Budget Bathroom Boosters

Interior design  Studio Black Interiors /  Photography  Adam McGrath /  Build  Homes by Howe  Featuring Highgrove Bathroom’s Eden timber wall hung vanity

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 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.


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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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.


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.


Ivy Muse 'Playback'


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


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.




West Elm has partnered with Hotham Holidays to transform an exclusive apartment – now the coolest place to stay on the Victorian Alps slopes.

Photography Martina Gemmola


Using new-season and core collection pieces, the ultimate apres ski chill-out space with a mid-century mood is now open for business. Drawing inspiration from iconic James Bond style, in just two days the apartment was given a sleek new look featuring a bold palette, metallic accents and a strong design direction that transformed the space into a sophisticated base worthy of 007 himself.

Enlisting the expertise of family-owned, Ballarat-based Haymes Paint, the apartment’s look is easily recreated in your own home – so the vibe can keep being enjoyed long after the lifts have closed for the year.

“The season is set to be a big one, and the new-look apartment is the perfect getaway for those seeking style, and luxurious comfort,” said Belinda Trembath, General Manager, Mount Hotham Skiing Company and Hotham Holiday.



Hotham Holidays are giving one lucky person the chance to win their own Bond-esque Hotham Holidays winter getaway plus a $1,000 west elm gift card – to transform their home into a luxe haven. You can enter via hothamholidays.com.au.


Space Crush: Burleigh Pavilion


The Gold Coast has added yet another beautiful eatery to its long list – Burleigh Pavilion is the latest offering designed by the team at Alexander & Co.

Photography Anson Smart


I’m not sure what it is about the Gold Coast, but it seems to be getting a real makeover these days, and a magnet for the hottest restaurants around. Burleigh Pavilion is the ultimate destination for those looking for epic beachfront water views. The Pavilion Bar’s casual outdoor space is a place where you can step straight up from the sand, have a shower and rack your board off to the side. The terrace area offers an extensive list of tasty bar bites including wood-fired pizzas; burgers; salads; beer-battered fish and chips; seared barra; and a French dip steak sandwich.

But it’s the interiors that really have us swooning – and that’s all thanks to the hands of Alexander & Co. The brief was to create three spaces within a beach Pavilion structure; an a la carte restaurant, a coastal brasserie and a main outdoor beach bar. The client wanted the project to evoke memories of his childhood spent holidaying in Burleigh Heads with a 70s Gold Coast beach nostalgia. I think they’ve nailed the brief – but it totally feels fresh and contemporary and not too retro, even though faded pastel colours and breezeblock are peppered throughout.


Store Profile: Designstuff

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After five years as a thriving online retailer, Designstuff has opened a Scandi-licious showroom in Melbourne. Founder Christina Fedders shares her story.

Words Beth Greshwalk / Photography Simon Shiff

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Store owner Christina Fedders

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When it comes to buying home décor, you can’t help but love the instant gratification of online shopping. But when you need some extra direction or inspiration, there’s nothing like a bricks and mortar store. This was the case for Designstuff, which began as a popular online destination for modern Scandinavian-style homewares and furniture and has now opened its own showroom in Melbourne.

“One of our most-asked questions after launching our website was, ‘Do you have a showroom?’” recalls Christina Fedders, Designstuff’s owner, manager and head buyer. “At the time, we were operating out of our granny flat at home. Though we were happy to welcome customers in, it really wasn’t the best setting to be showcasing our products.”

Believing it was the necessary next step for the business’s growth, Christina decided to take the plunge and open a public Designstuff shop in St Kilda. Collaborating with local designer Angela Harry, Christina worked to “set up a space suitable for viewing and interacting with our pieces”.

The result is a “hybrid” space, pairing the imaginative elements of a concept store with the ease of a traditional retail experience.

We’re excited to announce Designstuff as one our stockists. Grab a copy of the new issue of Adore in store. Address: 3-5 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda, Melbourne.

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This is an edited extract from Adore Home Magazine’s new Small Homes edition (in newsagents from June 3) and in the Adore online shop now (click to buy).