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Interior Trends for the Coming Winter

March 15th, 2021
As we head into winter, 2021, there's never been a better time to refresh your home. While the last few months have been challenging for everyone, COVID-19 has helped to put many things into perspective. With people around the world spending more time at home, there has been an uptake in domestic energy and a renewed focus on the art of interior design. Let's take a look at some of the exciting new design trends that are ready to rock your world over the 2021 winter and beyond.

In the world of interior design, ideas come in and out of fashion all the time. Along with natural trends, the global pandemic has given people more time and energy to think about what really works in their domestic space. Many long-lasting interior trends reached their peak in 2020, as people looked for new ways to define themselves and their home amidst a backdrop of a brave new world. Working from home has had a powerful influence, with open floor plans, single purpose spaces, and cold minimalism all making less sense than they did just 12 months ago.

HomeBuilder Boosts Jobs

March 11th, 2021
The HomeBuilder program continues to achieve great uptake, having reached 82,000 applications and expected to top 100,000 by the end of March. This has created a pipeline of work valued at $18 billion, with economic benefits spreading well beyond the construction sector. While this payment system was designed to help people with new builds and renovations, its primary purpose was to provide new business for tradespeople who were struggling with a lack of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Royal Families Around the World

March 8th, 2021

The British royal family have been getting lots of headlines lately, with Queen Elizabeth II and her brood the most visible face of modern monarchy. The House of Windsor is not the only reigning family, however, with 26 unique monarchies and 44 sovereign states (including Australia and New Zealand) existing in the world today. From the extravagance of the house […]

The Right Fruit & Veg Mix

March 1st, 2021

We have always understood the importance of fruit and vegetables to human health. Along with sleep, water, and exercise, fruit and veg consumption has been a consistent element in health messaging around the world. However, despite the recognised benefits of fresh produce, the recommended amount and ratio of fruit and veg intake has been far from consistent. A huge new […]

Stamp Duty Phased Out

February 17th, 2021

As we emerge from the global pandemic, economists are looking for novel ways to stimulate the economy. According to experts, swapping stamp duty for land tax is a powerful way to make the taxation model more fair and effective. Not only would it be a more efficient financial measure, it could also have a positive impact on home ownership rates […]

Low Rates & High Prices

February 15th, 2021

Australian house prices remain high, with COVID-19 failing to dampen the market and the official cash rate dropping to a record low of 0.10%. Australian property is currently more expensive than ever, and according to experts, things are not going to slow down any time soon. Interest rates are key, with the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) wanting to stimulate […]

The Work-Life Balance Myth

February 10th, 2021

After years of employers and well-meaning lifestyle articles speaking of the “work-life balance”, turns out it has always been a problematic concept. When you think about it, “work” should never act as a counterweight to “life”, with opposition between these two terms actually highlighting the nature of the problem. In a new world defined by flexible hours, remote work opportunities, […]

Advances in Quantum Computing

February 8th, 2021

The race towards useful quantum computing continues to heat up thanks to key scientific advances. A recent Australian invention has made waves in the quantum world, with scientists from the University of Sydney and Microsoft Corporation developing a single chip that’s capable of transforming the entire world of quantum computing. From superconductors to qubits, let’s take a look at the […]

Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss

February 1st, 2021

In a world of endless and often conflicting health advice, knowing what works for your body can be extremely challenging. This is especially true when it comes to weight loss, with scientific studies, commercial interests, and personal experience often hard to align. Instead of relying on complicated diets and unrealistic exercise regimes, sometimes there is a simple and easy-to-implement solution. […]

Will First Home Buyers be able to Access Early Super

January 21st, 2021

During these challenging times, novel economic measures have been adopted to help Australians make the most of a bad situation. One bold idea has emerged to help Australians buy their first home, in a plan that would allow people early access to their superannuation. While this plan could lead to greater home-ownership rates among renters and young Australians, it could […]

Regional Markets Rise as Aussies Move Away from Cities

January 18th, 2021

COVID-19 is having a huge effect on the Australian housing market, but in a different way than predicted by many experts. While national prices remain stronger than expected, regional house prices are soaring much higher than capital city markets. More and more Australians are leaving traditional centres like Sydney and Melbourne, which has led to rising demand, skyrocketing prices, and […]