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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!

Erskineville main bathroom before and after: Modern take on a Victorian...

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Here's the latest before and after of our recent Erskineville project and it's my favourite zone of the home — the main...

From old shack to luxe Scandi-style home: See the before and...

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Renovating is one of those things you get a taste for and either become addicted to or never want to experience again,...

How to measure and install your own plantation shutters

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Shutters are a classic, timeless and low-maintenance window treatment solution and thanks to DIY Online Blinds, they’re now affordable and accessible to everyone. Gina recently...

Practical tips to get the perfect shade of white paint: Before...

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Supported by Monsta Few people enjoy painting so it’s important we get the right shade of paint first time round! Having gotten caught out in the...

Design inspo: Beautiful black kitchens

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

The power of paint: Living room makeover on a budget

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The arrival of spring can often inspire us to update our living spaces and freshen things up. One of the best ways...

10 Luxurious design features to steal from the new West Village...

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Supported by West Village The other week we shared the inspiring new West Village development that will soon be coming to West End in Brisbane. This...

Bathroom trends to let go of in 2019

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New interior trends are emerging and taking over all the time, but embrace them too late in the game and spaces can feel dated...

Is a marble splashback a good idea?

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This week I got an email from a lovely reader asking about my kitchen splashback — is marble hard to maintain, does it stain...

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

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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...

Driveway inspiration gallery: Contemporary driveway ideas

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Something I struggled with recently was deciding on a driveway material for our house. Search 'driveway inspiration' on Google or Pinterest and...

Planning my new laundry room

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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...

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

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

Be inspired to use brass in your bathroom

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While copper dominated as the metallic of choice for many years, a new hero has emerged — brass! Tapware and bathroom hardware brands have all...

Colour and emotion: How to select colour for the mood you...

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There's no denying that colour can influence our mood — there have even been studies that link the affect of colour to emotion. So how...

Quartz composite sinks pros and cons: What you need to know...

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Supported by Hafele Home It isn’t until you’re planning a kitchen remodel that you realise just how many...

5 bathroom trends to embrace according to Neale Whitaker

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The other week we shared the bathroom trends to let go of, those that have run their course and will soon be...

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

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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...

Renovation Roadshow with Naomi Findlay coming to a city near you

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If you've ever renovated or are at the start of a renovation journey, you'd know it can be incredibly overwhelming! Each property comes with...

10 Common renovation mistakes to avoid!

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If you're about to embark on a renovation journey, it's a good thing you're reading this first! Today experienced Interior Designer, Lauren Beattie of LO...

How to care for encaustic cement tiles: What cleaning products to...

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Encaustic tiles are those beautiful cement tiles (often patterned) you may have seen on Instagram, Pinterest or other design sites.

What size should I make my tile grout joints?

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A question I've been asked a lot lately is what size should I make tile grout joints? It's come up so much that I'm writing...

A lesson on designing timeless interiors by Mim Fanning of Mim...

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Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Decor + Design Show in Melbourne and while I was there, I crammed in as...

How to: Affordably update your kitchen

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Looking to update your tired kitchen but can't afford an entire remodel? Or are you looking to sell and know how a kitchen can...