BUILDING OR RENOVATING

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

Bonnie’s backyard before and our plans

Supported by Trex Over the past few months we’ve been busy renovating Bonnie’s house and while our focus has predominately been inside, with the weather...

Stylish kitchens that aren’t white: Luxurious kitchen inspiration

Words by Lauren Beattie of Lo Studio There is no denying that white kitchens have become the go-to for renovators over recent years. They’re timeless,...

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...

How to affordably update your window coverings

When it comes to updating tired interiors, there are two things top of the list that offer the biggest bang for buck — repainting...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

What size should I make my tile grout joints?

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...

How to fix your bathroom seals like a pro – including...

Supported by Loctite Although our house is only two years old, the sealant around our sink drain has already discoloured and become mouldy – despite...

How to light your kitchen: Different kitchen lighting options

Lighting is often an overlooked aspect of interiors — yet it's one of the most important — playing a big part in the atmosphere,...

Why my laundry is one of my biggest building regrets

It's now been 2 years since we moved into our home and overall I'm so happy with our house — it has great flow,...

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...

Bonnie’s kitchen before and our kitchen remodel goals

For those that have been watching our stories on Instagram, you will have seen the renovations we’re doing at Bonnie’s house — taking it...

10 Common renovation mistakes to avoid!

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...

Stylish handles to refresh your interiors or update tired furniture

It's incredible the transformation new, stylish handles can make to a dated room or tired furniture! Recently, expert Rapid...

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...

Get your home and gardening jobs done with Airtasker

Supported by Airtasker Those of you who have been following the blog for a while would know that the landscaping at my house (or...

Adding a luxe feel to my home with designer sheer curtains...

Supported by DIY Online Blinds Ever since we moved into our home, I knew our windows needed sheer curtains to finish the spaces. Those of...

Stylish fencing you can do yourself – it is possible with...

Supported by ModularWalls Fencing is a job that traditionally requires professionals to install — costing an arm and a leg! But there’s a fencing solution on...

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...

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...

Updating Bonnie’s backyard with a sleek and contemporary DIY fence

Supported by ModularWalls Our renovations at Bonnie’s house have been tracking slower than we would like – let’s just say this townhouse has thrown more...