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.read more
- Use your space wisely
- Muted Scandi tones are the way to go
- Organisation is key
- Make sure your setting the style tone of your home
- Look for inspiration
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!
ColoursThe 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]
TexturesExpect 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]
MetalsThe 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]
PrintsOversize, 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]
MaterialsDark 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]
DecoratingLarge 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]
HomewaresThe 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.
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"] 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"] 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.read more
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"] 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"] 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.read more