Create unique looks for your indoor greenery

Finding beautiful plants for your home can be fairly straight forward with a visit to your local quality nursery. Finding beautiful pot plant holders on the other hand, can be a challenge. My latest research sums up plant holders that are just as good as your plants.

1. Uashmama washable paper holders - washes and feels like leather but is paper.

2. Terrariums - one of my favourite 'centrepieces' when in between a trip to the florest.

3. Antique stands - I have an antique brass cigarette stand. Perfect for a maiden hair fern. Greenery looks fab when lifted off the ground.

4. Macrame - Know anyone who makes macrame? Crafty pot plant slant greenery to a new perspective, making a house a home.

Top 3 Questions of Bathrooms {Part II}

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Are you renovating or building a new bathroom? Are you stumped? Do you have 'information overload' syndrome!?! I've made a list of key requirements after being asked this popular question:

How do I create a bathroom space that is the WOW of the home?

Blank Canvas

Getting the bones right from the start is crucial. Once the materials and finishes are selected, plan the layout in tiles, borders, niches & recessed cabinets. Take into account the heating, lighting and plumbing as this is very imported at the early stages to save any double handling. Invest in a good tiler. It’s all about the detail. A good tiler will mitre join the tiles in a recess to avoid those icky metal trims.

Break the rules

My style is quite classic, with a mix of quirk. I am a big rule breaker. It’s the unthinkable thrown in, the risk taking that make my clients happy with the overall look. Perhaps break away from the usual, by putting an old tram rack on the wall to hold towels or a coat stand for towel hooks. Think outside the square (or rectangle?).

Lighting

Bedsides the imperative task lighting, consider ambient lighting for relaxing. A beautiful pendant light or wall light can be a strong focal point – like a sculptural art piece. And don’t forget to add a dimmer to the switch!

Accessorize

Show off those beautiful towels, add colour, texture or tone. Display your favourite soaps & scents on a tray. Trays are my ‘go-to’ for keeping objects organised and looking effortlessly styled. If you have a shower curtain, make it a bold statement.

Top 5 Lust List

1. Indoor Plants

Biophilia is the ‘it’ term catching on in the world. It’s an interior design trend that in my opinion will go from strength to strength, thankfully. The term biophilia put simply means ‘love of life or living systems’. Humans have an innate or instinctive affinity with other living systems such as nature. As an increasing amount of us move into apartments, we tend to flock to the parks or create living systems in our inner sanctuary. I’m a big fan of indoor plants, not just for the sense of calmness they bring, but they also cleanse the air. I didn’t know until recently that air pollution levels indoors are almost always higher than outside levels, even in busy city centres! So keep up the greens, I say. I can’t go past the fiddle leaf fig, terrariums, Spanish air plants and a little newbie in my home – a little gem called the string of peas… Pea pods soooo cute that I could eat them!

2. Green Friendly House Paint

Choosing colours is up there with one of my favourite things to do and above all, custom mixing colours, concocting the perfect colour and finish for projects. I played with my own project this week end - sanding and finishing the outdoor setting ready for summer. Success! And I have the added assurance that the paints chosen have less than 0.7% VOC’s. (Volatile Organic Compounds)

3. Bamboo Bed Linen

Did you know that we spend a third of our lives in bed? A good night’s rest is worth the investment of good linen. Bamboo is a renewable plant and when broken down, it’s a natural and hypo allergenic fibre which naturally breathes. Bamboo linen feels like silk and keeps warmth in winter, yet cool in summer.

4. Kester Black Nail Polish

So the segway between nail polish and interior design is this: COLOUR! Not only does the local manufactured Kester Black have the most fabulous hues, they are kindred spirits in my philosophy. They are a vegan non-toxic polish to make you feel warm and fuzzy at just a glance.

5. Scented Soy Candles

Soy candles are made from natural soybeans. With soy based candles, we support our farmers. Soybeans are a renewable source and are non-toxic when they burn. Even when the candles aren’t burning, the smell lingers. When burnt fig and cassis melts, the smell is delightful.

Photo credit goes to: gardenista.com; porterspaints.com.au & kesterblack.com x

Top 3 Questions on Bathrooms {Part I}

Going back a few weeks, I was on the Ask an Expert panel (with KBDI) at the Melbourne Home Show. We discussed the questions that keep renovators and builders stumped. (Pardon the pun) It was interesting to see that the same questions kept on popping up. Most people seem to know what style they like, especially in kitchens & bathrooms, yet scratch their heads at three main issues. So, the first question is:

What is the best way to make a bathroom look & feel more spacious?

Space Planning - If there is a hinged door, swap it over to a cavity slider as the extra space makes a BIG difference. Trade the shower curtain in for a glass screen and think about floating the cabinetry off the floor.

Colour - What colours do you prefer? Do you like depth in a hue or bright white? Obviously, the lighter the colour, the more light will reflect, making the room look more open. Darker colours absorb the light making the room cosy. The best colours to create optical space are the light whites (well, technically white isn’t a colour!) and pastels in the cool spectrum. If the bathroom is south facing, I recommend slightly warmer tones. Be careful not to make the bathroom look too white - like someone has tipped a can of white paint over the room! Contrast and interest is the key.

Light - Is there sufficient natural light from the windows? If not, is the potential to install a sky light? Imagine a glass ceiling / sky light set above a walk in rain shower... Consider recessed lighting and also decorative lighting; like one single clear glass pendant that reflects off the vanity mirror ... two birds - lighting AND a focal point solved!

Lines - Vertical lines play a trick on the eye and make the ceiling appear taller. Tiles look great when they run up the wall, or a tall framed mirror...

Mirrors - They are a gem for reflecting natural light and practical as storage cabinets. Try to incorporate a mirror as large as possible for the space.

Simplicity - Last but not least, keep it simple. Throw out or recycle the clutter and be free!!!

On a personal note, I like to introduce furniture into bathrooms to give the space more character. My bathroom has a little ceramic stool sitting in a nook next to the bathtub. It not only looks good, but is practical. Above the stool is a double hook to hang the daily garb... Happy space planning!

Photo credit goes to: Design Hunter via Pinterest x