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How To Embrace Your Home's Environment

Whether you live on the coast or in the bush, in the city or the suburbs, you can give life to your space by embracing your home’s environment.

“It’s amazing how much nature and the environment around a building tells you what you need to have.”
– Nick Tobias

From architecture to decor to design inspiration, here are a few tips we picked up from our impressive Episode 1 homes.

1. Use paint to showcase your surroundings

Melinda’s masterful Tropical Maze in Federal, New South Wales, has sweeping high ceilings throughout. She’s made the most of her hinterland home’s surroundings by painting the main living room white, which causes the eye-catching greenery outside the windows to pop.

TOP TIP: When choosing paint colours, think about how they can contrast with what’s outside your windows.

2. Embrace indoor/outdoor living

Gray and Barbara’s Coastal Shed in rural Waitpinga, South Australia, is the perfect example of indoor/outdoor living. As well as using lots of windows to offer “different but delightful” views of the bush and the sea, their love of the natural elements really shines through with the breezeway.

This clever design uses movable walls and bifold windows to connect with the outdoors, giving the room multiple functions like circulation, an eating space and a lounging space.

TOP TIP: Consider how you can bring the outdoors into your home, either through bigger windows or multipurpose rooms.

3. Consider going ‘off the grid’

Gray and Barbara are living the sustainable dream. Their eco-friendly home is powered by 12 solar cells – which is one surefire way to reduce utility bills! Their self-sufficiency continues with the use of water tanks, which also serve as a valuable reminder for guests like Nick to have short, water conserving showers.

TOP TIP: Incorporate solar power and connect a water tank to help reduce your bills.

4. Pay tribute to your home’s history.

Karen’s Sandstone Mansion in Mosman, New South Wales, is one of the oldest homes in the area. This heritage listed property sits close to the ocean, and Karen’s decor cleverly mixes historical pieces with her love of coastal accents.

TOP TIP: Pair existing furniture with newer decor to achieve an aesthetic that speaks to your personal design style.

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