALLY showed off the styling differences between each contestant. I loved the rooms with ensuites and can we talk about the joinery doors?? These wardrobe doors are a beautiful way to finish a bedroom! Expensive…but beautiful… Read More
Well, construction and design fans, The Block is back. As builders, we would like throw our 2 cents worth into the mix. Now, one general comment that applies to every episode of this show…please don’t think that these timelines are remotely realistic for real life construction. Read More
Kitchens are the hub of the home, the place where birthdays are celebrated, family gathers for Christmas and afternoon teas are had. They need to be not only beautiful but practical as well, as they have loads to do in our everyday lives. Some of us are very fortunate to be able to design and build our very own kitchens, fitting them out with all the bells and whistles, others are inherited and prove to be a challenge in making them practical functioning zones for the family. Either built or inherited here are some practical tips for “styling” within your kitchens that all of us could introduce at any given time!
Without consciously knowing why, some homes simply resonate with us more than others. Building a new home, you naturally want to reproduce this visually appealing experience, but that can be a challenging thing to nail down.
Your home’s colour palette will go a long way to helping you create that inviting ambience. Knowing how to create colour flow is the secret to achieving a harmonious atmosphere throughout your home. Read More
When it comes to interior decorating, this year it’s all about creating a sanctuary. And it makes perfect sense: Our lives are increasingly busy, chaotic and technology-heavy, so when we come home we want to escape from it all, switch off and just relax in comfort in our own space. Colour trends this year definitely follow that theme. Here are the four colour palettes that are on trend this year, and the message that goes with them is to customise: make your home suit you. Read More
What is Feng Shui?
This ancient Chinese practice is based on the theory that the way we place things in a space affects the “flow” or “energy” in the space, and therefore the people in it. Good Feng Shui brings good energy or fortune. At the very least it can help your home feel comfortable and welcoming. Why not give it a go? Here are some tips on how to bring good Feng Shui to your home and life. Read More
Stating the obvious here: life can get chaotic. Even coming home after a busy day isn’t always relaxing thanks to family demands. When the kitchen’s in disarray and the lounge room’s a mess… it’s important to have somewhere in your home that is your own private, peaceful sanctuary. Somewhere to leave all the outside stress behind and just relax, and feel comfortable. Here are some tips to help you turn your bedroom into an oasis. Read More
No doubt we all have made interior decorating mistakes that have been both disappointing and costly.
What most of us don’t understand is that it takes a very keen and knowledgeable eye. We may be out shopping and see something we love, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will look perfect in our home. Interior designers understand how color, lighting, room size, scale, and placement all affect how items look in a room, and dictates whether they will make or break a room design. Read More
We spoke with friends of ours from Winning Interiors and got some great ideas to help style your home and make it feel nice and cozy for Winter, yet fun.
The colder weather has set in and you can enjoy change in your home by adding a few fun touches that are easy to do and give a great new fun feel to your home. Read More