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General, Kitchen Designs, Latest News /

Kitchen Blinds 101 Kitchen blinds and kitchen curtains are the finishing touches to every kitchen. But when you're looking for blinds for kitchen windows or kitchen blind ideas, it's hard to know what to select to make sure they are perfect. Should you be selecting shutters or blinds, or should it be venetians? What is the best material to use for kitchen window treatments? Can you have a curtain in your kitchen? To work out how to choose kitchen blinds and curtains we asked Lovelight, a blinds and curtain specialist from Melbourne for all the answers and some fantastic examples. All images are...

General, Interior Design, Kitchen Designs, Latest News /

How do you design a kitchen? 1. Understand your current situation 2. Select a kitchen design style 3. Know your best kitchen layout 4. Decide on a kitchen design budget 5. Plan Cabinetry 6. Select your benchtops 7. Select appliances & fittings 8. Work out electrical needs 9. Select /Assess flooring windows & doors 10. Select additional furniture - bar stools & dining tables Not sure where to start with your kitchen renovation? Wondering how to design a kitchen that is right for your home? Work through our 10 easy points with action steps to design your perfect kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home and needs to be a fabulous and...

General, Interior Design, Kitchen Designs, Latest News /

Kitchen Makeovers (On A Budget) - 8 Clever Detailed Ideas To make your kitchen the heart of the home again it's about knowing where to spend your money on kitchen makeovers to get an affordable result. Many kitchens function well, but their style is a thing of the past. Many times you will be able to repair, replace or improve parts of your kitchen and it will look fantastic. Kitchen makeovers can come in many different forms. You can do a full kitchen renovation where you replace everything, or you can do a budget-friendly kitchen makeover and just replace critical pieces. If you decide...

DL Feature, General, Kitchen Designs, Latest News /

34 Kitchen Design Mistakes To Avoid When You're Creating Dream Kitchens When you're creating dream kitchens, it can be like all your Christmases coming at once and you do not want to make any kitchen design mistakes! You've been thinking about this kitchen for a long time, you've saved up and you're ready. You have so many kitchen ideas and you have FINALLY found your perfect kitchen design. Well almost, if you could just narrow it down between three favourites you have. Your kitchen dream is so close and you are ready! So if you are thinking about renovating your kitchen and creating a dream...

Across My Desk, General, Interior Design /

Interior Design Inspirations - Across My Desk Across my desk is a continuous stream of fantastic interior design products and services. They come my way via newsletters, magazines, websites, social media, television shows and just about everywhere in my daily life. In the past I have created a blog series called WithIn The Pages where I've written about my favourite items from interior design magazines like Home Beautiful, Inside Out Magazine, Real Living, Belle, Vogue Living and more but there are other items I want to add so in this new series called Across My Desk I will add everything that comes my way...

General, Interior Design, Kitchen Designs, Kitchens, Latest News, Miele Artline /

Miele ArtLine – Modern Kitchen Design Sponsored By Miele Modern kitchen design is made up of sleek lines, a contemporary look and is full of innovative ideas. Its finishes and fittings are perfectly integrated with straight lined cabinetry that has smooth edges and handleless features. The best modern and contemporary kitchens blend style and function, displaying a lesson in restraint with minimal accessories and no clutter. Miele’s new ArtLine Designer range perfectly complements this kitchen design style. The ArtLine range of appliances fit seamlessly into a modern kitchen with its linear elements, contemporary style and Touch2Open door opening technology. Miele's ArtLine streamline design is...

Bathroom Ideas, Featured Posts, General, Interior Design, Latest News, Popular Posts, Popular Posts - Start Here, Renovation, Renovation Tips, Start Here /

17 Bathroom Renovations Secrets For Your Beautiful Dream SpaceThe bathroom of my dreams is a very peaceful place; it creates the feeling if only for 15 minutes or so twice a day of a place that I have escaped into, my own private sanctuary. When I'm thinking of bathroom vanities they are big with double sinks and lots of space and my bathroom tiles are always glamorous maybe made of marble. I'm dreaming of the day...

Bathroom Ideas, DL Fav, Featured Posts, General, Kitchen Designs, Latest News, Popular Posts, Popular Posts - Start Here, Renovation, Renovation Tips, Start Here /

Home renovation can be fun, it can be exciting but to make sure your renovation goes well don't make the following mistakes. Your home is probably your most valued asset and renovating can help to build this asset but you need to plan your renovation out exactly. Follow the correct process with trusted trades people and pull together your renovation ideas for a fantastic job you will be proud of for years to come. After 7 renovations I have made many mistakes and they can be very costly or just plain annoying, especially when you have to keep looking at them day...

Featured Posts, Latest News, Popular Posts - Start Here, Renovation, Resources, Stairs, Start Here /

The Ultimate Guide To Stairs - Part 1, 2 & 3 The Ultimate Guide to Stairs is a 3 part series about Stair Design, Stairs Regulations and Stairs Materials. Click through (on the image) to each part to get an overview to understanding what is needed to create a staircase. Part 1 Stairs Design - With such a plethora of staircase styles to choose from, how do you select the best design for your own project? Look through our staircase styles to assist you in your decision and to provide inspiration. Part 2 Stairs Regulations - A staircase is one of the fundamental design...

Featured Posts, Interior Design, Kitchen Design 101, Kitchen Designs, Latest News, Renovation, Resources /

Kitchen Renovation: Designing your dream kitchen?   The perfect kitchen has fabulous and functional design. Grab our checklist and Planner before you see a kitchen designer! Updated Feb 2017   The kitchen you have at the moment just isn't working, the counter tops are old and they're starting to show wear and tear, it's just not the look you're after. You want to feel proud of your kitchen and most of all you just want space to fit everything in and work! So let's face it the kitchen is the heart of the home and it needs to look and feel like it. Where To Start Starting with a few...

Bathroom Ideas, General, Latest News, Renovation, Resources /

Bathroom Renovation Costs - Pro tips + Design Mistakes To Keep Costs Down Renovations are on the rise in Australia, and they show no sign of slowing down. With bathroom renovation costs creeping up we need to find ways to keep the cost down. Almost nine out of ten Australians agree that renovating is a good strategy to increase the value on their property. A Westpac Renovation Report (Nov. 2014) states that, while around 40% of Australians renovate to increase the value of their homes, over 60% renovate to maximise their homes' comfort. Bathroom Renovation Cost - Australians tend to see a high return per...

Interior Design, Latest News /

Welcome To 2016 + The 50 Best Interior Blog Posts 2015 It's February already and my first day back for 2016. My inbox is very full and I have lots to get through. Over the holidays I haven't just been sitting around ( well I did do a lot of that) and Sydney has seen a lot of rain over the last few months. Its given me the time to rethink The Design Library and the direction I would like to take it in. For 2016 I'm looking for the The Best of The Best in Interior Design and Renovation information to...

Australian, General, Interior Design, Latest News, Outdoor Spaces /

Outdoor Cushions - Outdoor Living With A Twist Of The Exotic With summer here and the weather heating up outdoor living is very much a part of the Australian way of life. Adding a bit of colour with outdoor cushions to your outdoor living spaces and outdoor furniture is a great way to bring your own personal style to different parts of your life. You could easily be mistaken for thinking you were poolside, in a riad in Morocco - sipping mint tea from a gold embellished glass while plucking dates from a branch - and that’s just the way Perth graphic designer and...

Australian, General, Interior Design, Latest News, Popular Posts /

Win $80K Degree To Achieve Your Dream Design Career Dream Big To Enter! Take your dream career to the next level with a once in a lifetime opportunity with Greatest Degree On Earth. Dream big and submit your ideas that may include; internships with industry leaders, amazing travel learning adventures, equipment or even time with a mentor.  The world is your oyster. In an Australian first,  Torrens University Australia  &  Think Education are joining forces to give four individuals the opportunity to create their own career path.  Dream up an elaborate education path and share your vision to win. Fields of Entry Four lucky winners across the...

General, Interior Design, Interior Design Magazines, Latest News, Lighting, Within The Pages /

The DL Edit - Interior Design Magazines:  Belle December 2015 / January 2016 If you're a regular visitor to The Design Library you may have noticed that we haven't posted for a little while. That's because we're working on our new and exciting plans for 2016. We've creating very comprehensive articles with industry leaders that we know you'll love. We've looking to create exactly what you're asking for with lots of "hows-to", inspirations and details on where to find everything. If I had a dollar...

General, Interior Design, Latest News /

2015 Interior Blogging Awards Winners Announced The winners of the Amara Interior Blogging Awards for 2015 has been announced! Disappointed that we were unable to attend the London awards night ( just a little too far away for us) as a shortlisted blog we waiting to hear who the winners were.  Amara announced the winners over Twitter with the hashtag #IBA15 as they were being read out on stage. This year we didn't make it,  but we are extremely happy with our Top 5 2015 Best Australian Interiors Blog status.  For a relatively new website The Design Library is ecstatic to have come this far....

Interior Design, Latest News /

Scandinavian Design With an Ethnic Twist Scandinavian design is characterised by simplicity, minimalism and functionality. When its mixed with the beauty and luxury of handcrafted Moroccan design and unique decorations with lots of textures you get a relaxed, luxurious style with a twist.   Zoco Home does this beautifully. Zoco Home is a Finnish / Spanish based decoration company based in Southern Spain, run by Johanna Weckström. The style of Zoco Home is perfect for the Australian way of life and we wanted to know more  - 1. Tell us a bit about yourself and Zoco Home? My name is Johanna Weckström and I'm the owner of...

Australian, General, Interior Design, Interiors Accessories, Latest News /

Alisa and Lysandra + United Artworks New Artwork Collaboration Alisa and Lysandra the renovation reality TV show "The Block" twins continue to expand their interior style with their collaboration with United Artworks. Together United Artworks a leading Australian artworks supplier and Alisa and Lysandra have created a collection of contemporary and abstract art pieces to enhance many interiors. Their collaboration was inspired by wanting to create artworks that would compliment their design style, colour forecasts and create a collection that would match their tone of design work. In their words they describe the theme of the collection as - [quote]Moody, raw and very ethereal. It...

General, Interior Design, Interior Design Magazines, Latest News, Within The Pages /

The DL Edit - Interior Design Magazines:  Home Beautiful October 2015 As I am reading this month magazine I am reminded of the reason why I love putting my favourites in a list. It's because it keeps a great record of what I like and it makes it easier to find at a later date. Looking back through my collection of reviews of Interior Design Magazines here on my website there are so many amazing design products I would love to use for my next renovation, the problem will come in deciding which one to choose. Have a look though my list of 15 favourite...

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