This space is one of my favourites, but it was also not planned from the beginning. Where the dining room sits, was going to be an extension of our alfresco area. During the period of waiting for our land to register and become available to stat building on, we decided that this space would be utilised best if it was turned into a dining room.
And it is the best decision we made. As frustrating as the wait was, and as angry as we felt about it, it was also a blessing in disguise, because it afforded us time to make some really smart decisions about the layout of our home. I will be filling you in on this at a later date, trust me!
The reason that I love this space so much has to do with its functionality. When we were eating to begin this build, we were renting a house that we were only supposed to be in for a few months. It was a smaller house and FILLED with carpet, so putting a dining table in was very tricky. We sat up at our bench for every meal, and I HATED it. For me, sitting around the dinner table at the end of the day and chatting is so important for us as a family. Staring at the kitchen cupboards rather than each other while we ate in our rental was so disconnecting – it really drove me kinda batty!
So adding in a designated dining room was an absolute must. And this is why I love interior design and floor plans – each person’s situation is so different, and everyone has different priorities. For someone else, eating at a bench really serves their needs, and a separate dining room would be an absolute waste of space and money. This is why you really need to consider your lifestyle and your priorities when you are planning your own home.
So come on through and take a look below at our dining room.
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When planning my walk in robe, I wanted a space that was functional as well as beautiful. It’s the first space I enter when I wake in the morning, so I wanted something serene, crisp and allow me to set myself up in a positive way for the day ahead – so having a place for everything was a must. The IKEA PAX wardrobes have been installed in our last 2 builds, and they work so perfectly if you do a little planning beforehand. They are also super easy to install – I was able to construct them myself with a little help from Dave at the end to put it all together – some pieces need an extra pair of hands.
We of course happened to be installing them on THE HOTTEST DAY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD…before our air-conditioning had been given it’s final tick – so there was a LOT of sweating involved, and looking back now, I love that we have yet another little story to remind of us of all of the hard work that we put in together to bring this home of ours to life.
When we were planning the build, my wardrobe was one of the first spaces that I already had mapped out in my head. I needed wall space for the robes, wall space for a mirror and lots of natural light. A few pretty little pops like a stunning chandelier – and you know Elok are my favourite! A custom colour to suit the space really brought my vision to life.
I used the process outlined in my ‘Planning the Perfect Wardrobe’ blog post that you can find here.
I’ve done all the hard work for you – each product is linked below so you are able to click straight through to shop.
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Picking a flooring can be a really confusing experience. There are so many different options out there and your decision shouldn’t only be based around how it looks. How if feels, its durability and how easy it is to clean are all important factors to consider when selecting a flooring option that suits you best. And, like everything, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach…you really need to think about your lifestyle and your style preferences to get this right. THINK ABOUT YOUR VISION! I’m going to help you through what is available and the pros and cons of these choices. Come on boots, let’s get walking’!
Please excuse me while I wipe away my drool. This has got to be the ultimate in terms of looks when it comes to flooring. You can’t beat the feel and the sound of genuine timber flooring. And don’t even get me started if it is original timber flooring in a Reno project…..GOALS! But there are certainly some points to consider before hammering this one home.
Genuine beauty – you can’t beat the look! It brings so much warmth and character to your home
Cost to install is higher than other flooring options, but once installed and with the proper maintenance, it can last a lifetime
Hugh variety of colours available and you can also stain later on down the track to change the look
Can be affected by humidity and fluctuations in temperature – may swell in cool, damp weather and shrink in warm and dry conditions
Relatively easy to clean by sweeping or vacuuming and mopping with the correct equipment
More prone to termite attacks than other flooring options
Non-toxic, organic, allergy friendly and does not tend to trap unpleasant odours
Can be damaged by excessive water and harsh detergents and therefore not recommended for all the areas in your home eg. kitchens and bathrooms
Adds value to your home
Prone to dents, stains and scratches
Can be noisy, especially when installing on multiple story homes
Vinyl planks have come a long way since they were first introduced to the market. It’s a great option due to its cost, versatility, durability and visual appearance. There are some really luxurious options available that can look and feel really high end…but without the price tag of hardwood timber flooring.
Cost effective and tends to be cheaper than many other flooring options
Easily damaged by sharp or heavy furniture and objects or punctured by something like a falling knife
Comfortable due to it’s foam underlay
Tough to remove if renovating or replacing
Quieter than timber
Does not add value to your property like hardwood timber flooring
Easy to maintain through regular sweeping and mopping
Some vinyls can dent if a heavy object is dropped on them
Waterproof and can be installed all over the house including the kitchen and bathroom
Not environmentally sustainable
Visually appealing as it can easily mimic genuine timber flooring
Can sometimes be difficult to install – highly recommended to have a professional install this type of flooring
Stain resistant as spills can be easily wiped with a cloth
Bamboo is extremely eco-friendly and cost effective as a flooring option. It can add warmth, character and beauty to your home.
Lots of colour varieties available
Thinner than hardwood and therefore can be quite cold.
Much more cost effective than timber hardwood flooring
Some bamboo flooring can be produced using toxic glues – be sure to check
Can be used in damp climates where hardwood floors would not be recommended
Susceptible to scratching and scuff marks over time. Can also be damaged and discoloured by sunlight – you may need to move your furniture to prevent discolouration
Highly environmentally sustainable
Being a natural material, too much moisture can cause warping, discolouration and growth of mould. Excessive and continued water can cause bamboo to swell and weaken
Easy maintenance and durable if sealed twice a year
Sensitive to humidity and can swell and shrink
This is the product I get most excited about, because it is what we have chosen to install in our last two properties. Our flooring is the Quick Step Impressive Ultra and is BEYOND amazing. While our flooring is premium in both quality and cost (going top of the range always is), there are lots of different laminate options across the board that come with lots of different price tags. Timber laminate flooring is made from composite wood pressed together and can be more cost effective than hardwood flooring. It can also be quite easy to install if you have a little experience…Dave and I have installed our own flooring on the past two builds, however Dave is highly experienced in construction. You’ll need to discuss and research this yourself.
Waterproof options make this suitable for every room in the home, including kitchens and bathrooms.
Not all finishes are waterproof – discuss this with supplier
Click system prevents dust and dirt gathering between the boards
Can not be sanded and re-finnished to give a new appearance like timber hardwood flooring
Can be placed on top of underfloor heating systems when installed correctly
Like all products, they vary from one manufacturer to another. Do your research on product reviews
Solid, pleasant sound
Pattern repetition occurs, as there are generally 5-10 different patterns in the boards when manufactured
Extremely strong, hardwearing and durable and very difficult to scratch
As with other products, a small number of chemical sensitive individual may have reactions to the glues ad resins used in the flooring. Do your research!
Will not stain like other flooring options
Keeps original colour even when exposed to sunlight
Easy to maintain and clean
Quick and easy to install – no need for glue, mortar or nails
Huge variety of colours and finishes – from timber look to natural stone and concrete look finishes.
Warmer to the touch than other flooring such as bamboo and vinyl planks.
Variety of different thicknesses
Engineered flooring is a great alternative to timber hardwood flooring, because it basically IS timber flooring…it is just strategically manufactured to give optimal performance. It’s made up of three layers: a protected lacquered hardwood top, plantation grown core, and a pine back.
Authentic look and feel due to the fact that is is made of 100% timber
While it is cheaper than hardwood flooring, it is more expensive than the other flooring choices
More stable in high-humidity environments
Different manufactures have different quality standards. Do your research to get top quality!
More environmentally sustainable than hardwood flooring
Some engineered planks can sound hollow – research different thicknesses for their sound and quality
More affordable than hardwood timber flooring
Engineered wood is made with adhesives and resins, some of which can give off harmful gases. Research which is the best for you.
This products has been described as the best of both worlds. It is durable and strong like laminate, whilst also giving the soft and luxurious look of vinyl planks.
Superior scratch resistance
Can be dearer than some other floors
Easy maintenance and cleaning
Looks like timber, but doesn’t feel like it
Can handle huge difference in humidity
Tiling was the most poplar choice in flooring until technology came along and reinvented timber flooring and their look alike friends. However, because of the different features of tiles, they are still an excellent choice for flooring throughout the home and in particular in bathrooms, laundries and splash backs.
So easy to maintain and clean
Because they are so hard, they often break whatever falls on them
Glazed tiles are 100% water resistant
Grout can become discoloured and stand due to mildew
Extremely durable Ceramic, porcelain and mosaic are able to handle high amounts of traffic.
In cooler months, tiles can be really cold
Temperature and chemical resistant so they do not corrode when exposed to chemicals or extreme weather
Needs a professional to install
Hygienic and inhibit viruses, mould and fungi from growing
Environmentally friendly when made from clay and raw materials like ceramic tiles
Diverse and affordable so can suit anyone and everyone’s preferences
Such a statement, polished concrete is one of those products that you either love or loathe. They are suited beautifully to minimal, modern and industrial style homes. They are making a real come back onto the design market, so here is what you need to know about polished concrete…
Can be very, very cold in winter and can retain heat in summer
Flood and fire resistant
Not suitable for homes that lack sunlight – sunlight is needed to heat the concrete slab
Ideal for high traffic areas
Expensive – they sit at a similar price point to timber hardwood flooring
Easy to clean and super hygienic
Creating an amazing aggregate, quarts and coloured polish can be very expensive
Can be rebuffed to reshine when it becomes a little dull from wear and tear
Can be very hard, especially when standing on for periods of time eg. cooking in the kitchen or when little ones fall over
Can incorporate underfloor heating into polished concrete flooring (needs to be discussed and approved during planning stages)
Cracks may appear due to the house settling over time
Can be installed to use for so many different surfaces eg. flooring, kitchen benches, vanities, stairs, etc
Will show more dust due to the gloss effect
Can be poured on site, so is made to suit your space. For this reason, it is made to measure and will not show join lines like many other products will
May show scratches, however this depends on the sealer that is used. Different sealers have different pros and cons – so do your research on this too!
Ideal for those who suffer from allergies
Available in a wide variety of colours, aggregates and finishes
Can create a seamless finish from indoors to outdoors
Phew! So there you go…..there is so much information for you to digest! I tend to find that clients have a preference for a timber/timber look, tile or polished concrete depending on the style of home they are going for and the vision and mood they want to create when they step foot through the door.
Remember, do what works for you, weigh up all your options and enjoy sliding those feet out of bed in the morning and landing those tootsies on your floor of choice!
If you have any questions, I am always here to help! Contact me through the ‘Contact Us’ page, or alternatively, send me a DM on Instagram. Either way I will be sure to get back to you with whatever info I can offer.
As I step foot inside the door, I immediately feel calm. I feel safe. I feel joy. Within these walls we laugh, we dance and we slide down the hallway in our socks. We are 100% ourselves and I would never ever want it any other way.
Our entryway is made up of a few spaces, each of them with their own purpose and each of them I love equally because they work together to welcome us home.
I love bright, white and fresh interiors, so knew that the interior of our home would be predominantly white. White walls and white ceilings with a few pops of interest here and there. During the planning stages of our home, I informed (read: warned) Dave that we would be having timber mould panelling EVERYWHERE. I am sure he thought I was either joking, or that I would grow out of the idea. I can tell you that neither will ever happen. I take my moulding very seriously and it’s possibly one of my favourite design features that help to bring texture and character to a space. Believe it or not, we’ve actually added more to our home since we moved in! Being such a white space, I was looking for ways to bring warmth and interest to our entryway. I chose to install Shiplap on the ceiling (also known as VJ panelling). I love the way it draws your eye upwards. We’re planning to install some gorgeous feature lighting in the hallway, but i just haven’t found EXACTLY what I am looking for in Australia yet. Another little project to look forward to creating later on down the track.
Our hallway leads down to the part of our house that we call the ‘entryway’ – even though technically it all is. This space has changed in the 4 months we have been in our home….and probably the space that has changed the most dramatically! I never, in a million years thought that I would be painting any wall in our home black…..but it happened. And I LOVE it! It has added real depth, mood and a touch of luxe. Another thing I love is the gorgeous stone bench. Originally we were going to have a piece of stone floating between the two walls, but I am delighted that we went with the downwards return (also, the stone floating was ridiculously heavy and we would have needed brackets, really taking away from the look we were trying to achieve). The gorgeous stone legs add another view of our stunning EssaStone Calacutta, and I couldn’t be more obsessed with it. I love that it can be styled as either a welcoming space, or that it can also be used as a quiet little study nook and a place of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home. We popped some power there too to charge laptops and power lamps if we want to change it to a study nook. The versatility of this space is going to be great down the track. But for now, it’s just a peaceful and welcoming space as we enter the home.
…and can we all stop for a moment to appreciate that exterior pendant? It’s a little (big) showstopper, and I adore it. As soon as I saw this style, it was love at first sight. I have another of this pendant featured somewhere else in our home…can you guess where?
As you would have expected, we have used the same floors throughout all of the home. And we used them all through the last build. Yep – we are obsessed. The quality is BEYOND and their durability will rival any other flooring. Not to mention that colour. *smitten*.
Throughout our designing, planning and building stages, I asked you, my beautiful Insta Fam, what colour door you thought we would go with, and a majority of you said pink…UNDERSTANDABLY! And to tell you the truth, I really did have my heart set on it. But I asked Dave how he would feel about being the guy who lived in the house with the pink door. He thought about it for a bit and said he was ok with it….but I could tell he wasn’t 100% keen. Completely fair. We decided to choose another colour together and used a lot of inspiration from our last trip to Paris. We had light blues and forest greens picked out and didn’t totally love them. Black was the one colour that we really loved – and I am so glad we went with it – it really makes the brass finished POP!
Speaking of the door and the brass finishes (excuse me while I wipe away my drool), do you remember the struggles I had trying to find a brass door handle?! I searched high and I searched low. I trawled the internet and looked in all the hardware shops both local and in Sydney. And none of them were quite right….you know how fussy I am about these kinds of things. They were either too orange in their brass, or not the right style. But when I found these, they were meant to be. So happy that we could make them work on the exterior and in the interior of the door. The other brass accents including the bell, dummy door knocker and kick plate just work together to finish it off.
And then there is the actual door itself….it’s a beauty! It’s gorgeous and is from Corinthian Doors. We knew we wanted something traditional to really support the exterior architectural moulding and painted brick finish, and this was the only door from the beginning. In previous houses we had chosen pivot doors which were a LOAD more expensive, just for the way that they close. Having had one house previously with a pivot door, and one without, we really couldn’t justify the expense of them and decided to invest the money somewhere else. And it’s not a decision we’ve ever regretted. If you’re looking for great quality and beautifully solid doors, I can 100% recommend Corinthian Doors.
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