It’s Terrazzo Time!

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Welcome to 2020 and the design buzz word of the day is terrazzo! Traditionally, terrazzo is a composite material containing marble, quartz, granite or glass chips in it.  It was cast onsite for floors or precast for bench tops.  Terrazzo dates back to Ancient Egypt and Italy but gained popularity in the 1920s with the rise of Art Deco (which is also back in fashion).  You may recognise it in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2020 we will see new generation terrazzo in tile form, like the Belga Grey terrazzo from Beaumont Tiles and bench tops like Caesarstone’s Frozen Terra.

Terrazzo is a cool, easy way to add texture and interest to any space in your home.

Christmas Cocktail #2 – Holiday Punch

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A perfect sipper for a hot Christmas Day!

Combine 60ml each orange juice and raspberry liqueur (such as chambord) in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake well. Strain into 2 flutes and top with sparkling rose. Garnish with raspberries.

Disclaimer. We support enjoying life and the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages. We do not support underage drinking, excessive drinking, binge drinking or any other unsafe drinking behavior. Always drink responsibly.

Christmas Cocktail #1 – The Kir Royale

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Serve this beautiful cocktail on Christmes Eve.

INGREDIENTS IN THE KIR ROYALE COCKTAIL

15ml Crème de Cassis

Dry sparkling wine, to top

Lemon Twist or Fresh Raspberries

HOW TO MAKE THE KIR ROYALE COCKTAIL

Pour the crème de cassis into a Champagne flute.

Top with the sparkling wine.

Garnish with a lemon twist or Fresh Raspberries.

Disclaimer. We support enjoying life and the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages. We do not support underage drinking, excessive drinking, binge drinking or any other unsafe drinking behavior. Always drink responsibly.

Time to Shop!!

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Need ideas for your Christmas shopping this Holiday Season while you build a brand new Planbuild Home?

Check out our Christmas Shopping Guide

For Cozy Nights at Home:

Look no further than Piyama (www.piyama.com.au). These luxury cotton PJ sets are cool and cute (RRP $60.00) and if you have the air con turned to arctic (to keep the in-laws comfortable), grab a cozy faux fur throw from Pottery Barn (www.potterybarn.com.au) (RRP $175.00)

For the Entertainers:

Spending Christmas Day by the pool?  Dine alfresco with William Sonoma’s Veracruz Tableware (www.williams-sonoma.com.au)  – all in indestructible melamine (from RRP $62.00). After the food coma wears off, its time for a board game!  Trivial Pursuit 40th Anniversary Edition (for those trying to remember the last 40 years). (RRP $49.99) (www.mindgamesbrisbane.com)

For the Master Chef:

Give the chef in your life the ultimate gadget – the Marcato Atlas Electric Pasta Machine (RRP $529 on sale for $239.95) from Kitchen Warehouse – Buon Appetito! And no self-respecting foodie could move into a new kitchen without a smoking cloche and smoker from Kitchen Warehouse (RRP $59.95).  (www.kitchenwarehouse.com.au).

For the Tech-ie:

Get speakers IN your sunglasses with the Bose Alto Frames (RRP $299.95) (www.bose.com.au) and keep them clean with Peeps Lens Cleaners (RRP $19.95) (www.officeworks.com.au)  – it’s what NASA astronauts use!  If you’re ready for a splurge, then get yourself an OLED (or QLED…there seems to be TV war brewing. Don’t know the difference? Watch this blog and in January we will tell you) …LGs 77” C9 4K UHD OLED AI ThinQ Smart TV from Harvey Norman’s should fit the bill nicely (RRP: $7995.00) (www.harveynorman.com.au).

For the folks that have everything:

Bring 1960s cool to the 2020 home of the coolest people you know with Slim Aaron’s famous prints ($783.00 plus shipping from Peter’s of Kensington) (www.petersofkensington.com.au). A little too steep?  How about a personalized cheese board (RRP $64.99 plus shipping) from www.hardtofind.com.au.

Just to give back:

Check out the volunteering opportunities in your area https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/christmas/give-back-this-christmas/volunteer/

https://www.rspcaqld.org.au/volunteer

For even more ideas check out https://www.homebeautiful.com.au/christmas-gift-guide-some-of-our-favourite-things-to-add-to-your-list

 

Trending now…Round Mirrors

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Decorative mirrors can elevate even the simplest of bathrooms. If your budget is tight, you can achieve a high-end look by hanging a simple framed round mirror. These mirrors can cost as little as $69 (Ikea) and $399 for luxe gold framed mirror!

Great Hampton’s Cladding Design Ideas from Planbuild & James Hardies

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Hampton’s is the hottest housing trend to hit the market and Planbuild Homes, along with our top tier suppliers, like James Hardies, are leading the way.  We have affordable Hamptons facades and interiors that combine the chic Hampton’s vibe with the relaxed elegance of Queensland living.  Check out these cladding options from James Hardies. https://www.jameshardie.com.au/looks/hamptons

Friday Happy Hour for September 6th!

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This afternoon sipper is Springtime in a glass…if it’s too feminine for the fellas, pour 30ml (or more) of limoncello into your man’s favourite beer, then watch and wait – he’ll go back for more!

The recipe comes from Kim Haasarud’s book, 101 Champagne Cocktails.

30ml limoncello
15ml Cointreau
Champagne or other sparkling wine
Glass: flute
Tools: shaker, strainer
Garnish: lemon twist

Combine limoncello and Cointreau in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top with Champagne and garnish.

Disclaimer. We support enjoying life and the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages. We do not support underage drinking, excessive drinking, binge drinking or any other unsafe drinking behavior. Always drink responsibly.

Before you build your home – de-clutter your Cords!

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We have sound bars and apple tv’s and dvd players…oh my!  There are voice-activated devices and smart phone remotes.  Can I ‘dim’ my downlights based on my mood?  Solar or not to solar.  These are just some of the questions that you need to think about when you build and over this series of blogs, we will talk about all of them. Inevitably we forget about one important aspect…cord clutter.

As great as technology is, it quite often comes with a spider’s web of connection cords. In fact, did you know that 4K devises require a 4K HDMI cable?  Even Google Home must be plugged in!  If you are planning your new build, have a look at this blog article http://bit.ly/2lQ5S3n and make sure that you talk about your technology and power needs with you Colour Consultant. A little planning now will make moving into your new home a breeze!

It’s Friday…time for a cocktail!

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As spring heads our way and the temperatures start to rise, its time to make a mojito and relax outside.  This recipe, from the Amanyara Resort in Turks & Caicos, is a game changer! Trust me!

AMANYARA MOJITO COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

60ml – Bacardi Superior White Rum

30ml – Fresh lime juice

15ml – Simple Syrup (heat equal parts of caster sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved or pick up a bottle from Dan Murphy’s)

10 leaves – Mint

Ice – a couple of cubes plus crushed ice to serve

Chilled champagne, to top

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients except Champagne into a blender with ice and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture through a fine strainer into a rocks glass over crushed ice.
  3. Top with Champagne.
  4. Garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel and 2 mint sprigs.

Disclaimer. We support enjoying life and the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages. We do not support underage drinking, excessive drinking, binge drinking or any other unsafe drinking behavior. Always drink responsibly.