Well, we're almost at the end of the year and what a year it has been!
Australia, and the world in general, has been through a lot this year and now is the time to kick back and enjoy a break with friends and family, and maybe a little bit of interstate travel to top it all off.
While the pandemic has hit economies hard, the construction industry looks like it might be turning a corner and returning to some level of prosperity. Loan approvals and an increase in detached dwelling approvals have been welcomed by industry experts.
Now that the weather has improved and summer is literally around the corner, it might be time to shake off the cobwebs of a strange, long winter and freshen up your home.
The good news is that there is plenty of inspiration to be found as Dulux recently announced its Colour Awards, as well as sharing some tips about sprucing up your bedroom - whether you like it light and airy, or accented and intense.
We also share some tips from Henley Design on ever-popular trends, and look at the mistakes and simple steps you can take to make your paint job a success.
Winter has (hopefully) blown its last icy wind our way and temperatures are on the rise.
With some parts of the country still spending much of their time at home, there are new opportunities and challenges associated with the Spring weather. Now is the time to go a bit greener than usual, planting not only adds an attractive aesthetic to your spaces but also does wonders for your wellbeing which, after the year we've had, is no harm!
Home security is always a big topic and as people in many parts of the country begin to get out and about again, it's worth checking in on your security settings to make sure that your home doesn't become the target of burglars.
There is a range of security solutions on the market, ranging from off-the-shelf consumer products to more integrated systems.
Choose what's best for you and don't walk home to a disaster zone!
After what has been a turbulent summer for many parts of Australia, the arrival of Autumn will hopefully bring more settled weather and will give people a chance to assess losses from the recent bush fires.
In this latest newsletter we look at the impact of the bush fires, what structures are in place for those affected, and how to make small changes for 2020 to help in the event of future catastrophic events such as those we've just witnessed.
The year is barely a month old and already the calendar is filling up with a plethora of trade shows guaranteed to provide inspiration for any home projects on your horizon.
Most shows have free or very affordable entry fees and showcase the very best products and services available on the market.
If you know exactly what you want to do, home shows are a great way to see, firsthand, the offerings of various companies. Similarly, if you're seeking inspiration with no idea where to start, you're sure to get plenty of inspiration at the many stalls of these shows.
It’s a new year, a new decade and, although it’s slightly lacking in imagination, most people seem content to refer to the coming years as the Roaring 20s.
But unlike its namesake 100 years ago, this decade is likely to roar for different reasons.
In this latest newsletter, we look at the trends that look set to dominate this year and those to follow, from energy efficiency to home automation, global influence on our building style and the best way to use that small space that’s leaving a gap in your home.
Spring has well and truly sprung with temperatures increasing and all the signs pointing to a hot, dry summer.
The downside of that, however, is that bushfire season is also upon us and, in some parts of the country, has already begun. Authorities expect a higher than average bushfire threat due to the warm, dry conditions and low rainfall - drought in some parts.
To that end, fire authorities across Australia are urging people to be prepared for an earlier and longer than average bushfire season.
While the weather hasn't quite got the memo yet, Spring has officially sprung and the temperatures are starting to heat up.
It's the time of year to get the house in order ahead of the scorching summer months and, for those looking to revive their home, painting is often the first step. It can be a simple, yet extremely effective way of bringing new life to a space without spending a fortune.
Dulux has released its Colour Forecast for 2020 with a wide range of colours to inspire you in redecorating your home.
It’s that time of year again when we start cleaning out our homes and updating decor to reinvigorate rooms. One of the easiest ways to create this change is to re-paint walls.
Spring is considered the best season to paint because precipitation and humidity are low but the weather is still warm. While interior painting is less dependent on favourable weather conditions, mild, dry weather is still best as it allows for open windows. This means natural air circulating through the room to help with drying and sunlight enabling accurate colour matching.
Spring is in the air and as the warmer weather finally encourages us to leave our homes a little more often, we can see what impact the winter months have had on home facades.
From painting tutorials to style inspirations, this edition is all about helping you spruce up your home’s exterior.
An attractive facade not only sets the tone for your whole house but can also increase its value. However, it’s important to ensure that the facade you choose fits in with the surrounding landscape and has maintenance requirements you can (or are willing to) sustain.
Winter has (hopefully) produced its last icy blast and spring has now arrived!
With the Bureau of Meteorology predicting warmer and drier than average conditions over the next three months, now is definitely the best time to get outside and start on those outdoor projects you’ve been thinking about over winter.
From landscaping projects and BBQ areas to paving, there are multiple ways you can spruce up your backyard in time for warmer weather entertaining.
Over the past 20 years, the size of the average new Australian home has shrunk to 189.8m2 and half of all new buildings are apartments, according to ABS data.
Lead by Millennials and Gen Y, as well as downsizing retirees, this shift towards smaller living is occurring for a number of reasons such as rising house prices, a desire to live close to city centres and easier maintenance.
However, smaller spaces and blocks come with their own set of challenges, including limited outdoor space and trying to maximise every square metre to make the space appear bigger.