Whilst free standing bath tubs are the must-have bathing solution of the moment, a lot can still be said for built in bath tubs.
The benefit of built-ins is that they blend in to your interior instead of standing out from it. Free standing baths often don’t make the most of the surrounding space & can sometimes look awkward & out of place.
Built ins work well when tucked into corners or along entire bathroom walls. They are also suited to a wide range of interior styles, from traditional with detailed panelling to a more modern & sleek aesthetic & everything...
Kitchens with central islands have come to be the most requested feature for those looking to buy a new home. A kitchen island offers many benefits to comfortable home living:
As the hub of the home, the kitchen attracts family members for food, chats and often family time. A central kitchen island provides extra seating for the kids to do their homework or pitch in with dinner preparations. It is a great way to keep the kids involved & within close supervision.
The extra seating can also act as an informal dining area for small family meals or provide additional seating...
Whilst the traditional white marble with grey veins is having a major moment, the inverse of this marble seems all but forgotten. With a dark background & beautiful white veins, this black marble absolutely oozes old school Hollywood glamour.
Pump up the luxe feel with seamless blocks of this richly veined grey/black marble. Discreet ceiling spotlights help to illuminate the gorgeous veins & reflect in the glossy surface. Pair with double ceramic vessel basins & polished chrome tapware,(like these Read More
Colour plays such a sub-conscious role in our everyday lives. It not only affects our moods & emotions, it is the biggest influence on the human state of mind (except perhaps the weather!)
As a fundamental aspect to our everyday lives, it is important to surround ourselves with colours that make us feel good & create peace & harmony.
Here a few examples of colours & the feelings they evoke:
- Red symbolises happiness & contentment, emotion & passion. It can also generate a sensation of warmth. As it heads toward pink, it becomes more relaxed & feminine.
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There is something so effortlessly cool about a butchers block. Not only does it bring warmth to a kitchen, the wooden finish also adds a bit of rustic charm, perfect for a farmhouse or more traditional styled kitchen. Of course, the block would still look great in a contemporary kitchen, but can also have a stainless steel finish, creating a more industrial chic vibe.
A butchers block, or mini island also helps to create more bench space & is a great solution for extending work space in a smaller kitchen, like the image above shows. The industrial feel is extended further to the kitchen...
With the shortest day of the year now behind us, we can look forward to some of the coldest days of winter. While it makes getting up in the morning that much harder, the cool mornings have us wishing for immediate relief from the cold. It’s easy to fall into that dreaded winter slump.
Winter is all about looking after yourself, making sure you eat right, exercise regularly & ensure you make time to just relax. There are some activities that are best indulged in during the winter months. Nothing beats curling up in front of a fire with a cup of tea or hot chocolate & a good book. The same...
Foreno in the media! A couple weeks ago the following excerpt was found in the editorial pages of The Press newspaper in Christchurch.
“How hard could it be? “They don’t make these anymore.” That is what just about everyone told us when we tried to find a replacement for our faulty kitchen tap. They were as old as the house which was built in 1983.Over the years, the hot tap started getting more & more temperamental (yes, much like its owners). It developed two modes; loose as a goose or tight as, well...
You may have noticed it- reclaimed wood is taking over. From stools, chairs & tables, to flooring & benchtops.
Whilst reclaimed wood is a popular design feature today, there are also many environmental reasons for choosing to use reclaimed timber in your home.
Many varieties of wood which were once abundant & freely available are now in short supply, with some types of wood even extinct. In a world where waning natural resources, over-forestation & environmental concerns blur our everyday lives, reclaimed wood helps to preserve forests by reducing the need for new timber....
A laundry room doesn’t need to be that dull & messy place you only go to dump your dirty clothing. It can be cool & comfortable as well as being the functional space you need it to be.
Organization is key when it comes to the laundry- often enough it is a relatively small in size, so maximising the space you have is extremely important. Here are a couple laundry-designing tips:
Light colours are the best option for small spaces as it helps to open the space up & create the illusion of more room. Think whites, creams & pale colours in your favourite hues!
Having a work...