Thursday, 30 March 2017

How To Blend Style and Snug In Your Home

Do you often flick through the pages of interior design and home décor magazines, oohing and aahhing over the beautiful, lived-in yet impeccably styled homes? I certainly do! But in reality, is it always possible to blend style and comfort? I have an active 20 month old toddler who is as inquisitive as can be and there are times I find it difficult to keep my home just mess-free! But yes, on the whole, it is possible to create a balance of style and comfort for that lived-in yet stylish look and feel.

Today we have guest contributor Sarah, discussing 5 different ways to get this feeling of comfort and uncomplicated elegance in your home.

If 2016 taught us anything, it would be the power of hygge - the Danish concept of comfort and contentment. This simple concept is all about embracing easy comfort; the warmth of a home in winter, or a hot mug of coffee and the gorgeous scent of a burning candle. Read on to get the how to, without the cost of a trip to Copenhagen in winter - brrrr!

Blanket Solution
There’s no warmer, more useful home decoration than a throw. Throws add an immediate sense of cosiness to a room. They’re also decorative and practical, and available in a range of textures and colours. A throw can transform a simple sofa into an inviting place, or a place that’s just right for spending lazy afternoons curled up to enjoy a gorgeous home décor magazine. Play with colours and textures, and swap throws with seasons to create a fresh look. A divine throw from The Spotted Quoll can elevate a plain, basic room into a space that’s worthy of a magazine page.

Investing In Furniture
Well-made and well-designed furniture can be the bedrock of a stylish home - and also a wise investment. If you make the choice to purchase a piece of investment furniture, think about how it will affect the overall mood of your home, and what this mood conveys to you. Natural textured fabrics like leather and suede are timeless and hard-wearing, but they are also weighty and wintry. Fabrics such as linen and cotton are lightweight and washable, but they’re also flimsy and easily soiled. Decide on the story you want your home to tell - and then purchase your furniture accordingly.

Personal Art & Photos
Perhaps the cheapest and most personalised method for introducing warmth and style into your home is through the addition of art and photos. Many people keep their photos tucked away in boxes, photo albums, or (most commonly) on their computers or phones. The price of photographic printing is now so cheap that it makes sense to use these photos for their intended purpose - a reminder of moments passed.

Select a few choice photos and see how they look groupeda. Once you’re happy with the set up, get them printed in the size you require, and pick up cheap but elegant frames. Think of printing them in black and white to create a striking gallery wall. This is an easy, cheap-as-chips antidote to mass-produced prints and artwork.

A Cup Of Comfort
A different way to blend style and comfort into your home décor is through the use of technology - in particular, kitchen appliances. A coffee machine is a perennial favourite because it can create a cup of soothing, hot coffee in no time at all. Coffee machines are easy to look after, come in a range of styles, budgets and finishes, and best of all, they don’t stop working when the weather is too cold or too hot (or when there’s a public holiday).

Eternal Flame
Nothing says snug quite as effectively as a burning candle. The crackle of a candle as it flickers on a passing breeze is an inexplicable joy to the senses. A lovely touch to any stylish home, candles are now made from many different materials, with popular, sustainable and eco-friendly choices being beeswax and soy candles. They are pleasant smelling, beautiful looking, and they create wonderfully diffused lights and ambience in any room.

Combining these touches of warmth, texture, and well-made furnishings and furniture is a no-fail way to stay chic throughout the seasons. They’re also easily switched and stored as the weather changes and as your mood or personal taste changes, so that your home can be as practical, enticingly comfortable yet as stylish as you'd like all year round.

Do you have any fail safe tips to balance style and comfort in your home? Share with us in the comments below.

Till next time... blend style and snug in your décor!

About the Author
Sarah is a writer, musician and luthier hailing from Melbourne, Australia. After spending the last decade writing for a wealth of magazines, journals, blogs and newspapers, Sarah is still on the lookout for artistic outlets wherever she goes.

7 Tips for Opening a Culture Café

Drinking coffee or catching up at a café with friends is a way of life. A few years ago, a café would have been as simple as a milk bar with a small espresso machine behind the counter, whereas today the cafés are more diverse in their interior design and their food and extremely focused on specialising and differentiating.

A Culture Café is one that celebrates diversity in interior design, menu, customer service and staff. Many different kinds of cafés now exist, and the less generalist a place is, the more popular it seems to become. Running a culture café has become a need for most café owners, which makes it great for cultural diversity. 

Websites like have made it easier for new café owners to make their cafés more diverse, but for that extra bit of help, read on as today we have Damien, our guest contributor discussing seven fundamental tips for opening up a culture café. 

If you’re hoping to draw a niche clientele, then having a design that caters to that crowd is the best way to go about it. As an example, Melbourne, Australia (considered to be the coffee capital of the world) is overrun with cafés and small businesses that are simply oozing with creativity and chic appeal.

With that said, finding a balance between the pleasant and peculiar has never been more pressing than in café design, as the vibe of your caffeinated company is integral to how your clientele will react to it. For the most part, offering your customers calm or muted colours that will allow them to relax while sitting down to a lovely latte, whilst flashy modernism lends itself more towards a fast turnover environment. While neither are necessarily right or wrong, both offer perks and pitfalls that the other will certainly lack.

When designing the interiors of the café think about layout, including bar design and seating plan. Create a vision or mood board and update or edit regularly with pictures of inspiration, ideas and things that you like and those that move you. Make a list of the furniture, crockery, glassware, flatware, appliances, lights and decor accessories that you will need.

Diversify Your Menu
The menu you offer up to your customers can be very dividing, depending on how much you can afford or are willing to provide. Ensuring there are some halal, vegetarian, vegan and kosher options makes for a diverse and interesting menu, but the key factor here is making sure that those dishes are all equally delectable.

Many times a café will fall short on it’s vegetarian or vegan customer-base because the dishes they offer for those dietary requirements are bland or tasteless, and the same can be said for the dishes with religious affiliations. It is imperative for a successful culture café to focus on food - diverse and delicious, made from fresh local produce.

Prior to starting a café, travel to the places you want to emulate. Immersing yourself in the culture of these places is the best way to understand how they work, and unlike performing internet searches, actually being there in the midst of it all allows you to see it, smell it, taste it and fully experience it. The way to accurately and honestly emulate something is to know it through and through, and that can be done best by spending time with or in it. For example, if your dream is to own a café by the sea, then travel to the coast and experience the cafés there, see their interior designs first hand and enjoy their fresh food to get a holistic idea.

Another way to culture your café is to have a rotating specials board to bring something interesting at seasonal intervals. Try updating your specials board once every two or three days, or in accordance with what ingredients you can get at the farmers markets in your local area. If you happen to live by the ocean, fresh seafood - 'catch of the day' can be a great offering for someone looking for something a bit different, and when they return they’re sure to discover something new on your menu.
Look Around
Cast your eye around the surrounding businesses and try to notice what they have and what they lack. Is the street you have built your café on overwhelmingly monotonous? Is it bustling and lively? Is it largely financial and bleak? Whatever the surroundings are, you should strive to make your café stand out from the crowd which will interest and attract new customers.

Advertising is important for any business, so be strategic and reach out to your target market through smart and unique ways. Advertising your café to a diverse group of people will help to bridge gaps between those that otherwise might not have common ground with each other. In this, your café becomes more important than just a business, it becomes a point of connection for people, it becomes a culture!

Hire Selectively
Hiring people who do not support your dream of a culturally diverse café can be highly detrimental to your end goal. Negative mindsets can affect the vibe of a place and needs to be avoided at all costs especially in a culture café. Hire a diverse staff to cater to your culturally rich clientele. 

Culture cafés can often be the most successful of all in the café world, because they highlight the importance of diversity and radiate positivity around accepting other cultures and fundamentally affecting the surrounding communities.

Till next time... I'm off to get a cup of coffee!

About the Author
Damien Tune is a 22-year-old writer from Melbourne, interested in music, technology, animals and travel. He spends his spare time writing music and playing with his dogs.

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 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.

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).

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.

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.

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!


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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!


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!


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!



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.