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The interior trends you’ll be loving in 2017

  • By The House of Realty Team
  • 20 Jun, 2017

Written by: Amelia Barnes - Domain writer

Just splurged on some marble and copper homewares? You may want to stop reading.

While it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the new year, trend forecasters and designers are already thinking well into 2017 ­– and there’s a big shake up of interior trends predicted.

“In Australia, our prolific use of technology and social media consumption has shortened the gap in our adaptation of global trends, meaning we are seeing international styles hitting our stores a lot quicker than in previous years,” says the team at homewares business Nathan + Jac .

If you’re renovating or building a new home, look out for the following trends to include, and those to avoid, for 2017.

WHAT’S IN

1. Terracotta

Warm materials such as terracotta tiles will replace currently popular cool and white tones.

“Unlike in the 80s, they aren’t used as border tiles. Instead they will have a natural matte finish and be used as feature walls in bathrooms or for cladding fireplaces,” says Lauren Macer of Sisalla Interior Design .  

“I think that by avoiding terracotta tiles that are too rustic and keeping with a matte finish, this trend could add character and warmth to interiors again.”

Photo: Villa Mammerhills

2. Cork

You heard it here first – cork is making a comeback.

Not only is cork a stylish material idea that adds warmth and texture to spaces, it’s also ideal for absorbing noise in our increasingly large, open plan homes.

“It’s used in coffee table bases in combination with stone tops, and as solid cork stool or side table,” Macer says.

“I predict cork could be used to clad entire walls in the home office and used to pin notes to.”

Photo: Petra Bindel

3. Dark green

Dark shades of green will become the new must-have dark interior colour as we say goodbye to navy and midnight blues.

“Dark green as a paint colour for rooms such as a bedroom creates a wintery Scandi backdrop for tan leathers, reindeer furs, brass lamps and natural linen,” Macer says.  

“Used in a feature armchair or cushions and decor items as an accent, it adds depth and can bring in the colours from the outdoors.”

Photo: Lilly Bunn Interiors by Emily Gilbert Photography

4. Upholstered bedheads

Beds will change dramatically in 2017, with upholstered bed heads set to replace the timber bed frames currently dominating the market.

“They’ve been a staple in luxury hotel bedrooms and celebrity homes for a while, but now we’re all falling head over heels for the bedhead trend,” says Emma Blomfield, stylist at online homewares retailer TheHome.com.au .

“Whether you opt for the classic model in neutral colour with buttons, or a plush one in velvet, a bedhead is an easy way to update and add instant glamour to a bedroom.”

Photo: Bedhead by Heatherly Design

5. Escapism

Homes with nooks and places to retrieve will become more popular as humans react to our increasingly technological lives.

“With an ever-increasing amount of time spent in front of a computer or smartphone screen during the day…there will be a greater desire to create spaces in our lives devoid of digital distraction,” says the team at Nathan + Jac.

“This may not mean listing the 65 inch flat screen on Gumtree, but we will seek to create havens of calm and tranquillity, whether it’s a bedroom or a nook we can escape to, even if it is to lazily scroll our Instagram feeds in peace.”

Relaxed furniture and materials will follow suit, from deep sofas with linen slip covers, to oversized love seats, day beds, Icelandic sheepskins, chunky knit wool rugs and floor cushions.

Photo: Tower House by Andrew Maynard Architects. Photography by Peter Bennetts

6. Jewel tones

While pastel shades of pink and blue are currently having their day in the sun, they will soon be overtaken by jewel tones inspired by metals, space, stars, clouds and the cosmos.

“Metallics, metals, raw-cut quartz, Lucite and opal will add a dash of sparkle and interest,” says the Nathan + Jac team.

“X-ray materials, transparent fabrics, floaty silks and sheers will create a lightness and soft romantic element to this trend, which embodies an optimism for where we have come from and where we are headed.”
Photo: Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Design

WHAT’S OUT

1. Copper

Our experts almost unanimously agree that copper and rose gold will be out by 2017.

“As a material, copper is beautiful and will always be in style in some way or another,” says the Nathan + Jac team.

“However, the oversaturation of cheap and shiny imitation copper just ends up looking like you’ve tried too hard, and by doing so, you’ve already missed the boat.”

In its place, a more industrial aesthetic is anticipated.

“Warm metals like copper, brass and rose gold will continue to be on trend for autumn/winter 2016, but as we move into summer 2017 you’ll see a shift away from this super polished look,” says Diane Cocksey, Senior Interior Decorator at Freedom.

“I expect you’ll see a more industrial aesthetic, with black steel and burnished metals taking over the home.”

Photo: Domayne Online

2. Marble

With marble homewares all the rage in the mass-produced homewares market, we can soon expect a sharp decline in interest.

“Marble has had a good run, but it’s time for a change,” Cocksey says.

“Look forward to raw, earthy textures like timber, clay and wicker.”
Photo: Curious Grace

3. Quote artworks

After years of popularity, consumers will predictably move away from quote artworks.

“[They’re] so cliché,” says the Zwei  interiors team.

“We have all seen the ‘Keep calm and …’ posters and they have had their day,” Macer says.

4. Fiddle leaf figs

Once a feature of every magazine spread, the fiddle leaf fig will soon be substituted for a new statement indoor plant.

Not only are consumers arguably tired of the fiddle leaf fig’s look (and increasingly frustrated by the high prices and wait periods) it’s also proven difficult to keep alive in southern Australian climates given it’s native to parts of western Africa.

“The staple indoor plant needs to have an update. Move over fiddle leaf figs, the olive tree is coming,” Blomfield says.

Photo: via Bloesem Living

5. Open plan living

Defined living spaces are returning to modern homes as consumers seek more private home layouts.

“As people have now lived with the open plan living areas incorporating kitchen, living, dining and even study areas, they have found problems with acoustics and cooking smells through the space,” Macer says.

“The living, kitchen and dining areas could be located around central courtyard, breaking up the large open space.”
Photo: John Berg

6. Subway tiles

Modern bathrooms and kitchen commonly feature the humble subway tile due to the affordable price point and its versatile look. However, the proliferation of this look will see its popularity decline.

“We have seen them at our local cafe and basically they’re everywhere,” Macer says.

“A beautiful option for a kitchen splashback is a “finger” or “kit-kat” tile. Long and thin, they look great laid in vertical or horizontal rows.”

Photo: Decoration Trend
By The House of Realty Team 16 Oct, 2017

From a funky granny flat in a suburban back yard and architect-designed homes, to a sand bypass system, and a dam that stores the region's drinking water, the Gold Coast Open House 2017, which starts on 4 November, has something for everyone.

The Gold Coast Open House will open 40 buildings to the general public, including heritage treasures and Commonwealth Games-ready sports venues.

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The region is well known for its interwar and post-war development boom and recreational industries, and the buildings and places in this year's events reflect these influences. The program provide a snapshot of the evolution of architecture on the Gold Coast. Some buildings date as far back as the late 1800s, and the program also includes cutting-edge design by some of the Gold Coast’s top architects.

Gold Coast Open House is a free event and suitable for all ages.

To see the program and to book tickets, visit the Gold Coast Open House web site.

This article was found in The Real Estate Conversation - https://www.therealestateconversation.com.au/2017/10/10/gold-coast-open-house-2017-40-houses-buildin...

By The House of Realty Team 08 Oct, 2017

It was the little house on a small block that country music singer Adam Brand jokingly referred to as “The Shack”.

The tiny two-bedroom house was riddled with asbestos and in desperate need of some TLC when Adam found it – and it was exactly what he was looking for.

As a touring artist, Adam is on the road a lot. But in between gigs he found himself with quite a bit of downtime and a strong desire to find a property project to work on.

“Many years ago, I bought a couple of rental properties, did some very basic renovations where I ripped up carpets, repainted and cleaned up the yards,” Adam explains.

“I found that I loved the whole process of finding something rundown that’s dirty and neglected that everyone drives past and looks at the place and thinks they wouldn’t go near it.
I enjoyed pouring love into it, and having people go ‘Wow!’ at the end result.”

He hadn’t yet tackled a major renovation, but with a little time on his hands between tours, “I just needed a good project to sink my teeth into,” he says.

So he bought a house to renovate in his hometown on the Gold Coast.

“It was located in Palm Beach, a beachside suburb, on a very small 408sqm block. It was really a tiny little shack with two bedrooms and one bathroom that was built in the
’50s,” he says.

“It’s on the other side of the highway, something that will make sense to people who know the area – so it’s not on the real fancy side overlooking the beach. But the first dozen avenues in the suburb are basically five minutes’ walk from the cafes in Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth [Avenues], and it’s so close to the water you’re literally a few minutes’ walk away.”

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You want to do everything you can to help your home sell for a high price, right? Well, you can put the demolition tools down and take a step back from the bathroom remodel.

Mozo has surveyed over 1,000 Aussies to find out what’s most likely to stop them buying a property, and it turns out small fixes can mean a big difference when it comes to selling your home for a good price.

But it’s not always easy to know where to start - so here are the top 10 things that might turnoff a prospective buyer and some tips on how you can fix them in your home

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Building our city

The 'Building our city' project is a long term research and reporting project being undertaken in conjunction with Griffith University’s Urban Research Program that measures how specific parts of the Gold Coast are changing over time. The project will track the benefits of investment in certain areas by the City, the Commonwealth and State Governments, and provide input into public policy decision making as future reports are published.

The methodology is simple. Specific locations are selected; indicators (economic, urban planning, social and environmental) are identified, measured and mapped to establish a baseline. The indicators are then measured again every two years and the results are compared to identify changes. The key to the project is the simplicity and clarity of the presentation of the data in a highly visual report with the aim of making the data accessible for a wide range of stakeholders.

The overall aim is to track the impact of infrastructure planning and investment in these specific locations over time, and to utilise this data to inform future public policy development and decision making, as well as allowing for successes to be measured and communicated.

For further information please contact our Office of City Architect on 07 5582 8875.


Light Rail Corridor - Parkwood to Broadbeach

The Gold Coast light rail project is one of the biggest public transport projects in the country, and the biggest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken on the Gold Coast. As Queensland’s first ever light rail system, it represents a major step forward in transforming the city into a modern, accessible destination. Fast, frequent trams now connect 16 light rail stations along a 13 kilometre route from Broadbeach to Gold Coast University Hospital.

Read the Light Rail Corridor 2013 Baseline Report  to see the statistics prior to the operation of the light rail.

Read the Light Rail Corridor 2015 Status Report to see what’s changed since 2013.

The 'Building our city – Light Rail Corridor 2017 Status Report' will be due for publication in early-mid 2018.


Southport PDA

Southport was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA) in October 2013 with the Southport PDA Development Scheme being approved by the State Government in September 2014, marking a major milestone in planning for the Gold Coast CBD and significantly boosting the City’s plans to revitalise Southport.

Read the Southport PDA 2015 Baseline Report  to find out more about the benefits of this project.

The 'Building our city – Southport PDA 2017 Status Report' will be due for publication in early-mid 2018.


Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct (GCHKP)

The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct  is a vibrant community where people live, learn and work. The 200 hectare health and knowledge precinct, located at Parklands in Southport, is rapidly growing and includes the state-of-the-art Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Private Hospital, and Griffith University.

Works have begun for the development of the 29 hectare Commonwealth Games Village (adjacent to Griffith University), which will accommodate 6500 athletes and team officials in the lead up and during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ .

Read the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct 2016 Baseline Report  to find out more about the benefits of this project.


Li ght Rail Corridor - Broadbeach to Coolangatta

The Southern Light Rail Corridor will extend the existing route from Broadbeach South station to Coolangatta. Extending the light rail will make it easier to get around the city, reduce congestion on the roads and improve commute times. Connections to residential areas, workplaces and the airport will see continued economic growth, jobs and opportunities. Residents and tourists will benefit from improved access to beaches, parks, dining and entertainment.

The development of the ‘Building our city – Southern Light Rail Corridor 2017 Baseline Report’ is currently under development and is due for publication in early to mid 2018.

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By 1889 the area had been given the name Elston, which it kept until 1933 when, due to lobbying by Jim Cavill, it was renamed Surfers Paradise – also the name of his popular hotel.

When Kinkabool, Surfers Paradise's first highrise, was built in 1959, it signalled the injection of further entrepreneurial spirit and a drive that would soon define the region as Australia's favourite beachside playground.

The next three decades saw a development boom unlike any in the country, a growth spurt that would push Surfers Paradise and the wider Gold Coast (which was named in 1959) from sleepy coastal holiday town to major urban centre.

Today, the Gold Coast – with Surfers Paradise at its heart – is the sixth largest city and fastest-growing region in Australia. Surfers Paradise is now a home to many and a dream holiday destination to many more. It's a place of work for business owners and professionals and still, a timeless beachside playground for one and all.
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It is understood the syndicate is headed up by Sydney publican and former Lewis Hotels’ head, Peter Ashelford, and Nick Politis.

The new fund is believed to be worth $100m, and recently purchased Tree Tops in Burleigh, and bought the Robert Frazer-Scott’s Boat House Tavern, Coomera, from receivers.

The vendor of the Queen's Arms is Chris Condon.

Condon, who has owned and operated the Queen's Arms Hotel for eight years, recently refurbished the pub to the tune of $5 million, taking particular care to modernise the building, but preserve its history.

It is understood Tony Bargwanna, director hotels Savills Australia, negotiated the sale on behalf of the syndicate, but he declined to comment.

The sale is expected to settle in September.


This article was first published on The Hotel Conversation.

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