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create your own Tuscan garden with these simple tips The Essential Elements of a Tuscan Garden June 20, 2017 - The Tuscan garden is one of the most popular design styles of all time. Simple, drought tolerant, and ideally suited to small spaces as well as city living, the Tuscan aesthetic lends itself very well to Melbourne gardens. This week, we examine the essential elements that make up the Tuscan garden.  Plants Mediterranean plant species …
Did you know tulips were once worth more than gold in Holland? 10 Things you Didn’t Know About Gardening June 14, 2017 - If you’re feeling uninspired by your winter garden, these ten fun facts may reignite your fascination with the art of plant cultivation. Plants were first domesticated 10,000 years ago They were cultivated by a Neolithic people in the Fertile Crescent of the Near and Middle East in around 8000 BC. Some of the first plant …
garden nook How to Create a Cosy Garden Nook June 8, 2017 - A garden nook is the perfect focal point for any garden and is a great way to ensure you’ll spend more time outdoors. Whether you have a big backyard in need of some interesting features, or a small space that could be better utilised, a garden nook is a great and easy way to update …
outdoor kitchen ideas exposed aggregate melbourne 5 Awesome Ways to Transform your Patio June 5, 2017 - Winter is the ideal time to upgrade your patio, courtyard or backyard. Invest a little time now and you can have a fantastic outdoor entertaining space to enjoy come the warmer months. Today we reveal 5 exciting ways you can give your patio a makeover and ensure that your whole family will want to spend …
French landscaping How to Design a French Style Garden May 25, 2017 - French style landscaping is all about creating a series of geometrically ‘rooms’ divided by clipped boxwood and delineated with gravel or stone pathways. Whilst there’s room for romantic touches and expressions of individual style, the French garden is all about neatness, balance and simplicity. This week, we look at some of the key elements of …
winter maintenance Essential Winter Maintenance Tips for Your Backyard May 24, 2017 - Winter is almost upon us in Melbourne, so now is the time to prepare your backyard for the months ahead with some essential winter maintenance. These maintenance tips will keep your outdoor area functional and looking tidy throughout the winter, and reduce the amount of work needed come springtime. Trim the trees Before the wild …
exposed aggregate melbourne swimming pool surrounds 4 Ways you Can Enhance your Home’s Exterior with Exposed Aggregate May 15, 2017 - Exposed aggregate is a hard-wearing surface with a designer edge that has earned the title of the ‘king of driveway materials’ in Australia in recent years. There are several different ways this popular form of concrete can be used on residential properties. Today we learn about 4 different ways you can use exposed aggregate to …
Utilising the shady part of your garden can be tricky What to do with the Shady Part of your Garden May 4, 2017 - Effectively utilising the shady part of your garden is a distinct challenge that can cause even seasoned gardeners a degree of angst. This week, we look at a few different ways you can turn the shady area of your garden into a unique outdoor space.   Get rid of the grass   Grass needs sunlight …
landscaping Three Landscaping Projects to Transform your Home April 28, 2017 - Although you may not be thinking of renovating now that the cold weather has set in, it’s never too early to start planning (and indeed, saving up for) your next major project. In this blog, we look at three prominent 2017 landscaping trends that are worth saving for. Embrace the outdoor kitchen As backyards continue …
space saving How to Save Space Around the Home April 18, 2017 - Whether you need to create extra space around the home for practical reasons, or you just want to create a more open look, there are many ways you can maximise the surface area of each room. Read on for some great space saving ideas that are not only practical, but also very on trend. Make …
patio Continue to Enjoy Your Outdoor Area in Winter with The Tips April 10, 2017 - Anyone with an outdoor living area knows how hard it is to stay cooped up inside during the cold months, but the good news is it doesn’t have to be this way! By following these handy tips, you’ll be able to make use of your concrete patio all year round, which will surely help to …
renovating Renovations that will Boost Your Home’s Value April 4, 2017 - Renovations are not only a great way to modernise your home and make it more livable, they also help to increase your home’s value – so when you eventually go to sell, you’ll come out with a profit. When renovating, choose to update features or areas that will be of value to prospective buyers, and …
meg-nielson-121431 Quick Hacks to Make your Garden Look Lush March 30, 2017 -   If you’re a homeowner with an outdoor area, you no doubt have a vision in the back of your mind of what you’d like your yard to ultimately look like, whether that be a tropical paradise, or a classic English garden filled with rambling wildflowers. However, dream gardens take time and whilst your roses …
autumn How to Get Your House Ready For Autumn March 29, 2017 - Although Melburnians have been lucky enough to enjoy an extended summer, the cooler weather is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about how you can “autumn proof” your home. Make the most of the final days of sun and get your home ready for autumn with these easy tips. Pay special …
beautiful doorway 5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for the Easter Holidays March 21, 2017 - Have you got family and friends coming over during the looming Easter break? Here are fabulous 5 ways you can prepare your home for guests and enjoy the added features and benefits long after your loved ones have left.
backyard Great Ideas for Updating your Small Backyard March 8, 2017 - If you have a relatively small backyard, you may feel resigned in the fact that you don’t have much to work with when it comes to DIY or backyard makeovers, however you probably have a lot more options available to you than you realise. There are many ways you can update your small backyard to …
renovation contractors Even More Common Renovation Regrets March 6, 2017 - In our last blog we took you through some of the most common renovation regrets including not allocating enough time to do a thorough job and placing design aesthetics above practical use. Because there are so many different factors to consider when renovating your home, we thought we’d revisit the topic with a few more …
renovation 4 of the Biggest Renovation Regrets March 2, 2017 - Renovating is an exciting prospect for any household, however careful planning and consideration needs to be a large part of the renovation process. It’s easy to undertake a renovation with the latest design trends in mind, however when taking this approach, you may find that your choices weren’t especially practical, or that they date quickly. …
backyard diy 5 Great DIY Backyard Projects February 24, 2017 - Although, summer is drawing to a close, there’s still time to take advantage of the warmer weather and embark on a few DIY projects before the winter sets in. These great outdoor DIY projects are a great way to get busy in the garden over the coming weeks. Refurbish your outdoor furniture  If you’re not prepared …
House with coloured concrete driveway 5 Ways to Give Your Home’s Exterior a Personality February 15, 2017 - Unless you give your home your own unique touch it is possible that it will simply blend in with the houses in the rest of the street. If you want your home to stand out from the rest, there are a few ideal features you add or change which not only reflect your particular style …
concrete patio Update your Patio Area by Merging Indoors and Outdoors January 30, 2017 - If you’re redecorating your outdoor area in 2017, be sure to stay ahead of the latest trend: blurring the line between indoor and outdoor aesthetics. In this blog, we tell you some great ways to bring the indoors outdoors, transforming your concrete patio into an extension of your home. Create shelter By upgrading your concrete …
Chic home design Home Design Blogs You Should Follow January 27, 2017 - If you’ve been feeling the renovating (or landscaping) itch but can’t quite put your finger on what it is you want to change, it can be hard to find a source of inspiration. This week, we decided to do a roundup of our favourite digital home design inspiration sources. The Design Files www.thedesignfiles.net A Melbourne …
summer renovation pool surrounds 3 Great Summer Renovation Ideas January 16, 2017 - Now that the rush of the silly season is over, you’ll likely have more free time to take on a new project or hobby. If you’re looking for a renovation project to get stuck into this summer, why not get on board with one of these four great summer renovation ideas. Not only will you …
Pantone's Greenery 5 Ways to Incorporate Pantone’s Greenery into your Interior January 11, 2017 - Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017 is ‘Greenery’, and whilst we covered the ins and outs of introducing last years’ pastel tones into your home, working this bright, lush shade of green into your existing décor is a whole different kettle of fish. This week, we run through five simple ways you can bring …
driveway shade 3 Ways to Summer Proof your Concrete Driveway January 9, 2017 - The summer months bring with them harsh weather conditions, which can be damaging to your concrete driveway. To extend the life of your driveway, as well as make it more foot and car friendly, try these three summer-proofing tips. Install shade sails If you frequently have guests over, or prefer to park your car in …
What will our gardens look like in 2017? Key Landscaping Trends for 2017 December 16, 2016 - As the year winds down, we begin to look toward what landscaping trends will shape our outdoor living spaces in 2017. 2016 has been a year of bold minimalism, with polished or metallic surfaces, and a focus on foliage. By contrast, 2017 is set to be all about a natural aesthetic and a sustainable approach …
Perfect the art of outdoor Christmas dining Planning the Perfect Alfresco Christmas Lunch December 15, 2016 - Whilst Melbourne is never likely to witness a white Christmas, celebrating the festive season in the Southern Hemisphere has certain advantages, namely that you can make the most of the beautiful summer weather. Over the years, Australia has developed its own Christmas traditions appropriate to the summer season such as seafood dining, mango based desserts, …
driveway safety Important Safety Tips for Your Driveway December 9, 2016 - During the summer months, it’s likely that your children will be taking every opportunity to play outside, so it’s important to enforce some driveway safety strategies.  We’ve come up with a few ways for you to improve your driveway’s safety this summer. Educate your children on driveway safety It’s really important to talk about driveway …
shutterstock_154527008 3 Ways to Add A little Christmas Spirit to Your Driveway November 30, 2016 - The Christmas holidays are an extremely busy time of year for most families, with presents to buy, gatherings to organise and relatives to contact. With all these things to take care of it can be hard to find the time to put up Christmas decorations, however we’ve come up with a few quick and easy …
shutterstock_524719873 4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Renovating your Backyard November 29, 2016 - As a house proud nation, Australians love nothing more than an opportunity to create living spaces that are uniquely their own. Despite this enthusiasm, many homeowners struggle when it comes to landscape renovation. If you’re currently considering giving your backyard a makeover, here are four essential questions you need to consider before breaking ground. What …
street appeal driveway 5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Street Appeal November 22, 2016 - You don’t need to undertake a full on renovation in order to increase the value of your home. Increasing the overall value of your property can be as simple as sprucing up your front yard. A front yard makeover is a fantastic way to add to the street appeal of your home, so here are …
shutterstock_305639768 7 Quick Tips For Laid Back Outdoor Entertaining November 18, 2016 - So you’ve got the beautiful patio area with the lighting, barbecue, outdoor lounge, and lush decorative greenery. Now it’s time to test out your outdoor entertaining area with a few spring barbecues and alfresco dinner parties. This week, we run through 7 quick tips to ensure your next outdoor entertaining event runs smoothly. 1.Keep it …
shutterstock_406860298 How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Grilling Station November 17, 2016 - Now that the weather is warmer, it’s time to start planning a few weekends of easy outdoor entertaining around the barbecue. Barbecuing is a great Australian tradition and although you can enjoy an impromptu barbecue with no more than some sausages on sticks over an open fire, a home grilling setup should be a little …
shutterstock_137064227 4 Steps to Maximise your Driveway Security November 16, 2016 - With the holiday season fast approaching, you may be planning a family getaway for the summer months. Whether you’re embarking on a road trip to the coast, or plan to take a well-deserved break overseas, it’s important to fortify your home security before leaving. While there are many technologies to install within the home, it’s …
shutterstock_294276386 5 Reasons Why Exposed Aggregate is the Ideal Driveway Material November 4, 2016 - Exposed aggregate is probably the most popular decorative surfacing solution that we are asked to install and it’s easy to see why; exposed aggregate combines aesthetics with many functional qualities that mean it is a more effective driveway surfacing solution than traditional brushed concrete. This week, we explore exactly why exposed aggregate is such a …
shutterstock_439606618 4 Classic Concrete Myths November 2, 2016 - In the last few years, concrete has experienced somewhat of a renaissance in the interior design and architecture community. It’s surprising then to note that for such a popular construction and finishing material, there are a wealth of misconceptions surrounding concrete’s aesthetic and material properties. This week, we debunk four of the most common myths regarding …
maintaining your concrete driveway An Easy Guide to Maintaining Your Concrete Driveway October 28, 2016 - Concrete is a fantastic choice of material for your driveway: it’s sturdy, visually appealing and long lasting. To keep your concrete driveway in tip-top condition for many years to come, we’ve compiled a list of easy maintenance tips. Read on and discover how best to care for your concrete driveway. Regularly clean your concrete driveway …
concrete patio Give Your Patio a Concrete Makeover October 21, 2016 - If you’re planning on renewing your outdoor area or patio this summer, consider undertaking a concrete makeover. Concrete backyards are a great alternative to regular lawn, as they are low energy, low maintenance and can be designed to complement the overall aesthetic of your home. Read on for 3 reasons to swap your lawn for …
house with concrete driveway 5 ways to beautify your concrete driveway October 21, 2016 - Renovating your outdoor area or driveway is a great way to add street appeal to your home and prepare for the upcoming entertainment season. We’ve come up with a few ways you can add instant appeal to your concrete driveway, from a simple tidy-up, to decorative features, right through to driveway redesign. Read on for …
outdoor entertainting Get your outdoor area ready for spring entertaining October 11, 2016 - As the days get longer and temperatures rise, so do the opportunities for outdoor entertaining. Whether you’re planning a casual BBQ with friends, or a candle lit outdoor dinner party, there are a number of ways you can prepare your outdoor area to make it entertainment friendly this spring. Here are 6 simple tips to …
shutterstock_209827123 4 Key Advantages of Having an Australian Native Garden October 5, 2016 - At A Better Driveway, we’re all about landscaping solutions that are both hardy and aesthetically pleasing. In the botanical kingdom, no style of garden is better at balancing these two considerations better than an Australian native garden. This week, we take a look at four key advantages of choosing local flora over the most ostentatious …
shutterstock_151209320 7 Cost Effective Ways to Spruce Up Your Patio Area for Spring September 29, 2016 - Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking a lot about ways you can get your patio area ready for spring outdoor entertaining. This week, we continue on in this theme by looking at a few budget friendly ways you can make your patio feel chic and inviting. Repaint your furniture Breathe new life into …
shutterstock_391005127 How to Design an Outdoor Living Room September 22, 2016 - All of the best garden landscapes are integrated with the property that they surround. The idea of a liminal space between the indoors and the garden is hardly a new concept, but in 2016 it’s been taken to the next level in the form of the outdoor living room. A perfect place for summer entertaining …
shutterstock_387153487 5 Garden Landscaping Blogs Worth Following September 11, 2016 - The internet is a rich source of inspiration for literally every kind of pastime, and this is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing in the sense that almost every piece of information known to man is available on the internet, but a curse in the sense that to find the information or …
shutterstock_281551013 5 Organic Ways to Manage Garden Pests This Spring September 4, 2016 - Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to begin establishing your warm weather garden, and one of the biggest challenges that gardeners face during the spring and summer months is managing the onslaught of pests that emerge at this time of the year. This week, we take a look at five non-toxic, environmentally sustainable …
shutterstock_211108948 How to Create a Family Friendly Garden August 24, 2016 - Kids are lively and messy so naturally, your living has to evolve in order to accommodate the needs and lifestyles of these busy little people. Striking a balance between how your kids like to live and how you like your home and garden to look can be a struggle, but it’s not impossible. This week, we take …
shutterstock_17325973 How to Pet Proof Your Garden August 19, 2016 - Owning a pet and having a designer garden don’t have to be mutually exclusive things. Although the traditional garden landscape with a lawn and flower beds does tend to show wear and tear from pets, it is possible to design a chic modern garden that is adapted to accommodate your pet’s outdoor playtime and withstand …
shutterstock_381752281 5 Ways to Incorporate the Pantone Colours of the Year into Your Home August 12, 2016 - The pastel colour trend has been gradually intensifying over the past five years and in 2016, Pantone, finally acknowledged the power of this trend with its two colours of the year, ‘Serenity’ and ‘Rose Quartz’. Although colour trends are fairly quick to evolve, and it’s unwise to invest extensively in them, incorporating trending colours into your home …
shutterstock_134012906 5 Classic Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid August 6, 2016 - Everyone knows that a well designed yard can expand the living space of your home, boost the value of your property, and lift the appearance of a house. Unfortunately, knowing the value of good landscaping and successfully executing it in your own backyard are two different things. Many homeowners make the same kinds of mistakes …
shutterstock_165693596 Creating the Perfect Courtyard Garden July 27, 2016 - For many Melbournians, living in the inner city means missing out on having a large garden with a lush lawn. But even if you have only a limited amount of outdoor space, it doesn’t mean you can’t create a beautiful garden and relaxation area. This week, we take a look at a few of the …