$400 Patterned Bathroom Redo – Budget Bathroom Refresher

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Before the coronavirus pandemic, my bathroom was an afterthought. But nothing makes you appreciate every inch of your 430-square-foot home than being told to avoid leaving it.

Since I bought and moved into my tiny, pre-war Brooklyn apartment in November 2018, I have used home decorating as a therapeutic tool. There is something innately soothing about it; a productive way to channel underutilized creative energy and create something visible and physical. So my first thought when we went into indefinite social distancing/self-quarantine in New York City was: What home DIY project can I dive into? Answer: the bathroom.

The couple who lived in my apartment before me did a beautiful job updating the place. But they, too, seem to have decided that they could update a few of the finishes and leave the

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Kayleigh Heydon’s Paintings Will Light Up Your Life

Kayleigh Heydon lights up my Instagram grid. That doesn’t sound like much on a platform crowded with the most carefully curated parts of people’s lives; but as someone who spends a lot of time trawling the Internet I can tell you the sensation of something catching your eye is rarer than you think. Kayleigh’s paintings have that certain something. Maybe it’s the apricot and pink hues, or soft pillowy forms, but there’s something strangely hypnotising about these perfectly balanced compositions.

Originally from Manchester in the UK, she studied Interactive Arts at Manchester School of Art and Design. This broad course allowed gave her the scope to experiment with materials like glass and metal sculpture, meaning she didn’t really gravitate towards painting until moving to Melbourne in 2015. Even then, it was only a way to keep sane, but now she has found the perfect balance in practising both painting and

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A Victorian Terrace Transformed, With Minimal Intervention

Melbourne’s Victorian terrace homes may be beautiful, but they’re prone to one major problem –  a lack of natural light. To overcome this issue in a recent Carlton project, Austin Maynard Architects thought, why not add an internal conservatory full of warmth, light and plant life?

While the studio admits they’d usually be more inclined to ‘chop off a limb and add a new cyborg arm,’ the limited nature of this project’s budget led to a more restrained approach. ‘Their brief was not to build bigger, but to design better – to reconfigure the layout to optimise living space and maximise storage,’ explains Mark Austin, co-director of Austin Maynard Architects. By adopting an alternative strategy, the architects were able to address many of the house’s shortcomings, without disrupting the majority of its existing rooms. ‘As an architectural ‘operation’, it’s akin to keyhole surgery, where a small incision is made to

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