MY LAUNDRY RENOVATION REVEALED

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My laundry renovation is finally complete. What was once a dank, mouldy and unusable space complete with leaking taps and exposed copper pipes (no, not the cool industrial kind) is now a bright, functional space.

PHOTOGRAPHY MARK ZEIDLER

BEFORE: This is what the laundry looked like before moving in.

BEFORE: This is what the laundry looked like before moving in.

BEFORE: This is the messy reality of living through a renovation and having no storage!

BEFORE: This is the messy reality of living through a renovation and having no storage!

Ok so let’s talk about the laundry prior to renovation! Right before we moved in we discovered the hot water system wasn’t working (the opposite of a housewarming gift)! It worked out well though because all along I had planned on moving the hot water system outside, I just hadn’t budgeted for replacing with a brand new one so soon. I went with a gas hot water system as we wanted to use gas hotplates in the kitchen later on – so it just made sense to cross over to gas now. It did however cost $2000 so that was something we hadn’t prepared for.

In terms of tile choice I knew I wanted a white floor to help bounce light around the room and keep the space feeling fresh. I chose Tile Cloud’s Wellington herringbone mosaic tile in matt white and I love them – they’re my favourite feature in the room. And for the splashback I used Tile Cloud’s Brunswick kit kat tiles in gloss white. Both tiles were grouted with Mapei Manhattan grout (also from Tile Cloud) – it’s a beautiful soft grey and I’m so happy with the result.

Brass accents give the room a dash of luxe, including the Phoenix ‘Vivid’ slimline gooseneck sink mixer in brushed gold. It’s got excellent water pressure and it’s easy to manoeuvre around – an absolute joy to use. Other brass accents include the glass jars from Zakkia and ‘Cornet’ door handle from Kethy.

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The walls are painted in Dulux ‘Vivid White’. On the opposite wall to the cabinets we did a feature wall in EasyCraft’s EasyVJ wall panels from Bunnings. They’re an affordable way to give a wall some character and we will be using this product throughout the house to give the home a coastal vibe. On the same wall we installed three Dial hangers from Design By Them. One has a hook which is great for hanging my Menu dustpan from Designstuff. The other two are great for hanging a towel or beach bag, so this room also functions as a mudroom.

ON FLOOR: Tile Cloud’s  Wellington herringbone mosaic tile  in matt white

ON FLOOR: Tile Cloud’s Wellington herringbone mosaic tile in matt white

Whilst I’m so happy with the end result, it’s not to say there weren’t compromises along the way. I chose lots of storage over a dryer, so I’m at the mercy of Mother Nature; I only wash clothes on sunny days. Thank goodness I live in Queensland. One of those must-have storage items was a Blum pullout laundry basket (shown above). I’d seen them in display homes and always vowed I’d put one in my own laundry someday. It’s so great for concealing messy dirty clothes. My cabinet makers sourced this for me (it cost about $180).

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I will say this though: the laundry budget caught me completely off guard. I went in naively thinking I’d spend no more than $4,000 on this space. I spent that on the custom cabinetry and engineered stone top alone – whoops. All of the other products and trades needed on top of that came in at close to $8,000 – and that doesn’t even include replacing the hot water system. I think I could have saved money for sure by using flat-pack cabinets – that being said, I love the look of these custom cabinets from JMK Joinery and the cost included installation and measuring it all up so that it was perfectly fitted to my space. It also included a bulkhead made from the same melamine for a seamless, polished look. Because we used a Tasmanian Oak vanity in our bathroom I wanted to continue that in the laundry to keep it cohesive. I chose Polytec Tasmanian Oak woodmatt melamine finish for the bottom cupboards and floating shelves and Polytec melamine polar white sheen for the linen cupboard and upper cabinets. The stone benchtop is SmartStone ‘Arcadia’ – it’s a slightly speckled off-white colour and matches almost perfectly with the white granite sink from Temple & Webster.

Was it worth the money? Absolutely. Washing clothes is now my favourite chore and I love hanging out in the laundry!

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Study Nooks

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Study nooks have become an essential in most homes – in fact, in most bedrooms too! I’m looking for inspiration for my guest room and here’s what I’ve found.

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Interior design The Stables / Photography The Palm Co.

So I haven’t even finished the master bedroom or laundry yet (although I’m very, very close) and my mind is already wandering to the next renovation – the guest bedroom. I plan on using this room as both a room for guests to stay and for my own home office. On the list of must-haves: an open shelf, a floating desk with a drawer, and possibly upper cabinetry to conceal my printer. And then next to it will sit a built-in wardrobe. In terms of the layout – it would be similar in style to the study nooks pictured below by Build Her Collective and Bask Interiors. Note the desk is positioned right next to the doorway – that’s the ideal setup for my own spare room. I’m torn though between wardrobe doors or sliding doors (it’s not a big room and tight for space). I’m also thinking of putting VJ boards behind the desk area for some texture/interest. But other possible ideas include a felt pinboard or porta contours timber panels in Tasmanian Oak (to go with the timber throughout the home). Ah decisions, decisions. All I know is that all of these study nooks I’ve rounded up are giving me so much food for thought.

Interior design   Build Her Collective  /  Build   Beirin Projects  /  Photography   Dylan James

Interior design Build Her Collective / Build Beirin Projects / Photography Dylan James

Interior design   Bask Interiors  /  Photography   Dylan James

Interior design Bask Interiors / Photography Dylan James

Interior design   The Designory

Interior design The Designory

Interior design   Mart Architects

Interior design Mart Architects

Interior design   Mart Architects

Interior design Mart Architects

EARLY SETTLER’S OUTDOOR TRENDS

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With the warm weather upon us – we take a look at Early Settler’s top 3 outdoor furniture trends for 2019.

The weather is heating up and now’s the time to be thinking about sprucing up your outdoor space. Given our love affair with the outdoors, it’s not surprising that so many Aussies are making their outdoor spaces an extension of their interior living spaces. Not only that a well-utilised and designed outdoor space is going to add so much value to your property. We sat down with Early Settler buyer Monica Porter to discuss the hottest trends for this summer.


1. HOLIDAY AT HOME

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“It’s all about the extension of your living area into your outdoor space,” says Monica. “People are aspiring for that holiday-at-home vibe to relax with the family.” Whether you’re having a ‘staycation’ or just wanting to create a holiday feel, take inspiration from tropical locations and five-star hotels.

The Byron day bed pictured above will transport you to the poolside of a laidback resort. Top it with a few colourful cushions adorned with palm leaves and birds of paradise. The Calico hanging chair pictured right takes relaxing to the next level. Its cushioned pod-like basket is perfect for curling up and being swayed into serenity on a balmy summer breeze.

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2. MIX AND MATCH

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“The eclectic look is in,” says Monica. “Anchor your space with key furniture and blend your new feature pieces with old favourites.” With this in mind, this year Early Settler has introduced the Mix & Match range. You can pick the table you love, match it with the chairs or benches of your choice within their Mix & Match collection and still enjoy the package-deal price. This is a great way to get a more relaxed look that feels like it was put together over time.

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3. INDUSTRIAL INFLUENCES

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Much-adored in interiors over the recent years, Early Settler says in 2019 the industrial look is moving outside to decks and balconies.

To achieve this style choose furnishings in a black or white colour palette, with timber or concrete accents, and industrial elements like movable castor wheels (like the Kanto Castor bar table pictured above).

“Marble and concrete-look dining tables like the Hayman pictured below and the Marson pictured opposite also bring the metro vibe to outdoor areas and can be stylishly paired with any chair,” says Monica. The beauty of using a faux-cement dining table like the Marson, means you get the urban aesthetic without the heaviness – instead it’s made from a light-weight polyresin.

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Kalka's Coastal Luxe Display Home

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It’s not every day a display home blows your mind – but this Clayfield stunner by Kalka is an exception to the rules. Let’s take a look inside shall we?

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I’ve been to a lot of display homes in and around the Brisbane area – even the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and this display home in Clayfield by Kalka is by far the best I’ve seen. It absolutely blew me away with its attention to detail and quality of fixtures and materials used. Not to mention the styling – just pure luxe-scandi-coastal bliss. To me a display home should be the absolute best work a builder can produce – afterall it is a show home for a reason – and this one did not disappoint. It’s open for appointment during the week and open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm. It’s also on the market if anyone is interested (click here to check out the real estate listing).

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GLOBEWEST OUTDOOR COLLECTIONS 2020

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GlobeWest have revealed their most comprehensive and diverse outdoor furniture collection with eight new ranges spanning contemporary, modern, classic, retreat and eclectic aesthetics.

Blurring the lines between indoors and out, the collection includes design-led living, dining, and sun lounge pieces for alfresco and poolside spaces. You’ll find vibrant colours inspired by earth, sea and sky including indigo, olive, terracotta and natural tones in their new summer range of furnishings. Tactile woven finishes, sleek powder coated frames and crafted timbers further elevate this designer outdoor living collection.

The GlobeWest Outdoor collection incorporates scientifically developed technologies including Sunbrella and Sunproof (upholstery), Ecolene (wicker) and Quickdry (foams) ensuring the durability of its products to suit Australia’s climate.
Here’s a look at each of the eight ranges.


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OSSA

Smooth concrete surfaces are paired with rounded forms in Ossa. With strong silhouettes and bold oval forms in white or grey, this collection transports you to a coastal Mediterranean village.


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VILLA

Villa’s curvaceous clean lines and sophisticated design makes this new range a beautiful addition to a modern exterior. Linear weaving adds tactile interest while the wooden layer in the modular sofa provides warmth and gives a modern edge, elevated by subtle, tapered and angled legs.


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LYON

Lyon’s ultra-plush cushioning and curved frame has a European influence, where relaxation and sundrenched courtyards go hand in hand. The seating shapes are cocooning, while the refined white frames bring an air of elegance.


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HAMPTONS

Create a cosy outdoor atmosphere with Hamptons. The natural linen sunproof fabric sofas and mist colour rope arm chairs sit beautifully with a natural teak finish and softens the square framing.


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KAI

Clean lines and tapered legs are softened by plush loose cushioning and textured fabric in Kai. The low-profile design encourages relaxation while the interlaced weaving on the rope pieces provides structure and visual interest. Versatile woven ottomans feature a removable lid providing storage.


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POSITANO

Offering a vibrant blend of texture, colour and form, Positano combines open woven rope detailing in dining chairs and sofas to co-ordinate back with aged teak dining tables. The fine metal frames of the seating and its subtle curvature softens the design with colours of moss and terracotta.


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ARUBA

Aruba’s platform, square and upholstered sofas remove the distinction between indoor and outdoor furniture. The large modular pieces have modern silhouettes and super soft cushioning, while the plump contours of the rounded day beds create a comforting and playful aesthetic.


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SOMERS

Somers combines a refined mid-century aesthetic with contemporary style. The forms are simple with slightly angled and tapered legs. An aged teak frame with cosy grey marle cushions offers visual warmth year round.


The GlobeWest Outdoor offering includes 23+ collections. Browse the complete outdoor collection here. Available via stockists and design professionals. Find one to help you turn your outdoor space into an oasis here.

Favourite Linen Brands Roundup

AURA Home

AURA Home

There are so many great brands out there producing beautiful quality bed linen. We’ve rounded up five to put on your radar.


1 AURA HOME

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It’s not just the huge range of bedding that we love at AURA Home – it’s their range of complementing cushions, throws and towels that we also adore. Plus did you know they also sell bedroom furnishings – yep beds, bedheads, bedside tables and even pendant lights. It’s pretty much a one-stop shop for bedrooms!

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2 CULTIVER

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Cultiver have an impressive range of colours and prints to choose from – with over 17 colours in their range. You can buy things individually like your pillowcases and bedcovers – meaning you can mix and match as you please (although there are sets if you’re after all the one colour). We’re loving their new Bluestone colourway (pictured very top) along with their pencil stripe option. Their throws are also beautiful!

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3 THE COVER COLLECTIVE

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Love neutrals? We don’t blame you, when it comes to the bedroom you want to create a calming sanctuary and you can do just that with The Cover Collective’s dreamy range of neutral coloured linen made from 100% pure linen, and woven from French flax. In classic colours such as grey, charcoal, white and natural, you’re bound to find the perfect bedding. And they’ve just recently introduced French linen reversible quilted bedcovers – a versatile addition to dress your bed.

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4 I LOVE LINEN

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I Love Linen also produce a large assortment of colours and prints – with over 19 different options to choose from. What we love most though is their Signature Colour Bundles. There’s some sublime colour combos to choose from including this delightful mustard and wildflower pink pictured above.

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5 RAW SUNSHINE COAST

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RAW Sunshine Coast have just released their new RAW Essentials range featuring beautiful linen products like Euro covers, pillowslip sets, and sheets in earthy colours of tobacco, chestnut and clay. Also part of the collection, woven baskets, Moroccan pompom throws and cushions. It’s a boho-lover’s paradise.

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BACKYARD Barn

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Jessica Loughlin of Loughlin Furniture gives us a tour of her family’s adorable backyard barn – the perfect modern sleepout.

Architecture and Photography Fabric Architecture

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1. Who designed your little backyard barn and what was the design brief?
Fabric Architecture. The brief was a ‘parents retreat/ kids chill-out-zone/ alternative to second living area’, Fabric gave us a mock up of a few designs but the A-Frame pitch barn-style roof got us - from there we decided to add a little mezzanine.

2. Those barn doors are epic - did you custom make these for the barn, and what else did you design/make for the space? We did (Loughlin Furniture) - the doors are made from Tasmanian Oak. We also made the slatted awning, American Oak bulk head feature and American Oak staircase.

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3. How do you use the space? Through winter we used it as somewhere to hang out and watch movies at night with the kids - like a modern ‘sleep out’.

4. How big is it in terms of total square meterage? The floor plan is 3.9m x 6.3m. We included full length storage along the whole back wall so we lost some space but the extra storage is amazing for our family! The mezzanine is only 3.9m x 3.5m but with the Velux skylights it certainly feels bigger.

‘Harrington’ lounge and armchair, ‘Barrenjoey’ kids stool and ‘Stumpy’ stool from Loughlin Furniture

‘Harrington’ lounge and armchair, ‘Barrenjoey’ kids stool and ‘Stumpy’ stool from Loughlin Furniture

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5. We love the loft space - what did you use it for? A playroom – our 6 year old thought it was the ultimate cubby! However the space fits a double bed perfectly so could be used as a guest room for holiday periods (but minus the bathroom).

6. What colour did you paint the exterior? We used Dulux Natural White. It was a massive deliberation though – it was going to be either ‘Natural White’ or ‘Monument’. In the end we wanted to match it in with the main house colour (Natural White) but this style would have looked absolutely beautiful as a dark colour also.

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