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A curation of expert advice for building and renovating, including from lighting experts, builders and more. Information about latest products, design hacks and more!

Don’t rely on theories about smashed avocadoes to calculate your home...

Supported by People's Choice Credit Union While a certain someone may think it’s our hipster café lifestyle that’s preventing us from affording property, rough calculations...

Reader renovation: Dated ensuite gets a modern hex makeover!

We love seeing your renovation projects and especially love it when you let us share them on the blog! Jane has been following SC since...

Design greenery into your renovation: How to create an indoor outdoor...

We're thrilled to have talented Interior Designer, Lauren Beattie of LO Studio, back with us today to give her advice on how we can...

Bonnie’s kitchen reveal: From poky and brown to open and airy!

If you've been following our renovations at Bonnie's house, you'd know we COMPLETELY GUTTED her kitchen. The original kitchen was far too small to...

10 features you wish you had in your dream kitchen

In collaboration with IKEA The kitchen is the heart of the home and also the most expensive space to renovate so it’s something you want...

Designing the ultimate laundry, all the tips and tricks you need!

We recently discovered Zephyr and Stone — sisters and best friends Ania and Kasia who are mad for building, renovating and designing homes! We're...

8 Tips to Creating Stylish Budget Kitchens

How do you renovate your kitchen on a budget? It's one of the top questions we get asked and today we're so excited to...

Planning my new laundry room

Last week I shared my very embarrassing, real life laundry space and how it's one of my biggest building regrets! The time has finally come...

Bonnie’s bathroom renovation before and after: The reveal of her new...

We've been busy renovating Bonnie's house the past few months and one room that's finally finished (well 95% finished) is her bathroom! Today we're sharing...

What downlights to use in a contemporary home?

In the past week, I've received an unusually large number of emails about downlights. Many readers have asked what downlights we used in our home,...

The major dos and don’ts of wardrobe design

Supported by Häfele If there’s one thing a home can never have enough of, it’s storage! While it isn’t always possible to squeeze more storage...

How to affordably landscape your garden: Get the biggest wow factor...

Your outdoor area can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your home but landscaping your garden can often be...

A peek inside Lana’s newly renovated home and her top renovation...

The other day I was lucky enough to be invited on an exclusive tour of Lana’s ‘forever home’. Lana is one of the ladies...

My new laundry is taking shape: A peek at Gina’s laundry...

Just a couple of weeks ago, my laundry was a wall of ad-hoc cabinetry along one wall in my garage (see it here). It...

Introducing easy and smart security ideas to protect your home

Supported by Lane Security We recently shared a complete home security checklist with the top 10 ways you can protect your home and today we...

How to design the perfect walk-in pantry

What’s the secret to a spotless kitchen? The answer lies with a little help behind the scenes. As our homes have become more open plan,...

Darren Palmer’s Tips on Using Colour in the Bathroom and Kitchen

We recently attended an event where interior design expert Darren Palmer shared his advice on a broad range of topics from what do to...

Introducing the new way to buy paint – Monsta Shop!

Nowadays you can buy just about any product online — it’s more convenient and affordable — but one product that seemed to miss this...

Laundry renovation reveal: Gina’s new laundry

Woohoo, I'm so excited to share my laundry renovation reveal with you! In case you missed it, my old laundry wasn't really a laundry at...

How to design a lighting plan for your home: learn the...

Gina is the first person to admit she is completely clueless when it comes to lighting. And needing to layout lighting in her new...

Design inspo: Beautiful black kitchens

Thinking of going black for your next kitchen? It's a bold and sexy look that we love, Love, LOVE!

10 external building materials you may not have considered using

Supported by Denman Prospect A decision many people agonise over when building is what materials to use on...

Rejigging a floor plan: 5 ways to guarantee the best outcome

One of the best ways to update your home is by changing the floor plan. Whether it’s adding an extra room or opening up...

10 tips for successful kitchen planning

Supported by ASKO You’ve heard the saying a million times – ‘The kitchen is the heart of the home’ – and it couldn’t ring more...