Pre-Construction Journey

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I thought I would start documenting our new home and the building process so far because it has been an absolute whirlwind, but in such a great way. With all the grants currently available for new home builders, my hope is that others might find this post useful or insightful (especially in regards to pre construction.) Firstly, I just want to clarify that none of our home or selections are sponsored/commissioned. When I mention brands, suppliers, trades and consultants below in this entry- it purely comes from a place of gratitude. I’ll start from the beginning and back date a bit, so I can shed some light on the timeline and how everything has progressed smoothly through the pre construction stage.

We put down a deposit on a titled block of land in January and settled on that in Feb (meaning we had formal approval from the bank and all the paperwork was signed.) The block isn’t overly big but we liked that it is in a private estate, close to where Chet goes to school, that there are local shops established and a large park being built one street away. The fact that it was already titled was appealing too, because we knew there would be no council hold ups once we found a builder/ home design. We started looking at display homes gathering ideas of what we liked and disliked, in regards to layout, finishes, inclusions etc… All we really knew is that our frontage was 15m and we didn’t want to spend a mammoth amount either. We just wanted a comfortable, classic home that looks great, without the boutique price tag.

To avoid disappointment, one of the best things you can do when visiting a display home is ask the sales rep for an ‘As Displayed Price.’ This will give you an idea of what the builder’s base price is in comparison to what they have upgraded in the display home. Some of the display homes we looked at, had upgrades of over $200K more than the base price, so in reality an average family would never be able to achieve the look being shown.  

linebreakFacadelinebreakAfter searching for weeks and weeks we signed up to build with Homebuyers Centre and started customising the floor plan to suit our wants and needs. We felt comfortable and have confidence in the HBC team because I built my last home through them 10 years ago and only sold it only 6 months ago. I had no issues with the property… and that says a lot about their precision because at the time WA was in a huge construction boom. I also am the interior decorator for HBC so I know the brand really well and have always been astounded by the site managers attention to detail. I know I can trust them to build us another home we’ll love.

Our sales rep Jess was an absolute superstar- she was friendly, efficient, helpful and so patient with our requests. We decided we wanted a single story build with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a larger garage (acting as a store room,) key drop, study area, theatre, living, dining, games room/ activity, kitchen, laundry, large alfresco etc… Jess liaised with the drafting team who did an amazing job making changes and we are beyond happy with the working drawings. When we settled on the floorplan, elevations and overall design we signed the Preliminary Works Contract and Contract Plans, then our broker started the home loan process. linebreakceilinglinebreakRegardless of who you sign up to build with, some upgrades you might want to consider adding into your PWC if they are not already included are:

  • Raised, recessed, raked or skillion ceilings
  • Internal painting
  • Full height tiling
  • Aggregate 
  • Extra cabinetry or wardrobe fitouts
  • Oversized island bench (Stone should already be included these days.)
  • Ducted reverse cycle air con
  • Solar Panels
  • Stone benchtops to wet areas (laundry, bathroom, ensuite.)

linebreakWe didn’t have to pay any extra for the bottom three points because they were already included as a promotion, as well as 30c ceilings. One thing I took out of the contract was window coverings. I can get this done when we move in and get a feel for the space. Before removing your own to receive a credit on your contract, take into consideration that window coverings are definitely not cheap- especially if you want quality sheer curtains or plantation shutters.linebreaks32Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 8.28.07 amlinebreakLots of smaller upgrades like handles, undermount sinks, extra GPO points, additional down lights etc will generally be done at Prestart. I can’t speak on behalf of all builders but you can ask your sales rep if you are allowed to put a provisional sum in your contract to go towards Prestart. This means it will be financed in your home loan.

To be honest, the finance part took slightly longer than I thought it would (understandably) because we applied for a home loan with a major bank in April which was during a global pandemic. In saying that, our broker (Peak Finance) made the whole process really straightforward. They communicated directly with the bank and builder on our behalf and kept us in the loop the whole time.

In hindsight, it was a blessing to have a little more time up our sleeve! While waiting for formal approval, we needed to start the selection phase which meant visiting the tile supplier (Crosby Tiles) and flooring supplier (Trevors,) both in Osborne Park. Ebony and Antoni from Crosby Tiles were innnnncredible! They were so, so patient and accommodating- Who would have thought doing my own interior selections would be 100 times harder than doing my clients? Nonetheless, I finally decided on tiles that are simple and classic. I know I’ll love them for a long time and that they won’t date badly either.

Then onto flooring- We chose a textured loop, wool carpet in a mid grey colour for the theatre and bedrooms. I did like the light coloured carpet in my last home but it was not practical for a young family with inside pets. For the rest of the home, we chose luxury vinyl plank flooring in a washed blackbutt tone. I also visited the Polytec and Hafele showroom to look at colours of hardware and laminates. I went there purely to view larger samples of the laminates to get a better grasp on the grain in a larger format. Another helpful tool was navigating around the Polytec website and looking at the ‘projects and gallery’ links.linebreakProcessed with VSCO with hb2 presetlinebreakNow that our flooring and tile selection forms were complete, we were ready for Prestart!! Homebuyers sent us a link to our own personal portal where we could choose some of our selections online ahead of the meeting. I thought that was great because it gave Paul and I a chance to discuss upgrades and pricing together, rather than in front of another person. We pre-filled a fair bit and then met with Althea on Thursday this week for the scheduled prestart meeting- what an absolute saint this woman is! Things we upgraded were tapware, cabinetry handles, mixers, sinks, internal doors and door handles, extra GPO points, extra lighting, changed some doors to drawers in the kitchen, a third TV Data Point, wall mounted all our tv’s and a few other things specifically related to our floorplan.

My go-to light (warm) grey internal paint colour is Taubmans Barely Beige 1/4 strength and a nice light (cooler) grey is Solver Cape Horn in full or 1/2 strength. Internal doors, door frames and ceilings are always painted in Wattyl White.

linebreakCockburn2Pictured above is Solver Cape Horn Full StrengthlinebreakI feel like a huge weight is lifted off my shoulders now that prestart is complete, our building permit has been approved and all the paperwork is signed. Our site manager Mike is an absolute legend- I’ve worked alongside him on a display home in Southern River and he’s already expressed his excitement about the project. We can’t wait to watch the construction phase of our new home take shape over the coming months. Bring on the slab. YAY!

I won’t really be posting our selections online until the end but for anyone who is new to building and wanting some inspiration- I have put a few basic ‘concepts’ together below. *Please note* Many of these might not be classified as ‘builders standard’ ranges- they’re purely an array of selections I have accumulated as possibilities for our home or displays. Remember ‘the look’ can always be achieved for less as long as the colours and tones stay cohesive. If you have any questions about our building process so far please feel free to comment here or contact me directly.

Have a fab week!

T x

linebreaks1linebreak Finger tile (feature)- Haifu White Gloss Mosaic- Crosby Tiles

Grey tile (pressed edge floor tile)- Jakarta White- Crosby Tiles

White matt tile- (pressed edge wall tile)- Matt White 201x403mm- Crosby Tiles

Stone benchtop- Pure White- Caesarstone

Cupboard 1- Polar White Matt- Polytec

Cupboard 2- Natural Oak Matt- (also available in other textures)- Polytec

Carpet- Foss ‘Dorset’- Cavalier Bremworth

Top feature paint- Deep Sleep- Wattyl 

Bottom feature paint- Westerly- Wattyl 

My personal preference in hardware/tapware for this scheme would be either stainless, nickel or chrome. The pressed edge can be changed out to something similar in a rectified tile, however I wanted to show something budget friendly that still looks beautiful. The whites featured above are on the cooler, brighter side.linebreaks3linebreakTerrazzo look tile (feature floor tile)- Stacatto Mist- Crosby Tiles

White subway- 300x100mm- Crosby Tiles

Stone bench tops- Cloudburst Concrete- Caesarstone

Cupboard 1- Bespoke Woodmatt- Polytec

Cupboard 2- Polar White Matt- Polytec

Carpet- Green square ‘740 Winter Solstice’- Godfrey Hirst

Warm Grey tile (outdoor/indoor)- Prime Stone Silver- Tile Boutique

The 400x80mm Stacatto tile would look really lovely laid in a herringbone pattern on the floor as a feature. There are square and rectangle formats available too, but it is rectified so you will need to consult your builder first to see if these can be laid. The greys featured above have a warm undertone so brushed brass hardware/ tapware would work really well with these selections.linebreaks4linebreakFloor tile (feature)- Oxford Black 200x200mm- Crosby Tiles

Grey wall tile (pressed edge)- Jakarta White- Crosby Tiles

Stone bench tops- Intense White- Caesarstone

Cupboard 1- Prime oak woodmatt- Polytec

Cupboard 2- Black woodmatt- Polytec

Basins- Ivory concrete- Nood Co

Carpet- Salisbury ‘Monument’- Feltex

This concept has a more contrasting palette with an urban design. The feature tile would create an impact on either the floor or shower wall if using black cabinetry to tie in a vast area of dark tiling. Brushed gunmetal or matt black tapware/ hardware would look great against the lighter grey walls.linebreaks2linebreakMini herringbone (feature)- White Edge Mosaic-  Crosby Tiles

Floor tile- Portofino White Rectified 300x600mm- Crosby Tiles

Stone bench tops- Snow- Caesarstone

Cupboard 1- Classic White Matt- Polytec

Cupboard 2- Casentino Beech Woodmatt- Polytec

Handles- Recessed Leather Pulls ‘Classic Grey’- Made Measure

Carpet- Foss ‘High Cross’- Cavalier Bremworth

All of the white selections in this scheme are on the creamier side which will work beautifully with a warmer palette. Rose gold or brass tapware/hardware would be my personal preference to keep a cohesive tone throughout the home.linebreak

Aura Boy’s Room

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Today I’m thrilled to show you some more images of this vibrant boy’s room I created for Homebuyers Centre in their new Aura Display Home, located at 68 Muriel Court, Cockburn Central. I absolutely adore this room and thoroughly enjoyed designing, then bringing it to life. In this entry, you can read a little more about the process as I explain some of my design choices and product selections. You can also easily recreate this look at home with the linked ‘Shop the Look’ section below. linebreakpalette2linebreakMy starting point for this space was the ‘Fractile’ wallpaper mural. It was the foundation of my design and the room’s colour palette is drawn from the earthy green, ochre and sand tones featured in the wallpaper. When I found it on Scandinavian Wallpaper and Decor’s website, I immediately asked Lollo (nicely of course) to customise the measurements for me. Once we confirmed and made the order, I began choosing artwork and linen to compliment the space and work back with the mural.

For the main bedding I chose the Ivy Vintage Wash Quilt from Adairs and paired it back with a simple white/linen pinstripe sheet combo. I then used a variety of different size cushions, with mixed textures and earthy tones to position on the bed. The texture helps create a warm, cosy feel and the chosen colours give the room harmony because they are cohesive throughout the space with other elements, like the art and decor.linebreak1linebreak

Aside from ‘colour’ the other two main elements of design I focused on were the emphasis on line and shape.

The use of a rough, illustrated line is repeated throughout areas of the room like the wallpaper, rug, sheets and artwork. I then also used a circle/ round shape multiple times, for example in the rug, cushions, ottoman, wall hooks etc. By emphasising these elements through repetition, it ensures the room is balanced and not visually overwhelming.

I hope you all like this room as much as I do! Please feel free to shop the look below, or if you’re located in Perth you can check out the Aura Display Home in person- details here.

Much Love, T ♡

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Paint- Solver ‘Cape Horn’

Carpet- Trevors Carpets ‘Conandale Colour 930- Grey Drift’

Sheers- The Blinds Gallery ‘Warwick Corfu Moonlight’

Please Note- If something is linked to the main store (rather than the direct product) it means they are out of stock online but it’s always worth calling your local store to double check their stock levels. The headboard can be custom made through me. The side stool and the ottoman were sourced through a furniture supplier so unfortunately I don’t have links for those two items, sorry.linebreak5All images are the property of Tarina Lyell T/A Oh Eight Oh Nine and must not be used or published in any way without written consent.linebreak

Magical Village Nursery Reveal

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I hope you’re all well and enjoying the festive season so far! Today I want to share a beautiful nursery that I recently completed in the new Homebuyers Centre ‘Vienna’ Display Home. As most of you know, I love to incorporate a few affordable products into my designs so I can spend more on features within the room that will create an impact. I’ll run through some of my selections and explain why I have chosen these pieces as part of this sweet nursery space.

I usually try to save the most money on furniture pieces in nurseries and children’s bedrooms. This is because, in reality as children grow we accomodate their needs and purchase larger/ more appropriate furniture over the years. Our babies outgrow their cots, change tables, rocking chairs, toddler beds, even single beds. So with this in mind, I always try to make budget friendly choices, that are still practical and functional for the client.linebreak5linebreakThe Koppang 3 Drawer Chest from Ikea ($199.00) is a great option if you’re looking for an affordable change table that can also be used as a dresser. The height (I find) is way more practical to change a baby’s clothes/nappy than the Hemnes Dresser , however the Koppang only comes in the 90cm size. I then shopped online for some cute handles that would compliment the rest of the room and make their own unique feature within the space. I purchased these Oak and White ‘Wok’ knobs here ($14.00 each.)

If you do purchase the Koppang Chest as a change table you will need to buy a slimmer change pad. I got the Homebuyers Centre one here and it fits really well for both the width and depth measurements. Another plus is that you can use a bassinet sheet as the cover! This gives you more variety when shopping because I find change pad styles quite limiting. Please Note- I know a lot of people use the mat resting on their change table or chest, however, it is always strongly recommended that you secure it to the unit to prevent any slipping.linebreak4linebreakThe next product I was going to write about is the Hayden Cot from Pottery Barn Kids but it’s sold out, sorry! Never mind, I will show you some other designs that are nice, neutral and budget friendly!! Don’t get me wrong either- I love a branded cot (like Oeuf, Babyletto or Ubabub) but sometimes budget does not permit and that’s when I start hunting for something just as appealing- without the higher price tag. Below are 6 great cot options that won’t break the bank- All coming in at under $500.00 each!linebreakCotsUnder500.jpglinebreakshopthelook|| 1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5 || 6 ||linebreakWhile on the topic of bedding, if you’re not too fussy, you can pick up a brand new cot mattress for under $90.00. I personally have never bought an expensive mattress for Chet and he slept through the night consistently from 3 weeks old. Even now he has a single size mattress from Amart Furniture and we’ve had no issues with it. Check these two links from Kmart ($89.00) and BigW ($90.00) for an affordable cot mattress- Just double check your measurements before purchasing.linebreak6linebreakNow to shelves! I’m pretty sure the MELLÖSA picture ledge are a fairly new Ikea design (to Perth anyway) because I only just discovered them a few months back!! They make a great, affordable book shelf, look super sleek and in comparison to other acrylic designs on the market- are a fraction of the price ($16.00 each.) Some other budget friendly purchases in this nursery are the Ottoman from Spotlight ($110.00,) Canopy from Adairs ($99.00) and Throw from Kmart ($12.00.)

With all these small savings, I was able to purchase the gorgeous Maison Village wallpaper mural from Scandinavian Wallpaper. It’s beyond amazing and even more magical in person. It is a feature within itself and I feel like it is a design that will easily adapt as your child grows. I also allocated a bit of extra money to use some ‘Shop Small’ decor items like the Plush Toys from Spinkie, the Bear Head from Leo and Bella and the Hot Air Balloon Pendant Light from The Little Interior.linebreak2.pnglinebreak3linebreakIf you’ve come across any great money savings ideas or affordable products for children’s bedrooms/ nurseries, please feel free to add them below in the comments section. I, and many others would love to read all about it 🙂

If you’d like to walk through the ‘Vienna’ Display Home in person, it can be located at 16 Quartz Road, Treeby, Perth. More details including opening times can be found on the Homebuyers Centre website.

Much love,

T xx

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Sheer curtains are from The Blinds Gallery – Fabric – Warwick Corfu Moonlight

Carpet – Trevors – Victoria Carpets Elmview 51 1403 Murry Grey

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Shop the Skater Look

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Good evening everyone!

I recently completed this fun, skate inspired bedroom for Homebuyers Centre WA and I’m so happy with the way it turned out. I have compiled a list of the supplier details and created a ‘shop the look’ section below with clickable links for anyone wanting to source items from this vibrant boy’s room.  You can also check out this space in person at the new ‘Ascend’  display home in Banksia Grove (address and details here.)

In the coming weeks I will write a separate blog entry on designing fun-filled kid’s bedrooms and how to style with colour. It will be quite informative and full of handy tips, so stay tuned.

Have a lovely week!

T x

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Sheer Curtains- The Blinds Gallery in ‘Warwick Sicily Slate’ fabric

Paint Colour- Taubmans ‘Barely Beige’ 1/4 strength

Carpet- Victoria Carpets ‘Everest Mirage’

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The best coastal art prints

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Recently I have been uploading snippets of a new coastal display home I completed in March and a recurring question I keep getting asked is, “where is the art from?” Last night, I compiled a list of prints that I purchased for the home, including easy shopping links so you can steal the look and easily find the supplier details. Most of the artwork is available in various sizes and framing options are also available.

Below are a few tips I follow when buying artwork to ensure they are all consistent with the theme of the home.

I order all my prints unframed and get them framed up by George at Demmer Gallery in Osborne Park. This keeps the shipping cost down because to get a framed print shipped to Perth is much more expensive, purely because of the weight. I also buy some ready made poster frames from Spotlight for prints going in ‘non-feature’ areas of the home.

One of the most important things I consider when buying art is if the colours and tones all work well together. So for example, in this home I wanted soft, muted blues and natural tones, with an exception of the boy’s bedroom. If you purchase a few posters from one photographer or one store, you’ll notice a lot of their post production, presets and filters are the same so the colours are always quite similar… This is great if you want to use two prints side-by-side.

I buy a lot of landscape artwork because I like to put prints in the bathroom, ensuite, laundry and hallways. They fill the wall space better and create visual interest in areas that are sometimes left bare. If there is a large wall to hang artwork on, I will always look for a matching pair of portrait prints. I find having two large portraits, fills the wall better than one large landscape… unless it’s above a sofa or bed etc!

Well they’re my top three tips for purchasing artwork and ensuring you keep a consistent flow throughout the home. Feel free to shop the featured coastal prints by clicking on the corresponding numbers below.

Take care,

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Styling a monochrome bedroom.

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I can’t believe it’s Feb already and this is my first post for the year! I’ve been a bit slack on blog entries lately, but I had lots of questions on my feed last night about products used in the master bedroom of the ‘Odelle’ Homebuyers Centre display home. I honestly don’t mind replying to each and every question asked, but it does consume quite a lot time after hours, so hopefully you guys don’t mind me whacking all the information in one ‘shop the look’ post.

If you’re stopping by to read more about the design process and composition of this bedroom, feel free to scroll further down. I will share some basic tips on styling a monochrome space and explain the choices I made to ensure the room still has visual impact.

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The grey scatter cushion was purchased from The Furniture Gallery and the headboard was custom made to fit the length of the ensemble and bedsides. If you’re in Perth, I’m more than happy to get an upholstery price quoted up for you based on your measurements.

The paint colour is Solver Floral White in quarter strength || Carpet is Cavalier Bremworth Foss Dorset CBC757-227 || Sheer Curtain fabric is Bali Nettex Pearl ||

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If you love the monochrome look and want to create an inviting bedroom, try applying some of the below tips.

  1. Use timber accents to create warmth. Adding oak alongside the grey, black and white tones will soften the space and make it feel more inviting.
  2. Use enough timber to create harmony. For example, if you split the main image into thirds I’ve used the warmth of oak in each section (top, middle and bottom.) Top- the frames and pendant details, middle- the bedsides and bottom- the bench seat and tray. By repeating the use of this material, it ensures that the overall room feels balanced.
  3. Add soft textures. Soft textures will soften the contrasting colour palette and create a warm, cosy space.
  4. Repeat the textures if possible. By using similar textures throughout the bedroom it makes the space feel balanced (just like the repetition of timber I touched on above.) For example, The fluffiness of the native artwork has been repeated in the soft fringing on the bedding and the hide on the floor… which again is placed in their own ‘thirds grid.’
  5. Add some greenery or foliage. By styling a small bouquet of flowers or foliage on a bedside table, it helps bring life into the space and also adds a pop of colour without being a ‘feature colour.’
  6. Add a feature to the bedroom. Usually colour would be a point of interest within itself, so when styling a monochrome palette I would normally use a main feature and then a few smaller details that still add visual interest. I wanted the main feature here to be the 3m headboard because even though the design is pretty basic, the scale of it creates a lasting impression. Other features within the design would be the bold, contrasting artwork, the detailed handles on the bedsides, the ribbed pendants and woven bench seat. All these elements are textured which is why I have kept the headboard design and bed styling pretty simple.

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If you’d like to have a sticky beak at the rest of the home you can view online here, or in person at The Vale Estate in Aveley, Perth, Western Australia.

Have a lovely week!!

T xx