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Expert Advice for Bathroom Renovations

Expert Advice for Bathroom Renovations

Top Designer Tips and Renovation Advice for the Perfect Bathroom.


When you decide to renovate your bathroom, it can be an overwhelming and daunting task.
How is it possible, that one of the smallest rooms in your house, requires almost every tradesmen necessary to build a new house from scratch!
The key to reducing the anxiety related to renovating, is to be prepared and organised before you begin any demolition or construction.
And the most important factor in achieving the organisation is to hire a professional who will assist with the key steps in keeping your project on track and on budget.

Design and Plan :
Before you obtain quotes or engage the contractor, have your plan and design ready. The size and space needs to be considered, so that the scale and proportion of the design is correct. This includes the functionality as well. Write up a wish list and then apply the ideas to the plan. A designer will assist with executing your goals and will also offer more solutions and options that you may not have considered.


Lighting Features :
Bathrooms pack a lot of punch in one small space, so creating some key features is important.

Lighting is paramount and is required for both task and ambience.
Consider using recessed lighting under a floating vanity or recess shelving for ambience.
A stunning feature pendant over the bath for hotel like opulence.
A wall mounted LED light for makeup and shaving.


Storage Features :

Good storage is quite possibly the most important component of your bathroom.
Recessed Mirror Shaving cabinet storage is perfect for smaller items and easily accessible.
Drawers instead of cupboards is a better form of storage due to the availability of internal dividers and partitions that be inserted and keep everything organised.
Recessed feature shelving in the shower or running along the bath wall is at the perfect solution to housing shampoo and bottles. If you apply a feature tile to the recess it also creates a key feature.


Budget :
So how much is this all going to cost….

Depending on your material selection..marble bench top versus laminate bench top, porcelain tile versus ceramic…The price actually shouldn’t vary too much. If you consider using a floor tile at $65 p/m for 10 mtrs of tiling versus a $35 p/m tile, the cost savings is not huge with only a $300 savings. So bear in mind that the product doesn’t really alter your final budget dramatically. (**It certainly will bring down the overall spend if all items are at a budget pricing)

The best way to consider how much is a realistic spend on your renovations, is to base it on the current value of your home. Professionals will advise that a minimum of 30% of the value of your property be spent on a bathroom renovation. Therefore, if your house is valued at one million dollars, then expect to pay $30,000 + for the materials and construction of your new bathroom.

Contracting the right builder for the job is also paramount, as you are relying on their expertise to ensure good workmanship is done. Waterproofing is one of the most important factors as a leaky floor is a nightmare once the bathroom is completed..you guessed it…the whole space has to be ripped up and redone!
Allow 4 weeks from demolition to completion. All of the trades have a section to complete, in order, and most can’t go in and work until the trade before him has finished. So patience is key, and if you are living in the property during the renovation, consider staggering the bathroom fit outs, so you still having one that works.

In conclusion…Hire a professional interior designer to advise and assist with the design and plan. A well thought out, scaled plan is paramount before you begin.
Select everything. Basins, tiles, toilets, cabinets, lights..everything.
The builder can then quote accurately on every item you have selected and you will know the cost beforehand. This should prevent any budget blowouts once construction commences.
And then, light a candle, pour yourself some wine and sink into that beautiful bath tub and enjoy your new space. You’ve earned it.




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Project of the Month.
Multi Residential Townhouses – Bayside.


White Chalk Design prides itself on working closely with our local Bayside developers to help achieve a practical and desirable fit out for the discerning buyer. This month we are proud to feature this recently completed 2 town house development located close to the beach. We used natural organic materials and light colours to achieve a coastal vibe, with out being obviously beachy.

“The key to creating a harmonious living space is to use a variety products that are cohesive and appealing to the buyer. Therefore the design needs to be aimed at all tastes and a variety of requirements, however, executing a point of difference is of the utmost importance for us. We never want our developers to feel that we are all churning out cookie cutter designs, everything the same on each project. The developments must resonate with the buyer and still feel as if it has been designed exclusively for them”

Serena Elise

Principal Designer  WHITE CHALK DESIGN

White Chalk Design Rewards You…

White Chalk Design Rewards You…

White Chalk Design | Luxury Lifestyle & Design


We want to thank you for being a loyal White Chalk client.

Do you have a friend who is thinking of renovating or building?
White Chalk Design can help ease the stress associated with the process.

This month, White Chalk Design is offering a special referral gift to you.

Refer a friend or colleague to WCD and you will receive a free 12 month subscription to any magazine of your choice.
Its as simple as that.
Remember to tell them to mention your name when booking their initial consultation and we will contact you to arrange your magazine subscription.
It’s our way of saying thank you.



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Project of the Month.


Modern Family Home, Bayside.

‘We loved working with our client on this decorating project in Hampton. The client had full faith in White Chalk to execute a modern and striking monochromatic palette, whilst still keeping the home family friendly. The grey velvet sofa, paired with the black leather tub chairs, created a very masculine feel, and by adding a feature chair with the pop of soft blue, this created the warmth we needed to avoid a stark environment.”

Serena Elise,
Principal Designer,
White Chalk Design.



White Chalk Interiors Design Video – Get Out of Your Comfort Zone..Now!

White Chalk Interiors Design Video – Get Out of Your Comfort Zone..Now!

Our White Chalk Interiors Video tip this week is all about exploring new things in the home…..Get a little risky and jump head first out of your comfort zone..

Click link below image and enjoy.

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White Chalk Design Video | Winter Fresh Style


Winter is fast approaching.

It is the perfect time to give your house a ‘spring’ clean. Add bright colours and features to banish the Winter blues. Watch the video to get all the style tips.

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Let’s Get Winter Ready…Time starts now….

The sun is shining and the Autumn days are doing us proud. Crisp mornings and sunny skies are gently easing us into the dreaded Winter months. Now is the perfect time to add some colour to your decor in preparation for the darker and cooler times ahead.


Winter is all about sitting in front of a roaring fire, sipping a Pinot and and bunkering down. However, the colours around you can still be fresh and lively. Think St Barth in the stunning Caribbean. Bringing the St Barth’s style into your home is made easy by incorporating pieces that truly encompass the elegant, comfortable, and colorful personality of this beloved destination.


Add citrus, golds and vibrant hues to combat the winter blues. Do it.


But first, check out uber chic Olivia Palermo’s Decor must haves Inspired by the tropical glam of St Barth’s…prepare to swoon….





Mid Week Inspiration | Bisazza Mosaico




There are many ways to dress a room, and the trend moving forward is all about the glass tile. And my favourite of all is Bisazza Mosaica. Bisazza is one of the top luxury brands in the design sector and the industry’s leading producer of glass mosaic for interior and exterior decoration.






Established in 1956 in Alte Vicenza, Northern Italy, the company has become a trailblazer, marked by a dynamic, unique producer of materials that can anticipate the needs of the global market.






Whether it is a solid colour with a speckle of another shimmering shade… or an entire ‘mural’ style floral mosaic displaying softness, a herringbone gold and bronze pattern or a diamond printed wall, Bisazza can accommodate any interior designers’ whim.






Mosaic features are perfect for showrooms, outdoors, indoors, hotels, homes and water spaces. It can be the main concept of a store or a feature bathroom or living space in your home. A ‘Bisazza’ style pool can be a decorative element for an outdoor area, placing stunning tiled flowers and shimmering mosaic patterns along the floor and walls of your pool and surrounding area.






So take just one wall or an entire room…and consider the mosaic experience. It’s a powerful feature that will no doubt add glamour and a unique style to any project.






So go for it…embrace Bisazza..I know I do..


Friday Inspiration | My Top 5 Decorating Pieces

There is so much choice out in the design and decorating world right now, it can be overwhelming. I have complied my top 5 must have decor items, to help narrow down your choice.

1| Encaustic Tiles |

Its all about pattern.  Add these beautiful tiles it in a multiple patchwork formation or a random amount mixed with a plain base tile. The feature will pop.

2 | Brass Pineapples |

Brass finish is major right now. Old school with a modern twist. The pineapple is always an eclectic addition to anything design. It sits well in a modern home or a more traditional decor. The pineapple adds punch.

3 | Navy Blue |

The number one colour on the trend forecast is all things blue. Especially Navy. It is masculine, chic and timeless. Pair it with timber and biscuit, black and white or brass. Navy velvet is my all time fave. Use it. It’s super luxe. Or if you want something less permanent..go for a navy blue door. Perfect.

4 | Black Basins |

Black is the new black. Break with tradition. Leave the ordinary white basin behind and embrace the black. The best room to place this look is the powder room. That’s where you can add some drama. It’s a feature that will be a talking point amongst guests and family alike. And in always in a good way.

5 | Grass Cloth Wallpaper |

Texture is a rooms best friend. The wallpaper trend is not going anywhere anytime soon, and grass cloth is the number one option. Its organic, soft, adds warmth and can be layered with art and mirrors easily.

Now…get out there and get some of the top 5’s for your home….