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Products To Help You Banish Plastic From Your Home

August 1, 2018

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With Australia’s major supermarkets banning the plastic bag it’s a good time to get on board. FOUNDER of the Plastic Free July Foundation, Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, says while plastic is an extremely useful material the fact it’s designed to last forever causes problems for the environment. One of the biggest impacts is, of course, on wildlife. […]

How Do I... Paint My Bathroom Properly?

August 1, 2018

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The walls of your bathroom aren’t the only thing you can transform with paint, but your tub, tiles and sink too. FIONA King, paint expert at Taubmans and White Knight, shares her top tips for giving your bathroom a professional-looking paint finish. What type of paint do I need for a bathroom? Unlike other rooms […]

12 Outdoor Screen Ideas That Are Pretty And Private

August 1, 2018

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Translucent panels, slatted wood, laser-cut metal and plantings offer just the right mix of seclusion and views. JUST as you don’t like looking up into your neighbours’ second-storey windows, they would probably prefer not to stare straight down at your fire pit from their bedroom. When considering how to carve out more privacy in your […]

How Do I... Look After My Mattress?

August 1, 2018

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Giving your mattress a little TLC can keep it in good shape for longer – an expert reveals how. KAREN Westacott, Sealy’s customer care manager, provides some practical tips for cleaning and maintaining your mattress. Invest in a mattress protector We spend around a third of our lives sleeping, so it’s worth investing in a […]

Top 10 Things To Do In The Garden In August

August 1, 2018

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Winter is still with us, the birds need feeding and there are plenty of edibles to sow and plant. DON’T let the winter doldrums get you down – start planning your spring garden now so everything is ready to go once the weather warms up. Get the secateurs out and finish your pruning if it’s […]

10 Fresh Ideas And Tidy-Up Tasks For August

July 31, 2018

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Use the final month of winter to kick some home maintenance goals and zhoosh up your tired spaces. WINTER’S dragging on, and you may feel like you’ve been holed up inside for far too long. But August is the perfect month to get some indoor jobs done before the warmer weather comes, so use your […]

The 6 New Design Trends You Need to Know About

July 2, 2018

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From moody colours and oversized palms to luxe detailing, a design expert reveals the season’s hottest design trends. CHILLY weather getting you down? Give your interior – and your mood – a seasonal lift and create a space that you’re happy to hibernate in all winter long. Here are six of the season’s biggest decorating […]

10 Clever Uses For Gravel In The Garden

July 2, 2018

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Use gravel for pathways and patios, as mulch for garden beds, to reduce rainwater runoff and more. GRAVEL is one of the most versatile landscape materials, as it can be used as anything from a pathway material to mulch. It’s an affordable hardscape material for outdoor seating areas, filler around flagstone pavers or a useful […]

How Do I... Create A Cosy Outdoor Room For Winter?

July 2, 2018

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Don’t let the chill put you off entertaining outside – here’s how to cosy up your alfresco space for the winter months. HERE, interior stylist Emma Bloomfield shares her top tips for turning your garden or outdoor area into an inviting entertaining space during the cooler months. In many parts of Australia, we’re lucky enough […]

How To Remove Pet Hair From Your Home

July 2, 2018

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Cats and dogs are a big part of the family, and bring lots of love (and cuddles) but also leave a ton of hair throughout the home. TO avoid a pet hair explosion, the below tips are paws down the easiest way to remove fur from your furniture, floors, and, of course, your clothes. Clean […]

How To Clean Bathroom Tile Grout Until It Sparkles

July 2, 2018

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Bathrooms are naturally humid places. Of course, steam is not so much a problem in the winter, but come summertime and mould starts to thrive and survive between your bathroom tiles. WITH its porous nature and generally light colouring, grout is especially prone to harbouring dirt and discolouration, which can really impact the overall appearance […]

How Do I... Mix Different Timber Tones?

June 1, 2018

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Forget the ski-lodge look – combining various timber tones in your interiors is the key to an on-trend aesthetic. TRACEY Bright, interior design consultant at Brosa, reveals how to nail the mixed-timber look. Timber is such a beautiful, natural material, and it looks incredible paired with materials such as stone, concrete and metallics in a […]

How To Clean Marble

June 1, 2018

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Marble is one of the most elegant surfaces. There’s a good reason the grand structures of Rome were built using it. Its glamorous and robust nature makes it the perfect choice to build something that will look good and last. AS aesthetically exciting as it is, unfortunately cleaning marble can be difficult. It’s porous which […]

How Do I... Decorate My Hallway Table?

June 1, 2018

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A thoughtfully styled console sets a welcoming tone – an expert reveals how to create arrangements with impact. FRANCES Cosway, design director at White Pebble Interiors, provides some easy styling tips for the hallway console so you can create head-turning displays. Your hallway table is often the first thing people see when they enter your home, so […]

How Do I... Choose the Right Carpet?

June 1, 2018

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There’s nothing quite like sinking your toes into luxuriously soft carpet – here’s how to choose a style you’ll love. RICHARD Hart, group wool product manager at Godfrey Hirst, reveals everything you need to know about selecting new soft flooring for your home. Ask yourself the right questions Which carpet colour will suit your interior style? […]

10 Bright Ideas to Lighten Up Your Hallway

June 1, 2018

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Hallways deserve a lighting scheme that makes the very best first impression. Here’s how to plan yours to perfection. THE hallway: generally a dark, narrow space with few redeeming features – but also the first room you and your guests see on entering your home. So how to make the best of it, other than […]

How Do I... Create a 30-Minute Garden?

June 1, 2018

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Don’t have much time for gardening? An expert reveals how to create a garden that needs just 30 minutes of care a week. ADAM Woodhams, horticulturist and Victa ambassador, reveals how to create the perfect green space for time-poor gardeners. Probably the single most common comment I hear from people is, “I’d love to have a […]

How Do I... Choose Fast-Growing Privacy Plants?

May 1, 2018

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Looking for a bit of privacy from the neighbours? An expert reveals 5 of the best fast-growing screening plants. ADAM Woodhams, horticulturist and Victa ambassador, reveals how to choose, and care for, fast-growing privacy plants. There’s a saying that goes ‘good fences make good neighbours’. Adam believes we should change the expression to ‘good hedges […]

How To Get Rid Of Ants

May 1, 2018

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Ant control can be a nuisance as once one ventures inside your home in search of food, and scores something yummy, he’ll send a message home to call in all the troops. NEVER fear, as you can get ready for battle with these three ingredients: Sugar Water Borax Warning: Keep these traps away from kids or […]

Quick & Easy Ways To Look After Your Timber Deck In Winter

May 1, 2018

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Keep your deck in tip-top shape all year with these key tasks that could also save you time and money down the track. IT can be easy to neglect your deck once summer has gone and alfresco entertaining isn’t quite as appealing. However, it’s still important to care for your deck throughout the winter months […]