How Hiring a Car Inspired My Creativity!

This came to a surprise to me. As you may know, when designing the inside of your house; creativity is key for coming up with something inspiring and unique. Why did I say it was a surprise? Well out of all things, the light bulb went off when I was driving a rental car. Let me tell you more about this in the next few paragraphs.

I was on holidays in Perth, Western Australia. I went with the extended family, altogether a group of 6 people altogether.  So we went with an 8 seater car hire in Perth to get us around and chose a car rental company called Aries. By the way, their service is exceptional and I definitely recommend going with them if you are in Perth and looking for a car to hire. They have a wide range of vehicles to choose from. They are bound to have the right one for you! From memory, they have two locations. One is right smack in the middle of the Perth city and the other is close to Perth airport (though I can’t remember exactly what the location is called sorry!).

Driving a Rental Car Led to My Inspiration!

Anyways, when driving the 8 seater car we hired; I had a brilliant idea. I think the idea came about because we were in the car for several hours heading towards the Pinnacles (search on the internet if you don’t know it is). Driving through the magnificent Australian country side had inspired me. Ok so it is not exactly hiring a car that inspired me (sorry if that was misleading by the title of this post) but rather the outback environment. Well to be honest, it was the driving that led me to the natural landscape; which in turn inspired me.

Australian Outback Design

Some may call the Australian landscape barren, but to me it an awesome sight. The endless stretch of gravel and red dust; combined with the clear blue sky. To cut a long story short, I used the Australian outback as my theme to decorate my living room.  Red carpets with orange lining to represent the barren land, also light blue painted walls to represent the sky. For the icing on the cake, I used a low hanging chandelier with a globe emitting a fuzzy warm yellow light (just like the penetrating sun in the WA outback).

For those asking about my videos, sorry I didn’t take any. So instead I found the following holiday video of others during their trip to Perth:

Hopefully this post might also inspire to look outside the square when it comes to getting design ideas. why not travel to other places around the world and be inspired!

Feel free to comment below on this page to what has inspired you to your interior house designs.

Filled Under: Inspiration Posted on: April 20, 2018

Less Waste and Clutter, Less Stress!

We would all agree that waste and clutter can add up to a stressful environment. It is a form of visual distraction and tends to bring anxiety. A home that is tidy and is minimalist brings a calming and soothing effect. Remember that our homes look outside is usually a reflection of what we are inside. Thus, a messy and cluttered home represents an unorganized mind. One of the easiest way is to have less rubbish at home.

Stuff seems to pile up all over the house, so it is crucial to get rid of the unwanted items and organize things. Physical and mental clutter tend to hold you back from staying active and happy. The problem is, de-cluttering is no small feat.

The best way to start decluttering is to throw away all unwanted waste. If you have too many rubbish to throw out, then we recommend you hiring a skip bin to effectively do it. There are many skip bin hire companies that can help you out. for example this skip bin hire company.

No matter how hard we tried, being organized isn’t always the case. Clearing up a room and keeping it in a nice clean state could be daunting but practice makes perfect. Below are tips to get you started:

  • Let go of the things that you don’t need right at this moment. Do not think of what ifs, maybe or the possibilities of using these items. If you are not going to use them today, get rid of them or donate immediately. No excuses.
  • Organizational supplies such as label marker, baskets, bins and tin cans are helpful but make sure that you need them before buying them.

How Clutter Affects You

According to various studies and researches, clutter causes stress because it sends a subtle message to our brain, telling us that our is not yet done. Likewise, it makes us feel guilty and frustrated especially if we cannot find house keys and other smaller items.

It is an invisible anxiety trigger, but we are not aware of that. Thus, we feel stressed and depressed. Some people also associate the control with cleanliness. So, whenever their house or car is not clean, it makes them feel out of control as well.

We can also relate clutter to a myriad of unpleasant things: losing important stuff such as cell phones or car keys, missing work deadlines or not able to perform a task because of other things that we need to find first.

In severe cases, a person cannot get rid of clutter due to emotional attachment and sentimental value. The death of a loved one can make us feel we want to keep everything that they had. Perhaps you are also struggling to declutter because of emotional reasons, remember that your things do not own you and it’s the other way around. You should control your belongings and get rid of them if needed.

You don’t need to become the OCD type of person regarding cleanliness and organization, however, keep realistic expectation when decluttering. Set ample time to do it and you will be surprised how relaxing a clean surrounding could feel.

It will allow you to be more in control of the things around you while reducing your stress in life. Like almost everything in life, start small, and eventually, you will get the hang of it.

Filled Under: Services Posted on: July 11, 2017

Landscaping Can Dramatically Increase House Value

There is no doubt that a well landscaped yard can increase the value of your house or home. Exactly how much return on investment (ROI) you will get is a little harder to quantify, however, it is almost certain that it will increase the value of your house to some extent.

If you are currently preparing to place your house on the market and are looking to increase your sale price, then consider adding in a little bit of landscaping to your budget. You cannot underestimate the power of street or curb appeal. At the very least, hire a lawn maintenance professional to mow, whipper snip and edge your lawn, plant a few colourful perennials around the garden and place some potted colourful plants by your front door. If you can afford to invest a little more into getting your property ready for sale, hire a landscaping professional to design an inviting, low maintenance yard that has a focus on native plants and shrubs (which require less watering and maintenance for those who don’t have a green thumb) and which matches the architectural style of your house. Check out this website for some inspiration. A beautifully landscaped garden can make a property appear inviting and well cared for and can greatly improve first impressions of a house. In the same way, a property with a sad and overgrown garden can give a property an air of neglect which can turn potential buyers off immediately. You can really never underestimate the power of a good first impression and a well landscaped yard can go a long way to making that first impression great!

Whilst we can’t find any concrete figures on just how much return on interest you are likely to see after investing in quality landscaping for your home, some experts claim that the ROI can be anywhere from 5% to 1000%. Conservatively, we’re not suggesting that everyone who invests in landscaping their home will see a 1000% return on that investment. What we are suggesting is that regardless of the return, having your yard or garden landscaped will never result in a decline in house value. You will certainly see some rate of increase in house value and if you are particularly aiming to increase your street or curb appeal, then that great first impression could potentially bump up your sale price far beyond what your house is estimated to be valued at, even taking into consideration the added value landscaping brings to your property!

Filled Under: Uncategorized Posted on: November 23, 2016

Leave it to the Locksmith Experts…

Although I’d like to call myself an expert at pretty much everything when it comes to renovation, the reality is that I can’t do everything myself. Some stuff is best to left for the experts. Especially for technical and specialised stuff. This post shows an example of that. A perfect example was the time I had to change the locks in the house. I wanted to fit a fancy new lock with a snazzy locking mechanism – but failed! Luckily I knew a Perth locksmith who gave me some advice, but ended up coming over to fit the locks himself. Just goes to show that I admit when something that I am doing is just way to hard to do myself.

different locks

Let me give a brief spill on what actually happened prior to calling the Perth locksmith…

During a renovation, I fitted two new doors (front entry and one leading to the backyard). Being me, I wanted the design to be different to your average doors. Although the design for the doors were somewhat unique, I wanted something more than that. So long story short, I decided to go with a new locking mechanism. Not just a “normal” lock, instead something would even make McGyver proud (for those who have seen his popular TV shows would appreciate!). For those too young to even know the TV show I am referring to, sorry!

So I researched (as you do) high and low for a locking mechanism design that I liked. took me a couple of hours browsing the web and countless hours of reading magazines before settling for one. Mind you, when I first saw the lock design I was hooked! It did look super difficult to install and activate it. Let me explain: the lock is electronically controlled. So what you may say? Well this electronic baby is different to most electronic locks. It is a high security lock that offered triple layered security protection.

Without going into too much technical stuff (I may already did!), let me explain on how it sort of work. The three layered security layers are:

  1. Pin code security (4 to 8 digits capable)
  2. Swipe card
  3. Finger print identification

What is astonishing about these locks are that you can activate all three security features mentioned in the above list. Yep, you heard right! If you were going to gain entry into my house, you don’t need a key.. but you do need to know the pin code, have the swipe card handy and have my finger print. Some might say that why all three, wouldn’t the fingerprint security be sufficient?! My answer to that question is.. probably! But nah, who cares… I told you I wanted something different. Wink wink!

Filled Under: Uncategorized Posted on: April 6, 2016

Some of My Favourite Places to Shop!

You know, when it comes to publishing a post… the topic idea is usually brought up by readers like yourself. Or other designers giving me tips. In this post I’d like to tell all my readers where I like to shop and why!

Now before I mention my favourite places. I am aware that not everyone will agree to my list. In fact, some of you out there will say that you totally oppose to my list. But that’s ok. That’s what makes it interesting.. the fact that everyone is different. The main thing is that you go out there and freakin’ enjoy your shopping experience.

Anyways, back to my list of places and brief reasons to why I like it so much. Ohh by the way, naturally I will have a ton of places that I wanted to list here. But I won’t… simply because it will be a humongous list and will take you ages to read it all. Instead I will list my top 3.

Drum roll please! Here it is:

1) IKEA

This is by far my favourite place to shop, because of many reasons. But mainly because of the ease of transporting the goods back to my place. Flat packs are the secret sauce to easy storage and handling! Prices are reasonably cheap with a huge variety of choices to choose from. A home renovators dream!

2) Bunnings

Man, where do I start with this place! Too many things to mention. They store everything from toiletries to plumbing to paint to everything in between! If you love to do DIY projects, then Bunnings is the place for you. For that, they deserve to be in the number #2 spot on my list.

3) Spotlight

To be honest, it was hard choosing between Bunnings and Spotlight if you ask me. But at the end of the day, there can only be one winner and unfortunately there has to be one loser. Anyways, I decided to put Spotlight s number #3 as the stuff in the shops are often complementary to Bunnings/IKEA.

So there you go, my top 3 place to shop when you’re doing home renovations.

Filled Under: Uncategorized Posted on: April 5, 2016

Storing My Belongings During Renovations

Many have asked me: with all the renovations that I do, where do I store my belongings? Surely I’d have to store ’em somewhere right? People may think I got some sort of huge store at the back of my house or similar. But the simple truth is.. well.. somewhat simple! I simply store it away in a storage warehouse facility! Told you it was a straight forward solution. Some of yous you may also ask: doesn’t it cost an arm and a leg to store your items away? I think the answer to this question is yes and no. Yes, it would be rather expensive if you don’t shop around and no if you find a good deal. I betcha you want to know where to good deal is right?

Well, today is your lucky day as I am sharing with you an awesome storage facility who, provide both very competitive pricing and top notch service. So it’s a win-win situation. Who doesn’t love that right? We all do of course. This storage warehouse is located in Welshpool, only about 10 mins away from Perth city. So it is very convenient and the fact that the pricing is so competitive, seriously; why would you look else where? The owner of the storage place name is Shannan and all I can say he is a top bloke.

Here’s the map showing the location:

map of storage facillity

 

 

I want to publish the prices here in this post, but then I thought it’s better that I don’t. Simply because that prices can change from time to time and it wouldn’t be fair to them if I published the prices here. This is to stop the confusion that may arise from conflicting prices.

But no need to worry about the price changes, if it occurs. Because they will be very competitive. Don’t take my words for it, call them and see for yourself!

Their phone number is (08) 9468 8033, so give them a call if you want to find out te current pricing structure.

Oh another thing, They also do removals and have lots of removal trucks available. So they offer the complete service: both relocating my belongings and of course storing it away. Storing it for longer period will reduce your price. But what you may also not know is that pricing will also be discounted if you frequently use them. That is, even if you store something on a short period – such as two weeks at a time, but you do it frequently such as every quarter or so will also attract a discounted price. Well at least with this storage place you do!

So there you go, I’ve spilled my secrets on the place where I store my belongings whilst renovating. I sugottggest you do the same as well and save a lot of headaches!

It sure saved my sanity! Ok gotta go. Catc you in my next post.

Filled Under: Services Posted on: March 2, 2016