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!!

Shop the Look

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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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|| 1. Cushion || 2. Vase || 3. Stem || 4.Rug ||

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

Society 6 Compilation

Hey all,

Welcome to the back half of 2021!! Already!!

Today’s entry follows on from my previous ‘Artwork‘ post, because a fair few people have asked me to share some of my favourite artists on Society6. With a huge variety and saturation of affordable wall art online, I thought it would be nice to showcase some stand out sellers that have caught my eye over the years.

I use Society6 wall art a fair bit in the Homebuyers Centre display homes to ensure I meet budget, but still have the home looking full and beautifully presented. It is a fantastic platform to find a wide genre of styles, from abstract line art to still life photography, and everything in between. I personally prefer to purchase the ‘Art Prints‘ and have them framed them later, but framing options are available if you want to take the hassle out of organising it later. The only downside to their ‘Framed Prints‘ are the colour/ profile limitations and (depending on which size you’re after,) the white border does get larger. Overall, I am sure you’ll enjoy this round-up of my favourite Society6 stores and feel free to shop their collections by clicking on the header of each artist below.

AmberTextiles

Full of incredible illustrations and vibrant creations, Amber’s artwork has been a firm fave of mine for a while now. I used the caravan print in Huxley’s nursery and had it professionally framed by Demmer Gallery in Osborne Park. It makes a beautiful feature in an area of his nursery that has a more neutral approach.

CityArt

I love how CityArt has a variety of prints, with a cohesive colour palette. This makes it simpler for me to decorate different areas and know the home will have a harmonious flow.

Dada22

Quirky, fashion, femme type artwork- all of which scream style! Using posters with ‘people’ in them is great way of ensuring that the artwork has a point of difference and the same ‘style’ is not repeated throughout the entire house. I prefer a variety of subject matter eg- florals and botanics, abstract, people, paintings, shape/ geometric and line art, photographic etc.

BriBuckley

I’ve followed Brian’s store for almost a decade!!! When I first started out decorating display homes, I specified some of his illustrations in various children’s bedrooms. It’s great to see how far his career and whimsical creations have come.

Mauikauai

This photographer has so many vibrant, fun coastal prints available. I used the surf board print (below) in the ‘Cali’ Homebuyers display home and it was a beautiful feature in the space- Perfect for a growing child, teen or surf enthusiast.

MiaCharro

I only discovered Mia’s page today but it is full of delicately sweet illustrations that I will be using in the near future. The primary factor that caught my eye was her sketch style, but I quickly fell in love with the palette and drawn texture too. These designs are so versatile and not limited to an age bracket- I would happily use them in both a nursery and tween girl’s room.

KevinRuss

I have followed Kevin’s work for a really long time now. He captures the most beautiful, picturesque sceneries and native wildlife. The moody, forest tones have a comforting masculinity about them, that would make a beautiful statement in a boy’s bedroom or nursery. I also adore the ‘Winter Horse’ series and would specify this as a subtle addition to any living, dining or bedroom.

Nina Stajner

Oh my goodness! Nina’s illustrations are beyond adorable and this is why I love sourcing artwork from platforms like Society6. She only has a few designs available as wall art, but she also prints her creations on wallpaper and decor! Super cute!

Ingrid Beddoes

I have a bunch of Ingrid’s photographs saved in my ‘to use’ folder when the perfect project comes up. The pastel, low contrast tones featured throughout her work, emphasise the dreaminess of the artwork as a whole.

Paul Fuentes

Paul has a really cool Palm Springs style and all of his work is bold, fun and super impactful. I’m in awe of the colour palette and vibrancy in each of his images- they have me reminiscing of summer holidays!

ThingDesign

There are so many cohesively beautiful abstract prints in this store!! The mixture of cool and warm tones work harmoniously together to create tranquil and restful artwork.

That’s a wrap!! I hope you have enjoyed discovering some of my top wall art finds on Society6. I know it can be overwhelming sorting through such a big website, so try using the search bar and looking for specific keywords like ‘Cheetah’ or ‘Nursery’ to help narrow down the selection. If you have seen any other great pages, let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to check them out.

Have a lovely evening,

Tarina x

Everything Artwork

Heyaa,

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well! Perth has just come out of a snap lockdown but it was quite nice to get some writing done- since my last entry was about 10 weeks ago!! Today I’m going to shed some insight into how I plan artwork for a new home or client project. It is one of the most important areas I focus on when decorating the Homebuyers Centre Display Homes and one that I spend a lot of time on. The Homebuyers Centre family know exactly how much effort I put into selecting artwork for an upcoming display and have engaged me to share with you all some of my top tips and favourite suppliers.

From the colour palette, placement and theme, right down to the frame thickness, colour and depth- all of these factors contribute to a cohesive and flowing interior. One thing to mention is that I’m approaching this post from a full home fit-out point of view where the client wants their artwork cohesive. Some clients (and you might be one of them) prefer to hang sentimental or unique pieces in their home, which is always encouraged as well. Those special frames inject personality and individual style to the space and make your house feel more like a home.

Theme

Artwork selections will depend on the brief I am given and the theme/direction we are styling the rest of the home. For example a ‘Coastal’ home will prominently feature palms, sandy shorelines, pampas and other natural flora, water/ocean/ waves, island villas, coral, shells etc… Whereas an ‘Urban’ home would have a more contrasted palette, with a slightly more masculine approach- think dessert dunes, highway roads, recycled brick textures and city-living subjects. If I were selecting a flora artwork for an ‘Urban’ style project I would hunt for cactus, succulents or native artwork, oppose to pretty florals. When a general theme is adhered to, the artwork will create more impact and emphasise your chosen interior style.

Colour palette

I’m very meticulous when it comes to colour palette but that’s just personal preference. There are no set rules! I personally love cohesion, but the ‘interior police’ definitely won’t rock up on your doorstep if you have mismatched artwork. If you have a fairly neutral interior palette, artwork is a great way to inject colour into your surroundings. You can then draw on the featured tones to style your space with complimenting decor and soft furnishings. Once the style, theme and colour palette has been chosen, I open up a blank document on either powerpoint, pages, photoshop (whichever is more convenient at the time) and start pasting images from artwork websites and suppliers. The document looks chaotic and messy, but having all of the potential pieces on one page helps me visualise if the colours work well together. I then start grouping them into rooms and eliminating any that don’t quite fit.

Placement

There are a few guidelines I follow when it comes to selecting and hanging artwork. Again, they’re not strict rules but they might be useful for you to refer back to when factoring in scale, size and placement of new artwork pieces.

Hanging above a console or buffet

  • I like to keep the artwork size within the edges of the furniture piece underneath. They don’t need to line up with the edges, but I generally won’t extend the artwork past the furniture below.
  • If you have a relatively small console or buffet (under 1100mm,) a larger square frame will do the trick nicely. It should fill both the height and width beautifully and not leave too much of a gap between the furniture and bottom of the frame.
  • Statement mirrors also look great above consoles or buffets and this can help break up the rest of the room if you have other artwork in the area.

Hanging in a hallway or on a wall with no furniture / visual obstruction

  • Hallways and walls with no furniture against them can be difficult to dress because you have the full height, from floor to ceiling to factor in. You’re not obviously going to hang artwork at floor or ceiling level but there is a vast area to fill in the middle.
  • On a generous size wall, I prefer to hang two larger portrait pieces of art instead of one landscape piece. I feel that the wall is better filled with the length of a large portrait pair.
  • As an alternative, you could dress the wall with gallery images of your family or various artworks that tie in with your interior and style.
  • A landscape orientation is usually my last preference on a completely empty wall (with no visual obstruction) because often there is too much space left bare underneath the frame. I tend to only use landscape artwork in narrow hallways or if it is really large in scale and can fill both the width and height nicely. Even then, I would save something that big to use as a feature on a dining or living room wall.

Hanging above a headboard

  • I have a personal guideline that I generally stick to when combining artwork, feature walls and pendants in a master bedroom. If the room has pendant lights and a feature wall, I will only use one piece of art above the bed.
  • Either the artwork or feature wall is kept understated and simple, otherwise there are too many features competing in the space.
  • If the bedroom has pendants and no feature wall, I will generally use two pieces of art (see below image,) or one striking piece of artwork to create more substance.
  • If the headboard is higher than 1300mm I will either select a landscape design with less height, or use a feature lining board or wallpaper behind the headboard instead of artwork.
  • Choose a particular colour from within the artwork to feature somewhere in your bedding layers, eg a cushion, throw or sheets. This keeps the room feeling harmonious and well thought out.

Above a sofa

  • I will either use two large portrait artworks as a pair or one (really large) landscape artwork.
  • This decision is usually made up by considering what wall space I have in the surrounding areas and if it is open plan.
  • For example, if I have a dining room wall (that cannot house any furniture against it) I would hang a decent size portrait pair here so the length fills the wall better. Then in the living room I would choose a landscape artwork for above the sofa since the furniture fills a majority of the wall space already.
  • Using a frame colour that compliments your furniture always looks really sleek and bespoke (see images above.)
  • If your posters or prints aren’t quite large enough to make a statement, consider getting your local framer to put a white mount around the edge. If you put a 60mm white mount on a 70x100cm wide poster, this would bump the overall size up to something like 85x115cm wide including the frame (depending on the chosen frame thickness.)

In nurseries or children’s bedrooms

  • Of course your number one concern should be your little love’s safety. You know your child and if you think they would touch artwork or pull items off of shelves, then it is best to have anything ‘hanging’ completely out of reach.
  • Hanging objects can pass as artwork because they add a visual layer without being repetitive. If you have used artwork already in the room but feel like a different area is lacking, try hanging a garland, cute mobile, canopy, a hanging plant, book ledges, some fun wall hooks, an age appropriate mirror, LED wall light, plush animal heads, a woven hall hanging, customised name plaque etc… The list of cute wall decor for children’s interior is endless and an example can be seen in the above and below images.
  • Have fun with colour and use artwork to emphasise your chosen colour palette.
  • Framing for children’s interior can be kept budget friendly because you might change the posters as your child grows and their personality evolves. A few of my go-to retailers for store bought poster frames are Target, Spotlight, Country Road, Ikea and Freedom Furniture. Target have a great timber range at the moment with a white return trim, that looks quite lovely. You can shop the Elena range here.

Budgeting for artwork

It’s no surprise that artwork can add up very quickly, especially if you appreciate original, commissioned or limited edition pieces. When furnishing the Homebuyers Centre WA display homes I take a more conservative approach when buying artwork, but I still allocate enough budget to purchase a few large and feature framed prints.

Start with your most seen walls and lived in areas like the master bedroom, entry, living, dining and theatre. Then work your way down to less visible walls like back hallways, offices, laundries etc. Allocate more funds for high traffic areas and less for the others. Here are my go to stores that sell a beautiful range of prints, posters and framed artworks.

  1. Olive Et Oriel
  2. Art and Framing
  3. Urban Road
  4. Desenio
  5. Greenhouse Interiors
  6. Boho Art and Styling
  7. Norsu Interiors
  8. The Print Emporium
  9. Frisky Deer
  10. Society 6 (for both adult and children’s posters)
  11. Leo and Bella (for children’s posters)
  12. Pretty in Print (for children’s posters)

If you want to stretch your funds further or decorate on a more conservative budget you can purchase printable files from various stores off Etsy and print them locally. Just make sure you read the description and check what the maximum print size is (some are not printable in large formats.) You can be even more savvy by purchasing printable sets, which offer a few coordinated artwork designs for a discounted price. Here are some of my favourite ‘Digital Wall Art’ stores that I have previously purchased from, or saved for future projects.

  1. Nolla Studio– TOP PICK- Soft photographic and abstract artwork
  2. Umaiana– Simplistic and neutral abstracts
  3. LilaXLola– Photographic art and baby animals
  4. Little Folk Printables– Children ‘s art and Landscape prints.
  5. My Dream Wall– Vibrant, fun mid century art
  6. Infintite Noon– Minimal line art.
  7. Baydreem– Photographic art and quotes.

Commissioned or original artworks

These are special and unique pieces because they are one off designs created by talented artists. They will obtain an ‘investment piece’ price tag compared to a printed artwork, but are authentic and one of a kind. A Commission is where you engage the artist to work on a customised artwork with your requests in mind, where an Original artwork is one the artist has created themselves. While it is notable to own an original or commissioned artwork, it is unrealistic for me to budget (even one) into a display home. Instead of shopping for an original, I will check if the desired artist has released a limited edition print of the same design. This is where the artist has had the artwork professionally photographed and a small number prints are available to buy. They are a great alternative if you value artisanship but cannot justify the price of an original or commissioned artwork. I wish I could feature all of the incredible Australian artists I know but that would get crazy long, so here are some of my favourites.

|| 1. Jessie Rigby || 2. Anya Brock || 3. Kate Fisher || 4. Prudence DeMarchi || 5. Adele Naidoo || 6. Tracey Mock || 7. Annie Everingham || 8. Katie Clulow || 9. Tegan Lloyd || 10. Beth Kennedy || 11. Dina Broadhurst || 12. Kimmy Hogan || 13. Jade Fisher || 14. Brent Rosenberg || 15. Sarah Kalidis || 16. Leah Bartholomew

Other handy tips!

  • Canvas prints/paintings are great for areas that have lots of natural light opposite or near where they are hung. This reduces an intense reflection you would get on a framed glass print.
  • If you’re set on a framed glass print, your local framer should have anti-reflective glass as an option. It’s actually very effective at reducing glare and reflections but it is a little pricier than your standard option.
  • When hanging two artworks side by side I usually ask my picture hanger for a 100mm gap. The gap completely depends on the size of the pieces but it’s usually between 80-150mm.
  • Miniature frames still create impact! Even though they’re small the point of difference in size creates a feature within itself, however placement is key! I would avoid hanging a Mini in the middle of a wall… Group it with other elements in the room, for example above a bedside table or next to an occasional chair.
  • Artwork or photo frames can absolutely be displayed on shelves or in cabinetry. It is a great way to bring in a contrasting element and break up the use of decorative items such as books and vases.
  • If you’re struggling with a room having too many pieces of artwork, consider incorporating other objects like a mirror, clock, shelves, wall decor (juju hats, straw or rattan pieces,) greenery or wall planter and woven wool hangings. This avoids using an overload of frames on the wall and introduces other shapes into the space.
  • Try and disperse the type of artwork you have in one area to avoid repetition- photographic/abstract/paintings/mirrors. For example in an open plan living and dining area (where all of the walls are visible at once,) I will plan an abstract painting pair for one space. Then I would select a complimenting photographic artwork for the other wall.
  • If you’re unsure on the size and scale of your artwork, you can use painters tape to mark out the shape directly on your wall. Be careful that you don’t pull your paint off though!
  • Alternatively, if you’re savvy with photo editing software you can always create a mockup of the space. Photograph the empty wall and drop in, then rescale the desired artwork.
  • Make sure you have weight appropriate wall plugs/fixings, especially for mirrors. You also might need to factor in whether your home is a brick or steel/drywall construction.

Well I hope all this artwork info has given you some insight into how I make refined decisions when buying and hanging artwork. Please feel free to ask any other questions below in the comments section. You might actually be able to help me out too… I’m always keen to discover new and talented artists or artwork/print suppliers to use in upcoming projects. If you have a favourite store that I haven’t listed above, please also link it in the comments section and I’ll have a sticky beak! Thanks for reading and we owe a big thank you to Homebuyers Centre WA for allowing me to share all this info with you. Thanks teammm!!

Have a wonderful week,

Tx

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.

WE’RE IN!!!

My first entry for 2021! We have officially moved into our new home and are currently in Covid lockdown for the next 5 days!! What better way to get ontop of organising and unpacking?! Our construction journey went really smoothly and Homebuyers Centre did an outstanding job of sticking to the handover date and providing us with keys the week before Christmas. We had organised for our aggregate to be poured later that week but Paul and I made the decision to postpone it until the new year because it was too hot (and risky) to lay the driveway in 40deg heat. All of that seems a distant memory now that we have been settling into our new home for just over 2 weeks.

With the construction of our new home complete, it’s time to inject some of our own personality into the place with small additions to enhance the overall look and feel of the interior. Since neither of us are handy in the slightest, I organised quotes during the build that allowed us to budget and schedule trades in once key handover took place. In this post I’ll touch base on the areas we have tackled since receiving the keys and how they have created such a visual difference already.

Cabinetry and storage

When working with my design manager on the layout and floorplan of our home, we designed certain areas with bespoke cabinetry in mind. For example, I knew I wanted a custom built office space so we pushed the window down the wall a bit to allow enough depth for cupboards and a desk etc. We also included two nib walls, dividing the study and key drop which allows me (structurally) to have a floating console with drawers between the two walls. This also helps define the two rooms, even though they are flowing on from each other. Then in the games room we pushed the sliding door down again, to allow enough depth for built in storage. I worked on some design sketches throughout the build and took them to my trusty cabinet maker Anthony from Midtown Project. He does all the custom cabinetry for my private clients and he is excellent at what he does. Our study comes off the entry so we had a beautiful 6.3m span of cabinetry built into this area with full height storage cupboards, a two person work zone with two banks of drawers, two curved-edge shelves and a key drop floating unit installed. This study fit out will be used every single day since I work from home, so I can’t wait to enjoy my spacious new workplace.

In the games room we had 4 full height cupboards, two floating shelves and a benchtop installed. This area has already been used SOO much in the two weeks we have lived here and it is home to all of Chet’s lego, cars, craft, toys, games, school work etc. Best investment ever in my eyes! The Archive handles are from Kethy Australia and have been stained (by the cabinet maker) to match Polytec Prime Oak which is slightly darker and less saturated than the original colouring. I made the decision to use smaller storage tubs because they are easier and lighter for Chet to lift in and out by himself. The 10L storage tubs below are from Bunnings and four of these fit perfectly on each shelf. The front opening tubs are kitchen organisers from Kmart. Two of them fit perfectly next to each other on one shelf and are great if you don’t want to take the whole box out. Now I just need to arrange some of those neat, little labels to go on each tub!

Ikea PAX wardrobe

In our contract we had a provisional sum allowance for a custom built wardrobe but when we looked into the Ikea PAX we were happy with the reviews and preferred to put those funds towards other upgrades at Prestart. I designed a simple wardrobe system to fit our space using Ikea’s ‘Pax Planner.’ It consists of 4 half hanging and 1 full hanging area. 10 drawers, 3 larger/deeper drawers and 8 open shelves. Both Paul and I are tall, so this design works for us but it might not be practical for shorter people because the top rail is sitting really high. In our favour, we have enough hanging height now to add a shoe shelf on each side. We organised the installation through Ikea and someone came out on a SUNDAY (super convenient) and built the whole thing/secured it to the walls for $200.00. In comparison to the provisional sum allowance and the total cost of the PAX we saved $3,000 and so far we’re really impressed.

Carpentry

We had Rob from Perth Bespoke Carpentry install VJ panels to our master and guest bedroom feature walls. We used a groove profile on some of our kitchen cabinetry, so I wanted to continue the repetition of line through to the bedrooms as well. There are new, trending styles of lining boards and cladding on the market, but I lived with VJ panels in my last house for over 5 years and never got bored of it so I felt that this was a safe and classic choice for the new home also. Rob was able to cut the sheets perfectly to size, allowing for the GPO points then he got stuck into the skirting boards. The profile we used is a 92mm half splayed skirting board, painted in Aquanamel Lexicon Quarter with a semi gloss finish. The quality and workmanship of the skirting board installation is absolutely beautiful and this small addition has completely transformed our new home.

Bathroom Extras

In our Prestart meeting we removed some of the bathroom accessories like towel rails, to have these installed at a later date. The reason I did this is because our guest bathroom is quite narrow and I preferred to have a few towel hooks installed at a height of my choice, after handover. By having the hooks up higher it made the space feel more usable at waist/hip level. Below are some my favourite towel/robe hooks on the market- Feel free to shop the look.

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Wallpaper

During the build Chet and I started looking into feature wall options for his new bedroom. I was deciding between a feature paint colour or a wallpaper, but Chet was quick to ask for wallpaper. There is something so fun about a great wallpaper in a child’s bedroom, so I was in absolute agreeance. My next task was to find a traditional (not self adhesive) wallpaper that is age appropriate now, but also versatile enough for him to grow with throughout his primary and high school years. I narrowed the selection down to 6 wallpapers from Scandinavian Wallpaper, then got Chet to select his favourite. He actually chose the most perfect wallpaper- Not my #1 but better than the one I had in mind and it suits him to a tee. It’s busy and bold but it also has a sense of softness too (just like his personality- WILD but sensitive.) The lovely ladies (Lollo and Diane) at Scandinavian wallpaper helped me out hugely with customisation of the pattern size/scale etc, then I ordered enough to wrap two walls of Chet’s bedroom. Once it arrived Matthew from MWD Interiors installed the wallpaper to perfection, like he always does. I use both Scandinavian Wallpaper and MWD interiors for feature wallpaper in the Homebuyers Centre display homes so I know that they’re both quality suppliers/trades.

Feature wall painting

We had a painter come out to patch, fill, gap and paint the new VJ panels. I chose a beautiful muted eucalyptus tone from Wattyl called Westerley for the guest bedroom feature, and in our master bedroom we used the same as all of the other internal walls. We are also going to engage Robin to paint the limestone retaining blocks we have on our boundary (below the fence) once our landscaping brickwork is complete. If you’re keen to read up and view some inspirational rooms painted in my favourite subdued green tones, stay tuned in the coming weeks. Or sign up to receive my newsletter when it goes live (it’s next on my ‘to write’ list.)

Upholstery

I know furniture and upholstery can overlap into styling but I thought it was worth mentioning here too. Especially when custom pieces can enhance the overall look and cohesion of your home drastically. We had both of our main lounges upholstered to fit the space because the living and theatre room are both quite long. We also had some ottomans upholstered to fit under cabinetry or coffee tables, in fabrics that will compliment the artwork and colour palette we are wanting to achieve. To weigh up the pros and cons of bespoke upholstery, here are a few pointers to compare.

Pros-
  • Usually locally made.
  • Extended or lifetime warranties depending on the brand.
  • Thousands of fabric or leather options.
  • Ability to shorten, lengthen, deepen, make narrower, fit to a specific measurement.
  • Choice of leg designs.
  • More choice of filling- foam, dacron, feather, a mixture of two etc..
  • Choice of stitching- piped, flanged, standard, twin needle.
  • Usually the seat and back cushions are able to be taken off/washed, instead of being sewn onto the frame (depending on the sofa design you choose.)
Cons-
  • Incurs a lead time.
  • Price usually reflects a quality product.
  • If selecting a different fabric than the displayed model, you might not be able to see an image or demo of how your chosen design will look ahead of purchasing.
  • If selecting a different filling than the displayed model, you might not be able to test out the comfort of how your chosen design will feel ahead of purchasing.
  • Some companies might not ship interstate, or will incur a premium freight charge.
  • Make sure you check access for any (one piece) extra long sofas or headboards. Narrow hallways or low ceilings might prevent the product from easily being delivered in one piece.
  • If you live in an apartment check the lift clearance before ordering something that won’t fit.

Aggregate

We subtracted the driveway and alfresco off of our contract to organise this after handover. My client’s family own Total Concrete so we engaged them to do both our front and back aggregate. We went with a bold choice for the driveway and front path, using a black exposed mix. We absolutely adore the finished product and it works really well with our facade being majority white, grey and timber. Out the back we used a white mix with grey and greenish stones throughout and I love that it doesn’t throw any cream or beige tones. They’re both Limecrete mixes- Black Pepper (dark,) Travertine (light,) poured by Total Concrete.

Next on our list

At the moment I’m not overly worried about ‘finishing our home’ or styling each room. These little additions are helping add our own personality and style to the beautiful shell it already was and it’s great to see my visions slowly taking shape. On the top of my interior shopping list are feature lighting and rugs, but this week is all about the exterior with our landscaping commencing (pending Covid lockdown restrictions.) Our reclaimed bricks were delivered last week and the concrete footings were poured for the front and back planter boxes, as well as the letterbox. You can read about our landscaping plans below along with some other entries focusing on our building process with Homebuyers Centre.

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 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… Continue reading →

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… Continue reading →

If you have any questions regarding the additions I’ve mentioned here in this entry, please feel free to comment below and I’ll reply with an answer. Have a lovely week ahead and for everyone in Western Australia, stay safe and positive!

Tarina x

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.