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Concrete Kitchen Renovations

 Want to renovate your kitchen with an edge?

The renovations of your kitchen is one of the most amazing and difficult task as well. You have to keep certain tips in mind because without any professional guide, you will definitely stuck in the middle of any task or you’ll surely get a ridiculous outcome. So, here we are with some of the simple but effective tips that you must read before starting any project of renovation.

I have a country style timber kitchen that I want to renovate into something more modern. The rest of the house has already had a makeover and is looking really modern, so now the kitchen doesn’t really go well with the theme of our house anymore. I’m not really a fan of sharp edges and I want the benches to look more rounded, so that it wraps around the round kitchen island in the middle of the room where our family has breakfast of a morning.

Lights for the kitchen bench

Lights for the kitchen bench

What would be a good inexpensive option for a modern kitchen bench top that curves?

The new Freestyle Curve bench top solutions are a renovator’s dream.

This is because the flexibility of the Freestyle Curve can be easily moulded or bent to your desired shape and is now taking off as the latest trend for bench tops, furniture and decorative feature pieces.

You can also choose from six contemporary decors and you have the option to mix and match your kitchen’s new design with the new product range for a completely customised kitchen that suits the way you love to live. Effectivly adding special lighting to your kitchen can make all the difference.

Laminex Freestyle Curve surfaces are also contoured with seamless joins and give any kitchen that modern minimalist look.

As bench tops they are easy to clean and have stain, bacteria and heat resistant qualities, while still being affordable in comparison to the other products currently on the market that are also made from 100% solid acrylic. You can also rest assured that they’re built to last because the Laminex Freestyle Curve is also backed by a 10 year limited warranty.


Concrete Benchtops / Countertops

The kitchen bench is one of the most attractive item in your home, especially in your kitchen. To make your counter top or bench-top look more attractive, you can make it more prominent by using lights on it from the above direction. For the concrete counter-tops, you must remember that it must have colors that matches perfectly with the color of its surroundings. For example, if your walls have grey color, then dark grey concrete bench will be the best choice. Moreover, if you have specific taste of color, you can also go with that. Sourcing locally is really the only option as shopping isn’t feasible with such a heavy product.

Concrete Basin

Before buying basin, you must have a look at these tips because there’s something that you should know about the basins. Basin that are easy to wash. Avoid highly polished stainless steel because it has no sound observing pads on underside and polished to hide the defects in the basins. About 90 percent steel is already installed in our houses and almost, 99 percent of it is under mount stainless steel. Stainless steel must not be broken or cracked where as ceramic steel is broken or cracked.


The granite sink is very popular because it is scratch resistant and stain resistant than stainless steel. The benefit of such sink is that it possesses solid structure and hence, becomes more reliable. The variety of colors and design provide a sense of fascination. The price range starts from $300 and it ends up to $750.

Composite ceramics basins must be installed under the mount. Couple of people install them over mount. Over mount is easily done just by pouring out. When something unexpected happens, they can easily be disconnected. If the sink is installed under mount, it is difficult to pour out and scratches can’t easily be removed.

Consider repairing cost as the chief element. It’s another drawback is that it’s repairing cost is $400 if it gets scratched. So, be careful and consider the pros and cons of kitchen basins and purchase them after getting satisfied. Best quality basins are easy to wash, have premium quality and are easy to install as well.

Kitchen Splashbacks

Splashbacks are known best for protecting your walls from water and oil splashes. Moreover, splashbacks are also used for making a specific color pattern within your kitchen. The most common and perfect splashbacks are of stainless steel, glass, and ceramic tiles. All of them have certain pros and cons. Now, depending on the situation, you can go with a specific item. If you’re more inclined towards the linear design of your kitchen, then glass and ceramic tiles splashbacks will be best for you.


Kitchen Furniture

People are more concern about the color of the furniture and also, they have many confusions while picking a specific color for a perfect furniture. Well, we have some tips for you in this regard. Don’t just fall on the bright colors and trendy chairs with sharp and catchy colors, always go for the neutral and real colors.


The reason not to choose the bright colors is that the bright colors will lose their charm after a period of time. The neutral colors don’t get a fade with time easily. The entire furniture will look disgusting and odd when its color will get fade. It is easy to hide the faded colors with a pillow but it’s much difficult to buy a whole new furniture.

Interior Design – Kitchen and Bathroom Design

Interior Design

Doing up the interiors of your house, be it the kitchen, living space or bathrooms, needs expertise. But at the same time, you also want to have it done to your exact taste and liking. It must be aesthetic, exclusive and appealing while being as per your imagination as well. How to strike this crucial balance is a million dollar question!

Get the best of both worlds!

Interior designers based in Melbourne, Eat Bathe Live, work to transform your home or office from ordinary to extraordinary. They work within your budget and you don’t need to bother at all about sourcing the products and execution of work. They even provide exclusive finishing touches to your rooms, if that is what you really desire. Through creative consultative sessions with you, we ascertain your exact requirements and expectations relating to your concept of an extraordinary bathroom, living space or kitchen. And soon, we turn it into a reality!

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Design your interior space exactly in line with your ideas and requirements and specialize in the following:

  • Kitchen – We provide you an incredible looking, fully functional kitchen which matches your lifestyle. Colors, hardware, accessories and electrical fittings are carefully chosen while designing your kitchen.
  • Bathroom – In a bathroom, smaller details often make a big difference. We take care of lighting, storage space, aesthetics and functionality to provide the right balance while designing your bathroom.
  • Living space – We combine our unique style with what you love and come out with the best possible designs for your rooms and living space. Soothing color combinations, appropriate furniture and ideal pieces of artwork help us come up with an exclusive space for you.


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Importance of Bathroom Designs

Bathroom lays great importance in one’s life. Apart from some functional requirements, it is a place for a person to relax, unwind, and enjoy peace and tranquillity. In most architectural designs bathrooms are allocated minimum space art of designing a bathroom require to choose the best layout with an exemplary look and flawless functionality while remaining in your budget range. A poorly designed bathroom is highly expensive to put right.


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9 Bathroom designs tips

It’s always beneficial to possess some information about interior designing especially, bathroom design so that you may not be fooled by a salesperson or designer. If you wish your bathroom to look great and stand out then you should always remember these points.

  1. The starting point: when you begin to plan your bathroom all you need is take some time out and think about your requirements. Your preferences, any special needs, size, budget etc. This would help you choose the right fittings for your perfect bathroom
  2. Consider the space: space is the most important aspect to consider while designing your bathroom. Improving the space would definitely help in a better setup and layout. Just observe carefully if things can be relocated to create more room. Appropriate space would not only help in choosing standard suite for your bathroom but also allow you to move things around
  3. Services:  No bathroom is complete without a without a water supply and a connection to a drainage system for disposal of waste. The positioning of these services will impact the design of bathroom you choose. Selection of brassware is depended on the water pressure of your rest room. Another important aspect to be considered is an electrical supply for lightening, shaver point, and shower point. Furthermore, ventilation is also a point of consideration
  4. Basic Plan: After deciding on the facilities and positioning of things you need to make an initial plan. The plan should include stage practicality which is about ease to move, access to the room and moving space. You need to be careful with one common mistake that is to place the basin below the window which leaves no space for the mirror.
  5. Sketching: Sketching your plan on a paper would help you to be accurate. One thing should be considered that plan should be according to scale
  6. Choice of fittings: There are a variety of fittings available in the market all you need is to choose the best that suits your design and need. Examples of styles include free standing bath which usually looks great but for some, it might not be their cup of tea. While choosing taps and shower fittings water pressure is the main thing to be considered. Apart from that a bit of storage place for toiletries is also essential for every bathroom which should be placed or built in a dry area away from water supplies.
  7. Budget: Working out your budget is the most important task above of all which will impact your whole design and choice.
  8. Putting it all together: When the project is near its finalization you will also have to search for accessories for a complete look like towel rail, toilet roll holder etc.
  9. Finishing touches: Choosing the right curtains, bottles, jars, towel set etc is also very important to give a complete final look to your bathroom.



Antique auctions – Getting the deal of a lifetime

Antique auctions rooms, including online auctions, are very popular in many countries across the world. If you are not particularly fond of antique items, you may even wonder as to why people go to or take part in Antique auctions and pay abnormally high prices for some rare antique pieces of art in particular and other items of interest in general.


What is an antique?

In simple terms, any item that is collectible and is at least 100 years’ old is referred to as an antique. However, all items or objects that are more than 100 years old don’t qualify to be called antiques. An antique acquires the status as an antique and is collected because of its beauty, rarity, age, condition, personal emotional link or some other unique features or value. Antiques often represent or depict a past era or show some exceptional degree of craftsmanship that can be linked to some past period.

How does one acquire an antique?

You can inherit an antique or buy one at an antique shop, at auction houses and other venues or in an online auction. There are thousands of dealers in antique items who regularly hold auctions at pre-designated venues while some hold online auctions in routine. Tens of items that are put up for auction online can also be conveniently viewed by you online from the comforts of your home. You place your bid and if it is the highest bid received till the time of closing of auction, the item is all yours.

What are the most popular items in Antique auctions?

If you can think of any item from the past era, then the chances are that you will invariably find it at some auction house or the other. Items that are most commonly found at auction houses and in online auctions include clocks, carved rosewood furniture, banquet lamps, sculptures made of bronze, marble or other materials, carved ivory, Chinese porcelain and paintings.