Where to spend and save money during pre-start

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With loads of people taking advantage of the new home builder government grants, I thought I would share some tips on where to spend money during PreStart. We completed our Pre Start about 6 weeks ago with Homebuyers Centre and I know first hand how overwhelming (but exciting) this part of the building journey can be. So relax and take a breathe, I have a few insightful and informative tips that might help ease the pressure, or highlight an area you haven’t thought about yet.

Electrical and Cabling

The most obvious area to budget for is the cable and electrical plan. Most people will add several more GPO points and change locations of the current ones to suit their day to day life. For additional points- think about:

  • Where you charge your mobile phone frequently, outside of the bedroom.
  • In the broom or linen cupboard for a cordless vacuum.
  • On the island bench.
  • In the corner of the living room for a floor lamp or your Christmas tree lights.
  • Where you sit and use your laptop outside of the study area, to easily recharge it (eg dining table or next to the couch.)
  • Either side of a bed in each room.
  • An extra one in the garage for high pressure cleaning, gym equipment, power tools or to easily vacuum the car.
  • If you don’t have a microwave box in your kitchen cabinetry, one in the pantry is handy.
  • In any long hallways so the vacuum cord reaches into the bedrooms.
  • We added a double GPO in the alfresco at 6c, for possible speakers or bar fridge.
  • An additional one in the study if you have more than one computer. We have built in cabinetry spanning 5 meters in our study so I added another GPO for our second computer, then a hidden one in the cabinetry for my printer, scanner and camera battery charger.
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Another handy tip is to move the fridge GPO higher to sit behind the overheads above (if you have any.) This way the fridge sits further back in the recess and doesn’t stick out as much- Check how long your fridge cord is before committing to the higher location though.

On your cabling plan you will need to budget for additional costs to have your TVs wall mounted and conduits provided. This will create a channel in the wall to run (hide) the cables, cords and wires from the TV to the data points and GPO below.

An easy upgrade decision for me was to change our ducted aircon zoning pad to a MyAir smart system. It’s user friendly, easy to navigate and will be perfect for our family! You can see these management control pads at all the Homebuyers Centre display homes and it was one of the first upgrades we confirmed in our PreStart! You can read up about them here.

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Lighting

Most people will also add additional downlights to their plan. From memory Paul and I only added 2 down lights- one in the walk in shower and an additional one in a long hallway. However we did put 3 fan base plugs in the roof where we intend on having feature lighting. Fan base plugs are essentially just a power source for future pendants to minimise cords running through the roof. This was super handy because I haven’t chosen our feature lighting yet and didn’t want the added pressure of choosing an exact location for installation before the furniture goes in. More than one pendant can be connected to each fan base so we got one put in the ceiling above our dining room, master and kitchen. This info might only be relevant to single storey homes though- double storey might be different if the roof space is not easily accessible on the ground floor.

Another lighting area to think of before finalising your electrical plan, is to decide whether you want any internal wall lights. This needs to be put on your plan with a specified height because it cannot easily be done afterwards, unless it is located on a cavity wall. So if you are planning on having wall lights in your ensuite or master bedroom- PreStart is the time to add it in.

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Storage

It’s a vital area to think about when building a family home and the chances are your wardrobe fitouts will be fairly basic unless you have included a custom design in your contract variations. In our master bedroom we chose to completely remove the rail and shelf to have something customised after handover. You can either get this done through a cabinet maker/ wardrobe specialist, or have a crack at designing one yourself using the Ikea PAX system (which is also fairly customisable.) Below is an example I have started designing on the Ikea website and it is a fraction of the price a custom one would cost. This whole setup amounts to only $1560.00, whereas a custom made one would be roughly triple the price.

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To improve function and maximise storage in your cabinetry designs, some areas to consider upgrading are:

Add in overheads in the kitchen, fridge recess, laundry and scullery if they’re not already included in your build. If your cooktop is below overheads, the overheads will meet up to a range hood. However, if you want the overheads to run the full width, you’ll need to upgrade and get a pull out rangehood.

Drawers are so handy and can be upgraded from standard doors throughout your home. Drawers create more accessible space in your cabinetry and minimises having to stack high piles of kitchenware like pots, pans and tupperware. They can also be added in the centre of your ensuite or bathroom vanity, however to avoid substantial costs, your vanity ideally needs to be long enough so that the drawers avoid the basin plumbing. Drawers can be customised around the plumbing, however this usually incurs a large cost because of the labour and materials involved.

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A microwave box is really handy to have somewhere in your kitchen design, if you have the space. For a flat upgrade price Homebuyers Centre can include a box surround (matching your laminate selection,) factor in a GPO and add a pot drawer below. Having a microwave box will maximise bench and pantry space in your new kitchen and your PreStart consultant can guide you on it’s ideal location.

Window Coverings

Lastly, before this post get’s too long, an expense that most people are often shocked by is custom window coverings. It’s an area to definitely budget for if you want to upgrade your selections to quality products like sheer curtains and plantation shutters. We opted to remove all the window coverings included in our contract at PreStart so I can organise them after hand over. It’s hard to predict how much to set aside for window coverings of a full home because it completely depends on how large the windows are, how many, fabric and product selections etc.. but they can easily amount to 10K (plus) if you’re including sheers in majority of the rooms. In saying this, some banks/ home loan lenders require the home to be turnkey ready which means the property is ‘move in ready’ with flooring, window coverings etc (so removing is not an option.) If this is the case, I would suggest getting roller blinds as a blockout, then after handover you can invest in some beautiful sheer curtains in addition to the covering you already have.

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So in a nutshell here are a few key points that I personally think are worth upgrading at PreStart, oppose to doing yourself after handover.

Upgrade:

  • Electrical- additional GPOs, downlights and fan base outlets.
  • Cabling- conduits and tv mounts.
  • Flooring- quality carpet and underlay.
  • Functional storage options in cabinetry designs- drawers, microwave box, overheads.
  • Tapware.
  • Tiling.

Things you can do yourself, after handover or in the future:

  • Window Coverings.
  • Wardrobe Fitouts.
  • Change internal passage and privacy handles.
  • Internal door profiles.
  • Alfresco flooring.
  • Internal painting.
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As always, if you have any questions please comment below or send me an email. I hope this post is useful to anyone beginning their new home journey. Good luck and enjoy the ride! T 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.

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

Homebuyers Girl’s Room

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Hey everyone,

First of all I wanted to thank you for all the love and messages on my previous post. It was really comforting knowing other women could relate in one way or another. So thank you, I was heart warmed by each comment and private message.

Today I’m going to share some really cute images from the girl’s bedroom I recently completed in the Homebuyers Centre ‘Norfolk’ display home. This room is super sweet and if you’re in Perth you can check it out in person at 4 Quinn Street (off Farrell Road) in Midvale. The opening hours are:

Monday and Wednesday 2pm – 5pm

Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 5pm

It’s a beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home design, with an open plan living area, theatre, kid’s zone and large alfresco area. I have kept the furniture and decor selections light and bright with a fairly neutral colour palette and the occasional pop of blush. If you want some inspiration or are looking at building your first home, head over to Homebuyers Centre for all the details on how you could receive an interior styling consult with me. Whoooop!

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The girl’s bedroom is probably one of my favourite rooms because I love the blush, white and soft blue colour palette. The warm and cool tones work beautifully together and it creates something different, in comparison to the very popular blush and white scheme for a little girl. I will admit the soft blue product is quite hard to find so I will upload a ‘Shop the Look’ concept further down, with easy shopping links so you can find a majority of the product I have used. If something is sold out online, you may want to contact the store directly and see if it’s in stock somewhere close by because this job was bought and installed only a month ago (sometimes online sells out quicker than in store.)

Often I get asked where I ‘start’ when designing/styling a kid’s room and usually my answer is the art or wallpaper. In this case it was the Sara Winfield art but I also wanted a subtle wallpaper that didn’t take away from the print. I locked in a neutral star wallpaper from Wall Candy (in Perth) but the next step was to find a couple of other prints that complimented the Sara artwork nicely. I approached Little Design Haus to customise her ‘Scandinavian Flowers’ set, changing out the grey for blue. I adore the finished product and they work beautifully opposite the Sara art. From there, I hunted for blush and soft blue decor/bedding to create balance in this magical little space.

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I also wanted to hang a canopy off center to create interest and fill the wall space a little more. I decided to break away from the usual brand I use and try a Spinkie Baby design. Oh my gosh, it’s so soft and pretty. Perfect if you’re wanting to create a dreamy girl’s bedroom or play area. You can choose either a gold or silver crown, or leave it off completely, so it’s quite a versatile styling piece. The Australian stockist is listed further down in the ‘Shop the Look’ section.

To keep costs down and work within my allocated budget I used affordable furniture and focused on spending more on cute decor/ styling pieces. The desk is from Adairs and the bed is from Fantastic Furniture (links below) so I thought these were great little finds that really helped me stay within my fairly tight budget. By watching what I spent on the large ticket items, I was able to buy some cool books from Jack and Willow as well as some gorgeous bedding from various stores below.

Well I better get linking all the product because it will be fairly long. If you have any questions or if I have left something out, feel free to comment below and I’ll answer asap 🙂 Oh and make sure if you’re in Perth you go check it out in person.

Much Love,

T xx

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Bed || Shop Here

Wallpaper || Shop Here

Flower Artwork || Shop Here

Twins Artwork || Shop Here

Canopy || Shop Here

Desk || Shop Here

Desk Chair || Shop Here

Rug || Shop Here

Book Shelf || Shop Here

Books || Shop Here

Quilt Cover || Shop Here

Blue Throw || Shop Here

White blanket ||  Shop Here

Pom Pom Cushion || Shop Here

Kitten Toy || Shop Here

Ballerina Toy || Shop Here

Rabbit Toy || Shop Here

Star Cushion || Shop Here

Blush Floor Cushion || Shop Here

Mongolian Sheepskin || Shop Here

Koala Wooden Toy || Shop Here

Lamp || Target

Pink Vase || Adairs

Faux Flowers ||  Adairs

Blue Cushion || Country Road

Pencils and Acrylic Cup || Officeworks

Star Wand || Cotton On Kids

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This post has been sponsored by Homebuyers Centre. All thoughts, design work, styling and written content are my own.

 

 

20 of the Prettiest Floral Prints

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Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you had a lovely week and are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am!

With spring fast approaching, I want to show you a collection of beautiful floral prints that I recently put together. I find artwork is one of the easiest ways to change the look of a room, and with so many on the market you can find some great, affordable designs. I have tried to showcase a wide range of colours, styles and stores in hope that something will catch your eye. A special mention to Jenni for taking my original list from 15 prints to 20 lol!!

In my selections (as always) I have chosen budget friendly options as well as limited edition pieces, that are more expensive. I know that it’s not always realistic to buy new art/homewares every season but flowers are a versatile subject matter that are certainly not limited to spring styling. To make everything that tiny bit easier, I will also list a bunch of my favourite ready made poster frames, as well as a few framing professionals further down. Enjoy!

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  1. ‘Springtime’ print | Shop here
  2. ‘The Catherine’ print | Shop here
  3.  ‘Rosewater’ print | Shop here
  4. ‘I Saw You Standing There’ | Shop here
  5.  ‘Driving In The Hills’ print | Shop here
  6.  ‘Tetra Gum’ limited ed | Shop here
  7.  ‘Petal Play Take 2 #67’ print | Shop here
  8. ‘King Protea’ print | Shop here
  9. ‘Abstract Flowering Gum’ | Shop here
  10. ‘Orchid Bliss II’ print | Shop here
  11. ‘See Through Me’ fine art print | Shop here
  12. ‘La Orchidea’ limited ed | Shop here
  13. ‘Paeonia’ print | Shop here
  14. ‘Stella’ fine art print | Shop here
  15.  ‘Ethereal’ print | Shop here
  16.  ‘Flowering Gum’ limited ed | Shop here
  17.  ‘Hydrangrian by Joelle’ print | Shop here
  18.  ‘Marley’ fine art print | Shop here

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I love them all and can’t actually decide on my favourite… but what if you’re not a floral type of girl? … or maybe you cannot talk your partner/hubby into yet another flower print- I have you covered with some gorgeous shrub designs! Below are my favourite three prints that will bring life to your home without being too floral or feminine.

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  1. ‘Silver Leaf’ print | Shop here
  2. ‘Shades’ print | Shop here
  3. ‘Shrub’ print | Shop here

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Lastly, I get asked a lot where I buy my poster frames from so I will list a few places for you to check out. For the expensive pieces of art that I own, I get them framed at Arts Edge in Joondalup. If you’re in central Perth Gallery 360 in Subiaco are great too. If you’re based in the eastern states, Kara at Forman Picture Framing is your go to lady. If you want a ready made frame, the following stores are where I look first.

‘Frame Depot’ poster frames at Spotlight are probably my fave, especially the timber one in 50x70cm. I don’t know if it has proper glass but it’s not the plastic stuff that distorts the look of your prints. It’s thick like glass but not as heavy (so clueless sorry.) Shop here.

Officeworks have great frames in a tonne of different colours, sizes and frame thicknesses. I know some of the frames they stock are glass (I’ve smashed my fair share of them) but it’s probably best to choose one in person because I can’t remember the brand I bought sorry. Shop here.

Norsu Interiors have a gorgeous range of poster frames and the larger sizes have a string already attached. Gosh a string makes things so much easier to hang!!! Shop here.

Ummm, who else…Country road have some elegant/ streamline frames that I obsess over and they also have a video on ‘How to hang a Frame Wall’ if you’re stuck on gallery wall positioning.  Shop here.

Then of course you have kmart, target, freedom furniture and general discount stores that also stock affordable frames to hang your new artwork in.

Well I hope for anyone still reading, this post has been both eye candy and informative at the same time. I can’t wait to see more floral prints popping up in my feed soon with Spring quickly heading our way. If you have any questions please fire away and I’ll respond as soon as I can 🙂 Have a fab weekend.

Much Love,

T xx

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Two main images styled by the lovely Jenni Farr, Photographed by me.