Decorating small homes!

Hey everyone!!

This year I have completed a number of beautiful display homes for Homebuyers Centre that are built on narrow blocks of land. I must say it has completely inspired me, seeing how much can be done on limited land, without compromising on design or features. Compact living is becoming increasingly popular and with so many of you building, buying and renovating your own properties at the moment, I thought it would be a lovely idea to share some of my top tips to maximise space and decorate small spaces confidently. Here goes!

Sheer Curtains

Sheer curtains create a soft, dreamy aesthetic to all homes, especially when installed in a light coloured fabric. They not only help filter the sunlight, but disperse it in a subtle way throughout the room, in comparison to blinds and shutters. Sheer curtains can also help make the room appear larger when a few key pointers are factored in.

  • Have the track installed as high as possible, even if the window is not full height. If you have a cornice, wall-mount the track straight underneath it, and if you have shadow line ceilings then you can ceiling mount the track. By hanging the sheer curtains as high as possible, you create the illusion of an elevated ceiling and more spacious area.
  • Run the track further than the window itself, so when you draw the curtains completely back, the full view outside is visible. This emphasises the scale of a window and it appears larger.
  • If you require a blockout aspect for privacy, select a block-out roller blind over a block-out curtain. Reason being- the roller blind is much more slimline and fits within the window sill, whereas the block-out curtain eats more into the room and will require a double track to then also hang the sheers on.
  • Try to avoid having excess fabric and draping at floor level. In smaller homes we want to make the area feel more accessible and this will be achieved by having a sleek drop with either a serger stitch or weighted hem (that skims floor level.)

My go to (light coloured) sheer curtain fabrics are:

  • Crisp White- Warwick Corfu Snow
  • Ivory- Warwick Corfu Moonlight
  • Light Beige- Warwick Burano Vanilla
  • Light Grey- Nettex Cannes Cloud
The Blinds Gallery is my preferred supplier of window treatments including S-Wave Sheer Curtains and tracks.

Furniture

You want to try and keep your furniture selections sleek, fuss free and cohesive so that the whole space works harmoniously together. Here are some of my top tips to ensure you choose the most appropriate furniture for your small home.

  • An overall light, airy palette will ensure your home feels fresh and spacious.
  • Keep storage in the forefront of your mind. For example, instead of selecting a console table, try opting for a narrow buffet to allow for more closed-door storage.
  • Furniture like sofas, coffee tables, bedside tables etc that have legs (and are elevated off of the floor) will create the illusion of more space.
  • A thinner arm on your sofa will maximise seating.
  • Elongated seat and back cushions on your sofa won’t look as busy and chaotic as smaller width ones. For example both of the below sofas are 3 seat designs, but the second option looks much neater.
  • You might not have room for a modular or chaise sofa design, but you can utilise a round ottoman nestled under your coffee table as a foot rest for when you want to kick your feet up and enjoy a movie.
  • Avoid solid, chunky coffee tables unless they have a useful function, like extra storage. These round coffee tables from Life Interiors are a great way to maximise hidden storage in your home!!
  • Alternatively, coffee tables that allow you to nest a side table and/or ottoman are really handy as well. By grouping these pieces together, you’re freeing up floorspace and have three usable surfaces to utilise when needed.
  • A dining table with slim, tapered legs or a pedestal base will allow for more dining chairs without crowding.
  • Try to avoid a dining chair design that has any sort of armrest element, as these require more room to seat the same amount of people.
  • If your bedroom can house a bed-end-ottoman, one with a storage component would be ideal to store extra linen, towels and seasonal clothes in. If space is limited and you can’t comfortably fit one in, then you can always look into a gas lift bed which allows for plenty of storage between the floor and mattress (inside the bedframe.) The ‘Reno’ design below is available at Forty Winks and was featured on The Block by Ronnie and Georgia.

Artwork and Decor

  • A large, statement artwork is going to create a focal point within a room and be a deterrence from limited space.
  • Wallpaper can be a great alternative to artwork. Choose a calming, soft wallpaper to create a master bedroom sanctuary, or a stronger pattern to inject a bolder feature.
  • The use of vertical linear repetition in the form of wallpaper, artwork, tiles or lining boards will draw your eye upwards towards the ceiling and emphasise height, rather than the lack of width.
  • Artwork featuring greenery like palms, florals, forest or desert scapes will add life into your home without needing as much in decor. Save space by ditching the large potted trees inside and instead utilise surfaces (kitchen/dining/living/shelves) to display a delicate arrangement of flora and plants.
  • Less is more when it comes to styling a smaller home. Minimal decor will speak volumes and keep the area feeling clutter free. For example, instead of styling both an entertainment unit and coffee table in the same room, I would choose to style the entertainment unit (on one side) and then keep the coffee table bare, or opt for a low stack of books.
  • Wall Shelves are a fantastic way to create interest on your walls without repeating artwork. Decorate with personal items, family photos, cascading plants or a stack of books and the wall will look not only full spatially, but full of personality too. You can shop the above 190cm Ikea one here.
  • Wall hooks provide a great option for storage without taking up extra floor space. Utilise a number of hooks in your entry to create a useable and beautiful drop zone. You can shop the below button hooks from Freedom here as a set of 3.
  • Utilise smaller/pokier walls in children’s bedrooms (like the side of a sliding robe wall) to display books on, if you have door swing clearance. This allows you to decorate larger walls with artwork and the ledge won’t protrude into a walkway. You can even select a few books with covers that coordinate with the rest of your child’s bedroom, to enhance a cohesive colour palette or interior theme. You can shop these affordable book ledges (below) for $9.50 each from Ikea.

Lighting

If you’re in the design phase of building or renovating a compact home, add in more lighting than you think you will need, especially if you’re building boundary to boundary and have limited windows to let natural sunlight in. If your home is already built, here are a few ways to enhance the ambience and lighting in multiple ways.

  • Pendant Lights in a master bedroom are great because they allow for more usable surface space on your bedside tables, and they also make a beautiful feature in the room. Opt for one that evenly disperses light like an opal bulb or glass shade. You might find that a rattan or wire one will cast too many busy shadows in a small area and leave you feeling overwhelmed, instead of calm.
  • If you do require a lamp, touch sensitive ones are particularly handy in bedrooms because you won’t need to fumble around for the on/off switch behind a bedside table. You can find a wide range of touch lamps at beacon or by clicking here.
  • Alternatively, you can look into smart lighting products. Bunnings or Ikea sell wireless bulbs that pair with the appropriate gateway/app using bluetooth and wifi connectivity.
  • Large mirrors will bounce around the natural sunlight available and can instantly brighten a dark wall. They also help emphasise the scale of a room by using reflection, making the area seem larger than it is.
  • Floor lamps with multi/directional heads will light an area (or multiple areas) all from the one light source. They can be placed in the corner of a room to fill an empty space, and light an otherwise dull corner. Here are some my favourite multi-directional floor lamps.
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  • Make sure you don’t obstruct any natural light source with bulky furniture pieces. Same goes for landscaping… Make sure you don’t plant any large trees in front of windows that will restrict sunlight. If you have an already established home with larger plants limiting your light source- it might be time to redo some of your landscaping in order to maximise sunlight and warmth inside.
  • Lastly, if you’re wanting to install a patio or covered structure to act as an alfresco, it would be a great idea to look into transparent roof cover options so that you’re not shading any more windows or sliding doors.

Narrow Lots and Home Designs

For anyone considering downsizing or building a smaller home, I wanted to showcase two of my recently completed projects built on narrow blocks, that have completely blown my mind. The cleverly designed Homebuyers Centre layouts, inclusions and use of space is appealing to not only singles and couples, but small families as well. The thought of bonding within a more homely, comforting environment is really appealing to me and if it means less area to clean- well sign me up nowwww!

The Axton is a 6m wide two-storey design, which is perfect for narrow blocks. The floor plan is super versatile allowing you to choose either 2x living areas or 4x bedrooms. There is also a convenient study nook in the open plan kitchen/dining/living area, which makes compact living so achievable! Lastly to secure this as one of my favourite floor plans- the ensuite has a double vanity and double shower, so when paired with the light-filled master bedroom and WIR, the overall space feels like a complete sanctuary. View the Axton here.

The second of my favourite narrow lot designs is the Berkeley which is a 10.5m wide single storey design. Oh my goodness! If you’re an entertainer- THIS home is for you!!! Sporting a 7.2m long kitchen at the rear of the home, with scullery and servery window opening up onto the alfresco- the Berkeley makes compact living sooo enticing. There is also a bright, light-filled open plan living/dining/kitchen, separate study space, theatre and (again) features a double vanity and double shower in your ensuite! Everything you need to live comfortably, under one cosy roof. View the Berkeley here.

I hope this advice has inspired and made you feel more confident in styling small spaces. If you have any questions or want to read other tips and tricks, feel free to scroll through my other website entries. There is an abundance of great content for likeminded interior enthusiasts that I’m sure you’ll love (I’ve linked some recent posts below.) Have a lovely week everyone and stay warmmmmmm.

Cosy hugs,

Tx

Welcome to the Pembrooke

Hey everyone!! Today I am going to be sharing with you the brand-spanking-new ‘Pembrooke’ Homebuyers Centre Display Home that I recently completed. It is such a beautiful family home and the floor plan has been cleverly designed to make the most out of every space. From the L shaped kitchen with coffee station, double door… Continue reading →

AW22 Seasonal Styling

Hello, helloooo! It’s been a while since my last update but I am always SO excited about seasonal styling and we have now officially crossed over into Autumn! Yay!! This AW22 I have teamed up with Cockburn Gateway to bring you some incredible and affordable home decor finds, that ooze sophistication without completely breaking the… Continue reading →

Make It Sparkle

Hey everyone. How is it October and a month into Spring already?! That means we moved into our new home almost 9 months ago- Crazy! I remember unpacking box, after box and making a conscious decision to Spring clean regularly, ensuring the house is kept looking fresh, clutter free and manageable. I feel much calmer… Continue reading →

Homebuyers Centre WA has kindly sponsored this blog entry, based on my experience as their Interior decorator. All thoughts, design work, styling and written content are my own.

Welcome to the Pembrooke

Hey everyone!!

Today I am going to be sharing with you the brand-spanking-new ‘Pembrooke’ Homebuyers Centre Display Home that I recently completed. It is such a beautiful family home and the floor plan has been cleverly designed to make the most out of every space. From the L shaped kitchen with coffee station, double door pantry, alfresco access from both the living and games room, spacious ensuite with dual showers and vanities, right down to the laundry having it’s own walk-in linen space – the potential and opportunity to create your dream home is made simple with this all-rounder home design.

The style we wanted to achieve in the ‘Pembrooke’ is an Urban Australian fit out with sleek, modern furniture and an earthy accent colour palette. Think subdued sage green tones, spiced tan and amber hues with a high contrast of black and white selections. I love the overall look and feel of this home and have already had so many questions about the artwork and furniture, so I’ve decided to do a brief directory for you to easily shop the look at home!!! If you’d like to visit the ‘Pembrooke’ in person (or even take a virtual tour) you can click here to view the opening hours, address and digital walk through.

Artwork

The artwork featured throughout the ‘Pembrooke‘ display home needed to heavily reflect an Australiana theme without being repetitive. I didn’t want too many native plants, or too many animals as subject matter, so I set out to achieve a wide variety of art that could translate into an Australiana style when paired with the rest of the furniture and decor selections. There are some photographic prints, a few abstract, a good mix of framed prints and stretched canvases, a couple of paintings (including an indigenous art piece,) and I’ve also included the main kid’s bedroom selections as well. Feel free to shop the look and rest assured knowing that these artworks will all compliment each other and the Urban Australian style seamlessly.

Designer Tip-

Before purchasing feature artwork, think about where it is going to hang. If the piece is near or opposite a large window, you might want to consider a canvas print over a glass framed artwork to minimise harsh reflections.

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Furniture

Onto furniture now, and I wanted to avoid a stereotypical country-take on Australiana. Instead, I opted for a more modern approach, with high contrast selections and sleek, open-weave rattan materials. I focused on finding furniture items to achieve the earthy colour palette which emphasises the theme and (like the artwork point above) runs fluently through each area of the home. Below are some of the key pieces featured in the ‘Pembrooke‘ display home that I think you will love. You can easily shop the look by clicking the relevant links and voila, you’ll be taken directly to the store website.

Designer Tip-

Use repetition in materials and finishes to ensure a cohesive and fluent interior. You might notice the consistent use of open rattan weave and sleek black trims featured throughout the ‘Pembrooke’ display home.

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Feature Paint and Wallpaper

I chose a selection of soft sage paint colours and wallpapers to emphasise the Australiana interior style in the ‘Pembrooke’ display. We painted the main games room wall in Wattyl Deep Sleep and continued that same colour onto the overhead section of the kitchen. This makes a nice contrast against the white cabinetry and a lovely feature since the glass splashback is clean and sleek (without texture.) The Master main wall is painted in Taubmans Grey Heron and this is a beautiful deeper sage tone- perfect for a calming, restful bedroom. Both kid’s bedroom wallpapers are transitional so they can remain age appropriate as the child grows older and adapts their own personality.

|| 1. Taubmans Grey Heron || 2. Wattyl Deep Sleep || 3. These Walls Directional Eucalypt || 4. Australiana Fairy Tale Powder Blue ||

Designer Tip-

Don’t be afraid to experiment with paint. It is one of the easiest ways to achieve an affordable feature, and can really pack a punch. It can also easily be changed without too much fuss down the track if you want a fresh, new look.

Adding Warmth

One of the easiest ways to inject colour, including warmth, is through the use of homewares and artwork. Think vases, vessels, books, cushions, linen, candles, foliage, plates and tableware. The possibilities are endless! If you’d like to cleverly purchase homewares- choose a neutral accent colour like ‘tan’ because this hue works beautifully with cool, warm and monochrome colour palettes. They also tie back any timber tones you have throughout the home and inject a layer of warmth, which is particularly great if you have a concrete, or grey tiled floor. Below are some of my favourite tan/amber/spice decor finds, along with shoppable links.

Designer Tip-

Foliage can also act as a pop of warmth in your home styling. Magnolia leaves have a beautiful burgundy/brown underside and dried florals like cotton, berry stems, gumnuts and king protea all display brown tones when preserved.
|| Candle || Foliage || Cushion || Vases || Sheets || Tableware || Mouse Pad || Pattern Vase || Book ||

I have attached the floor plan of the beautiful 4×2 ‘Pembrooke’ display below, so you can piece all these images together and make sense of how each area flows onto the next. I find this really helps when visualising scale and shopping for your own home, alternatively you can take the virtual tour here. If something has caught your eye in the home images (and I haven’t linked it) please leave a comment below and I’ll reply with supplier details. Homebuyers Centre make it super easy for their clients to have a fun, enjoyable building journey, including engaging me to share all these fabulous products with you all. If you are wanting to achieve an Urban Australian style interior (or just love the look,) I hope found this post helpful, insightful and inspirational!

Have a beautiful evening everyone,

Tx


4×2 Pembrooke Floorplan

Homebuyers Centre WA has kindly sponsored this blog entry, based on my experience as their Interior decorator. All thoughts, design work, styling and written content are my own.

AW22 Seasonal Styling

Hello, helloooo!

It’s been a while since my last update but I am always SO excited about seasonal styling and we have now officially crossed over into Autumn! Yay!! This AW22 I have teamed up with Cockburn Gateway to bring you some incredible and affordable home decor finds, that ooze sophistication without completely breaking the bank. Think warm, sandy beige hues with a subtle grounding of deep spice, tan and chocolate tones. I am absolutely loving this earthy colour palette and even more that the featured products are all super accessible under the one roof at Cockburn Gateway. You’ll find plenty of on-trend Autumn/Winter homewares in some of their leading retailers like Adairs, Kmart, Big W, Frankii, TLC Collective and Bed Bath N Table. I have shopped up a storm this week to share an abundance of cosy, seasonal inspiration below, that I hope you all adore.

LEFT IMAGE || Throw || Cushion || RIGHT IMAGE || Vase || Planter || Vegan Leather Coasters ||

Before we dive straight in, it’s also great to think about longevity, sustainability and what products will be easily styled all year round. Some of the current interior trends below, will be heavily featured throughout AW22, but will remain strong design elements heading into SS23 and the forseeable future.

  • Curves and soft edges- They help create a calm, tranquil setting and are being used in all aspects of interior, furniture and home decor design.
  • Warm neutrals Creamy beige hues continue to be prominent going into Autumn/Winter, especially when paired with tonal, earthy accents. Think chocolate, burgundy, spice, mustard, tan and camel as feature colours to decorate with.
  • Textured upholstery- The use of chunky, woven textiles and raw, natural fibres help emphasise the feeling of cosiness and warmth. Boucle and shearling upholstery fabrics will continue to be extremely popular with most leading retailers releasing their own spin on textured furnishings this AW22.
  • Fluting and ribbed surfaces- The repetition of line continues to be a firm favourite among designers and interior enthusiasts. Most commonly seen in furniture and glass design, this trend is going to stick around well into 2023 and years to come. If you’re taking a budget friendly approach, there are some elegant looking vases and decorative accessories around with fluted textures, that will be sure to add a high end look to your home.
  • Mixed timbers- When curated carefully, the collaboration of dark and light wood paired together, look simply divine (and oh-so-sophisticated!!) If you’re wanting inspiration on how to effectively and harmoniously use dark/light timbers together, trying googling or searching ‘Japandi Interior‘ on Pinterest.
LEFT IMAGE || Caramel Dinnerware || Napkins || Beads || Bowls || Vase || RIGHT IMAGE || Throw || Cushion ||

The Caramel glazed dinnerware range from Kmart was one of my favourite finds on the shopping trip. The colour is beautifully vibrant and the price point is really budget friendly (bowls starting at $3each.) Online has limited stock, but there were plenty in-store when I visited earlier this week! STYLING TIP: Try layering a few plates and bowls on your dining table with various organic, textures to emphasise interest and warmth in your styling this AW22. Add fresh foliage to keep the space feeling calm and inviting- the greenery will add a coolness among the earthy, rich palette.

LEFT IMAGE || Linen Cushion || Pattern Cushion || RIGHT IMAGE || Candle Holders || White Vase || Face Plate, Candles, Book and Beads ||

TLC Collective is a great giftware store that stocks a tonne of neat, little decor trinkets. It’s become one of my top stores to visit when purchasing for client projects and display homes- especially if I have a coastal or boho brief. The website is fairly limited but the store has such a charm about it and you will find so many hidden treasures!! STYLING TIP: Using candles in your styled grouping will emphasise a calm, tranquil setting- even when it’s not lit. There are some unique and intricate designs around with an array of hues that will suit your chosen colour palette… just make sure they’re always on a tray, or in a holder/hurricane (like above) to avoid any wax on your furniture.

I was so inspired by my AW22 shopping trip that I really wanted to put together a couple more looks for you all using product from retailers within the Cockburn Gateway complex. There is a GREAT mix of budget-friendly items in my concepts below, and I have also carefully curated these looks based on my trend forecast dot-points above… Expect to see some soft curves, fluting, warm neutrals, textured upholstery and mixed timbers, in various design forms to suit both conservative and mid-range budgets.

|| 1. Floor Lamp $49.00 || 2. Occasional Chair $699.00 || 3. Chocolate Throw $69.95 || 4. Faux Fur Cushion $49.95 || 5. Acacia Dip Bowls $8.00 || 6. Tufted Cushion $13.00 || 7. Boucle Cushion $16.00|| 8. Cream Throw $69.95 || 9. Ceramic Vase $16.00 || 10. Tan Pouf $25.00 || 11. White Vase $3.50 || 12. Glass Vase $15.00 || 13. Foliage Stems $9.00 || 14. Amber Glass Vase $16.00 || 15. Storage Cabinet $125.00 || 16. Rug $129.00 || 17. Round Mirror $40.00 ||

I opted to specify Adairs furniture in the below look because I believe the quality is going to be worth the extra money. Big W and Kmart also sell (basically) the same two products but the fabric quality was a noticeable difference to me when viewing them in both person. If you can nab the Adairs furniture in one of their epic sales, then I would recommend doing so to guarantee a decent lifespan and minimise easy wear and tear. STYLING TIP: Factor in the accent trims of your decor. Notice how the bedside table handle, lamp rod and clock hands are similar in tone? This helps ensure a harmonious setting is met, that flows nicely in each area of your interior.

|| 1. Faux Foliage $14.99 || 2. Planter $19.95 || 3. Storage Stool $249.99 || 4. Spice Vase $24.95 || 5. Table Lamp $35.00 || 6. Velvet Cushion $39.99 || 7. Round Cushion $8.50 || 8. Wave Cushion $69.99 || 9. Lumbar Cushion $69.99 || 10. Clock $10.00 || 11. Bedside Table $399.99 || 12. Headboard $699.99 || 13. Sheets (affordable alternative) $35.00 || 14. Quilt Cover $189.99 || 15. Rug $69.00 ||

That’s a wrap guys! I hope you loved this round up as much as I did and have been inspired to inject some autumnal tones into your interior styling this AW22. Don’t be afraid to introduce textural layers in order to help elevate the look of comfort and warmth in your home- we want cosy settings for when the cold weather approaches!! Let me know if you have any questions and please feel free to drop a comment below if you value this kind of content.

Have a fab week,

T x

JLL Cockburn Gateway – AW22 – (c) Daniel Carson | http://www.dcimages.org

Cockburn Gateway has kindly sponsored this blog entry. All thoughts, design work, styling and written content are my own. All Images are copyright © and must not be used without my permission and written consent.

Make It Sparkle

Hey everyone.

How is it October and a month into Spring already?! That means we moved into our new home almost 9 months ago- Crazy! I remember unpacking box, after box and making a conscious decision to Spring clean regularly, ensuring the house is kept looking fresh, clutter free and manageable. I feel much calmer when our surroundings are tidy, so it is crucial for me to maintain organisation and household chores (especially) when working from home, to ensure my mind is clear and focused. My second family over at Homebuyers Centre WA have asked me to chat about my favourite spring cleaning products/ cannot-live-without-items, organisation tips and some simple ways to get your home feeling fabulous for less… Yes, less- because we have even managed to get our hands on some exclusive discounts from 10 awesome brands that I love and use in my own home- you can view them all at the bottom of this post.

Maintenance is key.

I’d be fibbing if I told you our home is perfectly curated and magazine worthy everyday. It’s certainly not- but it is kept fairly tidy and we all try to pack away/clean up after ourselves throughout the day. Getting into the mentality of, “it literally takes two seconds,” stops clutter building up and chores feel way more manageable because they’re not made into mammoth tasks. When it comes to larger cleans (like spring cleaning) I break down the duties into specific areas and tackle them over a few different weekends. This means I still get to enjoy the majority of my weekend with family and I only have to dig out the cleaning products targeting the related areas I’m working on. The same principle applies for landscaping and exterior!! When I notice a little weed sprouting or some dry leaf litter floating around, I’ll make sure they’re pulled out/picked up promptly so that the chore doesn’t manifest over time.

Organise and simplify.

One key aspect that helps me maintain a clean home is having everyone know where possessions belong. This is especially helpful for children who are primary school age and above. Knowing where their toys, clothes and belongings are, eliminates a tornado of mess when they are trying to locate something specific. Clearly label storage tubs and group together similar items- eg cars, lego, technology, crafts… then the same with clothing- shorts, pants, tees, long sleeve. You can also rotate your seasonal clothes by packing away bulky, winter garments that you won’t wear throughout summer. I relocate ours and put them in the wardrobe of our spare bedroom, but if you’re limited on space you could try vacuum bagging some items and temporarily storing them in your linen cupboard. This frees up a lot of space in our main wardrobes and the whole area feels less cluttered.

Bedside Tables- Satara Living, Wardrobe System- Ikea PAX

The Cull.

Go from room- to-room and ruthlessly recycle, donate or appropriately throw away any possessions that are no longer being used/eaten/worn/played with. Don’t stop at your wardrobes either, consider culling old makeup, skincare products and expired medications in your vanities (Children’s panadol, nurofen and spare sunscreen tubes are notorious for expiring in my household.) Also take a look at your current bath/hand/face towels and consider donating any spares to your local women’s refuge or animal shelter. Same goes for linen, bedding and cushions. You might be overdue for new pillow inserts, fresh sheets or a summer quilt so bag it up and donate anything you no longer require. Then (if required) you can replenish and treat yourself using the discount code provided further down #winning

Storage.

This category could easily fall underneath the ‘organise’ umbrella, but I think ‘storage’ deserves it’s own mention as well. Often we focus on elaborate storage systems and custom-built units to impressively store belongings, forgetting that nifty hacks can also make the world of difference to de-clutter your home. One handy idea that I utilise in our home, is that we each have a bamboo basket which contains our day-to-day hygiene/beauty regime products- this is particularly convenient if your bathroom vanity has doors instead of drawers. You can easily take the items in and out (all at once,) which leaves your cupboards organised and your bench space tidy. They’re super affordable and are also stackable which is another awesome space saving pro!!

Bespoke joinery is beautiful, but this option is simply not obtainable for everyone. Thankfully, there are so many furniture pieces with great storage solutions on the market. In my opinion, Ikea is the retail leader when shopping for affordable and readily available storage units like wardrobes, drawers, entertainment units, bookcases and wall storage cabinets. My favourite systems to consider are the BESTÅ, PAX, KOPPANG, ALEX and EKET. There are hundreds of online hacks around to personalise these ranges but they have also just released new colour/material/profile options for some of the BESTÅ systems and they look NEAT!!! See below.

Buffets, console tables and blanket boxes are also lovely furniture options, if you want additional hidden storage. By placing a blanket box or storage ottoman at the foot of your bed, it can enhance the overall room aesthetic, as well as provide a convenient storage option in your bedroom. Utilise it to fold away a clean set of bed linen and towels in, so they are easily accessible when wanting a fresh towel or swapping over sheets on washing day. Here are 3 on-trend styles, currently available (and ready to ship) from Adairs.

|| 1. Norway Snow Boucle || 2. Burleigh Natural || 3. Francis Sand Velvet  ||

Enhance the ambience.

Create an atmosphere that relaxes you. No doubt after a good spring clean, your home will be smelling fresh but here are a few more ways to enhance tranquility in your surroundings.

  • Draw back your curtains.
  • Open your windows and let some fresh air in.
  • Use natural cleaning agents with aromatic scents, especially on your surfaces and floors.
  • Light a new candle or burn an incense stick.
  • Flip over a few reeds of your fragrance diffuser.
  • Buy yourself a bouquet of fresh flowers or gather some foliage from your garden.
  • Turn on some of your favourite tunes.
  • Cleanse and charge your crystals if required.
  • Put a wrapped bar of soap or a fresh fragrance sachet in your chest of drawers.
  • Water and fertilise your indoor plants.
  • Frame a new family portrait.

All of these small suggestions will help your home feel more inviting, more homely and more enjoyable.

My top home maintenance and spring cleaning products.

I have rounded up my favourite 12 products that help me maintain and keep our home looking tidy throughout the year. None of them are sponsored, so you can expect an honest review based on my personal use and their performance. A few stores have offered my community a discount, but this is purely because myself and Homebuyers Centre WA have reached out to the brand and obtained a discount code based off my love for their products. Enjoy!

  1. ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI Robot Vacuum– I cannot live without this little creature! It vacuums and mops (although I primarily use it for vacuuming,) has a nifty mapping function, carpet detection and so many other great functions. It has been the best investment/purchase I have made this year. ||Click Here||
  2. Bissell SpotClean Carpet Cleaner- In all honesty I thought this machine would blow my mind. It’s good but I wouldn’t say incredible… It still cements itself as a ‘must-have’ because I believe if our furniture were a bit older and more worn, I would see better results. What I can recommend being amazing, is the next Bissell product. ||Click Here||
  3. Bissell Tough Stain Pre-Cleaner– THIS little bottle of magic, is amazing! It mentions being a Pre-cleaner, but on the marks I have treated, this solution completely cleaned them off my sofas without having to use the (above) machine itself. Super convenient to have on hand for any unexpected stains that appear. ||Click Here||
  4. Koh Microfibre Cloths (4 Pack)– These microfibre cloths are great quality and they get the job done! The white polishing cloth (for mirrors and glass) is excellent and it’s the only product that leaves my glass streak-free. ||Click Here||
  5. Koala Eco Natural Multi-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner– I first received this solution as a handover gift from HBC when we received our keys and now I’m absolutely hooked. The fragrance is divine, it’s both biodegradable and eco-friendly, plus the formula is completely plant-based. 20% off storewide when using OHEIGHTOHNINE at the checkout. ||Click Here||
  6. Bondi Wash Non-Toxic Floor Wash- This floor wash smells amazing (loveee the citrus fragrance,) and it doesn’t leave your floor sticky or with a filmy residue. It is highly concentrated so the bottle goes a long way it’s safe to use on all floor types- hardwood, engineered timber, vinyl, hybrid, tiles, laminate etc… 20% off storewide when using OHEIGHTOHNINE at the checkout. ||Click Here||
  7. Chux Magic Eraser Spot Cleaner– These little gems are really handy for spot cleaning scuffs off walls and skirting boards. Try a small, isolated wall area first because it works/dries differently on certain paint finishes. They’re magic though- just like the name implies! ||Click Here||
  8. Philips Fabric Shaver– This is a recent purchase of mine but holy moly… I’m already addicted and am amazed at how my upholstery and clothes have been transformed!! ||Click Here||
  9. BÄSTIS Lint Roller– Yessss, the sticky lint roller is essential if you own a pet or simply want to keep fabrics dust/fibre/lint/hair-free. I use mine mostly on the sofas, headboards, ottomans and our clothing because it collects our dog’s fur that the vacuum can sometimes miss. ||Click Here||
  10. Selley’s Rapid Mould Killer– Okay so this product is definitely not natural and it’s quite strong, BUT it’s the only product I am satisfied with for effectively cleaning showers and grout. It’s not so much needed in our current home (because everything is new) but in my previous homes it has worked an absolute treat so I have continued to use it here as well!! || Click Here ||
  11. Koh Spray Mop– To be honest I think the actual mop itself is pretty on par with other brands, howeverrrr, the pads are what seals the deal for me. The green one is particularly good because it has some sort of interwoven, rubbery material among the rest of the fabric. I have no idea what it is called (lol,) but there is a noticeable grip and it definitely cleans my floor better than pads that just glide over the surface… Oh and the bundle is currently 55% off for anyone interested. || Click Here ||
  12. Bamboo Stackable Basket– I mentioned these above in my little vanity life hack, but they can be used anywhere in the home to organise items and save space in your pantry, study, laundry cupboards, nursery etc… 15% off storewide when using OHEIGHTOHNINE at the checkout.|| Click Here ||

Exclusive offers.

Whether you’re about to start an intense clean, or need to replenish a few items- the below 10 stores have you covered for all your cleaning, interior and organisation needs. Scroll through to see what discounts are on offer and enter OHEIGHTOHNINE at the checkout of each store for the full month of October. Valid until 31st October 2021, 23:59 AEST.

Discount code: OHEIGHTOHNINE

PRETTY LITTLE DESIGNS

15% off storewide- including sale items || Shop Now ||

KOALA ECO

20% off storewide ** excluding bundles and subscriptions. || Shop Now ||

LOOM TOWELS

10% off storewide ** excluding sets. || Shop Now ||

HOUSE OF WELLINGTON

15% off storewide || Shop Now ||

BONDI WASH

20% off Bondi Wash products ** excludes subscription boxes and cannot be used with any other discount code. || Shop Now ||

THE COVER COLLECTIVE

25% off storewide ** excluding sale and bundles, laundry and cushions. || Shop Now ||

LITTLE LABEL CO

10% off storewide **excluding new arrivals. || Shop Now ||

LOOM TOWELS

10% off storewide ** excluding sets. || Shop Now ||

WHITE BEACH CO

15% off storewide || Shop Now ||

MISS APRIL TOWELS

15% off storewide || Shop Now ||

I feel like this topic and post could go on forever because there are so many great hacks around to help you maintain a clean, functional home. Just remember, it’s okay to let things get out of hand a little at times (life gets busy) but if you’re feeling overwhelmed with some of the cluttered areas in your home, a good spring clean always boosts my mood and mind once complete… so it’s worth a try right?! If you have any ‘must have’ products or tips that your really love, feel free to comment below and share them with me and other readers.

Have a lovely October everyone!!

T x

Ps: How big is my little man now? Fully reaching his own wall hooks, like a grown teenager *sniff*

Homebuyers Centre WA has kindly sponsored this blog entry, based on my experience as their decorator and our own building journey. All thoughts, design work, styling and written content are my own.

Homebuyers Centre WA Turns 30!

I mean it’s a milestone and an accomplishment within itself- 30 years of making first homes happen, and building over 30,000 of them in that time frame!! I feel like I’ve become part of the family at Homebuyers Centre WA – trusting them to build two of my own homes, and also decorating their Display Homes for almost 4 years (gee whizz that has flown by!)

To celebrate HBC are giving back to their community this month with a bunch of giveaways happening on their social media platforms. In addition, I thought it would be a great idea (especially for those who have terrible luck winning competitions) to bring you an exclusive sale featuring over 30 AMAZING stores, each with exclusive sales on offer! Use HBHOMEBUYERS at the checkout, for the full month of August and the relevant discount will be applied to your cart. Scroll through the below list to view all the stores and discounts available (some even include sale items- Whoop!)

HBHOMEBUYERS

Valid for the month of August (ending 11:59pm AEST 31st August 2021.) **Some sale exclusions apply (listed below.)

Happy 30th Birthday team!! Here’s to another successful 30+ years of building magical, new home journeys x

  1. 3 Little Crowns– 15% off 3LittleCrowns Vegan leather range. –Baby ||Shop here||

2. Adele Naidoo– 30% off full print range. –Artwork ||Shop here||

3. Art and Framing Co– 25% off prints including artist range ** excludes the following artists JAI VASICEK, Emily ABAY, Greg Natale, Paul Blackmore, Brett Goldsmith, DANIELLEX, Studio Ellwood and Bonnie Gray. –Artwork ||Shop here||

4. Al.ive Body– 15% off storewide ** excludes sale and bundle items. Not to be used with any other promotional offer and standard shipping policy applies. –Hand and Body ||Shop here||

5. Bambury– 20% off storewide ** excludes clearance items. Code cannot be used with other discount codes. –Linen, bedding, cushions, throws||Shop here||

6. Boho Art and Styling– 15% off prints and wallpaper ** excluding already discounted items and pairs. –Artwork and wallpaper ||Shop here||

7. Decor Avenue– 15% off storewide ** excludes books and already reduced items. –Home Decor ||Shop here||

8. Floral State– 10% off all orders. -Fresh and preserved flowers ||Shop here||

9. Frisky Deer– 20% off Decorative, Tableware, Planters and Vases, Art In Stock, Cushions, Candles, Ornaments, Faux Flowers and Furniture. ** excludes reduced clearance items and not to be used in conjunction with any other sale promotions. –Home Decor ||Shop here||

10. Granite Lane– 15% off locally made sofas and beds. –Custom Upholstery ||Shop here||

11. Hides of Excellence– 10% off storewide. –Textiles ||Shop here||

12. Jen Sievers Art– 20% off Open and Limited Edition Prints – Artwork ||Shop here||

13. Jessie Rigby– 20% off all canvas prints. –Artwork ||Shop here||

14. Leo and Bella– 20% off storewide ** excludes sale items and following furniture brands- Banwood, Babyletto, Charlie Crane and Oeuf. – Kids and Home Decor ||Shop here||

15. Life Interiors– 10% off selected brands, including sale ** excludes the following brands Armadillo, Ethnicraft, Sarah Ellison, Bonnie & Neil, Slim Aarons, Ubabub, Leander, Quax, Troll, and House of Slim. –Furniture and Homewares ||Shop here||

16. Little Peach and Pip– 15% off storewide. –Kids art and cushions ||Shop here||

17. Marla and Co– 15% off storewide. –Kids Decor ||Shop here||

18. Minnie and Me Interiors– 20% off Luxe Width Wallpaper –Wallpaper ||Shop here||

19. Mulberry Threads– 15% off online store products. –Linen ||Shop here||

20. Oh Happy Home– 15% off and free delivery over $150 –Rugs and decor ||Shop here||

21. Onyx and Smoke– 20% off storewide ** excludes headboards, feather inserts and lockers. –Upholstery and cushions ||Shop here||

22. Olive Et Oriel– 20% off storewide ** excludes sale items and bundles. –Artwork ||Shop here||

23. Pretty Little Designs– 15% off storewide –Organisation ||Shop here||

24. Raja Homewares– 15% off storewide. –Rattan furniture and homewares ||Shop here||

25. RJ Living– 15% off storewide. –Furniture and Homewares ||Shop here||

26. Rugs of Beauty– 20% storewide. –Rugs ||Shop here||

27. Sage and Sea candles– 20% off storewide. –Candles ||Shop here||

28. Scandinavian Wallpaper and Decor– 15% off storewide ** Discount needs to be applied to invoice upon ordering, rather than entering the promotional code. –Wallpaper ||Shop here||

29. Sea Tribe– 20% off cushions and throw. –Textiles ||Shop here||

30. Snuggle Hunny Kids– 10% off storewide. –Baby swaddles, wraps, blankets, clothing, accessories. ||Shop here||

31. The Cover Collective– 25% off storewide ** excluding bundles, laundry and cushions. –Linen ||Shop here||

32. The Design Edit– 15% off storewide –Furniture and Homewares ||Shop here||

33. Urban Road– 20% off storewide ** excluding already reduced items. –Artwork and wallpaper ||Shop here||

34. White Beach Co– 15% off storewide. –Candles and preserved flowers ||Shop here||

35. Zanui– 10% off storewide including sale **excludes shipping –Furniture and Homewares ||Shop here||

36. Zenn Design– 10% off storewide. –Custom Upholstery and cushions ||Shop here||

Winter Home Decorating Ideas

Hey everyone.

I’m currently writing this post with a hot water bottle covering my lap, wearing about 4 layers of clothing. Coincidently the topic of my blog entry today is ‘Winter home decor,’ and sharing my favourite ways to make your home feel instantly cosier. I was recently asked by Homebuyers Centre to explain how texture, ambience and colour can effect the overall warmth and feel of a space. Home decorating can become expensive if you re-style seasonally but rest assured, the pieces I am going to show you are staples you will love getting out year-after-year, during the cooler months. I’ll be sharing some really handy styling tips along with some of my favourite products so you can easily shop the look. Then over on my IGTV you can watch how I have restyled the ‘Capri’ master bedroom making simple and affordable decor changes to demonstrate all of the above. This could be my favourite post yet, I hope you enjoy it too!

Layering

This is a styling essential! I use layers all the time to create comfy, cosy beds. By adding an extra blanket or throw to your bedding, you instantly create a more inviting place to rest. Additional layers= additional warmth… just like my clothing right now! How do I keep the bed looking cohesive with 3 (or sometimes even 4) layers? I break each layer down and make sure it relates back to another accent in it’s surroundings. Eg Euros match the quilt cover, 1 set of standard pillowcases match the sheets, the other set of standard pillowcases match the coverlet, then the addition throw or blanket ties back with a particular cushion, artwork or feature colour within the room.

Layering also applies to any lounging areas you use regularly. In winter, most people prefer to stay indoors to escape the miserable weather, so styling your sofas, reading nooks or occasional chairs with a deliciously soft throw or tactile cushion will add extra comfort and visual delight. Here are some of my favourite throws at the moment. It’s quite clear I’m absolutely loving earthy, buttery, warm tones right now!!

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Full inserts

Plump inserts in quilts and cushions are another great way to add extra warmth in your home. Feather or wool filled quilts have a beautiful full, fluffy appearance and often look much cosier than thinner, flat inserts. The down or wool products will incur a higher price tag because they’re a natural fibre, however, there are some great polyester ‘high loft’ quilts around that look perfectly lavish for winter. Adairs is a great store to shop for inserts, because they accomodate for both luxury and more affordable budgets.

Feather filled is my ‘insert preference’ for scatter cushions and standard sizes can be purchased at various retailers like H+M, Spotlight, Potterybarn, Adairs and Ikea. FF inserts don’t permanently loose their shape (because you can fluff them back up) and they are more mouldable than polyester/dacron filled cushions. This means you can achieve a slouchy relaxed looking cushion, or a more tailored ‘chop.’

Texture

Texture is a really important design element to consider when decorating a space, especially in the cooler months. Texture emphasises warmth and creates a point of interest. Too much texture can appear busy to the eye, whereas not enough will leave the area feeling cold and flat. Even though texture is defined more-so as the tactile quality of a surface, it can absolutely be ‘felt’ through an image- without physically touching the surface itself. This is important to note if you are styling a property to sell, or operate a home inspo account on social media because you want your audience/buyers to feel visually invited into a homely setting.

Soft, plush materials are great for winter styling, so think shags, sheepskin, velvet, faux fur, boucle, chunky knits, woollen and woven textiles. As a general design guideline, I try to place the textured elements away from each other, so the overall space feels balanced and cohesive. Some of my favourite textured finds are below.

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Ambience

The use of lighting within your home can drastically increase the cosiness of your surroundings. Most homes have some form of downlight to all main areas but by decorating with an opulent feature lamp or floor lamp and using the dim light from this source, you can emphasise the ambience in a particular area. Dimmable lamps are great and so are designs with an oversized opal bulb as the main light source. Don’t forget to ask for a warm or natural globe, rather than a stark/cool globe. Below are some table lamps that have caught my eye over the past few months.

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Candles also create a beautiful, romantic ambience when lit and there are some incredible products on the market, which double as styling decor. Gone are the days where candles only came in a jar or bowl. Within the past couple of years (and hugely trending now) are candle styles with projection and ribbing, ball and soft shape curves, femme and unique vessel designs, PLUS a wide range of coloured wax choices. There’s honestly a candle (and scent) for everyone’s liking- Check out Norsu for an extensive range.

PIC CREDIT: NORSU INTERIORS

Colour

Colour can emphasise whether a space feels warm or cold, especially in Winter. Overcast skies and the lack of sunlight will automatically make your home feel darker and duller, but the introduction of warmer tones (and texture) will help make your home feel pleasantly snug. If you gravitate naturally towards cooler tones like blues, greens, greys etc, and don’t want to change out your decor to a warmer colour, try adding an element of warmth alongside (or layered with) the cooler palette. Creamy neutrals like linen/sand, beige, ivory, caramel, fawn, taupe or tan will work beautifully alongside blues, greens or greys and keep the space feeling cosy. Colour can be dispersed through the styling of artwork, cushions, vases, vessels or candles, throws, rugs, upholstery, bedding, feature paint or even wallpaper. Foliage and florals are another area you can experiment with colour and there are plenty of faux cream/brown toned stems available to purchase, as well as dried or preserved arrangements. This doesn’t mean you need to swap out your greenery, in exchange for the above. It simply suggests you can use it as a point of difference or feature, especially if it helps tie in other blocks of colour around the room.

Some other ‘Winter Warming’ points worth mentioning:

  • Shop for some new plush bathroom towels and invest in a couple of matching bath mats.
  • I’ve heard great things about outdoor fire pits and how it is a lovely social and family bonding way to spend cooler evenings.
  • If you’re in need of a new area/ floor rug, try shopping for a loop pile wool rug or something with a bit of texture. This will not only be soft under foot in winter, but versatile throughout summer as well.
  • Take a look at flannelette sheets if you’re wanting a toasty night sleep. ‘Cotton flannelette’ is amazing at retaining body heat and although the cotton fibres are soft and fluffy, they’re also very breathable. See below for my round up of top flannelette sheets.
  • Changing out artwork can be affordable if you shop around for posters or printable designs.
  • Make sure your indoor plants are still getting enough natural sunlight. I know a few of mine are looking a little worse for wear. Oopsie!

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Well that’s it for me today!! If you’ve enjoyed these tips and product round-ups, there are plenty more to browse through below. Another big shout out to Homebuyers Centre WA for kindly sponsoring this post and allowing me to share all this valuable information with you. As always, all design work, styling, ideas and written content are my own. Hit me up in the comments section if there is a styling topic you’d like me to cover next.

Have a fab evening everyone,

T x