14 Bathroom Design Mistakes to Avoid

Bathrooms are generally the second most expensive room (after the kitchen) to build or makeover. Whether you are renovating or building, here are fourteen mistakes I have seen in bathroom design to avoid: Clinical tiles While we want our bathrooms to be practical, we also want to avoid making them look like what you might…

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The Art of Dining

A simple, elegant table setting.

Dining together is an under-rated activity today. Sitting around a beautifully set dining table, sharing a meal together should be a regular activity but sadly it seems to have almost vanished from our lives. This is not to say that every day can be a fine dining day, but here are some suggestions as to…

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How to use the 60/30/10 rule in decorating

Victorian Terrace House, East Melbourne

Would you like to be more adventurous with colour in your home but you aren’t sure how to start? One tried and tested approach is the ‘three colour rule” also called the 60-30-10 rule after the approximate percentages of each colour. In this scheme, one base colour dominates – let’s call it your hero colour.…

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Can you over-restore a home?

Victorian Terrace House, East Melbourne

If you are renovating an older home it is important to remember what attracted it to you in the first place. It’s definitely possible to ‘over-restore’ a home just as a conservator can make a painting look too new by overpainting and varnishing to remove all signs of age. Ideally you retain the best features,…

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