Posts by Quentin Cook

Layout Ideas for a Small Clothing Boutique

In business, image is everything. This is why you should pay attention to the interior layout of your clothing retail shop, if you are looking to start up one. When a customer walks into your shop, they can easily judge the quality of the things you are selling by looking at the interior design of your shop. What colours have you used? How are the items arranged in the shop? Particularly, you should be very keen when you have a small space to work with so that the shop does not appear too crowded. You should also make sure that you are able to display as much as possible regardless of the space. Here are some ideas that will help you with the interior design of your small boutique:

Have a Bold Accent Wall

Using a bold and bright colour on one of the walls of the small boutique is a good way to spice up the small space and make it appear larger. The bold coloured wall creates the illusion that the wall recedes back into space. Besides painting, you can go for colourful wallpapers or printed fabrics to have the same effect. Colour options for a bold accent wall are pink, olive green, and yellow among others.

The Atmosphere

You can use the small size of the boutique to your advantage. Use soft lighting to create an intimate feeling rather than opting for the bright, white fluorescent lighting used in many large clothing stores. Moreover, you should use your lighting to create a spotlight on the products that you are displaying in the shop, illuminating them from the side or beneath. In addition, get a good carpet to create an inviting feel for your customers.

The Checkout Area

Rather than going for an imposing structure that faces the doorway of the boutique, you can opt for a smaller desk that can easily fit in one of the corners of the small boutique. Place it at an angle such that you can see the customers making their way into the store without necessarily staring them down on their way in. Furthermore, go for checkout desks that fit the décor in your boutique. For instance, a wicker desk or bamboo would suit most natural clothing boutiques. If the store has a checkout counter, you can soften the look by hanging fabric panels around it.

Create Open Space at the Centre

Use low-rise shelves in the middle of the shop and leave space around them so that it is easy for your customers to navigate the small space. If the customer is on one side of the shop, the low-rise shelves will not block them from seeing what’s on the other side.

For assistance, talk to a shop fitter.

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Essential Wedding Supplies for DIY Floral Designing

If you plan to have a wedding in your home yard and you have decided to do the floral designing on your own, it is important to be aware of some of the most essential floral accessories that will help make the decoration job a success.


Floral foam is really essential for crafting an eye-catching, professional flower arrangement; it’s a lightweight and permeable material that can be molded into almost any shape. It retains its shape when soaked in water and steadily supplies the water to the cut flower plants it supports. The absorbent nature of floral foam allows it to retain large amounts of water, which subsequently extends the life of your flowers and keeps them looking healthy and vibrant.


Floral crowns can be a great way to draw attention to the bride, bridal maids and even the small flower girls at your wedding. If you want to make wedding tiaras, you will need florist wire. This super-thin wire will form the base of your flower headpieces. It will not only hold the flower tiara together, but it will also allow you to attach bigger statement flowers along the headpiece. What is more, florist wire is ductile enough for you to redesign the crowns whichever way you want.


Floral vases are a nice way to create a natural wedding arrangement that complements the look of other plants in your garden. Once your cut flowers have been put in the vases, they can be strategically placed adjacent to potted garden flowers to display a wonderful palette of colors. Some vases are even integrated with decorative etchings and coatings to accentuate the natural beauty of the flowers kept inside them.


When you are ready to give that nice finishing touch to your flower arrangements, you will need a specially crafted flower ribbons to dress them up. Give your bridal bouquets an added touch of style and elegance by tying them up with floral ribbons. For flowers placed in vases and containers, you can tie ribbons around the flower-holding accessories in order to match the look of ribbons tied around hand-held flower bouquets.

With all the above-discussed floral accessories, you can be sure of achieving superb-looking floral arrangements at your wedding. If you are looking for more tips or assistance, contact local florists well in advance before your big wedding day. They will likely help you with pairing flowers and arranging them. 

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3 reasons why you should consider building a granny flat on your property

If you own a home on a decent sized property, building a granny flat on your extra land is a smart business and lifestyle move. Still need convincing? Check out these fantastic reasons for building a granny flat on your property.

Create an extra multi-use space

Traditionally, many Australians think of a granny flat as a building constructed for their aging parents; however, many modern granny flats are utilised for a variety of purposes. A granny flat can provide you with a multi-use space that can grow and change alongside the needs of your family. If you regularly have interstate guests, a granny flat will provide them with a comfortable, self-contained living space. A family member with a disability, or a teenager with an increasing need for independence will benefit considerably from the private space and on-site support that a granny flat can offer. A granny flat can even be used as a home office or hobby room, allowing you to spread out without impinging on the daily living space of the family home.

Add value to your home and property

A home with an on-site granny flat has huge appeal to property investors and home buyers alike. A property investor will see a dual source of rental income, allowing for decreased income risk and increased property value with the option to subdivide in the future. A homeowner will see the property as the ideal family location, with the granny flat offering endless benefits to suit a broad range of needs. It is highly recommended that you discuss the financial viability of building a granny flat in your backyard with your local real estate or home building professional.

Build a rental property in your backyard

If you’ve considered investing in a rental property to provide extra income or mitigate your mortgage costs, building a granny flat on your own property is the ideal solution. A brand-new granny flat in a reputable location can command a considerable rental income; alternatively, you could move into the granny flat yourself and rent your home out for a larger profit. If your property is deemed suitable for accommodating a granny flat, council approval can be a relatively quick and easy process compared to purchasing a separate rental property. You can choose to subdivide your property, or simply register as a dual occupancy property for a cheaper solution.

For expert advice and up-to-date information on the value a granny flat will bring to your property and your family, contact your local home building professional today.

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Tips to Incorporating a Deck to a Limited Space

For some homeowners, a deck is not only an entertainment space but also a living space. However, some homeowners may feel that the space available to them is too prohibitive for them to entertain the addition of a deck. The good news is that through proper planning with deck builders, you can always find a way of creating this outdoor living space as long as you have some yard space, however little, available to you. Here are some handy tips you can use when contemplating incorporating a deck to a residence with limited space.

Use bi-fold doors to access your deck

One of the best ways of making the most of the space available to you would be having your deck connect directly to your indoor living space. This can be done by knocking down a wall and installing bi-fold doors. This gives the deck an illusion of increased space as you can easily transition from being in the home to outdoors. During warm weather, you can fully open the bi-fold doors and have direct access onto your deck, which will appear larger as it merges seamlessly with the indoors. During foul weather, you can keep the bi-fold doors closed to ensure that your indoor space is not compromised by the elements.

Incorporate storage solutions to your deck design

If you have limited space, the last thing you would want is your deck to appear cluttered. The more items that you have on the deck, the less space available for entertaining and the more claustrophobic the space will feel. When designing the deck, have the decking contractors incorporate storage solutions in the various aspects of the construction. For instance, rather than  buying furniture for the deck, have benches erected on the deck with inbuilt storage space underneath them, if the deck will be used as a play area, have under deck doors installed which will ensure toys do not take up precious floor space. Consult with your decking contractor about the numerous other storage solutions that can be readily incorporated while deck construction is underway.

Opt to have your deck constructed in levels

Although floor space may be prohibitive is you have a small yard, it does not mean that you contractors cannot expand vertically. Another way of making the most of space would be by having your deck constructed in levels. This allows for separate entertainment spaces without having the place become too congested.

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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Bathroom Mirror

If you are in need of a new bathroom mirror, you have a lot of different styles to choose from. Picking a bathroom mirror is more involved than just going to your nearest hardware store and choosing the one you like the best. There is plenty more to consider. Here are some tips for choosing the right bathroom mirror.

Choose Between Framed and Frameless

One of the decisions in terms of the style of mirrors you need to choose is whether you want one that is framed or frameless. Typically, people that prefer the look of the mirror over its function will go with a framed one. These often have ornate frames that add to the appearance to the bathroom as much as the benefit of providing a reflection. Frameless mirrors are good when you want your small bathroom to look larger or when multiple people are going to be using the same mirror at one time.

Get Exact Measurements

Don’t assume you can just eyeball mirrors at the store and be able to choose the right one. You need to get measurements first. You want to take measurements above your vanity where it will go, starting a few inches above the faucet. Don’t assume it will be placed too low, since this could cause an issue with water spots. Consider the height and width of the mirror when deciding where to measure. This is also a good time to choose between one or two mirrors. If it is a long vanity with multiple sinks, think about getting two mirrors instead of one. However, if you aren’t quite sure which direction you are going, get measurements of the entire expanse of wall as if you were getting one mirror. Use that measurement to bring with you to the store and look at single and double mirrors that fit within those measurements.

Consider Extra Features

Finally, you will need to decide what other features you want the bathroom mirrors to have. A big feature with bathroom mirrors is having lights. Lighted mirrors are great in bathrooms since you can choose a type of light that is flattering to your features. This helps when you are doing your makeup or styling your hair in this bathroom. Sometimes your regular bathroom lights are not enough to illuminate your features when attempting to perfect your makeup. You may also want a mirrored cabinet, which is a medicine cabinet installed above the vanity that has a mirror on the outside, but opens up to store items.

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