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13 Ways to Divide Up a Large Living Room

February 14, 2018

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Bigger spaces come with their own layout and decorating challenges. These ideas can help. IT’S easy to pine for a larger space when you are living in a teensy one, but big rooms present some of their own challenges, and that is what we will be tackling today. Whether you live in a loft, have […]

15 Productive Garden Ideas That Won't Eat Up Your Backyard

February 14, 2018

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No room for a vegie patch? No problem. Here are 15 stylish and space-smart ways to grow fruit and vegetables at home. THE traditional vegie patch is not for everyone – perhaps you don’t have the space or maybe the style does not appeal. Whatever the reason, it should not stop you from growing your […]

Cool Camouflage: 10 Ways To Hide Your Air-Conditioner

February 14, 2018

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Feeling boxed in designing around your mini-split air conditioner? Try one of these clever disguises and distractions. DUCTLESS mini-split air conditioners are popping up all over the place as an energy-efficient alternative to central air conditioning systems. Why? Because you can individually control zones of your house, so you don’t waste energy cooling a room […]

How on Earth Do I Clean a Glass Shower Door?

February 14, 2018

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Get the answers to keeping those glass shower walls and doors sparkling clean now and forever. MOST people loathe household chores. But is any cleaning task more difficult to stick to than squeegeeing shower walls and doors after use? The squeegee rule, a seemingly reasonable request to reduce hard-water stains, mineral buildup and mildew, is […]

Going Grey: Soothing Grey and White Sleep Spaces

February 14, 2018

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Sink into these elegant, tranquil sleep spaces that set the mood with a subtle monochrome palette. THERE’S something wonderfully calming about a grey and white colour scheme, which is why it’s such a good combination for the bedroom. If you’re considering using these two shades in your sleep space, be inspired by these gorgeous rooms. […]

How Do I... Remove the Ugly Brown Patch on My Lawn?

February 14, 2018

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Don’t let that bare, brown patch spoil the look of your luscious green lawn – here’s how to get rid of it. A luxurious green lawn is a joy to behold and can be a real drawcard in summer when barbecues and pool parties are on the agenda. The last thing you want is a […]

Cushion Masterclass: How to Choose and Style Like a Pro

February 1, 2018

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An interior designer reveals the secrets to mixing colourful and patterned cushions on your sofa and bed. BRIGHTLY coloured and patterned cushions are a fabulous way to jazz up your sofa or bed, but getting the combination just right can be harder than it looks. Mixing different patterns, hues and sizes in a cohesive way […]

7 Ideas for What to Put Behind Your Bed

February 1, 2018

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Try these design moves to add interest, comfort and a bit of fun to your bedroom. 1. Short bedhead + blank wall + iron canopy frame A classic and fresh approach to arranging your sleeping area is to embrace a short, unassuming bedhead and a plain white wall. Teamed with crisp white linen, they make […]

Life-Affirming Ways to Beat the Monday Blues

February 1, 2018

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Dislike Mondays? Try these 13 tips to hit your work week as fresh as a daisy. MONDAYITIS isn’t a myth. It’s a common ailment that causes stress, lowers mood and reduces productivity. Looming over the start of the working week, it can also spoil our Sundays. The thought of getting back onto the work treadmill […]

Good Neighbours: How to Stop Your Outdoor Noise Travelling

February 1, 2018

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From rugs and awnings to screens, here are some noise-dampening ideas to keep you in your neighbours’ good books. HAVE you ever struggled to sleep while the noise from your neighbour’s party drifted through your windows? Or, perhaps worse, has an irate neighbour ever knocked on your door in the wee hours and asked you […]

Exterior Makeovers: Should You Paint Your Brick House?

February 1, 2018

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Do you feel as though your traditional brick home needs an exterior refresh? YOU’RE not alone. Painting your exterior brick can give your home’s look an overhaul, but there are important factors to consider when making such a drastic change to your abode. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of […]

Five Plants for Fighting Mosquitoes

December 1, 2017

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These plants do more than just photosynthesise, they also repel uninvited guests. MOSQUITOES are not at all loved nor welcome in any home. They have been known to bring all sorts of illnesses, not to mention uncomfortable itchiness and unsightly bumps. Arguably the most popular of the au naturel ways of keeping them at bay […]

How Do I... Hide an Ugly Garden Fence?

December 1, 2017

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Don’t let a less-than-perfect fence or wall ruin the appearance of your garden – here’s how to conceal it in style. AN ugly fence or retaining wall can really detract from the look of a gorgeous garden. The last thing you want is your beautiful planting scheme to be overshadowed by a tatty, untreated pine […]

Fun in the Sun: A Buyer’s Guide to Outdoor Sofas

December 1, 2017

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Bring the indoors out and lounge your days away this summer. Here’s how to select the best sofa for your outdoor space. SUMMER’S coming, and there’s no better time to soak up some sunshine with friends and family on your patio, deck or verandah. This means it’s also time to gear up with outdoor furniture, […]

Want To Paint Your House? Make Sure You Have the Right Brush

November 1, 2017

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Any painter knows good groundwork and the right equipment are the secret to successful paint jobs. AFTER filling, sanding and cleaning, pause before flipping open a fresh can of paint and loading up a brush or roller. What you use to apply that gorgeous new colour makes the difference between a first-rate finish and one […]

How to Get Rid Of Weeds without Ruining Your Lawn

November 1, 2017

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The battle for weed-free grass is something almost every home-owner will deal with at some point. WEEDS like crab grass, dandelions, ivy, clover, bluegrass, and chickweed are some of the most common culprits when it comes to sullying the appearance of a perfectly manicured lawn. While some accept weeds as a fact of life or […]

Low Ceiling? Try One of These Clever Design Hacks

November 1, 2017

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Don’t let a low ceiling cramp your interior style – consider these tricks to make more of your space. WHEN you’re renovating, decorating or even building a room with a low ceiling, you might be concerned it will feel a little squashed or wonder where on earth you’ll put the lighting. Don’t fret – there […]

10 Tips for Getting a Dining Room Rug Just Right

November 1, 2017

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Is the rug you’re eyeing the right size, shape and weave for your dining room? Here’s what to keep in mind. FINDING a dining room rug that is both practical and stylish is no easy feat. Fluffy pile can permanently trap every crumb from the table. Too-small rugs can trip up chairs. But a good […]

Six Easy Ways to Update Your House’s Exterior

November 1, 2017

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A beautiful exterior can transform any property into a welcoming family home. “A home will stop me in my tracks if it demonstrates a beautiful balance of materials, proportions and a complementary garden,” says Sally Satriani from Beautiful Home Renovations. If selling, a well-presented exterior can prove a powerful marketing tool. “It entices buyers into […]

5 Ways Lighting Technology Can Make Your Life Easier

September 29, 2017

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We use our lights every day at home, but it’s often something we overlook. TO make the most of your home’s lighting it’s important to plan ahead and consider the specific needs of each room – do you want to the lighting to visually enhance a space, or to help you perform daily task. 1. […]