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TOP TIPS ON CREATING THE PERFECT HOME ENTRY
The home entry offers a first glimpse of what awaits throughout a home, setting the style tone and showcasing personal taste. A well-considered entry can speak volume to your guests therefore make sure you keep reading to learn our top tips on creating an inviting, practical and stylish home entry.
  1. Use your space wisely
Space should never be an issue if you know how to use it well! Simply adding a mirror is a common trick to turn small space into a big space or the right choice of colours can also make a space feel more open. Neutral colours can help to create a bigger more refreshing entry way.
  1. Muted Scandi tones are the way to go
Scandi colour schemes are still a popular choice in the home for 2018, however they have been elevated with a new twist. The soft scandi colours are still big but now there are a range of soft muddied pastels such as grey-green sage and muddy millennial pink which creates a stronger scandi look.
  1. Organisation is key
Don’t let your entry way become the dreaded dumping zone! An organised foyer requires smart storage solutions. Consider including cabinetry or racks to stash your items as you head in and out of the door.
  1. Make sure your setting the style tone of your home
Your entryway should play an important role in the interior design as it sets the style tone of what’s to come throughout the home. Everything from the front door and the organisation and general flow of the entry should be practical and reflect the style of the overall home.
  1. Look for inspiration
To create the perfect entry way, start by creating a mood board of your favourite designs. It will help you make all the right design choices! To view the homes these entryway’s feature in, or for more home design inspiration view our full range of home designs here
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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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5 Ways To Create A Healthier Bedroom
Experts say we spend approximately a third of our lives in the bedroom, so when it comes to your wellbeing and making a healthy impact on your lifestyle, the bedroom is a great place to start. Creating healthier alternatives in this area of our home may come with a small investment initially, but in the long run it will increase your comfort and overall health, in addition to benefiting the environment. If you're interested in Green Living, see our 5 Ways To Create A Healthier Bedroom. 1. Start with your pillows Your pillows will accrue a lot of bacteria, so in addition to washing them regularly, it's wise to invest in natural materials such as organic cotton, wool or natural latex. When the weather permits, air out your pillow in the sunlight to kill any hidden mould that may be growing. 2. The mattress matters When it comes to buying a new mattress, consider one that's made of natural materials. This may be linen, natural latex, organic cotton or wool. The latter is the best material for your mattress as it will absorb humidity very well and also insulate. [caption id="attachment_15749" align="alignnone" width="919"]ascari bedroom Choosing the right mattress will ensure you're on the way to creating a healthier space, as seen in The Ascari by Express Two Storey Living[/caption] 3. Healthy sheets When it comes to choosing your bed sheets, it's best to avoid dark cotton sheets as the darker the colour, the more chemicals have been utilised to fix the dye. Choosing sheets that are petroleum based polyster is also something you want to steer away from, in addition to no-iron sheets. A better option for healthier bed sheets are ones made of natural fibres which are generated from environmentally friendly resources. When it's warmer, sheets made out of bamboo, linen and organic cotton are ideal, and when it's cold, organic flannel will work wonders. 4. Minimise dust If you are an asthmatic, this step is particulary important. You should vacuum your mattress when you change your bed sheets to remove as much dust as possible. You can also protect your mattress with an allergy free cover that will prevent dust mites. [caption id="attachment_15750" align="alignnone" width="919"]ascari bedroom 1 Minimising dust in your room will ensure your allergies stay at bay[/caption] 5. Stay fresh Instead of using a chemical based air freshener, open your bedroom windows every day and use baking soda to neutralise and absorb the smells around your bedroom. Place the baking soda powder in a bowl and mix it with a small amount of water, then wipe over various surfaces. If you would like to know more about Green Living, read about the Sustainable Technology and Materials used by Express Two Storey Living. See 5 great things you can do in your new two storey living backyard.
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Top 10 Herbs For Your Kitchen
Add a burst of fresh flavour to your cooking with some home grown herbs, direct from your very own kitchen. If you want to make great use of your kitchen, why not transform this area of your home into a sustainable 'garden' kitchen - complete with herbs that not only add aesthetic appeal to your design, but also encourage healthier, flavoursome cooking. Having a mini kitchen garden has plenty of benefits over an outside garden, with two main benefits being that is of easy convenience and low-maintenance for you and your family. [caption id="attachment_15486" align="alignnone" width="800"]herbs Transform your everyday kitchen into a 'garden kitchen' with herbs and spices.[/caption] Here are the Top 10 Herbs For Your Kitchen: 1. Parsley Fresh parsley is much tastier than dried, and as such it's a set-and-forget type of plant. There are so many uses for parsley - you can throw a chopped handful in everything from stews and soups to seafood and frittatas. 2. Dill Its whispy and pungent leaves are great in herb butter, as well as being quite versatile in flavouring oils and salad dressings (giving an aniseed flavour). You can use them whole or grind them. 3. Chives Store chives in an airtight jar. They are a great alternative to garlic bread (you can make chive bread) and you could even add freshly chopped chives to butter or margarine for a more distinctive taste. 4. Sage Sage is one of the most fundamental ingredients for stuffing, so why not add it to breadcrumbs and melted butter for stuffing mushrooms, for example. Great for pasta and polenta dishes too. 5. Rosemary Hang your rosemary by some string in the kitchen or any airy place to ensure it doesn't lose too much flavour. Great for adding some sprigs on top of the baking tray: potatoes, fish or roasts. [caption id="attachment_15479" align="alignnone" width="825"]Ascari Kitchen Enhance your kitchen with the addition of a herb set to encourage creative, flavoursome cooking. Pictured: The Ascari Display Home by Express Two Storey Living.[/caption] 6. Thyme A flavoursome herb with woody stems (which you can discard). The leaves are so fine they don't need chopping, being one of the ingredients used in traditional French bouquet garni. One dish thyme particularly goes well in is tomato dishes. 7. Mint A quintessential herb that also has many versatile uses, you could add it into your breakfast smoothies or sprinkle it on top of a lamb roast. Wait until you're just about to use it before chopping the leaves as the edges turn back after a while. Also combines well with coriander or parsley in stir fry dishes. 8. Basil One of the most popular herbs on the market, it can be seen in many dips at parties. It's recommended to add basil to the cooking pot at the last minute as the flavour does diminish with cooking. Wrap basil in recipe-size portions for freezing in an air-tight container so you'll have some even when it's out of season. 9. Oregano Oregano and tomatoes are a great flavour match for homemade pizza and pasta sauce. Some prefer oregano dried as the flavour does mellow slightly. The herb does particularly well in the sunlight. 10. Tarragon Like French cooking? Tarragon is a great herb in the kitchen garden. It has a strong flavour with a hint of aniseed, so use it sparingly. The long leaves are easily frozen. This herb goes great in chicken dishes and homemade creamy sauces, such as tartare sauce. Looking for more helpful and sustainable tips for the home? Learn how to be more energy efficient in your two storey home to reduce costs while being environmentally friendly. Another great article in our Building Hub is Sustainable Living: 5 Things To Do in Your Two Storey Living Backyard.
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The Onyx
Step into your own world of style and comfort. Our newest Display Home the Onyx opens your mind to style, practicality and those who dare to be different! Here’s why we love it: All family members can find their happy place 😊 The downstairs is all about fun, relaxation and socializing – inside and out. The integrated living, kitchen and dining area wraps around to the large alfresco, which is a great space for entertaining. Upstairs there are three generous secondary bedrooms – complete with a theatre/activity zone which gives the kids their own chill out space while the parents get their own space too with a discreetly positioned master suite downstairs. [caption id="attachment_25643" align="alignnone" width="800"] Room to entertain downstairs and ample space to kick back and relax upstairs![/caption] Many layers for living With room to entertain downstairs and ample space to kick back and relax upstairs, The Onyx is ideally suited to families, irrespective of what life stage they are at. Positioning the three generously sized bedrooms on the upper level alongside a separate leisure zone offers a private play haven for younger members of the family. Not only acting as a buffer between the parents’ master suite and children’s bedrooms, it also enables more mature kids to relax away from the adults, and for families with younger children, it’s also ideal to cater for the needs of sleeping babies and toddlers! The Master Suite Located downstairs, the spacious master suite includes a sizeable ensuite and flows through to a walk-in robe, making getting ready effortless. Being away from the other bedrooms allows parents to unwind in a very private space, while dual vanities and an open doorway create a resort-style feel. We love the make-up nook with natural light inside the walk-in robe - another thoughtful touch! [caption id="attachment_25639" align="alignnone" width="800"] The master suite is away from the other bedrooms which allows parents to unwind in a very private space[/caption] An entertainers delight! The heart of the home is undoubtedly the open-plan entertainment area at the rear, which connects with the spacious alfresco at multiple points!  The integrated living, kitchen and dining area, which wraps around the large alfresco, allows the hosts to bring food and drinks from the inside to the outside and still be part of the action! One of the biggest advantages of a two-storey home is enjoying the balance between internal living space and still having space outside for a decent backyard. The generous size of the floor plan leaves plenty of room for a swimming pool or extra outdoor entertaining area at the rear. [caption id="attachment_25648" align="alignnone" width="800"] The integrated living, kitchen and dining area, wraps around the spacious alfresco[/caption] Bring back the backyard! Thinking of a swimming pool or extra outdoor entertaining space? The Onyx home design for this two-storey home allows you to have a bigger backyard and more space for that healthy lifestyle we are lucky enough to enjoy in our climate.  A spacious living hub for all to enjoy and allows parents to keep an eye on the kids playing outside or playing in the pool. Come down and see The Onyx: 28 Cedarleaf Entrance, Treeby, open for viewing Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-5pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm. [caption id="attachment_25637" align="alignnone" width="800"] View The Onyx at 28 Cedarleaf Entrance, Treeby[/caption] To view the Onyx or any of our home designs visit https://expresstwostorey.com.au/home-designs/
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