Can foreigners buy property in Vietnam? Since the newly reformed Vietnamese Law on Residential Housing (LRH) Officially kicked-off in 1st July 2015, several major past restrictions on property ownership have been removed for foreigners.

Here are the LATEST UPDATES on Vietnam Property Foreign Ownership Law Investors Need to Know:
Individuals: Foreign individuals are eligible to buy residential properties in Vietnam, as long as they can enter the country legally.
Entities: All legal entities like foreign investment funds, banks, Vietnamese branches and representative offices of overseas companies that are established in Vietnam; are eligible to buy Vietnam properties.
Types: The new Residential Housing Law allows eligible foreign entity and individuals to buy and own all residential sectors including apartments and landed properties such as villas and townhouses (previously only applicable to apartments).
Foreigner Quota Restrictions:
(i) Foreigners can own not exceeding 30% of the total units within one condominium complex;
(ii) and not exceeding 10% for the total number of the separate houses for each project.
Purpose of Purchase: The properties owned by foreigners can be sold, sub-leased, inherited and collateralize (previously only for owner occupying purpose).
Land Tenure
(i) Foreign Individuals: up to 50 years leasehold from the date of issuance of ownership certificate + possible renewal (subjected to approval by authorities.)
(ii) Foreign Individuals + Vietnamese spouse: Freehold
(iii) Foreign organizations: up to the duration (inclusive of extended duration) indicated in the investment certificate.

What are the Taxes Involved in the Vietnam Property Foreign Ownership?
The following taxes are applicable to property sales transactions:
Value Added Tax (VAT): 10% VAT is taxed on any sale of property by local or foreigners.
Registration Tax for Ownership: 0.5% registration tax for obtaining the house ownership certificate on the apartment value.
Personal Income Tax (For Resale): If personal income is earned through the assignment or resale of apartments or houses, a 2% personal income tax has to be paid on the transacted value.
Personal Income Tax (for Rental Income)
If personal income is earned through rental of house/apartment, 5% VAT and 5% PIT has to be paid on revenue.
For rental income exceeding VND 1,500,000 per month, a business license tax of VND 1,000,000 (approx US$45) per year applies.
Administration Fee: A minimal administration fee is to be granted an ownership certificate at the current regulation.

More information and consultant Viet Nam Real Estate! Please contact Jenny Nguyen – Residential Specialist. Phone number: (+84) 933 699 980. Email:

As the busy summer months slow down, it could be time to embrace your inner homebody.

So, how do we transition our home decor and styling as we shift from warm, fun-filled summer days to the cooler autumn months? Simple. All you need are a few small changes to increase the happy, cosy vibes around the home.

Jessica Bellef, head of styling at Temple and Webster, shares her top tips for trans-seasonal styling to take you from summer to autumn with ease.

1. Rework the floorplan

Decorating textures for Temple and Webster

A woven rattan chair or stool used as a sidetable is all you need to make a space feel more intimate. Picture: Denise Braki. Styling: Allira Bell

Autumn generally means more hours spent indoors, so it’s time to rethink how your floor space is being used – or underused.

You don’t want to add clutter, but if you’ve got the room, introducing another chair or a sidetable can close in a space – making it feel cosier.

“Bring in more seating or an ottoman to create those cosy nooks where we can hibernate in and read,” Bellef says.

2. Firepits

It really doesn’t get that cold in Australia – especially not in Autumn.

All you need to make your outdoor space more inviting is a funky firepit, decorated with plenty of lanterns and candles, says Bellef.

Don’t forget the collection of snug throws you can take outside to wrap around your legs and shoulders.

Textured cushions and throws, by Temple and Webster

Throws can be used inside and outside in front of the fire. Picture: Denise Braki. Styling: Adam Powell

3. Texture & tone

Back indoors, look to autumnal textures (such as wool and cashmere) and spicy tones (think rusty reds, mustard, ocra and cinnamon).

“Add these in through cushions, artwork or little sculptures for your shelves,” Bellef says.

“Add leather as well – try leather cushions. I think we will see a lot of leather, velvet and lots of tactile finishes.”

Amigos de Hoy rugs, by Temple and Webster

Welcome autumn in with spicy tones and warm textures. Picture: Denise Braki. Styling: Allira Bell

4. Light layering

Just as you’d update your wardrobe with the odd scarf or jacket, look to light layers to prep your home for the cold. Throws are key here – they can be whipped out when you need them and stashed away when the sun randomly reappears.

“I have a basket of throws and pillows next to my couch, so when we want to get cosy it’s all there in a neat little basket,” Bellef says. “Then you can walk away from the room and not feel as though it’s overwhelming. You can hide it all away when you don’t need to have it out.”

Winter Cabin by Temple and Webster

Add a woven basket in your lounge to keep throws within easy access. Picture: Denise Braki. Styling: Adam Powell

5. Warm up to metallics

Metallics can be a bit much in the summer months but come March, you can start to get away with this look as we begin to crave, not reject, warmth.

“Adding bits of brass, rose gold and bronze – the warmer metallics – through accessories such as lamps will add instant warmth,” Bellef says.

Try a brass lamp on a sideboard, for example. Just stay away from copper, she ensures us – it’s definitely out.

A touch of luxe, for Temple and Webster

Just a hint of metallic as we ease into autumn. Picture: Denise Braki. Styling: Allira Bell

6. A touch of luxe

Velvets and jewel tones were predicted to be hot this year, but it’s during the cooler months these rich and regal finishes will come into their own.

Borrow tokens from the look – a couple of velvet cushions in low-contrast palettes or an extra cobalt blanket on the bed – as we move cautiously into autumn.

Statement bedroom for Temple and Webster

Splashes of velvet in muted autumnal tones. Picture: Denise Braki. Styling: Allira Bell

7. Soft light & spicy scents

When it comes to creating warm and inviting spaces, candles are a stylist’s must-have prop and candles grouped together can create a gorgeous soft light in the gloomiest rooms.

Try small candles or tea lights in mason jars for a simple and effective centrepiece, and go for musky if opting for scented. Bellef suggests fig or more leathery, tobbaco scents.

Tip: Put your candles on a tray alongside some matches to make it easy for you to move them from room to room without adding to the clutter.

8. Let light in

Open the curtains wide – light really isn’t as easy to come by these days.

You can even try removing a window covering for a season to maximise light flow now the harsh summer glare is gone.

“Make the most of the light that is out there, which will also bring in as much heat as possible,” Bellef says.

There’s nothing like a trip to Nanna’s house to give you insight into the design trends that dominated the ’80s and ’90s.

What might surprise you is that Nan and Pop are back in vogue. You heard it here first; some of the big interior looks of decades gone by are making a comeback – and they’re being executed in new and interesting ways.

So before you write off your grandparents as totally outta-the-loop, let’s explore some of the most outdated trends that are set to be big once more (and how you can pull them off at home without them looking daggy).


Cork flooring was huge a few decades ago, and while it might not be back on-trend just yet, the cork feature wall certainly is.

Many of us grew up with a cork board in our bedroom. Some of you might still have some in your kitchen or workspace. But they’re babies compared to what the new trend is; cork en masse!

Covering an entire wall in cork – especially in an office – gives you a wall you can truly make your own; pinning all sorts of imagery, fabrics and mementos onto it.

You’ve gotta give this one a go.

cork wall

A whole wall covered in cork is the perfect backdrop for your photos, inspirations and mementos. Image: Pinterest

Floral wallpaper

Some of you are shrieking in horror at the mere thought of floral wallpaper, but it truly is back and it looks amazing.

The new way to display floral wallpaper is to look for less soft, feminine options, and veer toward more abstract, striking and even geometric versions. Varieties that don’t necessarily look like flowers on first viewing is what you want to go for.

Wallpapering just one wall is fine if you don’t have the confidence to cover the entire room.

floral wallpaper

The new way to display floral wallpaper is to make it bold. Picture: Home Edit


An entire setting of rattan furniture in a living room is giving me an anxiety-inducing flashback too, don’t worry. The good news is that rattan is indeed back, but it’s being introduced into a space as a feature rather than in every piece of furniture in the room.

A rattan armchair or two-seater is a great idea in a room with other wooden and fabric furniture in it. Think a home office, kids’ room, large hallway or entryway. It makes a statement all on its own and is at its best when used sparingly.

Rattan sprayed in black and white seems to be on the rise, too, which means all thoughts of the natural rattan your grandparents had can be abandoned.

ikea rattan chair vikitgt

A rattan armchair complements a room with other wooden and fabric furniture in it. Picture: Ikea

Wood panelling

Nothing says ‘lodge of the ’80s’ like tonnes and tonnes of wood panelling. It’s certainly garish now, and any designer or decorator who has to work with it usually sprays it white the first chance they get.

The good news is that wood panelling on walls is back in a huge way. It adds interest and texture to a space, is easy to apply, and works with a variety of interior design styles.

Coastal homes, industrial spaces, Scandi rooms, and even contemporary bungalows all suit wood panelling perfectly. It’s even coming through in a variety of colours – so pick your fave shade and go wild.

timber panelling

Wood panelling on walls adds interest and texture to a space. Picture:

Coloured marble

White marble landed a few years back and we all lost our minds over it. While it’s still popular, coloured marble – especially deep blue and green tones – is becoming more prominent.

It’s going well beyond smaller homewares, too. Large-scale coloured marble in bathrooms is on the rise, so expect this trend to continue to pop up for a few years to come.

Of course, if you don’t want to execute coloured marble in such a permanent way, coloured marble coffee and side tables are popping up all over the place now. Grab one and rock the trend on a less intrusive scale.

marble bathroom

White marble is still popular – but coloured marble is catching up. Picture:

If colour’s your thing, you’re in luck. One of the hot new home trends for 2017 is jewel tones, so it’s time to get creative.

What kind of tones exactly? Think emerald green, sapphire blue, cobalt blue, ruby red and amethyst. And here’s the fun bit: You can mix and match to be as bold as you dare.

“Jewel tones are perhaps at their best when at least two colours are used together – like turquoise with red, bright orange with bright blue, or emerald green with hot pink,” shares Camilla Molders who runs her own boutique interior design and decoration studio.

bright orange couch jewel tones

Try contrasting two jewel tones against one another to make a bold statement. Styling: Camilla Molders Design. Picture: Martina Gemmola.

A good example of when contrasting colours are used well, says Molders, is the bar at the Garden State Hotel in Melbourne.

“The bar is painted a beautiful shade of turquoise with a green tiled wall behind and pops of red in the shelf and in the bottles. The colours are combined in a way that creates an instant atmosphere and gives personality to the space.”

The bar at Garden State Hotel. Picture: Garden State Hotel.

The bar at Garden State Hotel. Picture: Garden State Hotel.

Start with cushions

The thought of embracing bold, out-there colours can be daunting. If you’re seeking a softer way to try the trend, look to your cushions as a starting point.

“Colourful scatter cushions in beautiful fabrics can completely change the feel and design of a room,” says Molders. “Match some accessories to the colours in the cushions, or perhaps some artwork.

“The colour pops will work with your current style while giving it a more energised and refreshed feel.”

jewel tones in artwork

Feature jewel tones in artwork for a less daring pop of colour. Styling: Emma Blomfield. Picture: Lisa Zhu.

Think big

On the other hand, if you’re quite comfortable with colour and have been lingering for a new tone other than grey to be in vogue, then go all out.

In the words of Sydney-based stylist, interior decorator and buyer, Emma Blomfield: “Don’t be afraid to go big with jewel tones.”

“Commit to painting your walls these moody tones,” she suggests. “You might be surprised how much you like the drama they bring.”

“Or try reupholstering an armchair or bedhead – I’m loving the idea of sapphire-toned velvet on a quirky armchair.”


Reimagine your armchair in sapphire blue. Styling: Emma Blomfield. Picture: Lisa Zhu.

Plan carefully

While jewel colours are easy to live with in any room in the house, Molders says it’s important to take the room’s purpose into consideration when choosing which tones you’ll use.

“For example, in a bedroom I prefer more relaxing colours like blues and greens, rather than bold reds and oranges,” she says.


As the last month of summer begins, the holidays may seem like a distant dream – but don’t despair.

You don’t need to be camping near the ocean, staying at a beach house, or be on holiday at a resort to feel relaxed.

There’s no reason why your home’s interior style can’t reflect the good times – even as the season changes.

Let summer linger with these eight tips to amp up the holiday vibes around your home.

1. Add tropical flowers

Missing the palm trees out your window?

A vase full of brightly coloured blooms will have to do – think hibiscus, frangipani and lots of greenery.

Some florists will stock specialist tropical foliage – Anthurium leaves, Dracaena and even different varieties of palm leaves.

Tropical flowers

Breathe holiday vibes into a space with tropical flowers.

2. Get inspired by new coffee table books

Nothing says ‘holidays’ like some inspirational reading.

A new coffee table book can be just the thing to encourage everyone to take some time out to recharge and reimagine.

Interior designer David Hicks’ first book, Intimate, is a good choice for home decorating fiends.

With photography by Ivan Terestchenko and Shannon McGrath, the design memoir takes a look at some of the grandest homes that Hicks has worked on – from architectural planning through to interior details and art curation.

3. Set up a reading nook

What’s a new book without a reading nook?

That empty space in your lounge/master bedroom/spare room is just crying out for a bit of summer styling.

All you need is a rug, two chairs and somewhere to place a cuppa. Greenery and framed artwork clustered together will help to delineate the space.

Reading nook

Cute and cosy. Picture: I Heart Bargains

4. Refresh your curtains

Summer is a time of fresh beginnings, so how can we translate this through our interiors? Think fresh, crisp, white curtains.

White or sheer curtains will encourage light and softness and lend a sense of airiness to your bedroom or living room.

If you’ve already got some, don’t underestimate the power of the washing machine to bring dusty curtains back to life.

5. Add nautical touches

Don’t forget about your deck just yet.

Even when autumn kicks in, balmy nights can still be a regular enough occurrence in Australia and outdoor furniture is an easy one to make over.

Try recreating the Hamptons look – it’s not going out of fashion anytime soon.

Try touches of white, red and blue in outdoor cushions, decorating with Chinese jars, and using linen tablecloths for al fresco eating.

3 Ginahgulla Road, Bellevue Hill, NSW 2023

Make the most of your deck while you can with Hamptons-inspired outdoor furniture. Picture:

Read more: A lesson in Aussie Hamptons style

6. Buy a cool new fruit bowl or platter

A style fix that’s good enough to eat?

Scour your local op-shop for a big, 80s-style fruit platter and fill it up with piles upon piles of the best-looking, seasonal fruit you can find.

Not only will you be reminded to up your daily fructose levels, but your side-table will look better and brighter for it.

Try pomegranates, grapefruits, bananas and mangoes for pops of colour – and look no further than the pineapple for a show-stopping centrepiece.

7. Decorate with ice cream colours

A home filled with sorbet hues will have you switching into relaxation mode in no time.

Start with walls painted in a crisp white or dove grey and then pick fabrics and soft furnishings in shades of piña colada, watermelon and lemon.

soft furnishings

Keep ice cream on the mind when shopping for home decor. Picture: Three Birds Renovations

8. Consider a change of scenery

It sounds simple, but switching up your wall art can do wonders to revive a space.

Landscape photography is having a real moment right now, particularly scenes that evoke the desert tones we’re seeing everywhere.

If you fancy yourself a photographer, why not blow up one of your favourite holiday snaps to hang on the wall?

If you’re running low on Kodak moments, Melbourne photographer Kate Ballis takes extraordinary travel pictures, from the Cinque Terre to Palm Springs and everywhere in between.

Nowhere to pot up plants or store all those sandpit toys? 

Gardens can get just as messy, if not more so, than the inside of our homes and for whatever reason we tend to be more lax about leaving them that way.

These practical outdoor storage solutions might be just what you need to organise all the random stuff that accumulates in your garden or backyard. It doesn’t hurt that they look super cute, too.

1. Buy: BBQ storage unit

Ikea BBQ storage cabinet

The Äpplarö / Klasen outdoor storage cabinet provides easy, moveable storage, $199. Picture: Ikea

The perfect mate to your barbecue, this Ikea storage cabinet is just what you need to store cooking utensils in, as well as plates and glasses for outdoor entertaining.

Made from durable acacia wood, it will last outdoors provided you protect it from the rain when you can and re-stain it once or twice a year. Easy.

2. DIY: Wooden storage rack

DIY wooden storage rack

This DIY wooden storage rack is a stylish addition to any outdoor room or garage. Picture: Bunnings

A little extra storage space is never a bad thing and this high-tier DIY wooden storage rack is the perfect solution to house all those extra bits and pieces you might not have room for inside: Kitchen appliances, extra soft drinks, beers and ciders, utensils and glasses.

Here it has been left raw but you can finish it any way you like. Note: This project does require the use of electric saws and drills so prior DIY experience is recommended.

3. Buy: In-built planter box bench

Oasis Bench Seat with Planter Boxes, from Kmart

When you don’t have room for a full garden oasis, you can create a mini one with the Oasis Bench Seat with Planter Boxes from Kmart, $45. Picture: Kmart

Just because space is tight and you don’t have room for big planter boxes or garden beds, it doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice showcasing some eye-catching architectural plants.

This functional planter box and bench seat combination from Kmart, made from acacia wood, is ideal for displaying larger-growing natives, such as Gymea lilies or kangaroo paw, and creating a cosy nook on your deck, balcony or courtyard.

4. DIY: Potting bench

DIY potting bench

Build a DIY potting bench with just seven materials. Picture: Bunnings

If you love experimenting in the garden but can’t find a centralised space to work at, this could be the DIY project for you.

A handy workstation where you can pot plants and store seeds, tools, watering cans, hoses and other gardening gear, the Bunnings DIY potting bench makes finding the things you need to get work done around the garden super easy. Bonus – it comes on wheels!

5. Buy: Fancy store room

Merino Shepherd Huts

The Shepherd Hut Cubby is a perfect play spot for little ones and doubles as a fancy storage room. Priced from $2,595. Picture: Merino Shepherd Huts

Here’s the thing about cubbies: They actually make great storage spaces.

Kids’ toys, gardening supplies and whatever else you have making an eyesore of itself in your garden, can be tucked away in your cubby, provided it’s kid-safe.

The fully customisable fancy-pants cubbies from Merino Shepherd Huts are made from solid hardwood chassis with steel components and a turntable and draw bar for steering.

They sit on cast iron wheels, so you can transfer your hut around the garden as you see fit, or even take it out to use as a market pop-up stall.

6. Buy: Storage seating

Temple and Webster Tredor Trading Barossa Storage Box

The Barossa Storage Box bench by Tredor Trading offers plenty of outdoor storage, $319. Picture: Temple & Webster

Ideal for a balcony with limited space, this storage box makes for a fitting outdoor seating and storage solution.

It’s made from solid shorea hardwood grown in Malaysia and offers plenty of storage, as well as a comfy space to relax.

Pop on some outdoor bench cushions and Bob’s your uncle!

7. DIY: Storage bench

DIY outdoor storage bench

Hide garden eyesores with this DIY outdoor storage bench seat. Picture: Bunnings

If you want to save coin but still love the idea of a storage box to sit on, this DIY outdoor storage bench seat from Bunnings could be the answer.

Using only seven materials and tools most DIY nerds will have on hand already, the project takes nine steps and could be knocked over in an afternoon.

8. Buy: Wall panel

Ikea wall panel

The Äpplarö wall panel is just perfect for small balconies, $65. Picture: Ikea

In small spaces, you’ve got to make use of your vertical walls, or else items are inevitably going to end up on the ground.

On a balcony, turn a flat rendered wall into something useful with this handy timber-slatted wall panel. It can be used to hang everything from tools to hanging baskets filled with herbs or other plants. For $15 each, you can also purchase shelves separately to create even more storage.

9. DIY: Chalkboard cabinet

DIY chalkboard cabinet

The DIY upcycled chalkboard cabinet gives you somewhere to plan and store materials for your next project. Picture: Bunnings

Every DIYer needs somewhere to store his or her tools.

Make yourself this nifty addition to the garage by grabbing an old or unused cabinet (or picking one up from an op-shop) and giving it a good couple of coats of chalkboard paint, after cleaning with sugar soap, filling any holes and sanding.

Fix it to the wall to free up floor space, and voilà – you’re ready to get started on the next project!

52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

Kirsten and Brad Smith took one look at the “baby poo” coloured house in front of them and knew it was their next project.

They looked past the yellow paint, bare yard and pokey kitchen and bathroom and saw a well-maintained, well-built home.

52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

Five years after buying the former housing commission property at 52 Lawn Street, Holland Park, the transformation is complete.

The result is a stunning family home with five bedrooms, multiple living areas and a seamless indoor/outdoor design incorporating a pool and covered deck.

“We were looking for a project and this turned out to be a really big one,” Ms Smith said.

“We were looking for that blank canvas and this was it.”

52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

The renovation took three years “on and off” and Ms Smith estimates the project would have cost about $300,000.

“We had periods of being unmotivated and running out of money,” she admits.

They didn’t actually spend that much because her husband is a carpenter.

52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

It was a mammoth and meticulous job — one that at times took its toll on the couple.

“The hardest part was still staying married!” Ms Smith said.

“It’s just so stressful.

“You do argue about what should go where.

“To look at it now and think ‘oh my goodness’, from where we started, it’s such a transformation, even beyond our expectations.”

52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

The 3D Diakrit floorplan of 52 Lawn St, Holland Park.

She is most proud of the parents’ retreat they created upstairs, with the entire level dedicated to the master suite with custom walk-in robe, laundry chute and ensuite with free standing bath.

The home sits on 645sq m of landscaped gardens in a quiet street opposite a park.

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but let’s be honest, no one ever bothers to inspect a home with a sorry-looking house facade. 

The exterior design of a home is so important in revealing to the buyer, or nosy onlooker, what kind of property lies beyond its front doors.

From modern house facades to classic house facades, we’ve chosen our favourite home exterior designs from properties for sale around Australia to get those facade ideas flowing.

10 house facade photos to inspire you

1. Go large with lavender

Looking for a simple landscaping solution to transform your house exterior? Try lavender.

This hardy-growing perennial will pump out beautiful lilac-coloured blooms year after year, keeping your entryway delightfully awash with their sweet perfume.

Facade ideas from 2 Crestmont Court Toorak Vic 3142

Facade colour ideas: A sea of purple welcomes visitors at 2 Crestmont Court, Toorak. Picture:

2. Add awning to match

An estate of grand proportions, such as the 1935 Tudor-style manor Bonnington, calls for traditional details in a facade.

Striped awning, to match the timber framing of the roof structure, is perfectly in tune with the classic style of this commanding facade design.

Classic external house colours in Bellevue Hill home

A classic facade design for this stately home at 8 Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill. Picture:

3. Don’t be afraid of colour

There’s much to love about this Alex Popov masterpiece, but the impressive facade is surely up there.

Ignoring the striking cement sculpture flanking the garden path for a sec, Popov has also been bold in his use of colour, inserting an orange front door behind a slatted Corten steel and glass screen.

Exterior paint ideas at Northbridge home

51 Coolawin Road, Northbridge has an inspiring exterior colour scheme. Picture:

4. Go the grey

It feels like everyone’s doing it – even Buddy and Jasinta Franklin – but there’s a reason painting your house dark grey has risen in favour.

Grey has become the modern exterior colour scheme for houses du jour, especially those with period features. It complements white and garden greenery, is natural toned, and lets period features do the talking without screaming ‘look at moi!’ in the manner of dated tri-colour schemes.

Hawthorn home with grey outside house colour

Stuck for facade colour ideas? Grey works wonders at 42 Kinkora Road, Hawthorn. Picture:

5. Get low, get low

Live on a sloping block and wonder how you can still say ‘wow’ with your home exterior design?

Embrace the mystery of the partially hidden home with clean lines and nondescript colours. Focus on the overall impact of the design and passers-by will be intrigued by the sneak preview they do get of your split-level home.

Balmain home with contemporary home design

Maintain a sense of mystery by keeping facade design low-key like at 5b Tilba Avenue, Balmain. Picture:

6. Learn to love a bold front door

Want to make a name for your home in a sea of bland coloured bricks and weatherboard?

Choose a traditional timber door and get yourself a tub of paint in your favourite primary colour – be it bright blue, fire engine red or lipstick pink. There’s nothing more enticing than a bold front door.

Fitzroy townhouse with bold external house colours

A very London-looking facade at 259 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy. Picture:

7.  Try tall, dark & handsome

Ever fallen for a tall, dark and handsome… house?

Yup, same here. Like this one in Alphington, north east of Melbourne, with its dark and stormy zinc cladding and tall, broad picture windows. Swoon.

Alphington home with modern house facade

As far as exterior colour schemes go, all-black works wonders at 30 Shiers Street, Alphington. Picture:

8. Lead them up the garden path

If you’ve got the land size, setting your home back from the street behind a long and winding path can be just the thing to build intrigue and anticipation around it.

A beautifully paved path can be done yourself with a weekend’s work – the efforts being well worth it.

Unley Park facade design

Build anticipation with a garden path, like at 19 Victoria Avenue, Unley Park. Picture:

9. Replace a rickety roof

It sounds simple, but replacing a rickety old roof is one of the surest ways to elevate a home facade.

Added bonus – a solid roof does wonders for your home’s structural integrity!

Mosman home exterior

The house facade renovation at 96 Prince Albert Street, Mosman gives the exterior a fresh, modern look. Picture:

10. Plant a grand old tree

You don’t want to shroud the view of your outer house design altogether, but planting a grand old dame of a tree in your front yard can really add a sense of prestige. Advanced trees can cost a fortune, so buy plantings if you have the patience to watch them grow.

Big oaks and maples are regulars in the gardens and front pathways of generous estates, like this sandstone beauty in Burnside, SA.

Burnside, SA - exterior house design ideas



OUT: All-White Interiors

Craving more color? You’re in luck! Interiors are (finally) moving away from all white and gray. Instead, people are embracing warm, rich shades of brown, black, green, and blush. Need some inspiration? Check out these 40 rooms that prove green is the prettiest color.

OUT: Marble

Of course, we’re not suggesting you rip out your marble countertops. Those are timeless. And a few marble touches here and there, like this West Elm lampcan be perfectly lovely. But the recent trend of all marble everywhere is a bit tired. Instead, opt for earthier materials, like wood, clay, and metal with worn finishes.

OUT: Copper Home Accessories

Like marble, rose gold and copper seem to have run their course. Don’t panic: Your real copper fixtures and copper farmhouse sink will always be in style. It’s the overly shiny, obviously fake home accents that have flooded the market in recent years that are beginning to look dated. Instead, the trend is now moving toward classic aged brass.


OUT: Generic Furniture

The number one trend designer Annie Selke is sick of? Bland furniture sets. Instead of buying the whole set, people are now mixing and matching for a one-of-a-kind look.

And they’re moving away from modern, too. “While I like modern pieces, I’m just about over the mid-century modern theme,” says Home Depot’s Director of Trend and Design Sarah Fishburne. “It’s been all over the place for a while now.”

OUT: Boring Bedding

This season, switch things up in the bedroom. At least, when it comes to your bedding. “We spend about one-third of our life in bed, so why not have interesting bedding?” interior designer Andrew Howard tells “The days of a white coverlet, white shams, and a duvet on every bed are changing.”

IN: Dark Green

fall home trends

The leaves outside may be changing, but inside, things are going green—especially kitchen cabinets, like in this room designed by Erin Napier on HGTV’s Home Town. Combined with rich natural wood and leather and accented with brass and cream, the cozy color is a perfect fit for fall and winter.

IN: Relaxing Retreats

fall home trends

Feeling overwhelmed with your digital devices? This trend is for you. People on Pinterest are carving out cozy, more intimate areas in their homes to serve as tech-free sanctuaries. An obvious place to unplug? The bedroom. Surround your sleeping space with canopies or lace curtains hung from a faux wooden beam, as in this genius project by Love Grows Wild. Pull a comfy chair into a corner for an instant reading nook, or hang a hammock inside and layer with soft blankets.

IN: Velvet

fall home trends

What could be more soothing than velvet? The fabric feels luxurious and welcoming for fall and winter, and when combined with rough natural textures (think reclaimed wood and woven baskets) and smooth metals and ceramics, it adds visual interest and tactile coziness to a room, contributing editor and stylist Heather Bullard tells Don’t have the budget to spring for an upholstered chair like the one pictured? Add velvet pillows or a velvet throw instead.

IN: Woven Texture

Don’t underestimate the depth woven textiles and accents bring to a room—especially during cold-weather months. Hang baskets for a focal point on the wall, put plants in wicker stands, or swap out your light fixture for a basket pendant light. Again, off-set the rough texture with soft velvet or hand-knit wool throws and smooth metal side tables, mirrors, and ceramic accents, says Bullard.

IN: Blush

fall home trends

So long, millennial pink! Blush is back and better than ever. Decor inspired by Benjamin Moore’s “Tissue Pink” paint was all over High Point Market this year. And home accents in a range of shades, like this pretty pink pantry by deVOL, prove rosy hues are here to stay.

“I’m loving anything and everything in the color blush pink,” Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy Trend Expert, tells “From vintage glassware, to velvet pillows, to painted planters, everything looks great in blush.”

IN: Faux Finishes

Due for an update but don’t have the funds? You don’t have to spend a fortune to make some improvements. Increased availability of faux finishes, from removable wallpaper and floor decals (pictured) to stick-on subway tiles, to the faux floralsand wooden beams of Fixer Upper fame, have made it easier and cheaper than ever to make quick home improvements.

IN: Brass

Brass is the new copper, especially when incorporated into furniture in an overt way, says Anne White, personal styling manager at BHLDN + Home at Anthropologie. Take this sectional with a beautiful brass frame, for example.

IN: Quilts

Not into the chunky knit? Dying to ditch your duvet? This fall, we predict a return to an old classic. “I love quilts of all kinds and I feel they have, in recent years, been replaced by duvets,” Selke says. “Quilts offer a handmade, homey element to any bedroom — modern or traditional.”

IN: Dark Paint

Forget farmhouse white and gray! This season, it’s all about drama. PPG Paints, Glidden Paints, and Olympic Paints & Stains all announced cozy shades of black as their 2018 Color of the Year— Black Flame (PPG1043-7), Deep Onyx (00NN 07/000), and Black Magic (OL116), respectively.

Not ready to go completely over to the dark side? Another deep color is also making a comeback: “Adding chocolate brown to your decor and is the best way to add some luxe — especially in the fall,” Audrey Margarite, the creative director of Bunny Williams Home, tells “Swap out your lighter colored pillows and throws for this rich hue.”

IN: Interesting Bedding

Strip off those plain white sheets and try something more exciting this season. “Nowadays we are seeing a lot more pattern being put together and even paired with interesting monograms,” Howard says. “I think as time passes this will become more and more prevalent.” Some of his favorite sources include Les Indiennes, Leontine Linens, Kerry Cassill, and John Robshaw. Beyond bedding, custom, upholstered headboards as statement pieces are having a major moment.

IN: Terra Cotta Tile

Terra cotta tiles are back — and if you ask us, they never left. Incorporate the classic earthenware to add warmth and character to your home, as in this cozy farmhouse featured in new book New Romance.

IN: Statement Ceilings

Heads up! You’ve heard of accent walls, but how about an accent ceiling? Whether textured wallpaper, tin or embossed foam ceiling tile, shiplap, wooden beams, or a bold paint color, homeowners are adding texture to the oft-overlooked “fifth wall”.

IN: Bone Inlay

Furniture featuring fine, hand-cut, inlaid bone is the statement piece your home needs this fall. This beautiful Anthropologie dresser doubles as a work of art.

IN: Matte Black Home Accessories

In both the bathroom and the kitchen, look for matte black light fixtures and faucets, as in this design by Love Create Celebrate, and appliances (hello, super-cute KitchenAid!).

IN: Extending the Outdoor Season

“People want to stay outdoors longer and they’re looking for new ways to do just that as we approach the cooler months,” Fishburne says. “Start by investing in a deep seating patio set and complement it with a fire pit or outdoor heater for warmth. This is also a good time to update your planters, rugs, and throw pillows by transitioning to warmer fall colors and textures. Another small detail that goes a long way is adding a fall wreath. All of this plays into the theme of creating that cozy, calm, inviting space and home to help combat our crazy-busy lives.”

Despite taking a hit in the post mining boom slump, Perth remains a favoured destination for those seeking great weather and a more laid-back lifestyle.

The West Australian capital has also been home to some of the country’s most high-profile rich and famous, so it’s no stranger to hefty property prices.

So where are the most expensive suburbs to buy in Perth?

Peppermint Grove topped the list of Perth’s most expensive suburbs with a median price of $3.6 million, data from CoreLogic for the 12 months up to 30 April 2017 shows.

1. Peppermint Grove – $3.6 million

Peppermint Grove is sometimes called ‘Australia’s Monaco’ for its small size and concentration of wealth.

Named after its local peppermint trees, the suburb has historically been associated with WA’s wealthy families and features historic homes such as St Just and The Cliffe.

16 Keane St Peppermint Grove

Peppermint Grove is sometimes called ‘Australia’s Monaco’. Picture:

2. Dalkeith – $2.4 million

Surrounded on three sides by the Swan River, Dalkeith is home to many multimillion dollar estates.

Its most famous resident, the late Alan Bond, once lived in Jutland Parade, the suburb’s most exclusive street.

Just six kilometres from the Perth CBD, Dalkeith is a much sought-after, leafy suburb, boasting amazing views to the Swan River.

26 Hobbs Ave Dalkeith

Dalkeith is home to many exclusive homes. Picture:

3. Cottlesloe – $1.9 million

Close to the city, but with that famous stretch of beach, Cottesloe residents can boast an enviable lifestyle.

With lots of cafes, restaurants and local landmark, the Cottesloe Hotel, the suburb has a lot to offer.

Cottesloe beach

The beautiful beach at Cottesloe. Picture: Lyn Gail

4. City Beach – $1.63 million

City Beach lies just 10km from the Perth CBD and is renowned for its beautiful beaches and foreshore that is lined with cafes and restaurants.

The homes in the area are mostly contemporary, and mostly in the expensive bracket, not surprisingly.

36 Windarra Drive City Beach

City Beach offers an enviable lifestyle. Picture:

5. Swanbourne – $1.62 million

The western coastal suburb of Swanbourne is home to many older Federation style houses, with many being updated and renovated.

Established in the late 19th century, it has seen newer housing estates established in more recent years.

24 Brassey Street Swanbourne

Swanbourne is home to many beautiful homes. Picture:

6. Nedlands – $1.45 million

Located seven kilometres from the Perth CBD, Nedlands is a mix of upmarket homes, with lower cost housing for students at the neighbouring University of Western Australia.

The suburb will soon be home to the new Perth Children’s Hospital.

75 Mountjoy Road Nedlands

Nedlands is just 7km from the city centre. Picture:

7. Churchlands – $1.34 million

Located eight kilometres from the city centre, Churchlands boasts prestige homes and a great lifestyle.

The suburb is named Churchlands because the area was bought by the Catholic Church in 1891 from a local family. After the closure of Edith Cowan University in 2008, the site was redeveloped as a housing estate, while nearby Herdsman Lake is popular for bird watchers.

23 Appleberry Street Churchlands

Churchlands is a much sought after suburb. Picture:

8. Shenton Park – $1.31 million

Well located with great public transport, Shenton Park features renovated heritage homes.

The suburb has good proximity to Perth’s city centre and Subiaco, and families will love its great parks.

51 Austin Street Shenton Park

Shenton Park is well located with good public transport. Picture:

9. Mount Claremont – $1.3 million

Formerly known as Graylands, Mount Claremont has transformed over the years, with a mix of new housing estates and higher-density townhouse developments, along with many homes built in the 1940s and 50s.

136 Rochdale Road Mount Claremont

Mount Claremone has undergone a transformation. Picture:

10. Claremont – $1.27 million

In the heart of Perth’s western suburbs, Claremont has great proximity to the beach, CBD and river, and has a mix of character homes and newer properties.

The suburb boasts several private schools including Methodist Ladies’ College and Christ Church Grammar School.

34 Reserve Street Claremont

62 Janda St, Robertson.

62 Janda St, Robertson.

The sale price of a six-bedroom Brisbane mansion with a built-in bar with beer on tap and a tropical fish tank has been revealed.

CoreLogic data shows the three-level property at 62 Janda St, Robertson, sold on May 9 for $3.225 million.

62 Janda St, Robertson.

62 Janda St, Robertson.

Yong Real Estate – Sunnybank Hills agents Tom Zhang and Su Ye said the owner was a well-known builder who was constructing multi-million dollar mansions in the local area.

Mr Zhang said the sale was the highest in the suburb. According to Core Logic data, it is the most expensive non-acreage residential sale in Robertson.

62 Janda St, Robertson.

62 Janda St, Robertson.

The previous record was set by 1 Wilonda St when it sold for $2.88 million in April 2013.

Mr Zhang said 62 Janda St was in the “best location”.

“People are paying million-dollar prices to buy riverside and riverfront homes at Bulimba, but this one doesn’t have those big city views,” he said. “It’s a home surrounded by older houses with no waterfront views or even a lift.”

62 Janda St, Robertson.

62 Janda St, Robertson.

The property, which has seven bathrooms, is in a quiet cul-de-sac, has a superior design and finishes, with an impressive use of technology.

Other features of the home include an in-ground swimming pool with separate spa, and a soundproof cinema with stone walls and built-in speakers.

The tropical fish tank comes with a 5000 litre salt water storage tank for water change over.

There is also a basement park for more than six cars with space for a workshop/storage.

62 Janda St, Robertson.

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied

A SHE-SHED style studio at the bottom of the garden has beaten all comers– including what may well be the best man shed ever – to take out Queensland’s top small projects award.

The stunning Studio for Indigo Jungle in trendy Brisbane suburb Ashgrove, designed by Marc & Co as an office at the bottom of the garden for creatives, took out the Hayes & Scott Award for Small Project Architecture at the State Architecture Awards.

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied

The firm took to the project by imagining it “as a small pavilion in a subtropical garden” rather than office space.

“Instead of using a defined brief, the design seeks non-standard archetypal experiences, such as an angled super skinny entry door, a building with no roof, windows with views when lying on the floor, walls and structure that are not straight. The studio offers unique, memorable experiences and is rich in spirit. The experience is a retreat from urban life and a simple relationship to nature.”

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Winner for Small Project Architecture Studio for Indigo Jungle by Marc & Co. Picture: Supplied

The jury clearly agreed, with its citation on the project praising the way the Studio for Indigo Jungle “cleverly expresses its structural form of tapered space enveloped by folded walls”.

“A sequence of arrival invites you along a path to reach a cutting in the landscape leading to the studio’s elevated platform floor of shimmering mosaic tiles as an allegory of water,” the jury citation said.

“Its relationship to nature and experiential qualities delivers a highly imaginative, memorable and innovative conspectus with amplified sensory connections to the ground, garden and sky.”

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Supplied

It was given a good run for its money in the small project architecture category with one challenger being Brisbane riverfront property Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects.

“The freestanding ‘Manshed’ was designed to complement a residential compound on the banks of the Brisbane River”, and evokes “primal qualities of external gathering places the client experienced on a recent trip overseas”.

“The fireplace and rich material palette were central to this brief. The enclosing Bluestone walls retain the warmth of the fireplace, while glass either slides away or folds up to allow absolute connection with the river and landscape.

“The lower level embodies the idea of prospect and refuge. A bunker-like gym is playfully connected to the river through a pair of monolithic viewing portals concealed in the landscape.”

It received a commendation at the awards.

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 – Commendation for Small Project Architecture: Manshed by Paul Uhlmann Architects. Picture: Supplied

QLD Architecture Awards 2017 - Entry for Small Pro