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
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!
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!
3 THE COVER COLLECTIVE
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.
4 I LOVE LINEN
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.
5 RAW SUNSHINE COAST
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sage x Clare’s new Soleil Collection has an international flavour, combining the romanticism of the Mediterranean with a mystique inspired by some of the world’s most exotic locations.
Photography Armelle Habib / Styling Julia Green and Noël Coughlan for Greenhouse Interiors, assisted by Sarah Walsh, Annie Bell, Jemma Bell and Alison Lewis.
Stripes, stylized florals and flowing shapes feature throughout our collection, reminiscent of balmy European destinations, where beautiful beaches and charming villages create a laid-back holiday feel.
Style and sophistication are expressed here like nowhere else. The collection features braiding, sequins, beading, charms and gold pops, introducing a free-spirited bohemian feel that captures the essence of modern Moroccan design. These authentic, hand-crafted details are evocative of the artisanal wares found in the colourful medinas of Marrakech and its surrounds.
The addition of bold sunbursts and terrazzo patterns, as well as a cheeky nod to Picasso, continue the charismatic European and African influences found throughout the Soleil Collection.
The Soleil Collection is an ode to the beauty and charm of exotic destinations. We love its effortless summer vibes, its well travelled flavour and its laid-back holiday inspirations.
Studio Elwood have released an inspired range of affordable art prints that are sure to brighten your home’s walls.
Styling Bree Leech / Photography James Geer
The limited-edition 2019 collections, created by Studio Elwood Creative Director and fine artist, Tory Burke, showcase the abstract minimalist style and thoughtful design approach which she is renowned for.
Tory says The Arch series was inspired by historical Roman architectural and ceremonial arches, seen in celebrations such as weddings to mark new beginnings. “Earthy and rich colour combinations and overlapping oil paints were employed to give a regal and strong representation of the arch; and a ‘golden mean’, a horizon, was used to provide the arch its foundation and spatial context,” Tory says.
“The original artworks were created on mounted Italian linen, which with its warm undertone, enhances the earthy neutral tones and allows for the execution of bold and definitive line work.”
The second series in the collection, The Flow, was inspired by moving water, minerals and other natural elements required to nourish Australian flora and fauna. “The dots and single brush strokes represent the pitter-patter of raindrops on forest foliage, and the running lines depict flowing water after a rainstorm,” Tory says.
Available in editions of just 50, each art print comes signed, numbered and is available framed or unframed. Studio Elwood’s The Arch and The Flow series are available in multiple sizes and range from $200-$825 (print only, framing additional).
We’re excited to announce that our new Family Edition is on its way to us from the printers, and available for pre-order now through the Adore online shop. Here’s a sneak peek look of what’s inside.
Creating a family sanctuary that’s both stylish and practical is no mean feat. In the new spring edition of Adore, we tour four family homes that get the balance right. We also take a tour of four cool kids’ rooms – each with its own personality. Feeling peckish? This spring, we’re eating our way through the most delicious cafes and restaurants Manly has to offer.
Renovating a bathroom is tricky – and with so many different trades involved it can very quickly add up! I explain my renovation timeline and budget.
I project managed the bathroom renovation myself. After getting three quotes from various builders I quickly discovered that it wasn’t financially feasible to hire a builder to organise all of the trades (one quoted me $20,000 for trades alone – with myself having to provide all of the materials) – yeh no thanks. Project managing isn’t for everyone though – it’s very time consuming and can be stressful juggling all of the trades (there are a lot). My recommendation would be to take some time off work and get about three quotes for each trade. I used an app called hipages which made it super easy to get quotes from a number of different tradespeople in my area.
“My top tip – go with the trades that are on board with your ideas and that are good communicators.”
Remember – sometimes it’s not always the cheapest quote that’s the best. Importantly you should be able to communicate well with that person and be on the same wavelength. For example, when we explained our vision of the bathroom to one builder, he had never heard of a barn door and thought it wouldn’t look good tiling all the way up to the ceiling – he thought cornicing was better because we had cornice throughout the house. He also thought we were nuts for wanting to brick in the window above the vanity and I had to explain to him that that’s where the mirror would go so we had to get rid of that window! He wasn’t on board with our vision. There was another trade – a plumber – who criticised the area we lived in and said you wouldn’t do anything that fancy in an area like this! He also was slow to get back to me when I wanted to lock him in. I trusted my gut instinct and got a different plumber in - someone with a more positive outlook and who was quicker in replying to me.
My top tip – go with the trades that are on board with your ideas and that are good communicators. For example our handyman Nigel, who did our demo (from Real Renovations) was a huge asset to us, not only was he hardworking, he also was really helpful in his advice on tradespeople to use, and the order in which each job needed to be done. Having someone there to hold our hand was hugely helpful. If you have friends or family that have recently renovated, also pick their brains over who they used – you can’t beat personal testimonials!
Below is our renovation timeline – yours might differ slightly depending on the scope of work.
Bathrooms are expensive rooms to renovate! As you can see from the list above, there’s so many different trades and jobs involved. If you’re doing a renovation similar to ours where you need to knock out walls, brick in windows etc, it can quickly add up. However I think with all of the improvements we’ve made, it’s really opened up the space and made it much more spacious and user-friendly (and dare I say, increased the value of the home too). If you’re looking to renovate your bathroom but have no idea how much it will all cost I thought I’d disclose how much it cost me (see below). I’ve itemised the cost of trades and materials (the materials could cost you less or more depending on the products you select). All up it cost over $17,000, which isn’t bad considering a builder could cost you $20,000 and that doesn’t include materials!
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