10 Home Decor Trends This Year

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I love Pinterest, I could literally spend a week on there and never get bored or should I say board?…nope, maybe not…

With over 175 Million Subscribers, Pinterest has been able to Identify some of the hottest Trending Fads for 2017, who am I to argue?

So far this year, these have been the most Searched, Pinned & Shared items on Pinterest

(Anyone in Marketing should be taking Notes)

These are all great tips for those on a Budget (or who don’t have enough money for a Home Décor Budget) that are easy enough to implement yourself and don’t require a tradesman to do it



1. Removable Wallpaper

Believe it or not, searches, posts & Pins are up 344% for Removable Wallpaper

I guess it makes sense, there is no large investment involved, it’s interchangeable, if you don’t like the look you can change it, you could have a new look every season, month or week if you wanted to.  Great for Renting, easily removed without wear and tear and effort involved in painting.  You can do a whole wall or room, or line a shelf or drawer


2. The No closet, Closet

Great for small spaces. Displaying your favorite pieces over a  DIY ladder wardrobe or clothing rack solves storage issues and is functional


3. Off Season Storage

Multi purpose, includes items like travel trunks that can double as statement pieces, baskets and DIY Storage Ottomans


4. Shower Plants

Wow, a blast back to the 70’s or what? Always makes me laugh that ‘the next generation’ seem to bring back things from our generation as if they just discovered them

I remember the Ferns hanging in the bathroom

Plants do help clean the air and eliminate bacteria, and they are pretty low maintenance, so I guess it makes sense. They are a cheap, quick way to brighten up a dingy area of the house, they look nice for guests and create a soothing environment to relax in the tub


5. Round Mirrors

Great for decorating and adding your personal touch to, they look good as far as home décor goes

Great for crafters and home decorators


6. Terracotta Accessories

Apparently inspired by warm runway fashion trends

I do like terracotta outside for landscaping and patios, you can brighten them up with spring flowers, fresh tomato plants, fruit trees or green plants…not sure it’s my ideal hue for inside the home, but each to their own


7.  Fashion Accessories as Wall Decor

I must admit, back in the 90’s I hung a sunhat on the bedroom wall alongside many other odd things… it’s a cheap way to decorate and functional, you just have to hang stuff up when you get home, no more searching for things in overcrowded closets

They work as statement pieces and make use of available wall space that would otherwise go to waste


8. Verticle Bar Cart

So here we are basically talking about making a mini bar out of shelving

You could use cheap bookshelves / bookstands, trolleys, DIY up-cycled cupboards

Cheap on the wallet, high on the impression, great entertainment value with friends & family


9. Legs & Knobs

For furniture that is

You can easily convert cheaper furniture into statement pieces with ornate legs

Same with cupboards & drawers


10. Compost Bins

DIY Compost Bins are easy enough to make, don’t require many tools, great for the environment, not to mention your plants & vegies




For more great ideas, follow our Home Décor Pinterest Board

Home Decor

Luxury Travel on a Budget

Travel Upgrades

Don’t blow your travel budget paying full price when you don’t have to

There are major discounts to be found if you know where to look

1. Travel Off Peak (Shoulder Season)

You can seriously get great discounts on airfares and accommodation, some up to 60% off during off-season

Travel outside of School Holidays or right after major holidays

2. Staycations

If you want to travel and only have a few days off, consider a location closer to home

Domestic or even local hotels offer huge discounts for last minute getaways to fill up their bookings

If you look on Google Maps you can find places to travel to within a 3-4 hour radius of your home, you don’t want to spend a whole day getting there

If you do your travelling overnight the night before you are booked in to your hotel, you can get in an extra day of sightseeing / restaurants

3. Use Hotwire to get 4-Star Accommodation at 2 & 3-star prices

You can get $315 rooms for $128, that’s a huge savings, staying in much nicer rooms, what’s not to love?

4. Book ahead if you are planning to travel during holidays and peak travel

While you can snag great deals on last minute trips during off season, the same cannot be said for peak travel times

Public holidays, School Holidays, Summer are the busiest times to travel.  If you leave it to the last minute to book, you will pay a lot more for accommodation and not get the best deal for your money.  Popular festivals or hotels have people booking sometimes 12 months in advance, around Sydney Harbour or Times Square for New Years Eve for example

Some hotels will only allow bookings 3 months before, so make sure you get in early as soon as bookings are available

It used to be the rule to book international travel 12 months ahead and domestic travel 3-6 months ahead for the best rates

Often vacation packages have special ‘early bird’ rates to popular events like music festivals etc or around Christmas / New Years

5. Book Flights on Tuesday

It’s the cheapest day of the week to travel, and around 3pm Tuesdays is the cheapest time

Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday are your cheapest days for air tickets,  while Sunday is the most expensive

6. Ask for an upgrade, dress the part

If you dress like you belong in business or first class, you can sometimes get an upgrade by politely asking, it doesn’t hurt to try

The answer will be a firm ‘we don’t have anything available’ if you are in a singlet and flip flops or wearing your pj’s to the airport

7. Ask for a Water View

If you are travelling off peak, chances are the hotel isn’t even 2/3 full

Ask on arrival at your hotel if might be any water views available, sometimes they will upgrade you just because you asked

8. Bundle

If you book, car, accommodation & airfare all at once, you will save a lot more than booking them separately

Look for package deals or ‘vacation’ packages

9. Join Hotel rewards programs

They are usually free to join and you can earn free nights accommodation on future travel if you earn enough points

You can earn points from your fist stay and they also send you bonus offers during the year to earn points more quickly

You usually get free wifi, sometimes free breakfast and other discounts & perks for reward members only

Plus you have a better chance of room upgrades if you are a reward member, than if you are not

10.Stay on the outskirts

If you stay in popular ‘touristy’ locations like downtown or on the riverfront  in popular cities, you aren’t going to get as great a deal as if you stay 10-15 minutes outside of these areas

You can quite often get a much better room if you stay 10 minutes out of town and you will get to see a lot more of the city

Most hotels have shuttle services to the city and big tourist attractions for free


  • Ask the locals what to see, where to eat…we have had some of the best tips by asking people who live there if there are other places to see while we are there
  • Also if you visit museums etc late in the day, say an hour or two before they close, you may get in at a big discount, 1/2 price etc
  • Check the tourist guides and pamphlets at the hotel for discounts to museums and places of interest, they offer discount coupons

Live Local, Enjoy a Tourist Life

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Provided you are well dressed, well mannered and not drunk or obnoxious, you don’t have to be booked into luxury hotels to be able to enjoy their amenities

If there are no major events on in town and it’s not peak holiday season, you can enjoy all the things local luxury hotels have to offer just about year round


  1. Enjoy Hotel Amenities

You can quite often drink at the bar, dine at their restaurants, listen to live music and even book a day at the spa, even if you are not staying at the hotel

It’s a great way to pamper yourself without the accommodation costs of travelling and you are supporting the local economy

2. Buffets

Big chain hotels often have breakfast brunches and buffets that offer great value for money

Making a reservation is recommended

On Mothers Day, Easter and Christmas, they offer upgraded buffets for lunch, book early as these tend to fill up fast

Casino buffets are also great value

3. Shows & Concerts

You can often get discounts to shows and concerts by buying at the box office or ticket booth on the day of the event

4. After Dinner

You can get dessert and a coffee at ‘hard to get into’ high end hotel restaurants if you go after the dinner rush

5. Late Lunch / Early Dinner

If you eat after the lunch rush and before dinner, around 3pm you will get lunch time prices and get in and out before the 4pm dinner rush

6. Happy Hour

Most Hotel Bars have Happy-Hour prices on drinks &/or  appetizers

7. Valet Parking

Valet parking (for a fee) is often available if you are dining at the restaurant or attending a show – save yourself the hassle of finding parking on the weekends

If there is an event on in town or the hotel is booked out, they may not accommodate your request

You should be fine during less busy times of the year

8. Discount Websites

Discount websites like Groupon Restaurant.com can save you money on Restaurants

9. Living Social

As well as discounts of up to 80% off local services and attractions, LivingSocial.com have a restaurant program if you link your credit card and use it at one of their participating restaurants you will receive up to 30% cash back on your next credit card statement

Try to buy any restaurant e-cards a few days before you are planning to go to the Restaurant as some may take up to 48 hours to be sent to your email inbox, most arrive within an hour of purchasing them

10. Free Entertainment

Some hotel chains offer free live music in the bar or bistro, great for a night out

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