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Posts from September 2013

My Home Build Series - The Family Bathroom…

September 25th, 2013

As we progress through our home build I am continuing to share the design details & the process I follow for each space in the hope it may inspire some ideas for your own decorating projects. This week is the upstairs family bathroom & powder room - if you have questions on any of the details dont hesitate to reply to this email, I am very happy to share!

MOODBOARD...

Start any decorating project by collating images that inspire the way you want the space to feel, this becomes a style guide you can refer back to when choosing colours, finishes and decor items.

We wanted this space to feel light & family friendly, a simple, classic design that wont feel dated in 5 years time. My moodboard is full of images of bathrooms with creamy, light coloured tiles, simple but beautiful fittings & fixtures with wood elements for warmth & contrast.

Images Above: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

COLOUR & FINISHES SCHEME..

Our stunning & simple, matt finish tile in a creamy sandstone colour was chosen first & was the basis behind all other elements in the space. We used this tile in 300 x 600 size on the floors & full height on the walls - with such a simple, neutral tile we needed to introduce some punch & contrast, so we went with a textured wood look laminate for cabinet doors (Polytec Ravine Maison Oak) and chose an interesting flecked white composite stone for the benchtop (supplied by our builder - try Caesarstone Nougat for similar)

Keep things simple in the bathroom with beautiful neutrals & you cannot go wrong!

SHOPPING LIST...

Rocca Semi Recessed Basin - Reece - Our tapware designs are a square look so we stuck to a square shape for our sink.
Missoni 'Niles' Hand Towel - for a beautiful colour pop, can be changed up when you want a new look.
Planet Luxe Hand wash - Australian made, all natural & no nasties.
Kado Freestanding Bath - Reece - The simplicy of the tiles meant a freestanding bath could become the feature in this space.
Drum Stool (Persimmon Cushion) - arriving soon to Bowerhouse - ties in the wood element, brings some colour and a handy place to perch or place belongings (place a tray on top - add glass of bubbles, chocolate covered strawberries, a good book and you have heaven in your own home!)
Milli Towel Rail - Reece - plenty of towel drying space.

3 easy ways to invite luxe sophistication to your space…

September 25th, 2013

Hi Natalie,

I hope your week has been wonderful? Lots happening behind the scenes here at Bowerhouse with new Summer stock arriving and last minute prep for the Summer photo shoot. I can't wait to share the new collection with you very soon and of course as part of the tribe you will get the opportunity to see it first!

Although I am a huge fan of starting with a light, white & largely neutral base for interiors, I do love the use of dark painted walls in decorating (we have introduced a few to our new house which I will share in detail later).

If used correctly dark walls don't need to make a space feel gloomy or small, they will make a space feel cosy, sophisticated & luxe - to get you thinking about going dark for your next painting project, see some ideas and mood boards celebrating the dark painted wall…

Beautiful Contrast..

You can bring a dark wall to life by introducing warm wood and vibrant colour accents - dark walls create a beautiful contrasting backdrop for a space and will make your furniture and decor pieces really pop and stand out. Images: 1, 2, 3, 4

In the bedroom...

The bedroom is the perfect place to introduce a dark painted wall to bring a sense of calm & sophisticated luxury. By just painting the wall behind the bed in a dark charcoal or navy and the other walls in white or a paler shade of that colour you can achieve a less intense but just as beautiful effect.
Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Outside..

Dark walls in the garden are really effective - not only will a dark colour make your boundary appear to recede, natural greenery pops so beautifully against a slate or black coloured backdrop. Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

You can find more dark wall images on the Bowerhouse Pinterest board.

Natalie x

Want to know where I go to escape and be inspired? (when I can’t afford a holiday!)

September 10th, 2013

A couple of lovely tribe members have recently asked me where are the best places to find inspiration for the home - Apart from travel (you can find my tips on injecting travel inspiration to your home here) I spend a lot of time online and today I would love to share my three favourite digital magazines - full of gorgeous, inspiring pages - escape right at your fingertips & subscription is completely free!

EST MAGAZINE

A quarterly e-mag created by two clever Aussie ladies, Est showcases a great mix of Australian & global homes with beautiful photography & styling plus lovely travel, fashion & lifestyle stories.
Images - Est Magazine

COVET GARDEN

A Canadian based interiors & lifestyle magazine - I love the 'left of centre', creative, family homes they feature - not styled, so the spaces feel real, the ideas are attainable and so inspiring.
Images - Covet Garden

LONNY MAGAZINE

Launched in 2009, this US based bi-monthly publication is just like a regular print magazine but its completely digital. Focusing on home decor & lifestyle, its packed full of gorgeous homes and gardens, with lots of great hints, tips & ideas throughout the pages.
Images - Lonny Magazine

Make yourself a cuppa and escape to the pages of these fantastic mags, there are plenty of back issues to explore too...hours of indulgence and inspiration awaiting you!

Natalie x