Home improvement projects and activities for the holidays

It’s not long until the kids are back at school; we’re ready and excited for a new year and a new start. Naturally, it’s the perfect time for a little home improvement!

Maybe you’re looking to spruce up your outdoor space and tidy away your gear with outdoor storage options, or perhaps you’d like to check out some of the latest gadgets and turn your home into a smart home. Or maybe you just want to treat your furry best friend to some new pet accessories!

No matter what you have in mind, you can get ready for the year by restyling, refreshing and reorganising at home. Here are our fresh ideas and advice  to get you started!

Transform your kitchen and living into a coastal farmhouse dream 

The coastal and farmhouse styles intersect perfectly. Think pale, unstained woods, white linen and natural tones. The epitome of coastal styling is a natural hardwood dining table with organic knots and grooves for a slightly ‘unfinished’ look. Coastal living is all about clean white decor and bright, airy spaces, which is why white linen couches are one of the best ways to achieve this look. 

White kitchen cabinets help to create a light and airy atmosphere throughout the home, and build a coastal farmhouse vibe. Get a suite of matching kitchen appliances. We’re loving the trend of chic, retro white goods with shiny, metal highlights. 

We’ve also seen designers start to use a lot of matte black or gold trims through the kitchen. We love this on kitchen hardware like cabinet and drawer handles, tapware and other kitchen accessories. 

Layer the foundations with coastal styling elements which includes anything from pieces of coral to driftwood sculptures, but there are few things that say ‘coastal’ quite like navy blue touches. Look for vases, throw rugs, and even artworks that contain this hue, especially if it is paired with white. 

Declutter your kitchen with stylish solutions 

Are you keeping a collection of wines, spirits, beer glasses and cocktail glasses in your kitchen? Free up cupboard space with a stylish bar cart.

Double the shelving space in your cupboards with a stacking shelf to make the most of the vacant spots throughout your kitchen. These shelves work by adding an extra layer on top of an existing one for optimum pantry organisation. Floating shelves also offer added storage without overwhelming a room.

A drawer organiser is of course a must-have. We all have at least one humble draw of cooking utensils, spare batteries, pens and random odds and ends that needs to be tidied! 

Make the most out of your outdoor living space with these storage solutions 

There are plenty of reasons to need outdoor storage. Whether it’s a few shelves on your apartment balcony, a cabinet to organise your car maintenance products or a shed to hold garden equipment and pool toys, we’ve got plenty of storage solutions available for your lifestyle. 

There are plenty of outdoor storage boxes that have been designed to be simple, effective, and unobtrusive. Opt for a timber box for a natural look, or a painted box for something that fits in with your outdoor furniture and patio. 

An outdoor storage bench is both a large storage box, and a bench with armrests and a seat back for comfortable seating. This is perfect for a space next to a BBQ or fire where you’ll have quick access to the storage and a handy extra seat for guests. 

For the lawnmower, wheelbarrow, and other large garden tools and accessories, you need something bigger than a box. An outdoor storage shed is the easy answer, coming in a range of sizes and colours. A small cabinet is ideal for storing gardening basics such as weed killer, fertiliser, and kneeling pads. 

Make your living spaces convenient, exciting and elegant with these smart home ideas

Smart lights have become very popular as they can immediately switch the ambience of any room and create a range of different moods through colour and dimming options. The best part is that you can control all lights individually from your smartphone app. 

A smart vacuum is an essential for smart home living. Simply set your smart vacuum to run once or twice per week, and empty the dust trap as needed. This clever machine will map your home, collecting dust and debris as it goes, drastically cutting down the time you spend sweeping and vacuuming.

A smart home video doorbell allows you to know exactly who is at the door. This nifty gadget is one of the handiest smart home products. You can even see who is at the door even if you’re not home, via your smartphone app.

Get the latest and greatest pet accessories for your best friend 

With so much Summer rain around this year, it’s a good time to upgrade and replace your dog’s kennel to ensure your best friend is feeling cared for and as comfy as you are!

Make sure it has enough room to walk inside and do a few turns before laying down for a nice long nap. Whether you’re looking for a design that’s traditional or one to match your outdoor area styling – you’ll find a great range in Centre now.

 If your pet is more of an indoor prince or princess, there is a host of comfortable and stylish beds to meet your furry friend’s needs. Choose from plush snuggle versions, orthopaedic, odor resistant mattresses or even temperature regulating mats to help keep them cool.

Be sure to keep your pooch stylish outside of home too with a collar, bandanna or coat that perfectly matches their personality… adorable!

Find it all in one handy place

Get everything you need for your Summer home improvement projects, and much more, at Ballarat Home. Visit today and get started!  

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