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Springtime is always enthusiastically welcomed after months of cold weather, and the mild weather and bright sunshine make it the perfect time to inject some warmth and light into your home to create an atmosphere that’s uplifting and welcoming. We’ve got some great tips to get you started!
Dress up your entryway to welcome spring with some rustic blossom tree branches or an indoor potted plant, as well as some coloured glass vases or accent bowls. Upon arriving home or inviting guests inside the feel of spring will be alive and well as soon as people set foot inside your home, and soften a space that can otherwise feel minimalist and lacking in personality.
As nature blooms with vivacious colour outside during spring, take inspiration from your garden and surrounding environment to bring some floral features inside your home. Fresh vases of flowers scattered throughout will add bursts of colour to each space, and for a more budget-friendly option you can use artificial flowers that will last the duration of spring. Add in some floral décor in the form of cushions, blankets, and artwork featuring flowers and you’ll lift the mood of each room when you introduce some lovely, subtle colours.
Feel like giving your walls a fresh coat of paint? Spring is the perfect time to get rid of the darker, moodier tones that suit winter and include light, bright colours that usher in a joyful vibe. To keep things neutral, opt for soft greys in either warm or cool tones that will serve as the perfect base colour to decorate your room around. The natural light will enhance the colour tones and make the space feel bigger. If you’d like to add more colour, choosing a beautiful pastel for your walls such as minty greens, fresh lemon, duck egg blue, or even a flash of coral or pink will liven up the space.
Adding a some indoor plants to your interior décor is one of the easiest ways to add life to a room and bring the lushness of outdoors into your home. In larger rooms, a tall plant in a beautiful pot that blends in with your colour aesthetic will make an instant statement. If you want to add greenery to compact spaces, consider hanging pots or installing wall-mounted planter pots that don’t take up floor space, and also draw the eye upwards. These types of planters allow for flowing style that creates a freeform cascade, mimicking nature’s boundless greenery indoors.
There are so many ways to refresh your home for the change of season to welcome spring by taking inspiration from nature and injecting some bright, cheerful hues to each room. For more interior décor and decorating ideas, head to the Hotondo Homes website today.
Mel and Chris received the keys to their new Hotondo home, located in Nowra, NSW, in December, 2018. An open, light filled home, it’s perfectly designed for everyday family life and has a warm, welcoming feel as soon as you step through the front door. We spoke to Mel about her experience building with Adam Sturt and the Hotondo Southcoast team, and we also received some insight from Hotondo Southcoast about the build.
Because of the location of Mel and Chris’ land, which is in a flood zone, they thought most builders wouldn’t build for them due to the challenges of the land’s location. After looking at a display home on the South Coast Mel and her husband Chris had actually signed on to build with someone other than Hotondo Homes and were waiting for the tendering process to be finalised. When they finally sat down with the builder to pay their deposit, they were told the price had gone up by a whopping $30k. The builder couldn’t offer any explanation for this, and were quite uncooperative when Mel and Chris asked for an itemised pricing list to try and identify where the huge price increase had come from. They decided to look elsewhere and rang a slew of other builders in the area, but were quoted even higher prices which they found odd since they wanted to build a modest three bedroom home.
Mel rang Hotondo Homes Southcoast and after explaining her situation to the team in the office she was put through to speak to builder Adam Sturt straight away. Mel says, “Adam was very straightforward from our first conversation and said we should come in for a meeting to chat about what we wanted.”
Adam was able to sit down with Mel and Chris and give them an estimate based on their dream home vision, then suggested they meet with their draftsman to finalise the design so he could price it properly for them. Hotondo Southcoast’s quote matched Mel and Chris’ budget and their decision was made. Adam tells us that they showed Mel and Chris a few designs that would suit their blook and the flood zone and they loved the Killalea, which was modified to comply with council requirements. “We looked at the Killalea design, and made a few modifications to suit our requirements,” Mel said. “I really wanted a skillion roof, and having a window over the staircase was really important to me because I don’t like dark passageways and stairs. Adam was able to suggest the perfect placement for the window so that lots of natural light came in. Actually, he was great at suggesting things like the best placements for all the windows!”
A few changes had to be made to meet council requirements because they are in the flood zone, so the ground floor of their home had to be non-inhabitable. “Our ground floor is made up of the garage, laundry, and a storage room that also functions as a play room for our daughter, Ava. The best part is that it’s not visible from the street, which is great!” Adam says “We modified the design to comply with flood zone requirements which included double brickwork downstairs, and used flood compatible materials. We also included a solar system in the build to make it a more energy efficient home.”
Mel tells us that due to their land being classified as a 1 in 100 year flood zone, the floor must be a minimum of 1.6 metres off the ground, which was no problem for Adam and his team to work into the design specifications. “The only issues we had were with the council to be honest,” Mel says. “ Adam and Kayla dealt with all of it and kept us in the loop the whole time, so the communication between us and them was fantastic, even if the news was not so good. They would let us know and also tell us how long it would take to fix as they liaised with the local council. We didn’t have to deal with any of it, which was great.” The local council insisted the home be built with a concrete sub-floor which would have added $25,000 on to the cost. Mel told us that Adam was able to go back to the council with a record of homes in the vicinity that were built with timber joists, and they backed down and allowed Mel and Chris to built their home the same way.
Mel says that the entire team was wonderful to deal with. “We wanted to do our own flooring, and Adam was happy for us to go in and do that before the kitchen was installed. We also got to do walk throughs anytime we wanted, and our foreman was wonderful. We couldn’t fault them!” Mel and her family were actually renting a home on the same street they were building their home on, and she said it was exciting to walk past the home and see the progress every day. “A lot of the neighbours also commented on how quickly their home was built compared to other ones in the area, and how tidy the job site was throughout the build.”
Adam tells us that the clients wanted a home they could entertain in, which consisted of an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area which would also flow through to a large external deck area. The clients’ colours were selected with the in-house colour consultant, and the home features a modern bathroom with matte black fittings to give it a unique feeling.
Mel, Chris and little Ava got the keys to their new home one week before Christmas in 2018, which was the best Christmas present they could have received! “Everyone said ‘oh, you’ve got your perfect new home, so Christmas is at yours this year!’” When we asked them how they’re going in their Hotondo Home eight months on, Mel said ““Thank god we had a bad experience with the other builder because I would hate to be living in that home now. I love our house! I used to go and stand out the front and stare at our house. People must have thought I was a total weirdo!” Adam and the Hotondo Southcoast team said “Mel and Chris were amazing to work with! They were just so willing to help and so understanding, and they worked with us the whole way with the build.”
Congratulations Mel, Chris and Ava! We know you’ll enjoy making memories in your beautiful home for many years to come and we’re so pleased to hear how much you love living in it as much as Hotondo Southcoast loved building it for you! If you’re looking for a builder to help you bring your dream home vision to life, head over to the Hotondo Homes website today to search for a builder in your area.
When you’re building a new home, so much careful consideration is given to the high traffic areas of the home. Kitchens, living and dining areas, and bedrooms feature heavily as part of every family’s daily routine. But what about the bathroom and ensuite? These rooms were traditionally seen as utilitarian spaces with simple décor that were functional and bland. These days people are putting more thought into how they can design and style their bathrooms to emulate that luxury hotel feel at home. We’ve got some great tips on how you can design a bathroom that oozes style while still being functional for every family member!
An efficient layout is key to any bathroom. Consider how many people will use the main bathroom when you’re building your home, both now and in the future, particularly if you’re thinking about having kids. A family bathroom will need space for people to move around in, whether it’s adults bathing babies and toddlers to tweens and teens fighting over sink and bench space in ten year’s time. Work with your builder to ensure there is enough space to comfortably fit a toilet, bathtub and shower and still have room to move in between each fitting to make it easier for multiple people to use the room simultaneously.
Not sure if you should have a bath and a shower? A family bathroom should include a bathtub if possible. This will help parents of young kids bathe them without having to hop in the shower themselves, and allow for numerous kids to be scrubbed clean at once! A bathtub is also beneficial should you decide to sell your home in the future as it’s appealing to prospective buyers to have at least one bathtub in the home. If space is an issue, a shower over a bath will save on floor space while still giving you the option to use both. If your toilet is in the bathroom, installing a wall hung toilet without a visible cistern is helpful because it won’t protrude out into the room as much as a traditional toilet. Frameless shower screens also give the illusion of more space, since the lack of visible framing keeps the line of sight unobstructed, and slimline wall-hung vanities also don’t impose on the floor space, making the room feel bigger.
Most new homes include an ensuite in the master bedroom, giving parents a little more privacy and allowing kids their own space in the family bathroom. Ensuites usually comprise of a toilet, sinks, and a shower, however some are also big enough to allow for a bathtub as well. Including a double vanity in the ensuite means adults can get ready concurrently without feeling too cramped. A generous shower with an inbuilt niche shelf will neatly house any bath and body accessories needed, and the inclusion of a freestanding bathtub will elevate the space and add a spa-like retreat feel for some peace and quiet.
Because bathrooms are wet areas, floor and wall tiles are a must-have in the space. However, that doesn’t mean it has to be bland and boring! With so many tile options available, you have the ability to create a statement with colour and patterns to really make the space pop. Choosing metallic or matte black tapware and sleek basins will add a contemporary feel, and a vanity in a soft neutral colour or natural finish will tie the whole look together. Touches of greenery in the corners will add life to the room, and adding some large windows will invite natural light in to add depth and space to an otherwise compact room.
Bathrooms are one of the most-used rooms in the house, so putting a lot of thought into the design, layout and décor will create a space that will suit your family through many stages of life. With so many beautiful design options available, you’ll be able to work with your builder to create a bathroom and ensuite that’s unique, functional and stylish to elevate a serviceable room into a luxurious five star space! For more building and design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
Are you ready to start choosing the colours for your new home? With so many colour combinations and palettes to choose from, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to the range of colours and tones you can include in your home’s overall interior look! We chatted to our friends at Haymes about current colour trends to help you design a colour palette that will wow friends and family, and create a home that reflects your unique style.
A rich and earthy palette that mimics the colours found in the layers of the earth. The diversity of the colours is reminiscent of those variations found in the environment we live in. It features gorgeous tans and browns, paired with lush deep greens found in fauna and plant life, reflects the deep blue of the sea and is complemented by neutral base colours.
Encouraging calm and a slowing of the senses, these darker, intense tones and complex colour combinations absorb the light for a quieter feel, whilst injecting warmth and softness into interior spaces. Deep teal greens and lighter powdered greens mixed with nude tones and deeper reds give the sense of night-time mystery; as well as adding the perfect introduction of romance and luxe.
This finely crafted approach blends together a soft minimalism with simple pairings of subtle whites and bold leafy greens providing a palette that is both fresh and balanced. This palette encourages spaces that blur the lines between both inside and outside, where there is no need for divides but an overall aesthetic that unifies spaces and creates both harmony and positivity within interiors and exteriors.
The ultimate palette for creating an easy breezy space, where people can come together, communicate and spend time free from technology and the chaos of everyday living. The colours are light, airy and breezy in peach and pink skin tones, with a real focus of pastels being a starting point for introducing more colour into the home using minty greens, fresh lemon and duck egg blue.
An undefinable palette that challenges the senses and plays on the idea of finding dark spaces more relaxing, meditative and exploratory. It’s a new way forward for interiors and the use of strong colours like blacks and dark charcoals, combined with rich reds, moody nudes and deep blue is a palette that is coming into its own.
This palette offers creative ideas around using colour, texture and mixed materials in a way that not only looks great but also showcases how beautiful, smart design can incorporate a more sustainable and responsible contribution to the environment around us. The colours are monochromatic: the introduction of wood tones and dark greys, deep browns and mid-tone neutrals build the perfect backdrop for kitchens and living areas.
When you’re completing your colour selections for your new Hotondo home, your colour consultant will be ready to help you make carefully considered choices based on the range of beautiful paint colours available from Haymes to create a cohesive and thoughtful interior colour palette. Whether you choose tones with an earthy feel, intense colours for a calming atmosphere, bright pastels, or a minimalist look of whites, greys and a subtle infusion of colour, whatever you select will be a true reflection of your family’s style. For more interior colour ideas, visit the Haymes and Hotondo Homes websites today.
When you’re building a new home, one of the most exciting parts of the process is choosing the colour palette and fixtures for every room, thinking about what sort of furniture you’ll buy to suit each space, and how you’ll put the finishing touches on each area with soft furnishings. Along with these considerations, one of the most important decisions to make is what sort of flooring you’ll include! Since flooring covers every inch of your home, it’s something that deserves a lot of thought, and we’ve got a quick summary of the numerous options available.
Carpet is best suited to rooms where the everyday foot traffic isn’t as high. Bedrooms, studies, and formal lounge rooms are ideal for including carpet in because of the numerous benefits it provides. Carpet will help retain heat, particularly in smaller spaces, making the rooms stay warmer for longer which is perfect for homes in cooler climates. It also helps muffle sound, so if you’re working hard in your study on the phone, or entertaining with friends in a separate lounge room, the sound will be contained thanks to the thick carpet you’ve included. Carpet also provides a beautifully soft barrier for kids to get comfy on as they play on the floor in their bedrooms, keeping them warm in winter!
Technological advancements in recent years means vinyl plank flooring has come a long way! This type of flooring is an affordable alternative to hardwood and stone flooring, but is able to mimic the look of timber, tile, marble, and distressed hardwood. A huge benefit of choosing vinyl planks for your new home is that they’re incredibly durable, and able to withstand the traffic of kids, pets, high heeled shoes, and all the school bags, sports equipment, and shopping that get dropped on it daily in your open-plan areas! You’ll love the luxe look of vinyl planking, and the range of colours and patterns it comes in, meaning it will coordinate seamlessly with your home’s overall colour palette.
Perfect for homes in warmer climates and wet areas like the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms, tiles are a timeless choice for homes that want a chic, polished look that also stays cool. In open-plan areas, tiles will be easy to wipe down and clean, able to withstand the mess of babies and little kids at meal times, muddy pets running through the room, and the inevitable spills and grime from cooking. With so many options available, you’ll be able to choose from a range of styles, from muted monochromes to patterns with pops of colour to ensure your home has a contemporary feel throughout!
One of the most durable types of flooring, floating floors are made from timber and offer a more traditional look for your new home thanks to their ability to mimic the appearance of stained floorboards. With a number of different style options available, you’ll be able to choose from a one, two, or three plank style to create the look of hardwood floors at a more affordable cost, or multi-strip plank that incorporate styles like Herringbone for an elevated feel. Floating floors suit both open-plan areas as well as bedrooms and separate lounge rooms, so you’ll be able to create a flooring style that flows seamlessly through your home, keeping the spaces effortlessly cohesive.
With Hotondo Homes’ new Imagine More promotion you’ll be able to choose our Premium Flooring upgrade package and get up to $10,000 worth of flooring from our preferred suppliers Choices Flooring and Beaumont Tiles in your new home. With a huge range to choose from, you’re sure to find a flooring solution that suits your family’s style as well as your everyday lifestyle to create a look that’s modern and elegant. To find out more about our national promotion, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
Many new homes being built now are cleverly designed to include either a study nook or a separate study, which is a helpful addition to any home. Having a separate area to manage household bills and administration, or an area where the kids can complete their homework is an invaluable use of space. If your job allows for working from home, it also means you have a dedicated space away from the main living zones to focus on work as well as keeping all your paperwork and tech equipment out of sight. We’ve rounded up a few tip and tricks to help you design the perfect study space in your new home!
Having a study space that is functional first and foremost is key. Designing a space that will allow you to keep everything organised will enable you to keep the room tidy and in turn, escape distractions and focus on the work that needs to be done. The first thing to focus on is the furniture required, which will depend on the type of work you do. Generally most people will need a desk, shelving, and a bookcase, but you may also like to consider whether you should include pieces such as under desk filing cabinets, larger flat work surfaces, or desks that can comfortably house multiple computer screens, printers, or scanners. Once you’ve determined which essential items you’ll need, choose furniture that’s sleek, understated and calming. Study furniture should adhere to the idea of functionality first, style second to keep your attention focused on the tasks at hand while you’re in there.
While a study nook has a limited amount of space to work with, you can still create a space that’s organised and free from distraction for your family to use. Including a built-in desk running the span of the wall will create more space, allowing multiple family members to work there simultaneously, and installing overhead, floating cabinetry adds another functional storage space without taking up valuable floorspace.
Having functional furniture doesn’t mean the room has to be bland and uninviting! You can still create a space that reflects your personality and complements the overall style of your home. If you have a study nook, keeping the paint colour of the wall the same as the space it sits in, or a complementary colour will help it blend seamlessly in with the rest of the area. Including furniture in the study nook that leans toward a neutral colour palette such as white, grey, or beige will add to the subtle feel of the space, and a few perfectly placed accessories and artwork can personalise the space so that it doesn’t feel too office-like, particularly if kids will be using the area.
A separate office allows for much more of a style statement. If you want to create a bright, happy space that will suit the whole family, have your builder include large windows to let in a lot of natural light. Include white furniture with touches of colourful artwork and desk accessories, and choose a brightly coloured floor rug to create a vibrant atmosphere. If your work involves clients visiting your home office, you may choose to style it in a more chic, timeless way. Keep the walls neutral and choose furniture that’s classic. Lots of dark wood and cabinetry, accent lamps, and bookshelves with carefully selected pieces will set a more formal tone, perfect for welcoming visitors. If your space allows for larger pieces of furniture, you may like to incorporate a leather couch or armchairs so there’s an informal area to hold meetings.
Studies and study nooks are an invaluable space in new homes, providing a space for work, household administration, allowing you to keep your work space and your everyday living spaces separate. Designing a study that’s functional with touches of personal style create a space that you relish working in, while still keeping your attention focused. For more home ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
Over the past few years, interior design trends have encouraged the use of colour in the home, ranging from bold jewel tones to a touch of pastel here and there. There’s no question that a neutral colour palette will ever go out of style, but if you want to embrace colour and include it on your walls, we’ve got a few tips and tricks to help you choose the perfect paint colours throughout your home!
Fancy an emerald green or a rich navy blue on your walls? These jewel tones will make a room feel cosy and warm and add an element of luxury to the space. Remember to contrast the rich colour with lighter tones for your furniture and flooring as this will lift the energy of the space. You’ll have a beautifully styled room that lends itself to more formal entertaining or a kid-free relaxation zone.
A big trend for 2018/2019 has been the inclusion of earthy tones in the home. Designers are forecasting a continued focus on the connection between the home and the surrounding environment, which means the inclusion of mossy greens, earthy reds and oranges, and rustic natural wood finishes. Choosing a mossy green for your walls and adding furniture and accessories that are in neutral shades will create a seamless blend between indoor and outdoor.
Pastel colours aren’t limited to children’s rooms anymore. Many interior design trends include a splash of pale colours on the walls, which are then offset by sharp metallic golds or bronze soft furnishings to enhance the feeling of warmth and luxury. Bedrooms and living areas can be great places to subtly include pastel colours on the walls to create more depth, and pairing these pastel tones with furniture in similar softly coloured shades can create a space that’s delicately decorated and endlessly calming.
A wall colour palette that focuses on neutral shades is a timeless interior décor choice, but it definitely doesn’t have to be bland! When you choose neutral shades of white, beige, taupe, and grey for your walls, you have the ability to create a room that feels both cool and warm at the same time. A cool grey wall colour, for example, can be offset by warm beige furniture and drapes or blinds to make the space feel cosy and welcoming.
While it’s tempting to embrace colours that are trendy for a year or two, the key is to pick colours that make a statement while also creating a timeless feel in your home. Some colours never go out of style, and even though millennial pink is definitely having a moment, it’s best to focus on paint colours that will stand the test of time in your home as your family grows and your tastes mature.
For more home design and interior décor ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
With the end of 2018 nearing, we’ve started looking ahead at styles to keep an eye out for in the new year, and our friends at Laminex had some exciting news about key trends you can expect to see in 2019. Human connection is at the forefront of design, and there’s a strong focus on the lives of individuals and their daily surroundings. How these surrounds can be made to feel more welcoming and rejuvenating through the use of colour features heavily in every aspect of the home.
History and belonging will celebrate craftsmanship and people’s heritage, creating a sense of belonging and comfort that’s adapted to suit the modern day lifestyle. Natural fibres and materials will intensify with the increasing awareness of environmentally unfriendly products. Large organic pieces in furniture, soft rounded edges in walls and large tonal spaces will create statements inside the home.
Crisp, sharp edges are being replaced with the introduction of soft curves and cylindrical shapes in everything from furniture to home wares. Elements such as walls, tapware and hardware showcase this, creating more inviting and relaxing environments. Laminex’s metallics range creates a luxe effect and perfectly complements adjacent industry products. When they are mixed with veined decors from their Essastone palette and stunning decors like black and warm greys this create a beautifully luxe feel.
The introduction of muted hues predominately in warmer tones such as powder blues, sage greens and soft oats will dominate colour palettes. Deep auburn reds, navy blue and chocolaty browns will also heavily feature. These colours are derived from nature and will tend to feature in unison to create a sense of drama and energy throughout interior spaces. Red based timbers are also making a comeback, but now are featuring more of a brown base to add warmth and a sense of realism. Softer structures and knots in timbers will emerge, giving decor a more lifelike and relatable look. Texture will also play a big role and this will be seen in our Timbergrains and the sense of realism is striking.
Harsh gloss finishes are being replaced with more subtle matte and brushed finishes creating a softer reflection and calmer energy. A stronger focus will appear on minerals and their unique characteristics, transforming man-made products to characteristically look and feel more natural. Laminex’s new metallics range will focus on the classic elements like bronze, brass, copper, rose gold, soft gold and stainless steel. The introduction of terrazzo this year features prominently in the Essastone range Terrazzino, which is a warm grey with contrasting glass particles. Large elongated veins will continue in benchtops, but we are starting to see the introduction of softer tighter veins and moving into warmer tones of browns, caramels, warm greys.
In an increasingly busy world people are seeking refuge in environments that make them feel at one with nature, allowing them to switch off and unwind. Wellness is a high priority in both work and residential environments, and in 2019 the use of colour, subtle finishes, and sustainability that connects us to our environments supports these movements. For home inspiration and design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
Trends content by Catherine Valente, Design Marketing Manager Laminex.
Sunshine, warmer days, and longer nights always evoke feelings of fun, happiness, and excitement as we shake off the doom and gloom of the winter months! There’s no better way to embrace spring than to add touches of springtime style throughout your home to brighten up your interior spaces and create a feeling of vibrancy and warmth in every room. We’ve got a quick list of ways you can easily bring that springtime feel inside to brighten up the atmosphere in your home!
Take inspiration from the blooming buds of spring by adding touches of greenery wherever you can. A floating shelf dedicated to beautiful, overflowing plants that drape themselves over each other and hang down will instantly add colour and texture to a blank wall. Alternatively, you can purchase a large planter pot and add a tall indoor plant or tree to the corner of a few different rooms, bringing life to each space. If you want to add some lush foliage to one of your rooms year-round, add wallpaper with a leafy design to create an eye-catching statement!
Not too keen on touches of green? Try pops of colour! Accent cushions, a jewel-toned armchair in a rich plum or teal, or even a brightly coloured couch will instantly brighten up your interiors. Add a large piece of artwork with bright abstract hues to a white wall for a shot of colour in an otherwise neutral space. A statement piece of furniture in a bright colour will make the room seem instantly brighter and warmer, so look for lush pink velvets, indigo blues, or pastel colours when you’re furniture shopping. You could also reupholster an existing chair or couch with a bright pattern to inject some colour into your living area.
Every season’s style dictates that texture is key to creating a style aesthetic, and spring is no different. Add in light throw blankets made from cotton, linen, and bamboo to create texture and depth to beds and couches. Look for cushions in velvets and other soft fabrics, as well as ones that are adorned with pom-poms, tassels or ruching for that extra layer of texture. Add wall hangings made from macramé to evoke that boho, summery feel, and find accessories with touches of gold that will glisten when the sun touches them to enhance that feeling of warmth inside.
If you have an alfresco area that’s been neglected during winter, now’s the time to brighten it up for spring! Buy brightly coloured cushions for your seating area to make the space pop, and look for an outdoor rug with a colourful geometric pattern on it. Update your outdoor servingware to include happy, sunny colours – you could even embrace a tropical theme for your table with a few fun accessories like salad bowls, water jugs, and platters. The key is to create a space that feels relaxed and fun as the warm weather approaches.
By incorporating some pops of colour, touches of greenery, and some beautiful textures inside your home, you’ll be able to create a springtime style aesthetic that truly evokes a feeling of warmth when your rooms are bathed in sunshine. For more home inspiration and interior design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
Spring time is often the time of year when homeowners become inspired and invigorated to start sprucing up their home for the warmer months. Whether your home is big or small, there’s nothing like a little bit of sunshine and blue skies to help you feel energised to start those projects around the home! We’ve put together a list with some great tips to help get your home ready for spring!
There’s nothing like cleaning up all the clutter around the house and freshening things up after winter! This is a great time to methodically go room by room and clear out any unwanted or unused items like toys, books, and even furniture. It’s the perfect opportunity to donate these items and make a little more space in your home, as well as helping your rooms feel tidier. Go one step further and organise all those important documents and bills you’ve been putting in a pile by creating a household filing system to keep everything in one place and prevent paperwork from building up again. It’s also a great time to go through your pantry and freezer and get rid of any food items that are out of date and reorganise those spaces to make room for Summer entertaining and all the indulgences that come along with the festive season!
It’s so easy to let our wardrobes overflow with clothes in the colder months. Spend an hour or so going through all the wardrobes in the house and remove anything that’s no longer worn or that children have grown out of. Donate anything in good condition and you’ll instantly have more space in your wardrobe. This is also a great time to rearrange everyone’s clothing, moving winter clothes out of the way and bringing your spring and summer clothing to the front for easy access as the weather heats up.
After all the wet and cold weather, the outside of your home will be in need of a good clean! Now’s the perfect time to get the power washer out to clean your weatherboards, bricks or render to get rid of the dirt and grime that’s built up, and grab a bucket and some sponges to make your windows sparkle. Safely clear out any leaves and dirt from the gutters before the spring time rain hits, and get rid of the cobwebs that may have built up over winter to make your home look as fresh as the day it was built!
This is the perfect time to give your alfresco area a good clean to prepare for long, lazy summer barbecues with family and friends. Hose down and scrub any furniture you have to make it look good as new, and even pop the outdoor couch cushion covers in the washing machine to clean them up in preparation for lazy afternoons outside. If you have paving, give it a good hose down and mop to get rid of the dust and dirt, and if you have a deck this is the best time to spend a weekend re-oiling it before summer.
The warmer days bring about so much excitement for spring and summer, so taking the time to organise and clean up your home inside and out before the weather gets too hot. This ensures you’ll be able to enjoy spring and summer without a long list of housework and tasks to complete. For more home inspiration and ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
Winter time inevitably keeps us indoors a lot more, and it can be easy to get comfortable and let the tidiness of your home slide a little as you get comfy on the couch, or the kids drag out every toy they own to keep themselves entertained on rainy days. Becoming idle with regular tidying up is bound to happen, but if you create spaces for your belongings and get into the habit of putting things away each day, your house doesn’t have to feel cluttered with stuff while everyone is indoors!
The number one place clutter gathers is the kitchen bench. Usually the bigger the bench, the more clutter there is!
The colder months mean more blankets to get cosy under, maybe a few extra pillows, and more books and magazines on coffee tables to keep us entertained while we’re inside. To keep your living space looking comfortable and inviting instead of crowded and messy, there are a few clever ways to hide the clutter.
Cold nights call for additional bedding to keep us warm, and this can lead to an excess of blankets piled on beds during the day.
Toys seem to take over the house during Winter, and it’s easy to forget to ask the kids to pack up at the end of each day.
Keeping your home clutter-free during Winter will be easy if you get in the habit of popping things back where they belong each day. Adding functional but stylish items like baskets, shelves, and decorative trays and bowls will help you and your family identify and allocate places for the extra items that seem to accumulate during the cold months. By incorporating these tips into your home, you’ll ensure your home is neat and tidy while still being warm and inviting!
For more home inspiration and decor ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today!
Daylight Saving time is finished, the nights are getting darker much earlier, and the temperatures are dropping. It’s tempting to snuggle up under the doona with a good book and hibernate until Spring, but sadly that’s not possible! Instead of lamenting the doom and gloom of Winter coming in just a few weeks, it’s a great time to refocus your energy on injecting a Winter style aesthetic into the home. If you’re building a new home, or renovating your existing home, taking note of these style tips can help create spaces that invite you to get cosy during the colder months!
Including a fireplace or gas log heater as a focal point to gather around and get cosy in front of is going to instantly give any space that perfect Winter style. Designing a lounge, dining, or rumpus room so that couches, armchairs, and dining tables can be arranged around and in front of it will maximise the heat it emits. It also provides a beautiful setting for entertaining guests, and nights at home with the family. Installing a double-sided fireplace may also be beneficial with two rooms retaining the heat, as well as serving as a great design feature. You and your family will love the look as you go from room to room and still enjoy the warmth and atmosphere it gives your home. Designing your fireplace’s feature wall to include stone work, exposed brick, or wood panelling will also create an earthy, rustic vibe that will add to the Winter feel of the space, particularly when the fire is crackling and you’re snuggled up on the couch with a blanket. It’s also worth investing in an outdoor fireplace in your alfresco area, ensuring you can use the space all year long!
As with a fireplace feature wall, incorporating another feature wall in a well-used room like a lounge or rumpus room that has exposed brick or wood panelling will enhance the Winter cabin-like feel in the cooler months. A key design trend for 2018, using materials that echo the feel of the outdoors helps emulate a down-to-earth feel inside the home, and makes a room instantly feel warmer and softer. Consider mounting your television on wood panelling to create a soft focal point in the room, or include exposed brick in the dining room to create a relaxed, warm feeling as soon as guests enter the room. These touches, while part of the overall design of your home, will subtly help create spaces that are comfortable and full of warmth and Winter style.
If including earthy materials isn’t your thing, you can still create a feeling of warm Winter style throughout your home by using deep, rich colour on the walls. Painting your bedroom a beautiful, rich shade of blue will not only provide you with a sense of calm whenever you enter the room, but will create a cosy feeling white walls do not. Adding an upholstered bedhead, and some richly textured bedding will complete the snug look. Adding curtains to your windows instead of blinds will add to the room’s feeling of rich luxury and warmth in Winter. You can also utilise colour in common areas, like entryways and lounge rooms, again by choosing deep, rich hues that envelope the space in warmth. Deep greens in a rumpus room paired with neutral couches, or a statement terracotta orange in the kitchen will make the room seem brighter and warmer when the sun shines in during Winter, and when evening sets in, make the space feel relaxed and homey.
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Hotondo Homes’ Byron display home has been decked out in a sleek retro style with a contemporary interpretation. The home’s interior is reminiscent of the trendy Manhattan offices of the ‘Mad Men’ advertising executives.
The bedroom’s feature wall is dark and textured, which is in contrast to the splashes of lime used to dress the bed and featured in the retro armchairs. The modern light fittings add to the overall sumptuous mood of the room.
The kitchen exudes elegant charm. Practical and easy to maintain, the Byron’s kitchen makes food preparation a breeze.
The Byron display home is located at 22 Allan Watt Crescent, Spring Bank Rise Estate, Casey ACT. View more photos or contact the Hotondo Homes’ builder, Bruce Core on (02) 6292 6491. See more home designs and display homes.