Renee Bird, Interior decorator, at ID Blinds and ID Living on Spence St with some walpaper and curtain samples that Cairns people are choosing to spruce up their homes with. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEANMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“Interiors are also reflecting a connection with nature and there is a call to use timber or marble to make your home feel more welcome and calming. Timber is timeless, and there is a trend to go for blackened or oxidised timber, like an oak, rather than traditional sandy or whitewashed wood.“Natural stone looks, even vinyl planking has come a long way and is quite popular at the moment. Tile-look vinyl has come out and that looks very effective and would be cheaper.”Green is seeping into colour pallets too, with even cabinetry being painted the colour of the rainforest.LANDSCAPINGGoodbye concrete, and hello smooth slate, river stones or locally sourced porphyry, if you’re hoping to keep up with landscaping changes in 2019.Miles of Landscaping owner Miles Mead said the versatile, natural products could be used as edging or paving in myriad ways. Cordylines Picture: Supplied “Bluestone and limestone is beautiful too and they last in all weather conditions. They are usually a lot denser and don’t stick out like pavers which could cut kids knees if you fall on them,” he said.Mr Mead also urged homeowners to think twice about planting palms citing their messy, falling fronds as just one of the reasons they could create a headache down the track.“They also take up the ground so nothing else can grow in that area, they’re beautiful for the first couple of years,” he said.“Smaller tropical plants which are easy to look after and give shade are the best. Colour cordylines and the lucky stripe plant are some of the more popular.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenKnock Down and Rebuild versus Renovate03:24A NEW year has brought a whole new focus on home and garden building and design but a yearning to bring the outdoors in will always remain a staple of Far North Queensland residences.From open-plan areas to functional spaces that flow, vibrant greens and earthy tones, to an understanding and appreciation of the beauty of the tropics, these are the top trends you’ll be seeing more of during 2019.BUILDINGNo one wants to be stifled in a hot and stuffy house, especially at this time of year when the humidity bears down almost as hard as the monsoonal raindrops.Koru Building Contractors’ Tony Newman said seamless indoor and outdoor spaces, especially in renovation projects was hotting up.Boxy Queenslanders were often top of the list to undergo makeovers which often made the veranda a vital part of the whole house.Mr Newman said a second lounge or media room would remain popular throughout 2019 as well. “With these, they want light and airy spaces, a lot of people go white or paint in a neutral colour to help expand the space and bring colour in through furnishings,” he said.“Kitchens, bathrooms and outdoors areas are our three major renovation inquiries and the longer galley-style kitchen all the way down one wall instead of a U- shape is quite in at the moment. “It gives the room a nicer flow, and means the kitchen can flow through to the outdoors or to a deck area.”And, forget a bathtub. “Unless it’s a real family home people aren’t fussed on having a bath. A lot of people are looking to outdoor bathrooms though with an outdoor bath, screened by trees. I think everyone wants an ensuited master bathroom too, so two-bathroom homes are just the norm,” Mr Newman added.DESIGNClever storage and earthy materials will be a feature of more and more homes this year according to ID Blinds and ID Living interior decorator Renee Bird.She said a focus on design bringing convenience to a busy lifestyle, especially in kitchens, was leading to a “real shift” in how people live with concealed storage areas and integrated appliances all part of the change sweeping over the industry.”That extends to furniture as well, which can really make or break a space,” Ms Bird said.“It could be a chair and a drink table combined, or a coffee table with storage to hide remote controls.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As he went through the months of rehab following last year’s surgeries, Seager always knew that would be the case. But he admits there were times when he worried.“You always do,” Seager said. “You always wonder how it’s going to be, how you’re going to react. But once you get back out there and get in the flow of things that comes back.”INJURY NEWSDodgers outfielder Joc Pederson left Saturday’s game in the eighth inning after being thrown out at home plate trying to score on a wild pitch. Pederson would not have been in the starting lineup against left-hander Madison Bumgarner Sunday regardless. But Roberts said Pederson was dealing with a sore back after the game.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO – As a coach on the Angels staff, Dino Ebel admired what he saw of Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager.“For me when I saw him from the other side, he was a good-looking shortstop, great defender, good hands,” Ebel recalled.That was not really the player Ebel began working with this spring in his first year on the Dodgers’ coaching staff. Seager was returning from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and arthroscopic surgery on his left hip. He and Ebel went through a long progression this spring. It was usually Ebel who hit ground balls to Seager during his carefully-monitored workouts (down to the number of ground balls Seager could field daily) – first only straight at him then slowly side to side.But Seager’s full range has returned and his post-surgery defense has been easier to recover than his swing (which has returned over the past month). Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “It’s just something that got him yesterday, I think on the slide home,” Roberts said, adding that Pederson was still available to pinch-hit or enter the game later.Meanwhile, outfielder Matt Beaty was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Sunday. Beaty is on the Injured List with a hip flexor injury. He will be eligible to come off the IL on Thursday.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 9-1, 1.35 ERA) at Angels (RHP Griffin Canning, 2-2, 3.52 ERA), 7:05 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), Fox Sports West, AM 570, KLAA 830 “Yeah, for sure. Easier timing, you know what I mean?” Seager said. “You just have to be on the ground when the ball is crossing the plate (on defense) more than the timing and rhythm at the plate. It’s definitely an easier thing to come back to, for sure.”With all the attention on Seager returning to his offensive form, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says “it shouldn’t be underappreciated what he’s doing out there defensively” at shortstop.“I think a lot of it has to do with his body composition, the way his body is moving,” Roberts said. “Even in ’16 I don’t think he looked like this as far as where his body was at. Obviously he had the hip issue. Even talking to Corey he’s really never felt this good as far as the way his body moving. So now you layer that in with his ability to lock in on pitches, be in the right spots … this is really, really impressive defense.”Roberts acknowledged the challenge was greater offensively when Seager returned after missing most of last season.“I think it’s much easier on the defensive side,” he said. “Granted there’s a timing issue with defense too. But the body allowing him to get in position to make the plays that he needs to make, to make throws – you watch the way his feet are moving, the backhand play … his legs and body are allowing him to make the plays.”