WE are lucky enough to collaborate with some of Australia’s best architects, builders and interior designers however we also love working directly with clients who pop into our showroom when they are renovating, building or extending their dream homes.

With that in mind, we have sourced some tips from some of our favourite thought-leaders in the design space for their advice on completing a stylish renovation on time, on budget and one that will stand the test of time.

You’re welcome!


Stylist and author Amanda Talbot says five per cent of your property value should be in the kitchen.

“Your kitchen needs a wow factor, including good storage; quality hardware, drawer runners and soft closing draw mechanisms,” she told Property Observer.


Luisa Klinge, of interior design studio Arki House and Team Love it on Foxtel’s Love It Or List It Australia, says it is important not to follow trends, and try to opt for unique quality pieces.

“Companies like Concrete Nation inspire us to create the spaces we design,” she told us. “We love to use local brands and pushing the boundaries using these products in a fresh way, potentially coming up with some custom and innovative pieces along the way.”


"Make sure every item you pick is true to your original design vision, so all your fixtures and finishes complement each other,” designer Nina Maya told Real Living. “For example, don't buy copper lighting for your bathroom if you've gone with chrome tapware." 


You can save a considerable amount of money by doing your research.

 “It doesn’t have to be expensive to look expensive,” The Blockstar and interior designer Bec Douros told us. “Basic joinery can be jazzed up with classy handles. Spend less on cabinetry fronts and invest in some quality handles.”


BEFORE you go ordering expensive handmade tiles, fittings and fixtures after scouring inspiring homes on Pinterest, make sure you are going to get a return on your investment.

"If this is a home you plan on selling in the future, look at recent sales and comparable renovations in the area to ensure you're not overcapitalising,” The Block stars Kyal and Kara told Real Living.


 Douros advises taking the time to detail a lighting plan for every space in the home.

 “Downlights are out and functional, considered lighting is the way to go,” says Douros. “If you have a beautiful hero feature – like a Concrete Nation Oasis Bath – accent that hero piece with some inexpensive directional lighting or a moody pendant.”

Block stars Bec and George Douros of Nectaar on site at one od their recent projects

Block stars Bec and George Douros of Nectaar on site at one od their recent projects

Amy Mills