TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN US!

PLACE CRAFT will once again be teaching INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES in Guildford starting 9th of May and tickets are on sale NOW!  Learn more right here.

While you’re pondering whether you can afford the time and $$, and I can assure you both will be well spent, I’ll start counting down the  TOP 10 REASONS why you need to be at the design table with us. So get ready!

#10 – THE GOLDEN RULES

I’m kicking off with #10 – THE GOLDEN RULES! These are the fundamentals that will guide you in the planning, design and styling of your home. They are fail safe and once you learn them, you’ll never look at your home the same again!

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Design principles at work (Image Source:  Jennifer Robin Interiors)

“Use these DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS throughout your home and every space will make you smile…”

UNITY & HARMONY

We’ve already touched on this – your home needs to flow. Pick a colour and materials palette for your home with three or four key colours and textures, and then vary these only slightly as you move through your home. There should be one main story for your home.

BALANCE

Balance refers to the “weight” of a room and can occur either through the horizontal or vertical dimensions of a room. HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL ELEMENTS SHOULD BALANCE EACH OTHER OUT. If you have very tall ceilings, balance this out with using lower height furniture. A low ceiling? Use vertical proportions for your art and floor lamps. The feature image demonstrates the perfect balance between a double height vertical space and the long horizontal island counter. Perfect!

CONTRAST

While your overall palette and choice of materials and furniture provides a consistent “backdrop” for your room, YOU NEED ELEMENTS OF CONTRAST TO AVOID THE ROOM BECOMING BLAH. Black or dark blue are always good colours to add depth to a neutral palette and create a strong base. Use these in repetition through the room to provide visual interest.

FOCAL POINT

Every room needs a WOW factor. Whether it’s a grand view through full height glazing to a wonderful garden beyond, an overscaled piece of artwork hanging over the fireplace, or a colouful hero fabric upholstered armchair – these are your hero elements and against a neutral backdrop THEY MAKE THE ROOM SING!

JOIN US IN CLASS AND YOU’LL LEARN THE OTHER FUNDAMENTALS – RHYTHM, DETAILS, PROPORTION & SCALE!

Use these DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS throughout your home and every space will make you smile – which is the most important achievement of all!  Linda

GRAB YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE AND LET’S MAKE YOUR HOME BEAUTIFUL!

Why Settle for Blah?

I was out with a client yesterday for a home renovations job. These are some of the most exciting projects – starting with the dark and forlorn and imagining the beautiful possibilities. Class starts in 3 weeks (woohoo!) and in Part 1 – DESIGN LIKE A PRO we’ll be learning how to make the most out of your renovations. Psst – Stay tuned tonight – I start counting down the TOP 10 reasons WHY YOU MUST JOIN US IN CLASS!

So I’ve featured my TOP 5 BEFORE & AFTER renovations I found online. Take a fresh look at your home and IMAGINE WHAT COULD BE!

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#5 RETRO KITCHEN – (Pic – Inside Out Magazine)

#5 – Retro Makeover – great demonstration of how you can only have so many “heroes” in one room! Where do you look first? This remodel kept the retro wallpaper, and by streamlining and whiting out the cabinetry and adjacent wall, made it the focal point of the room.

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#4 – COUNTRY KITCHEN MAKEOVER (Pic – Apartment Therapy)

#4 – Country Kitchen Makeover – Look what a fresh coat of white paint can do – on both cabinetry and brick face walls? This dark &and tired country style kitchen has been completely transformed into a light and bright space, and the butchers block and timber floor provide some country contrast.

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#3 – Shabby Chic Makeover (Pic – Country Living)

#3 Shabby Chick Makeover – This makeover reverses the contrast, and keeps the rich dark timber on the floor and benchtops and lightens the room up by painting the existing cupboards white.  This has an amazing effect of increasing the perceived room height. Less is often more and a little contrast can look so very smart!

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#2 – Coastal Kitchen Makeover (Pic – Better Homes & Garden)

#2 – Coastal Kitchen Makeover – Timber kitchens can make a space so dark, and while cosy they close a space in. Another fresh coat of white paint, white subway splashback tiles, and a blue accent on the focal point island counter makes the entire space worthy of a coastal setting.

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#1 – French Provincial Kitchen Makeover (Pic – Better Homes & Gardens)

 

#1 – French Provincial Kitchen Makeover – This existing kitchen wasn’t an eyesore, but it was nothing to write home about. They’ve reversed the colour scheme and added some real depth to the space with warm grey cupboards and glossy splashback tiled walls. All up to the ceiling lifting the perceived ceiling height. The subway tiles, timber floor and shadowlines on the cabinetry (emphasised by the darker grey paint) add so much texture and sophistication.

So if this gets your RENOVATION JUICES flowing, then join me in Class in March! Sign up right here or follow this link… www.placecrafting.com.au/design-classes.html

Linda 🙂

#8 – KITCHENS ARE FOR MORE THAN COOKING!

Next in our TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO BE YOUR OWN INTERIOR DESIGNER is… #8 – KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR KITCHEN A DREAM – to cook and to laugh.  In our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES starting next week (woohoo!) we’ll be speaking with kitchen cabinetmaker extraordinaires to learn this know-how.

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More than just cooking (Image Source:  Homeedit.com)

“Our kitchens … need to be the perfect blend of sociability and functionality.”

We all know about the “work triangle” and how it keeps the fridge, oven and sink/dishwasher in easy reach of each other.  But the kitchen is about far more than cooking. It’s the centre of conversation and activity for the most meaningful rituals – starting the day strong, coming home from a busy day to unwind and welcoming loved ones into our homes and lives.

While I’m not about trends, I do love this one and that’s the growing popularity of the island bench.  These are growing in grandeur, function and becoming a piece of furniture for the kitchen.  We see them with storage built in, multi-functional as both a work-bench and a dining table, bench seats running down one side and topped off with feature pendants.  They really are transforming the kitchen into a living and/or dining space and I LOVE IT!

So who knows how they like to cook?  How many people typically join you in the kitchen while you’re whipping up some culinary delight and what do they do?  My 4 y.o. LOVES washing dishes – hope that lasts!  Do you use the kitchen as your semi-office – and what other multi-purpose tasks does it perform?  ONLY YOU KNOW THESE ANSWERS!  See you next week to unravel your home’s stories. Linda

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