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Design inspo: Cool fireplaces to keep you warm this winter


Who doesn’t love curling up in front of a fireplace during those cold nights?! With the cooler weather starting to set in, it’s also the perfect time to share a round up of the most beautiful fireplaces we’ve ever seen.

So whether you’re about to put in a fireplace and are looking for ideas, or just loooove drooling over gorgeous spaces, keep scrolling for this round up of cool fireplaces.

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Apex basalt mosaic

Starting this cool fireplaces gallery with an absolute stunner! This two-way fireplace is clad in a 3D natural stone mosaic called Apex basalt by Tile Republic. It’s contemporary but warm and makes for an incredible feature that can be enjoyed from the lounge and dining. LOVE.

Apex basalt fireplace
Interior Design by The Mill Design. Tiles by Tile Republic

Patterned tile

For an attention-grabbing fireplace, it’s certainly hard to beat the impact of a patterned tile.

There are plenty of options on the market now, from classic petal shapes to Moroccan patterns, geometric and lantern prints, for instance.

pink pattern fireplace
Credited image to @clarenicolson
orange and blue patterned tile
Design by @patriciarodi
blue and white check tile fireplace
Credit design to @jessieparrislamb, Image credit to @isabellebaldwin

Concrete

Whether it’s a concrete slab base like the fireplace below or a full concrete render fireplace, there’s no denying this material is a fab choice.

If you want to achieve a contemporary interior, concrete is versatile and above all, cost effective. You can even add oxides to tint the render a different colour, such as white or black.

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Both Minds Design, Photography by Native House Photography

Herringbone tile

Timeless and beautiful, herringbone tiles are always a good idea! Depending on the colour, size or finish, you can make these work in virtually any style of home from Victorian to coastal, and contemporary too.

We also love that chevron tile used on the full wall of that fireplace below — so luxe!

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Image via doras.rua
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Credited image to @nikiebarfield
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Ashley Montgomery Design, image via @trumeaustones

Solid stone slab

Be still beating heart! Mmmk, if you really want to amp things up and create a big design statement, you certainly can’t beat solid stone!

Understated luxe and serious sophistication are guaranteed with this timeless and beautiful material. Use stone to surround your fireplace, or on the other hand, as a plinth to anchor your fireplace. This is our favourite look so we’ve gathered plenty pics of cool fireplaces using solid stone below.

You can also achieve the same visual impact by using extra large porcelain panel tiles in a stone pattern (more on this below). This material is more cost effective than solid stone and requires zero maintenance.

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Image via @artisan.kraft
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Image credited to @jeremiahbrent. Image via @cestesdesign.
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Zerni Projects, Photography by Brook James

Victorian fireplace

If you’re lucky enough to have period features in your home, celebrate them!

While traditional woods may feel a bit heavy in a contemporary home, a lick of white (or black) paint can instantly propel these beautiful fireplaces into the 21st century.

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Image credited to @gatheringwalls
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Credite to @newhome_oldhouse_

Cut stone

A classic but firm favourite for fireplaces is cut natural stone — from darker varieties like slate or bluestone to lighter shades like sandstone.

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@cmpg.design.constructions, image via @eldoradostone. Photography by @photographieinterieure.co
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Three Birds Renovations
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Credited to @homewithemilyjean

Moroccan tiles

If you really want to make your fireplace the focal point of the room, the stunning range of glazed and patterned Moroccan tiles will certainly achieve that.

And when one tile isn’t enough, why not layer 3, 4 or 5 different types?!

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Reposted by @northcountytileandstone

Square tile

The latest ‘It’ shape in tiles is square — certainly those with a colourful or glazed face.

If a bold colour is too much for you, check out how fab a simple white or black square tile can also look around a fireplace.

pink square tile fireplace
Image via @marlboroughtiles

Brick tile

Another classic shape is brick or brick tiles but with the range of new finishes and colours, you can easily put your own modern spin on this look.

We also love how Michelle of Bask Interiors used a straight stack in the Hampton reno living room below.

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Styling by Michelle Hart of Bask Interiors and Be and Co Style / Photography by Martina Gemmola

Metal cladding

We also love this bold statement from Canny Group in their Barn house project. They allowed the full-height rusted metal-clad fireplace and vaulted ceiling be the heroes in this space. The combination of rustic materials paired with polished finishes is so dreamy!

Large panels

Extra large porcelain panel tiles are above all the latest thing. They instantly create a high-end look and can be used anywhere from bathroom tiles, to kitchen splashbacks and of course, fireplaces.

This stunning living room has used a bluestone-look panel but you can also find them in concrete, marble, travertine and so many other patterns.

Which of these cool fireplaces is your favourite? Do you have a particular one you’d like us to share? Tell us in the comments below!

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This article was originally published in April 2019 and continues to be updated with latest information and images.

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Credited to InForm Design, Photography Timothy Kaye, Styling Bek Sheppard
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Image via @cletile


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Design inspo: Beautiful black kitchens


Thinking of going black for your next kitchen? It’s a bold and sexy look that we love, Love, LOVE!

Black kitchens can suit a range of interior styles from contemporary to Victorian, ultra-luxe and minimalist. In flat fronts or shaker-style doors, recessed pull handles or statement metallic handles, there are so many ways to do a black kitchen.

To inspire you to embrace black, here is a round up of our favourite black kitchens.

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A touch of traditional

Black kitchens don’t just fit contemporary design and as proof, check out these dreamy kitchens that embrace black cabinets for a modern twist on a traditional style.

Shaker profiles and black are a winning combo, only made better by a hint of bling with metallic hardware. If you also want to use statement handles similar to these kitchens, check out our top places to shop for handles here.

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Modern take on a Victorian kitchen, absolute perfection! Image via @redesignhomellc / Photography by @stofferphotographyinteriors / Design by @redesignhomellc 
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Move over white shaker doors when black ones look this good! Designer Charlie Coull Design / Photography Valerie Wilcox

Contemporary design

Contemporary design is one of the most difficult design styles to pin down because it’s a fluid design that refers to what’s ‘here and now’. Right now, the use of stone, architectural lighting and floor-to-ceiling joinery fit the contemporary brief. Also, pushing the boundaries of a traditional island bench by creating the sense of furniture legs or embracing a curved design are very contemporary.

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Kitchen at Concord Residence, take the full tour
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We love the furniture leg design detail on this kitchen island. Designed by @studio_ezra / Photography by Amelia Stanwix

Retro twist

Terrazzo has been making a comeback in recent years and when it looks this good in the kitchen, why wouldn’t you embrace it?! As well terrazzo, we’re seeing a return of ’70’s design features — think bold floors, curved cabinetry and statement splashbacks — so perhaps the inspiration for your new kitchen lies in the past?

Minimalist design

Many of these kitchens fit within the contemporary design umbrella but they pare things back so far that we felt they deserved their own title. It should be noted that minimalist design stand the test of time. While you can personalise these kitchens with your own styling, don’t be afraid to embrace their simplicity and sense of zen!

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What a beautiful statement this oversized window makes with the rangehood. Designed by @studiotate / Photography @sharyncairns / Image via @dotandpop
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Bianca and Carla’s kitchen on The Block 2018
Black kitchen on polished black concrete floor
Stylist Kate Nixon / Photography Maree Homer / Architect Mason Cowle – Ellivo Architects via Homes to Love

Statement stone

A popular combination unlike any other = black cabinets + stone. Whether you embrace the real deal or find an engineered alternative, black joinery picks up on the veining of stone and is a winning formula to elevate the look of any kitchen.

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Gina’s kitchen, see more photos here
Black, timber and marble kitchen
Designed by @alto_architects / Photography @cathyschusler / Image via @stylesourcebook

Find even more kitchen inspo here and if you have a kitchen challenge you’d like our help with, pop a comment below or email it to us at [email protected] 🙂

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This article was first published in March 2019 and continues to be updated with the best black kitchens.



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Inspo alert: Ideas on how to decorate a boy’s bedroom


Boy’s bedrooms can be tricky. No one, especially a kid, wants a boring bedroom but go too heavy with a theme and risk them quickly outgrowing it. Fear not, we’ve got heaps of inspo with ideas on how to decorate a boy’s bedroom right here.

Check out this round up of some of our fave boy’s bedrooms that are sure to spark inspiration. Let’s get scrolling!

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Reach for the stars

If you’re starting with a blank canvas and have no idea how to decorate a boy’s bedroom, let this be your inspiration. Whitney from Creating Home With Whit took an average bedroom to the next level when she created this beautiful space for her son, Corbin.

Take the full tour of the room here.

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The classic (which is anything but boring)

As Gina’s eldest son Patrick grew, she knew his dinosaur bedroom needed to grow with him. She shows us how she created a classic bedroom he continues to love, with pops of colour, fun decor and a big boy desk thrown in as he approaches schooling age. Check it out here.

Patrick's room makeover

Jungle joy

Obsessed! That’s the word that springs to mind when we first saw this room The Designory created at The Bay Villa.

If you want to replicate everything in this space, you wouldn’t be the first. We saw Luke and Jasmin land in hot water on The Block when they took a little too much inspiration from the space 😉

Dalmatian print wallpaper in childrens bunk bed room

Minimalist-meets-industrial

As your kids grow, their bedroom needs to move with them. We love how this twin tween room is versatile enough for them to spread out and hang with friends, but also practical enough to include desks, storage and a workspace. The peg board is a fab idea to create interest while still being practical and keeping things tidy.

FACT: Bunk beds make everything more fun

With olive green walls and an earthy palette, this boys’ bedroom ticks all the right boxes. Firstly, bunk beds. Enough said! Add to that the cool decor, like lighting bolt neon light, and reading nook and we’re sure any kid would love to call this space home.

We’re also big fans of the oversized pinboard and all the storage space squeezed into this room. Both of those could be fab DIY projects too 😉

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Image via Willow Street Interiors + Design

Interstellar mission

This is a room that will stand the test of time. It’s fun enough for a little dude, but still mature enough to grow with your child into their teen years. We love the colours in the bedding and fun wall sconces. Check out the full room reveal from Daniel and Jade’s time on The Block.

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A cool rug solves (almost) everything

Ignoring the fact that this is a bed with wheels (so cool!!) this rug is everything! A funky rug can take a simple space to the next level. It’s one of our best tips on how to decorate a boy’s bedroom, adding a touch of whimsy and stacks of character.

Boho vibes

Aaaaand chill… is it just us, or does this room feel super relaxing!? The rattan bedside table and bed frame are so on trend, and the half-height wall panelling adds interest without dating the room.

The mix of warm-toned bedding brings a subtle pop of colour, and cute additions to the wall can be swapped out as your little man’s interests change and grow.

For all the little book worms

To encourage a love of books and reading, why not make them the hero of their bedroom? This fun bedroom uses 8 bookshelves stacked side-by-side in two rows to cover the width of the room and have all the little one’s favourite books within easy reach.

Colour me happy

We may not all have the space for epic built-in beds like these ones from Three Birds Renovations, but what we love about this teen boy’s bedroom is the coloured roof.

The rest of the room is simply decorated with beautiful cool whites, accents of wood and rattan. And instead of a feature wall, those clever Three Birds have done a feature roof and it just pops! What a feature!

Light up their world

It’s the little things that make all the difference when it comes to how to decorate a boys bedroom. This eclectic bedroom is a fun mix of clashing prints and colours, and a mix of new and old!

For the miniature world traveller

Inspire your young man to dream big and travel the world with inspiration from this fabulous boy’s bedroom set up. A giant map of the world adorns one entire wall, bringing fun and colour into the space. Your little one will be learning about all corners of the globe in no time!

Which was your fave set up? Has our gallery inspired you with ideas for how to decorate a boy’s bedroom? Tell us in the comment section below!

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This article was first published in January 2021 and continues to be updated with the latest boys bedroom inspo.



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Design inspo: Beautiful breakfast nooks

Design inspo: Beautiful breakfast nooks


Breakfast nooks are smart on space and big on style! Whether you have a Hamptons style home, mid-century or minimalist, we’ve round up the most beautiful breakfast nooks to inspire you.

Perhaps you already have a breakfast nook that could do with a refresh? Or maybe you’re looking at incorporating a new breakfast nook into an unused space in your home?

We hope you find some ideas to steal from this gallery of beautiful spaces!

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Modern meets family

This little breakfast nook is bright and welcoming, and perfect for a family! Done on a budget, the built-in bench is even DIY’d. Simple but elegant, this breakfast nook packs a stunning punch!

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Image via almafied

Pattern on pattern

Go bold or go home, right?!

This elegant and timeless breakfast nook plays on pattern with the floor tile and two types of fabric upholstering the bench seat. The restrained and consistent colour palette makes it work. And the beautiful use of timber adds warmth to the space while that light ups the luxe factor.

Mid-century meets modern boho

The resurgence of mid-century design continues to gain moment and looking at the pic below, it’s easy to see why!

Classic furniture pieces, graphic design textiles, and clean and simple styling are all characteristic of this style.

The Block-inspired

If you’ve been following the Block this year, you may recognise this breakfast nook from Mitch and Mark. While we may not have loved everything about this kitchen, this nook has a real beachy contemporary feel with it’s neutral colour palette and rattan furniture.

Find plenty more photos of The Block kitchen reveals here.

Breakfast nook with built-in bench seat
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Coastal

Embrace coastal vibes in your breakfast nook with a tranquil blue colour palette, warm timbers (particularly in blonde or distressed finishes), and ocean inspired artwork.

Masculine minimalism

Showcasing how less is often more, we love this restrained breakfast nook with floating timber bench seat and pops of black.

Those lights add an architectural feel and offer better task lighting than traditional downlights should you need to use the space to do desk work.

Indoor outdoor

Let’s just stop for a moment to appreciate this jaw-dropping space!

That glass ceiling is a stroke of genius and creates the sense of bringing the outdoors in.

Coastal boho

A design style we’re noticing more and more is a coastal boho fusion.

Combining the natural palette of coastal (think rattan and jute) with eclectic pieces such as juju hats, woven baskets as wall art and vintage finds.

If you love this nook, you might like to check out this recent chic coastal boho home tour.

Timeless elegance

Do it once and do it right! This breakfast nook ignores the trends and sticks to classic and elegant elements that will stand the test of time.

Vintage glam

Antique Persian rugs with retro inspired lighting has never looked so right!

The natural stone fireplace hearth and pop of metallic in the wall light add the right amount of glam.

Modern

Proving you can incorporate a breakfast nook into open design.

This nook also takes advantage of the wall cavities to create in-built niches rather than opting for floating shelves that are more commonly seen.

Hamptons

Coastal with added luxe, this Hamptons style breakfast nook is sure to wow many of you — be sure to ‘Pin’ it to your Pinterest account if it does!

That marble top table has certainly made our wish list 😉

Contemporary Australian

Our favourite style by far, it’s hard not to love the restrained, design-forward and warm vibes of contemporary Australian design.

Gallery wall

Make your breakfast nook feel extra cosy by creating a gallery wall. You could opt for something artistic and elegant, such as the gallery wall below, or amp up the homely vibes by framing family photos, images from your travels or children’s artwork.

Farmhouse elegant

With a combination of raw materials, wide open windows and modern styling, this casual sunny breakfast nook adds to the modern farmhouse-style residence.

You can find the full Botfield Residence home tour here.

Breakfast nook by wall-to-wall window
Find the full Botfield Residence home tour here.

Has this list of beautiful breakfast nooks inspired you to do you own? What style is yours? Do you have a breakfast nook you’d like to share? Let us know in the comment section below!

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This article was first published in October 2018 and continues to be updated with latest breakfast nook inspiration.



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How to style a shared kids bedroom: Inspo for shared room ideas


Kids rooms are so much fun to style! And when a reader asked us for ideas on how to style a shared kids bedroom, we couldn’t wait to gather inspiration and tips to help. (If you ever have anything you’d like our help on, please send us an email or chat with us in the comment section below. Writing articles in response to YOUR questions are our absolute FAVE!)

But for now, let’s get into some gorgeous shared kids bedroom spaces. From traditional to boho, bunkbeds to shared baby and kid spaces, we’re sure you’ll find plenty of inspo!

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Matchy-matchy

There’s just something so satisfying and calming about symmetry in design! If this is your vibe, check out these gorgeous shared kids bedroom spaces.

You might like to opt for matching everything — right down to the bedding and throws. This is a smart choice that may just save you an argument or two about whose cushion is whose or, “He/she took MY blanket!” (we’ve all been there!). Or, you could match some things, but add in changes through trinkets or artwork, to suit their tastes and personalities.

Then there’s the back-to-back beds we just love. Such a fun idea for kids who share a room but one that still gives them their own distinct, individual space.

A twist on the traditional pink and blue

What about if you have a girl and a boy sharing a room? How do you find the right balance between the two?! We love the different ideas these shared bedrooms use, such as wall decals, bedding or the more dramatic wall colours.

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A sweet space for siblings to share | Image via Behance
Steel beds in boy and girl shared bedroom
A fun space that kids will love, yet can still grow into | Image via Sarah Joy
A-frame beds in white and green
We love the timber panelling light fixture that gives the space a clear divide. Image via Pintrest
Green and pink bedroom
Pick a colour… pick a side! Image via Pintrest

A shared space for kids and babes

Juggling a shared kids space is tricky at the best of times. Throw in two completely different age groups and that’s a whole new ballgame! But it can be done, and done well, as seen in these shared spaces for kids and babies.

From calming, neutral colour palettes, to pops of bold colour, a shared bedroom can be a wonderful way to express your children’s style and creativity. If you’re wanting to style a bedroom for your older child and baby, but aren’t sure where to start, check out this helpful article from a stylist (and Mum) in the know.

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Retro bedroom vibes | Image via Popsugar
Baby and toddler bedroom
Neutral, but definitely not boring | Image via digsdigs

Bunk bed fun

We challenge you to find a bed that’s more fun (yet still practical and affordable) than bunk beds! Bunks are a brilliant way to save on floor space and a great choice for a shared kids bedroom.

You can get stand-alone styles or a more permanent built-in solution. Get ready to be inspired by these shared bunk bed spaces below. We call the top bunk 😉

Boho beauties

Both these shared kids bedrooms use matching beds, however their styles are still laid back with a hint of boho. We can never say no to a canopy in a kids room, and the rugs in both spaces are oh so dreamy!

Cute and quirky

In a shared kids bedroom, it’s more than ok to have a bit of fun. In fact… we think you should! Patterned wallpaper, colourful bedding, bold rugs, quirky decor… We love how these shared spaces showcase such different styles.

Like the space below which celebrates wallpaper, and makes clever use of a cane bar cart as a bedside table. Or the twin teepee beds that create a magical outdoor camping feel.

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The teepee beds matched with the moon mirror bring the outdoors in | Image via Tubukids

We hope this gallery of shared kids bedrooms has given you some styling inspiration! Whether your kids share a bedroom or not, there were so many great styling ideas to take away. Do you have a space in your home you’d like some styling inspo for? Ask us in the comment section below!

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