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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. […]

How to Style 10 Different Areas of Your Home

September 29, 2017

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Styling your home can be a daunting task, but where you place furniture and how you decorate can have an impact on your living space. HERE are a few key things you can do to help improve the look and feel of the main areas of your home. 1. Entrance area No matter how small or large […]

Top Shelf: Master Open Shelving With 9 Expert Styling Tips

September 29, 2017

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Blame it on the shelfie craze, or perhaps we’ve just been stuck inside too long this winter, but it seems we’re all obsessed with open shelving right now. IT’S easy to see why: open shelving is practical and affordable, and it allows you to display the things that are meaningful to you in a fresh […]

From Door to Hall: The Key Ingredients of a Great Entrance

September 29, 2017

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A fabulous entrance balances personality with practicality – here’s the recipe for how you can achieve it. WE all know the best stories are the ones that start well, and our homes are no different. Your entryway is the first thing guests see when they enter your home, and reveal a hint about the decorative […]

5 Creative Ways to Display and Store Children's Artwork

September 29, 2017

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Children’s artwork can bring colour and fun to our homes if thoughtfully displayed and stored. DOES your child bring home oodles of artwork? Drawings, paintings, collages… and multiple pieces each week? Are you stuck about what to do with them, or feel bad that you can’t keep them all? Rather than allow them to accumulate, […]

How to Design a Family Photo Wall

September 29, 2017

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Display your favourite images of loved ones for the most personal gallery wall of all. IN the digital photo age, not only do most of us have cameras on us at all times, but we have printers that can turn them from pixels into paper. But it only stands to reason that people have more […]

4 Ways To Decorate With Baskets At Home

August 31, 2017

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Is household clutter starting to assault your sense of style? The solution may not be modern, stacked storage. The best way to regain your prized space could be as simple as an old favourite: baskets. WOVEN baskets are making a comeback, and they’re perfect if your decorating style embraces diversity, colour and organic materials. Baskets are […]

5 Steps To Buying Your First Piece Of Art

August 31, 2017

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Itching to cover your walls with fabulous works of art, but unsure where to start? FOLLOW this 5-step guide The thought of buying something beautiful and meaningful to hang on your wall, and which you’ll love for years to come can be incredibly exciting… and just a little terrifying. 1. What’s your intention? It’s an […]

The Things That Every Bedroom Needs To Create Perfection

August 31, 2017

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Bedrooms are used for so many reasons other than sleep. It is such an important space in our homes, a place to relax and unwind at the end of the day, somewhere to read and recharge. HERE are six essentials every bedroom needs to look and feel beautiful: Pillows They are such a lovely way to […]

Healthy Time To Boost The Garden

August 31, 2017

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Compost, fertiliser and mulch will produce the best results in the garden and keep it healthy if they are added now as plants enter the growing season. IT’S great to see everything in the garden bursting back into life. With a little time investment now, your garden will be set for the rest of spring. […]

Dining Delights: How To Choose The Right Dining Table

August 31, 2017

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Round, rectangle, or square? How big? Here’s how to find a dining table that works for your space. THERE are so many shapes and sizes of dining tables. Which one is right for you? The look of your table is important, of course, but making sure it fits your space and gives enough seating is […]

11 Ideas to Help You Create a Cosy Outdoor Living Area

August 1, 2017

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Here are some tips and tricks to help you bring warmth, comfort and a general sense of cosiness to your outdoor spaces. THE Danish concept of hygge, which can be defined as ‘a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality’, is moving from interiors to our outside spaces. So if you want to enjoy some downtime […]