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Most of us would love a new kitchen, but think it is financially beyond our reach. This doesn’t have to be the case. You can achieve a beautiful kitchen on a budget by applying some smart refurbishment techniques.
I was delighted recently to contribute some advice for loan comparison site Rate City, who have recently published a great article about how to renovate your kitchen on a budget. Here are some essential tips:
Make the Most of the Space
One of the key things about kitchen design is to measure correctly and find innovative uses for the available space. Integrated storage solutions are a great way to maximise the space in a kitchen. If you’re unsure, it’s important to get help from an experienced professional.
Engineered stone benchtops are a more cost effective alternative to natural stone and are much lower maintenance, while still looking just as luxurious. Add tiled or glass splashbacks and stainless steel kkckboards to finish the look.
My Sparky Shop
| Unique | Creative | Green |
Following on from my last post, I am particularly fond of the work of a Perth sparky who is doing a wonderful job out of upcycling!
My Sparky Shop creates lamps and chandeliers out of mason jars, strainers and just about anything he gets his hands on!
Why waste when you can create?
His work gets the big thumbs-up from me, and I can’t wait to feature it in a future project!
Check out some of his creative masterpieces below…. They may just give you a light bulb moment or two!
My favourite. Just too clever!
Hot tea, anyone?
Fun and sweet, perfect for a kids room.
Proof that imagination is the limit.
How much more vintage can it get?
Love the colour!
Studio lighting never looked so good.
Gorgeous Ikea pot meets Mr Sparky Shop. Let there be light!
| Charming | Unique | Creative |
With the Industrial, Retro and Vintage styles comes a revival of a term in interior design: upcycling.
Never heard of it? It’s well worth looking up!
For a man’s trash is another man’s treasure…
How many things do we throw out every day without thinking of what we could turn them into? As a society we tend to replace everything with new. Buy, buy, buy.
Yet the most unique, creative and charming pieces can’t be bought. They can only be transformed.
Check out these amazing ideas below for upcycling books and get started on your next project!
LOVE this bedside. Simple but oh-so-effective.
Hidden storage… so clever.
For the perfectly creative vintage wedding decor.
What better bedside lamp for those cosy nights with a book?
Yes, you’ll find this idea used in the Ikea postcards… but we must admit it’s a good one!
Forget the mirrored jewelry boxes… they are so yesterday! Bring back the charm.
Image Credit: Donald Uhrbrock/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
| Simple | Timeless |
When these plain and petite white ceramic tiles made an appearance as the main finish to New York City’s subway system in 1904, no one could have predicted they would take the world by storm and would continue to be a favourite 110 years later! If that’s not timeless design, I don’t know what is.
Widely popular in kitchens and bathrooms, this design icon also allows for all kinds of applications not limited to these areas… and they will be worth it in each and every one.
Their appeal is due mostly to its versatility – they can make an area look anything from quirky to industrial to elegant. And that’s not an easy feat for one material alone! But the gorgeous Subway tile rises to the challenge – and wins, every time.
We can achieve a myriad of different looks simply by experimenting with their sizes, laying pattern, grout colour, tile colour, tile texture, bevel and tile edging. With so much variation, imagination is the limit!
Having said that, there is something about the original 150×70 white gloss that demands attention and claims the #1 spot in interior design worldwide…. after all, who can resist its original charm?
Let’s have a look at some different, but equally gorgeous, applications below:
The 100 x 300 format helps elongate small areas compared to the original size. The vintage feel of this bathroom with the lovely round mirror, Tolix stool and wall-hung basin is simply stunning!
Adding depth and glamour with a dark gloss subway – a completely different result.
A rough finish I particularly like for commercial premises… thinking industrial/contemporary bar in the city.
Taking it one step further with the marble look
Subways make great skirting tiles! Featured here alongside amazing hexagon tiles and the iconic Captain’s mirror.
The second Interior Design brief to be brought to life in the shape of an actual person is the Loft style.
Cool and casual, yet impressive and individualistic. Loft is about borrowing the idea behind the industrial style, but softening it and bringing in lots of interest through colourful artwork and big, or rather, huge, feature pieces!
Mr Loft would have the kind of look that says “I only buy designer labels…. yet you’ll feel absolutely relaxed around me”.
So what would his wardrobe consist of?
Fairly plain key pieces of clothing for a blank canvas to begin with, a trendy and bright coloured designer blazer, fashionable shoes for a bit of fun and big sunnies to complement the oversized feature pieces back at his “humble” abode.
Mr Loft….. comfort meets designer.
What do you think of the result below? What would you change?
Looking through some lifestyle blogs the other day, I saw some posts to do with fashion, which is something that never really grabs my attention, as I think each person is so unique they should dress to their own style, in whatever makes them feel comfortable, or attractive, or happy. But that triggered a thought. What if interior design styles were personified? What would you find in their wardrobes? What would be their favourite outfit? In this series of posts, I’ll be giving life to the main interior design briefs! Let’s begin with a style that has come back to hit the world by storm: The Hamptons interior design.
Ms Hamptons would dress with understated elegance. Natural linens paired with fresh white for a comfortable and timeless look; a splash of duck egg colour for softness; plain white low heels; a lace-look clutch bag for that touch of femininity; and to top it all off, sophisticated pearls tying it all to the coastal origins of the style. Check out the result below.
Feel free to reply to this post: do you agree with the selections? Or do you envision the persona differently? What would you change? As much as there are pre-defined specifics to each interior design style, your home should always reflect your personality and character… making each project unique!
You know that old stepladder that’s been sitting in your shed for so long you forgot all about it? What about your rusty but trusty sitting stool? Think you should do a massive clean-out and send it all to the tip? Think again!
Meet the Industrial Style – it’s all the hype in interior design!
It’s all about bringing back those old worn pieces you didn’t remember you had, and letting them shine in their own right! Yesterday’s trash is today’s treasure… so make the most of it!
Metals, recycled timber, exposed brick, comfy worn chairs and items being used in unexpected ways – all combine to make this style one that’s full of character and charm!
Why not embrace this style today? With so many garage sales happening all around, your next feature piece could be just around the corner… literally!
Presentation is everything.
An amazing find from an architectural salvage store made this bathroom impossible to forget! Such an imposing feature can only ever be combined with understated clean lines… you don’t want different elements fighting for attention! Let it shine.
The timeless captain’s mirror teamed with the oh-so-in-vogue hexagon tiles and solid timber vanity is a winning combo for those who appreciate the industrial look but want a softness added to it.
What’s an industrial scheme without quirky storage? Let your creative juices flow!
Industrial-meets-cabin, this bedroom is both cozy and cool.