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kitchen + living room updates February 28 2017, 0 Comments

 We were approached by a client recently to assist with pulling the look for her and her husbands 70's built home renovation together. The areas being updated were the kitchen, dining and living spaces along with the hallway and main entry to the home.

Of course we were up to the challenge to help and asked for as much detail we could get prior to having our first consultation. They had already narrowed down a kitchen floor plan with their choice of kitchen company and therefore wanted to have a second opinion on the design but mostly direction for colour and finishes. So we had the kitchen design and some inspiration images emailed to us to go over and start gathering our own thoughts and visual ideas ready to discuss with them on our first meeting.



 The first hurdle to get past was the size and shape of the kitchen space there was to work with. Initially the kitchen was designed to have one end of the space purely for dining and the larger portion as a functioning kitchen. The new design plan was to have full cabinetry running along the solid wall as well as the shorter opposite wall. This was to allow for as much storage space as possible as cooking was a great love of the family and many tools were currently spread through the kitchen and other parts of the home. As most of this was to be closed cupboard/drawer storage there is only a small area of bench space which was to have the sink and cook top installed as well as used for preparation. Our client could see the situation of limited preparation bench space as an issue for her so she began investigating the idea of having the dining table serve two purposes and become the additional bench space she required.

Her inspiration images sent to us had various types of movable island benches with the possibility of dining use as well. Our thought was to keep the bench/dining table as sleek as possible due to the amount of space left for it and came across the image in our moodboard which our client agreed would be suitable for her use too. The caster wheels added to the bottom of the legs means when they entertain the table can be moved into to the living room slightly to have better access and space.

So onto the colour and finishes our brief was to have it looking traditional and contemporary but with having long lasting aesthetics. With these thoughts we instantly agreed that the finishes needed to be natural and that's how the idea of marble, white, wood and brass came about. All these are timeless finishes ensuring the look of the kitchen to date gracefully. Now we had to find finishes that would achieve a warm and interesting feel.

 Wall colour was the first on the list of concerns as there was already a very creamy white on all walls and kitchen cabinets and not wanted in the look of the renovation. A more contemporary white was needed. Taking into consideration the fact that the spaces got direct sunlight in the mornings we didn't want to use a too cooler shade so we opted for them to test out our suggestions of either Dulux Casper White Quarter or Dulux Snowy Mountain Half or quarter strength. Our advice is to buy sample pots of each white and paint onto a board a reasonable size and test out how it looks in the space with the different light throughout the day and night and then make a final decision. Our choices of white were from the cooler shades of white however they are the warmer versions so should keep the space feeling warm rather than stark.

The chosen white will then become the colour of the white kitchen cabinets in a matt finish which will blend the lines between cabinetry and walls therefore giving a feeling of space. Then comes the bench and dining table tops. Our suggestion was to go for a Calcutta Gold Marble which has a lovely warm grey veining with hints of brown, however as marble is porous and would need constant maintenance, we suggested that something like Smartstone in Calacatta Blanco which is very similar but a more durable product. 

Splashback tiles were next on the list and for two reasons we decided something quite bold was possible as firstly there is minimal amount required due to the glass window running through most of the back of the bench and not to mention a few of the inspiration images had a two toned look to them. We had both loved the look of a Black Nero Maquina Marble Mosaic in chevron pattern to contrast with the Calcutta benches. Not only adding a bold contrast but some much needed texture to balance out all the white in the space. Of course these needed to be in the same brown undertones as the stone benches to work nicely together.

The tiles and benches were already bringing in texture to the space we agreed a sleek tap would finish the look nicely and not date. Due to appliances and our suggested colour scheme the possibility for either a Black, Stainless Steel or even Brass finish would work.

 Being very lucky the flooring under the current tiles in the kitchen is the same pine timber as the living room and hallway flooring. The idea is to refinish the full timber flooring in a warm mid brown tone in a matt finish which will give the space a much larger feel and flow nicely from one to the next.

This colour flooring is then our suggestion for the timber used on the dining table/bench however in a shade or two lighter for a nice contrast and to pair beautifully with the Calacatta Blanco stone bench.

Obviously the next thought is the pendant lights above the dining table and something in a brass finish would give added warmth to the room and contrast against the white of the cabinetry behind. Task lighting in the kitchen was advised to be considered.

 We have included an image of a stool we liked so they could gain an idea of what look might work. Due to the nature of the dining table being used as preparation benches we suggested to consider a leather or timber option to be easily cleaned. We were definitely liking something in a dark grey or black to tie back in with the splashback.

We are looking forward to seeing how this renovation progresses and can hopefully share with you the final result.

K & N 

KMart quick fix February 06 2017, 0 Comments

Well they've nailed it again! KMart have launched a new décor line and its all sorts of velvety, gold, Jewel toned awesomeness!

Here are our picks for instant Glam for the Living Room or Bedroom....



How could you pass up some Super Yum Navy Blue Velvet cushions?? We couldn't!!

All these goodies for a tiny $108 bucks

Click the links below for more deets

Grey Canister

Gold Glass Lamp

Ink Velvet Cushion

Marble Candle Grey

Soft Touch Blanket Black

Brass Coloured Tray

Watercolour Print Canvas

We love what your doing KMart

K & N xx

Vintage Stool DIY January 09 2017, 0 Comments

New Year New DIY.... Yay!!



On a recent treasure hunt at the end of last year we stumbled across this super cute stool we think may have been a dressing table stool. It had major potential with those gold legs but the cushion fabric needed updating.



We could see the gold popping against a dark fabric which would also modernise it, we had some dark charcoal fabric from a past project which was perfect. So we gathered our supplies and got started...



This was a quick and easy update by simply removing the chair pad.  First things first we cleaned up that sucker. Our Charcoal upholstery fabric has a beautiful linen texture, that we love. We cut the fabric roughly to size then used a staple gun to secure it.  Then to hide the excess fabric we had some black calico which we used to line it for the backing.





It could be used back in the bedroom with a contemporary dresser, foot stool in the living room, a side table with an occasional chair topped with a tray to rest your friday bevy.  




We love reviving these beautiful vintage pieces. No1 for 2017 and the hunt continues for more hidden treasures....!!!

K & N x

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Art November 29 2016, 0 Comments

One of our great inspirations is the homewares and fashion store Anthropologie, sadly based in the US and not available here in Australia (insert sad face).





So off we went junking to find the perfect sized vintage frame as a start for our DIY. With our inspo picked from their current catalog our mission was to find a gold frame as large as possible.  






We found the perfect piece and got started by cleaning it and protecting the frame with painters tape.  We decided to leave the texture of the previous painting, (sorry original artist) and just paint a thin coat of white over the old canvas.



We had acrylic paint in black and white on hand and a stack of different brush sizes.



Perfection was not in our plan for this piece, so a more random brushstroke and thickness was our approach.  We worked together which added to the character.



We were pretty pleased with the finished product :)


Christmas Giveaway 2016 November 22 2016, 0 Comments


If you would like to win all these goodies be following us on Instagram and  Facebook and TAG #2fanddxmas to WIN these treasures...!! Closes Monday 28th November 10pm

You will receive.....
4 Navy Placemats
1 set of Gold Salad Servers
4 Marble Hexagon Coasters
1 Marble Christmas Tree Centre Piece
Gold Christmas Bauble
2 Rosegold Christmas Baubles


Tween Bedroom Makeover November 15 2016, 0 Comments

We recently had the opportunity to make over a tween's bedroom.  Our Brief was to make it Beachy using Aqua and Natural Materials.

Working on a budget a High/Low approach was our direction. High/Low being some Key Pieces we spent a little more on and then finished the look with affordable chain store accessories...

Our tween already had a vision for the bed linen which narrowed down what we could find and was our high end piece along with the side tables. The bed linen was purchased from Bed Bath n Table .

before pic


With the bedlinen already decided on our next mission was to create a Rustic Cool Bedhead. With some reclaimed timber and a style picked, a handy (husband) man got to work creating it and we are thrilled with how it turned out! With the timbers running vertically helped create a relaxed pallet vibe.


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As the brief was a coastal feel Art was the perfect way to bring the ocean in...! Rather than the more traditional beach look we wanted to have a modern take on it and this beach areal shot Art Print "Bondi Rescue" by Daydrift was perfect. Found on Society6 at a reasonable price for the size and arrived quickly. When ordering your affordable art prints it's a great idea to check out what size frames are available to you that you can get your hands on easily. Kmart, Target and IKEA all have a great range of styles and sizes. We grabbed this one from KMart.

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Bedside tables we were lucky to have playing room with as storage was not required so two round Scandi inspired tables we found on sale at Adairs were perfect and the colour was in keeping with the Theme.

The bedside lamps needed updating as the existing ones were two different styles and one being a task light belonging to the study desk... so again the hunt was on for something to contrast with the white walls to add interest and on budget. After some investigation these Brass Lamps from Target were perfect and the finish of them looks top quality (definitely something we keep in mind when budget shopping) which we were happy about. 


A little potted cactus which thrives on neglect was a market stall purchase by the tween and we found this sweet two toned green and white ceramic pot from Few and Far Berry which compliments the colour scheme and the perfect catch all for those bits and pieces.... 

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Rugs..... can be expensive for large sizes and this tiny rag rug was way too small for this space.. being this is a child's room something affordable and hardy was needed. After searching around we found KMart's natural and charcoal chevron rug that ticked all boxes!


before pic


after pic


We decided on Grey as an accent colour for the throw cushions. The larger fluffy cushion was a Target find and the quilted smaller cushion and battery operated fairy lights were a KMart score!


So our tween was super happy with the result and will see quite a few years out with this look.


after pic


Need help to pull just one room together? We are able to assist with all your decorating needs! Drop us a line on our email and we can get the look you want!


K & N x

Summer = Kmart quick fix under $100 September 24 2016, 0 Comments

Well we just have to congratulate Kmart Australia, they've up'd their game with their current Homewares Collection. So many great items at awesome prices! We're channeling a Cool Modern Beach House vibe with this combo of hot picks. And all for under 100 bucks mind you, B A R G I N !!! Now there's no excuses for lacking in style, just keep your choices based around natural materials with cool finishes and you'll nail it everytime...

K & N x

property styling before + after September 22 2016, 0 Comments

We had a call from a young family who needed help with preparing their home for sale. We know it is hard to sometimes find the time to begin, or know where to begin and lets face it we don't all have a huge budget to play with!

Below are a few images of before and after pics of how a few simple and affordable changes can make a massive difference.  As we all know, first impressions count and even more so for your advertising campaign.

So after some tweaking and styling - even with torrential rain / localised flooding, this couple sold their house for above asking price and within 2 weeks of being on the market.

This was a partial styling job which means we used most of their current furniture and styled it with some of our furniture, homewares, art and soft furnishings to make the home look its best.  

kitchen before + after

In the kitchen we advised to modernise the room by installing open shelving, a sleek range hood, switch out the hardware, declutter and finishing up with a coat of light paint on the walls which complimented the dark wooden trim.  We love how light and airy this space now feels.

living room before + after

In this space, we needed to reduce the oversized TV and furniture to open up this area.  We also created zones to seperate the living and dining area.  We did this by installing a rug and artwork.  Flowing on from the kitchen we continued the colour scheme. Now this room is clutter free, light and airy ready for photographing.

The property had an amazing view so we removed the curtains and advised to have the blinds open to let in the natural light.

bed 1 before + after

Furniture placement in a room is crucial.  By simply moving the bed and a fresh coat of paint we brightened up and created space in this area.

bed 2 before + after

As the family were in the middle of packing, they were using this room as storage.  A room should show its purpose so we staged this room as a kids bedroom.

entertainment room before + after

With limited light source, the area was lightened up with a fresh coat of paint and decluttered to bring it back to its former glory as an entertaining space.

bathroom before + after

Lets start by saying excuse the quality of the before pics but you still get the general idea.  We really didn't change too much in here, it all came down to selecting the right colour to compliment what was already there.  The tapware and hardware were all updated, a bit of elbow grease and minimal styling gave a feeling of tranquility.

We get a kick out of finding a homes true potential. Our style concept is to use what you already have and fill in the gaps to enhance it. If you want more info on our styling, head over to our property styling page.  

Hope some of these tips are helpful!

Kirsten + Nerida x


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