Monthly Archives: November 2014

How do I prepare my holiday home for renting?

Living in the Southern Hemisphere is perfect for those of you with a holiday home somewhere nice. You see, many city dwellers enjoy escaping the urban jungle and heading out into the country in order to relax during summertime. As our summer also falls during the festive Christmas/New Year season, there is also the added extra of those looking for a family escape to celebrate.

Anyone with a holiday home in a desirable location is in the perfect position to open it up for short-term rental. Not only will you make somebody's holiday dreams come true, but you get to make a little money out of it to put towards your own plans. 

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How to use Resene’s fashion colour wheel

As New Year draws closer and closer, it's time you started thinking about that resolution. How many years in a row have you promised to redecorate the house, only to become 'too busy' and forget?

Well don't make the same mistake this year, as home decorating could well spice your life up. Bring the energy back into your home, using the Resene The Range fashion colours as your muse.

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Gear up for gaming: It’s time to renovate that garage

A games room is the ultimate space to sit back, relax and enjoy something that isn't work. You can install all kinds of fun amenities in them, too, ranging from electronics to pool tables – not to mention everything in between.

Here's the problem, though. How many homes actually have the space for one? 

Rather than give up on the idea, instead take a look at your old garage. If it's not filled with junk, garages make for the perfect gaming area. They're both away from the main living space to keep noise levels down, and you are less likely to be disturbed by other people's guests or other things happening in the house. Sound like a good idea? Then it's time to start renovating.

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Want a travel-themed living space?

There's something fascinating about an overseas experience. The idea of travelling the world and seeing all it has to offer is perhaps as engrained into our very existence as walking and breathing. 

The problem with travel, however, is that it's rather expensive. Most of us will only go on a few overseas trips in our lifetimes, though that doesn't mean to say we will never get to feel like travellers. If you're looking for some new home decorating ideas, now might be the time to think about a globetrotting theme. 

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Make your spare room the ultimate children’s play area

To the bah hum-bugs among us, having a children's play room in the house may seem like both a waste of time and money. There is some logic to that, obviously, as a play room uses up a space that could otherwise be used for a boring guest room or study. However, if your little monkeys are suiting of the title, you might want to consider one.

A play room keeps your children happily playing in one area of the house. Rather than their toys being spread out into every possible (and seemingly impossible) corner, their mess is contained in an easy to manage room. This means that when they are playing, they are not charging about the living room while you catch up on Coro, but are instead making a ruckus by themselves away from your tired ears. On top of that, restricting toys to a single room will mean they aren't scattered about your kid's bedroom when it comes to night time, meaning they won't be distracted when they should be sleeping.

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The top 3 things a contractor should think about

Whether you're performing renovations or painting a house, contracting can be a great way to do what you love for a living. However, it is a bit of a risky business because not every client is the same.

So what sort of things should you be keeping in mind when contracting? 

Know who you are dealing with

There are lots of different types of client and they all act in different ways. Thankfully, though, there seem to be different stereotypes that still hold true of real life which you can ponder as you work. For example, there are some clients who will try to control every aspect of the renovations, some who won't know a thing about what's going on, some who think they know how to do your job but don't and plenty more. If you can figure out who you are working for then you'll know how to deal with them.

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Relive the 80s of yesterday with the interior design of tomorrow

If you're looking at redecorating an old, tired space, you're probably thinking hard about what colours to use.

You could throw out the furniture that's in there, repaint with bright neutrals and open the space up a bit, certainly. You could even go futuristic and have clean, shiny steel, glossy black and a range of gadgetry. However, if you're looking at brightening a room up without going all Star Wars on it, look a little to the past. 

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How to utilise wood in your home

As we all become more environmentally friendly, we're heading back to the basics when it comes to what materials we manufacture with. Cardboard and glass are cropping up more in the supermarkets, and wood is appearing back in homes. 

To keep up with the modern interior design trends of going natural, try using some wood in your home. But how?

Tone

First off, you need to think about what tone you'll use in your home. Will the dark woods of yesteryear tickle your classic tastes, or will the light-wood of modern living brighten up your life? The Resene Colorwood range encompasses all of these and is great for inspiration. Wood brings a warmth and homeliness to a room no matter which colour, but whether you need dark or light is entirely up to your own tastes. 

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3 possible future interior design trends

The thing about trends is that in order to stay trendy, you need to remain very much on top of things. The bandwagon is always moving forwards, and if you aren't on it then you're going to get left behind – unless you're trying to do something unique, of course, but that's another story entirely.

That said, ideally the best way to stay on top of interior design is to stay ahead of it. So if you're in the process of planning the next stage of your plans, consider these possible future trends.

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2 property predicaments – and how to overcome them!

From a room that's so dim it feels like a dungeon to an open-plan living area so expansive you feel as though you're living in a warehouse, there are numerous property predicaments that you may face when redecorating your home. 

Rather than packing up your things and moving, you can adopt some clever decorating techniques or completely renovation to improve these difficult spaces.

Here are two common predicaments that homeowners face, and ways to improve on them!

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