Anna Hayes's blog

A timely touch-up      by   Anna Hayes

21 October 2020

Taking her lead from the Dulux 2020 colour forecast, Henley Design’s Heidi Schwieters has shared her tips and trips for how to plan a paint touch-up before the end of this year. Warmer whites and tonal blues look set to be the hot trends in paint for the rest of this year as well as grey shades...


Variations on a bedroom - in paint     by   Anna Hayes

21 October 2020

One of the easiest ways to give a room a make-over is with paint – from changing the mood of the room to defining your work and relaxation zones, colour can work wonders...


ANZ projects make a splash at Dulux Colour Awards     by   Anna Hayes

21 October 2020

A number of Australian and New Zealand residential projects were awarded or commended at the recent Dulux Colour Awards, which praised that entrants for a new level of innovative and considered use of colour. More than 450 entries were received across six categories of architecture and design...


Industry leaders respond to Budget     by   Anna Hayes

12 October 2020

Budget will help people to get on the property ladder. Both the Housing Industry Association (HIA) and Master Builders Australia have welcomed the latest Budget, stating that it will incentivise home building and help the national recovery...

Six signs your builder or plumber is not registered     by   Anna Hayes

23 September 2020

With restrictions easing in regional Victoria, many homeowners will be thinking about organising maintenance or repairs for their property...

PGH Bricks & Pavers Visualiser scoops prestigious Good Design Award     by   Anna Hayes

17 September 2020

The app was recognised for outstanding design and innovation by the annual Good Design Awards. The Bricks Visualiser app, commissioned by PGH Bricks & Pavers, and designed by Luminary, has won the Award for the Digital Web Design and Development category of the 2020 Good Design Awards...


A fire pit for all occasions     by   Anna Hayes

17 September 2020

As Spring gets into full swing, our outdoor spaces are becoming more and more appealing. But there’s still a nip in the evening air and what better way to address that than with a fire pit?...

Five ways to green your home this Spring     by   Anna Hayes

17 September 2020

Spring has arrived and according to Mark Paul, horticulturist and founder of The Greenwall Company, there is no better time to update your indoor or outdoor space by adding a living greenwall, greenroof or bespoke feature to your home...

Lockdown was a hive of DIY projects     by   Anna Hayes

15 September 2020

Many Aussies turned to home renovation projects while in lockdown. As might have been expected, DIY projects boomed all across Australia as lockdown measures were put in place. Aussies picked up the tools to complete fixes and start makeovers while confined to home...

Five tips to help you spring into Spring!     by   Anna Hayes

26 August 2020

With Spring fast approaching, and yet more time being spent at home, now is the time to think about how to best optimise your outdoor spaces. Creating a backyard that uplifts and inspires is a great way to encourage more time spent outdoors...

Wellbeing top of agenda as home owners look to bring the outside in     by   Anna Hayes

12 August 2020

Research has shown that our built environment has a significant effect on our overall wellbeing and, in response to that, there has been a steady increase in the use of decorative timber in our homes in recent years...

Smart home security ideas to protect your property     by   Anna Hayes

04 August 2020

Hundreds of thousands of Australians experience home burglaries each year. In 2018-19 alone, an estimated 231,000 households had at least one break-in, and almost 200,000 experienced an attempted break-in...


Mastering Monochromatic Bathroom Design      by   Anna Hayes

23 July 2020

Single colour interiors are a bold, vibrant choice for any room. Here is how to create a monochromatic bathroom for a dramatic and surprisingly appealing look and feel...

Industrial chic in Brisbane     by   Anna Hayes

06 July 2020

The focus was to create kitchen, living and bar/games areas that flowed and were usable as one space yet still defined separately...

Embrace the trend for accent walls with timber     by   Anna Hayes

25 June 2020

A timber finished dining area. Accent walls are touted to be one of the biggest interior design trends this year. While bold, colourful feature walls were an early 2000s trend, today's accent wall is all about tone and texture...

Combining legacies in WA     by   Anna Hayes

16 June 2020

In Toodyay, WA, a small 1860s farmhouse has been transformed into an Australian Hamptons mansion sprawling over 1,000sqm...

No space invaders in Anju's Brisbane project     by   Anna Hayes

15 June 2020

The apartment living space. Anju Designs was required to be clever with space in a recent project it undertook at the Fusion apartment building in Teneriffe, Brisbane...

Beat the winter blues with a colour injection     by   Anna Hayes

10 June 2020

Dulux Australia. Stylist: Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen It’s no secret that a well-designed home is a happy home and with the wellness movement in full swing, it’s a huge driver of interior trends in 2020...

Think local when planning a renovation     by   Anna Hayes

26 May 2020

Australian company Boral is encouraging people undertaking building works to shop local in order to support Australian businesses and communities. Boral has a number of products, from timber flooring to roof tiles, that are manufactured locally and are ideal for interior and exterior styles...

Beach front round house showcases award-winning ingenuity     by   Anna Hayes

18 May 2020

Located on the picturesque West Australian coastline, Branksome House boasts 180° unobstructed views of its breathtaking beach surrounds. The majestic coastal home, affectionately nicknamed ‘Round House’, was designed by Australian architect group, Weststyle Design and Development, in 2019...