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My guide to the wonderful world of kitchen splashbacks…

August 28th, 2015 tagged as Decorating

After sourcing kitchen splashbacks for a couple of houses recently, I thought I might share some of my tips & ideas when it comes to choosing from the many wonderful options available these days;

Glass
A long lasting, low maintenance, easy to clean option - great for modern kitchens with clean lines. Here are a few tips I have picked up when choosing glass splashbacks;

  • Stick to classic plain/flat colour options rather than shimmery, metallic or glitter effects which are likely to date quickly. 
  • There are a couple of glass quality options - ‘Clear’ the standard option glass which will give your splashback a green tinge, or ‘Starphire', a more expensive, premium quality glass with no tint, giving you a true representation of your chosen colour. Unless you want a blue/green tinge splashback you need to specify Starphire or ‘low iron’ glass. 
  • ‘White' glass splash backs are notoriously difficult to colour match to bench tops & cabinetry, they easily look too stark or the wrong colour tone against other surfaces - I recommend asking your splashback supplier to match to your own chosen off-white paint colour that ties in with your scheme - something soft & neutral that will blend nicely with the other surfaces - if you have a composite bench top try picking out a tone from the colour flecks in the stone. I have recently used Dulux Hog Bristle 1/2 strength (a warm, creamy, neutral) with Essastone 'Crystal Chalk' benchtops & Dulux White Duck 1/4 strength (a greyish/beige) with Essastone 'Bone White' bench tops which work really well. 
  • Do request a sample of your chosen colour before going ahead with the install. Window If you have a lovely outlook from your kitchen, like us - you might want to go for a window that acts as your splash back, it will provide lovely natural light & perhaps give you a view over your garden or greenery covered fence or wall.

Tile
Tiles are a versatile option & can be a great way to introduce character & personality to the kitchen. These days there are so many beautiful options in tile shapes & laying patterns, beautiful bevelled edges or special glazed, handcrafted finishes. The beauty of tiles is the versatility - An inexpensive, plain white tile in a rectangle shape laid in an interesting format with a grey colour grout takes an inexpensive material to a whole new level. Some people are anti-tile due to the grout cleaning factor, going for a darker grout colour can minimise this.

Marble
Carrera or Calcutta marble might just be the most impressive surface you could choose in a kitchen, but committing to marble does come with some maintenance. Sealing is recommended as acidic food substances can stain marble if left to sit, you would need to keep an eye on any smoke or spitting stains from cooking & it is prone to scratching. In general, being a natural surface it will wear & patina with age, which is not necessarily a bad thing for marble lovers & is one of the attractions of this beautiful material.

If you want the marble look without the maintenance concern, Ceasarstone & Essastone have lovely marble look colour options - a seamless, marble look bench top & splash back like this one could be a beautiful option.

Stainless Steel
Although not that common, stainless steel is a striking & durable option. relatively easy to clean, but does mark easily so regular cleaning is necessary. A great option for a true ‘cooks’ kitchen or if you are going for an industrial look.

Above images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.

Live bright,

Natalie x

Beautiful, big kingsize vintage kantha quilts…

August 14th, 2015 tagged as BOWERHOUSE NEWS

We have just received gorgeous little collection of Kingsize vintage kantha quilts - most vintage kanthas are best suited to single, double & queen size beds but for these pieces the vintage textiles have been patch worked together to create an extra large size, generous enough to fully cover a queen or king size bed!

Perfect for inviting joyful colour & character to your bedroom sanctuary, each piece has it’s own personality & will instantly update a room. In a simple, serene space the multi colour & pattern quilt becomes the feature, or tie the colours back to artwork, rug or cushions in a colourful, eclectic bedroom.

A cosy extra layer over the doona on these chilly winter nights or a lovely weight to lay over sheets in summer - they easily fold up or can be thrown over an armchair when not being used. (they also make great sofa throws - look great & provide protection from little ones or pets)

Each piece is one of a kind & cannot be re-ordered again, made from vintage panels of soft printed cotton intricately handstitched together. If you invite a kantha into your home you will get to enjoy it every day & treasure forever.

Dimensions - Approx 230cm x 280cm $289.00

Click here to browse our kingsize kanthas in store

Live bright, Natalie x

My go-to spots for free interiors inspiration…

August 4th, 2015

This week I thought I would share some of my go-to online resources for interiors inspiration - Australian & overseas based blogs, websites & online magazines that I often refer to when searching for inspiration for a new project.

If you do not already have a Pinterest account I highly recommend getting one started, it will become your very own curated library of ideas & inspiration - recipes, craft & DIY, hotel/holiday bucket lists & interior inspiration. Stay updated with your favourite blogs or online magazines & pin inspiring content to your Pinterest boards as you come across it, this way you will build a fantastic resource of wonderful ideas that you can go to for reference whenever you are in need of inspiration!

Below a storyboard of interior eye-candy from my fave sites & the links to check them out.

Nat's Go-To Spots for Online Interiors Inspiration...

Est Magazine - Images 1 & 2

SF Girl by Bay - Image 3

Adore Magazine - Image 4

The Design Files - Images 5 & 6

Design Sponge - Images 7 & 8

Lonny Magazine - Image 9

Inside Out - Image 10

My Domaine - Image 11

Rue Magazine - Image 12

Live bright,

Natalie x

12 cosy nooks you will want to escape to…

July 24th, 2015

It has been that kind of weather lately where my idea of heaven would be blankets, tea & a good book. Unfortunately life seems to get in the way & I find myself with a dauntingly long list of books on my Kindle, purchased with best intentions but left neglected, waiting patiently to be read.

In a hope to turn this distant well-read dream into reality I have created a cosy quiet corner in our home - a spot with no digital distractions & a plentiful supply of cushions & quilts - I have best intentions to find an hour or 2 each week to escape to this heavenly hiding spot. Below some inspiration for your very own cosy nook...

Above images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.

While we are on the subject of ‘time-out’ & relaxation, I want to share something a little different - the link for Oprah & Deepak Chopra’s upcoming 21 day meditation experience - I am not affiliated, just a big fan of their mediation programs. They run a different one every few months which is free for the initial 21 days and then available to purchase if you want to own it forever. If you are curious about meditation but have never known where to start, these 21 day challenges are fantastic, they bring me a sense of peace & positivity & I am left feeling more in tune & connected to my sense of self. If this sounds like something you want more of in your life I encourage you to check them out! 

COSY KANTHA QUILTS IN STORE NOW...


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Live bright, 
Natalie x