Welcome to the Pembrooke

Hey everyone!!

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

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

Artwork

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

Designer Tip-

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

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Furniture

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

Designer Tip-

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

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Feature Paint and Wallpaper

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

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

Designer Tip-

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

Adding Warmth

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

Designer Tip-

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

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

Have a beautiful evening everyone,

Tx


4×2 Pembrooke Floorplan

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

AW22 Seasonal Styling

Hello, helloooo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fab week,

T x

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

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

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||

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.

Welcome to the Pembrooke

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

AW22 Seasonal Styling

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

Make It Sparkle

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

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.

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

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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