Sari curtains

Sari fabrics are always inspiring. They offer us vibrant colours, artistic patterns, as well as a beautiful ethnic look. Gorgeous gold borders bring an elegant and luxurious look in to your space and add splendour to any room.

Window dressing with sari fabric is a perfect combination of privacy (soft and semi sheers add just enough to cover to your windows), as well as filtered sunlight and ventilation.

The deep colours and sparkles of sari curtains, depending of light condition, can create a very nice atmosphere and decorative effect. We have painted walls in neutral colour to reflect a contrast of colourful fabric.

Please have a look at Superior Interior window dressing ideas with sari, no sewing involved, using just a 7 meter long drop of fabric and a little bit styling. Simplicity of design… Let’s create…

 

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Bathroom Renovation

Before you start remove the walls think if it is really necessary:

  • First, it is a really big, dusty, noisy and dirty job.
  • Second, you need to count the additional, usually high costs to your budget because of wall removal, but even higher because of plumbing. Check first if the internal water pipe can be redirected and installed in the other walls. Is your water system suitable for the new sanitary products appearing on the market that you would love to have in your bathroom?
  • Third there are many interesting and innovative products on the market, designed especially for bathrooms so that without moving walls you can completely change the look of your bathroom.

Look at the example bathroom renovation project below, where a client decided not to remove an arch wall and replace the shower with a bathtub.

What did we change? What did we achieve?
  • Reduced the height of the shower hob to lower a barrier and provide more space
  • Tile the interior of the arch and the hob in black mosaic to provide water resistance, good design and to match the colour of the vanity
  • Arch finished with a flexible aluminium profile to create a nice and neat look which also blends smoothly between the mosaic and wall tiles
  • Install a new shower head, taps and shower curtain to strike a new look
  • Fit a new vanity top in black granite which gives an elegant solid natural stone feel
  • Install a new white basin placed in the centre of vanity top and a modern tap instead  of the previous off centre pink basin
  • Classic form, arch-classic colours, black & white and gold

 

Sherlock Homes   

  BENCHTOPS AND VANITY TOPS

Which one to buy? Which of the finishes are the best and most durable?

Benchtops can take up a big space in the kitchen. They are usually the first thing to draw our eye’s attention as they are a dominant element of the kitchen design.

Before you make a decision about purchasing a benchtop or vanity top, the colour and texture should be given consideration . By choosing colours and textures, many shops and showrooms will be able to help you match a benchtop to your colour scheme.

But what about the more technical information on the materials themselves? And the cost?

Let have a short look at the advantages and disadvantages of laminate, timber, engineered stone, acrylic surfaces, natural stone and stainless steel.

1. Laminate                           www.ausjoinerykitchens.com.au

+Plus:the cheapest option; wide range of colours and patterns; low maintenance; DIY option

- Minus:heat sensitive (you cannot put the hot pots directly on to it); surface chips and it is hard to repair; scratches easily; not as long-lasting as other surfaces (fades and water may separate the bonding)

Laminate is unfortunately not a healthy option because it contains toxic formaldehyde. Kitchens and bathrooms are especially at risk because they have higher temperatures and humidity than other rooms in the house, thereby increasing the release rate of the formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is commonly linked with Sick Building Syndrome.

2. Timber                                   Superior Interior

 +Plus: natural material; beautiful and strong; scratches can be sanded out; very good shock absorption; warm

-Minus: expensive; can get damaged by scratching and heat; requires regular maintenance
(oiling or resealing approximately oncea year); it’s a porous material

Timber benchtops, when sealed and installed properly can last for a long time.

3. Engineered stone              Superior Interior

composed of stone granules, marble dust or glass particles and resin or polyester, for example CaesarStone, Essa Stone and solid acrylic surfaces made of a solid plastic block - natural minerals with pure acrylic resin, for example Corian, Marblo

+Plus: durable; long lasting; stain, heat and scratch resistant; no sealing required; very hygienic and non-porous; available in lots of colours and patterns

- Minus: quite expensive (similar to natural stone); it can lose its ‘natural stone’ character and beauty; some brands are not scratch or heat resistant; it has a uniform appearance.

For a stunning focal point, consider choosing colours that contain reflective particles.

4. Natural Stone               www.homeimprovementpages.com.au

+Plus: natural material; luxurious; has character; it is unique with no repetition in pattern; a lot of colours and textures; smooth and cool; granite is difficult to scratch or chip

- Minus: marble and travertine is less durable and more porous than other stones; marble
stains very easily (recommended more as a vanity top than a benchtop); porous stones require sealing every six months; colour and grain variances between slabs are to be expected; expensive

There is nothing better in traditional kitchen styles than natural stone or timber.

5. Stainless steel                 "Australian Home Beautiful", March 2012

+Plus: hard wearing; contemporary and minimalistic; sink bowls can be welded into the benchtop; very hygienic; withstands the heat of hot pots and pans; won’t corrode or warp

- Minus: very expensive; scratches are noticeable; cold; shows fingerprints and streaks after cleaning; noisy to work on, clinical and industrial looking

Stainless steel benchtops are commonly used in commercial kitchens, they are perfect for the culinary aficionado.

resources: "Counter act" Jessica Rule, WA's Best kitchens & bathrooms

Benchtops and vanity tops, great resources of colours, pattern and textures. Links to the suppliers:

Abet Laminati   http://www.abet.com.au/
Laminex   http://laminex.com.au/

Formica    http://formica.com.au/

CaesarStone http://www.caesarstone.com.au/

Corian    http://www.homeimprovementpages.com.au/article/Corian_Benchtops

Essa Stone http://www.essastone.com.au/#/home-the-pinnacle-of-engineered-stone-surfaces

Sherlock Homes   PAINTS

Did you know, some products labelled  “environmentally friendly” may still contain some toxins that may affect your health and wellbeing?

I have had a client during my work for a paint company.  She was in advanced pregnancy and looking to buy paint for the baby room:

She said: ” I have heard that your paints are “environmentally  friendly” and are safe for me and my baby to use”.

Let’s put paints under the magnifying glass. Are they really safe? 

Does “environmentally  friendly” mean it is friendly for me?

A lot of paint suppliers called their products “environmentally  friendly and safe”, mostly because of reducing VOC levels in paints. What is VOCs? Volatile Organic Compounds, in other words, petroleum based solvent.  In water based paints, solvents are required to improve brushability, working time and to aid film hardness. These solvents evaporate into the air while paint film is drying, causing the new paint smell and ending up in the atmosphere. This is adding to pollution as well as causing damage to the ozone layer. By choosing a low or zero VOC paint, pollution can be reduced.

However, we should not forget, that beside off-gassing of paints, which continues for days (under some conditions, even months), in synthetic paints and vanishes are found some of the dangerous ingredients, such as: cadmium, styrene, benzene, formaldehyde, glycol, toluene and chromates. Toxic effects of those ingredients are sometimes associated with brain and central nervous system damage.

“Consumers exposed to paints, lacquers and varnishes have reported headaches, memory troubles, nausea and long-term health problems. A recent study also found increased respiratory problems in children residing in freshly painted homes” (see Dr Peter Dingle “Is your home making you sick?, 2009).

                                      Sherlock

 Illustration by Jon Rowdon reproduced from Dr Peter Dingle “Is your home making you sick?, 2009

What is the alternative to the synthetic paints then?

PLANT-BASED PAINTS seem to be the most safe to use it.

Brands like Livos Plant Chemistry (http://www.livos.com.au/)  

or Volvox Clay Decor (http://www.coloursbynature.com.au/about-volvox or http://www.volvox.de/)  are recommended in this field.

Let’s look closer at  VOLVOX paints and see which advantages they have:

* Paints are making from natural and non-toxic raw materials

* Solvent free, non-drip, long-lasting interior wall and ceiling paints or frost free exterior regions

* Provide for a more comfortable and healthy living environment. Paints absorb variations in humidity, odour from cooking or smoking. Asthma sufferers as well as people with skin problems feel better in room decorated with Volvox Clay Decor

* Bacteria and other micro organisms will not survive in clay.

* Products are harmless to human and the environment

* Manufacturing process ensures ecological sustainability and avoids water pollution

Volvox offers a wide range of lovely colours. Please have a look at some Volvox colour collections. You won’t be bored.

See opportunity to make your space colourful and healthy.

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