Kimmy Hogan's new art is flourishing

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Kimmy Hogan’s latest body of work tells the next part of her story as an artist - as she ventures further with experimentation and ‘letting go’ of perfection.

Styling NC Interiors for Greenhouse Interiors, assisted by Rebecca Lever and Jessica Retallack
Photography Cricket Studio

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Kimmy’s love of florals continues with this new collection, while she explores more abstract shapes and compositions.

As a digital artist, her goal was to show evidence of human touch. Her drawings are created with ‘hand motion’ using the mouse, and the addition of “scribbles” and texture add a personal touch to her work.

Kimmy’s latest collection is a homage to florals - with feminine yet bold colours and textures that add a touch of the exotic. Rich terracotta, oranges and pinks contrast with soft creams, peaches and cool greens.

Some pieces can be mixed and matched while others are a statement on their own. Kimmy has let her drawings go wild and free; more loose and abstract than ever before. This collection has come from a place of pure joy.

Limited edition artworks available on paper or canvas and priced from $150.

Click here to shop Kimmy’s works of art.

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Harpers x Byron Collection

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Harpers Project recently shot their latest collection of furniture in Byron Bay. The resulting images are so dreamy and coastal-inspired and have us now longing for summer.

Shoot locations: Byron Beach Abodes

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Harpers Project’s mantra has always been buy once, buy well. We love that sentiment and feel like every single piece in their new collection are forever-pieces that you could hand down to your children.

The new collection very much has a coastal-boho flavour – but would also equally sit well within a contemporary interior. The hand woven cane armchair is probably my favourite piece in the range (pictured above and below). I’m also eyeing off that timber sun lounge – all I need is a pool to go with it!

Love this new range as much as we do? Click here to shop.

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My Bathroom Renovation Revealed

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If you follow us on Instagram you’ll have probably already spied my bathroom reno journery on Instagram Stories and I’m so thrilled to be finally revealing all here on the blog!

Photography Mark Zeidler

When my partner and I purchased the house we quickly decided that the bathroom would be the first room to be renovated. The bathroom was an 80s hot mess! It was cramped and outdated and well, just plain gross. Waterproofing was non existent and the shower was constantly leaking water through to the bedroom next door which has started rotting the skirting and walls (not ideal)! The toilet was situated next door to the bathroom so we decided to knock down the wall in between the rooms, and remove the two linen cupboards which encroached into both spaces to give the bathroom much needed floor space. There is only one bathroom in the house, so it made sense to renovate it prior to moving in. We had two weeks to get it to a functioning stage, and we accomplished that goal with the bathroom being tiled, and the shower and toilet installed. It was another three weeks before we saw the shower glass panel, vanity, wall mixers and LED mirror installed, but my goodness was it worth the wait (its worth noting that if I organised the vanity sooner - which wasn’t possible in this case as we started renovating as soon as we got the keys, we would have finished the renovation in two weeks - just incase anyone wants to know if it’s possible - it very much is!).

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So where do you start? First off it’s important to select all of the fixtures and finishes first. A custom made vanity can take about six weeks to make, so get that ordered first. Also if you’re going to replace your window, get that ordered ASAP so when the carpenter is in there he can do it at the same time as his other work. I learnt that lesson the hard way and ended up racing out to a window warehouse at the last minute, where they had standard size windows in stock (a lot of window companies don’t have them in stock – usually you need to order them in).

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I opted for a Loughlin Furniture ‘Staples’ vanity, handcrafted from Tasmanian Oak. It is such a beautiful piece and really is the hero of the bathroom. It totally warms up the space and goes with that whole modern coastal feel I’m aiming for throughout the house. The ‘Eden’ round basin and storage compartments inside the vanity are also from Loughlin Furniture and they are so dreamy. The basin includes a white pop up waste – you have no idea how excited I was about this. It’s a smooth matte white finish just like the basin itself.

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Next up the tiles – I selected the Redfern terrazzo look tile in white for the floor and the Albert Park tile for the feature wall (in full white gloss) from Tile Cloud and could not be happier with my selections. The feature tile looks more light grey in person (even though they are called full white) and they are each hand made - so no two tiles are the same. I love the subtle texture in them and they are probably the most-asked about product in my bathroom when I post it on my Instagram stories! What I love about Tile Cloud is that you can select 5 samples on their site for just $15 – they send them out to you and it makes the decision process a whole lot easier when you can look at the samples in your own home. The plain white gloss tiles on the other three walls were from National Tiles and just $9.95 per square metre. My top tip for those on a budget would be to do a cheap tile like this on most of the walls, and just select one wall to be the feature (usually this would be the wall with the vanity on it) and splash out on something a little more fancy or bold.

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For the tapware I knew exactly what finish I wanted – brushed gold! Having had a Phoenix sink mixer in my last home I knew the quality was top notch and had to go Phoenix again in the new home. I love every single piece – the Vivid Twin Shower is probably my favourite though – it’s heavenly to go for a shower underneath that large showerhead, and I adore that curved detail on the shower arm. The matching Phoenix accessories like the towel rail and toilet roll holder also give the bathroom a touch of luxe. It honestly feels like I’m in a boutique hotel bathroom.

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The LED mirror, shower glass panel and brass clips from Highgrove Bathrooms. A single glass panel has really elevated the space - it’s not a huge bathroom so I didn’t want the shower to feel closed in by having a door on it. I liked the idea of it being open. I chose a 1.2m long glass panel and it really delivers on limiting water splashes on the bathroom floor. The brass clips are one of my favourite little details in this room and at just $10 each they certainly are one the cheapest items in the space. The LED mirror has a discreet button on it and I love the soft glow it gives to the bathroom at night. It’s also available in two round sizes. The long shape of this one was perfect for my bathroom and helped to balance out the height of the window next to it. Highgrove Bathrooms have really affordably priced bathroom products so you should check them out if you’re renovating.

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Last but certainly not least – it’s the beautiful plantation shutters from DIY Blinds. These really just finish the space off beautifully – it makes the room feel more finished and I’m in love with the smooth white finish. I’ll definitely include some of their plantation shutters in the rest of the house – the quality of them are just superb (and quite affordably priced)!

To say I’m thrilled with the bathroom renovation would be an understatement. I’m absolutely ecstatic with the final result and have to keep pinching myself that this is really my bathroom! It just feels so much bigger and lighter now!

I’ve had lots of questions on my Instagram stories about the budget for the bathroom and whether I got a builder in or project managed it myself. I’m going to do another blog post that goes into more detail about that as I know you all like to know those types of details, so stay tuned!

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Phoenix Launch New Zimi Range

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Phoenix have launched their new ‘Zimi’ collection – featuring their largest finishes palette to date. It’s perfect for bathroom fashionistas.

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Designed in Australia, Zimi is Phoenix’s most versatile collection, with 27 colour and finishing combinations available across a unique range of mixer taps, shower mixers and outlets. Zimi offers on-trend colour combinations, from the most in vogue colourings through to timeless classic pairings.

The handle colours available are Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Matte Black, Matte White, Cool Grey, Oatmeal, Blush Pink, Sage Green, and Powder Blue, while the fixture bases are finished in Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Matte Black.

Best of all, the handles are easily interchangeable with the bases without needing a plumber, allowing for flexibility and customisation at an affordable price point. We like the sound of that! Click here to check out the range.

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Budget Bathroom Boosters

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Interior design Studio Black Interiors / Photography Adam McGrath / Build Homes by Howe

Featuring Highgrove Bathroom’s Eden timber wall hung vanity

As you sign the papers to your new home, the excitement and the desire to include your personal flair can sometimes result in the budget slipping out of control. However, there are some simple and affordable ways to add personal touches to your new space without breaking the bank.

By Wesley Sinclair from Highgrove Bathrooms


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FEATURE FRIENDLY

Feature walls need not be reserved for the living room or bedroom. Be it wallpaper or tiles, geometric patterns are certainly ‘in’, especially hexagonal or chevron designs. Mixed materials such as natural stone or timber are a crowd favourite too, and for good reason. We suggest a timber grain vanity or cabinet to draw the eye – the warmth from the wood will offset the cold look and feel of the bathroom tiling.


MAKE A STATEMENT (OR TWO)

Why spend more than you need to? If your new bathroom is in relatively good shape then it may only need a few additions to elevate the overall look. Consider upgrading your accessories, shower head, tapware or mirror – these small additions will inject new life into the space and won’t blow your budget into the stratosphere. To top it off, having new lush towels creates a luxurious hotel vibe so you’ll feel like you're staying in a five star hotel every night.


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SIMPLIFY AND GREENIFY

No matter which room of the house, integrating a few touches of lush greenery never fails to uniquely enhance a space, giving it a brighter and fresher feel. Plants like orchids, peace lilies and bamboo flourish in low light, high humidity and warm temperatures, making them perfect for the bathroom environment - opt for a textured material or patterned pot to draw the attention of the eye.


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Meet Matte

Matte black bathroom accessories have become a timeless trend - this is due to their simplicity. A matte black theme in one’s bathroom can easily be adopted through the tapware, shower head, towel rack, toilet paper holder and soap dispenser.


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Save Space with Open Space

 While storage is absolutely essential for any bathroom, the installation of extra cabinets can become costly and clutter the room. Consider opting for open shelving or ladder style shelving – they create the illusion of more space and your wallet will thank you. For a more spacious feel, consider a frameless shower screen for a sleek, new-age look.

Timber stools roundup

A timber stool seems to be the ‘it’ accessory for bathrooms these days – and we can totally see why! We round up some of our favourites.

A timber stool or stump can add just the right amount of natural warmth to a bathroom.

Considering the surfaces in bathrooms are predominantly all tile or porcelain – a little bit of timber can be a welcome addition. It’s no surprise then, that timber stools seem to be the ‘it’ accessory for bathrooms these days. They’re the perfect spot to place a candle, a plant or even a glass of wine by the bathtub.

I’m personally on the hunt for a timber stool to add to my own bathroom which has recently been renovated. I want something to complement the timber vanity from Loughlin Furniture. I’ve narrowed down my search to these twelve beauties below – and I thought I’d share these with you.

Below I’ve rounded up a variety of styles – there’s a stool to suit all budgets, plus some that aren’t strictly all timber – I personally quite like options 8 and 10.

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Ivy Muse 'Playback'

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Melbourne-based botanical wares studio IVY MUSE recently launched ‘Playback’, its latest collection of locally designed and made botanical wares.

Photographer Annette O’Brien / Styling Alana Langan

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With a nod to the plant-filled decadence of the 70s ‘Playback’ includes eight brand new Melbourne-made botanical wares including plant hangers, plant sconces, ceramics, plant stands and accessories. With a focus on form and vibrant colour this collection offers plant lovers new ways to showcase their gang and reap the benefits of the life filled with plants.

The collection sees the release of two brand new wall planters; ‘Plant Sconce’ (Studded and Simple) and ‘Stevie Wall Hook’, designed for people who love the idea of hanging plants but not the idea of drilling into their ceiling. ‘Playback’ also includes ‘Floyd’ plant stand’, crafted from powder coated ribbon steel and ‘Stud Hanger’, which combines leather and steel to display hanging plants to great effect.

Complementing the offering is a brand new hand-crafted ‘Woven Hanger’, a collaboration with local leather craftswoman Kym Lightfoot. Available in Cloud and Ivory with tan leather.

IVY MUSE commissioned renowned Victorian potter Robert Gordon to produce an exclusive range of hand-made pots to complement the range. Slip-cast from stoneware and terracotta, each pot has been combined with unique glazes and are available in one size.

‘Playback’ also includes a brand new plant stand, ‘Chubby’, designed to pair with their ‘Chubby’ spun metal pots.

Rounding out the extensive collection is a brand new powder-coated steel plant stake ‘Dot’. Perfect for taming wild plants like monstera deliciosa and philodendrons, ‘‘Dot’ is available in a variety of colours.

‘Playback’ draws its inspiration from the decadence of the 70s when plants were the decoration of choice in a home. “Having both just moved into homes built in the 60s/70s we were enveloped in the era and felt that flow through into our designs for the collection” explains co-founder Alana Langan. “‘Playback’ is really about maximising greenery in your space; we wanted to inspire people to get creative with how they display their plants and make the most of greenifying their space”, adds co-founder Jacqui Vidal.

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