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Creating a natural interior is easy and affordable!

The raw movement is taking over this season, and we are not talking about food! Natural interior elements often create an inspirational space and often make your home feel more spacious. It’s also an effortless way to bring the outdoors in.

 

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Stone

This natural element can often be expensive, but today, there are a lot of faux or stone-look materials that look so real you can’t tell the difference. One of the great things about this material is that it often comes in different colours, making it perfect for adding colour or warmth to a room.

 

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Bamboo

Bamboo has the exotic flare to it and can bring a whimsical wanderer feel when used in decorating your home. It’s a lighter shade element, making it popular in Scandinavian interiors. Although durable enough to make eco-friendly furniture, it can easily to be turned into smaller pieces of art for any natural interior.

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Timber

Timber will generally be found in most homes, but typically on floors and furniture. These days, timber is making its way into more homewear accessories, such as display blows or trays.

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Fibre

Fibre materials can come in the form of throws, cushions  or wall tapestry. Adding these items around your home can soften up space as most natural elements tend to be more “solid” pieces.

Rattan furniture for your home

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Rattan

Rattan is often used to create furniture because it’s lightweight, flexible, and strong. It creates beautiful curves and adds more texture to a room for a more natural interior.

So, you want to make your house look expensive

Having a home that looks expensive and attractive can seam hard but it’s actually more budget friendly than you think. It’s all about bringing the right items into your home that are carefully selected and placed accordingly. Before you can even start to implement these ideas it’s important to know your style and what you want your home to look like. This could be a Scandinavia or Mid-Century styled home for example. Once decided and you have a good idea of your style, adding these simple tips will create the look you’re trying to achieve with an “expensive touch”.

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Picture frames

Matching pictures frames create that stylish looks and are extremely affordable as well. The trick is to try and use the same style frame throughout the home and if not the same style frame then selecting frames that complement each other. This could be in a similar wood, metal or colour. By being intentional with your fame selection and not just selecting any mish mash of frames it will instantly create a gallery or museum look throughout the room.

Try these frames

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Choose one colour scheme

This is a common one that a lot of people find hard to stick to. It is so easy to get swept up in the latest trends or try to replicate someone home we saw on social media. Because of this it’s so important to be strict and stick to your colour scheme. A cohesive colour pallet will instantly make your room look like it’s been put together really well.

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Less is more!

That’s right, clutter looks bad and make your home looks messy and unorganised. It great to add personality in your home with ornaments and decorative items but the impact and the uniqueness of them can get loss when you have to many. The easiest way to remove clutter is to remove all “loose” items (frames, ornament, candles, etc) and slowly bring back in your favourites. When it looks like enough put the rest in storage. This alone can make your house look expensive instantly! You can rotate them through next time you want to give your room a refresh.

Neutral homewares are a good idea to!

Ever had an online cushion disaster?

Just like fashion, interior trends change just as quickly! Cushions are the home accessory to bring your dated living room into the current interior trend. It’s a simple way to add new life to your living room or bedroom. There are not too many rules when online cushion shopping to your bed or lounge but these tips will definitely make sure you are making an impact.

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How to choose the right online cushion!

  • Mixing up the cushion shapes creates interest.
  • Avoid cushions that are exactly the same colour as your couch or sofa as you want them to stand out.
  • There is no right or wrong answer to how many cushions you should have on your couch. Obviously, leave room to sit!
  • Try and stick to one colour palette or try and use complementary colours. This will keep the cushions looking cohesive.

We hunted down 20 of our favourite online cushions options  that will give your home that refresh you’ve been looking for.

It’s time to declutter kitchen countertops, cupboards and more!

The kitchen, just like the rest of the home, can end up being overly cluttered and full of unnecessary and old items. Not only does clutter cause stress, but some of these can also make you sick. So, we dug deep this week and found the most common items that you need to let go of to declutter kitchen today! Don’t worry, you’re not alone!

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Plastic containers

Yes, I am sure this will be something that most of us have accumulated in a cupboard. If your containers are overlain stained, have bubbled plastic, or warped, then they need to go! A poor seal can lead to freezer burn, spills, and other problems that can be easily avoided.

Try replacing your containers with these

Sponges

I’m sure we all know that sponges can make you sick, as they are a breeding ground for bacteria! If your sponge has bits falling off, a little bit of food trapped, or it’s giving off a smell, then it’s definitely time to toss off!

Chipped cups, blows, and plates

We all have a few chipped cups, bowls, and plates in our cupboard, and they need to be tossed out. You don’t wait for any little chips in your coffee or cereal, right?

Old spices and herbs

When you start to organize your pantry we’re sure you’ll find an accumulation of herbs and spices, especially if you don’t cook a lot. A lot of people think you can keep spices for a long time, and generally, you can, but there is a limit, especially if they are not sealed properly. A simple way to check if they are ready to be tossed is if the spice doesn’t have a strong smell or your herbs have a greyish tone.

Old tea towels

Yes, this one is simple. If it’s stained or has a hole, it’s time to let it go. Tea towels are often on display as well, so having old dirty towels out will also make your kitchen look ugly and messy.

Bring colour into your Kitchen with these tea towels

Unused appliances

That impulse buys or unused gift – however you received it – if you don’t use it, just get rid of it. It’s the easiest way to declutter kitchen countertops! You’ll enjoy the added space in your kitchen.

Plastic bags

At some stage, you’ve had piles of plastic shopping bags in your kitchen under the sink or in the kitchen pantry. Not only is this a mess, but it’s also a breeding ground for bugs and definitely needs to be decluttered.

These are a great alternative to plastic bags

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Time to style a bed properly!

We’re revealing the interior designer secrets to creating the showroom bedroom that you see all over social media and it starts with bed styling! It’s easier than you think as well, from simple placement of the doona on the bed to using the right cushion inserts, we have the tips so you can style a bed like an interior stylist today!

How to style a bed interior designer

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Size up your doona

Bigger is better they say, and this is definitely the case when it comes to your doona. Sizing up your doona gives the bed that luxurious feel and looks amazing. When styling your doona, pull it down to the end and let it overhang until it nearly touches the ground.

You need to have a valance!

A valance gives your bed a polished showroom look, and it instantly covers those ugly bed bases. They come in different textures and quilted patterns, so it’s perfect for adding more texture and detail to your bed.

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Feather cushions

To achieve that showroom feature cushion look with the twin peaks, you need more than a good “karate chop”! You need the correct cushion insert. Interior designers stand by the feather insert to achieve this look.

Bedsheets can stand out

No longer are bedsheets forgotten about and are just “basic.” Bedsheets have come a long way with patterns, so it’s defiantly worth considering this when styling and if you find your bed lacking interest.

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You must have a throw

Throws always add that final luxurious touch when you style a bed and adds texture, which is why you never see a styled bed without a throw. There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to styling a bed throw. As the name says, just throw it in a few ways and at different angles until you get the desired look you’re after.

Create your bedroom look with these!

How to style a bed like an interior designer

All the latest decorating ideas for renters!

Renting is sometimes the only solution for now, or maybe it’s preferred… but all renters have the same problem when it comes to making it feel like your rental property feel like a home. There are a lot of restrictions when it comes to painting or knocking out walls. We have found the perfect decorating ideas for renters with solution to the most common renters’ problems. These will have you turning your temporary home into “your home” today.

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Add lighting around the home with lamps

Lighting is an easy decorating tip for creating a mood and warmth. By picking the right style lamps or simply changing the light bulbs to a warmer light, you can cheaply change the feel of a room without breaking the bank.

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Add textures with fabric

Throws and cushions instantly add colour without having to do much at all, the simplest way to decorate your rental today! You can inject your own style or personality into room easily.

Attaching things to walls, safely

Using temporary hooks for wall art, high-quality wall decals, and suction products are honestly the best solution to safely attach items to your walls. We do recommend doing your research though, as some “cheaper knockoffs” may use lower quality glues that could leave marks or strip paint.

Try these suction products

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Add plants to create life and warmth

Plants will always be a fantastic solution to add personalisation to your rental property and add that feeling of life. There are a lot of indoor plants that are low maintenance and can thrive in filtered or low light, so you should have no problem finding the right one for that room.

Finding storage in unexpected places

Storage is something that all renters always have a problem with at some point. An important tip is to think outside of the box as any empty space could be a storage solution. In bathrooms, suction products are good for adding storage for toiletries. There are also trays and baskets that will slide easily under the bed for more storage.

Try these storage products

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There really are low light indoor plants!

Sometimes that shady corner of your home is often forgotten. But fear not, because you can actually fill that forgetting corner with low light indoor plants!

We have picked our favourite easy-care house plants that will survive in low light or shady corners.

Indoor plants that love low light
Maidenhair Fern indoor low light plant

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Maidenhair Fern

Ferns are well known for surviving extremely well indoors, but this fern in particular is perfect when it comes to shade or low-lit corners as it “burns” easily. It’s easily noticeable because its fine glossy leaf stalk often reminds people of hair.

Parlour Palm low light indoor plant

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Parlour Palm

I think most of us have seen this plant in someone’s home over the years because it’s so easy to care for, making the perfect house plant. It loves those low light corners where nothing else will grow and requires very minimal care to survive.

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Snake Plant

The snake plant, also known as Mother-in-Law’s tongue, is an extremely popular house plant as it’s so easy to care for and considered quite a stylish plant. Its tall upward growing leaves give it its popular appeal, and it is often styled in mid-century style homes.

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Peperomia

This indoor plant is most noticeable by the beautiful pattern on its leaves. It’s also quite a small plant and will only grow up to 6 inches, making it also very easy to maintain in the low to medium light corners.

Devils Ivy indoor plant low light

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Devil’s Ivy

This is an extremely easy to care for plant that will just keep growing! It doesn’t need much sunlight, so it’s often found growing in low-lit corners or bathrooms.

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Peace Lily

If you sometimes find that the main reason your plants die is due to lack of watering, then the Peace Lily is for you! It flourishes in any low light areas and is a beautiful indoor plants with its white flowers.

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Showroom kitchen updates on a budget? You can!

There is a way to help you achieve your Kitchen updates on a budget and create that showroom feel! We have five easy and inexpensive ways to achieve that!

Showroom kitchen on a budget

Declutter your kitchen

There is nothing worse than having a kitchen that feels so unusable because your counters are just filled with kitchen accessories and appliances. By removing anything unnecessary, including small counter appliances to a cupboard, you instantly have a decluttered harmonious kitchen without spending a cent.

Bring in herbs or greenery

Plants will always be a perfect way to bring your own kitchen to life. Plants can be especially tricky to add in a small kitchen, but if you place a few small potted herbs on the window sill, it can create such big impact.

Colour color kitchen design

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Keep it simple with one accent colour

After you have decluttered and removed items from your kitchen, it’s the perfect time to start adding colour back in. Selecting the colour of choice can be a big move to make. To do this, simply choose a colour from one of your main areas, such as your living room or dining room, and bring it into your kitchen. Add this colour in subtly with a budget friendly tea towel, art, plant pots, or small accessories such as salt and pepper shakers.

Add a bowl of fruit

Just like adding plants, a bowl of “fresh” fruit will instantly add life and colour to your kitchen. As a tip, faux fruit really does look fake, so – if possible – use real!

Update your kitchen cabinet handles

An inexpensive way to give your kitchen updates on a budget with big impact is to change the cupboard handles. It may seem so simple, but it’s really one of the cheapest and highest return on investment ideas, especially if you’re planning on selling. Plus, they are so simple to install as well!

Update your kitchen with these

Scandinavian decor can easily be done!

When you think of a Scandinavian decor, you will always think of statement buffers, sideboards or coffee tables, natural elements, and lots of white! Although there is usually a minimalist feel in the Scandinavian interior, there is a lot that is going into these designs. Very far from simple! Here’s how to create your own Scandinavian-inspired room!

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Walls

White, white, and more white is the true colour that makes Scandinavian decor. White applies to everything in the room, floors, ceiling and, of course, walls. Starting with a simple base colour will allow you to add the accessories you need to make it feel like your home.

Staying true to this will also reflect on the artwork you hang on these walls. Typical Scandinavia art will have splashes of white or be in a white frame.

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Flooring

You will rarely see or install wall to wall carpet in a Scandinavia-inspired home. Natural elements, such as timber and stone, are the ideal textures of choice. When it comes to rugs, again a natural look is ideal such as wool or jute.

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Furniture

Statement pieces are key to this design. Scandinavian homes don’t often have a lot of furniture; they keep to statement designer pieces, and indeed, less is more.

When picking furniture, the key is choosing within the neutral grey and white colour palette and selecting furniture with a crisp clean line.

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Accessories

Although a high contrasting black and white room is not uncommon with Scandinavian decor, here is where you can add colour. Accessories need to be simple and not overpowering as colour is not often found in Scandinavian interiors. As we know, rules can always be broken, so if you choose to use colour, keep it to small bust within the room.

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There is a thing as the wrong plant pot!

Is repotting important?

It is so important! Without proper repotting, your brand new plant will quickly outgrow its current plant pot and go from fresh and green to dry and brown. Unfortunately, this easy care tip is a common mistake that new plant owners tend to make. Repotting the plant allows the plant to grow and “spread out.” Aside from giving the plant more space, this will also allow you to change out old potting mix to something more nutritious for the plant.

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What size plant pot?

During your plants’ life, you will most likely go through a couple of different pots, and to ensure you’re not consistently changing it, it’s important to do your research. Having a pot too large can lead to root rot because the soil will take too long to drain. If you choose a plant pot that is too small, it means your plant soil will dry too quickly, and your plant might also not have enough room to grow. To ensure you don’t have these issues, select a pot that is 2-4 inches larger in diameter.

Try a pot cover to avoid over repotting

Let’s talk drainage

Root rot will be the end of your home garden, so we always recommend you have drainage to allow any excess water to leave your plant pot. If you have a container in mind that does not have drainage, you can always create your own drainage by layering pebbles and peat moss below the potting mix. This will drain any excess water. It may take some skill mastering the safe level of water required.

Tip: water regularly but in small quantity. If this option makes you nervous, get a pot with a drainage hole.