Renovation stories and inspiration

Dare To Be Different

Shopping for tiles the other day for an upcoming project, I found myself swooning over a deep blue glazed hexagonal tile that I’ve been eyeing for ages. Talking with the lovely staff, I was informed – much to my dismay – that the tile is being discontinued due to lack

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Shou Sugi Ban

The Japanese have a number of traditional building techniques that have a place in modern construction. My latest obsession is Shou Sugi Ban, which is a method of preserving timber that has a number of incredibly practical benefits. Burning wood makes it less susceptible to insects, rot/mold, and believe it

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Inspiring Nature – The trip of a lifetime

When we decided it was time to move back home to Cairns to be near family and escape the ‘big smoke’, Piet said “lets drive over the top”. I’m not really sure what I expected (we’re not big campers in the UK), but 7 weeks in a tray back ute,

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A new lease on life

I love a creative project, and I can’t resist the challenge of rescuing a forgotten, unloved piece (when I get time that is). These beautiful chairs came out of a government building in Perth and were crying out to be reupholstered and have all the dark flaking lacquer removed to

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Patterns and colour

How much time do you spend looking at the little things? As a child we could be fascinated for hours by the simplest things, but as we get older, and busier, we don’t seem to notice the little treasures all around us. Here in Cairns I’m finding shells and butterflies

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Cairn’s Life magazine introduce us.

MODERN RUSTIC Vickie and Piet Words By Suzy Grinter There’s something about people who participate in high risk sports that tells you anything they do outside their sport will benefit from their strong will and determination to continually challenge the norm. People who live on the edge in this way

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A lot can happen in 6 months

Well it’s fair to say that we’ve been a bit busy over for the last 6 months. We decided that they best way to demonstrate who Modern Rustic are, and show what we’re really capable of, was to build a display house. At this point we had no idea what

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