#9 – Plan Ahead and Save $$

As we count down our TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO BE JOINING US IN CLASS this May, we come to #9 – PLAN AHEAD AND SAVE $$ – and plenty of them!

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“…each decision will affect the others and none should be made in isolation.”

In our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES we’ll be talking plenty about PLANNING WITH THE END IN MIND! There’s two ways we can plan ahead and save – 1. ESTABLISH A BUDGET EARLY ON AND STICK TO IT, and 2. MAKE EVERY DECISION IN CONTEXT!

I have many clients who come to me stressed out exhausted because their builder is bombarding them with questions and they’re making decisions on the run.

  • What floor tile are you using?
  • What finish are your cabinets going to be?
  • What colour are your cabinets going to be?
  • What type of stone do you want for your benchtop?

The questions never end and the builder wants your answers now!

The scary thing is each decision will affect the others and none should be made in isolation.  You need a BIG PICTURE … but you really needed it before you started the project.

So first things first… we’re going to teach you about BUDGETING AHEAD and getting a good understanding of what level of finish you can expect for your home based on that budget. Secondly, you’ll learn how to create that BIG PICTURE DESIGN CONCEPT so that when your builder asks the tough questions – YOU’RE READY!

Sign up for our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES here or follow this link www.placecrafting.com.au/design-classes.html– you’ll be so glad you did!

Hope to see you in May, Linda 🙂

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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 🙂

BOHO HEAVEN!

So my little family and I have been making our way across the USA over the last 3 weeks. We’ve been experiencing nature in all it’s splendor – from the Sierra Nevadas, to the sunburnt canyons of Utah, to the lofty peaks of Colorado and then down south to the sprawling farmland of Texas.  It’s been an amazing trip!

But I have to say… I was in need of some retail therapy so when I arrived in Louisville, Kentucky I hit the malls and outlets. For the next few weeks I’ll be posting regularly the latest designs out of the USA as I make my way across to the East Coast.  Today I found myself in BOHO heaven!!  Indulging myself in Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Arhaus and Z Gallery.  Enjoy this collage of nature and design – I hope it inspires you as Summer draws closer! Linda 🙂

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SPRING IS SPRUNG…and I’m feeling TERRACOTTA!

WOW!!  We finished up PLACE CRAFT’S maiden Interior Design Course early September and I’m still recovering.  It was 6 action packed weeks with 40 students across two classes. They were the most wonderful bunch of ladies and you can read their reviews right here .  If you’re interested email me to join the waiting list at linda@placecrafting.com.au. The next round of Classes will begin mid November 2016.

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OHEVERYTHINGHANDMADE.COM

 

SO.. I’m finally getting into the mood of Spring and lately I’ve been feeling very TERRACOTTA.  I’m also about to embark on a road trip across the South-West USA with stops in Arizona and New Mexico so I plan on hoarding clay treasures as I go!

As both a colour and material TERRACOTTA is showing up in a lot of the latest style forecasts and it’s perfect for warming things up after a cold winter (for those of us in the Southern hemisphere anyway).

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REAL LIVING MAG – OCTOBER 2016

It’s earthy, textured, natural and very versatile!  In dirty tones it performs well as a neutral backdrop or on the pink side can be very rosey and romantic.  It’s calming in an analogous colour scheme with mustard yellows and olive greens and vibrant in a complimentary scheme with turquoise, navy blues and even purple tones.

TERRACOTTA speaks to the outdoors and is great for indoor plant pots around the house.  It’s perfect with white chalk paint and when teamed with juicy succulents – screams boho desert style!

So enjoy these wonderful snapshots of TERRACOTTA inspiration for your home.  🙂  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

TO JOIN OUR CLASSES BOOK NOW – SIGN UP CLOSES MONDAY 1st AUGUST AT NOON!

 

 

#5 – AVOID SPLIT PERSONALITIES

As I took a break yesterday, you get a double dose today.  In our TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO BE YOUR OWN INTERIOR DESIGNER we’ve reached #5 – AVOID SPLIT PERSONALITIES. At our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES we’ll be teaching you how to maintain a consistent style and story throughout your home.

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Spaces should flow (Image Source: French by Design Blog)

 

“Your home needs an overarching DESIGN STORY – THE CENTRAL PLOT…”

Over the course of our 6 CLASSES you’ll create a Mood Board for a room in your home. Soon you’ll have the know how to create a Mood Board for all your rooms – as every one has a different function and purpose.  But be careful – DON’T CREATE TOO MANY PERSONALITIES.

Your home needs an overarching DESIGN STORY – THE CENTRAL PLOT, from which each room varies slightly with it’s own character and feel, but all are connected with common threads.

A colour scheme can tie a house together expressed in a variety of finishes and materials (see the image above) and the choice of flooring can be very effective in tying rooms together so one space flows to the next.

When you’re designing multiple rooms in your home, create your Mood Boards first and then lay them out next to each other.  Make sure they read together as ONE STRONG DESIGN STORY BUT WITH LAYERS OF DIVERSITY.

Join our Classes by clicking right here.  Linda

 

 

 

 

#4 – GREAT DESIGN TAKES TIME

We’re up to #4 of the TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO BE YOUR OWN INTERIOR DESIGNER – and it’s all about taking your time.  Our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES run for 6 weeks and there’s a reason why – GREAT DESIGN IS A SLOW PROCESS.

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Take your time. (Image Source:  George Marks)

 

“IT’S ALL ABOUT EXPERIMENTATION!”

After each class you’ll be taking home the principles you’ve learned and trying new things out…

  • moving your existing furniture around
  • taping out new furniture layouts on your floor
  • sticking brown paper up on your walls
  • trying out different styling techniques as you craft the perfect vignette
  • moving paint brushouts around the room testing the effects of natural light

It’s all about EXPERIMENTATION and finding out what works for you and your family, your personal style, and the big question – CAN I LOOK AT THIS, LIVE WITH THIS EVERY DAY FOR A LOOONG TIME  (just how long depends upon the scale & cost of your improvements).

So before you jump in and paint your living room walls a lively shade of Chartreuse green, take your time, experiment and ask yourself on DAY 30 – do I still love this as much as I did on DAY 1.

ONLY YOU HAVE THE “HOME ADVANTAGE” TO EXPERIMENT – MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT.

Sign up for our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES right here.  Linda

 

#3 – PLAN AHEAD AND SAVE!!

As we make our way through the Top 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO BE YOUR OWN INTERIOR DESIGNER, we come to #3 – PLAN AHEAD AND SAVE $$ – and plenty of them!

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Plan ahead!  (Image Source:   Shutterstock)

“…each decision will affect the others and none should be made in isolation.”

In our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES we’ll be talking plenty about budgets and getting the most out of your renovation and building spend.  It’s all about PLANNING AHEAD AND BEING PREPARED!

I have many clients who come to me stressed out exhausted because their builder is bombarding them with questions and they’re making decisions on the run.

  • What floor tile are you using?
  • What finish are your cabinets going to be?
  • What colour are your cabinets going to be?
  • What type of stone do you want for your benchtop?

The questions never end and the builder wants your answers now!

The scary thing is each decision will affect the others and none should be made in isolation.  You need a BIG PICTURE … but you really needed it before you started the project.

So first things first… we’re going to teach you about BUDGETING AHEAD and getting a good understanding of what level of finish you can expect for your home based on that budget. Secondly, you’ll learn how to create that BIG PICTURE DESIGN CONCEPT so that when your builder asks the tough questions – YOU’RE READY!

Sign up for our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES here – you’ll be so glad you did!

Now have a great weekend!  Linda

 

 

 

 

10 reasons why you need to be your own Interior Designer!

As we count down the days till the PLACE CRAFT – INTERIOR DESIGN COURSE bursts forth out of beautiful Guildford – I’m going to share with you the TOP 10 reasons why you need to join us and learn how to be YOUR OWN INTERIOR DESIGNER.

#1 – UNDERSTAND HOW YOUR SPACE FUNCTIONS

“This takes time and you know your home and family better than anyone!  “

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Catering to everyone!  (Image Source:  VTwonen)

This is one of my favourite stages in design – taking a step back and watching how a room FUNCTIONS.  Design is about far more than just your personal style or the latest trends. Great design is about making the users of the space HAPPY & INSPIRED!  For example, a living space can serve an amazing diversity of functions –

  • kids playroom zone,
  • mum’s office zone,
  • pet’s snoozing zone,
  • dad’s bring my work home zone,
  • artist’s studio,
  • hang my coat and take off my shoes zone,
  • reading nook in the sun zone … and the list goes on.

In Class #1 of our INTERIOR DESIGN COURSE we’ll ask you to select a room, either at home or in your future home.  We’ll then teach you how to develop a ROOM ANALYSIS and define all the various functions taking place in that room.  This takes time and you know your home and family better than anyone!  

By the end of the Course you’ll have created a design for your room that caters to everyone … including the dog!

SO FUNCTION REALLY IS A LOT COOLER THAN IT SOUNDS!

Tickets are selling fast and I really hope you’ll be joining us.  Linda

Click here to purchase your tickets.