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ur homes have always been our refuge; a place to retreat, to escape, to relax. In the wake of Australia’s COVID lockdown, the focus on creating a happy home – not only in theory, but in design – has strengthened. Architects and designers alike are now exploring and introducing new concepts to fit with the changing world. From integrated work spaces and sensory rooms to outdoor havens and more entertaining areas, floorplans are adapting. And it’s a concept that isn’t going away anytime soon. According to a survey from the University of Sydney Business School, more Australians want to work from home an average of two days per week after the COVID-19 pandemic. In this month’s cover story we take a look at ways to improve a home to better your wellbeing, comfort and happiness. Plus there is a great DIY project that is sure to jazz up any house. Turn to page six to find out more. Until next month, happy renovating!

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10 20 06 Cover story Bring colour and calmness home

08 Kitchen Australia’s kitchen of the year

10 Dining Fun and stylish Easter looks

12 Style Introducing the pom pom

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a happy home The COVID lockdown of 2020 has had a significant impact on home design. Emerging trends focus on creating joy in the home and striking a balance between family and work. Here are our top tips to update your space to boost your wellbeing and comfort.

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TIPS TO ENCOURAGE NATURAL LIGHT Natural light is said to benefit our wellbeing and boost mood. 1. Give your ceiling and walls a refresh with a splash of white paint. The brighter the better as white reflects light. However, we recommend using a slightly off-white colour so the room doesn’t feel sterile. 2. Light tiles, polished concrete and wood, or wood-look, floors will help to reflect light through the home.

SENSE OF BELONGING Evoke your senses by incorporating items and concepts that make you feel good. The first step is to declutter the space to prevent the mind from becoming overstimulated. Next, identify those items that make your heart sing and encourage relaxation. Tap into your senses – hang wind chimes for sound, use a diffuser for scent and add floral arrangements and art for sight. Textures also play an important role so choose cushions, rugs and throws that feel good against the skin. Tip: Research the psychology of colour when decorating. Blue is considered a calming colour. Green soothes the soul, while pastel pink hues encourage peace.

3. When choosing carpets, opt for soft colours. 4. When renovating, plan to incorporate large windows and bi-fold doors where possible. 5. When incorporated smartly into design, skylights can have a contemporary feel about them.

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SAY HELLO Set the tone of a happy home from the moment you walk through the front door by updating your entryway and hall. “It’s the first thing guests see and it sets the tone for the rest of your home,” says Dulux colour manager Andrea Lucena-Orr.

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Stylist Julia Green gave a classic hallway an inviting look using a palette from the Dulux Colour Forecast 2021. “This hallway had great bones – a high ceiling, decorative mouldings and trims, with a generous width, but it lacked energy. It didn’t take much time, effort or outlay to jazz it up. “Colour is such an emotional thing. It’s really about identifying those hues you instinctively respond to and having the confidence to use them in your home. PROJECT DETAILS: Walls, Dulux Wash&Wear in Sedia; front door, Aquanamel in Skip To; trims and ceiling, Wash&Wear in White Exchange.

“To provide a calm and comforting welcome, I chose soft, nature-inspired colours. These tones are incredibly easy to work with as they sit comfortably alongside the whites many of us already have in our homes. Plus, they bring a sense of the outside in, which you can emphasise by styling with natural textures and greenery.”

IMAGE: DULUX AUSTRALIA COLOUR FORECAST 2021. STYLIST: JULIA GREEN. PHOTOGRAPHER: ARMELLE HABIB. Puzzle 3 Artworks by Castle and Things.

CREATING A ZEN SPACE Life is hectic, there’s no denying that. With family, work and chores, it can feel as though the weight of everyday living is piling on top of you, which is why it is important to create a home that offers sanctuary. Adapting your floorplan to incorporate a relaxation or wellness zone does not need to be an expensive exercise. If space permits, makeover a spare room into the ultimate zen domain. If not, simply convert an area of your bedroom, media or living room. An outdoor balcony or garden is also a great place to include a quiet space.

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IDEAS: • Incorporate natural elements. The sound of running water and stone gardens encourage calmness, while live plants have the added effect of purifying and providing fresh air. Enveloping yourself in nature is good for the soul. • Create a space that is your own. There should be no distractions and no objects, colours or textures that do not promote a sense of self. • Focus on health. If you enjoy a workout, include weights and cardio equipment. If you prefer meditation or yoga, clear a space for your mat. My Renovation | April 2021 7

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KITCHEN //

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Described by one judge as the “greatest kitchen I’ve seen in a decade”, the space is brightened by an elegant yet simplistic lighting design. We’ve found this similar product from Andrews Light Up. The Shard LED slimline pendant comes with a 1.8 metre suspension, which can be shortened to suit your application. The driver is built into the ceiling canopy and can be dimmed using a suitable LED friendly dimmer.

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DINING // PRETTY IN PINK This soft pastel setting proves that pink can be chic. The added use of brass cutlery, feathers and plant cuttings create a look of elegance.

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VINTAGE EASTER Fine china, crystal glasses, soft linens and fresh garden flowers create this pretty vintage setting. Surprisingly, a quick Google search shows that it’s quite easy to get your hands on some pretty vintage Easter egg ornaments too, which will complete the look.

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DIY FUN The kids will have fun helping you create these quirky napkins. Get to work dying the eggs a few days before Easter. Then simply draw on the face and create the ears from a napkin and rubber band.

RUSTIC CHARM This has to be one of our favourite Easter looks for 2021. Potted herbs plus mismatched tablewear, bright coloured eggs and old-fashioned cutlery work together surprisingly well to create a fun and festive table. TIP: Scour op shops to source vintage cutlery.

FAIRYTALE MAGIC The little ones will enjoy this magical DIY setting just as much as the adults. Why not take the kids on a bush walk to help find a piece of bark or log to use as the base? Top with faux moss, fresh flower cuttings and these unique candles. Be sure to dry the egg shells out for a day or two before you use them as candle holders.

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STYLE //

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spot OF FUN Bring a sense of playfulness, and the added vibrancy of colour to your home with the ever-fun pom pom. The trend is making a comeback in the world of homewares.

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4 3 5 Stockists 1. Spoil yourself and invest in the multi-coloured Pompon Stool No01, made from superior merino wool. It is from internationally-acclaimed designer MYK. Visit myk-berlin.com. 2. The pink, grey and white pom pom decorative garland is from Adairs. 3. For something a little more mellow, try the trend with neutrals. This pom pom vase is from Adairs. 4. Brighten up any bedroom or toyroom with the Mini Pom cushion from Kas Australia. 5. The Spotty Dotty basket and rug are a fun combo. Both from Harvey Norman.

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LIGHTING //

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LEDs have become Australia’s leading light product. It’s no surprise considering they use about 75 per cent less energy than halogen light bulbs and last five to 10 times longer. The up-front cost of LEDs generally has a payback time of less than 1 year. Source: energy.gov.au

TOP TIPS Lighting makes up between eight and 15 per cent of household energy use. The good news is that there are a few smart methods to reduce the impact on your budget. The Australian Government’s Your Energy Savings website offers the following advice: • Use natural light when possible. Lighter coloured furnishings and reflective surfaces also reduce the need for artificial lighting. • Use lights efficiently. Use reading lamps rather than lighting a whole room. Switch lights off when you leave the room and consider sensors for outdoor lights. • Switch to energy-efficient lighting such as LEDs and CFLs.

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Newton wall light, ANDREWS LIGHT UP Verdict: A surprisingly effective source of light, the Newton is available in matte black or satin brass and finished with a spherical glass element.

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FLOORING //

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Vinyl plank is a popular material for main spaces in the home. This project was completed by Moffat Beach Flooring.

Seashell Oak is one of Milton Lane’s most popular lines. It’s available in wide plank, ultrawide, herringbone or chevron. Visit engineeredflooring. com.au for more. ENGINEERED TIMBER FLOORING This 100-per cent solid timber product is bonded over high quality plywood to solve stability issues such as warping, which can occur with solid timber flooring.

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LAMINATE Laminate is eco-friendly, cost effective and durable. It’s also available in a wide range of wood grains and stain colours. Made from wood by-product, as opposed to synthetic material, laminate is not recommended for use in wet areas such as the bathroom or laundry. It should be used in areas with low moisture exposure.

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INTERIOR DESIGN //

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From the bold greens of tropical leaves, to cheeky animal prints and striking geometric patterns, the interior design world has delivered many looks. This year the hype is centred on none other than a traditional product – wallpaper. Of course, it’s wallpaper with a twist – contemporary, colourful and stylish. Anri Bond, who is the area sales manager of leading wallpaper experts Radford Furnishings, says the trend will gain even more popularity as professional designers, builders and home renovators embrace new wallpaper offerings. “Wallpaper will continue to be key across residential and commercial design as we develop and enjoy a huge range of pattern, texture and colour options,” she says. When looking at wallpaper, the choices can seem endless. Colour and pattern are priority when selecting your perfect look. Director of Radford ICON David Marks believes mixing colour with pattern will be this year’s trend. “We can expect to see interesting plays

between paint and wallpaper as clients mix tones and pattern to create impressive, original looks,” he says. “To achieve this in your space, try wallpapering above a chair rail and paint below in a complementary colour.” With that in mind, whether you are searching for a geometric, pretty floral, traditional pattern, trompe ‘l’oeil, tropicall or vibrant animal pattern, there is absolutelyy something to suit every taste and every colour palette. Sunshine Coast residents will find a great range at Inspirations Paint stores. Inspirations Paint chief colour consultant Kelly Van der Maat says customers can be nervous about using wallpaper citing concerns about installation, cleaning and longevity. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen great advancements in product development so this just isn’t the case anymore. Quality wallpaper is easy to clean and easily removed so your wallpaper selection isn’t the life sentence it used to be,” she says.

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Cassandra says the space could be developed into a dining room.

I have just been reading your article in the new edition of My Renovation and I thought I would send through my question as I’m at my wits end! I would love to know any tips on styling a very, very long room. I really have no idea what to do with the space. Thank you. Nikki

With Cassandra Fenaughty Cassandra Fenaughty is a landscape architect with more than 20 years’ experience. She is the founder and owner of an innovative renovation design consultancy, creating photo-real renovation concepts for clients looking to visualise their dream renovation before it begins. For more visit cassandrafenaughty.com.

CASSANDRA SAYS: Long rooms are certainly a challenge at times, but luckily there are a few tricks of the trade that can assist in making the spaces less clumsy. 1. LOVE THE LENGTH One option is to work with the length of the room. Without knowing the full layout of your home it is hard to provide a complete solution. However with the kitchen at one end, the best option for this space would be to create a long dining room, with a simple casual sitting area at

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the opposite end. By using a long narrow table you can style quite an impressive dining space. The incorporation of clustered pendant lights centred to the table will break up the length and add a beautiful focal point in the room. At the opposite end of the room you could place a buffet for your formal dinnerware and team it up with a rug and some occasional chairs to break the space down a little further. 2. USE THE SPACE The generous space also provides an opportunity to reconfigure your kitchen to make it larger if needed. A galley kitchen would work really well in this space, with sufficient room for a decent dining zone at the other end. 3. DIVIDE IT UP If you don’t need a kitchen remodel, and your dining is located elsewhere, the best way to tackle this space is by dividing it into smaller lots. A large open-plan space can be zoned into smaller spaces by clever placement of furniture and finishings. By placing a sideboard and a small couch back to back you can create a room divider across the

length of the space. Then, to reinforce these two spaces, use different but complementary rugs in each zone. One space might be a reading nook, study or entry area, the other might be a family room adjacent to the kitchen. When arranging the furniture ensure you retain the ability to easily walk from one space to another and don’t clutter the space up too much. I hope this helps you with your dilemma Nikki. Always remember that if you are styling a space with loose furniture, you can always alter it as seasons change.

Nikki is the lucky winner of our create your special space competition. She wins a $99 vignette package tailored to her home by Tracey and Kim from The Style Society Sunshine Coast, a new, local styling business launched this year. To take a sneak peek at this local boutique business go to thestylesocietysc.com.au or their Facebook page. Thank you to all of our wonderful readers who entered this competition!

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FINISHING TOUCHES //

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Brighten your living room or study with these fun dog statues. They are sure to grab the attention of your visitors. To view the range, visit Indigo Living, Home Central.

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