With the warm weather already upon us, it is time to embrace summer styling and bring your dream Pinterest board to life. In an era where it seems imperative to keep up with the Jones’ (or more realistically, the Kardashians), 2018 brings a timely change to the adage of “Out with the old, in with the new”. No longer does everything need to be a matched set, individual pieces of retro inspiration that tell a story are now the feature of our living spaces.
Earthy tones will take reign from glossy bright whites to ground us, making our homes sanctuaries into which we welcome friends and families. From rich Tuscan influences, Sienna and Terracotta set the colour palette for this summer. Paired back with darker raw timbers, natural stone and brass fittings these timeless hues will transcend all seasons.
Do not be wary of texture. These natural tones lean themselves to a more organic fibrous feel. Therefore imperfections in the finish of your timber are essential to capturing the distinctive appearance of your zone. Matte marble or granite add authenticity to the natural concept. To infuse your personal touch, accents of Black Forest green or warm blues in various textiles will work to finish the look.
This colour scheme works back to a variety of prints. From watercolour to Aztec, and geometric among others, these tones can work effortlessly with existing furnishings in your home. There is no need to max the credit card to achieve the look of the season. There is something for every budget and house, big or small. Finishes such as cupboard handles, a canvas, indoor plant or floor rug can bring a neutral palette to life.
1) Stev Antique Brass Kitchen Mixer with Water Filtering/ $161.99/ www.homary.com
2) Brass Drawer/ Cupboard Handles/ From $9.08 ea/ www.etsy.com/au
3) Deer Hunter Canvas/ $359.00/ www.templeandwebster.com.au
4) Plain Cushion (Orange or dark grey)/ $8.00/ www.target.com.au
5) Gurli Throw/ $14.99/ www.ikea.com.au
6) Vilborg Curtains (green)/ $69.00 pr/ www.ikea.com.au
7) Stone Bowl 14.5cm/ $19.00/ www.royaldesign.com.au
Elizabeth Nest of Tables (Walnut) / $249.00/ www.brosa.com.au
For those with wanderlust, visit www.bibbulmuntrack.com.au to plan a safe, independent journey. Whiteman Park in Caversham is home to Caversham Wildlife Park and the Motor Museum (entry fees apply), the family will be entertained all day. If you are feeling active, cycle or walk the bridges of Perth (approximately 10km), taking in the views of the City, South Perth and Crown, before finishing at Elizabeth Quay. To end your day, enjoy our native flora at sunset before enjoying a movie at Kings Park’s Moonlight Cinemas (Tickets $17, catering available, www.moonlight.com.au/perth).
Leave the keys at home to experience the hidden cultural gems, bars and eateries, down laneways of Perth, Mount Lawley and Northbridge a few choice tours hosted by Eat The Street (approx $75 p/ person, ww.eatthestreet.com.au).
Bring the family down to Mandoon Estate (www.mandoonestate.com.au) on the weekend with a picnic blanket to enjoy a wine tasting and casual meal on the banks of the Swan River.
It is time for a quokka selfie! Join our beloved native on the glorious Rottnest Island, cycle, snorkel or relax on one of the stunning beaches. Return day ferry passes start from $68 p/ person (www.getyourguide.com/rottnestisland).
Just past the Swan Valley, take in extraordinary views of the Avon and Swan Valleys in a hot air balloon with award-winning Windward Balloon adventures (prices from $300 p/ person, www.ballooning.net.au).
Love Picture Perfect? Enjoy a scenic flight to breath in parts of the Perth Coast and City from the air (price $249 p/person, www.adrenaline.com.au/perth/helicopter-rides/tour-city-20min-flight-hillarys-boat-harbour)
1. Save 10% of your income into a special ‘Holiday’ savings account & leave it alone until it’s time to pay for your holiday
2. Do your research! Look on the internet for special deals www.expedia.com.au for Airfares/accommodation combination deals.
Check www.iwantthatflight.com.au for discounted flight
3. Speak with travel agents and see what deals they have. They often have access to special deals not available to the general public & if something goes wrong i.e flights cancelled or accommodation double booked they will have 24/7 hotline to get you out of a sticky situation while overseas. If you book everything yourself you will need to sort everything out yourself
4. Be prepared to not travel at peak times. Travel during ‘shoulder periods’ ie 1 month before and after the peak months can save you hundreds if not thousands
5. Pay for everything with a major credit card & you will get free travel insurance. Be sure to check first for full conditions
Remember: Take certified copies of your passport and carry in a different bag to the original. If you lose your original or it’s stolen you will have a certified copy which will make things much easier to sort out - save time & money