With much of the population cooped up in coronavirus isolation, minds have turned towards renovating to stave off boredom – but there are specific areas you should and shouldn’t DIY.
‘The kitchen, bathroom and living areas are the first and most important rooms to think about when renovating,’ Georgie told lifestyle publication, Bed Threads.
Melbourne-based interior designer Georgie Ezra (pictured) believes there are rooms you need to think about first when you’re renovating, and others which can wait till down the track
Georgie said when she is working with a client, she asks them to stay focused on the little things in the kitchen (pictured) that don’t work, as there will always be little things that bug you every day that could change
‘When I’m working with a client, I ask them to stay focused on the things in the kitchen that don’t work, because there will be little things that bug you every day that can be changed.’
Georgie suggests that you be vigilant about the finer details, like the proximity of the bins to where you prepare meals, the placement and size of the sink and the overall ‘flow’ of your kitchen space.
On the flip side, you shouldn’t forget about what is already working well in your space:
‘Clients always remember the things that bother them, and they forget to think about all the things that were working in the old kitchen. It’s important to assess what areas work and take them with you,’ she said.
Georgie said the major dos in your home are painting walls, hanging art, landscaping and decorating (one of her interiors pictured)
What are the major DIY dos?
* Putting up new art
* Planning and scrapbooking
What are the major DIY dont’s?
* Electrical work
* Extrernal digging
* Ripping out walls/bricklaying
When it comes to what you can and can’t do yourself, the interior design expert believes ‘everyone can absolutely give it a go to some degree’.
Georgie said the major dos are picking up a paintbrush and painting any wall in your home, as well as putting up new art and landscaping your garden or decorating.
‘Do not try any electrical or plumbing work at home – get an expert in, however,’ Georgie said.
The same goes for waterproofing, external digging and ripping out walls. Bricklaying and tiling are also nos, as is external digging – for which you should remember ‘dial before you dig’.
‘Do not try any electrical or plumbing work at home – get an expert in, however,’ Georgie said; the same goes for waterproofing and ripping out walls (one of her interiors pictured)
Most importantly, Georgie said everyone should work on developing their own ‘unique aesthetic’ with interior design, rather than copying someone else.
‘If you are overhauling your home, you need to be brave and make the space your own by being inspired rather than copying,’ she said.
Speaking previously to FEMAIL, Georgie shared the ten steps to a healthy home – including adopting the rule of five and embracing natural sunlight.
What are the ten steps to a healthier home?
1. Make your bed every day.
2. Clean your kitchen sink each day so that you can enjoy a clean kitchen when you wake up.
3. Adopt the rule of five, whereby you pick up five things every time you walk through your home.
4. Introduce flora and fauna into your home to help your spirits.
5. Embrace natural sunlight.
6. Burn oils and candles to feel more relaxed.
7. De-clutter your refrigerator door.
8. Gather items you’ve not used for a while and put them in a box. If you’ve not missed them, then you don’t need them.
9. Avoid watching TV during family periods of the day.
10. Invite friends over often to enjoy time with them.
1. Make your bed
It might sound simple, but making your bed in the morning is the first – and most important – step towards a healthy home.
‘The tone of your entire day is set in the first hour of being awake,’ Georgia explained to FEMAIL. ‘The way you choose to spend this time will either set off a flow of events that will end up in an inspired, positive day ahead of you, or the contrary.’
2. Clear the contents of your sink
Like your bed, the kitchen sink is another area that can hugely contribute to a healthier home – and clearing out the contents of it is crucial to happiness.
‘Commit to cleaning the contents of your kitchen sink every day,’ Georgia said.
‘Prioritise this task so that every morning when you wake you are greeted by an organised, clean, gorgeous kitchen, instantly raising your mood and spirits.’
3. Try the rule of five
While some people think that to have a perfect home, you need to invest hours and hours into preening, cleaning and styling it, Georgia said this couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, all you need to do is adopt a simple rule of five to have a healthy abode.
‘Every time you get up from your desk or walk through your home, select five things to put away,’ she said.
‘Alternatively, each hour set aside five minutes for organisation. By the end of the day, you could have accumulated an entire hour of cleaning.’
Georgie shared ten steps to having a healthier home, which include introducing flora and fauna, making the most of natural light and burning oils and candles (one of her interiors pictured)
4. Introduce flora and fauna into your home
Plants and flowers in your home do more than just look pretty. They can help hugely with your health, too.
‘Indoor plantation and nature is directly linked to mental and emotional development, reduced stress and improved concentration,’ Georgia said.
5. Embrace natural light
There’s a reason why we feel down in winter, and it’s due to a lack of natural light and flailing serotonin levels.
‘Open the blinds and let some natural light and fresh air to flow through your home every day!’ Georgie said.
6. Burn oils and candles
Burning oils and candles will instantly lift the spirits of a place – and help to make you feel calmer and more collected.
7. De-clutter your fridge door
You should also seek to clear the clutter from your fridge door, as Georgie said there is a direct correlation between how much clutter is on the fridge door and how much clutter is through a home:
‘Get rid of the magnets, takeaway menus, calendars and photo frames as a step to a more de-cluttered home,’ she said.
8. Go minimal
Georgie recommends you also gather items you haven’t used for a while and put them in a box.
If you don’t miss them in a few weeks, it’s time to throw them out.
9. Avoid TV during family time
For many of us, after a busy day at work, the temptation to collapse in front of the TV is huge.
But Georgia said you need to refrain from watching TV when you’re trying to catch up with your family.
10. Enjoy some time with friends
Last but not least, spending time with friends in the home is a great way to make your home feel healthier and happier.
‘Invite friends and family over, entertain and enjoy experiences in your home,’ Georgia said.
‘When you know you have guests coming into your dwelling you will put the effort into making it feel as special and striking as possible.’