Katrina Chambers | Interior Design Blogger Australia
Katrina Chambers is a familiar face within the blogging scene and was a contestant on The Block in 2011. She is an eager blogger about all things design, lifestyle, DIY and interior styling, her posts clearly resonate with her largely female audience with Katrina taking out the Kidspot Top Blogger of The Year Award in 2012.
Here’s a plan with a few different features you might like. It has the basics – 4 bedroom, study nook, media room and a big pantry.
I think the master is far too big. It’s almost 1/3 of the house. I’d be inclined to make the garage bigger with storage in there. Or, put the study nook in between the media and ensuite (making the master smaller of course).
What do you think about the position of the laundry and the bathroom??
What do you think about this plan?
The original plan came from here. You can see more facade options and look inside this plan as a display home.
I have so many other floor plans over here you might like to look through.
White is anything but bland. It’s the perfect base to allow your furniture and décor pieces sing within your home.
But finding the right white paint for your home can be hard. The wrong white paint can make a room darker or throw off the visual look of a room if it’s not how you imagined.
Here are some tips to consider when choosing the perfect white paint for the interior of your home.
Consider the Existing Surfaces
The biggest surface area in a room is usually the floor. Find a white paint which will contrast with the floor nicely. Warm floor tones work with cooler whites and darker floor coverings (with blue undertones) work with warm whites.
Test the paint
Test a sample of your white paint on the walls before deciding on your choice. Paint samples on a few different walls in your home to see how the light bounces off each in the room. See how the samples work throughout the course of the day. Undertones from the flooring as well as lighting, shadows and furnishings can affect the colour, so test accordingly to get your decision right throughout your house.
Choose low sheens for walls and ceilings, high sheen for smaller spaces
A low sheen white paint is ideal for walls and ceilings as it’s less reflective and softer on the eyes. It can camouflage wall imperfections too.
Use high sheen in the bathroom and kitchen as it’s easier to clean and offers a gleam that works well in these spaces.
Bright white can set off feature walls
You may decide to add a feature wall for visual effect in a large space. Bright white can work well to make your feature wall standout.
Best white in homes with natural light
If your house has a lot of natural light, ie skylights and a lot of large windows, it will benefit from a cool white or a white with a darker undertone.
Cool whites have a grey undertone and are popular in modern houses.
Best white for homes with little natural light
Traditional or older homes tend to have more internal walls and be boxed in. They are rarely open plan or have skylights to allow natural light in. If your home is dark inside, choose warmer whites which will lighten the space, visually.
If you don’t know which white to choose, then I’ve put together a list of the BEST WHITE PAINTS.
If you want to add an indoor plant (or three) to your home, here are 10 house plants which are hard to kill.
1. Zanzibar Gem
This plant may be the most un-killable indoor plant. It has dark green, glossy leaves and can thrive on neglect. It loves to be indoors in a well-lit spot but away from direct sunlight. It thrives in semi-shade too.
It requires an occasional water, and the soil needs to dry out between waterings. Ensure this plant is put in a pot with a drain.
2. Peace Lily
This may be the most popular indoor plant grown in homes and offices. It’s also one of the most gifted plants for special occasions. Known for improving air quality and sprouting flowers throughout the year, it’s one that can be difficult to kill.
The Peace Lily love a warm indoor spot, away from direct sunlight. This plant does need to be watered regularly, so if you tend to overwater your plants, this one may be the one to choose for your home.
3. Rubber Plant
Another favourite indoor plant with dark foliage is the rubber plant. It needs plenty of light, so put it next to a window and ensure the soil is moist. It needs to be watered once every couple of weeks. You can read more tips on how to grow a healthy rubber plant.
4. Monstera Delicsiosa
Easy to propagate, this plant is known as the elephant ears and offers larger green foliage, best known for growing in tropical locations. It’s a plant that can grown in all directions, so if you’re looking for a larger plant to fill a particular space, this one would be my pick. You can read more tips on how to look after Mostera Deliciosa here.
5. Snake Plant
Snake plants can grow anywhere where there is bright light, which makes them a great choice for sunny spots indoors. They are also easy to car for so those who struggle having keeping indoor plants alive, this one may be the best choice. They can survive on neglect when it comes to watering… but they will need an occasional water.
6. Devil’s Ivy
I’ve grown this plant in low-light and bright-light areas of the house with great success. The best thing about Devil’s Ivy is it can be grown in a glass vessel of water – which means no watering required. The water will need to be checked and changed occasionally. If you love a plant that likes to hang down, Devi’s Ivy is a great choice for indoors.
7. Boston Fern
Boston ferns are great hanging plants for indoors. So if you want to add some height, hang one of these, or three, from the ceiling. It needs to be watered once every two weeks. Easy to care for and can grow in low-light rooms.
I love cacti and succulents, but they DO NOT like the indoors. They need sun. If you love the look of a cactus, Euphorbia may be an option for you. It may look like a cacti, but it’s not.
Unlike cacti, they grow well in full or partial light. They love a good soaking, but then wait for their soil to dry before watering again. They can survive on being watered once a month. Check the soil weekly and place this plant near a window, at the front door or under the verandah.
9. Parlor Palm
Needing a tall plant for a corner in your home? The Parlor Palm can withstand dark corners, making it an ideal plant for indoors. It’s difficult to kill, but they can be loved to death by giving too much light and water. If you need a plant that requires little weekly maintenance, this is the indoor plant for you.
10. Satin Pothos Plant
Another vine growing plant which tolerates low light and doesn’t like to be over-watered. The leaves need to droop before watering gain. During colder months, keep this plant away from doors and windows as it doesn’t like cold drafts. It’s a great plant to put on bookshelves or in a bathroom or laundry.
Looking for a 5 bedroom floor plan? Well this one might suit!
You’ve got 4 bedrooms close together on the back of the home which share a bathroom and an activity room. I’d be looking at making that bathroom bigger though with a double vanity and larger shower.
There’s quite a lot of living space in the home which is good. The games on the front near the master would probably not be used at night time if adults are sleeping, but there’s plenty of other places to hang out.
I’m not sure about just the HERS wardrobe. Haha! So clearly HE gets nothing? Maybe a locker in the garage would be ok?
The laundry/kitchen/scullery is good – I do like that.
What do you think about this plan?
There is no original source for this one sorry, because I found it on Pinterest with no links.
I have so many other floor plans over here you might like to look through.
Does your bedside table accumulate with clutter? Or do you have a pile of books you’ve been meaning to read, which keeps getting taller by the week?
Remove the clutter and style your bedside table to make your bedroom more welcoming and comforting.
Here are some tips on how to style your bedside table. There is no right or wrong way to style your bedside, but there are some tricks to getting the look right, without it looking like another surface of clutter.
Bedside tables are functional as they offer a surface for the necessities (lamp, room spray, hand cream), but they can also hide the clutter which often accumulates on the surface (tissues, books, random bits of paper). Remove the clutter and if you have a chest of drawers, use the top drawer to hide the clutter so your stylish favourites can be put on display.
If you use a stool or table, use baskets to hide any must haves, under the bed.
If you’re unsure of what pieces to display on your bedside, here is a list of décor accents to consider. The key to a well styled bedside table is less is more. Keep it functional, but also have fun with displaying pieces which evoke calm and style in the bedroom
Styling a bedside table is easy to change up as the seasons change or if you’re requiring a different look in the bedroom. Swap décor from one bedside to another. Replace the flowers with a plant, or the pile of books with a notebook and pen.
You may decide to have pendant lights installed, which removes the need for lamps. Why not lean some artwork on the wall to give visual height to your styling.
You will sleep and relax better with a styled bedside table
Being intentional on the pieces you display on your bedside table, may offer health benefits. You may sleep better or be able to relax easier. Indoor plants are said to clean the air in your home, so imagine what they can do in your bedroom.
Essential oils (like Lavender Peace) in a diffuser can also improve sleep and prompt relaxation.
The benefits to styling your bedside table may offer health benefits you may not have realised. Gotta love that.
Tiles can cause headaches in a reno. Not having enough or choosing too many feature tiles which throws off the look of a space, are just some of the problems that crop up when renovating a bathroom. If you’re about to embark on a new reno, here are 5 tiling mistakes to avoid.
It’s important to stick to an overall theme for the space you’re about to renovate. What style are you trying to evoke? This will guide you with your tiling decisions. Themes are important when choosing tiles because they are the main visual grounder in a space. Once the tiles are laid down, you can’t change the look of the space with fixtures alone. So choose wisely.
The golden rule when ordering tiles is buying 15% more than what you need. Even if you don’t use all the tiles for your reno, they can be stored and used to replace tiles in the future. Tiling involves cutting, breakages and waste, so ordering more than 15% will cover these nuisances.
Over-ordering more tiles is a better problem to have, than not ordering enough. And heaven forbid you can’t order any more of your tiles if what you’ve ordered was the last of the stock. Check with your supplier if more tiles can be ordered, before you set your heart on that particular tile.
Rule of thumb is to have one feature tile. If you do choose two, the second feature MUST be a smaller accent or used in the shower and bath niches. Even then, be selective of what you choose. You don’t want your space to look like a patchwork quilt.
Too many features tiles in a small space will not only fight for your attention, but make it look crammed and small, which is not ideal.
Here are some ways to balance a feature tile:
Opt for a feature tile on the floor and a block/basic tile on the wall.
Vice versa – have one wall with the feature tile and the rest of the space with a basic neutral on the floor and other walls
Streamline your feature tile to niches or splash backs only.
If your bathroom has corners or narrow areas, that big tile may not work. While the tiles can be cut to suit, it may look odd with large tiles in the vast space, and then odd sized tiles to fit in the niches and cavities. Look at the overall space of your bathroom and get recommendations from your tiler or tile supplier on what you need to consider with your chosen tile. They may be able to offer an alternate solution to save a design headache, while still providing the right aesthetic for your space.
5. Not considering ongoing maintenance and cleaning
It’s important to consider how difficult it will be to keep the tiled floors and walls clean. More grout lines = more areas prone to mould and mildew.
Grout is porous so it will trap bacteria and mould. It requires regular cleaning to prevent it darkening from mould growth.
If you require less maintenance with your tiled areas, choose tiles which require minimal grout lines. Mosaic or mini subway tiles may not be the best choice for you, but a large square tile may be ideal.
To get the best of both worlds, keep smaller tiles for niche areas and larger tiles for bigger surface areas.
The Monster Deliciosa is a very popular indoor plant. They are tropical, wild and can grow in all directions! Not only are they a striking houseplant, but they are also very easy to grow and a fantastic beginner plant. I have one in my kitchen. I bought it as a baby and it’s really taken off. Below I’ve got some tips on how to grow a healthy Monstera Deliciosa…
Bright indirect sunlight near a window. Morning sun is preferable. If you have it near afternoon sun, then move it back from the window. If the plant starts stretching out and the lower leaves drop, then your plant needs more light. After all, plants need light to photosynthesize!
Monstera deliciosa is pretty forgiving when it comes to watering. They do not like sitting in water though. Here’s a rule of thumb for your watering – if the leaves turn yellow or brown and fall off, then it is getting too much water. If the leaves are drooping, but don’t fall off, then your plant needs more water. I ALWAYS use this water meter for all of my plants. You don’t have to worry about when to water when you use this. Avoid extremes in watering.
One of the most rewarding parts of growing Monstera deliciosa is watching the plant evolve from its juvenile leaves, to the more mature adult leaves. Young plants have leaves that are completely solid and that have no slits or holes. As the Monstera deliciosa ages, the new leaves will have more and more holes and slits among the leaves.
Monstera deliciosa is a climbing plant in nature, so you’ll want to add some support, and the perfect time to do this is when you repot your plant! This way, you will minimize the damage to any roots. Although if you are careful, you can really add support at any time. Add a bamboo stick or stake to the middle and help train the plant so it grows upwards.
Who wouldn’t want more of a good thing? If you want to propagate your Monstera deliciosa, it is very easy to do. You can simply just cut a vine and place it in water. Not just any old vine though. You’ll want to choose a vine where you see an aerial root. See where my hand is above? Cut under that and place it in water. When you see new roots, you can pop that in a new pot of soil and off you go again.
Why is Castile soap different from other types of store-bought liquid? It’s vegan with no animal oils and fats or artificial detergents. Castile soap is extra concentrated — meaning you only have to use a little bit each time you clean, and each bottle should last you a while.
Castile soap naturally possesses antibacterial properties. Just like it’s perfect to use on skin that suffers from eczema, it’s also good for people who suffer from psoriasis or acne.
Castile soap contains surfactants. These remove germs and bacteria, as well as dirt and grease. REGULAR soaps (or supermarket detergent/liquids) will contain chemicals and artificial antibacterial agents. I’ve written about surfactants here before. In other words, Castile soap is not a regular soap, its properties are better suits to cleaning. It will attack the dirty and grime directly.
Castile soap is extremely multi-functional.
Here are some ways to use Castile soap around your home…
Rip up an old t-shirt to make rags/wipes
1 cup warm water
30 ml Castile soap
5-10 drops peppermint essential oil (this is the antibacterial property)
Add rags and ingredients to a glass jar, shake well and now you have wipes ready to go
Throw them through the machine when they are dirty
Make your own pump hand soap
Grab a foaming soap dispenser, add a dash of Castile and fill with water.
500ml spray bottle
2 teaspoons of Castile soap
5 drops tea tree oil
Fill with boiled and cooled water
Use this to clean all your surfaces
Homemade soft scrub
3/4 cup bi-carb soda
1/4 cup Castile soap
1 tablespoon water
20 drops clove essential oil (you can halve that and add lemon if you want). Clove oil has biological activities, such as antibacterial, antifungal, insecticidal and antioxidant properties.
This kitchen caught my eye. How gorgeous! And then I started clicking and decided I loved the bathroom too. There’s just not enough photos of this home though! I wish the real estate agent had loaded up some more…
Celebrating traditional craftsmanship fused with contemporary design, this two storey home is awash with natural light and packed with personality. Meticulously renovated to respect it’s original charm, whilst giving it a fresh and modern lease on life, you’ll relish the eclectic, spacious interiors and the abundance of sunshine and warmth which cascades through every room. Enjoy effortless entertaining with a kitchen designed to integrate seamlessly with the outdoors, along with multiple living areas and sunny bedroom sanctuaries, ready for you to unplug and unwind in. – Agent
The home is currently on the market. It’s located in Long Jetty, NSW.
Scroll down to see the photos…
The home is being sold LJ Hooker Bateau Bay. All images are owned by the agency.
The laundry has migrated from a functional utility room to a space worth styling.
A beautifully styled laundry has soared in popularity, ensuring the most mundane of daily chores are enjoyed in elegant surrounds. It’s no longer the forgotten room at the back of the house. And no matter how small the laundry room, there are ways to style it into a sophisticated space.
If you want to make your laundry look more pleasing to the eye, here are 10 ways to style your laundry beautiful.
Storage, Storage, Storage
Storage is key for a beautiful laundry. Everything has its place and each space has its designated purpose.
Storage in the likes of open shelving, overhead cabinetry and elongated bench space; these necessary components provide organisation in the most used room in the home. While I’ve mentioned on the blog before that surfaces are not for storage, in the laundry, they are necessary for keeping baskets of laundry off the floor and a spot to add some personality and style with a vignette or greenery.
Install Trendy Tapware
Gone are the days of the chrome wall assembly taps and adjustable laundry spout. Add some personality to your laundry with the tapware. Matte black can make a design statement, while brushed metallics can add a bit of luxury. Vege mixer spray taps can also look visually pleasing, and are a practical choice if you need to rinse clothes often before they’re washed.
Do away with the Clunky Laundry Tub
To create a slimline aesthetic in the laundry, the chunky white tubs of the past have been abandoned for inset sinks. It’s a minimalistic approach which still provides functionality for soaking or pre-rinsing.
Hide the Plumbing
Water taps and washing machine hoses can now be hidden in cabinetry. Talk to your plumber on ways to hide the plumbing away from view to create a seamless space, without the clutter of hoses in view.
Add Some Wall Paper or Wall Art
The recent House Rules contestants have added wall paper to one wall of their laundries to bring in colour and personality to the space. Just because the chore of washing clothes is boring, doesn’t mean the walls have to be bland as well.
Display Washing Powders and Detergents in Glass Canisters
If you make your own soaking powders or pre-buy detergents, display them in jars or glass canisters. If that’s too much effort, or you buy your powder in bulk, keep it hidden in the cabinetry.
Create a Vignette
A vignette of hand soap and hand cream with a timber scrubbing brush, essential oils and some rolled towels. This can be displayed on the laundry bench in the corner. Even wicker baskets can add a bit of natural texture to the laundry to give it that styled, yet lived in look.
Throw Down a Rug
Most laundry floors are tiled and these can be softened with a throw rug. This can add colour and texture to a bare room.
Let There Be Light
Natural light in the way of a window or skylight can brighten the room. You can read how I added a skylight to my bathroom here. The same process can be used to bring light into your laundry. Make use of the configuration of your laundry to maximize the light.
Bring in the Greenery
The laundry is an ideal spot to add some greenery to freshen the interior. Open shelves are the perfect foundation for a hanging devil’s ivy. Ferns and snake plants also thrive in a humid environment like the laundry.