Colour crush: choose hues for an easy but transformative makeover

WATCH an episode of The Block and there’s one thing the competitors are guaranteed to moan about (apart from each other) and that’s painting. But paint is actually one of the most effective and economical ways of transforming your home. “It is the maximum amount of impact you can get for the minimum amount of expense or effort,” said Haymes Paint colour and concept manager Wendy Rennie.

Force of Nature

Trudy Rice always wanted to make art her career. At high school, she adored her art lessons and dreamt of opening a gallery. But then disaster struck. “At the end of year nine, I broke my arm horse riding and had to take weeks off school,” remembers Geelong-born Trudy. “Unfortunately, that meant I missed the designated day to pick up my coursework for the year and my teacher threw it out. I was completely floored it had ended up in the bin so decided to pursue other creative pursuits.”

This property with a former bookshop is now a smartly renovated home -

When Eve Gunson and husband Matt Benetti first saw the charmless bookshop at the front of an Albert Park house that was to become their latest home-renovation project, they didn’t even bother getting out of the car. “The shopfront really put us off, initially. But then we did another couple of drive-bys and started to see the potential of what it could become,” Ms Gunson, an interior designer from Dot + Pop said.

Why you should go down the flatpack route for your new kitchen

TALK to any real estate agent and they’ll tell you that kitchens sell homes. Perhaps that’s why, alongside the bathroom, the kitchen is the most popular room to renovate. But with new kitchens proving costly, many people are looking for budget-friendly options. With a flatpack kitchen costing as little as $4000, depending on material, appliance choice and installation method, it’s easy to see why they are an increasingly savvy choice.

Now You See It

There was a moment in the summer of 2016 when Ewan McEoin looked at the neon pink structure that had taken up temporary residence in the NGV’s backyard, aka the Grollo Equiset Garden, and realised it had struck a chord with all ages. “It was absolutely slammed with so many kids, which was fantastic to see,” remembers McEoin, the NGV’s senior curator, Contemporary Design and Architecture. “People made an effort to come to the gallery just to see that project.”
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