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AUSTRALIAN HARDWARE JOURNAL

| JUNE 2017

Architects with Michelle Tabet.

4. Commercial Interior – Workplace & Retail. Project: Finan-

cial Services. Architecture firm/Organisation: Futurespace

Pty Ltd.

5. Commercial Exterior. Project: North Bondi Amenities.

Architecture firm/Organisation: Sam Crawford Architects

with Lymesmith

6. International. Project: Antarctic Heritage Trust – Hillary’s

Hut. Architecture firm/Organisation: Antarctic Heritage

Trust

7. Single Residential Interior. Project: Footscray Apartment.

Architect firm/Organisation: BoardGrove Architects

8. Single Residential Exterior. Project: Burleigh Street House.

Architecture firm/Organisation: ME

9. Multi Residential Interior. Project: Coppin Street Apart-

ments. Architecture firm/Organisation: MUSK Architec-

ture Studio

10.Multi Residential Exterior. Project: RMIT Bundoora West

Student Accommodation. Architecture firm/Organisation:

Richard Middleton Architects

Scotts Europe and Australia go to

financial investor Exponent

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, a globally active supplier

of consumer products for lawn and garden care, has con-

firmed that it has received an offer from Exponent Private

Equity LLP for the company's consumer division in Europe

and Australia.

"Subject to the outstanding regulatory approvals, we expect to

close the possible transaction in the third quarter of 2017," stated

a press release from the company.

According to media reports, the offer is in the order of

USD $250m. Depending on the country, the brands affected

in Europe are Roundup, Weedol, Pathclear, Evergreen,

Levington, Miracle-Gro, KB, Fertiligène, Substral, Osmocote

and Naturen.

Source:

www.diyinternational.com

Bringing your customers’ homes to life

The trend for painting feature walls has evolved over the years

from just a single wall to a more dynamic injection on two or

three walls and, more recently, to less static use of colour. Using

paint for patterns and shapes is a relatively simple painting task

to take the interior of your customer’s homes to a whole new

level of impact, without having to paint entire rooms.

Moving beyond just flat colours, painted shapes can create

texture, movement and a talking point that is usually reserved

for artwork and wallpaper.

Shaynna Blaze, Taubmans’ Brand Ambassador, explains how

you can advise your customers on where and how to best use

painted shapes

“Every type of property can take advantage of this design

style by tailoring the choice of colours and finishes to suit. For

example, using stencils with a mix of flat and gloss in traditional

homes will give an effect of traditional ‘flocked’ wallpaper, but

ideally used in Taubman’s latest colours, such as Annapolis Blue

or Casino, to keep it relevant to today’s tastes. Any room can

take shapes and patterns, but you need to be aware of the inten-

sity of the colour and how many shapes and angles you put in a

room – sometimes less is more,” she said.

“Simple is always the way to go for bedrooms, nurseries and

main areas, so sticking to two or three colours is perfect, and

then keep the shapes to a simple repetitive pattern if you are

using stencils, and one or two major angles if you are doing lin-

ear shapes,” she said.

To help consumers navigate their way through the process,

Taubmans recently released a trio of ‘How to paint with shapes’

videos, each focussing on a different room including:

‘Ingredients for a delightful dining experience’ – http://

www.taubmans.com.au/how-to/create-wall-stencils

Using a combination of matt and gloss paint creates a fun

and unique wallpaper look where your customers control the

outcome with the colour, size of the shapes and repeat of the

pattern, she said.

“This is perfect for dining rooms as it is bold without over-

whelming the space where you need to spend time, socialise and

gather around food. Bring the pattern to life using soft, indirect

lighting or even candlelight, so your wall can always be a great

talking point when other conversation runs dry,” Ms Blaze said.

If your customers are redecorating a children’s bedroom,

tell them the best way to help their children love their room is

let them take ownership and be part of the decorating process,

according to Ms Blaze.

“The experience should be fun and using shapes allows chil-

dren of all ages to go crazy with their imaginations. Let them

select the shapes and shades but try and limit the palette to no

more than three colours, so it’s fun but not overstimulating. If