Designing Your Luxury Home with Pinterest

Creating the luxury home of your dreams is no easy task and sometimes there are no words to describe your design ideas. Don’t worry, we know exactly how you feel, but one of the best ways to get your designs across effectively, is to get visual.


Creating a mood or inspiration board when building your dream home is a great way to stay inspired and ease the decision-making process. But gone are the days of trawling through magazines and cutting out your design ideas. The internet is full of inspiration and concepts can be found easily with a quick Google search. But by far the best way to collect and store all of your design ideas in one place is through Pinterest.


Think of Pinterest as a virtual mood board which allows you to scroll through thousands of photos and pin your favourites into collections or boards. Pinterest allows you to create and upload photos into custom boards like ‘Bathroom Ideas’ or ‘Luxury Flooring’, which can then be shared and re-pinned by others who are inspired by the photos. It is easy to get lost in the Pinterest world with so many beautiful and inspiring boards, but by following and collecting ideas that resonate with you and your style, your dream home will start to come to life.



In any relationship between designer and client, communication is always key. But we are all different, with diverse experiences, ideas and styles. Words will rarely suffice when it comes to communicating your dream home vision, and that’s where a mood board comes in. Your mood board can be as limited, or as expansive as your heart desires.


Are you a minimalist? Contemporary? Traditionalist? Do you place importance on open floor plans with space for a family lifestyle, or does your life require a structured home design with secluded areas for working? Neutrals or bright colours? Tiles or polished concrete?


Bring all of your ideas to life with a comprehensive mood board, which you can then take to your designer. If you find yourself unable to convey certain styles or ideas, Pin it! Having the freedom to sit down and both look at a collection of images means you’ll all be on the same page from the beginning and is guaranteed to streamline your entire design process.


Not only is Pinterest great for inspiration, the platform is a great way to keep on top of the latest design trends each season. And with photos linking to the original sources, you can always find more information about products or designs.



There are over 70 million Pinterest users and amongst those are luxury home builders like Domination Homes. We use Pinterest to share our custom home designs with you as well as find inspiration from others. Many of our clients choose to share their Pinterest boards with us throughout the process of designing and building their luxury home, and it allows us to truly bring to life their dream.


To start your pinspirational journey, discover the latest design ideas from Domination Home’s boards by clicking here, and watch your custom dream home come to life.

Landscaping Your Luxury Home

When building a luxury home, you want the finest finishes across the board. That’s why landscaping should always be a crucial part of your home design and planning. Landscaping not only offers finishing touches on your home, it also adds value. Research shows that it can increase your home’s value per dollar spent on landscaping, offering up to a 109% return*. So what types of landscaping should you invest in? Below we have listed our top 5 recommendations.


Front verge

This is a must as the front of your home is the first thing people see, so why detract from that with average landscaping? Landscaping at the front of your home should be clean and crisp. If you have large street frontage, think perfectly laid turf with sharp edging. It would also be wise to incorporate low growing scrubs and feature footpaths or stone work to lead up to your home.



Pool spaces

At Domination Homes we find that many of our clients desire a pool with their custom build home, which is why landscaping around this area is key to consider. To keep space open, we would recommend glass pool fencing and a feature decking material to surround your pool. Key choices we see over and over again include timber decking, stone paving or honed concrete. Once you’ve decided on these details, think about incorporating raised feature garden beds around the outside of your pool. These are best filled with plants that will tolerate lots of sun such as succulents, cactuses and evergreens. Or go for a more resort feel with an established Frangipani tree.




Plants may be the obvious choice while landscaping but that doesn’t make them any less important. Regularly, we now see homes with garden beds framing the outer edges of the block, allowing for free-flowing open spaces. This can help create the illusion of a larger block. These outer beds can be filled with low maintenance natives or for a classical approach choose a Lilly Pilly that hedges well over time. To incorporate pops of colour throughout your yard, think of including statement pots with seasonal florals. This adds colour, without the clutter!



Water features

Water features are a perfect way to add a tranquil, classy retreat to your home. Water features can be incorporated into a variety of areas in your home. For example, place in a leafy, shaded area of your backyard and set up an outdoor setting for a casual retreat. Alternatively, if you have an outdoor entertaining space, use the water feature as a talking point that blends both with the inside of your home and the outdoors. We have created this look perfectly at our display home – The Residence, click here to see more.




This multifunctional space is hugely popular over recent years and is one that we have come to include in most of our custom designs. These outdoor spaces now feature enviable entertaining areas coupled with an outdoor kitchen. To further make your alfresco area stand out, think of including feature garden beds around the area. Think structural plants and filling the garden beds with pebbles to show a point of difference. Another popular option is to include raised garden beds throughout the alfresco area, stick to low lying plants within these areas and choose a textual plant to make a point of difference.



If you are thinking of building your dream home, contact the team at Domination Homes today.




Walking on Luxury

Flooring is one of the key reflections of your luxury home design and it can be difficult to decide on the best for you. At Domination Homes, we want to ensure your flooring choice enhances your luxury home experience and compliments your style. Read on to learn more about our top 5 flooring picks and which one is right for your new home.


Porcelain tiles– Highly resistant to wear, easy to clean and visually appealing, porcelain tiles are always a great option for areas with high traffic use. Porcelain is a fine, dense flooring made from clay which can be altered to replicate other styles like marble which means they are a great investment and can even increase the value of your property.


Timber flooring – Whether engineered or solid, timber flooring is durable, easy to clean and practical when it comes to maintenance. Unlike carpeted floors, solid timber flooring can last many years and can be repurposed at the end of its life. One of the many benefits of solid timber is that it can be sanded back multiple times and restored to a pristine condition. We love that timber floors can be used throughout the home and has the ability to transform a house into a true luxury home through its naturally warm and attractive appeal. The options with timber are endless from dark and rich, to light and welcoming.


Natural stone tiles-In terms of flooring, nothing is more elegant and luxurious than natural stone. Each piece of stone used is a rare creation of minerals making every floor uniquely beautiful. Common natural stone flooring includes limestone, sandstone, travertine and slate all with unique qualities that suit different rooms. While natural stone flooring requires more care, it can provide a luxurious wow factor in a room.


Polished concrete- Highly durable and always on trend, polished concrete flooring is one of the most popular flooring choices for a sophisticated yet glamorous appeal. Be prepared for enhanced lighting too as polished concrete’s shiny surface absorbs light and illuminates a room by 30%. If you prefer a flooring that requires little maintenance then polished concrete is for you. This flooring is generally protected from stains and scratches which makes it ideal for any room. While a beautiful option, take into account that natural cracking may occur during the product’s lifespan.


Ceramic tiles – The diversity and durability of ceramic tiles are what makes this flooring choice so special. Ceramic tiles have been used as a superior flooring choice for centuries now as they can be customised into desired patterns and colours for every style. Ceramic tiles are a timeless, luxurious and durable flooring choice which offer endless possibilities when creating your own unique style throughout your home.


We understand that choosing the right flooring can be a difficult decision. However, the expert design team at Domination Homes make can your selection easier. Speak to our team today about the best options for your luxury home.

The Point of Difference

Building the home of your dreams is no small task and at Domination Homes, we know that our high-quality design phase is what makes a real difference and sets us above the industry standard. But what makes us different? We’ve listed below the most important aspects for our clients when choosing to build with us.

The Beginning

Contour survey
We will ask you for a contour survey of your block. This is done by a qualified surveyor and it must be completed prior to building on any site. This step is important as it gives our team the full details of the block. Including levels, angles, encumbrances, easements and boundary aliments. These are all items that can potentially cause design restrictions, so by having this information at the beginning, we are able to give you the best possible service.

Site inspection
Our Head Designer Steve with over 35 years of experience, will go out and inspect your block of land to determine what potential challenges you’ll have to work with during your dream home build. This is such a crucial step and is all completed prior to the first initial meeting!

The initial meeting- professional brief
This is possibly one of the most important parts of the whole process. We ask you to join us at our showroom to discuss your vision and dreams of your future home. You bring to us what you hope to achieve, things you’ve seen that inspire you and possibly you’ll show us the all-important Pinterest board! This meeting allows for our team to really understand the essence of your home and bring your dreams to reality through the process of a professional design brief.

Moving forward

Designs coming to life
The next stage of the design process is where things finally start to come together on paper and also visually. We provide working drawings, upper and lower floor plans that are fully dimensioned with all elevations supplied.
Once you are 100% happy with your briefs, we will complete your 3D virtual tour. The custom designed 3D virtual tour will show you your home furnished and landscaped, and complete with the pool layout. This is presented to you at the Domination Homes showroom and allows you a firm perspective on how your dream home will look.
The best part? You get a take home a USB of the 3D virtual tour so that you can show your family and friends your home in the making.

Costing and signatures
Once you are completely happy with all design elements and 3D tours, you will be given a custom design specification fully documenting the build and full costing. From here we will have you sign an agreement and place a deposit for the build.

The whole process starts with a conversation and ends with your moving into your dream home. The total architectural in-house design service is valued at over $5000 and is offered at a no-obligation cost. So to start building the home you’ve always wanted, speak to our team today by clicking here.

Luxury Trends for 2018

The beginning of 2018 brings with it fresh trends and new designs set to inspire another year of luxury living. Predictions for this year foresee home styling trends reflecting current social trends of a calm life balance and natural earthen luxury.

As our lifestyles continue to revolve more around technology, our homes become a place to seek solitude and peace from our busy routines. Continue reading for our tips on the top trends of 2018 to achieve total interior luxe.


Dark Woods- This year will see a shift from the classic Scandinavian light woods we’ve been enjoying in recent years, to darker and richer tones of delicious chocolate browns and walnut woods. Statement pieces like large dining tables or hand-crafted bookshelves can create a sense of ultimate natural calm.



Greenery- Pairing with the rich, dark woods comes bright and bold greenery which can liven up any room. Forget last year’s small succulents and think oversized palms, fiddle leaf figs or even a ficus. Choose big and bold pots to help the plant really make a statement. Not only will it add texture to your home, but there are also many benefits of having plants indoors, including minimising dust in the air and helping to keep room temperatures cool.


Cool Tones- As we continue to create homes which provide us a solace from busy lifestyles, cooler tones such as light linens and pearl greys will appear this year. Not only will they create a calming and peaceful space but will work with those rich wooden tones to balance the elements of your interior.




Terrazzo Flooring- This trend is on the way back for 2018 and bringing with it a classical timeless aura to any home. With its beautiful polished finish, this style gives any home a unique identity and a true sense of calm. Distinctive specks featured throughout the flooring gives a sense of earthy luxury and will make coming home to this space pure bliss.


Earthy Textures- Organic and earthy textures will see popularity this year, particularly rattan and wicker. Bright open dining and outdoor spaces can be livened up by incorporating rattan chairs or side tables with pops of colour brought to life through rugs and cushions. Simple wicker bed frames paired with light linens can create dreamy bedrooms to make you feel as though you’re in a 5-star beach resort. Don’t forget to bring in some greenery to compliment the natural tones.




Mixing Metals- This year we move away from basic stainless steel and continue to create luxury through interesting and unique accents of brass and copper. Tapware, door handles or even pendant lights and side tables can be found in beautiful copper tones and bring an ultimate level of luxury to your home.


Spa Bathrooms- If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the bathroom is the soul. Having a luxurious bathroom to come home to at the end of a long day is pure bliss and can really help us relax and destress. The biggest bathroom trend of 2018 will continue to be the desire for resort style bathrooms, complete with luxurious bathtubs for candlelit soaks, his and hers spaces and lavish lighting to complete the space.

All white bathrooms are on the way out, so incorporate fresh greenery and pops of colour through tiles, tapware and accessories. Bringing the wooden look through from the rest of the house can really add a resort feel to transport you to your favourite holiday destination.



The Vogue- A Dream Home

Driving to The Vogue inspires you even before arrival. Set in the leafy western suburbs it’s sure to impress and upon arrival to the home, it does not disappoint. The Vogue is set on a wide block and has taken full advantage of the available space. The impressive stonework adds an element of natural luxury and the elevation sets it apart from the other homes on the street.

As Dr Shivani Singh greets our team, it is clear that she too is as elegant as this home.



Dr Singh tells us this is the first time she has built a home, and that she was really pleased with the overall result.

“We chose Domination Homes after going to their display home and we really loved their attention to details and their specifications, and their style,” said Dr Singh.

Walking through the home, you can see that it was designed for a family who not only considers the finer details, but a family who likes to entertain.



Dr Singh attributes the ease of the building process to the help of the Domination Homes architect.

“The architect was just wonderful, so that was another reason why we went ahead with them,” said Dr Singh.

“He just gave us what we wanted, what my vision of the house was.”

The vision that has been delivered showcases prominent design elements including light filled open spaces that feature floor to ceiling glass, creating a welcoming home environment.

Further to this, the luxurious elements such as wooden features, stone tile work and marble accents make the home a modern blend of textures.



But creating a home that features so many intricacies is no easy feat.

Dr Singh told us that after finishing the build, they had several tradesmen coming through the home to finish small jobs.

“You know, when there are two people who don’t depend on each other, there is always a blame game. But I have to say, there were quite a few people who were working in this house and complimented the house.”

“They said to me, you don’t realise how complicated your house was and how well Domination Homes have worked around those complications,” said Dr Singh.

Dr Singh tells us that hearing this, confirmed that she had made the right choice by building with the team at Domination Homes.



Walking around the space, you can truly see that a dream home has been delivered. Every aspect leaves you in awe.

This home is a true testament to the luxurious, quality homes which Domination Homes can bring to life for you.

To see Dr Shivani Singhs full testimonial video, click here.

The perfect walk-in wardrobe

The wonderful wardrobe, whether you are ready to rule the boardroom in a power suit or keeping it colourful and vibrant, this room of the house sets you up for a whole day of success. Often a space that is over looked within homes, the wardrobe should not be forgotten, especially the master wardrobe.


At Domination Homes we understand the importance of having a space for your belongings that makes you proud, while also being functional. So, what makes the perfect wardrobe?



By far one of the most important options, especially when it is normally a shared area. Maximise your wardrobe space by sectioning it off from the rest of the master bedroom, popular choices have been to hide the wardrobe behind the bed or tapper it off in the direction of the bathroom, which can be seen in our display home – The Residence.



 To achieve an ultimately sleek and minimalistic look, imperative to any luxury build, having enough storage is incredibly important. A place for everything, and everything in its place’ so the saying goes, and that’s exactly how a master wardrobe should be built. Don’t allow for things to get cluttered and use a mix of hanging space and draws to utilise all available space.


Hanging space – high and low spaces

Utilising both high and low hanging spaces allows you to make the most of the space on offer. Try using the multi levels to set out your clothes, with shirts on top and pants or skirts on the bottom. Hang clothes as matching tops and bottoms for a quick and easy outfit choice on those early mornings.



Hollywood will tell you good lighting is everything and we completely agree. Good lighting can make or break a room, which is why Domination Homes focus so much of our attention on ensuring our master wardrobes are lit to perfection. Bright, sleek lighting with a feature chandelier or simple down lighting is the perfect way to illuminate your wardrobe and create a luxurious dressing space.



The simplest way to give an illusion of space and serenity is to incorporate mirrors into your master wardrobe. Not only are they practical, but they allow for lighting to bounce within the space, giving a sense of depth and space. Incorporate full length mirrors instead of wall tiles to create the ultimate wardrobe elegance.


These tops tips are a fantastic starting point to creating the master wardrobe of your dreams. Additionally, our expert design team can help you create the wardrobe of your dreams through our in depth design consultations. To find out more, visit our contact page.

Styling your luxury home

While we may build the home of your dreams, adding the finishing touches through styling makes all the difference. Style is a true reflection of your personality and we at Domination Homes have listed our favourite elements to incorporate into your new luxury home.


1. Artwork

Put your time and energy into sourcing standout pieces of art, whether it’s beautiful photography, unique wall hangings or dramatic floor pieces and statues. Sourcing local, one of a kind pieces will add a unique style to your new home and generate a talking piece for the house-warming party soon to follow.



2. Marble

The marble look is a contemporary style that can be incorporated into your home during the building stage or throughout the styling stage. It brings an air of elegance to any modern home, and will never leave your home looking dated. Its timeless style and impeccable finish leaves any space feeling like a seven star luxury hotel. Incorporate floor to ceiling marble tiles in bathrooms for a luxurious spa style or look to purchasing a marble top coffee table to add a subtle hint of luxury.


3. Wood

Luxury is all about combining a selection of high quality products to create contrast and elegance. Including wooden effects throughout your home can create a contemporary balance between natural and constructed materials. To achieve this look consider purchasing a statement wooden coffee table or dining table. Our current favourite style of timber include walnut for a darker finish and beech timber for a lighter tone throughout your home.


4. Textures

When choosing interior furnishings alternate between a variety of textured pieces. Choose from luxurious textures such as leather, velvet, or fur. These textual elements can be added through things such as couches, ottomans and bedframes. Additionally, accessories such as cushions and throws can add an easy stylish update. Think chunky knitted throws and leather pillows to create interesting layers. Prior to the building phase, speak to our designers about incorporating textured wallpaper in select rooms to add an ulterior level of design and sophistication to your home.


5. Mirrors

Incorporate strategically placed mirrors throughout your home to create a sense of light and space. Large floor standing mirrors can give the illusion of even bigger rooms, and hung wall mirrors allow light to bounce around brighten up any room. This small but important feature is an easy way to liven up your rooms and truly finish off your home with an elegant style.


Our top additional stylish elements can really make a difference to finalising your luxury home. However, never underestimate the power of fresh flowers, indoor greenery and candles. To learn more about our design process, speak to the team today.

The story behind The Residence

Recently the team at Domination Homes celebrated the launch of The Residence display home. Over 40 years’ experience has cumulated into this modern masterpiece, situated at 59 Glenelg St in Applecross.


The home was designed with entertaining in mind, and features a showcase central glass wine cellar, a stunning master bedroom and European tapware. The large format tiles are carried out through the entire home and add an element of luxury similar to a 7-star luxury hotel.


To find out the inspiration behind the home and the highlights, Sales Manager Marco DeCarolis explained the project from his perspective.


According to Marco, the main driving force behind building The Residence was to bring a new level luxury to the market.


“We wanted to bring to the market a level of luxury living, that will adapt no matter what your lifestyle involves,” he said.


The design of the home is a true testament to this by incorporating a focus of family life and entertainment, the heart of any home.


Marco said that the home is centred around the kitchen, as every great home should be.


“The rest of the family areas then flows seamlessly off this and the open outdoor spaces provide all the key elements needed to enjoy the fantastic climate of Perth all year round,” he said.


The home is truly a standout from other display homes in Perth, achieved through various design choices that seamlessly blend throughout the home.


Marco explained that the level of luxury, combined with carefully considered design elements within the home, sets it apart from others.


“Everything a modern home will need has been integrated into the design, allowing a clean flowing floor plan. We chose a handful of quality products and finishes and applied them with consideration to the overall feel of the home but also their functionality within the home,” he said.


The Residence showcases such luxurious design that one could almost be forgiven for thinking it was a 7-star resort, not a family home.


This is highlighted through the integrated design that incorporates the alfresco, pool and water feature, giving you a sense of relaxation and awe.


The design of The Residence has allowed for some show stopping features, with Marco stating that many people are simply in love with the master ensuite, followed by the walk-in robe.


“It’s breathtaking and after that, we get a lot of people comment on the wine cellar,” he said.


Since its opening in mid-October, the home has been received with praise and admiration.


According to Marco, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.


“People who visit are saying it’s the best home they have seen in years, a home that they could see themselves in; they are simply blown away,” he said.


The quality of the design shines through The Residence and it is a testament to Domination Homes key focus – excellent design backed by quality trades.


The new display home sets Domination Homes apart from the rest of the market and Marco believes it comes down to family values.


“It’s the commitment that every client is treated the same and that you have direct access to family members of the company, so the homes we build, are like our own,” he said.


To see more of the display home, visit 59 Glenelg St on Monday and Wednesday 3pm – 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 1pm – 5pm.