With shows like The Block and House Rules on TV it’s not difficult to feel inspired in our own homes. As seasons change we confidently swap out cushions and throw rugs to help revive a tired living room or bedroom. But when it comes to making more permanent decisions like tackling the bathroom or kitchen we want to make sure we’re making the right choices.
If you’re looking for some pointers, then we’ve got the low down on creating a picture-perfect kitchen, that you’ll enjoy creating your culinary masterpieces in for years to come.
First things first, it is important not to over complicate the space, keeping things simple will ensure you won’t tire of the look and be desperate to start again in few years. Start with a neutral colour scheme that compliments the rest of the home and introduce pops of colour with accessories, appliances or indoor plants, this is a cost-effective way of staying on trend without breaking the bank.
1. Counter Tops
Does living a sustainable life mean having to sacrifice style?
We live in world of ‘single use’ consumerism. We hear phrases like ‘global warming’, ‘climate change’ and ‘inequality’ in the news and media almost daily. But sometimes it’s hard for us to see how we can make a positive change in our own homes. So, for the most part we do what we can, put our recycling bins out every week and hope for the best.
Purchasing ethically doesn’t have to mean trawling the internet for hours looking for high end sustainable brands but purchasing with a conscience, buying once and buying well. Seeking out quality products designed to last over the longer term.
We recently attended the Décor + Design 17 exhibition in Melbourne and were excited to see that the design industry is putting more thought and effort into our impact on the natural world. Industry experts are promoting organic materials
One of the most enjoyable things about what we do here at BedNest is working with such an amazing range of people.
From private clients simply refreshing a bedroom, to Interior Designers looking to re-imagine an entire home and Architects who have an ability to transform a fleeting thought into a physical reality. Being part of the collaboration process is something that’s very special.
The proof is in the pudding
Our two latest additions have come from two very different collaborative approaches.
The ‘Saratoga’ is the result of working with Briar Stanley, a Sydney based Interior Decorator and creator of the lifestyle blog, Sunday Collector. Briar has had a very impressive career, having worked previously in the film industry as a props buyer and set dresser. She's worked on films such as The ‘Great Gatsby’, ‘Australia’
The modern workplace has been transformed in recent years, but perhaps one of the greatest things is the ability to work from the comfort of your own home. Whether your job allows you to work remotely, or your home is your office, there are plenty of ways that you can create your own productive environment.
Working from home has many benefits, from skipping the commute and eating lunch in the garden to working in your dressing gown and slippers. However, sometimes it can be difficult to focus on the day's tasks when you're surrounded by distractions.
By creating a specific 'work space' in your home, you can distinguish between productive and relaxing areas, enabling you to both work hard and play hard.
What's one of the best parts about going away on holiday? The resort suite, of course! There's something about that moment you enter your new home away from home. The room has a pared back style - it seems uncluttered and yet you've got everything you need at your fingertips. Having all the right amenities in the right room will immediately whisk away all your stresses and causes of anxiety. Sink into a comfy cosy bed with the ocean breeze coming through the balcony door, ruffling your sheets. Take a sip of spring water from the mini bar and it won't be long before you're rejuvenated inside and out.
If you're yearning to capture this moment and feel tempted to book that holiday or short getaway, just wait - you do have another option. You don't have to be away on vacation to experience some of this magic, you can create it in your own home by transforming your bedroom into a space of peace and tranquillity.
You need this space
Posted: February 08, 2017Categories: Loves & Inspiration
It goes without saying that for all parents, watching our kids grow up is incredibly rewarding. But it all happens so fast! It seems like yesterday mine were crawling around at my feet!!
The tween to teen transformation stage
We've all been through this stage in life - it wasn't that long ago, after all! I'm sure you can remember that feeling of wanting your own independence, wishing your parents would give you some space to become your own person.
The older kids get, the more important it is for them to feel they can make some decisions on their own
If there's one fundamental truth about growing up it's this - the older kids get, the more important it is for
Posted: January 26, 2017
What do you get when you cross a talented Interior Design Editor, with quality upholstered bedroom furniture and fabric from a number of market-leading fabric houses? The answer - a very stylish five-page editorial feature in Belle Magazine!
To say we were thrilled to have been featured in Belle Magazine is a slight understatement. If you haven't already, make sure you pick up the February/March 2017 issue.
Here's what you'll be looking at
Production and styling for the feature 'Undercover Culture' was put together by Interiors Editor Lucy McCabe and photographed by Will Horner. Lucy chose 3 bedheads from our standard range and requested we customise 2 bedheads to achieve a specific look for the shoot. Her choice of fabric, along with modern geometric shapes and dramatic lighting created a distinct high end style and mood. "These bedtime stories tell of deeply restful sleeping spaces rich in pattern and colour", so states the magazine.
There's something special to be said about those born in January. These babies get the ultimate fresh start as they're born in the first month of the new year. And here at BedNest, we know there's no better way to start the new year than with a little redecorating around the house!
Some of us pay a little more attention to our astrological signs than others, so we decided it would be a cool idea to clue in Capricorns on how to redecorate based on their sign. Of course, other astrological signs can learn a thing or two from these tips too - let's dive in!
What does it mean to be a Capricorn?
First let's discuss the nature of your sign. Capricorns - aka, the Goat - tend to be practical, loyal people. You're strong-willed, and you know who you are as a person, so it's easy for you to feel comfortable in most social situations. You're hard working and you follow the rules. Overall, Capricorns are very sensible people!
Our latest photoshoot ran over three crazy days - it had us rushing from pillar to post, but the end results were simply stunning. We couldn't be happier!
Over the last few years, we've had the pleasure of working with professional photographer Chris Warnes - his photographic prowess never fails to deliver anything but truly beautiful results. In fact, Chris' work is regularly featured in some of Australia's leading home magazines and we're sure you'll agree, he certainly knows his way around a BedNest bedhead.
Posted: January 06, 2017
The Christmas festivities are behind us and life is slowly and inevitably getting back to normality. All those presents under the tree that had been taunting the family have been opened and by now the torn wrapping paper tossed into the recycling bin. That was the easy bit! You now need to be sure you have enough room to store all your new gifts as well as the decorations. The last thing we need is a home that feels like it's closing on you and feeling cluttered as opposed to cool and collected.
A big part of having a home that is well put together is the ability to bring together various styled elements (both functional or ornamental) and the colours to create consistency or contrast as required. If you only add to what you have, your home might start to resemble a patchwork quilt - we're talking hoarder status.
We've pulled together a few ideas that might help you feel a little more organised and set you up for