Creating Quiet Places at Home

July 18th, 2016
In a world that's getting busier and noisier all the time, quiet and peaceful spaces are more important than ever before. The creation of silent, comfortable living areas is both an art and a science, with functionality and design needing to come together and work as one. The design of restful spaces has become a popular motif in architecture and design over recent years, with more and more people wanting to retreat from technology into a stress-free environment based on human activities, simplicity, and natural silence.

Interior design is a discipline based on balance and proportion, with textures, colours, and lighting all used to complement the structural elements of design. While interior design is often seen as a way to fill space with things, it's actually a way to create and refine the negative spaces we use throughout daily life. By focusing on the gaps between the furniture and basing design decisions around human activities rather than objects, it's possible to create spaces that breathe and flow with the currents of daily life. ;

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The Wonders of Fruit & Veg

July 18th, 2016
Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of any healthy diet. Not only do they add taste, colour, and texture to our food, fruit and veg also provides us with the vitamins, nutrients, and fibre we need to help manage our weight and stay healthy. Eating plenty of produce has also been shown to increase energy levels and decrease the risk of numerous diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some forms of cancer.

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The Rise of Electric Cars

July 18th, 2016

The market for electric cars continues to evolve, as technology improves, battery prices drop, and demand grows across the world. According to a new report from Lux Research, the market will reach $10 Billion by 2020, with six large car makers accounting for 90 percent of demand. While auto manufacturers Tesla will continue to lead the charge, BYD will dominate […]

OECD Note on Australia

June 17th, 2016

The OECD has produced its latest Global Economic Outlook entitled “stuck in low-growth trap”, including a note on Australia. Despite healthy GDP figures compared to other developed nations, Australia is suffering from a sustained period of low domestic demand and a drop in private sector wage growth. As resource-sector investment continues to slow and the housing markets cools despite ongoing […]

Foreign Investment and House Prices

June 10th, 2016

High levels of foreign investment in the Australian housing market continue to raise concern, with a little over 20 percent of property linked to overseas interests. With prices continuing to soar and many first-home buyers locked out of the market, foreign investment is seen by many as a significant problem. While the current national government seem unlikely to alter investment […]

The Transforming Home

May 27th, 2016

When it comes time to renovate your existing home or build a new one, there are lots of important decisions to make. How will your home be used? How much space do you need? How will that space be divided? While traditional home design relies on multiple independent spaces existing side-by-side, this paradigm is slowly changing. From movable walls and […]

The Sleep Revolution

May 26th, 2016

In the fast-paced, tech-enhanced world of today, is it any surprise that a good night’s sleep has become the ultimate status symbol. Whether it’s a sleep retreat, an intelligent sleep mask, or a fancy new mattress, an entire industry has developed around rest and rejuvenation. In her recent book ‘The Sleep Revolution’, Arianna Huffington promises to transform your life “one […]

Google Makes Art with AI

May 20th, 2016

Google’s new artificial intelligence has just released its first song, a 90 second composition announced at Moogfest in May and published by The Verge. While the simple melody is still a long way from Mozart, it’s an exciting start from the Google Brain-based Magenta project. With Google working on multiple AI systems and Microsoft experimenting with machine learning to create […]

RBA and Negative Gearing

May 16th, 2016

Negative gearing continues to make headlines in the lead-up to the federal election, as one of the key economic issues dividing the two major parties. While the government will not make changes to current policy, Labor have plans to wind back both negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount if elected. The Reserve Bank has long been uneasy about […]

House Prices Down in Most Cities

May 13th, 2016

Property prices continue to fall in most Australian cities, with Melbourne and Hobart the only capitals to post March quarter gains. According to data from real estate marketing company Domain, the national median house price has fallen for two consecutive quarters for the first time in five years, with the average Aussie home now costing $719,024. With demand for home […]

How to think like an Interior Designer

May 6th, 2016

While the experts usually know best, not everyone has the money or desire to hire a professional interior designer. Luckily – there’s a lot you can do on your own terms, especially if you’re prepared to get organised, mix things up, and embrace innovation. By stepping out of your comfort zone and learning to think like an interior designer, you […]