HOW BONNIE HANDLED HER FIRST AND LAST OPEN HOME

If you’re anything like me, browsing houses online is a favourite pastime, but there’s just something special about seeing a home in the flesh #realdeal #loveanopenhome

So, when I suggested to Bon that we invite our Reno School students over to her #moderncoastalbarn for a look-see, she hesitated …. And then jumped at the idea.

We had an overwhelming response and could hardly believe our eyes when we scanned the guest list to find we had students flying in from New Zealand, Perth, Melbourne, Far North Queensland, and …. even Singapore! Yep, just a 6,500km journey to view our latest project #commitment #humbled #loveourrenoschoolers

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HOW TO INCORPORATE ETHNIC FURNITURE INTO YOUR SPACE

Many of us are apprehensive about adding ethnic furniture to our space, for fear of things ending up too ‘boho’. In the latest Three Birds renovation, Bonnie shows us how adding some ethnic pieces, in a neutral palette, can take a room to the next level, and compliment a range of décor styles, especially her amazing ‘coastal barn’ home.

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FACEBOOK LIVE WITH NATIONAL TILES CEO

In a Three Birds Facebook first, Lana took to Facebook Live with one of our suppliers, Nick Walker, CEO of National Tiles.

Nick dropped into Lana’s forever home #santoriniinsydney for a chat about all things tiles. And yes, he had to take his shoes off and do the interview in his socks! #noshoepolicy #cleanfreak

Bonnie used National Tiles products throughout her dream home to create some amazing tile features. Nick’s faves are Bon’s dog bath and the curved ceiling in the main bathroom #greattaste

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EASY WEEKEND RENO HACKS WITH PAINT

If you’re anything like us, drooling over home inspo pics is a favourite pastime #pinningforlife. But if a renovation isn’t on the cards at the moment, sometimes you need a little project to get your creative juices flowing and spruce things up around your home in the meantime. We’re often asked for our best reno hacks, so here are a couple of really easy peasy lemon squeezy ones that you can finish in one weekend.

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BEST OF THREE BIRDS TV - HOUSE 7

Imagine a kitchen which is the complete opposite of Bonnie's kitchen?  What would it look like? Small, black-on-black and with no room for an island bench perhaps? BINGO! That's exactly the kitchen we built at The River Shack reno. Despite it's small size, we used every trick in the book to make it as functional as possible and packed with personality. We wanted this kitchen to have a sleek and modern look, so stained the timber veneer cabinets black and teamed it with Vanilla Noir Caesarstone. And our favourite element of the whole kitchen is not what you'd expect - a piece of artwork which is as an eclectic combo of masculine and feminine energy topped off with a strong dose of cabin fever. A car burn-out never looked so pretty. #grittypretty

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BUILDING IN A BAL 40 BUSH FIRE ZONE

Bonnie’s dream home is in the bushy Hills District of Sydney and while this means a gorgeous leafy setting, it also means a few extra building challenges. As if building a forever home of mammoth scale isn’t enough of a task, part of Bonnie’s site is a BAL 40 rated bush fire zone. And with that comes a long list of extra boxes to tick to satisfy council requirements.

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LANA'S FAVE ROOM: BONNIE'S ADULT'S RETREAT

So, we were chatting the other day and Bonnie went and dropped the BIG question. What’s my favourite room in her dream home? That’s a pretty tough one… like who’s your favourite child or what’s your favourite meal. Ask me next week and I’m sure my answer will be different to today! Hang on, make it pizza, cold pizza… even it’s bad it’s good.

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BEST OF THREE BIRDS TV - HOUSE 5

We've had a lot of you ask about the vintage, concrete trough featured in Bon's colourful laundry. It brings a unique, retro vibe and is also really practical for all that muddy sports gear. But the real reason Bon chose it for her Dream Home was that it has huge sentimental value. You see, we salvaged it from House 5 and that reno holds a very special place in our hearts, especially Bonnie's - watch Episode 2 to learn of the heartbreaking story behind this house.

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THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT BAR STOOLS

It seems that our Three Birds Gang have a bit of a thing for bar stools! Remember the timber and black ‘tractor stools’ we used in House 4? Bonnie picked them because the black legs complemented the black knobs and the tap in the kitchen. We had no idea that they’d become the most asked about furniture we’d used - EVER!

And then you guys nearly broke the internet, selling out Ziggy stools like the ones Bonnie used in her dream home, overnight! They’re the ones at the main island bench… not to be confused with the three other styles of bar stools Bon chose for her dream home! #nothingbyhalves

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HOW GREAT THOU ART

Artwork is such a personal choice. What floats one person’s boat isn’t always the next person’s cup of tea #whitewithoneplease. That said, I for one, love Bon’s choices of artwork in her dream home. True to her eclectic style she’s chosen different artists and a range styles but what they’ve got in common is that they all look amazing on those big white walls #bonniesdreamgallery #moveoverMOMA

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SHOP THE LOOK: MY "NORTHERN BEACHES COLLECTIVE"

I’ve always had a soft spot for the coast. Some of my fondest memories are of family holidays spent at the beach. And there’s no denying that those times had a big impact on my inspiration for my dream home. Even way back then I remember looking at all the big, white, coastal homes and thinking they were so beautiful. My dream home was always going to be white weatherboard, with palm trees, water glimpses and casual furnishings with pops of luxe.

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BEST OF THREE BIRDS TV - LANA'S FOREVER HOME!

Now that we've revealed all of Bon's house, many of you have been asking what to do with your Monday nights? #greatquestion We have the answer! We've gone back through our archives to pull out our favourite Three Birds TV episodes from previous renovations. It's been so great looking back at these very different projects and even picking up on where Bon may have got some of her inspo for her Dream Home. 

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FOR THE LOVE OF LANDSCAPING

Landscaping’s always last on the long list of reno ‘to dos’ so it often bears the brunt of any budget blowouts. But there’s nothing worse than a gorgeous house with a ghastly garden. Or perhaps there is… a mud pit in the front yard ready for the kids to traipse through your newly renovated house 😱#cleanfreaksnightmare

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