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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!

10 things you need to know before undertaking a knock down...

Supported by Elderton Homes Without a doubt, one of the best decisions we made was to knock down our old house and build new but...

5 ways to better insulate your new home (and save money...

Insulating your home may not be top of the priority list for you (particularly if like me you tend to focus on aesthetics) but...

From dark and moody to stark and crisp, discover the latest...

Always on the forefront of latest interior colour trends and styles, we love discovering the latest volumes in the Haymes Colour Library. They've just released...

Bonnie’s flooring before and after

Supported by Flooring Xtra Another reno job we just ticked off the ‘to do’ list at Bonnie’s house is her flooring. We ripped up the original...

Why I got kicked off site: Construction site safety and my...

Lately I've been spending a lot more time on site of our new build — Bruno is often calling me out to make quick...

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...

Reader renovation: Family bathroom before and after

We love nothing more than hearing from our readers and seeing what exciting projects you get up to so when Kerry recently shared her...

11 types of white kitchen splashback tiles: Add interest with shape...

We know how difficult it can be to lock in selections for a kitchen... it's that constant battle between wanting to create a space...

How we designed Bonnie’s new kitchen with IKEA

Supported by IKEA The other week we shared Bonnie’s brown and poky kitchen and talked about our plans for this space. We spent weeks pulling...

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...

10 electrical and lighting things to consider when building

I can safely say that every day of this home build journey I am learning something new. From small things like discovering new products...

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...

Be inspired to use brass in your bathroom

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

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...

How to paint walls like a professional

Supported by Monsta When it comes to updating tired interiors, I don’t think there’s a better way to get more bang for buck than by...

14 stunning splashbacks to bring your kitchen to life

Picking a kitchen splashback can be one of the most difficult decisions of the whole kitchen design process! But, choose the right splashback and...

Modern garden sheds from Oldfields

Up until recently, I was convinced all garden sheds were an eyesore! Either too bulky or only available in colours of green, cream or...

Planning a white kitchen that’s anything but boring

With the kitchen very much at the heart of any modern home, it's no wonder that white kitchens are all the rage right now...

Reveal of the new stylish grey deck at Bonnie’s house

Supported by Trex We've been busy these past few weeks mapping out plans for Bonnie's backyard and installing the new Trex deck and today we're...

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...

What is the Best Kitchen Splashback? Interior Designer Darren Palmer Shares...

Designing a new kitchen comes with a million and one questions — and if you're in the process or are thinking about updating your...

How to select the right timber flooring for your home

Supported by Flooring Xtra You may have been following along with the renovations we have been doing at Bonnie’s house and now it’s time for...

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

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...

Need to decide on ensuite design and finishes

That title should actually read 'Need to decide on ensuite design and finishes... HELP!' You all went above and beyond when I asked for your...