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by on 27 March, 2019
When thinking about building a new home, or renovating or extending, there are plenty of things you can do to prepare yourself for the journey. Frequently I have clients come to me looking for guidance on the build process, what research should they be doing, and what they can do to prepare. Below are some high-level considerations to help you prepare for your new build or renovation, which are particularly important when building your Forever Home. There is a lot more to think about if you p...
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by on 27 March, 2019
The follow-up is the single most highly prized habit of skilled networkers. The reasons are self-evident – feedback, education, to build rapport and relationship maintenance being chief among them. But every year, about now, there comes an opportunity to deepen relationships in another completely selfless manner. Christmas is an excellent time to give with no expectation of issuing a receipt.  These gifts need not cost anything – let’s face it, another calendar is not what your clients want a...
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by on 26 March, 2019
We had great privilege to open our home, the White Pebble House, to the public on Sustainable House Day on September 11 2016. Sustainable House Day is run across Australia and gives the public access to Australia’s most environmentally progressive homes. Homeowner’s volunteer to open their home to the public to share their sustainable features and provide peer to peer education. We conducted private tours through our home and had 160 people come through – we had to end up saying no to many...
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by on 25 March, 2019
Varying the colour palette in your home as we move into a different season is a lovely way to ‘prepare’ for winter. It’s common in Northern European countries to have bright colours throughout the home – think hot pink walls, brightly coloured exteriors (Scandinavia springs to mind),  rich reds and blues, bright and bold wallpaper – all to brighten things up in winter. With long European winters (and I’ve endured 12 of them!) it certainly makes sense to use colour to brighten things up inside...
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by on 22 March, 2019
Wallpaper – this can be used in similar tones to other walls in the room, but the potential to add texture can create interest and layers. This may be ideal for a TV wall. Contrast walls – by using a similar, but darker colour to surrounding walls, you can create a softer effect than a feature wall and break up the dominant colour being used in a room. Take a sample – use sample pots of paint to test if a colour is right for the exact light and surrounding colours in your room. Contrast...
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by on 21 March, 2019
I’m so pleased to be announce that I have a room included in Australian House & Garden Top 50 Rooms for 2015. This is the first year I have entered, so I’m particularly chuffed that I was selected. It’s a bathroom that I have waited years to be able to design – a Moroccan inspired bathroom with tadelakt walls and decorative tiles with feature lighting. Tadelakt, which is like a Venetian plaster, is used everywhere is Morocco. It’s waterproof, has a lovely patina & is easy to clean. Better sti...
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by on 20 March, 2019
Avoid hanging in direct light – sunlight can fade photos & artwork really quickly, so hang out of direct sunlight – particularly harsh afternoon sunlight. Hang similar styles together – Bali artwork next to a Monet is not going to work well as they are such different styles. Group like types together for a cohesive effect. Think about framing styles – whether you want an eclectic mix of different frame styles mixed together, or prefer pictures to be hung all in the same frame style & colo...
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by on 20 March, 2019
“Look, I know we’ve just met, but would you like me to become your new bookkeeper?”  Is that approach likely to work?  If your answer is ‘yes’, you’ve got detention.  Patience is the key to building the relationships that lead to business.  If you start rushing someone for an agreement or sale they will feel like meat while regarding you as a carnivore.  So don’t – your chances of success are minimal.  At your next networking event, scan the room and look for women with their arms folded i...
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by on 19 March, 2019
Use Lamps – Table and floor lamps create mood lighting, add additional light where required and create balance with other items in a room. Move the TV – Left or right align your TV so that is not centred on a cabinet. The TV should not be the focus in a room. Having it on one side allows you to use a lamp or vignette on the other side to create decorating focus. Even better, put the TV on one side and have a view out a window on the other. Scatter Colour – Scatter cushions are cost-effect...
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by on 18 March, 2019
Install the best floor you can – it takes up so much surface area in a home so it’s worth the investment. It’s also difficult to replace, so get it right from the outset. Invest in statement furniture pieces – a stunning sofa or occasional chair create a centre piece in a room, so use gorgeous fabrics and a style you love. Simply classic lines stand the test of time. Use personal items – have pieces around your home that tell a story of your life. It creates interest in a home, and makes ...
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by on 15 March, 2019
Think budget and investigate options – natural stone Vs composite stone Vs laminate Vs solid acrylic. Composite stone will not always be cheaper than natural stone, but it may require less maintenance. There are advantages and disadvantages with all materials, so get advice and investigate all the options. Timber is an option – sustainable & natural, timber benchtops can look fabulous, however they do require maintenance (sanding and oiling). The aging of timber from use, with natural inden...
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by on 14 March, 2019
Avoid casting shadows – downlights create shadow if not placed in the right location. It’s best not to rely on downlights alone but also use additional lighting. Think about task lighting and where you’ll need it to perform tasks adequately. Bathrooms and kitchens definitely need it! Mood lighting – dimmers and lamps allow you to create mood lighting which is much softer and nicer to be in than a room full of downlights! Consider using up lights to create a flood of light and a lovely a...
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