Coles launches Best Buys – with homewares first up!

The ‘Special Buys’ range

Move over Aldi, Coles has announced that it will be releasing a Special Buys fortnightly range – and first up is a bedding and tech collection.

Available for a limited time from Friday, the new range will feature more than 30 products including quilt cover sets, faux fur throws and a glow-in-the-dark quilt cover set for kids.

The new line-up also includes cushions, wool blend quilts and a soft mink weighted blanket, as well as a Bluetooth soundbar and wireless headphones with charging station.

Coles weighted blanket
Coles wool quilt


Coles General Manager for Health & Home Jonathan Torr said: “Coles Best Buys is all about offering our customers great value on homewares and products you normally wouldn’t see sold in supermarkets. While the range is designed to provide convenient and affordable options, it’s also a chance for us to surprise our customers with new products and add some fun and excitement to their grocery shop at Coles.”

“Our first event has proven very popular with customers, who have told us the cookware and homewares we were offering were fantastic quality and great value for money, and they’re really enjoying the suspense of what might arrive at our next fortnightly event.”

Coles faux fur rug

Coles Best Buys will be a fortnightly event, landing on a Friday with different themes and new products launching at selected Coles supermarkets across the country.

Source: BHG

Top 8 Home Design Trends for 2020

Welcome in the twenties with a fresh new space! It’s a new year, and a new decade, so we spoke to Houzz to learn all about the top design trends for 2020.

Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, and this year they’re predicting a few big changes. This year could bring an end to the ‘official’ kitchen area, and we could see the rise of metal-clad homes.

Trend # 1 – A good kitchen should be used, but not seen

Kitchens are the most popular rooms to renovate, and according to Houzz research, in 2020 they will continue to evolve. Only, instead of being the centre of households, kitchens will transform their design to better blend into our lifestyles.

“We’re starting to see on Houzz that contemporary kitchens are beginning to integrate small touches of furniture-like elements that reflect the rest of a home’s more personalised decor,” said a Houzz spokesperson.

“At the extreme end, we will see kitchens that disappear completely into bespoke cabinetry, so all their functionality is hidden away when not in use.”

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Trend # 2 – The rise of the study nook

Once upon a time, leftover space in a renovation was worked into extra bench space or a pantry. Now instead, homeowners are choosing to build integrated study nooks, kitchenettes, and banquettes.

Trend # 3 – Soft curves and arches

Technology is constantly advancing, and recent changes have allowed architects to begin challenging structural boundaries. In 2020, Houzz says we will see homes with architecture that embraces softness and feminity. Think curved walls, circular windows and arches.

“Curves and arches will emerge as an interior design trend in big ways next year…curves add a feminine touch and create softness in spaces otherwise filled with hard surfaces.”

Trend # 4 – Terrazzo benches and homewares

A composite material that can be formed from chips of marble, quartz or glass, terrazzo is gaining traction. With an increase of 28% more searches on Houzz in 2019, it’s popularity is on the rise, and we’ll begin to see it popping up in more places.

“In the new year, we can expect to see it used in benchtops & homewares, with the chips becoming larger and colourways becoming bolder.”

Trend # 5 – Metal cladding

Sustainability has been the word of the month for a while now, so it makes sense that design trends for 2020 are predicting a greater need for thoughtful materials.

“One of the biggest trends on Houzz, [is] the rise of metal cladding. With recent issues with combustible materials, already we are seeing professionals on Houzz readjust to these new demands.”

“So goodbye rendered brickwork and timber slats and hello copper, zinc and steel.”

Trend # 6 – Natural neutrals and poppy blues

Beiges, stones, earthy browns, and soft eucalyptus greens will be strong interior colours for 2020, following their popularity during 2019. But it won’t only be the neutrals on show, with some poppy colours also taking a stake when it comes to design trends for 2020.

“There is some solace for those that love colour. Our colour professionals on Houzz tell us that strong colours with added shading will be on-trend, such as merlot, peacock blue and spicy pink.”

Scroll through our ultimate renovation guide for more trends and ideas.

Trend # 7 – Bio-friendly homewares

According to the 2019 Houzz & Home Australia study, amongst renovating homeowners, the importance of integrating ‘green’ materials is increasing.

“Concern about climate change, sustainability, the harm of single-use plastic and environmental pollution will push professionals to innovate even more in the years ahead, developing new recycled and recyclable materials for homewares & decor.”

Did you know that half of all renovations in Australia are valued between $40,000 and $200,000? Find out more on renovation costs.

Trend # 8 – Soothing homes

Home elements that help sustain wellbeing will continue to grow in popularity in 2020. This means lamps that adjust their intensity according to the circadian rhythm, decor that integrates plants, soothing palettes, and low-VOC paints.

“Many designers and homeowners [are already introducing] natural light from windows and skylights; exterior views and access to nature; and using water sources as fountains, ponds and water features, that can be seen, heard and touched.”

Another technique to brighten bleak spaces is using mirrors to project natural light, evoking a happier mood.



The 5 Best Home Interior Remodel Tips For A Higher Selling Price

Renovation Tips

Remodeling your home in a way that makes it more functional and enjoyable for the next couple of decades is usually worth any reasonable expense and effort. But what if you are planning to sell your home sooner rather than later? The fact is, few large-scale remodeling projects add enough equity value to your home to realize a profit, let alone break even, when the house is sold.

But that doesn’t mean that all improvements prior to selling are a bad idea. There are plenty of home upgrades that will help you sell your home—and perhaps at a higher price—without a risky investment. The best approach is to follow some industry rules of thumb and to do some research before committing to a project.


Tip 1: Consider Break-Even Remodels to Attract Buyers

Renovation Home

It’s not necessarily a success to spend money on a bathroom remodel only to recoup the same amount from the sale. However, if your home has a critical area (such as a primary bathroom or a kitchen) that causes potential buyers to turn on their heels and walk out the door, a redo might be worthwhile. Even if the rest of your house is in acceptable condition, one unattractive area might drag down the rest of the house.

Real estate agents often advise clients to take care of minor problems, all with the understanding that the fixes serve only to support the sale of the rest of the house. Surface bathroom or kitchen remodels are often a better solution than a full-scale remodel. One important point to remember about break-even remodels is that they still do come at a cost: the price of your time and effort.


Tip 2: Update the Kitchen and Bathroom—As Needed

Bathroom Renovation

Real estate pros stress that the kitchen and bathrooms are the most important parts of the house, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely overhaul those rooms before selling. To decide what’s best in your situation, start by looking at the numbers. An upscale major kitchen remodel has a return on investment (ROI) of less than 60 percent, while a mid-range minor kitchen redo can return about 80 percent. Bathroom remodels return about 62 percent for upscale renovations and about 67 percent for mid-level remodels.

Looking at the numbers alone, it rarely makes sense to spend a lot on kitchen or bathroom renovations just to sell your home. However, because these are such high-profile areas that buyers pay a lot of attention to, there is a good deal of value in an inviting kitchen or bathroom—or at least a room that most buyers will feel they can live with. If a kitchen or bathroom is woefully outdated and unappealing, buyers may automatically add the cost of renovating it to the cost of the home. And if the home cost isn’t low enough to compensate, the buyers may run.

On the other hand, if the kitchen and bathrooms seem nice enough to leave as is (at least for a while), buyers won’t automatically add the cost of renovations to the sale price. Therefore, it usually makes the most sense to remodel kitchens or bathrooms, as needed, so they are reasonably modern and inviting, if not spectacular.


Tip 3: Concentrate on Countertops

Kitchen Renovation

Countertops are highly visible. So if you opt for any kind of expensive rip-and-replace work within the kitchen or bathroom, the countertops are a good bet. Just keep in mind that countertops are a very personal choice. Just because you love the look and feel of granite doesn’t mean most of your potential buyers will agree. Some people prefer laminate, some like a solid surface, and others dream of new quartz countertops. This means that you shouldn’t spend a great deal on a new countertop with the assumption that it will be a universally valued feature.

Tip 4: Refresh Cabinets Rather Than Replace

Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen and bathroom cabinets are highly visible because they are at eye level. But replacing kitchen cabinets can easily erode any profit you hope to realize from the home sale. If your kitchen cabinets are in terrible condition, especially with the cabinet boxes falling apart, you have little choice but to install new cabinets. For cabinets that are in good structural shape, the better option that will return more value is to paint your cabinets or even reface them.

Tip 5: Upgrading Fixtures and Hardware Pays Off

Lighting and Fixtures

New room fixtures and hardware are surprisingly effective as kitchen, bedroom and bathroom upgrades. Do not assume that replacing kitchen and bathroom hardware is going to be cheap, though. Replacing all of your hardware can easily run into hundreds of dollars. On the upside, new fixtures and hardware are an easy do-it-yourself project that you can take on, even if you are in a time crunch. You can replace your kitchen and bathroom hardware in a few hours.

Written by

Lee Wallender



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