6 Small Balcony Design Ideas

A small balcony attached onto an apartment or terrace is a great way to bring the party outdoors. With the luxury of light, fresh air and of course the views, decorate this charming outdoor space with a few of our essential design ideas.

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Pot plants

Fill the space with fresh pot plants, flowers and herbs (if you’re lucky enough to have the sun shining). If you’re not working with much space, simply place them over the table or on the balcony itself.

Small Balcony Design Ideas

Fairy lights

Adorn the space with fairy lights to make it feel more rustic and homely. If there’s no power point available outside, use an extension cord to easily tether the electricity from inside.

Small Balcony Design Ideas

Patio lounge

A waterproof lounge is a great way to maximise on space and hold a few parties of your own while the weather is warm.

Small Balcony Design Ideas


A few candles are ideal if your party runs into the evening and the lights are just too bright to turn on. Keep your tea lights in a lantern to keep them burning for longer.

Small Balcony Design Ideas


Invest in a dark, waterproof rug which is non-slip for your patio or outdoor area. It will also keep water from entering the bottom of the door into the house.

Small Balcony Design Ideas

Herb planters

To fill up some space on an empty wall, make your own herb planter and position it in a bit of sunlight. This might change depending on the seasons, but it’s a great DIY project to work on!

Small Balcony Design Ideas

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July 1, 2015

5 Thrifty Bathroom Decorating Ideas

Who else finds it difficult to decorate their bathroom? It’s often the smallest room in the house, but that doesn’t mean it should be neglected in the style department. Below are a few ways to revamp your bathroom without spending all of your budget at once!

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Plants and flowers are an effective way to bring some life to any room, even if they’re just artificial! Prop a pot plant on the windowsill, near the bath, or on the side of the sink to bring a little charisma to the room.

Thrifty Bathroom Decorating Ideas

Floating shelves

If your bathroom doesn’t have much space for additional drawers, install a set of floating shelves to maximise on storage. These are so easy to install, we even have a tutorial on how to do it yourself!

Thrifty Bathroom Decorating Ideas


Keep all your essentials in order by storing them in translucent jars for easy access. This can be particularly helpful if you have a small bathroom with not much storage space.

Thrifty Bathroom Decorating Ideas


A fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference in any living space, especially if you’re on a budget. Whether it’s to spruce up the windowsill, sink, or even the toilet itself, it can make such a difference to your bathroom!

Thrifty Bathroom Decorating Ideas


Who else finds it comforting to shop for towels? Good – then it’s not just us! Hand towels are a great way to introduce some colour into your bathroom without committing to any drastic changes. Geometric prints are also a very popular choice if you want to bring some life to the bathroom.

Thrifty Bathroom Decorating Ideas

What are some of your ideas for sprucing up the bathroom?

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June 19, 2015

5 Affordable Storage Hacks

De-cluttering the home and coming up with unique storage solutions is easy if you have the correct tools and techniques. You can use more of what you have and avoid spending additional cash on things you don’t actually need. So, if you want to liven up your home without breaking the bank, try the following hacks – which are easy even for beginners!

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Stair storage

Anyone with a double storey house will tell you that the clutter never ends, especially if you have kids around! Make use of the space beneath your stairs by creating small drawers or cupboards to store things you use on a daily basis. This could be anything from children’s arts and crafts, cleaning supplies and even toys.

5 Affordable Interior Design Hacks


Keep your jewellery looking neat and tidy by using an old cutlery divider. Most of the time you’ll have to trim them down to fit the dimension of the drawer, but after that it’s smooth sailing!

5 Affordable Interior Design Hacks

Carefully manage your cosmetics, jewellery, and other little knick knacks which will always have their place.

5 Affordable Interior Design Hacks

Charging station

Transform one of your drawers in the kitchen, bedroom or living room into a portable charging station. Simply thread through a large adaptor through the top and discretely charge all of the essentials – cord free!

5 Affordable Interior Design Hacks

Linen closet

Bring some life to the standard linen closet by adding some favourites into the mix. We’re talking about candles for relaxation, pampering items such as moisturisers and nail polishes, then finally the essentials at the bottom. If everything has a label, it’s much easier to decipher and leaves no room for clutter.

5 Affordable Interior Design Hacks

Magnetic spices

Now this is a cool one! Store all of your favourite or most used spices in little magnetic containers. This way, you can easily see everything set out neatly, plus you won’t get confused about what each compartment contains.

5 Affordable Interior Design Hacks

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May 29, 2015

How to Make Your Home Visitor-Friendly These Holidays

The thought of preparing our homes for guests during the holiday season can evoke fear in the best of us, because let’s face it, who has the time or money to decorate?

Leading homewares stylists Betty Wong and Lucy Wolstoneholme for MyHouse share their simple yet impressive decorating ideas on a budget.

5-star comfort
The special touches of luxurious comfort within the home never go unnoticed and ensuring that your guests are equipped with all of the essentials, along with a few extra comforts, will not only illustrate thoughtfulness but make them feel especially welcome. It’s a simple technique used by the world’s most famous interior designers to create an instant, at-home feel.

Zahra Cushion $39.95

Even if your budget doesn’t allow for mimicking a 5-star hotel, wonderfully clean bed linens, a choice of pillows donned with freshly ironed pillow cases and a full set of delightfully soft, quality bath towels will all ensure that your guests experience is a far more comfortable one. And while it’s important to de-clutter (get rid of anything that you wouldn’t find in a fine hotel), don’t forget to stock up on all essentials such as soaps, hand towels and toilet paper rolls. Ensuring that all items are easy to access and nicely presented can go a surprisingly long way in creating that ‘luxury getaway’ experience.

Havana Throw $59.95

Mother Nature’s Artwork
Nothing breathes fresh air into a space like a touch of nature. By adding the simple, organic beauty of natural pieces to your home you can instantly make the space appear more open and inviting.

Patricia clock $29.95

The beauty of nature in the home is that it works best when kept basic – avoid décor such as over-styled floral displays and instead look to more simple items that draw inspiration from rustic and natural settings. You would be surprised how effective this method is for creating an environment that is pleasant, welcoming and cozy.

Linley Photo Frame 4X6 $24.95

Smell to sell
A common trick of the home-seller is to use the power of specific scents, such as freshly-baked cookies, coffee or cinnamon, to ‘warm up’ potential buyers by making them feel immediately at home in their home. This is often referred to as the “smell to sell” method.

Eco Palm Candle Coconut $29.95

Similarly, the use of scent is a great technique for helping guests to feel contented and relaxed in your home when visiting. According to laws of aromatherapy, smells that appeal to the senses can effectively shift our mood. Using scent to create an inviting and uplifting space in the home can do wonders for evoking in your guests a sense of true comfort.                                                               

The wonderful warmth of light
Similar to scent, lighting can have a powerful effect on human psychology and guests entering your home will be impacted in an emotional sense by the level and tone of light.

Blue Paloma Lamp $129.95

It’s the key element in setting the mood and atmosphere of a room and many underestimate the power of light to make or break an interior scheme all together. It should be warm, cosy and cheerful. Cold or blue hues will effectively create a space that is severe or stark, while bulbs with a warm of soft glow can instantaneously add ambiance and texture.

What are your favourite home decorating ideas when welcoming visitors?

December 14, 2013