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!

How to: Affordably update your kitchen

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...

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...

9 of the hottest trending exterior building materials right now!

Building or renovating? Then chances are you'll be faced with the arduous decision of what material or materials to use on the exterior of...

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 go from mood board to making selections for your...

When we asked top interior designers and stylists to share their number 1 tip for defining your interior style, they all swore by mood...

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

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...

My bathroom mistakes to avoid!

I recently shared our black and white main bathroom and as much I love certain features in this space... there are a lot of...

Your DIY home security checklist

Supported by Lane Security For many of us, the home is our sanctuary and where we feel most safe but there is a thing or...

15 ways to spruce up your outdoors

Supported by Thomsons Outdoor Pine Our gorgeous climate is made for outdoor living but if your outdoors aren’t exactly inviting, you might like to try...

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...

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...

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...

How to choose the right window treatment

Supported by DIY Online Blinds Who would have thought choosing window treatments could be so difficult! Roller blinds, curtains, shutters, venetians, roman, panels and drapes…...

Darren Palmer’s tips for finding your kitchen style

If you've ever had to design or select finishes for a kitchen, you'd know it's no easy task! What seems to make the process even...

Top 10 tile trends for 2016

Supported by Tile Republic Are you building or renovating and feeling a little lost when it comes to selecting tiles? It can be a daunting...

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...

Kitchen Planning: See Gina’s Kitchen Ideas

OK, this is the space I'm finding the trickiest to commit decisions but I can't put it off any longer! You might have read in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Katie’s Top 10 Tips on Building Your First Home

Katie and Mitch finished building their first home less than six months ago. During the process, they faced more than their fair share of...

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...

Introducing First Time Home Builders Katie and Mitch

Katie and Mitch, a young couple from Brisbane, recently completed building their first home. We sat down with them to hear their experience of...