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On Trend For 2017? Buy Scandinavian Dining Chairs Before The Rush

On Trend For 2017? Buy Scandinavian Dining Chairs Before The Rush

2017 Design Ideas – Scandinavian Dining Chairs

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Think sleek, contemporary interior design is on trend right now? Wait until we hit 2017! Dining room furniture will be all about minimalism, from neutral tones on tables to Scandinavian dining chairs.

Give your living spaces a refresh with a designer look that’s easy to style and affordable to achieve!

Scandinavian dining chairs – the next big thing in décor

You are unique and your furniture should be, too. Scandinavian styling is distinctive, aesthetically appealing and modernizes the look of any home. There are several different styles of Scandinavian dining chairs to choose from, ensuring there’s something to appeal to your individual taste. They include:

· Classic – The classic style matches every décor, which is why it is the most popular option in homes. These dining chairs will typically have an upholstered base and backing with wooden tapered legs. Colours are usually solid but in a neutral shade. This allows them to blend in with any existing colour scheme, which is why you will often find them in display homes or in house staging for auctions.

· Minimal – The minimalist option is versatile in so many ways. While the style of dining chair may be basic with a simple padded seat and smooth straight lines, the simplicity allows fashion colours and patterns to shine. The straight edges give the setting a more refined look which is popular with modern designs trends.

· Sleek – If angular and curvy are more your style then sleek dining chairs will be your preference. This is the sort of unusual, contemporary look that is expected to be very on trend in 2017.

Whatever your taste or home atmosphere, beautifully coordinated furniture ties your look together. Scandinavian dining chairs are wonderfully versatile, because they can be styled to match most kinds of homes or kitchen/dining layouts. They achieve and complement many looks without sacrificing on quality or crucial factors like comfort and support.

If a stylish, uncluttered but comfortable home is your aim, you’ll love this clear trend towards a Scandinavian aesthetic. Scandinavian dining chairs are set to be a furniture must-have for 2017.

Give the professionals at Jason Agustina a call on 0484 333 167 and discuss why you need Scandinavian dining chairs in your home! Or shop online today.

How to Use Flowers to Decorate

How to Use Flowers to Decorate

How to Use Flowers to Decorate

Flowers add a natural element to any room. If you haven’t explored how to use them to decorate your home until now, you’re in for a treat. You’re going to love how versatile fresh, dried, painted, and paper flowers are as décor.

As Wall Art

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Fake flowers never wilt or die which makes them a beautiful year round decoration for the home. Rather than place these tissue paper flowers in a vase, see how they become the focus of the wall. The warm colors of pink and orange play off the cooler blues and greens. It really looks outstanding and is a great way to temporarily decorate an apartment that you’re leasing.

 In Pretty Jars

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It’s amazing what a little spray paint can do to transform ordinary canning jars into delightful vases for fresh flowers. Decide which color works best with your room and spray the outside of each jar completely. Use sandpaper to remove some of the paint and give it an aged look. Then fill the vases with fresh flowers from your garden or florist on a weekly basis. Give your home a pop of color and fragrance, too.

As a Wreath

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Give your front door some love by using dried flowers to create a beautiful arrangement like the one featured in the photo. Allow each flower to dry completely before placing it on the wreath. Dried flowers are very fragile so handle them with care. Once you’re satisfied with the way that the arrangement looks, hang it up so other people can admire your handiwork.

As a Theme for Your Room

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Make flowers your central theme. Then use fresh flowers and greenery to amplify the appearance of the room. Although flowers aren’t front and center as adornments in this bedroom, they are dispersed throughout the space giving it a bright and organic type of feel.

6 Transitional Contemporary Living Rooms that Inspire

6 Transitional Contemporary Living Rooms that Inspire

6 Transitional Contemporary Living Rooms that Inspire

A transitional living room serves many functions inside the home. It’s a space for relaxing, entertaining, and creating memories. That’s why it should work well to do all three. These six contemporary living rooms serve as proof that a transitional space can be both beautiful and functional.

  1. Bright and Open

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This transitional living room uses bright, patterned pillows and funky wall art to give its neutral color scheme a fresh and energetic look. This room makes the most out of lighting by using natural light from its window, lamps, and light fixtures to illuminate the share space.

  1. Snow White

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This is not the living room to have if you have kids or pets but it certainly stands out as one of the most beautiful. The neutral shades of gray, white, and black give this contemporary room a look that transcends time. It’s something that could be updated easily with strategic use of color either in the form of a piece of art, some cool pillows or brightly colored drapes.

  1. Well-Balanced

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It isn’t a coincidence that there is a scale in this contemporary transitional living room. The level of balance achieved here is what makes the room work. With its dark floors, cabinetry, and coffee table to its neutral colored sofa and brightly colored pillows and vases, this is the type of room that blends into the next with ease.

  1. Brimming with Beauty

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There is a lot going on in this room but it doesn’t take away from its beauty. Instead, the perimeters of the space are cleverly laid out by ‘barriers’ created by the seating the homeowner chose to work with.

  1. Molded Into Perfection

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What’s striking about this transitional living room is how the cabinetry and entranceways are ornate and visible from other rooms. The hallway seems to go on forever making the space long, lean, and luxurious.

  1. Mocha Monsieur

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Who would have guessed that colors from the brown family would work so well with steely gray walls? This contemporary living room gets you to embrace unusual color combinations as it gives depth and definition to a relatively small space.

6 Beautiful Homes that Use Summer Colors Excellently

6 Beautiful Homes that Use Summer Colors Excellently

6 Beautiful Homes that Use Summer Colors Excellently

Colors are not only aesthetically beautiful. They also play a role in how we feel. When decorating a home, the addition of specific colors brightens up a space, making it feel larger than it is.

Here are six beautiful homes that make great use of summer colors:

Blues and Golds

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Lighter shades of blues aired with teal and gold creates a feeling of luxury without being over-the-top. By keeping the color palette minimal throughout the room and adding a smattering of color in central locations, your eyes travel throughout the space taking everything in thoughtfully.

Lavender and Buttercup

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Buttercup is warm and buttery making it the perfect backdrop and accent color for this lavender colored living room. The two colors complement one another and allow room for another color, a light teal blue, to come into play.

Earthy Greens

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Earthy greens bring energy into a space. They give a room a natural, organic feel and match other bright colors such as pinks and warmer shades of blue well.

Coral and Green

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A beautiful coral color goes well with green as demonstrated by the décor in this bedroom. A bold print paired with solids makes an interesting display that everyone loves.

A Cornucopia of Color

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A combination of bright jewel tone colors makes a space sing. See how the pinks, blues, reds, yellows, oranges, and greens come together in a cohesive way?

Calming Cool Blues

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Pairing cool blues with warm blues helps create depth in this beautiful living space. The rug helps pull the darker blues in, giving them the opportunity to shine.

A bold use of color transforms a home. It makes it bright and interesting. It also evokes feelings of tranquility and creativity which is ideal if you’re looking to invite more of both into your life.

How to Draw a Floor Plan in 8 Simple Steps

How to Draw a Floor Plan in 8 Simple Steps


A floor plan is one of the most important tools of the trade! Knowing how to produce a floor plan, helps you to accurately design and furnish a space.

Without one, it’s very tricky to identify what the best placement of furniture will be and which size will fit best within the room. Sure you can make a guess-timate but nothing beats accuracy when purchasing big ticket items such as sofas, chairs and dining tables etc.

It can become a costly mistake if the items you loved so much in the store don’t fit the proportions of the room as best they could or worse still, can’t even go through the door way or up the stairs! Measuring the space before making any purchases is the best way to ensure a successful outcome and a home that looks amazing!

View our easy to follow step-by-step guide below to learn how to draft your own floor plan and master the art of space planning.

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So what does a floor plan show?
A floor plan is a drawing showing a view from above that’s drawn to scale. The information recorded shows the relationships between rooms and other elements within the space such a built-in cabinetry, columns and furniture.

Dimensions are recorded to specify room sizes, lengths and height etc. They are the measured distance between two points e.g. from one wall to another wall or from the wall to a door opening etc.

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Step 1. Getting Started.
Gather the tool’s you will need to get started. You will need:
• Measuring Tape
• Paper (graph paper if you feel you can’t sketch straight!)
• A clipboard
• 3 different coloured pens, e.g Red, Blue, Black (for first timers start with a pencil first until you the hang of it in case you need to erase).

Step 2. What to do next.
1. Walk around the room (or rooms) to familiarise yourself with the space.
2. Using the clipboard to lean on, take your black pen and paper and commence sketching the outline of the room. Be sure to leave enough white space around the outside of your sheet of paper to record the dimensions (measurements).
3. Show the following room elements:
– Openings e.g. windows and doors
– Positions of any fixtures i.e. fireplaces, kitchen benches, WC’s.
– Relationships between rooms, and label each.

Step 3. Take your measuring tape and start measuring then record the room dimensions.
As a lot of information is recorded on a floor plan, it helps to use a different colour pen, in this case use a blue pen. Generally you need to note the following information on a plan:
– Wall lengths
– Door openings and widths
– Door openings and widths
– Any other fixed elements within room such a cabinetry, structural columns, fire-places, radiators etc.

TIPS & TRICKS:

  • Always measure in millimetres, generally a 1:100 or 1:50 scale is used for a room.
  • Measure the longest wall first. If your measuring tape can’t reach the length of the room, place a marker such as a pen or piece of masking tape to mark where the tape measure ends and then continue to measure from that point to the end of the room.
  • Record the overall dimension as well as the individual dimensions. It’s quite easy to record something incorrectly by mistake, if you have an overall dimension you can work backwards to figure out what it should be.
  • It’s always easier and faster to have someone assist in holding the tape measure. One can read out the dimension while the other notates it on the plan. If measuring by yourself, place the measuring tape on the floor, it is more stable that way.


Step 4. Record Lighting and Electrical Information.

Using the red pen note the locations for all of the electrical and lighting information. This includes:
– Light switches
– Power outlets
– Wall lights
– Pendant Lights
– Recessed light fittings
– Security systems
– Speakers
– Control panels
– Location of T.V cable
– Metre boards
– Switch boards.

Step 5. Sketch Room Elevations
Once you have recorded all of the information for your plan view – it’s time to elevate up and not the heights of things.
– Grab a fresh sheet of paper and black pen (or pencil for first-timers).
– Stand facing the wall you want to measure.
– Draw the image that you see onto the paper (this is an elevation).
– Record the position of the windows and doors etc.
– Draw a dimension line to indicate the heights of the following:
* Ceiling height
* Underside of cornice
* Door Heights
* Window Heights
* Skirting Heights
* Built in Furniture Heights

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Step 6. Take photographs or a video of the rooms to refer to later.
It’s always good to have a memory prompt.

Step 7. Draw your Floor Plan to Scale!
Not that you have gathered all of the information needed, draw the space to scale using a scale ruler and graph paper, as mentioned previously if drawing up your whole house plan, stick to a scale of 1:100 or 1:50 for a room and 1:20 for an elevation.

TIP: Note the longest dimensions of the floor plan first and work inwards from there to record walls with door and window openings. Make sure you leave enough space to record all of the dimensions.

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Step 8. Furniture Placement
So once you have your floor plans draw to scale you will be able to see how to place furniture and what sizes will work best.

If you have already furniture in mind, draw the items to scale on graph paper too. Then cut them out and overlay them on the plan. This will allow you move the pieces around freely and re-position them to see if they will fit in the location you desire.Sippdrawing dot com Floor PlanOnce you have completed these steps you will have all the information you need to create a comfortable functional home that looks superb and can be enjoyed for years to come! Happy planning!

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8 Interior Designs That Take Advantage of Beautiful Neutrals 

8 Interior Designs That Take Advantage of Beautiful Neutrals 

8 Interior Designs That Take Advantage of Beautiful Neutrals

When it comes to interior design, color is nice but neutrals done beautifully is even better. Here are eight rooms done masterfully. Note how neutral colors look amazing in every area of the home.

Choose Fabric That Matches the Wood

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Keep things flowing nicely by choosing fabric that takes on the same colors and texture of wood. This spare bedroom incorporates linen sheets, pillows, and window coverings that match the light color of the wood closet, chair, and bed.

Wicker and Linen Make a Beautiful Harmonious Combination

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A wicker headboard and linen window covering make the perfect combination. It has an organic quality to it which is naturally beautiful and light. Paired with a neutral colored bedspread, this bedroom is aesthetically pleasing and airy.

Fit for a King and Queen

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Everything about this room is comforting. From the neutral colored walls to the tiniest details including the color of the picture frames on the bedside table, this space welcomes natural light and serves as a cool reminder that you don’t have to be a minimalist if you use a variety of sized items to decorate a room.

Warm and Cozy Earth Tones

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Although the look of beige and linen seems to dominate this list, here’s a refreshing reminder of how warm earth tones are. See how the dark brown in the rug matches the wood grain of the desk? The darker color of the chairs helps balance out the light beige of the footstool and the comforter.

Beige and Beachy

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The contrast of patterns is what makes this living room pop. It’s one of the easiest ways to keep neutral colored spaces vibrant and interesting.

The Minimalist’s Bathroom

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Clean and well-lit, this modern bathroom is hard to recognize because there’s nothing traditional about it. Even the sink and toilet blend into the background so well that they’re hardly noticeable. 

Neutral and Delicious

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This earthy kitchen makes use of wood and stone throughout its space. Decorating with neutrals makes sense because they match the natural color of the floor and backsplash.

The Natural Oasis

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Alternating taller items with shorter items is a great way to achieve balance. See how sculptures and vases are used on each shelf of the bookcase to make it look harmonious?

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