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Hello Hamptons!
Making Waves in PerthHamptons Style are so perfectly tailored to our laid-back beachy WA lifestyle so it just made sense to bring a little Hamptons style to our Display range!Why so popular? 1. Beautifully proportioned, well detailed, fresh, bright and breezy, a Hamptons home brings together traditional architecture and sophisticated coastal style. 2. Hamptons-inspired living spaces are easy, relaxed and beautiful. Forget sleek modernism, this look is all about comfortable furniture that looks stylish, too. 3. Breezy, casual seaside living, the style shows neutral colours, lots of natural light, spacious living areas, natural textures and high ceilings. 4. Its adaptable and suits a variety of areas, not just beachfront properties. 5. You don’t have to live by the sea to appreciate coastal vibes which is #soperth![caption id="attachment_25387" align="alignnone" width="700"] The open plan living area bathed in an abundance of natural light[/caption]Style & DesignThe Long Island – Effortlessly elegant with relaxed coastal styleThe Long Island proves why Hamptons-style design wins hearts year after year. A free flowing four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with open plan living, bathed in an abundance of natural light. Its decorated in white creams, linen tones, greys and blues make timeless coastal design that will never date. The Long Island has all the design inclusions of a well-considered family home, with style!Our fave features: 1. The entrance of this home sits adjacent to a cleverly positioned private study which is separate from the distractions of the living zones. 2. The free-flowing, open plan living area is bathed in an abundance of natural light 3. The beautifully appointed central kitchen overlooks the living, dining, and alfresco areas. 4. At the peaceful rear of the ground floor lies an indulgent master suite wing with a generous walk-in robe/dressing room and resort style ensuite with double vanities and an oversized shower. 5. Upstairs features a separate area for the kids with three generous secondary bedrooms complete with a full bathroom. Separate spacious powder room and a home theatre.[caption id="attachment_25390" align="alignnone" width="700"] Central kitchen overlooking the living, dining and alfresco areas[/caption][caption id="attachment_25391" align="alignnone" width="700"] The staircase and private study sit adjacent to the entrance of the home[/caption]How to make Hamptons work in your home:• The more natural light and space the better! Keep your windows exposed or as minimal as possible and make sure your open plan living areas are spacious and free flowing. • Work around a netural colour palette and incorporate white creams, linen tones, greys and blues for a timeless colour scheme and a coastal feel. • Compliment your colour palette with natural stones and timber for a refreshing and neutral aesthetic. • Consider adding horizontal cladding to your home – the Hampton’s hallmark look and provides a classic an relaxed coastal charm • Decorate and furnish your home with beach-inspired furniture such as linen upholstery or wicker or opt for more statement pieces such as chandeliers and marble.[caption id="attachment_25392" align="alignnone" width="700"] The bathroom is elegantly finished with marble[/caption][caption id="attachment_25393" align="alignnone" width="700"] The Hampton's hallmark horizontal cladding[/caption]Want to learn more?Come and see why Hamptons wins hearts all year around!Visit us at 9 Barrack Way Bushmead Estate.Our Hamptons-inspired Long Island Display Home is open on Monday and Wednesday from 2 – 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 5pm.Learn more about the Long Island here, or view our full range of home designs here.                 A two storey home allows you to have a bigger yard and more space for that beautiful alfresco area you have always wanted. – At Express we are committed to bringing back the backyard, if you’d like to walk through this stunning home design, pop in and see Shane at the Display Home. Shane is a specialist in customising perfect homes designs for his clients and would happy to have a chat to you about designing your dream home!To view The Waterside Home Design or any of our home designs visit: https://expresstwostorey.com.au/home-designs/  
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Something exciting is coming to ‘The Shoreline’
We will be unveiling an exciting new project later this year, an effortlessly stylish new home, ‘The Shoreline’ in Scarborough.The style of this home is new and exciting and we promise the end result will be nothing less than impressive! We are always striving to push the boundaries with unique style and design and this home certainly delivers.For now a lot of the details will be kept under wraps, however don’t stop reading you if you want a taste of what to expect from out latest home!The Shoreline
  • Amazing void and high ceilings, exposed brickwork and amazing kitchen, family, meals area are the standout features of this home
  • A four-bedroom, three-bathroom two-storey home design which achieves narrow living without sacrificing space or style
  • Stylish materials and finishes are showcased in this home from the stone benchtops to the striking façade that gives the home character and style.
  • A design layout which allows for a quiet sanctuary to escape from the vibrant and lively surroundings
  • There will be a new and exciting twist which will be unveiled later on...
The Location
  • A coastal location near exciting Scarborough redevelopments
  • An investment opportunity for a family, couple or mature family
  • Located right near some of Perth’s best private schools, cafes and the beach
  • Easy access to the freeway
Why Express
  • Our projects focus on style and liveability
  • We want to open your eyes to modern living and style
  • You can have a stylish home at an affordable price
The Shoreline will be open for viewing to the public by appointment later on this year and will be made available for sale. The architectural elements of our exterior render are already creating a lot of buzz along the street and because of its popular location there are a lot of people wondering what the end result will look like!To be first in line for updates on this exciting coastal home make sure you register here! Or get in touch on 9722 7577. 
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Display Home of the Week – ‘The Waterside’
The Waterside Two Storey Display Home – Located on Medici Way, Chianti Estate, WoodvaleA spacious family home with a striking, functional and eye-catching design. 5 REASONS WHY WE LOVE THE WATERSIDE:1.  A smaller lot with a whole lot of home! The Waterside is a two storey home designed for today’s smaller-sized lots. The clever design of this home still manages to incorporate all the required spaces for true family living and multi-space entertaining and leaves room to enjoy the outdoors! The home features a luxurious resort style master suite to the front, complete with double basin ensuite and a generous walk in robe.A large light filled kitchen with a feature scullery is the central hub to the open living space. The window splash back running the length of the kitchen bench creates a dynamic, changing scene of lush, tropical greenery.The living zone surrounds the alfresco allowing for an abundance of natural light and creating  a natural flow between indoor and outdoor entertaining.Stylish open tread timber stairs make an architectural statement and are the impressive focus of the home’s entry. Below the stairs sits the perfect versatile space for either a study nook, feature credenza or styling reading area.The stairs invite you up to an activity/theatre space with private bar and a stunning front balcony.With the 3 secondary bedrooms upstairs, while you entertain downstairs. This home really is the ultimate in multi-space entertaining!  2.  The floorplan – Entertaining and parents retreat downstairs, spacious kids’ zone upstairsThe Waterside is ideal for family living! The parents’ mastersuite is perfectly located on the ground floor and the secondary bedrooms upstairs allows for some peaceful separation between children and parents.This layout is also popular with empty nesters who only use the entirety of the lower floor when it’s time for the family to visit. Positioning the master bedroom on the lower floor ensures less work on your joints as the years progress, as well as less cleaning during the absence of guests.The oversized kitchen island doubles as a conversation hotspot and homework zone and the open plan living area is one where people can congregate easily, whilst enabling the cook to still feel part of the action!The generous scullery and ample kitchen storage means that messy, everyday kitchen activities can be kept out of sight and with the open plan living design, the kitchen can always be proudly on display!  3.  The open plan living areaOn the ground floor there is a celebration for the love of entertaining, with the kitchen being a standout in the open-plan living area which seamlessly opens to the outdoors. The kitchen is large and filled with an abundance of natural light and with a feature scullery.Placing the majority of the bedrooms upstairs in the Waterside is an intelligent choice for families who want to get the most space out of their backyard. Thinking of a swimming pool or extra outdoor entertaining space? If you have more rooms on your upper floor, it will give you additional space to work with downstairs.A two storey home allows you to have a bigger yard and more space for that beautiful alfresco area you have always wanted. Even the fury members of the family will benefit too – with more room for pets to enjoy the outdoors! The Waterside Home Design - Living Area 4.  The upstairs – The perfect escape for your kids (and from your kids)A truly impressive architectural open-tread staircase creates a stunning entry feature, and with all secondary bedrooms, and a separate activity zone including private bar upstairs, the adults can happily entertain uninterrupted downstairs, with the kids enjoying their own space upstairs.  5.  Stylish Material ChoicesThe beauty of the home not only comes from its functional living areas but also from the stylish material choices that produce an effortlessly timeless finish. The vision for the home was sophisticated and sleek with lots clean, straight lines.The design was approached with a minimal sense of calm in mind. The feel and finishes create a soothing backdrop to life’s hectic schedule. When we created this project we wanted all details to be in balance with each other. Clean, open plan living that can withstand the demands of multizone entertaining.White surfaces balance with the deep natural wood and stone, dark, textured wallpapers balance with the surrounding colours and play the role of the contrast elements. The intention was to create a timeless and elegant blank canvas that is waiting to take on the buzz of family life.  The Waterside display is open for viewings Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-5pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm.  A two storey home allows you to have a bigger yard and more space for that beautiful alfresco area you have always wanted. – At Express we are committed to bringing back the backyard, if you’d like to walk through this stunning home design, pop in and see Shane at the Display Home. Shane is a specialist in customising perfect homes designs for his clients and would happy to have a chat to you about designing your dream home!To view The Waterside Home Design or any of our home designs visit: https://expresstwostorey.com.au/home-designs/ 
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CLIENT SHOUT OUT – AT HOME WITH RAINE
Imagine if you were a FIFO worker and left your new home site as the slab was poured. Only to return back from your swing and BOOM new home! Well, that’s pretty much exactly what happened to our lovely client, Raine!Meet Raine, a FIFO worker that has successfully overseen the build of her Brownstones Two Storey Home in Piara Waters, south of Perth. The low maintenance, ready to move in to design styles and the faster build time influenced Raine’s decision to build a Brownstones with Express as it suited her two week on, one week off roster –The perfect lock and leave option for busy FIFO workers.We spent some time with Raine in her new home to hear more about her building experience with us at Express! [caption id="attachment_25203" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Kitchen Area - Brownstones maximise every inch of space in narrow lots The Brownstones maximise every inch of space in narrow lots, while offering an amazing sense of spaciousness[/caption] 1. What was the most challenging aspect of your build?It was probably just me working away and needing to meet certain appointments and deadlines but my builder was really convenient and able to work around the times when I was home.2. Which part of the build have you most enjoyed? This was the advantage of being two weeks on and one week off, every time I returned to site something had changed and not just small things either. The most memorable time I remember was leaving and the site was still just sand but when I returned I had the pad, frame and roof all in place so it was pretty exciting to come back to.3. Do you have any pieces of advice for other people looking to build their home?Just relax and don’t rush.I was actually looking at buying established but when I came across Brownstones I just knew it was right for me because it felt right. If you’re going to build, look around and find the building company that’s going to suit you because they will make it a lot smoother and easier process. [caption id="attachment_25205" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Express Two Storey General Manager Piran and Raine in her new designer kitchen[/caption] 4. Why did you choose to build a two-storey home?Due to being FIFO, I wanted something that was lower maintenance without sacrificing my internal living space. Building up was really convenient because I have the added space of having a three by two without a whole lot of land to look after.5. Did you decide on your block first then your design or vice versa?First I found the area I wanted to live in and I chose Piara Waters because it was the right place for me then I found what designs were available due to frontage restrictions and then I found the Newport design. Once I had my heart set on this design it was just a case of finding the right land in Piara Waters to match that.6. Anything else you want to mention about the homebuilding process?Going with Brownstones was a really positive move for me, they have the packages already planned out with an interior designer to sort out all of the interior design details. I just needed to pick one of four set design styles and they did everything for me, this made it really easy for me being FIFO as I didn’t need to worry about doing pre-start. [caption id="attachment_25206" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The Brownstones range have faster construction time frame due to innovative and sustainable building techniques which have been successfully adopted overseas for decades![/caption] If you’d like to learn more about our Brownstones range and available locations contact Phil on 0422 122 142 or at [email protected] he’d be happy to help you out.  
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Upside Down Living – How to make the most of Perth views!
Is upside down living the new housing revolution?Perth has seen a growing trend in recent years for upside down living home designs, also known as reverse living or upside down homes and this trend in real estate is showing no signs of slowing down.Put simply, upside down living home design upends the traditional double storey home which has the living room, dining room and kitchen downstairs and the bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. An upside down living home design elevates the kitchen and main living areas to pride of place on the upper level and disperses bedrooms between the ground and upper floors.Upside down living home designs are especially popular with Perth people who want to make the most of their views, whether these are spine-tingling outlooks of the coast, the cityscape, the riverside or bushland. It makes the perfect way to capture these views while you’re cooking, relaxing and entertaining, not just when you’re ready to go to sleep.[caption id="attachment_24743" align="alignnone" width="800"] The Panorama Display - An Upside Down Living Home Design[/caption]Advantages of upside down living home designs:
  • Views: Most people do not spend much time looking out of bedrooms, especially when trying to sleep or getting changed. The best views are normally wasted on rooms where there is rarely an opportunity for them to be appreciated.
  • Privacy: Many upside down living double storey home designs, have the parents master suite upstairs with the living room, allowing the children their own area downstairs. By implementing these elements into the designs, individual shared zones as well as separate spaces to retreat and relax are created.
  • Light: Having open plan living areas upstairs allows an abundance of natural light into these open areas, resulting in greater energy efficiency by reducing the need for artificial lighting, and heating.
  • Air Flow: Open plan living areas allow breeze to flow throughout the upper floor without being impeded by closed doors and windows. By having open living areas upstairs, further savings result in reduced power bills from the natural cooling of the home.
Upside Down Living Home Design - Living AreaDespite having many advantages, there are a few things to consider:
  • Increased building costs: there is an increased cost for this type of building due additional labour costs for cabinetry, plumbing, electrical etc., for accessing the upper floor.
  • Possibility of losing views: Your prized views may be built out.
  • Increase in climbing stairs: As most of the living will be spent upstairs, there will be an increase in climbing up & down stairs, including the carting of groceries.
If you’d like to find out more about upside down living home designs, or if you have a block that you would like to make the most of some stunning views , get in touch with Fernando on 0417 551 559 or email, he’s always happy to help customise the perfect design for you!Fernando Giamo - Express Two Storey Home Consultant   
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Buying your first home – Questions Answered. (It’s easier than you think)
Tired of living with Mum and Dad? Can’t stand living in a shared house with people who don’t clean? Are you sick of paying off someone else’s mortgage? Hate rent inspections? Or just want a place of your own?Whatever the reason, it’s time to start thinking of getting your own home. Don’t worry, it’s actually much easier than you think!Let’s look at the Top 5 reasons to buy rather than rent:• Renting is dead money. • Perth’s average rent is around $400 per week ($20k per year or $100k over 5 years!), that equates to borrowing around $320,000. • Interest rates are at a record low • The Perth Market is anticipating an upward trend (Kerry Stokes is on record as saying “Now’s the time to buy a house in WA”) • You can take advantage of government initiatives including the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG)Financing your first home can be easy with a total outlay of as little as $3,500. Still, many people choose to rent because they don’t know how easy first home ownership can be. Financing Your First Home Do you work part time? Are you Self-employed? Do you do overtime? How much savings do you have? The reason I ask is because from my 15 years in the industry, I have never seen 2 clients have the same situation - everyone is different and there are so many options. It’s just a matter of finding the right solution for you. First Home Buyers asking question To help you make a start, together with our finance partners at V Homeloans*, I have put together a list of the top 5 questions I get asked about getting into your first home: 1) Do I have a deposit? How much deposit do I need?V Homeloans General Manager, Paul Bradley says that low deposit lenders usually require a minimum of 5% genuine savings as a deposit to purchase your first home. Savings are considered “genuine”, when you have the 5% deposit amount in your bank account for a period of time (usually about three months). This is a way to prove to your lender that you’re able to save!The good news is, we know that many of our clients are not always able to demonstrate genuine savings, or have the full 5% saved. That’s why V homeloans have access to an extensive panel of lenders, with access to a variety of different products that may allow you to get into your new home without genuine savings, or with less than the full 5% deposit if you are renting.Different banks have different policies so make sure you ASK FIRST! 2) What if I don’t have any or very little savings?In Perth we are extremely fortunate to have a State Government based financial institution called Keystart. First Home Buyers only require a 2% deposit, of which only 1% needs to be genuinely saved.A $350,000 House & Land Package = $3,500 savings (yep, that’s it!). We can also help with savings plans – just ask! 3) How much can I borrow?Again – everyone’s circumstance is different. To accurately determine how much you can borrow, I suggest speaking to one of our expert V Homeloans mortgage brokers who can give you a borrowing capacity based on your own personal situation. Different banks have different policies (e.g. the percentage of overtime they include) which can make a huge difference. If you’d like to learn more, I’d be happy to set up an appointment, or check out our loan calculator to find out how much you can borrow to build you home. Knowing how much you can borrow is important to also give you an idea of home loan repayments. There is also lots of other helpful information on the building and finance journey to help get you started. 4) What will my repayments be?This will depend on a few different factors; 1) Your borrowing amount 2) Interest rate 3) Loan term (a shorter loan term borrowing the same amount = higher payments)I’ve put together a rough guide on repayments below. What do you think you could afford? *These repayments are based on 4.5% over 30 years (some bank options have introductory rates starting from under 4%!) 
Borrowing AmountRepayments per week
$300,000$351
$325,000$380
$350,000$409
$375,000$439
$400,000$467
$425,000$497
$450,000$526
$475,000$555
$500,000$585
 5) Do I have to make repayments during construction?House & Land Packages happen in stages, so payments are made to the bank in what the industry calls ‘progress claims’.The full Principal & Interest payments do not start until you get the keys. However, during construction you are responsible for making the interest payment on the amount of money that has been drawn down on the mortgage. Different banks have different rules, but some allow you to make extra payments during construction if you wish – all you have to do is ask!Keystart only require a minimum of $50 per week from settlement of the land until key handover – that’s it! [caption id="attachment_24948" align="alignnone" width="600"]Brownstones Home Living Area Brownstones Range [/caption] WANT TO LEARN MORE? BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME CAN BE MADE EASY! If you’d like to chat a little further give me a ring on 0422 122 142 or email and we can discuss your situation in more detail. I’ll put my considerable experience to work for you and find the help that’s most applicable to YOU.Senior Building Consultant - Express Two Storey *V Homeloans - Corporate Credit Representative Number 495067 is authorised under Australian Credit Licence Number 389328. Lender credit criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply. Your full financial situation would need to be reviewed prior to acceptance of any offer or product.
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Interior Design Trends: What’s hot for 2018

If your house is in need of a refresh this year, make sure you keep reading to find out the interior trends to follow in 2018!

 

Colours 

The obsession with millennial pink continues this year along with the introduction of gentle, pastel colours mixed in with earthy colours such as mint greens combined with jades and sages.[caption id="attachment_24792" align="alignnone" width="600"] Pretty in Pink - The Avalon in Baldivis.[/caption]

Textures 

Expect to see the use of linen on furniture and bedding as well as luxurious and rich velvet tones on furniture as well. Velvet tones will pair perfectly with pastel colours![caption id="attachment_24800" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Outlook Display Home - styled with a rich emerald velvet couch.[/caption]

Metals

The use of Brass will replace copper, which will bring fixtures to life with its warm colour and finish.[caption id="attachment_24802" align="alignnone" width="450"] Brass used in the light fixtures in the Waterside Display Home.[/caption]

Prints 

Oversize, dramatic wallpapers are making a comeback. Florals and geometric designs are hot picks, however may not necessarily be the right style for your home design so choose carefully with these statement pieces.[caption id="attachment_24806" align="alignnone" width="600"] An oversized wallpaper used to decorate the master bedroom in the Intrigue Display Home.[/caption]

Materials 

Dark wood is making its way onto the floors, walls, and furniture for 2018. Rosewood and Walnut are predicted to be the favourites.[caption id="attachment_24808" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Waterside Display Home features dark wood on the floors and kitchen cabinets.[/caption]

Decorating 

Large statement pieces of art and lots of greenery and pot plants are must haves when decorating your home this year. A simple and quick way to transform a blank wall or add some life to your home.[caption id="attachment_24810" align="alignnone" width="600"] Hanging pot plants as seen in the Outlook Display Home.[/caption][caption id="attachment_24811" align="alignnone" width="600"] A statement piece of artwork used to decorate the Waterside Display Home.[/caption]

Homewares

The number one homeware piece to own this year is a drink cart. Perfect for entertaining as well as showing off interesting cocktail and other glassware.There you have it, our picks for 2018. If you’d like to find your design inspo, Display Homes are a great place to start. Wander through, be inspired by the latest design trends, practical floorplans and innovative interiors.To browse more of our beautiful homes designs, view the full list of homes and locations here, or if you have any questions on any of our homes, get in touch with us today.
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DECLUTTERING 101
A popular new year’s resolution is to declutter and organise the home. We all know what an overwhelming task that can be so to ensure you welcome the year with a calm and welcoming home, make sure you follow your tips on how to banish the clutter in 2018!Start with a strategy: You are likely to feel overwhelmed very quickly if you just start cleaning aimlessly. Make a plan on how you plan to tackle each room and give yourself a time frame so the process doesn’t drag on forever. *HINT - Start with the large visible cleaning first, the stuff that's be lying there bugging you for ages! :)For the entryway or hallway[caption id="attachment_24710" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Pandora - 33 Painted Parkway, Alkimos Beach.[/caption]
  • Try to keep this area as minimal as possible.
  • All you really need is a console table or storage, a mirror and a few decorative items if you wish. *HINT, mirrors can help spaces feel larger!
  • Depending on the size of the area and or how minimal you want to keep it, other functional items to add include some seating, hooks or a shoe rack.
  • Make sure you clean the area regularly and keep the items to one side of the area only!
For the Kitchen          [caption id="attachment_24722" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Panorama - 21 Helios Street, Eglinton.[/caption]
  • Clear the benchtop of anything that doesn’t belong there and make sure only items used daily are placed there.
  • Get rid of any utensils you have excess of, expired food items and appliances you have no use for.
  • Purchase drawer divides, canisters and clear containers and label everything!
  • As a general rule, make sure everything has a home, items are categorised and the countertop is basically clear.
For the Bedroom [caption id="attachment_24727" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Avalon - 38 Key Avenue, Baldivis.[/caption]
  • Begin with clearing all surfaces, put away items piling up on your bedside table, clothes that can be hung up or in the wash and a crowded chest of drawers.
  • Approach your closet with the rule of: ‘If it hasn’t been worn in the past year or two, give it away’. Then you can organise the clothes you’re keeping into the appropriate category.
  • If you have any furniture items that are being used as a dumping ground rather than its purpose, it might be time to get rid of it if you don’t intend to clean it regularly.
For the Bathroom[caption id="attachment_24714" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Latitude - 14 Turquoise Chase St, Dayton. [/caption]
  • The vanity should only contain items you use daily and try to keep the items in one place or in a canister or bowl.
  • Throw away expired products and items that have been used in the last few months.
  • Organise your items into storage containers or baskets.
  • Use a shower caddy to try and get all your items in one place.
For the Living Room [caption id="attachment_24725" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Pandora - 33 Painted Parkway, Alkimos Beach.[/caption]
  • Make sure your living room isn’t over crowded by furniture. A right size couch, TV console, side tables and a lamp should cover it.
  • Create permanent storage solutions or spaces for regularly used items such as remote controls or books.
  • Tidy and de-clutter this space regularly. Make sure items are put away, surfaces are clear, and that cushions and blankets and are in the right spot.
These are some tips to get you started on all the general rooms, just remember when tackling the rest of your house:  Keep surfaces to the bare minimum! - Less is more!
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HELLO 2018! NEW YEAR, NEW YOU (AGAIN)
Well, it’s the start of another year, and a perfect time to de-clutter and organise yourself and your home to make it a clean and fresh start to 2018!It’s always good to be accountable for your goals, we recommend writing them down and ticking them off as you complete them! Otherwise they might just slip back under the radar for yet another year.Here is a list of some easy tips to help get you started on track for a successful and organised start to a fresh year! They will help save you money, and improve your lifestyle.GET ORGANISED It’s always good to start the New Year fresh and get rid of all that clutter! Start by tackling a different room each day and a make plan on how you’re going to approach each room. Storage containers and labels will help you go a long way. You’ll be amazed how good you feel when your home is in order.Toy Storage ContainersEVERY CENT COUNTS!Steps to take can be unplugging appliances when not in use, (like the toaster or kettle) use energy efficient light bulbs, and turning off heaters and coolers when you don’t need them. This is a great way to save money whilst at the same time reducing your carbon footprint.Unplug appliances when not in useENTERTAIN MORE Entertaining more at home allows for more quality time spent with family and friends, saves you a bit of money by staying home instead of going out for catch ups and gives you that extra dose of motivation to keep your home clean knowing you’re having people over! Endless benefits!CREATE A WEEKLY HOUSECLEANING SCHEDULE If you started this year by decluttering and getting your home organised, make a plan to ensure it stays that way! Divide your workload into manageable portions and when making the plan, focus on what type of cleaning you want to complete.We found a great article to help you speed-clean your home here!HEALTHY KITCHEN I’m sure after the Christmas blowouts many of us have made the vow to actually start eating healthy. Healthy eating starts in the kitchen, so a good tip would be to start organising your pantry and fridge by clearing out all the junk food and purchase some cookbooks to make the process easier.Meal planning and preparation is a must!Do a weekly shop so then you are set for the full week. (This helps with those impulse-chocolate purchasers at the register!)You can plan your meals in advance or do large cook-ups on the weekends and freeze other portions for during the week. Meal preparation does not have to be a slow and drawn out task, you just need a bit of thought and a plan!ELECTRONIC FREE ZONES It’s important to get a good night’s rest. These days our lives are becoming absorbed by electronic devices!   Try to leave your phone, iPad, and laptop outside the bedroom and if the phone is your alarm,  try to refrain from checking it throughout the night or catching up on emails before you go to sleep!
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LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS DECORATING IDEAS

Christmas is just around the corner!

If you’ve had no time for decorating this year, or need some last minute party prep, we’ve got you sorted! We’ve compiled a list of our top 6  favourite ways to deck your home in style:
  1. LIGHTS
Lights don’t only belong on a tree or the front of the house. Try placing some string lights in different size lanterns or glass domes around the house or even woven through green garland would look beautiful!For more Christmas lights inspo read the full article here.
  1. ORNAMENTS
There are so many places to hang ornaments beyond a tree! Make the most out of all your decorations by hanging your decorations off some ribbon that matches your space from a bannister, a window or a doorway. We saw this one on Better Homes and Gardens.
  1. MASON JARS:
We know the decorating ideas for Mason Jars are endless, but our personal favourite are these Mason jar snow globes. Simply add a small tree (or snowman, or Santa or any small ornament) to the bottom with some glue and add in fake snow! So simple but so cute! Mason jars also make great candle holders and they are perfect for serving your favourite Christmas drinks!
  1. CHRISTMAS CARD DISPLAY
Display your Christmas greetings by hanging some wire or fairy lights on a free area in your home and attach the cards with small decorative pegs. – Not only do get a tidy place for all your Christmas cards, you also create an easy Christmas wall decor! It’s a win-win.
  1. LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE
It instantly feels like Christmas once the tree goes up. A small tree is perfect for those who don’t have the time or space for a big tree or if you want your home looking even more Christmassy! Small artificial trees are easy to find and decorate and can be placed almost anywhere in your home!You can even get really creative by hunting for twigs and sticks around your neighbourhood, rustic is so on trend this year!  
  1. CHRISTMAS BON BONS
Everyone loves a good Christmas bon bon – and this one’s a cracker! (see what we did there?) All you need for this one is left over Christmas wrapping paper, toilet rolls, ribbon and of course a prize! You can personalise these as much as you like with name tags, lollies, choccies, or toys – whatever you like. (You could even print off some Dad jokes to include, they are always fun to read around the table.)
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Hello Hamptons!
Making Waves in PerthHamptons Style are so perfectly tailored to our laid-back beachy WA lifestyle so it just made sense to bring a little Hamptons style to our Display range!Why so popular? 1. Beautifully proportioned, well detailed, fresh, bright and breezy, a Hamptons home brings together traditional architecture and sophisticated coastal style. 2. Hamptons-inspired living spaces are easy, relaxed and beautiful. Forget sleek modernism, this look is all about comfortable furniture that looks stylish, too. 3. Breezy, casual seaside living, the style shows neutral colours, lots of natural light, spacious living areas, natural textures and high ceilings. 4. Its adaptable and suits a variety of areas, not just beachfront properties. 5. You don’t have to live by the sea to appreciate coastal vibes which is #soperth![caption id="attachment_25387" align="alignnone" width="700"] The open plan living area bathed in an abundance of natural light[/caption]Style & DesignThe Long Island – Effortlessly elegant with relaxed coastal styleThe Long Island proves why Hamptons-style design wins hearts year after year. A free flowing four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with open plan living, bathed in an abundance of natural light. Its decorated in white creams, linen tones, greys and blues make timeless coastal design that will never date. The Long Island has all the design inclusions of a well-considered family home, with style!Our fave features: 1. The entrance of this home sits adjacent to a cleverly positioned private study which is separate from the distractions of the living zones. 2. The free-flowing, open plan living area is bathed in an abundance of natural light 3. The beautifully appointed central kitchen overlooks the living, dining, and alfresco areas. 4. At the peaceful rear of the ground floor lies an indulgent master suite wing with a generous walk-in robe/dressing room and resort style ensuite with double vanities and an oversized shower. 5. Upstairs features a separate area for the kids with three generous secondary bedrooms complete with a full bathroom. Separate spacious powder room and a home theatre.[caption id="attachment_25390" align="alignnone" width="700"] Central kitchen overlooking the living, dining and alfresco areas[/caption][caption id="attachment_25391" align="alignnone" width="700"] The staircase and private study sit adjacent to the entrance of the home[/caption]How to make Hamptons work in your home:• The more natural light and space the better! Keep your windows exposed or as minimal as possible and make sure your open plan living areas are spacious and free flowing. • Work around a netural colour palette and incorporate white creams, linen tones, greys and blues for a timeless colour scheme and a coastal feel. • Compliment your colour palette with natural stones and timber for a refreshing and neutral aesthetic. • Consider adding horizontal cladding to your home – the Hampton’s hallmark look and provides a classic an relaxed coastal charm • Decorate and furnish your home with beach-inspired furniture such as linen upholstery or wicker or opt for more statement pieces such as chandeliers and marble.[caption id="attachment_25392" align="alignnone" width="700"] The bathroom is elegantly finished with marble[/caption][caption id="attachment_25393" align="alignnone" width="700"] The Hampton's hallmark horizontal cladding[/caption]Want to learn more?Come and see why Hamptons wins hearts all year around!Visit us at 9 Barrack Way Bushmead Estate.Our Hamptons-inspired Long Island Display Home is open on Monday and Wednesday from 2 – 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 5pm.Learn more about the Long Island here, or view our full range of home designs here.                 A two storey home allows you to have a bigger yard and more space for that beautiful alfresco area you have always wanted. – At Express we are committed to bringing back the backyard, if you’d like to walk through this stunning home design, pop in and see Shane at the Display Home. Shane is a specialist in customising perfect homes designs for his clients and would happy to have a chat to you about designing your dream home!To view The Waterside Home Design or any of our home designs visit: https://expresstwostorey.com.au/home-designs/  
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