Category Archives: decorating

5 affordable home renovations that give you best bang for your buck

1. Update key areas with paint

A fresh coat of paint is one of the quickest, cheapest and easiest ways to transform your home quickly, Resene’s marketing manager Karen Warman said.

“Kitchens and bathrooms are often the areas of a home that the owner most wants to update but can’t always afford the price tag to go all new,” Warman said. ” A quick and easy update is to paint the cabinetry.  Change the handles to a current style, and you’ll have a new looking space for the fraction of the cost of full replacement.”

If you decide to paint your entire home, Warman recommends breaking the project down into smaller parts.

“Start with the most used areas first, so that you can enjoy the changes while you work on the rest of the house,” she said.

Expect to pay: About $200 to $300 if taking the DIY route. Add on about $40 per hour for professional painters. (note: this is in Aussie dollars)

2. Install a new kitchen back-splash

Kitchen renovations don’t come cheap. But don’t let that stop you from giving your kitchen some TLC.

If you can’t afford to completely re-fit your kitchen, make it feel fresh by installing a new splash back.

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Style “resolutions” for your home


There’s no better time than the New Year to review what’s going on in your life – and why should your home miss out on the love?

Here are several New Year’s resolutions that are perfect for creating the home you want in 2017:

Keep, chuck or reuse

The simplest thing you can do to refresh your home for a new year is to declutter. “When you take away the clutter you see what you love about the house,” says Sophie Kost, Director and Lead Designer of My Beautiful Abode.

Get into each room and consider the things you want to keep, those you want to get rid of and the items you could repurpose. “Do it in 15-minute bite size pieces,” adds Kost, “if you keep this up, it can be an amazing transformation.”

As a bonus, decluttering is completely free – and if you’re lucky you might even make some money from selling the things you no longer love.

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Designers – Color for 2017


The team at the Pantone Color Institute, which calls itself the “global color authority,” green will be everywhere in 2017. Not just any old green, of course: Pantone 15-0343, colloquially known as greenery, which is to say a “yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring.”


“This particular green is an unusual color: a combination of yellow and blue, or warmth and a certain cool,” she said. “It’s a complex marriage.”

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