Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Get Bathroom Renovation Jobs DONE This Easter

With the popularity of reality TV shows like The Block and House Rules skyrocketing and sites such as Pinterest, there’s no dearth of ideas when it comes to home design. Although bathroom renovations are the most complicated to tackle, the end result is also very rewarding. However, often the biggest problem when it comes to tackling small home renos, is finding the time. Today, we have experts from Caroma on La Maison Jolie, sharing their list of smart, simple, cost effective and stylish bathroom renovation ideas to complete over the Easter long weekend.

Lucky for you, Easter is like two weeks in one. With four free days, you’ve now got even more time to get stuck into some home improvement projects. Why not make the most of your weekend by rolling up your sleeves or scheduling a contractor and getting handy with these six projects that could be completed over the long weekend.

Change the vanity or basin
This is one of the easiest ways to give your bathroom an upgrade and it can be done in one weekend. It’s true; you can never have enough storage – especially in a bathroom – so think about ways to increase it with a new bathroom vanity or basin. If you’re going for a larger unit, measure your entire space to ensure you have enough room for the vanity itself and its installation. Keeping your vanity in it's existing position means you shouldn’t have to spend money on having your plumbing repositioned.
Change fittings
An easy way to get that modern look around the home is to make small changes with styles that are on trend at the moment. Introduce warm tones, crisp lines and statement features, by changing the tapware or shower head to create an elegant and contemporary finish. Consider a bold statement with a matte black tap or bronze shower head with a contrasting background.

Restore grout
A top-to-bottom clean and declutter is one of the most powerful ways to refresh a bathroom. However, no amount of cleaning will fix stained, discoloured grout. Fortunately, grout pens exist and you can choose white for a just-like-new look or totally change the look of your white tiled walls by using a black grout pen.

Get painting
For a low-cost, high-impact update, grab a pot of paint in a striking colour and turn a plain wall into a show-stopping, statement wall that will never be overlooked again. Tip: use painter’s tape to keep your ceilings and doors smudge free.

Add new lighting
New light fixtures are an easy way to change the way the rooms in your home look, without all the hassle of completely redecorating. While you’re replacing the existing fixture, update the bulbs you’re using as well. Energy saving lamps can help the rooms look brighter and help you save money. Sounds like a good trade-off for a weekend’s worth of work, doesn’t it?

Introduce some stand out accessories
Be bold and bring some unexpected home accessories into your bathroom. A woven rug, a beautiful plant or even multiple mirrors. Or why not go all out and add some statement artwork?

Go beyond the usual changing the bath mat, upcycling the soap dish or making a DIY shower or bath caddy and really elevate your bathroom with a stylish and cost effective renovation this Easter weekend! Let this compilation by Caroma inspire you to pick up the tape measure and drill and put it to good use. 

Till next time... get your bathroom renovations done this Easter!



This post was provided by Caroma. Caroma are at the forefront of local and international shifts in design to ensure that the products they bring to the market match Australian expectations and their signature way of life. To find out more about the Caroma range, please visit www.caroma.com.au or call 13 14 16. 

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Monday, 27 March 2017

How To Reclaim Your Property From Disarray

These days it’s hard enough to pay your mortgage, let alone having to pay the big bucks for a whole host of home repairs. Busy lifestyles or tight budgets are just two reasons why we can sometimes let the appearance of our properties slip. However, there are some things you can do to fix up your house that are totally worth the investment.

So if your property has been neglected for a long stretch of time and you're looking for ways to make it look as good as new then read on, our guest contributor Emily has put together 5 simple ways to reclaim your property from disarray.

Landscaping
It’s easy to let your garden fall into disarray quite quickly if you don't keep up to date with regular maintenance and upkeep. The garden is also an area that becomes more difficult to reclaim the longer you leave it. It may be a good idea to looking into landscape construction in Perth if you feel like you're not up to the job yourself. Well thought-out landscape construction can really change the look of your entire property, making it look well-designed and cared for.

When redesigning your garden consider factors such as the existing landscape, the types of plants to use, the addition of outdoor entertaining areas and whether or not to add paving (as this may be easier to maintain than grassy areas).

Kitchen
Replacing cupboard doors and cabinets is often a more cost-effective way of updating the look of your kitchen without the need of a full renovation. If your kitchen feels less functional than it once was due to neglect then it may be time to invest in a complete remodel. Be sure to consider updating all outdated appliances which may no longer be energy efficient. Tiles, stainless steel and gloss finishes are also a good option for those who are looking to create a kitchen that is easier to keep clean.

Replace Exterior Doors and Windows
Your exterior doors and windows can become dirty, weathered and outdated if they are not well looked after. Sometimes there is no other option than to completely replace them in order to make your house feel like a home again. There are a number of reasons to replace your exterior doors and windows such as improved security and making your home more energy efficient. When considering new windows and doors aim to use materials, colours and finishes that are in keeping with the existing design features.

Bathroom
Having a bathroom which has seen better days can really make you fall out of love with your home. If your bathroom is in relatively good order then you may only need to replace items such as taps, cabinet fronts and accessories.

If there are problems with the plumbing then a full renovation may be in order.

Bear in mind that leaking water can lead to mould and damp if left for long periods of time. Fixing leaks and broken taps could save you big bucks in the future. It’s also important to think about which bathroom items are worth spending money on and which are not.

Paintwork
Giving your property a fresh coat of paint is an excellent way of making it look and feel clean and refreshed. What’s more, painting is often something that you can do yourself in your own time. Painting all interior and exterior walls in colours that compliment the home's existing design features can greatly improve the appearance of your property for little cost. Exterior fences or divided walls can also be quickly and easily improved with a lick of paint.

Hopefully, the above points have given you some inspiration on how to regain control of your property and reclaim it from mess and disorder. Choosing the correct materials and design features with low maintenance can ensure that your property is easier to maintain in the future and looks good for longer.

Till next time... reclaim your home from disorder!

xox
Rani

About the Author
Emily is a freelance writer, blogger and dog lover hailing from England. Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, Emily is constantly looking for something new to get excited about.
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Friday, 24 March 2017

5 Ways to Redefine Your Home Décor (through Simple Changes!)

Seeing the same furniture, art and accessories everyday can start to feel stale after a while.

If you spend your time scrolling through Pinterest dreaming of a room perfectly styled to the latest trends, then yes, its time to shake things up. We all want to get a fresh take on an old room once in a while, but we don’t exactly have the budget for a complete redesign once a year. 

Rather than planning a complete (and expensive!) makeover, why not try making a few subtle changes instead? You'll be surprised how removing, modifying or rearranging small things can make a huge difference. You won’t break the bank and you’ll feel like you have a brand new home! Our guest contributor Kayla has all the go to tips to inspire you to make a difference in your home décor through subtle and simple changes!

Window treatment
Changing the blinds or curtains on your windows can completely redefine the look of a room as it alters the way light enters and illuminates the space. People don’t often think of making this relatively easy change but it’s the first place you should start if you want a fresh look. Wynstan Blinds, located in Melbourne has a variety of options to choose from that will fit any style. Choose timber blinds to give the room a minimalist feel or sheers to create a romantic mood. All you have to do is add some plants and you have a whole new vibe going!

Plants
A few carefully chosen plants are a breath of fresh air in an old space. They literally clean the air! Many types of house plants clean and purify air which is great for any room in the house. Hang a pot plant in a basket in your bedroom or place a tall fiddle leaf fig or a mini palm in the corner of the living room. You can even plant a herb garden on your kitchen window or some succulents in the bathroom. Whatever room you are looking to update, a plant makes for a refreshing choice.

Cushions
Couch cushions add a splash of colour or texture to your living room. When you’re looking to make changes, it’s much easier to replace the cushions instead of the entire sofa. Try going for a different style than what you had previously. If you had bright patterns before, this time buy white or grey faux fur. If you had plain cushions, update them with a fun pattern or even mix and match a pattern and texture in with the original cushions to save money but still create a new and fun look!

Bedding
There’s nothing quite like fresh new bedding to make your room feel all kinds of cosy! Bedding is a simple way to hit the refresh button on your bedroom. If you stock up on two full sets of bedding, then you can interchange them every season and feel like you have new furnishings but without paying a penny. Try light cotton sheets and bright prints or white duvet covers for summer and flannelette sheets with a more muted print for winter.

Rearrange
The one home décor technique that won’t cost you any money is rearranging your furniture. Reorienting a room doesn’t just make you feel like you did an update, it feels like an entirely new room! Try rearranging your living room, bedroom or dining space next time you start to feel bored with any of the rooms. It will give you a new perspective on the space and your family or your guests will probably even think that it's all new furniture! Like curtains and blinds, rearranging your furniture changes the way light illuminates your space. Particularly in your bedroom, orienting your bed with the window in different ways can brighten up your mornings.

When your home needs a little freshening up, there’s no need to dive into an expensive design project. You’ll be surprised at the difference a few subtle changes can make! What are some of your go to tips when it comes to redecorating on a tight budget? Share your tips with us in the comments below.

Till next time... give your home a fresh update!

xox
Rani

About the Author
Kayla is a versatile content writer with a penchant for the world of digital marketing. With work spanning a variety of fields and businesses spanning across Australia, Kayla is always looking for something new to get excited about.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

How To Breathe New Life Into Your Backyard

When you’re bored with your backyard it becomes easy to overlook the fact that it can be one of the most social or relaxing spaces in your home. Dinner parties, lazy afternoons reading, sunbathing or gardening to grow fresh food are just some of the many benefits to having a backyard. Not to mention, if you have a family, the backyard can be the setting of countless cherished memories as you watch your children play and grow.

Updating your backyard doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking. Here are a few simple ideas put together by our guest contributor Kayla to breathe new life back into your garden!

Lively lighting
The easiest way to give your backyard an entirely new feel is to play with the lighting. Sure, you can enjoy the sun all day, but at twilight or night, a little mood lighting can go a long way. Garden lights, whether soft hanging lights or functional illuminating lights, set the tone for your backyard after dark. Hang decorative string lights for a more romantic or festive mood or a feature light for a swoonworthy designer look. For safety and functional purposes use overhead or ground lighting to illuminate your backyard for night time entertaining and fun.

Go green
Some strategic gardening can turn your backyard into an enchanting and functional space. Whether you choose a vertical garden on a deck, a few hanging plants or an entire garden bed, plants will add new life to your outdoor area. Grow flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs or vines to cover your yard in greenery. Moreover you’ll have the added benefit of fresh greenery, whether as a centrepiece bouquet or as a meal for your table! 

Refurbished floor
Give your backyard a facelift (or a foot lift) by changing up the flooring. If you already have a deck, add a patterned rug on top of it. If your yard is just grass, try building a deck for outdoor entertaining. Is your yard not so much a yard as it is a courtyard? Lay down some fake grass for a fresh, outdoorsy upgrade in the midst of city living or pave a part of the lawn with some rustic bricks for a provincial country appeal. A new surface under your feet will completely change the look and feel of your outdoor space! 

A cozy corner
Lounging in the sun, reading in a hammock and drinking a cocktail doesn’t have to just be reserved for vacations. Set up your own backyard retreat by choosing a relaxing corner of your yard to hang a hammock. You’ll be able to have your own little getaway, any time you want! All you have left to do is find someone to bring you those cocktails...!

Bold and bright
Generally, the colour scheme in a backyard can be pretty limited to greens and browns. Add some strategic colour to your backyard upgrade. Colourful accent pieces add bold and bright texture to your landscape. Add colour with furniture, cushions, hanging lights, sun umbrellas, flower beds and various decorative pieces. Pops of colour make your backyard feel festive, and you won’t even have to decorate for those summer barbecues

Stepping stones
Do you feel like your backyard is just a bland patch of grass? Is keeping all that grass fresh and watered a nightmare? Add a stone patio or pathway to your yard! Stone will break up your yard in an interesting way, especially combined with a few gardening features, making you feel like you have your own little private park. Also replacing grass with stone will keep your water bill down and help the environment as you won’t have to waste as much water trying to keep your grass green. 

These are some fantastic and easy DIY tips to upgrade your backyard design from just functional to designer worthy in just one weekend! So don’t let your backyard continue to bore you with mundane practicality. With a few simple upgrades and style tweaks, your backyard can become a functional yet elegant retreat you won’t want to leave! 

Till next time... create a stylish oasis in your backyard!

xox
Rani

About the Author
Kayla is a versatile content writer with a penchant for the world of digital marketing. With work spanning a variety of fields and businesses spanning across Australia, Kayla is always looking for something new to get excited about.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Elie's Globber MyFREE 5-in-1 Scooter

With our daughter Elie literally running before she could even walk, we knew that we would have to get her a scooter or a balance bike before long. We got the Globber MyFREE 5-in-1 Scooter for Elie for Christmas. And since our return from our overseas trip earlier this year, we've used it every weekend to ride to the park and back and Elie absolutely loves it!
This stylish scooter is really compact and weighs only 3.7 kgs, which is like carrying air especially after carrying a toddler in your arms all day long! The supports on the front wheel is mounted on ball bearings making it easy for us to steer Elie along the bike path, park or the beach.

I guess our foremost concern like all other parents was safety when we were steering the Globber Scooter or when Elie learns to ride it herself. The Globber Scooter has a rear brake which allows for quick and smooth braking and the handlebar grips are made from a very durable material making them comfortable for us to hold and steer Elie. The Globber MyFREE 5-in-1 Scooter has a low centre of gravity making it very stable and is less tiring on longer rides. 

Our other concern was getting a scooter that would last for the next 4 years at least. The Globber MyFREE 5-in-1 scooter easily converts to an age appropriate scooter starting from 12 months to 6 years! The height adjustable T-BAR handlebar can be adjusted to 3 height positions as Elie grows. How great is that! Total value for money!

I was also worried about Elie learning to ride a scooter or a trike or bike and actually enjoying the learning and riding experience. I was happy that the Globber MyFREE 5-in-1 Scooter was so easy for Elie to get started on. The scooter has a steering lock button on the front for safe and simple handling to make learning to ride as a bike or a scooter so much easier.The Globber MyFREE 5-in-1 can be switched from a push bike into a scooter in literally a few seconds! For all the details on the 5 stages have a look on their website. The Globber scooter is available in 3 colours - Dark Blue, Green and Pink. We chose the green only because its gender neutral and in the future if Elie has a brother, it would suit the little bubba too! If you think your toddler would love one for his or her birthday or Christmas, here is the link - Globber My FREE 5-in-1 ScooterTill next time...scooty on!

xox
Rani

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OUTDOOR PHOTOSHOOT BY LA MAISON JOLIE

This post was created in collaboration with Globber. A big thank you to Globber for sponsoring the awesome Globber MyFREE 5-in-1 Scooter. As always, all design choices, words, thoughts and opinions are all mine and genuine and I only ever work with brands that I love and I think you will too. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that support this blog.

Also a big thank you to Blue Canary Photography, for the wonderful and detailed photos. To see more of Blue Canary Photography on Instagram, please click here.

Renovation Revival - 5 Ways to Modernise Your Home

We all want a home that we can be proud of; a little kingdom which never fails to elicit a smile when we return at the end of a long day. It is always nice if you can add a bit of extra value too, even if comfort and warmth are your top priorities.

However, it is surprisingly easy for well-worn interiors to start showing their age and looking shabby, no matter how much love you give them. When this happens, it is time to usher in some positive change. The good news is that you do not have to be a DIY hobbyist to get that sparkle back.

Keep reading for some simple and easy ways to reinvigorate and spruce up tired interiors for a fresh new look that our guest contributor Noelle has compiled for you.

Create the illusion of space
According to property experts, open plan living is very popular right now. Families are not looking for formal dining areas and separate lounges. They want fluid, seamless interiors which encourage shared time and communal activities. The best part about this is that you can fake it without any DIY. All you have to do is strip things back and try minimal décor. Use subtle, soft colours to create flow, join rooms and focus on one or two key pieces rather than having lots of furniture. Also having similar styles of furniture flowing from one room to another helps to create that sense of fluidity and fakes open plan living even if you have walls.

Update the cabinetry
Nothing dates kitchens and bathrooms faster than chipped, worn, or outdated pulls and knobs. It costs so little to replace them too, so there’s no excuse not to liven the place up with some fresh details. You will be surprised at how much of a difference it can make to the look and feel of interior spaces. Don’t be afraid to opt for something quirky. Big brass drawer pulls are magnificent when paired with unique tiling, faucets and other unusual features. Or go for an updated seamless sleek look by filling the drawer holes on the cabinet doors with wood putty, installing soft close pulls inside the doors and paint them to camouflage the holes.

Reinvigorate the bathroom
Generally, the most value can be added to the bathroom. This is where prospective buyers look for those little touches that make it all worthwhile. Think powerful, but affordable changes like a broad, rainfall shower head, a dramatically lit vanity table, and plenty of sleek, multipurpose storage solutions. Some impactful changes are swapping your shower curtain for a clear, transparent pane, fresh paint, feature tiles, complementary bath accessories and some greenery in pretty pots. Implementing any one or two of these changes will make a huge difference to the look of your bathroom!

Transform your entry
It does not take much to revive the entranceway or porch because it is usually quite a small space. Nevertheless, it can really benefit from a fresh coat of paint or removable wallpaper and some carefully selected items. Instead of making furniture an afterthought here, look for a distinctive,  striking pieces. It is quite easy to find unusual hat stands, mirrors, coat racks, and shoe holders if you browse local flea markets and second-hand stores.

Invest in outdoor blinds
One common mistake which homeowners make is to focus entirely on the inside and disregard exterior spaces. In fact, interior designers love finding ways to integrate the two, so that homes feel spacious and the garden is appreciated. All weather blinds are a stylish way to do this because they create a protected, enclosed area which can be utilised as an extra room, sunroom, conservatory or patio.

Let the hard enhance the soft
If you have big, bulky furniture then team it with soft velvets or minimalist accessories. Pair bright colours with subtle ones. Good design is all about balance, and you can achieve it without having to learn how to use a power drill or replacing all your furniture.

Modern décor is what you make it
With rising popularity of vintage furniture and up-cycling, the divide between old and new has become rather blurred. It is possible to combine different styles in one interior space - modern bohemian, coastal Scandinavian, contemporary french provincial, the list goes on. Just remember the secret is in the balance!

As compiled by Noelle, this list of 5 inspiring ways to modernise your home shows that creating a modern and fresh look does not have to be expensive. Update, streamline and adopt a few modern styles to refresh your home and renovate without picking up the power drill or breaking down structural walls.

Till next time... modernise your home with a renovation revival!


About the Author
Noelle is a freelance interior design writer working for a variety of digital marketing agencies across Australia. Currently travelling the world, she is constantly on the lookout for inspiration and new animals to pet.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Breaking Down the Kitchen Renovation Journey!

Thinking of renovating your kitchen? You’re in the right place!

If you’re anything like the rest of us, you’re utterly obsessed with renovations and kitchen designs. If the huge number of viewers for shows like House Rules and Reno Rumble are anything to go by, our passion for revamping our homes and our lives isn’t set to dwindle any time soon.

Yet, when it comes to something like a kitchen renovation, you cannot assume that just because you’ve watched every episode of the last season of The Block that you’re going to be able to revamp your kitchen. With that said, we would like to help you get one step closer to kitchen renovation success, so our guest contributor Rebecca along with the legends at Brentwood Kitchens, leaders in kitchen design has put together a few fundamental tips for you.

When you invest the time in learning how to renovate your kitchen properly you’ll enjoy being able to get maximum impact for minimum spend - and you’ll enjoy the investment you make for years to come. Take a look at these simple tips and before you know it you too will have a kitchen you’re proud to call your own.

Design with use in mind
You have to think about your kitchen, not just as a new work of art and a wonderful place for you and your family to spend time, but as the heart and soul of your home. Think about the way in which you are going to be using your kitchen and consider what you need to maximise.

Perhaps you have always wanted a butler’s pantry, or you really want a marble bench top or a herringbone splashback.

Maybe you’re keen on having an indoor-outdoor space where you can grow a kitchen garden, or maybe you just want a nice big bench top for all of your prep and entertaining. Whatever it is that your heart desires, you only have one chance to get it right.

Make sure the time spent planning is time spent wisely. You want to cover all bases, and that means fixtures, finishes, wood types, handles, flooring, cabinetry and anything else that you can think of. When you consult with an expert like the experts from Brentwood you can draw on their experience without having to wonder if you’ve missed anything!
Get started
Okay, you got the plans? Great! Looked at all the kitchen inspo you can? Wonderful! It’s time to start ripping out your old kitchen!

Whether you want to get in there with a sledgehammer, or painstakingly remove the fixture and fittings is up to you - Just make sure you have figured all of this out, and thought about how you’re going to dispose of the old kitchen.

Think about cooking
Don’t forget - while you’re renovating your kitchen you’re going to be missing something: a kitchen!

Make sure you’re friendly with your local pizzeria; it helps to have a barbecue or some other kind of safe cooking set up to feed yourself while the renovation is going on.

Install your new kitchen
Time to get the new cupboards, paint, sink, dishwasher, cooker, hob and anything else you could possibly want in your new dream kitchen! Enjoy the process and put up with the sawdust for a bit longer because it’s almost over!
The final flourishes
When you’re putting the lights in and doing the final touch-ups of paint you know things are basically done!

Sit back and enjoy the hard work that your kitchen design company (and you) have done in planning and executing this amazing new kitchen of yours.


Kitchen renovation is one of the most exciting things you can do to improve your home, not to mention one of the most financially clever ways to improve house value, as well.

Have you undertaken a kitchen renovation recently? Or are you planning one? Share your experience or your must haves with us.

Till next time... start planning your dream kitchen!


xox
Rani

About the Author
Rebecca is a writer living in Melbourne with expertise in creating witty, insightful and engaging content. Her articles have been published widely and she is a prolific contributor on social media platforms.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Skip Bin Placement: Renovating, Decluttering or Building

When renovating, building or decluttering, removing construction material, household junk, white goods, old furniture and items that need to be recycled, green waste or office clean-ups, it is always advisable to hire skip bins.

If you live in Brisbane, there is a good chance that you have hired a skip bins Brisbane Southside service at some point of time. It doesn’t matter if you are located in the southside or the north, you would have seen people using them. However, if this is your first time hiring skip bins, you probably have a few questions on your mind. You could be wondering about making the right choice in terms of skip size or you could be concerned about the right placement of skip bins. If the latter is your concern, our guest contributor Albert has a few options on placement of skip bins on your property.

Skip bins on your driveway
You can choose to place the skip bin on your driveway but it depends on two factors: the width of your driveway and the gate. This is relevant as the truck needs to be able to deliver and place the bin without causing any damage to your property. The size of the truck varies from one skip bin provider to the other. Remember to check before going ahead with your preference of skip bin placement.

Place them within your property
It is always advisable to have your skip bins placed within your own property. This way you avoid causing possible disruptions to the neighbours and also secure your bin from being used by someone else. You can ask the professional skip bin providers to suggest the best location where you can place the skip bin or you can look around your property and find the perfect spot.

Keep them in your yard
If there is sufficient space in your yard, you can consider placing the skip bins there. We wouldn’t recommend it if you have the habit of overloading your bins because it will affect your yard health. So do keep that in mind.


Keep them in the garage
In case you want to only dump the green waste, instead of skip bin, you can opt for skip bags and place them in your garage which helps in saving up space. Remember, it is only the green (biodegradable) waste that can be dumped in skip bags.



Place them on the street
In case you are unable to find the right spot within your property, you will need to place the skip bins on the street. In such situations, you will be required to obtain a permit.





These days, hiring a skip bin is common practice. Also, if it is the first time you are availing skip bin services, there is a good chance of confusion especially about the placement of the skip bins. Like we said, placing it within your property is the best option. In cases where it is not possible since sufficient space is not available, you can place them on the street.

Just remember, choose the right service provider, find the right spot for skip bin placement and do not overload your bins. 

Till next time... don't forget to hire a skip bin when renovating or decluttering!
xox
Rani

About the Author
Albert Clamark is a summer-lover and he takes to the beach to whip up his marketing ideas. He is an experienced marketing expert with diverse marketing ideas on how to boost small scale industries in a short span of time. But he is also an avid blogger at heart!