When you have kids, decorating their bedrooms is often one of the most exciting parts of moving into your newly built home. It’s important to ensure your kids have bedrooms that reflect their personalities while also creating spaces they won’t outgrow as they go from little to tween and then to teen. We’ve got some great tips to help you create the perfect kid’s room that will grow with them over the years!

Colour Palette

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While it’s tempting to paint the walls a vibrant colour like bright pink, purple or blue, instead choose a soft neutral colour. Beautiful greys, crisp whites, and soft beige tones will never go out of style and will serve as the perfect base to build the theme of your child’s room around. Rather than choosing colours that all match, select items that will coordinate with the neutral walls and keep the tones soft and muted to create a warm, inviting space. Pastel coloured bedframes and bookshelves paired with white or grey wooden dressers and toyboxes will add depth to the room without being too jarring.

Feature Walls

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Instead of painting the walls the same colour, select one wall to use as a feature. A wallpaper with a subtle abstract pattern or graphic in neutral or pastel tones will suit your child’s room from their younger years right through to their teenage years and beyond. Avoid graphics that are too youthful and garish – instead find unique artwork that reflects their interests while still complementing the aesthetic you’ve chosen.

Storage

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One of the most important aspects of children’s bedrooms is having sufficient storage. Built-in-robes are great for kids and provide more than enough room for their clothing and toys, and will hide much of their mess. However, open shelving can also be a nice way to include storage in the room itself and give smaller children easy access to their favourite toys and books. Styled beautifully, these smaller sections of shelving add a carefully curated look that still allows the room to look and feel lived in by a child.

Accessories

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A great way to add additional layers of colour and personality to a kid’s room is with accessories. Floor rugs in soft colours and patterns will brighten up an otherwise neutral space, provide a soft space for kids to sprawl out on as they play, and protect the carpet underneath from any spills. They can be changed as your child grows, and are an easy way to mix up the colour scheme quickly. Select bedding that has a slight pattern or texture to it and add a few fun cushions in coordinating colours and materials. Kids love tactile fabrics, so using things with tassels, soft faux fur, and velvet will elevate the space and give your child something to snuggle up to when they’re relaxing in their room. Adding a hammock chair or tent in the corner of the room will create an element of fun as well as functionality to the room, allowing them their own space for a little downtime after school and on weekends.

Decorating a child’s room is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy, particularly if your child is old enough to give their input into how they want their space to look and feel. By taking their wants and needs into account, and choosing colours, furniture and accessories that coordinate in a subtle, inviting way, your child will have a space that’s truly theirs to enjoy over the years. For more design inspiration, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

With the warm weather slowly subsiding and cooler nights creeping in, it’s the perfect time to update your home’s interior décor for autumn! The change of season brings with it beautiful changing colours in nature, crisper weather, and a little more time spent indoors, and we’ve got some great ideas on incorporating a bit of autumn décor into your home’s interior style!

Furnishings and Furniture Update

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If you just want subtle touches of autumn in your home, one of the quickest ways to add them is through your soft furnishings and furniture. Start with a couch or some armchairs in creamy neutrals or warm brown tones, then layer soft furnishings in coordinating colours. Blankets and cushions in warm tones, and subtle bursts of autumn colours will not only soften the space, but also be perfect to snuggle up with as the nights get cooler. In common areas, include a dining table that’s made from rich dark timber, with chairs to match, and add side tables that coordinate in different timber tones to tie the open-plan interior theme together.

Get Back to Nature

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Adding autumn tones inside your home is the perfect way to link your interior styling to the change of season outdoors. Using fresh flowers and foliage in beautiful dusty oranges, reds, and yellows with touches of greenery such as Eucalyptus are a quick and easy way to mark the start of autumn in each room. To give these arrangements character, use old bottles and jars for a little vintage touch. Adding an arrangement that’s long lasting to your entryway on a side table will create a welcoming autumn feel for visitors as soon as they step through the front door!

Earthy Tones

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If you want to create a strong autumn aesthetic, consider painting a feature wall in an earthy tone like orange or deep green, evoking a feeling of being one with nature and create a warm atmosphere. This can be especially effective in living spaces and bedrooms, where cosiness is key in the cooler months! Another way to link the interior of your home to the environment around it is to use building materials as a feature – exposed brickwork in your living room, or the use of timber as a feature in your home is a subtle call back to nature while adding character to your home.

Get Cosy

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Nothing says cold weather like a roaring fire! When designing your new home, including a fireplace in your open-plan zone, or in your formal living room will warm up the space and have the added bonus of bringing the family together to get cosy in the evenings. Adding a little autumn décor to the mantle, such as foliage or some perfectly placed candles will enhance the intimate feel of the space. You could even incorporate an outdoor gas fireplace to your alfresco. If it’s well shielded from the weather, an outdoor fireplace makes your alfresco useable year-round for entertaining or just relaxing outside on cooler evenings.

While it’s easy to lament the end of summer, the coming months of cool mornings and crisp weather during autumn can be a welcome respite from the heat. Bringing the colours from nature into your home will create a warm, welcoming environment indoors as the weather cools down outside, creating the perfect cosy atmosphere for the whole family! For more interior décor ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Originating in the time period between the 1930s and the mid-1960s, mid-century modern is a style that emphasises organic influences with simplicity and function a priority. Think Mad Men’s understated retro style, with well-crafted furniture silhouettes mixed with texture and colour to add personality and flair. It’s a timeless aesthetic, and we’ve got some tips to help you incorporate this style into your home in a variety of ways!

Texture and Colour


While the style often calls for warm whites as the overall palette, you can also include a soft, warm grey as the main colour in your home. Accent colours with a bolder feel can be scattered throughout the home – think mustard, blue, and muted green in your couches and upholstered dining and arm chairs. A feature wall with a timber look also fits nicely into the mid-century style as a subtle throwback to nature and the organic materials where this aesthetic finds its origins.

Furniture


Form and function are key, so choosing furniture that leans toward simplicity will ensure your furniture fits the theme. Streamlined couches without too much bulk to them, Danish style armchairs with simple wooden arms and legs, and coffee tables and sideboards that have clean lines and an understated feel will give your spaces that stylish, mid-century feel. One of the best things about this aesthetic is that its minimalist appearance, as well as the range of materials used blends in well with other décor styles, so adding touches of mid-century here and there in each room will create a timeless appearance throughout your home.

High and Low


Often mid-century furniture can feel too low to the ground, so it’s a good idea to give your rooms a mix of high and low. A low couch and coffee table can be offset by some statement candlesticks on a higher sideboard, or the inclusion of a beautiful chrome arc lamp over the couch to draw the eye up and add height to the room. Including a tall indoor plant in the corner and a beautiful mid-century sunburst pendant light fitting in the bedroom will add to the retro atmosphere and further encourage a feeling of space and height.

Mid-century modern is a style whose roots lie in interior design themes of uncomplicated simplicity. Including pieces in your home that are functional and pared back, but still have elements of warmth and style with their colour and texture means you’ll create an aesthetic that’s timeless and visually appealing. With a mix of materials such as metal, timber, concrete, and brass, you’ll be able to seamlessly blend a little mid-century flair throughout your new home! For more interior style and home design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

If you’ve been waiting all year to host Christmas in your beautiful new Hotondo home and show off that stunning new kitchen, elegant dining area, and enjoy relaxing in your living space with family and friends, we’re here to help. We’ve got some tried and true dessert recipes from some of our very own Hotondo team members that you can make ahead of time to help with your celebrations for Christmas Day!

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Shortbread

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Who doesn’t love shortbread? It’s perfect to enjoy with a cuppa as you put your feet up and relax after a long day of celebrating. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to make a couple of days in advance! This recipe serves ten people approximately.

Ingredients
250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 & 1/4 cups plain flour
3/4 cup rice flour
1 & 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Icing sugar mixture, to dust (optional)

Method

Chocolate Ripple Cake Wreath

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A twist on an old favourite, this is another dessert you can make the day before you need to serve it, and just save the decorating for the day of your celebration! This yummy dessert serves approximately twelve people.

Ingredients
2 x packets of chocolate ripple biscuits
500g thickened cream for whipping
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon icing sugar
Chocolate cream biscuits
Peppermint balls
Malteasers
Jaffas
Mint leaf lollies
Meringues

Method

Clootie Dumpling (Cloth Dumpling)

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This is a Scottish recipe that takes a little TLC to create, so allow some time a few days before you want to serve it to create this delicious pudding! Serves approximately twenty people.

Ingredients
500g self raising flour – for mixture
1 cup suet
1 cup sugar
500g mix of currants and sultanas (any ratio of your choosing)
25g mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Treacle for taste (however no more than ½ cup)
Milk (up to 1 cup if needed)
Preferred alcohol of choice (that goes well with fruit – sherry, whisky, Drambuie, etc)
Some extra flour
Boiling water (from the kettle)

Calico sheet – you’ll need approximately 50cm2
2 large mixing bowls
1 large stock pot
Strong rubber band
Mixing spoon

Method

Tobler-Tastic Cheesecake

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Cheesecake is always a winning dessert especially on a hot Christmas day, and this one combines some amazing flavours. It serves approximately ten people and best of all, it’s no-bake!

Ingredients
1 ½ cups chocolate ripple biscuits, crushed to crumbs
100g melted butter
500g cream cheese, softened
¾ cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon gelatine dissolved in 2 tablespoons of boiling water
200g milk chocolate Toblerone, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup thickened cream, softly whipped
1 punnet raspberries pureed and sieved into 2 tablepsoons, combined with 2 tablespoons icing sugar
Toblerone shavings, for decoration
Extra raspberries for decoration

Method

Note that you can substitute strawberries and it still tastes delicious!

Ausukes (Little Ears)

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Best eaten when made or day of making

Ingredients and equipment
500g plain flour
2 sachets dried yeast
2 eggs
125g butter
½ cup sugar
½ cup luke warm water
½ cup milk (if necessary)
Canola oil for frying

1 large baking bowl (china or ceramic)
1 large frying pan
Paper towel
Serving plate or bowl
Rolling pin
Knife

Method
Note: in order for the mixture to rise, please keep ingredients warm.
This reciple makes about 48.

We hope these delicious dessert recipes help with your meal prep in the lead up to Christmas Day, and that the celebrations in your new Hotondo home are beautiful memories you and your family will treasure for years to come. From everyone at Hotondo Homes, we wish you a very merry Christmas, and a happy and safe new year!

For more home design and interior inspiration ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.


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