When John Harington – playwright, author and English courtier – invented the first flushing toilet back in 1596, he may or may not have flirted with the idea of hiding as much of the toilet within the wall of his Tudor bathroom as he could. But to be fair, the man had nine children to think about, and the plague had swept through London just three years earlier, so he probably didn’t really think to incorporate an in-wall flush system into his wood panelling. He was lucky to be alive, let alone be thinking about aesthetics!
Kitchen hacks and storage solutions may get a lot of attention online, but when really trawling through kitchen storage ideas, no two kitchens should ever be alike. This is because no two chefs are the same.
If you love having friends and family over, you know that the kitchen is at the heart of entertaining. You cannot entertain guests without refreshments, and what could be a better excuse for gathering friends than hosting a dinner?
Are you building a new kitchen or renovating an existing one? If you are like most Melbourne homeowners, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed with so many options available when it comes to selecting kitchen appliances and supplies. One of the major decisions people face is selecting an oven and cooktop, as they are both vital components of the kitchen. Here are some basic guidelines that can help you choose the oven and cooktop that is best for you, and your new kitchen.
Finally getting to do that major bathroom renovation you have been dreaming of is an exciting prospect for homeowners. However, before you start looking at tiles, or begin tearing up your flooring, it is important that you take a moment to plan out your renovation and make a few key decisions.
Bathrooms are often quite small compared to the amount of items we want to keep in them. Even a spacious bathroom can suffer from a lack of storage space, with much of the available space devoted to a shower, bath, large vanity and mirror.
There's nothing like alfresco dining. It's wonderful to get outside into the open air and enjoy the day. One of the best times for alfresco dining is in the early evening, as sunset turns to twilight while you hold a glass of crisp white wine in your hand. Australia's weather means that enjoying the outdoors is a part of everyday life.
As more high-density developments continue to pop up with a standard form of design, there has been an understandable desire by homeowners, renovators and designers alike to create bathroom designs that engage the eye and differentiate a space from any ubiquitous design trends that have jumped on the development bandwagon. That is why so many people are shirking white walls and white baths for a variety of textures, materials, geometries and pallets in search for a bathroom retreat that reveals something of who they are, and what they want to communicate through design.
There is a reason the tiny house movement has increased in popularity in recent years, and it goes beyond an appreciation for some great kitchen hacks. Tiny houses have been around for a long time but their recent popularity is a reflection of changes in social attitudes towards how we use our living spaces, and how our living spaces can have such a significant impact on our mental health and lifestyles in general.