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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 […]

Your Guide To Functional & On-Trend Outdoor Lighting

May 1, 2018

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What could be better than spending a relaxed evening with friends and family in your own outdoor space?  NOT only does outdoor lighting make your outdoor space last longer into the night, but it can also help create the perfect atmosphere for entertaining through the seasons by bringing your garden to life at night. We […]

5 Jobs Around The Home To Tackle In Autumn

May 1, 2018

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By breaking down household jobs into weekly or monthly tasks, they won’t seem quite so daunting. IN May, tick off the following five jobs to make your household more functional and efficient without compromising on style. Nearly all these jobs can be undertaken on your own, without the help of a professional. 1. Make an […]

Hang Ups: 6 Ways to Showcase Works of Art

April 3, 2018

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These simple hanging strategies will help you get your artworks out of boxes and up where they belong. BUYING art or posters, or even printing out pictures, is the easy part. We’ve all been faced with the hard part that comes next: choosing frames and mats at the art store or standing in front of […]

How To Clean Your Bathroom Grout Until It Sparkles

April 3, 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 […]

Pillow Talk: How Many Pillows Should You Have on Your Bed?

April 3, 2018

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An expert breaks down the types of bedroom pillows to help you create your cosiest bed ever. Some people believe there are two types of people in the world: those who love an abundance of pillows on the bed and those who don’t like any at all. It may interest you to know that not […]

6 Tips For Creating An Inviting Outdoor Space In Autumn

April 3, 2018

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Don’t let the change in season drive you indoors. Instead, create your own outdoor autumn haven with warmth, style and comfort. HERE are six top tips for creating a killer – and totally inviting – outdoor space this autumn. 1. Warm it up Create cosiness outside by using blankets, chairs and cushions in key entertaining […]

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 […]