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EXPLORE all the trends – from styling to sell, the importance of art, the latest design trends, the iconic feature wall and many other ideas including what’s the latest out there…. This section will help you dress your home, throw new ideas at you and inspire you to experiment with “tried and tested” guidelines that I’m sure will arm you with the best advice to sell your property and enjoy life.

The state of real estate in your Eastern Suburbs


Sydney’s eastern suburbs are home to some of the area’s best known attractions, including Bondi & Coogee Beach, Watson’s Bay, South Head and Nielsen Park. Here are some quick property facts of why the Eastern Suburbs is so sought after:

Eastern Suburbs Trends



Evolution of the Green Wall



LUSCIOUS and vibrant Green Walls evoke life, energy and exuberance. Welcome to a trend that will continue to grow (pardon the pun) and gain fans due to the sheer beauty and practicality of it. A recent trend, it has flourished in popularity and presence. The great thing about establishing a Green Wall is that you are only limited by your own imagination. So, visit nurseries, take a walk around your suburb and look through magazines for inspiration and get your green thumbs working.

How to get started



Any outside wall will do, even better if it’s an ugly wall you want to cover up! Think about the atmosphere you want to create, and just like the way you style the inside of your home, take into account the colours, dimensions and the infrastructure you have to work with.

DO plant evergreens. This will ensure your Green Wall stays green year round.
DON’T grow anything spiky or thorny. The last thing you want is to avoid being near your living wall for fear of being pricked!

Creating the perfect display

Before buying a lot of plants, think about the overall impression you want your Green Wall to exude. Are you after an edible garden? Maybe one that is fragrant? Flowering or low maintenance? Personally, I am not a fan of native plants and I don’t think they work well or look particularly attractive for a feature wall.

Succulents If you are looking for something hard, succulents are great and very low maintenance. They come in a variety of shapes and colours – some even flower!
FlowersJasmine is a great choice if you want a fragrant addition to your outdoor living areas: everybody loves the sweet scent of jasmine wafting through the night breeze!
Edible Another idea – one I truly love – is growing an edible Green Wall filled with all your favourite herbs. Basil, parsley, sage, coriander – whatever you use in your kitchen! There’s nothing more satisfying than snipping off some rosemary to add to your lamb roast or picking off a few mint leaves to throw into your mojito!

Adding other elements



When you’re furnishing the inside of your house, it’s the extra touches that make a room complete. The same rule goes for your outdoor living area. Creating a Green Wall is not only about the living elements, but the added pieces that bring it all together.

THINK decorative pots and planters. Chose pieces with complementing textures, materials and colours. Wall mounted planters can blend in to create a seamless living artwork.
MIRRORS work well to add an extra dimension and produce a feeling of space.
LIGHTS can be both practical and whimsical introducing and allow you to enjoy your Green Wall at night. Be adventurous and inventive. Incorporate an element that is certain to be a talking (and selling) point for your home.

For more information and inspiration check out these websites:

The evolution of the feature floor


Featured Floors

PLUSH carpets, polished concrete, timber floors; where we tread says a lot about who and how we live in our homes. Not only do floors need to be functional – they are the most used surface in our homes – but they also need to be beautiful. Whatever floor covering you use, the most important thing to remember is that most are a permanent fixture! So choose wisely. As with every feature in your home, your flooring choices need to be aesthetically pleasing and tie in with the rest of your interior design choices.

Timber floors


Timber floors are probably the most popular choice of covering. They can be polished, stained, painted, lime washed – the choices are many. An added bonus with timber floors is the hygiene factor. Unlike porous surfaces, timber floors are easy to clean and easy to maintain. Floorboards are a favourite with families with young children.

DO ensure the floorboards have been sealed.
DON’T pull original boards out when renovating – often all they need is a buff and polish to restore them to their natural beauty.
REMEMBER you can always cover them with rugs in winter or to create a cosy room feel.

Polished Concrete


If you want to create that WOW factor, polished concrete floors certainly achieve that! But, concrete floors do not suit all types of houses – they look great in warehouse style home, not so much in terraces. Concrete floors also suit families.

DO use colour. They can be oxidised, polished, speckled. Use your imagination!
DON’T forget underfloor heating!
REMEMBER concrete floors are very expensive so have a long think before deciding on this surface.

Carpet and rugs

Featured Floors

Nearly every home has some kind of plush floor covering; whether it’s wall-to-wall carpeting, room rugs or hall runners. They are a softening feature in a room and the designs, colour and texture options are virtually endless. You can create so many different looks and also quickly change the look of a room by either swapping a rug or taking it away in warmer weather. Hall runners can be very effective and make a bold statement. Sisals are a good choice.

DO get creative. Experiment with textures such as sea grass, use borders, try a Moroccan rug! Have fun and get as personal as you like. Linen edges add a touch of class or why not have a go at creating your own design.
DON’T forget to regularly vacuum and shampoo rugs and carpets. Not a popular choice for asthmatics and those with allergies.
REMEMBER carpets don’t need to be expensive. Keep the flooring in theme with your home.

The evolution of the feature wall


THERE’s more to slapping a coat of paint onto a wall that makes it into a feature.
Like many interior design trends, the feature wall has evolved and embraced colour fashions, textures, patterns and materials.

I have seen the feature wall transition from just selecting a different colour to stand out from the rest of the interior palette, to the integral puzzle piece completing the internal styling of a home. It appears feature walls have come full circle.

A splash of COLOUR

In the 1990s, it was very popular to have one wall in a room painted in a bright, bold colour. Fuchsia, fire-engine red and bright yellow were used, with much aplomb. However as trends change these bright colours have been toned down to a more elegant, understated look that is easier and more pleasant to look at.

Feature Wall

DO use a darker shade or even a few extra coats of the same colour used on the other walls. Think neutral, soft shades.
DON’T use bright red, no matter how much you love the colour. Invariably it’ll look like blood!
REMEMBER have fun with a feature wall. Experiment but keep in mind it must fit into the style, colours, furniture etc. of your home. The beauty is that if you don’t like what you’ve created, a lick of paint can change the look quickly and inexpensively.

Paper and other coverings

Wallpaper has made a comeback – and in a big way! These days you can get virtually any pattern, texture or colour you like, and you can even create you own design! Don’t be afraid of stripes, dots and unusual shapes.

Feature wall

DO use wallpaper in unconventional places such as a powder room. A little can go a long way in making a statement.
DON’T rush the job. Wallpaper is expensive and tricky to use. Be very careful in planning and hire a professional. Wallpapering is not a DIY job.
REMEMBER it’s on for the long haul. Carefully assess the room, space and interior design before embarking on the wallpaper revamp.

Walls as art

An exciting trend emerging is the use of other materials on walls such as copper panels. Using textured, high gloss, metallic materials create a luxurious and eye-catching feature wall. Every home needs some art on the walls; why not transform a wall, or walls into a piece of art? Other materials making a statement include limewashed internal brick, murals and other three dimensional panels.

Feature wall

DO make a bold statement. Big and bright is key. Not for the fainthearted. Have fun!
DON’T get carried away. One wall or even part of a wall is enough to really stand out.
REMEMBER to ensure the textures and materials enhance your home, reflect light and fit in to the theme of your home. It’s all about balance!