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This apartment block has a new way of dealing with the heat

This apartment block has a new way of dealing with the heat | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it
 
Australia’s cities could become both greener and cooler in the future if a bold experiment in Sydney’s inner south pays off.  
 

A new apartment development in what’s set to become the most densely populated area of Sydney is aiming to cut the temperature of the site by two to three degrees with a ‘wilderness’ eco garden at its centre.

 

As alarm grows over the urban heat island effect in Australia’s cities, which can raise temperatures of built-up areas by up to 12 degrees in the evenings, it’s hoped the planned complex at Waterloo in the inner south will prove a new benchmark in sustainable Sydney living.

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Justin Art House Museum review: Prahran architect's home an interactive, immersive domestic gallery space

Justin Art House Museum review: Prahran architect's home an interactive, immersive domestic gallery space | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

The concept of a house museum is relatively new. There are plenty of precedents where families invited guests to peruse their collections – like the Medici in Florence or the Reeds at Heide – and there are many houses that become public through a bequest, such as the Frick Museum in Manhattan.

 

A house museum is different. It means a living household that invites the general public into the domestic domain, usually in the company of the owners. You get to see not just specimens of art but what the collectors have done with them and how they talk about them.

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New life for Federation beauty

New life for Federation beauty | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

With a limited yet sophisticated palette and a sense of scale and symmetry, interior designer Jennifer Turner has turned a dated extension into a beautiful yet useable space for a family to connect.

 

Jane and Eugene Lee approached Turner Interior Design to rework the old extension of their Federation Mt Lawley home.

 

Originally a dark and disjointed space made up of several rooms, the Lees wanted a more workable space where the whole family could come together.

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Anya Brock homes in on abstract

Anya Brock homes in on abstract | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

She has developed a cult following for her vibrant paintings of budgies and zebras but a move back home to Perth has pointed Anya Brock in a new direction.

 

After starting out as a fashion designer in London, where she worked for British style powerhouses Christopher Kane and Richard Nicoll, Brock returned to Australia several years ago and found fame as an artist with her quirky works of women and animals, below.

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What to consider when choosing paint colours

What to consider when choosing paint colours | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

A new paint job is an easy and inexpensive way to transform a room, adding a sense of space and depth where it’s needed. But how do you go about picking a colour? Anyone who’s wandered through the aisles of paint swatches at Bunnings can attest to the overwhelming task of choosing just one. Ahead, a bit of pointed guidance to help you with your decision.

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Brightening up the front door

Brightening up the front door | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

In the heritage-protected and often weatherboard Victorian cottage backstreets of South and Port Melbourne, where lack of architectural novelty or permitted scale in contemporary infill buildings limits how much a house can stand out in the neighbourhood, a sweet trend is proving contagious.

On a walk around the residential blocks you’ll see an increasing proliferation of gaily painted and therefore individuated front doors.

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Woolloomooloo owner keeps being drawn back to Finger Wharf

Woolloomooloo owner keeps being drawn back to Finger Wharf | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

The owner of this vast harbourside home tried to leave the Finger Wharf once before, selling his loft apartment to return to Melbourne. He soon boomeranged back to Sydney after sorely missing the unique building, its prime location and the lifestyle it offers.        

         

Giddings combined  two apartments and spent a year ditching the dated interiors creating a calm and comfortable home. Various strengths of Dulux Bleaches and Mole Grey tones are subtle enough to allow the eye to focus on the deep-blue of the harbour outside.


Bespoke joinery in ash veneer provides masses of storage and rich mocha-coloured marble and brass tapware in the bathrooms add an edgy note.

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Dulux paints are the most trusted paints not just in every Australian homes, but is conveniently endorsed in every office fit-outs and commercial establishments.

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Hand painted street ads slaying 'em in the outdoor billboard market

Hand painted street ads slaying 'em in the outdoor billboard market | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

A new advertising company run by 20-somethings is earning up to $200,000 per job by hand painting mural ads in inner Melbourne and Sydney.


The company, started in Fitzroy by three friends aged in their 20s, now employs 15 artists and is completing two to three murals a week in inner Melbourne and Sydney.


The public take photos and spread the advertisers' message for free across social media. The latest piece, commissioned by Paramount Pictures to advertise the comedy movie Zoolander 2, was one of Apparition Media's biggest.


The 13-metre portrait of actor Ben Stiller as supermodel Derek Zoolander stretches from the fifth to the eighth floor of a building in La Trobe Street, opposite Melbourne Central shopping centre.


It is now a Dulux ad featuring surfing and an Old English sheepdog.

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Lifestyle is finding more than a way of life in a home

Lifestyle is finding  more than a way of life in a home | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

The apartment, in the Art Deco Macleay Regis building, is an art- and design-driven space, decorated with eclectic gems ranging from the vintage to the contemporary.


From the moment one arrives at the Macleay Regis, it’s clear that this grand Art Deco building is a special place.


“We love the gorgeous period entrance and reception area, the large rooms, original herringbone parquetry floors and generous storage,” says Tristan Chant, an arts manager who lives there with his partner, stylist Sarah Jane Surtees.


The couple modernised the bathroom in an appropriately timeless manner and painted all walls and simple geometric cornices in Dulux Berkshire White to allow their artworks and design pieces to pop.


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Dulux is one of the most trusted paints for residential and commercial painting.

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Australia Living ? Tour These 10 Safari Decor Inspired Spaces

Australia Living ? Tour These 10 Safari Decor Inspired Spaces | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

Decorating trends in Australia get a lot of their inspiration from nature. Who wouldn't? with gorgeous beaches, a magnificent outback, perfect weather, and deep blue sunny skies, year-round! Tour our most favorite safari inspired rooms decorated and located in beloved Australia.


If you ever do visit Australia, dining alfresco is part of Australia’s relaxed and carefree lifestyle. With the warm weather to enjoy, Aussies take time to really appreciate the sun life, and of course food which is important when it comes to outdoor eating.


Wall murals are one of the most effective ways to transform a room into a different world! Keep in mind that Australian decor is widely influenced by surrounding countries.

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Indoor brick walls are back in style for Gold Coast homes

Indoor brick walls are back in style for Gold Coast homes | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

IF the words indoor brick wall cause you to conjure images of terrible 1980s architecture and kitsch wall hangings, you’re not alone.


But in 2016, the brick feature wall is coming into it’s own — it’s classy, fresh and anything but kitsch. Recycled bricks, light coloured paint or even good quality brick-look wallpaper can turn a room with a plain white wall into a modern contemporary space.


Gold Coast Brick Laying director Evan Greatorex says brick feature walls are growing in popularity on the Gold Coast in residential properties and restaurants.

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Beam me up: A guide to choosing ceiling finishes

Beam me up: A guide to choosing ceiling finishes | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

THE sky's the limit when it comes to the different varieties of ceilings, trusses and rafters available. Most homes have a common truss with a flat plastered ceiling, either 2.4m or 2.7m high, which is easy and affordable when it comes to construction. You also get a bit of space in the ceiling to store clutter. All of our bedrooms are just simple square set plastered ceilings.


This truss system is totally enclosed between your roof and the plaster above you. They are by far the cheapest option, made from pine or treated pine and are nailed together with two top chords, a bottom chord, a king post and two truss webs.


A rafter ceiling is made up of slightly larger decorative timber beams that can be varnished or painted and run from the top of your walls to the pitch or peak of your ceiling - usually in an A frame-style pitch.

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Outdated decorating trends: it’s time to embrace the new millennium and throw them out

Outdated decorating trends: it’s time to embrace the new millennium and throw them out | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

IT can be hard not to get caught up in the latest home decorating fad.


What all of a sudden seems like a must have item, features on every television renovation show and pops up in homewares and major chain stores across the country.


You get it home and it looks great, but then suddenly one day you will walk past it and wonder, “what was I thinking”.


There is nothing wrong with keeping up with the latest decorating trends, but the key is to know when it is time to take it down and pop it in storage.


According to Realtor.com these are some of the worst home-decor trends of all time - plus we’ve added some of our own particular pet hates.


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1940s cottage transformed into chic contemporary home

1940s cottage transformed into chic contemporary home | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

Building designer Janik Dalecki was on the hunt for a first home he could either renovate or add value to when he happened upon a daggy, dark and dated 1940s cottage in Maylands.

 

Mr Dalecki, of Dalecki Design, said he was instantly smitten.

 

“I fell in love with it as soon as I drove by it — it ticked all my boxes and I instantly saw what potential it had,” he said.

 

Purchasing the two-bedroom house in his early 20s, Mr Dalecki moved in and immediately began an extensive renovation in stages. One of the main objectives was to create a more user-friendly layout and a lighter and brighter atmosphere.

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XScape Landscaping Design and Construction build new backyard for woman battling brain cancer

XScape Landscaping Design and Construction build new backyard for woman battling brain cancer | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

A GENEROUS act of kindness has created a beautiful new backyard for the Taylors Lakes family of Ben and Lisa Knabe, a mother who has battled brain cancer.

 

Ms Knabe underwent surgery in 2015 to remove a tumour the size of a fist from her brain.

 

After hearing about this, business partners Jack Engel and Chris O’Connell from XScape Landscaping Design and Construction — along with their landscape designer Kerri Mewett — decided to make over the Knabes’ back garden.

 

The Taylors Lakes-based landscapers have created a wonderful oasis for the Knabes and their three daughters.

 

“What I enjoyed most was mainly the fact that were helping them out and giving them something to enjoy and nice to look at instead of a desert patch,” Mr Engel said.

 

He said the job involved around two to three weeks’ worth of work.

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Ausco Modular’s townhouse design addresses narrow footprint constraints of building site

Ausco Modular’s townhouse design addresses narrow footprint constraints of building site | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

he townhouse design proposed by Ausco Modular for a recent project addressed the limitations presented by the narrow dimensions of the site while maximising site yield.

 

For the client’s long narrow block, Ausco Modular proposed an angled layout of six townhouses to maximise yield while maintaining an aesthetic streetscape and also meeting the 3.0m fire separation requirement.

 

Featuring a narrow footprint measuring 4.1m wide and 12m long, Ausco Modular’s Jarrah Townhouse was the perfect solution with the clever design of the townhouse making it appear deceptively larger from the inside.

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Mistakes and misadventures of building

Mistakes and misadventures of building | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

NOBODY’S perfect but there are some industries where you just need to get it right the first time. When you’re talking about decorating, designing and building a home, making mistakes can be costly.

 

For first-time renovators and builders, there’s bound to be a few road bumps along the way so it helps to have professional advice at hand to warn when danger is approaching.

 

We’ve consulted decorating, design and building experts to explain where they have made mistakes in the past and how you can avoid falling into the same trap.

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How to paint professionally

How to paint professionally | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

So, you’re ready to paint. Alas, it isn’t as easy as picking up the paintbrush and getting to it. Even if you’re only looking to do a wall or two, the work involved is often more than meets the eye. Consider these points if you want your paintwork to look as professional as possible.


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How to decorate from scratch

How to decorate from scratch | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

So after months of watching and waiting for your new home to be completed, you finally have the keys in your hands.


Everything is just how you wanted it from the tapware and benchtops to carpet and tiles.

                                                                         

There’s just one problem — you have no idea how to decorate it.                             

For many interior designers, decorating from scratch is ideal. They love the idea of a blank canvas to create a whole new look.                            

For the rest of us, though, the thought of pulling together a whole house so that it looks cohesive while still reflecting our own personal style can be overwhelming.

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Using Dulux Paints in decorating and painting interiors can give a fascinating look in every Australian home.

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Indoor brick style hot on Coast

Indoor brick style hot on Coast | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

IF the words indoor brick wall cause you to conjure images of terrible 1980s architecture and kitsch wall hangings, you’re not alone.


But in 2016, the brick feature wall is coming into it’s own — it’s classy, fresh and anything but kitsch.


Recycled bricks, light coloured paint or even good quality brick-look wallpaper can turn a room with a plain white wall into a modern contemporary space.


Gold Coast Brick Laying director Evan Greatorex says brick feature walls are growing in popularity on the Gold Coast in residential properties and restaurants.

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Dulux Colour Paint can make any room fascinating and more appealing to any guests in your home. So when planning to renovate or just paint any faded wall in your home use Dulux Colour Paint.

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Perfect match

Perfect match | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

The app that takes the guesswork out of choosing paint colours for your home.


The updated ColourView version of the Dulux Colour App makes agonising over the perfect hue a thing of the past, with the new Dulux ColourView function empowering homeowners to experiment with colour and reinvent their homes before they pick up a paintbrush. The easy-to-use new tool allows homeowners to visualise their walls and ceilings with various splashes of colour — simply snap an image with your app-compatible mobile, iPad on IOS9 or Android, colour in your chosen shade and view.


The app offers the ability to experiment with more than 4000 Dulux colours and includes a host of tools, such as the Colour Capture function which easily finds the closest Dulux colour match to any colour using the device’s camera. and ‘Browse Colour’ to discover the expansive collection of more than 4,000 Dulux hues. The app also provides the latest information and images showcasing popular colour trends.

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Plaid extends to housewares, home decor

Plaid extends to housewares, home decor | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

Plaids are having a fashion moment as retailers and designers play with the classic pattern. But the apparel and footwear industries are sharing the love: Fresh takes on plaid have made headway in housewares and home decor, too.


“The great thing about plaid is that you can take it in so many different directions,” said Kristen Chalupa, a kitchen and tabletop product manager for Crate & Barrel.


Through scale, color and application, plaids can be complex and traditional, or simplified for a clean, updated look, she said.

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Home materials: Cheaper but not inferior alternatives

Home materials: Cheaper but not inferior alternatives | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

Think your home is too good for polyester upholstery and laminate cabinets? Unless you want to spend your life cleaning and to pay through the nose, you might want to reconsider.


If you are one of the millions of Australians currently building or renovating, you are likely fielding 101 questions from your builder in regards to materials and fixings, and having to make decisions on things that, until now, you didn’t even know were a choice.


When it comes to home design and materials there are many outdated notions floating around that are not only misleading, but that simply don’t accurately describe the modern version of the product. It’s time to dispel some myths.

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Interiors expert Carolyn Burns-McCrave switches on to lighting

Interiors expert Carolyn Burns-McCrave switches on to lighting | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

OF all the fun and fabulous tools in an interior designers arsenal, lighting is one of my favourites. Mixing practicality with decoration gives you great bang for your reno buck, and I always encourage clients to consider lighting at the start of a project, not the end.


My best advice is to use different types of lighting. Pools of light from pendants, wall sconces, table lamps and floor lamps can expand space and create atmosphere in a way that’s impossible to do with rows of downlights.


Lighting can be sculptural and unexpected. In this ensuite, I grouped three different Tom Dixon pendant lights at varying heights. In a room with strong geometry, this playful twist gives the eye something to rest on and delight in (and the brass finish on the inside looks beautiful when lying in the bath).

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At home with interior designer Fiona Austin

At home with interior designer Fiona Austin | Painters and Decorators | Scoop.it

You won’t find any knock-off designs in Fiona Austin’s Beaumaris house. “When you think of the work developing drawings and prototypes for a product, I think you have to honour the skills of the designer,” Fiona says. “You are better off saving up and buying the real thing. They last and hold their value and you have something special to hand on.”


Fiona, an interior designer with thriving residential business Austin Design Associates, and her husband, Craig Austin, a design professor at Swinburne University, live and breathe design.


They are fans of the mid-century era. Their 1968 home for their family of four (they have two sons) is full of wonderful examples, such as their Arne Jacobsen Series 7 dining chairs, designed in the ’50s. One of Fiona’s most recognisable restoration/renovations is the red butterfly roof house in Beach Road, Beaumaris, designed by Mockridge Stahle & Mitchell in 1957.

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