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How to seamlessly merge interior and exterior design

If you are anything like me, you have most probably been reading or even heard first hand about the benefits of using natural materials and bringing the outside into your interior design. Not only are natural materials more durable, but incorporating nature into your home can also have a calming effect on us. Research has shown that when people are walking through forests and nature versus urban areas, they were more relaxed.

Therefore, we’ve become more in tune to incorporating plants and natural lighting into our homes in order to design a more livable space for ourselves and also our families. I think it is important to combine interior and exterior design where possible, as although it can be dependent on the seasons, it is a benefit to our health and happiness that we spend more time outside. It is absolutely wonderful when we make the most out of being able to celebrate nature and be outside with our loved ones.

These days though, there is also a design revolution developing where people are bringing the interior design outside. Combining both their outdoor spaces with their indoor spaces allows a seamless transition from one room to another. It allows open movement from outdoors to indoors, and means we spend more time outside, as it is now finally being viewed as an extension to our home, or even an additional room.

I recently was approached by a new client in Melbourne who wanted to increase their property’s value by refreshing their interior design prior to putting their property on the market. Therefore, I thought it was the perfect time to utilise my design experience and try to not only bring the outside in, but bring the inside out. My aim was to try to merge these elements seamlessly and make buyers see the outside space as an additional room that isn’t necessarily restricted by the weather.

External Roof Blinds

With the location being in Melbourne, it was important to take into account all seasons, considering the weather unpredictability. The property already had a decking area with an extension from the roof which was made from treated timber, therefore I wanted to try to utilise these natural materials in my exterior design ideas. I took a number of different style inspirations from different areas, Japanese style being the main inspiration, as I find that Japanese style really balances the love for natural beauty but also brings the lifestyle outdoors.

Luckily for us, there was a tree already planted a metre away from the decking area, therefore it was the perfect opportunity to extend the decking area to fit around the tree and make it a feature of the outdoor space. It also looked splendid when we dressed the tree with fairy lights and Japanese-style hanging lanterns.

It is crucial to team these outdoor elements with home comforts, so I used natural tones when I purchased outdoor blinds in Melbourne and these worked well with the interior blinds in the adjacent room and also matched the outdoor cushions I reupholstered in a beige pattern for the outdoor furniture. The help of some mood lighting and an outdoor heater were the icing on the cake when it came to setting the atmosphere on a beautifully clear autumn evening.

Without a shadow of a doubt, the refresh of the interior and the exterior most certainly worked in unison to allow my clients’ prospective buyers to swan around the floor plan with great ease. The neural tones and the greenery worked well to give a calming feeling and a sense of freedom. Within the first hour of the open house, we had three offers; needless to say my clients were truly delighted, and I will definitely be utilising these techniques again in my next project.

Storage solutions once the kids have flown the nest

The kids are all grown up and they’ve finally decided that they want to move out of the family home to start a life all of their own. With all the emotional upheaval, this can be a tough time for parents, especially for those who are used to seeing and being with their children every day.


But once the move has taken place, and most of their possessions are in their new house, you’re often left with a bit of a mess and a lot of clutter still in their old room.


Ill-fitting clothes they don’t want, furniture that looks worse for wear and old school books that haven’t been used for years. There can be a lot to sort through once the kids have moved out, but where do you start?


According to a survey carried out by Lloyds TSB, three out of four parents are left to look after their children’s possession’s after they leave home, but is it easier to leave the clutter in their room in case they return? Should you put everything in the bin and turn the room into the dream dining room you’ve always wanted? Or maybe you want to put your child’s possessions into self storage instead?


Do you want to make the most of this new extra space you’ve acquired in the house? Let’s look at some storage options available to you.



Leave their room how they left it


Save for the essentials like removing any mouldy food or dirty plates, why not leave the room as they left it? What if they want to come home after a month because they couldn’t fend for themselves? It’s entirely up to you when you want to change the house for your own benefit. And they might need somewhere to stay at short notice. They certainly can’t stay in that new home gym you wanted to install.



Give away all clutter to charity


There are lots of incredibly worthwhile organisations that would appreciate some of the items young adults leave behind when they leave home. A lot of these could make a huge difference to the people that these charities support. And with parents chucking out an average of £285 worth of stuff when their children fly the nest, you’ll be doing your bit for charities to help people less fortunate.




Put their clutter into self storage

If you don’t want to put things in the bin or give away your child’s possessions to charity, there is another way; self storage. Putting items into self storage means you can reclaim the space in your home quickly and easily, without the worry of putting things in the bin that your child will want later, or having to make any rash decisions.


39% of young adults that move out of the family expect their possessions to be untouched, and certainly not recycled or given away to charity. Self storage is a solution to this issue, as you may even choose to store your child’s possessions at a self storage location close to their new home.


If you want to reclaim that spare room in your home but don’t have the space to store your child’s items, Safestore could help. Safestore offers self storage at a price that makes sense. Committed to bringing you a range of different options to suit every storage need, Safestore offers individual, clean, dry and secure storage that will keep your belongings safe from damage and theft all year round.

Design Projects That a Are Easier to Do Before You Move


When you’re working around someone else’s design aesthetic, it can be difficult to imagine making your own mark on a home. It’s equally difficult to redesign a home when you’ve already moved all of your own belongings into spaces that are essentially work sites. From basics like painting to totally renovating a kitchen, most design projects are easier to do before you move in.

Here’s a look at some of the design projects that are easier, quicker and cheaper to complete before moving.

Removing Wallpaper, Repairing Walls and Painting

Painting is simple and cost effective, but when the rooms are full of furniture it slows things down and adds labor to the project. You’ll spend a fair amount of time moving everything far enough away from the walls to use rollers. Removing wallpaper and repairing the plaster or drywall also requires a clear working space. Fixing the walls before the move in will save you time and guarantee that nothing gets damaged during the process.


No matter what type of flooring you are putting down or refinishing, nothing can be in the room while the work is being done. If you take on a flooring project after moving in everything will have to be moved right back out.

Radiant Heat floor

Bathroom Renovations

If you only have one bathroom in your home, or you plan to renovate all the bathrooms, you’ll quickly realize this project is best handled when you aren’t living there yet. You can always eat out or buy ready-made meals if your kitchen is under construction, but there’s no way to get around showering and using the restroom. The water may also have to be turned off, which will make things that much more inconvenient.

Ceiling Fixes

Unattractive popcorn ceilings are high on the renovation list for most homeowners. Ceiling fixes create huge messes that get all over everything. Unless you plan on keeping everything covered and moving it out of the way, it’s best to complete this project before moving in.

Electrical Projects

Lighting is one design element that can completely change the mood and look of a room. Many electrical projects require turning off the power for safety, which means the entire home could be affected. It’s also much easier for electricians to work in a vacant space if they are rewiring, cutting into drywall, or replacing fixtures.

There are two things that can help you get your redesign projects done in the middle of a move. First, create a master plan that prioritizes your projects within your timeline. If you are purchasing a home, typically the first mortgage payment won’t have to be made until the month after you are handed the keys. This gives you about four weeks to make improvements without having to pay for two homes at once.

The second sanity-saver is enlisting the help of a professional mover. Hiring a moving company always makes a move easier. If you are considering several redesign projects, they can also be a huge stress reliever. The movers can handle the logistics so that you can focus on getting everything ready before the move-in date. Another great benefit when you hire a moving company is that the movers can help you get your furniture in the perfect position even if it takes a few tries. If time becomes a factor, these companies can also provide storage solutions for your belongings while you finish up your design projects.


Playroom design ideas to love and experiment with

All kids love their playrooms, for here they have all the freedom to play as well as work on their ideas to develop creativity. Thus, it becomes very important to design a playroom that suit the needs of your children and give them ample space for their recreational activities. While there should not be too much stuff and decorative items, you also need to make sure that the playroom has all the essentials to keep your kids engaged. Here are some cool and creative playroom design ideas to help you. Continue reading Playroom design ideas to love and experiment with

Indoor garden ideas that keep spring alive in your home forever

Modern cities have given us a lot of comforts, but we have sacrificed a lot of small pleasures. The apartment-lifestyle has essentially come at the cost of gardens and lawns that were once so adored. Constricted space however does not mean that you cannot indulge in greenery. We present to you our picks of the best of space saving furniture design ideas, green walls, indoor planters, and so on. Continue reading Indoor garden ideas that keep spring alive in your home forever

5 Kitchen concepts designed for people with special needs

Unlike most of us who can literally take anything for granted, individuals with special needs find it more difficult to perform even mundane tasks like cooking or working in the kitchen. These individuals would not be able to work with the standard kitchen countertops, work surfaces and accessories used in most kitchens. They would need a specially designed kitchen that would help the move around freely and get the job done as quickly as possible with minimal hindrances. Accordingly, here are 5 such kitchen design concepts that would appeal to specially abled people. Continue reading 5 Kitchen concepts designed for people with special needs

Cleaning could be easier with these spray bottle concepts

The cleaning task is always very tiring and monotonous especially with typical glass cleaner. They require lot of efforts and are time consuming moreover, they are not even good to look at. But with new concepts coming in market will challenge the traditional and dull designs of spray bottles. Following are some different and unique designs that would make you want to clean your house again and again. Continue reading Cleaning could be easier with these spray bottle concepts