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To Grey or Not To Grey?

So grey is in. Really? You had NO idea? Well I have to say I’m quite surprised. You can’t look in a restaurant, hair salon, barber shop, dentist, grocery store, butcher, lighting store, homewares store, deli, bakery or bar that’s been renovated in the last 7 years and not see it, in all its worn concrete look glory. Just as the early noughties we were utterly obsessed with every version of beige you could imagine (do you remember ‘Hogs Bristle’ being the colour of the decade), our obsession with everything grey has almost hit its peak. That’s not to say that it’s not still going...

(Not) Keeping up with the Jones’

Do a quick Google search on interior styles and trends and your brain will be instantly flooded quicker than you can say mid-century modern meets minimalism. It seems that along with the speed of technology and information delivery these days, we are getting so bombarded by different styles, trends, ideas and collections that we are sometimes losing our own sense of (style) identity. Most of us like to think that we are doing something different, something unique, but all we’re really doing is trying to keep up with the Jones’. What can sometimes offer some relief is by switching off ...

0% Planning = 99%* Failing *with the small exception of the lucky flukes

No one wants to plan.   Let’s face it – we’re all happy to go confer with Pintrest, forums, facebook, twitter, instagram, and your neighbour’s sister-in-law from Manhattan, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty of it, most of us just want to see what’s in our minds executed with samurai precision in front of our eyes (yours truly included). And while the fantastic renovation shows filling our tv screens at the moment are wonderful for inspiration, some would suggest they are giving the rest of us unrealistic expectation as to how long a job should take. So don’t just plan wh...

A Fresh Take on Tessellated!

Thinking of tiling a tessellated look for your verandah, foyer, laundry or bathroom designs tiles? Are you not completely loving the traditional colour schemes, but don’t want to stray too far from your home’s federation style? We may just have the product for you. Italian Tiles This range is a full bodied vitrified that never requires sealing or any maintenance. Fresh off the boat from Italy, come into our store today to view the full range and find the right fit for you! (Not) Keeping up with the Jones' Do a quick Google search on interior styles and trends and your brain will be in...

Subway, subway on the wall… Which is the best size of them all?

With so many different versions and sizes of a subway tile available (not to mention colour), it’s no wonder so many people get confused when they get to this stage of the selection process. Whether it’s for bathroom designs tiles, laundries, kitchens, outdoor bbq areas, tile in living room the classic yet contemporary subway has been around forever. So when selecting the right size for you, start by asking yourself a couple of simple questions:   • What is the total size of the area I’m tiling? Proportions are really important in design, usually just as important as the produc...

Timber, Sap & Leaf stains

Recently we decided to turn our dried up, tired excuse for a lawn into an inviting travertine paved courtyard area to enjoy summer barbeques, winter chestnut roasting, and a place where our toddler can ride his bike or throw pegs at a wall. So we built the privacy screen (thanks Better Homes & Gardens®). Of course, we did one coat of sealer for the timber but were in too much of a hurry to finish the job. So what happened? Well at the first sight of rain, the timber tannin leeched out onto our freshly tiled and grouted travertine pavers. Disappointed is not the word I heard once t...

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