WANT TO JOIN OUR TEAM?

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We're on the hunt for a CREATIVE soul who can capture and share our Three Birds journey across all our platforms. You need to be a killer writer (not ‘killer’ like Stephen King, think Zoe Foster-Blake).

 
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    In a nutshell, this job is about story telling. A crucial part of our brand is sharing the journey with our fans. Three Birds is about to embark on more renovation projects than ever so we couldn’t possibly share that journey (and joyful chaos) with our audience without a chief story teller… and that’s where YOU come in. We’re looking for a confident and creative writer who feels they can nail all of the below.

 
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+ Write 6 articles per week for the Three Birds Renovations (TBR) publishing network across 52 weeks of the year. Each article is approx. 500 words.  
+ Ensure that the style of writing is in line with the TBR tone of voice - cheeky, authentic, playful and fun, think Zoe Foster-Blake style.
+ Work with with our Digital and Marketing Team to ensure all articles meet the objectives of the Content Strategy.
+ Gain a thorough understanding of sponsorship deliverables within TBR content platforms, and ensure all articles and content meets the needs of our partners.
+ Recommend 1 x extract from each article that can be used for an Instagram Post and Facebook Post, including snappy headlines for social media and email marketing.
+ Link and thread back to existing articles within the TBR publishing world, all of which will be housed on our website.
+ Interview other industry experts on current trends, new products and inspiration.
+ Be available to be on site during key periods of filming, installation and building stages to create and develop storyline ideas in line with Content Strategy.
+ Work closely with Bonnie, Erin and Lana, bringing to life the girls' individual personalities and tone of voice.
+ Work with the Three Birds Renovations photographer, thinking about how images and words marry together for our Content Plan.
+ Work with Marketing Team to ensure days and time spent on site are utilised to the full capacity in terms of ideas generated.
+ Work with our content management system and team members to ensure our deadlines are met as outlined in our content calendar.
+ Use data insights from analytics to craft and optimise content.
+  Capture behind the scenes madness of the Three Birds world with your trusty iPhone (when you are on site) to share across our Instagram and Facebook stories.

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MASTERING KITCHENS

 
 

Here are a few tid bits from our ‘Mastering Kitchens’ module of The Reno School…

Of all the spaces someone can renovate, I think the kitchen can be the most challenging. It’s usually the heart of the home and whether you’re a MasterChef or ReluctantChef, it’s a major feature of your space, so you want it to look good. Yes, there are ways to renovate a kitchen on a budget but it is still usually one of the most expensive rooms in a home, so you need to be happy with the end result. And if all that wasn’t pressure enough, we know that ‘kitchens sell houses’ so this is a real reno moment where you can add some serious value #kaching #kaching.

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5 questions to ask yourself (FYI, you'll get asked 20 Questions in The Reno School)!

1. Who spends time in your kitchen and doing what? 
2. Do you want to entertain in your kitchen? What would that look like? E.g - Do you want friends sitting at the island whilst you face them cooking? Or do you not want anyone watching you cook and clean?
3. What do you want to see from your kitchen? E.g – backyard, pool, TV?
4. When you’ve bought groceries, how easy is it to carry them from the car to the kitchen?
5. What annoys you about your current kitchen? 

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How to choose the shape of your kitchen

Time to get your tape measure out people! How much space have you got to work with? Remember to take into consideration if you’re planning to knock down walls or extend. You need to know the future footprint you’ve got to work with.  

Once you know the size of the potential space, most experts turn to the alphabet to describe different kitchen shapes -  there’s the L, U and even P and G shapes #whaaat? To be honest, with the popularity of the island bench, those shapes are becoming more outdated by the minute and we never use that language when designing our kitchens. In The Reno School, we'll use our language to help design your dream kitchen ... and it all begins with finding your anchor for the space. 

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The balance between what ‘looks good’ versus what ‘works well’. 

There will be some design decisions where you must CHOOSE ONE over the other – when what you think ‘looks good’, might NOT ‘work well’ (e.g – push-touch cupboards look great but are a pain in the proverbial if you’re using them often) …. and there’ll be times when what you think ‘works well’, might NOT ‘look good’ (e.g – large, easy-to-grab handles might not suit the streamlined cabinetry look you’re going for).  

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Here are some examples of choices Lana made in her kitchen:

+ Not to locate the oven at eye level (which is a popular location these days) because it would ruin the white, streamlined look she wanted. 
+ To have no handles on the integrated fridge (even though that would make it easier to open) because it would interrupt the white, streamlined look she wanted.
+ To forgo additional storage with no overhead cabinetry above the cooktop because she wanted her splashback to run up to the ceiling. 
+ To locate the sink on the island bench rather than back bench because she wanted to be looking outwards, but this meant her dirty dishes would be more visible.   

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Don’t get me wrong, overall you should be able to create a kitchen which ‘looks good’ AND ‘works well’ (that’s the point of doing this course right!?), but at every turn, you’ll be forced to make these decisions. Our plan is that by the end of The Reno School, you’ll be well equipped to make them.  

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HURRY... SCHOOL STARTS FEB 5TH!

HOW SONY SURPRISED ME ...

Who says 'no' to Sony? I nearly did.... well kinda :-)

I'll be honest and say that our home entertainment system was the last thing on my mind when we renovated my family home. Choosing a TV to mount on my beautiful new wall was waaaaaay down the bottom of my To Do List. In fact, it wasn't even ON my list. 

So when the time came to move back in to our finished home, it became really obvious that we had no TVs in the house. So I asked my husband to go out and buy one (I think it was the only thing I let him choose for the house) I really didn't care what brand he bought cos they're all the same right? Husband comes home, new TV gets installed and 9 months goes by with lots of happy family viewing time. 

This Christmas, Sony asked me to try out their new OLED TV and my initial response was "no thanks - we already have a good enough TV". I seriously thought it was going to be a big waste of time to get it installed and then have to tell them it was no different to the one I already had.

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But they assured me it was completely different and that I would fall in love with the new technology.  Considering I'm not a "techie", that promise still wasn't blowing my skirt up.

Anyway - fast forward to today and I'm still catching up on Game of Thrones (now you know where my platinum blonde inspo has come from #khaleesi #motherofdragons #stormborn) and I have totally fallen in love with me Sony OLED TV.  Why?

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1) The picture quality is just so much better - the colours are insanely good and the blacks are really black - Harvey Spectre has never looked so good! #iamcatchinguponsuitstoo 

 2) The screen IS the speaker! My previous TV (and most other flat screen TVs) have the speakers hidden at the back of the TV so it doesn’t sound like voices are coming towards you. Well the techies at Sony have revolutionised things by having the sound project directly from the characters' mouths into your face, and it follows their movement across the screen. Now I actually get everything they're saying on GoT.

3) Last but not least, it's got a voice activated remote control which it right up my alley cos it means I can pull up Michael Buble concerts on request. 

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P.S - we're going to be giving away one of these Sony OLED TVs for Christmas so stay tuned for details.  

 
 

LANA'S FIRST CHRISTMAS IN HER FOREVER HOME

This time last year my family and I were squeezed into a tiny rental property while our Forever Home was still under construction.  

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Most people renovating in December are desperately hoping to be "in by Christmas" but more often than not, reality bites and they have to accept it will be another 12 months before they can celebrate xmas in their newly renovated space. 

As you can see from these never-before-seen pics of my reno - we still had a looooong way to go!

But one year down the track I'm pleased to confirm that we are well and truly IN the finished home and I'm soooo pumped for our First Christmas in my Forever Home.  We've never had so much space and style to play with so I enlisted the help of Bon to help me whip the place into 'all that jazz' which is Christmas.

Now I don't know about you, but I grew up in a house where clashing colours on the Xmas Tree was all the rage and you could never have too much tinsel. So this year, I asked Bon to help me style my house for Xmas.  Here's what we did...

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The Table - We transformed my round dining table with a mixture of faux and real plants (one of our fave tricks of the trade) and styled it with vintage glassware, matte coloured plates and gold cutlery. 

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The Tree - In the past, I've gone for real Xmas trees but this year we've opted for a fakie tree from Target and I'm actually loving it #cheapandcheerful. The base of the tree has been covered with a basket by J'Jute and then we decorated the tree with a mix of gold and silver ornaments.

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To finish off the space, we swapped out my juju hats (which you guys seem to love) for two wreaths I picked up from Freedom and added a bar cart with some champers!

 
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P.S - the presents under the tree are fake .... I literally have not bought one single thing yet #somethingsneverchange xx

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BON'S CHRISTMAS LIST

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3 weeks until Christmas.... We repeat 3 WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! Nooooo... If you're just like us you've probably been too busy to realise that Christmas is around the corner and you have not yet brought one single present! 

Do not fear, Bonnie has you covered. She's picked out her favourite gifts. Everything from splurge to steal. Click on the product you want to shop below to be taken straight to their site.

 
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3 RENO DECISIONS YOU NEED TO MAKE EARLIER THAN YOU THOUGHT

 
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Most people know that you need to decide on the overall look, feel and style of your home nice and early in your reno process. But I bet there are a heap of decisions you didn’t know you needed to make…early. 

When I share these tips with my friends they say “Oh, come on, do I really need to order my taps months before my bathroom reno starts?”

 Um. Yes you do. And if you want those gorge brass coloured ones, you REALLY do. Those babies can often take 12 weeks to make! 

So if you're planning a reno, here are a couple of decisions you might want to start thinking about sooner rather than later.  

 

 
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What kind of WINDOW COVERINGS do you want? 

If you're keen on having motorised blinds like me (PS they're life changing) you need to decide this early on so that your electrician can rough-in all the necessary wiring behind the walls - just like he would for lighting. 

Another reason you don't want leave window coverings til last is the cost. Imagine having a beautiful new home with bed sheets covering your windows because you didn’t budget for shutters? 

 
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Get moving on your TILES & TAPS early!  Your plumber, builder and tiler will all ask you what you've chosen here BEFORE they start any work.  This is because it impacts how they prep the floors and walls and also what it's going to cost e.g - smaller, fiddly tiles will cost more to lay than your standard 600 x 600 ones. On top of all this your plumber will need your chosen taps onsite for him to rough-in behind the walls. Some of the prettiest taps aren't always in stock so don't assume you can buy them off the rack like you can a white shirt in Witchery.  They can sometimes have a 3mth lead time so get on top of this early to avoid disappointment! 

 
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Once you've finished your reno you'll be patting yourself on the back if you thought about the acoustics in your home early!! If you don't think about it early, you'll miss the opportunity altogether. I don’t know about you, but the idea of limiting noise transfer between walls and floors really appeals to me. And there are actually lots of choices you can make early in your reno process to reduce noise.

Insulation: you can tell your builder to use Bradford Soundscreen insulation which helps reduce noise transfer. But if you don't tell him, he'll just use the standard stuff.

Glass: There’s such a thing as ‘hush glass’, which can reduce noise by up to 34% compared with normal glass. Living on a bus route means this is a winner in my household. 

Plasterboard A.K.A. Gyprock: If you want to cut down the noise, I would do all of the above AND use Gyprock Soundchek which adds another layer of noise reduction.  But remember, if you don't ask, you won't get!

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