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In the Doghouse: How to Create a Cosy Space for Your Dog

August 24, 2018

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See how people are making special spaces for their beloved pups with cosy built-in crates. EVEN though your dog’s crate training days are over, you may have found that he or she still loves to snuggle up in the cosy security of the bed. Alas, what was supposed to be a temporary eyesore has become […]

6 Eco Ingredients To Use When Cleaning The Home

August 24, 2018

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Spring cleaning season is right around the corner, so why not consider making your own eco cleaning products using ingredients found in your cupboard? The Rogue Ginger, Erin Rhoads, tells more. DID you know that one bottle of vinegar can replace all of your other plastic-bottled cleaners, and that adding water to vinegar won’t disrupt its […]

What You Need to Know Before Painting Brick

August 24, 2018

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Sure, painted brick can be a great look, but it has its risks. Here’s how to paint brick like a pro. SOMETIMES brick looks beautiful – and sometimes it’s an eyesore. Depending on the style of your home, a brick fireplace or wall may detract from your ideal ambience. Although painting the brick in your […]

How To Style Your Laundry

August 24, 2018

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Just because it’s a practical space doesn’t mean it should be forgotten – we do spend a lot of time in the laundry, after all! HERE, Nat Wheeler from Norsu Interiors and Lana Taylor from Three Birds Renovations gather their decorating tips and practical advice on how to revamp a laundry. Keep it simple In […]

How To Create More Space In Your Home Without Renovating

August 24, 2018

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Long and narrow rooms can be a major challenge to decorate. If not placed properly, furniture can feel cramped in and other awkward corners are left empty and unused. BUT interior designers and decorators have more than a few tricks up their sleeves to create more space without renovating. From drawing the eye up to […]

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? […]