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How To Organise A Small Space In 7 Simple Steps

Not enough space at home? The number one reason why people think they can’t get organised is that they “don’t have enough space”. But if you had been in the number of homes I’ve been in and seen the overflowing extra closets, garages, and attics, you’d quickly agree that even if you did have extra space, it might quickly become cluttered as well. As tough a...

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5 Tips To Organise Your Wardrobe For Your COVID Lifestyle

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on all of us in so many different ways. One big change has been the way we dress day-to-day.  As we head towards summer here in Australia, it’s a great time to clean out your closet but also think about how our wardrobes are best organised to suit your COVID clothing needs. Those of us who are primarily working from home these days are more likely to ...

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IT’S COMPETITION TIME AGAIN!

It’s competition time, we’re giving away this $100 gift voucher from Pretty Mint Creations! To enter simply tag a friend or family member who would like a custom made, created or designed gift just for them in the comments section on the Your Address Facebook page and make sure you have LIKED our Facebook page! GOOD LUCK! The winner wi...

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Creating A Functional Study On A Budget In Seven Easy Steps

People regularly ask how I can improve the functionality of working at home without it costing a bomb. What equipment do I need? How should I make sure the workflow is optimised for efficiency? All of these are the right questions. The answer though generally starts somewhere other than thinking about the right size desk or lighting or even the feng shui of the entire room.  Alway...

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4 Easy Weekend Jobs To Prepare For A Spring Auction

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to moving home. But if you need to sell before you buy, you’ll have to get your own property looking its best first. The days are getting longer and warmer, so there are more hours on the weekend to tackle the jobs you might’ve put off during winter. Now is the ideal time to give your home a facelift – especially if you want to ...

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How Do I... Choose Tiles for My Kitchen Splashback

Tough, low-maintenance and easy to clean – tiles are a great choice for kitchens. Here’s how to find the right style. Christie Wood, strategic designer at Beaumont Tiles, reveals how to select a tile colour and shape to complement your kitchen. The splashback is often the focal point of a kitchen, and provides a real opportunity to inject some colour and personality into the space...

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Top 8 Vegetables To Plant In Spring

Winter is now over and you’re itching to get back into the garden to plant this season’s crop of vegetables.   So which veggies should you choose and how can you ensure they thrive? Here we share some top tips. 1. Carrot   It’s hard to imagine an Aussie veggie garden without carrots, and if your thumb isn’t as green as you’d like the good news is the...

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The Best Outdoor Lights For Different Spaces

Outdoor lights are one of the loveliest ways to brighten your space and bring it to life. You can choose to keep it super practical for everyday living through in-ground deck lights, built-in lights above your barbie or mounted brick lights to illuminate your outdoor stairs. For parties and entertaining you can jazz things up: Think string lights, origami-style lanterns, a...

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Creative Ways People Are Staying Connected During Isolation

As the seriousness of COVID-19 increases, as does the stress and anxiety of being separated from friends and family. Luckily, it’s 2020 and we are graced with the internet, allowing us to share and connect at a time when it’s more important than ever before. People all around the world are coming up with some very creative ways to bring joy to their loved ones’ days in a tim...

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How Do I... Store My Bags

Storing bags properly rather than just cramming them into your wardrobe will keep them looking their best – here’s how   Source Houzz In this practical series, we ask experts to answer your burning home and design questions. Here, stylist and author Wendy Mak, who is known for her ‘Wear more, spend less’ philosophy, provides some practical tips for keeping y...

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7-Day Plan How to Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organised Garage

Stop fearing that dirty dumping ground and start using it as the streamlined garage you’ve been wanting Source; Houzz   If you are ready to transform your garage from dumping ground to a useful, well-organised space, this plan is for you. It breaks down a monster of a task into manageable steps, so you can stop fearing your garage and finally start using it again. Not only are gar...

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5 Home and Contents Insurance Myths Debunked

Source: Real Estate.com – Youi The good, the bad and the surprising… What is and isn’t claimable on home and contents insurance? Before you sign up, make sure you understand what you’re in for. What kind of coverage are you getting? Is your priceless antique collection insured? Did you remember to add the new TV to your policy? We’re here to debunk some of the ...

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5 Pesky Problems Around the House and How to Fix Them

Mouldy spots on the wall, a slow-draining sink – here are 5 common issues homeowners face and how to fix them Now that you’re spending more of your days at home, it’s time to tackle those niggly issues that you never got around to addressing. We asked five experts for the most common problems that crop up around the home and how you can save money by tackling them yourself. ...

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How to Sneak In a Kids' Study Zone Without Creating Clutter

When kids do their schoolwork in open living areas, where do you stash the books and supplies? See these clever ideas Is it any wonder that kids’ schoolwork seems to get done more often on a comfy sofa or at a bustling kitchen island than in a dedicated hidden-away study space? Being closer to the action of the household means it’s easier to ask questions and get help – a dec...

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Five simple ways to stop your dog from ruining your backyard or garden

Whether they’re digging up your plants, running tracks through the grass or burning pee patches, dogs can be bad news for backyard presentation goals. The good news is, there are some simple things you can do to stop your furry friend from destroying the joint.   Factor them into your landscaping You might dream of delicate flower beds and lush lawns but if you don’t ...

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How Colour In The Home Affects Your Mood

Certain hues can have a huge impact on the way you feel in your abode. And while some shades can have you feeling happy and inspired, others may be secretly dragging you down. While many of us are working at home due to Coronavirus now is the perfect time to take a look around at the colours in your home and consider the effect it might be having on your moods. You might be surprised at the ch...

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10 Ways a Trellis Can Boost Your Outdoor Space

What can increase privacy, divide outdoor spaces, maximise growing space and more? A humble trellis. Source: Houzz Before vertical gardens became popular, we used a simpler system to encourage plants to grow up the sides of buildings: the humble garden trellis. With a simple structure of wood or metal, you can cover a vertical surface with vines, make a divider between outdoor rooms, create a...

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How Do I... Choose the Right Tiles for Around My Pool

Add panache to your poolside area with beautiful tiles or pavers – here’s how to choose with confidenceSource: Houzz The tiles you choose for the area around your swimming pool should be: • Slip-resistant: We’d recommend a slip rating of P3 or above for any area inside and outside the home. This will provide a safe slip-resistant surface for the occupants of your househ...

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6 Ways To Decorate The Ultimate Family Room

Source: Real Estate.com From the place where a baby’s precious first steps are taken to the space where loved ones come together to celebrate, a family room is most definitely where the heart is. Not only is a home the place where families come together, it’s also where a family grows, shares and supports each other through life. Arguably the family room – otherwise known a...

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Top 10 Things to Do in the Garden in July

Winter gardening is all about planning, pruning and protecting your plants during the chilly months. Here’s how. The blue skies and sunshine of summer may seem a long way off in the shivery depths of winter, for those of us who live in the colder parts of the country, at least. But why not put those days when it’s too wet or cold to go out into the garden to good use by making plan...

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10 Ways to Create a Bedroom Siblings Will Want to Share

Bunks, lofts, hammocks, beanbags and thoughtfully placed partitions can encourage the kids to coexist happily Source Houzz Siblings who share a room may not always get along, but the benefits of bunking together are huge – including more bonding time, fewer middle-of-the-night runs to your room (since having another person nearby at night is calming for many kids), and practice in life ...

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How To Stop Condensation On Your Windows In Winter

Source: Real Estate.com When winter sets in, most people settle indoors and seal off any cold air that might sneak its way in. Unfortunately, this means natural ventilation and airflow is compromised. This causes a build-up of moist air, which can quickly develop into mould and mildew. So how do you stop condensation on your windows during winter? Let’s start with how and why it occurs....

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9 Tips To Save On Heating Costs This Winter

    Source; Real Estate.com Frosty windows, dark mornings that make you wonder where the sun’s disappeared to – yep, winter is here.     With the drop in temperature comes a rise in our energy bills. The good news is, small changes and being mindful of how we use energy around our homes can help lower the costs of our bills.   Why is my bi...

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6 Tips For Styling A Living Room For A Large TV

Source: Real Estate.com Most of us love relaxing in front of the TV, whether it be a big sporting match with your mates or bingeing your favourite streaming obsession. Having a large TV is popular in many households (after all, who wouldn’t want to feel like they’re going to the cinema in their own home?) yet it can be hard to know the best way to display a larger piece of technol...

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Top 10 Plants for Minimalist Gardens

Less is more in the minimalist garden with plants playing the part of living sculptures     Minimalist gardens are like minimalist architecture; they’re about simple, strong forms with little to no frills or fancy details. You’ll see few plants and even fewer flowers in the minimalist garden. The plants that are used have to really earn their keep by complementing the o...

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Swing Time The Ultimate Guide to Hanging Chairs

Now is the hour to invest in a hanging chair – their whimsical, coastal vibe says summer all year round A hanging chair adds a touch of whimsy to any space, but can also be a practical seating choice for your indoor or outdoor area. Here we explore some of the popular styles and designs available, and the range of materials they’re made from. Plus we throw in a few cool d...

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Mothers Day Cake

Wow your mother with this delicious Mothers Day Cake , topped with pure icing sugar.   INGREDIENTS   1 1/2 cups plain flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup caster sugar 180g butter chopped, at room temperature 1/2 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 cups pure icing sugar 1-2 tablespoons boiling water 1 tablespoons butter 2 eggs...

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How to choose the right bed linen for every season

While colour scheme, soft furnishings, and plushness of pillows are all personal choices, knowing how to dress your bed for each season is key to creating a comfortable and stylish sanctuary. “Bed linen should always be changed according to the season,” says interior designer Emma Blomfield, who says the right linen is not only a must for a stylish space but also assists with ...

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8 Home Hacks Amid The Coronavirus Outbreak To Avoid Boredom

Whether you’re quarantining yourself or just exercising some responsible social distancing, chances are we’re all spending some time at home at the moment. Coronavirus has all of us spending more time at home than usual, but it doesn’t have to be a waste. Now is a great time to reacquaint yourself with your home. We’ve put a list together of things to do if you find yo...

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Quirky Crafts Perfect For Easter Celebrations

With Easter on the horizon it’s time to prepare yourself not just for mounds of chocolate and hot cross buns, but for fun crafty ways to decorate your place ahead of the celebration.     Easter allows for so many festive and colourful ways to decorate a space, which are perfect for kids and grown-ups of all ages.   From creating the best-ever egg hunt, to making your o...

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6 Ways Of Limiting The Spread Of COVID-19 Around The House

I think we can all agree it’s been a surreal start to 2020. We’ve seen parts of the country devastated by bushfires, and now we’re facing a global pandemic.   The continued spread of COVID-19 has led to many of us questioning what we can do to assist efforts to reduce the infection rate. The novel coronavirus has caused chaos, death and major disruption to the world&rs...

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5 Everyday Objects That Could Benefit From A Lick Of Paint

Is it time you freshened up your furniture and homewares? If your old items are starting to look exactly that – old – here’s how you can level up. The good news is you don’t need to rush out and buy an entire new dining suite and matching decor. The one essential to make your old items look new for a fraction of the cost? A humble tin of paint.   Dining sets ...

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How To Organise Bookshelves

Some of us love books and are impressed whenever we see a great well-organised bookshelf. It’s a great way to tell people who you are and what you find important. The first question you need to ask is ‘where will it live?’ This will help determine whether you’re focusing more on appearance or function. Is it going to be a design element in the space as well as storage? ...

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3 Reasons LED Lights Are Now Better Than Ever

See how improved technology has made LED lights smaller, brighter and more energy-efficient. The past 15 years have seen the biggest advancements in lighting since Thomas Edison brought his incandescent bulb to the market. Light bulbs are now smart enough to listen to our voices and promote a better night’s sleep. Perhaps the most helpful advancement in lighting is the improved quality o...

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Plantation Shutters Are They Right for Your Home

Looking for a window treatment with more character than curtains or blinds? Plantation shutters may be the answer. A current favourite choice for window treatments is the plantation shutter. They are versatile, often less expensive than custom curtains or blinds, and can increase the value of your home with their attractive aesthetic. They are often considered the only window treatment that ca...

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How To Prepare Your House For An Open Inspection

Inspections are like a first date. You only get one chance to make that first impression. Set your property up for inspection success with these simple tips.   1. Clean up Yes, it’s Captain Obvious, but you’d be surprised. Make sure your whole property is neat and tidy when buyers arrive, including the garden and outside areas. Dust, vacuum, scrub, wash, buff – make ...

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10 Interior Design Trends To Watch For 2020

Each and every year brings new trends, new ideas and new techniques for the home, and while many elements of décor will never go out of style, interior design trends come and go. Whether you’re a trendsetter or follower, you can’t deny the impact trends have on our decorating decisions at home. Here we discuss 10 interior design trends to watch for in 2020.   1. Wall ...

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How To Organise Kids’ Toys In The Playroom

An organised playroom with storage solutions for your kids’ toys will make life a whole lot easier. Unless children’s play areas are organised and easy for them to maintain, there’s a good chance they’ll quickly sink into chaos and the kids will feel overwhelmed and not want to play there – no matter how many toys they have. Also, kids like to help, and organisin...

5 Non-Negotiable Tips To Get Your Home Ready For Sale

Selling your home is listed as one of the topmost stressful life moments. We get it. Our homes are astronomically large investments. We sacrifice A LOT to pay our dreaded monthly repayments and their sale will dictate our next life move. Therefore, getting the absolute most we can for the sale of our home comes with a lot of pressure. Here are five home improvements that you absolutely must m...

DIY Prep We’re Tempted To Skip, But Definitely Shouldn’t

At the risk of sounding like your Year 11 English teacher, a job well done is all in the preparation you put in. It was true back in high school and it’s true of your next DIY job, too.  Michael Duffy, former Blockhead and expert on all things renovation, admits to being “one for rushing in, picking up the tools and thinking ‘oh I’ll just be careful’.” ...

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2020 Bathroom Renovation Trend Predictions

Looking to renovate your bathroom? Or just keen to know what’s hot in the world of bathroom renovations in 2020? Look no further. Pinterest and Instagram have raised expectations and the design threshold, bringing us colour, texture, interesting metals and thoughtfully designed vanity profiles. While bathroom trends come and go, it’s important to remember that renovating a bathroo...

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Landscape Designers Reveal Top Garden Trends For 2020

The constantly evolving world of landscape design holds up a mirror to how we’re evolving as a society. Modern garden design is at turns playful and simple; organised yet embraces the organic and takes into account our need for sanctuary and sustainability. Landscape designers have shared their thoughts on the garden trends we’re likely to see in 2020.   1. Concrete and sto...

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Nail Christmas With These Epic Present-Wrapping Hacks

From glittery ribbons to a bursting balloon surprise, these next-level gift wrapping hacks will put a smile on the faces of your friends and family this Christmas.  WHO doesn’t LOVE receiving gifts on Christmas morning, but there’s something even more exciting about handing a well thought out present over to a loved one and watching as their expression turns from curiosity to ...

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Top 3 DIY Christmas Games For Your Kids

From preparing a festive feast to decorating the table and ensuring the kids are not tearing the house apart – it goes without saying that entertaining on Christmas day is a juggling act. TO keep things merry, running smoothly, and to ensure the place stays intact with a house full of rellies and kids, it’s a good idea to think ahead as to how you’ll occupy children on Decemb...

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How To Make Christmas Crackers (bon bons)

Hands up who has gone to Christmas lunch and cracked a bon bon, only to discover a super cheesy trinket they immediately binned? Well then, this project’s for you. THESE Christmas bon bons are super simple to make, and the best part is you get to choose the gift that goes inside. The only rule? The items need to fit within an empty toilet roll. We’re talking chocolates, miniature b...

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How To Put Lights On A Christmas Tree

Unlike getting in line at a Boxing Day sale, there’s no need to rush when it comes to putting up your Christmas lights.   IN fact, some careful planning and a slower execution can make all the difference to the end product, leaving you with a simply stellar tree the whole neighbourhood will be envious of.   1. Select a colour that teams with the theme Warm white, cool white...

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How Do I... Style a Table Beautifully

Add a touch of magic to your next dinner party with these fashionable and oh-so-easy table decorating ideas. Amanda Smythe, interior stylist and decorator at Amanda Smythe Design, reveals how to unleash your inner stylist and set a fabulous-looking table for your next special event. While most Australian dinner parties tend to be fairly casual, it’s still nice to go to the effort with a...

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The Top 10 Items to Declutter in Your Home

Each home is unique but the exact items we declutter and storage solutions created are often in the same categories. Read on to see if some of these areas might need to be decluttered in your home 1. Kitchen appliances Do you own a pie maker or a doughnut maker? A juicer… or two?Kitchen appliances seem great when they’re on the shelf or in the box. But life gets busy and unless w...

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6 Top Paint Colour Trends For 2020

If you’re looking to refresh your home, these are the hottest colour palettes you need to know about, say the experts.     THERE’S no quicker or easier way to breathe new life into your home than with a coat of paint. But choosing colours can be a tricky business – what’s fashionable, what will work best where and (most importantly) what are you still likely...

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5 Of The Hottest Bathroom Trends To Try Out In 2020

Between tiling and plumbing, bathroom renovations can be a minefield. However, if you’re after high-impact, low effort renovations, our trend radar has you covered.  BATHROOM specialist and Oliveri spokesperson Penny Schoeman shares five of the hottest high-impact, low-effort trends you can trial out in your bathroom next year. If you’re looking for some new, no-fuss updates ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Garden Lighting

Create a cosy ambience in your garden with this expert guide to getting the lighting spot-on. If you’re planning a garden redesign, it’s a good idea to think about how you’ll illuminate the space in the evening. However, garden lighting can be difficult to get your head around as there are many things to consider. To help, we’ve sourced information from three garden lan...

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4 Hacks To Keep Kitchen Sponges Bacteria-Free

Sorry, but your kitchen sponge is secretly filthy. IF you keep your kitchen spick and span but pay little attention to the cleanliness of your kitchen sponge, I’m afraid you are likely unknowingly spreading bacteria all over the place. Yep, correct you should be cleaning your trusty old kitchen sponge quite regularly, in fact, every day or two. It’s very common for kitchen sponge...

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How Do I... Breathe New Life Into My Backyard on a Budget?

A landscape designer shares six ideas for updating the look of your garden without breaking the bank. Andrew Whyte, managing director at Whyte Gardens, reveals six ways to get your backyard looking fabulous on a budget. Where do I begin?Start by thinking about how you’d like your ideal garden to look and function. Do you want to use the space to entertain friends and family? D...

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How Do I... Bring My Dark, Cloudy Pool Back to Blue?

Swimming season is almost here – if your pool is looking less than sparkling, here are the steps you need to take. Rick Graham, pool and spa expert at Swimart, shares the secrets to bringing your dark swimming pool back to a bright, sparkling blue. There are many reasons a swimming pool goes dark or cloudy, but the most common ones include: A chemical imbalance. Not enough sanitiser...

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Your Spring Outdoor Maintenance Plumbing Guide

Here’s what to check outside your home before summer and the stormy season arrive. Spring is the ideal time to declutter, clean and make sure everything inside your home is in working order. While much attention is paid to the interiors, the outside of your home is just as important to maintain. There is no better time than spring to inspect and clean the exterior parts of your property ...

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Outdoor BBQ Area Ideas 5 Tips For Your Outdoor Space

Summer will be here before we know it. That’s why there’s no better time than the present to start thinking about updating your outdoor BBQ area. Building and renovating expert Daniel Mazzei, of Mazzei Homes is sharing some of his top tips to up your outdoor entertaining game with these backyard BBQ area design ideas. 1. Make the most of your outdoor BBQ area space Australia&rsqu...

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5 Great Uses For Eucalyptus Oil In The Home

It’s always handy to have a multi-purpose ingredient in the cupboard that you can call on when cleaning. Especially when it’s natural. Eucalyptus oil is an inexpensive and versatile item that can be used for many cleaning tasks around the house, from the oven and fridge, to the shower and laundry. It’s a concentrated essential oil, so you don’t need a large amount to re...

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How To Fix A Hole In A Plaster Wall Yourself

There’s nothing like a hole in the wall to detract from a beautiful living space. Find out how to patch that hole yourself with simple tools.  ELIMINATE the eyesore of a hole in the wall in three easy steps in just a couple of hours this weekend. Fixing a hole in the wall is easier than you think, and will work wonders to instantly revamp that shabby-looking wall you’ve been i...

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How Do I... Choose Carpet for a Busy Spot?

Love the idea of carpet but worry about the impact of kids, pets and heavy footfall? Here are the carpets to consider. BRETT Talbot, national product manager at Carpet Court, shares his top tips for selecting a durable carpet for a high-traffic area in your home, such as a hallway, stairs or family room. Which parts of the home are considered ‘high-traffic’?The floors th...

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How To Clean Plastic Containers

We’re lifting the lid on a topic that’ll get your heart racing. Well, maybe not – but here’s how to keep plastic containers clean and odour free. REUSABLE plastic containers are a godsend for many reasons, but then they’re absolute pains in so many other ways. If you’ve spent time scrubbing off those ruthless spaghetti Bolognese stains, you’ll kno...

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5 Ways To Keep The Cold Out Of Your Bedroom This Winter

Winter’s here and there’s never been a better time to ensure our homes – and especially our bedrooms – can withstand the chilly temperatures. IF you’re waking in the middle of the night and discovering the covers have exposed you to cooler temps, use these clever winter interior design trends to make sure your bedroom is perfect for a warm, uninterr...

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How To Repaint A Bathroom Ceiling Like A Pro

Bathroom ceilings – more than any other ceiling in the home – cop a lot of wear and tear at the hands of excess moisture in the air.  IF your ceiling is showing signs of moisture damage, in the form of mould or mildew, or even peeling paint, it could be just a lick of paint away from a fresh new look. Cherie Barber, founder of Renovating for Profit, shows us how to safely rep...

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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Planning A Renovation

Renovating is serious business, so it’s best you’re aware of some of the common mistakes that can be made if you’re diving into the deep end. Here are five major renovating faux pas to consider. “The most challenging thing about renovating is that there are so many grey areas and unknowns,” says freelance interior designer Kate Lawrence. “Issues or unforese...

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8 Pantry Hacks For Ultimate Kitchen Organisation

An organised pantry will not only make cooking dinner easier, it will save you from buying groceries that you already have hidden amongst the mess! Check out these top hacks on how to organise your kitchen pantry once and for all. 1. Check use by dates It’s totally normal to have a pantry that is chock-a-block full of out-of-date items, but do yourself a favour and dispose of...

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5 Ways to Organise your Bedroom

People often ask: Which is the most important room in the house to get organised? Without question, it’s of popular belief it’s the bedroom. Your bedroom is your sanctuary and the haven for your relationship. IT’S also the place where you recharge and it’s the place that should get you set for your new day.If your bedroom is a disorganised cluttered mess, it’s not...

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7 Easiest and Must-Have Herbs to Grow at Home

If you’re a cooking enthusiast or fancy yourself a bit of an at-home chef, then you’ve probably dropped some serious coin on expensive supermarket herbs in the past. IF you have a recipe that calls for a combination of flavours it’s easy to clock $10 at the checkout on herbs alone, which isn’t the most financially sustainable way to cook.The good news is that growing he...

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How to Compost in the Backyard in 8 Steps

Making compost at home reduces the amount of domestic waste sent to landfill and doubles as liquid gold for your garden. ALL you need to get started is a compost bin, food scraps and a shady spot in the garden! It can be uniquely satisfying to make something valuable from your family’s food waste. What can you compost? The answer is any organic matter. But if you’re just startin...

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7 Alternatives to a Standard Bedside Table

Look for small-space solutions to ensure your nightly essentials remain within reach. WHETHER your bedroom is shoebox-small or you’re after an alternative to standard bedside tables, these inspiring images should get your cogs whirring. As with all tight spaces, pre-plan to ensure your furniture and fixtures are positioned for practical living.   1. Create a cubbyholeA boxed-in be...

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Clever Storage Ideas for Your Home Office

Whether you have a small study nook or a dedicated home office, these storage solutions will get you sorted. WHETHER your office is tucked in a corner or housed in its own separate room, you can create a desk that’s clutter-free and productive by choosing the right storage. Check out these schemes to find ideas for designing the perfect home-office storage system for your space.   ...

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For an Organised Hallway, Follow These 7 Simple Steps

Follow these rules to whip your hall into shape and say goodbye to clutter. FED up with falling over shoes when you walk through the door? Sick of scrabbling around fruitlessly for an umbrella? These organising rules will help you transform your hallway from a trip hazard into a gleaming model of efficiency.   1. Pack away off-season itemsThe first rule of getting your hallway organised...

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Top 10 Things to Do in the Garden During May

There’s still plenty to do in the garden as we head towards winter. THE cooler weather and increased rainfall (for some of us) creates the ideal conditions for planting new trees and shrubs, or moving existing plants to a new position. Some herbaceous plants such as Astilbe and peonies (Paeonia) should be cut back and put to bed for the winter at this time of year, while t...

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ANZAC Day Services

Your Guide to Logan & Surrounds ANZAC Day Services GREENBANK GREENBANK RSL Sevices Club 54 ANZAC Avenue, Hillcrest Dawn Service: 5.30am – 6.00amGreenbank March: 10.00am – 10.30amMain Service: 10.30am – 11.30am LOGAN & DISTRICT Civic Centre Park, Logan CentralDawn Service: 5.30am – 6.00amMain Service: 9.00am – 10.00am Logan & District MarchLogan Ce...

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Do I need to update my home insurance when I buy something new?

Nearly a third of Australians (32%) don’t bother calling their insurer when they buy something new and 12% say they never update their policies with specified high value items, according to new research1 by QBE Insurance. Home Contents Insurance covers the financial cost of repairing or replacing your household possessions, including electrical appliances, jewellery, sports equipment and...

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How To Get Rid of Ants with Three Ingredients

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 How to create a homemade ant trap: In a small bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons of sugar with 1 tablespoon of Borax...

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7 Tips For Storing Your Off Season Clothing

As the season starts to change, it’s time to start thinking about opening up your closet space by moving your off season clothing out of – or to the rear of – your main wardrobe areas. HERE are seven tips to see you through the transition of hot summer weather to cool, rainy, perhaps ice-cold wintry days. 1. Reorganise what goes where One of the best ways to keep yourself o...

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Top 10 Scented Plants For Your Garden

A palette of perfumed plants can transform even the smallest of gardens into a sensory delight.     SCENT adds an extra dimension to a garden, turning it into a place where you linger, indulging your senses rather than rushing through to the front door or garden shed. With the wide range of temperatures in Australia, there are a huge variety of fragrant plants that can be grown. Ma...

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How To Remove The Top 4 Carpet Stains

Anyone with a penchant for red wine will know the feeling of horror as you watch a glass of it tip, seemingly in slow motion, and go splashing onto your pristine carpet below. HOUSEHOLD cleaning guru Shannon Lush feels a similar sense of horror when she hears of what most people do next. “Unfortunately most people’s instinct is to do exactly the wrong thing,” expla...

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Complete Guide To Growing Fruit Trees In Pots

Freshly picked fruits aren’t just a luxury for those with a garden at home. If you’ve got the know-how, you too can grow your own delicious varieties on your balcony, and even indoors. YOU may be short on garden space, but that doesn’t mean you need to rule yourself out of the fruit-growing game. Gisele Zanier, founder of Beyond Sunflowers, says: “Growing fruits i...

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The Most Common Mistakes Home Owners Make With Their Lawns

You don’t need to give up your day job to have a nice lawn but, with a few tips and regular maintenance, a nice lawn can be achieved by anyone. ONE of the most common gardening mistakes people make is watering the grass in the early morning or late afternoon, which slows evaporation. Matthew Parker from Windsor Turf recommends watering the grass in the middle of the day, contrary to...

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The Hot List: 13 Interior Trends That Will Define 2019

Paris recently hosted the leading home decor fair connecting the interior design and lifestyle community, Maison et Objet. The design world has returned home with hot-off-the-press news on what trends are appearing, continuing and coming to the fore globally, with a few standouts for 2019. Here are the key take-outs … Rich coloursWhether it’s burnt orange, bright red, vibrant gold...

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10 Tips to Help You Grow All the Herbs You’ll Ever Need

If being a green thumb doesn’t come naturally, this is the only herb-growing guide you will need. 1. Group the herbs Group herbs according to their drought-tolerance level. Mediterranean stalwarts rosemary, thyme, sage and oregano don’t need as much water as leafy herbs such as coriander, mint and basil.Annual herbs need more water, so keep these in your veggie garden alongside le...

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How Do I... Make My House Feel Like a Home

So you’ve moved in, but it still doesn’t feel like home? An expert shares some smart styling fixes for a soulless scheme. Here, Christine Gough, interior design leader at Ikea, shares her top tips for cosying up a home and making it feel like your own.   According to the 2018 Ikea Life at Home report, there are five fundamental emotional needs we all seek...

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How To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances In 8 Easy Ways

Sick and tired of the grease that’s strewn all over your oven and rangehood? Here are eight easy ways to clean those stubborn stains off your stainless-steel appliances. THESE tried-and-tested ideas from decluttering and cleaning expert Chelsea Smith from The Organising Platform will surely help you bring your stainless steel appliances back to life. 1. Use baby oil As per th...

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5 Hottest Paint Colour Trends for 2019

The paint experts have spoken – these are the five palettes we’ll be wanting in our homes in the coming year. IF you’re itching to pick up a paint brush and give your home a fresh look for the new year, you won’t want to miss this – five industry experts have shared their predictions for the must-know paint colours of 2019. And if you’re unsure how to transl...

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Peter Walsh’s Ultimate Guide To Decluttering

I’m commonly told: ‘I know I need to declutter, but I just don’t know where to start’. This is a totally understandable feeling if everywhere you look is cluttered. WONDERING where to begin? Look no further. These are my top five tips on how to get any space decluttered – keep these in mind anytime you’re starting an organising job. 1. The first step is the...

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How To Create A Funky Christmas Light Sign

Ready for some crafty DIY fun this weekend? Get your craft glue and paint at the ready, because we’ve got the inside word on how to make a funky Christmas light sign that will make your neighbours envious. “CHRISTMAS is all about mood lighting,” says stylist and installation artist, Adam Powell. We concur: From candles on the table to fairy lights on the tree, mood ligh...

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10 Healthy Home Jobs for December

Quick tips for getting your home in the best shape for the holiday season. SUMMER is the perfect time to open up the windows and let light in, welcome guests over, play with colour and enjoy a healthy meal with friends and family outside. There’s so much to celebrate in December – the end of year is just the start of it – but when heading into this busy period, preparation is...

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How To Clean A Mirror

Mirror mirror on the wall, how do I keep you clean forevermore? Here’s your go-to guide on how to clean mirrors without streaks. FINGERPRINTS, splashed water droplets and toothpaste splotches sound harmless, yet all leave your mirror looking unsightly. Plus, the reflection creates an effect that makes the entire room appear dirty. The good news is, with these mirror cleaning tips you ca...

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8 Hottest Outdoor Design Trends for 2019

Summer is right around the corner – a time of year that’s all about enjoying time outdoors. SUMMER is right around the corner – a time of year that’s all about enjoying time outdoors. Whether you have barbecues with friends and family on your mind, or chilling with a good book on a sun lounger is more your style, a great outdoor living space is a must. Three leading des...

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15 Things to Do on Lazy Sunday Afternoons at Home

Enjoyable, relaxing and good for the soul, these lazy-day activities will see you finish off the weekend with a smile on your face. HOW do you normally spend your Sunday afternoons? Do you like to potter around your home and do a quick tidy up as you meander from room to room? Find a quiet spot to relax and indulge in some ‘me time’? Or is this time solely dedicated to chilling at ...

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10 Tasks to Get Out of the Way Before Christmas

Making lists, keeping things tidy and getting yourself organised will go a long way toward making this holiday season a little less silly. DURING the Christmas holiday season there’s just so much to enjoy and do, that keeping up with the gifting, baking and general revelry can be somewhat overwhelming. Before you know it, it’s December 24, and you’re staring at a pi...

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Top 10 Things to Do in the Garden During November

A checklist of all those important garden tasks for spring and early summer. PRUNING, potting, planting, mulching and watering; the list of things to do in the garden at this time of year can seem overwhelming. With all large projects, making a list helps break down the task into manageable bits and this strategy is very effective when organising your garden. Once you’ve got the garden u...

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How To Create A Small But Beautiful Ensuite

An ensuite bathroom may be considered a luxury inclusion in a floor plan, but it’s become a much loved (and expected!) addition to many modern homes. PUT simply, an ensuite is a must-have; it’s also an opportunity to give your average suburban home that special feeling of hotel luxe. Holiday at home, anyone?We’ve come to learn a lot about maximising space throughout our nine ...

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4 Steps To Creating Your Ultimate Barbecue Area

As the days grow longer life calls for some fun in the sun, right? There’s no better way to enjoy the warm weather than with a backyard barbie, we reckon. THE classic outdoor barbecue is a quintessential celebration of the Aussie way of life and the great outdoors. As long as you have the right ingredients – friends, food, family and sunshine – an outdoor shindig generally go...

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The Art Of Choosing, Framing And Hanging Art In Your Home

Art in your home can be the beautiful icing on the perfectly styled cake. IT’S a great way to inject personality into the home, and let’s face it, bare walls can be rather boring. But since choosing, framing and hanging art can be an art in itself, we asked the experts to provide practical tips to help guide you. 1. Identify your theme Art, like anything else style-related, is ...

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Top 4 Australian Interior Design Trends For 2019

You heard it here first: these are the interior design trends set to hit your homes in 2019, from glazed square handmade tiles to coloured glass objects. AS we look over the yearbook of trends that were for 2018, we counted industrial style, pastels and marble among the favourites. For 2019, however, the interior genii are reporting a shift in the approach to colour and texture. Pastel aficion...

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What You Need to Know Before Painting Brick

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 home has been touted as an easy DIY fix, it has its downsides. Be careful b...

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How To Style Your Laundry

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 simpleIn Nat’s new-look laundry in her newly renovated home, a simple-yet-...

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6 Eco Ingredients To Use When Cleaning The Home

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 potency and will make it go even further? V...

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

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 a permanent fixture and you’re in need of a more stylish long-term solution. Luckily, ...

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How To Create More Space In Your Home Without Renovating

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 visually blurring the lines of a room, there is a myriad of small tips you can ...

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Products To Help You Banish Plastic From Your Home

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. But plastic is a huge problem for h...

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How Do I... Paint My Bathroom Properly?

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 of the house, bathroom walls and surfaces are exposed to humidity, heat, mou...

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How Do I... Look After My Mattress

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 protectorWe spend around a third of our lives sleeping, so it’s worth investing in a quality mattress and caring for it properly. A mattres...

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Top 10 Things To Do In The Garden In August

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 not too chilly in your region. And if you do live in a frosty place, get a jump on the ...

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10 Fresh Ideas And Tidy-Up Tasks For August

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 time indoors during one of the coldest months of the year to get creative. Here are 10 ta...

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How To Clean Bathroom Tile Grout Until It Sparkles

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 and cleanliness of your bathroom.While it&rsquo...

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The 6 New Design Trends You Need to Know About

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 trends with tips on how you can incorporate ...

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10 Clever Uses For Gravel In The Garden

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 drainage tool. With many colours and sizes available, gravel w...

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

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 to enjoy about nine months of mild weather a ...

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How To Remove Pet Hair From Your Home

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 the floorsThe most effective method to keep your floors fluff-free is to vacuum at least once a week. Alterna...

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How Do I... Decorate My Hallway Table

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 it’s worth taking th...

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

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 nice garden, but I just don’t have the t...

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How Do I... Mix Different Timber Tones?

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 space. And it’s not just limited to kit...

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10 Bright Ideas to Lighten Up Your Hallway

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 investing in good shoe and coat storage? The answer is lighting – get it ...

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How Do I... Choose the Right Carpet?

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? Is the carpet in...

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How To Clean Marble

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 makes it prone to both staining and fading. Here...

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Hang Ups: 6 Ways to Showcase Works of Art

By breaking down household jobs into weekly or monthly tasks, they won’t seem quite so daunting. IN April, 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 entranceThe entrance hallway is the gateway to the rest of your h...

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How To Get Rid Of Ants

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 pets, as they are not safe to consume. How to create a homemade ant trap...

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

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 grow great neig...

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5 Jobs Around The Home To Tackle In Autumn

By breaking down household jobs into weekly or monthly tasks, they won’t seem quite so daunting. IN April, 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 entranceThe entrance hallway is the gateway to the rest of your h...

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Your Guide To Functional & On-Trend Outdoor Lighting

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 can all picture in our heads those mood-setting outdoor lighting featur...

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

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 – it is an investment after all. Here are some simple ways to ensure m...

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

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 all pillows are fluff. Sure, decorative pillows are the simplest way to elevate your bedroom from utilitarian...

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How To Clean Your Bathroom Grout Until It Sparkles

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 and cleanliness of your bathroom. While it&rsq...

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6 Tips For Creating An Inviting Outdoor Space In Autumn

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 areas – just as you would indoors. Adding heat...

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How on Earth Do I Clean a Glass Shower Door?

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 great unless you’re short on time, patience, ...

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

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 dry, brown patch to spoil its splendour. So what do you do if one forms on your lawn? Joe Rogers, technical mana...

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Cool Camouflage: 10 Ways To Hide Your Air-Conditioner

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 you’re not in. Fr...

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Going Grey Soothing Grey and White Sleep Spaces

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. Go dark and moodyWhile light colours rec...

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

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 own fruit and vegetables. You may not be able to produce everything you need, but the...

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13 Ways to Divide Up a Large Living Room

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 a living room with extremely high ceilings or simply have a lot of space to fill, these 13 ideas ...

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Good Neighbours: How to Stop Your Outdoor Noise Travelling

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 to please take your garden party inside? With more Aussies livin...

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Cushion Masterclass: How to Choose and Style Like a Pro

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 is an art in itself, whether you’re decorating a casual living room...

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Life-Affirming Ways to Beat the Monday Blues

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 seeps into the time that should be spent at our leisure – but only i...

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7 Ideas for What to Put Behind Your Bed

Try these design moves to add interest, comfort and a bit of fun to your bedroom. 1. Short bedhead + blank wall + iron canopy frameA 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 for a casual and relaxing look. For a touch of interest and sophistication, consider an iron cano...

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Exterior Makeovers: Should You Paint Your Brick House?

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 this option, and what to keep in mind when tackling this project on your...

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Five Plants for Fighting Mosquitoes

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 are with citronella oil. Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) is a perennial...

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

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, and the best place to start is with a sofa. Here’s a guide ...

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How Do I... Hide an Ugly Garden Fence

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 fence or a brick wall painted a lurid 1980s bright. Fortunately, there...

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Low Ceiling Try One of These Clever Design Hacks

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 are a few clever design hacks you can employ to make eve...

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How to Get Rid Of Weeds without Ruining Your Lawn

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 opt for grass alternatives, others will try whatever they can to get r...

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

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 that screams bad DIY. Take these tips for brushing up on your painting kn...

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Six Easy Ways to Update Your House’s Exterior

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 your home,” s...

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10 Tips for Getting a Dining Room Rug Just Right

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 rug can bring colour, texture, warmth and style to the dining room – making the hunt ...

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5 Ways Lighting Technology Can Make Your Life Easier

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. Keep Your Home Secure A great way to deter thieves when you’re away from home...

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How to Style 10 Different Areas of Your Home

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 areaNo matter how small or large your front entry is, it’s a good idea to furnish the area.  This will give you somewhere to ...

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Top Shelf Master Open Shelving With 9 Expert Styling Tips

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 and fun way. If you have open shelving in your home, make sure it looks its best...

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From Door to Hall The Key Ingredients of a Great Entrance

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 delights that are yet to come. Whatever your style, all successful entrances...

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How to Design a Family Photo Wall

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 photographs of friends and family in their possession now than at any other time in history. How to display the...

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5 Creative Ways to Display and Store Children's Artwork

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, check out these tips about how you can display and s...

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The Things That Every Bedroom Needs To Create Perfection

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 add texture and luxury to the bed and they’re a must have. How many pillows is too ma...

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Dining Delights: How To Choose The Right Dining Table

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 even more critical.Your table needs to allow for the number of diners you want to seat comfortably ...

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Healthy Time To Boost The Garden

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. Compost and fertiliser are vital for your soil and plant health. Everything your plant...

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4 Ways To Decorate With Baskets At Home

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 now being used in a multitude of ways, w...

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5 Steps To Buying Your First Piece Of Art

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 important initial step that should trump any consid...

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5 Unexpected Ways To Save Space At Home

We’re living in a clutter-free age where minimalism for many people reigns supreme.  BUT let’s be honest, after years of flat-sharing, travel and moving state, you’ve probably collected loads of junk along the way. So, the question is: How can you store it happily – and without fuss – at home to make life feel free and easy? From roof storage and nooks...

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10 Top Design Tips for an Ergonomic Kitchen

Good ergonomics are more important in the kitchen than any other room in the home. GET it right and you’ll create a smart space with good flow where every meal is cooked smoothly and in style. Get it wrong and you’ll be frustrated on a daily basis. Here are 10 clever tips – as well as mistakes to avoid – to help design a fit-for-purpose kitchen. 1. The traditional kitc...

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11 Ideas to Help You Create a Cosy Outdoor Living Area

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 in the fresh air, here are a few tips for making your space a super-snu...

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DIY Hacks: Descale A Shower

It’s one of those jobs that seems to get put off again, and again and again… until it’s almost impossible NOT to notice.  GUILTY as charged? Then you’ll know what we’re talking about and completely agree that showering with limescale and grime sure isn’t a pleasant way to start or end your day. Imagine how much more you’d enjoy sh...

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How to Clean a Lampshade in One Minute

Most homes have a lampshade or two creating a warm ambience, or giving the space an extra boost of light. FABULOUS to look at and very functional, lampshades are a great lighting feature but often forgotten when it comes to a cleaning routine. Do you have dusty lampshades? Forget the old school duster as it throws dirt and dust particles back into the air. Also, ditch the vacuum cleaner as t...

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Luxe for less: How to make your home look luxurious on a budget

Do you have Champagne tastes but live on a beer budget? LIVING a life of luxury doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Follow these tips to declutter your home, add instant class and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Warm things upYou can give your dining room the luxurious feel in three easy steps. First, clear out every bit of clutter. Second, choose a simple, monochrome palette. Thi...

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Things In Your Home You’re Definitely Forgetting To Clean

A quick check of a few websites shows the exact same overlooked things popping up over and over. AND here is the list, in no particular order. 1. Throw blankets We drape them over the sofa, cuddle up in them in winter, and often find the cat sitting on them. But it seems we seldom clean them.What to do: Put them in the wash, but air dry outside. Depending on the fabric, they may not fare wel...

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8 Home Improvement Tasks That Can Be “Knocked Over In A Weekend”

1. Painting a room yourself can save you hundreds, and it doesn’t need to take too long. Get your power sander out and you can prep an entire fence or large room in a couple of hours. 2. Often prized photos and degrees are left languishing in dusty drawers. If you’ve got a free weekend and a drill you can make this job a breeze and have your proudest moments on display. ...

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The Two Most Popular Rooms To Renovate, According To Survey

Forget kitchen sinks and bathroom tiles, the two most popular rooms to renovate might surprise you. ACCORDING to a recent survey by Houzz, renovators’ average spend in 2016 on the laundry and master bedroom increased 24 percent and 23 percent respectively, making them the savvy renovator’s new top priorities. Laundry While a utility space is not the sexiest room, it can still be ...

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It's All In The Detail: 7 Ways To Drape A Throw Like A Stylist

Adding a throw to a sofa is a perfect winter warmer, but getting the look right is key. Here’s how to do it with style. CASUALLY draped or neatly folded, throw blankets are a practical addition that add style to your living room. And with the cold weather here in full force, a throw is the ideal addition for a sofa that you’ll just want to curl up on and drift away with your favour...

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DIY Hacks: How To Clean Chocolate Off Your Couch

Love nothing better than curling up on the couch in front of the telly, wrapped in your favourite blanket, cup of tea in hand, and a selection of choccies within arm’s reach? IT’S a sweet scenario, but then you drop a piece on the couch. Press pause on the TV. Everything’s about to go pear-shaped. You try to scrape the chocolate off with your fingernails b...

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9 Ways To Make Your Home A Happy Space For Kids

Ward off boredom, curb clutter and keep family harmony with these little indulgences for your children. 1. Stash kids’ books in the dining roomKeeping a selection of children’s books (and perhaps some drawing paper) in the dining room can help antsy kids stick it out a little longer at the dinner table. And between mealtimes, if the dining room gets more use as a play space, storin...

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10 Expert Tips For Styling Your Room With A Rug

Follow these tips to discover the perfect rug for your space and how to style it. A well-chosen rug can pull together all the essential elements of a space and turn them into a cosy room, but it’s important to get the right floor covering for your scheme. Whether you want to create a focal point or be elegantly understated, check out these smart ideas to help you style with rugs like a p...

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Just Quietly, Here Are 7 Chores You May Be Doing Wrong

In the interest of making life easier, we want to have a quiet word about household chores… and how not to do them. KEEPING our homes in a clean state is no easy feat; it can feel tedious, it’s certainly repetitive and mostly downright bothersome. However, it’s a necessary task for most of us. So, for the sake of extracting the most value out of your cleaning time, here are ...

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20 Cleaning Hacks To Stop Your Pets Ruining Your Home

Love your pets, but hate the mess? WE’VE got some easy, pet-friendly advice for keeping your home clean and smelling fresh. 1. Wear rubber gloves to catch pet hair Want to de-fuzz a carpet or de-fur a sofa? Put on a pair of dishwashing gloves and sweep the area with your hands. The fur instantly sticks to the rubber nubs at the fingertips. Once you’re done, dip the gloves in wate...

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Five Inexpensive Tips For Increasing Your Home’s Value

You might not be selling your home right away, but if it’s something you see happening in the next year or so, it’s a good idea to find out where best to spend your time and money. FOR very little outlay of cash, these five ideas could help you maximise your home’s value. Tip 1: Spend an hour with a pro Invite a real estate agent or interior designer over to check out ...

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7 Evidence-Based Tips For A Happier Home

The science is in – these are the building blocks for a happier home. SCIENCE has given us so much information that improves our lives – but did you know this goes as far as how to design, decorate and live in our homes? From the furnishing shapes that give humans the most peace of mind, to the colours that most easily enable happiness, follow these verified tips on how to ma...

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9 Need-To-Know Lazy Gardening Shortcuts

Gardeners often meet people who claim to have black thumbs.  ALL sorts open up about the plants they’ve killed over the years – rattling off leafy victims like a list of their prior convictions. But most black thumbs share at least one thing in common: They genuinely want to change their plant-killing ways. If you think you’re a bit of a lazy gardener, there are plants...

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Healthy Living Tops Kitchen Trends for 2017

Forget resale value: homeowners now want a kitchen that suits their lifestyle and are prepared to spend up big to get it. AUSTRALIANS are willing to spend up big when it comes to their kitchens, and why not? The latest annual Houzz survey reveals that more than a third of homeowners lead a healthier lifestyle after renovating, and kitchens have become a place for socialising and eating as well...

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From Drab To Fab: How To Make Your Bathroom An Instant Classic

Traditional bathrooms need not be so predictable. ADD interest by experimenting with different fixtures and fittings and shunning the all-white look in favour of colour. Embrace a pedestal Pedestal basins fell out of favour for a while – but they’re starting to look just right again, and it’s easy to see why. They have a period feel and simple lines, and this classic d...

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11 Tools Every Home Should Have

Not all of us are blessed with the ability or know-how to get in the trenches and fix minor items around the house. BUT with these simple tips and a little bit of know-how, these common tools – most of which can be found at your local hardware store – might be able to save you some serious cash. Before you rush out, tread carefully. If you’re wanting some longevity...

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12 Budget-Friendly Bedroom Revamps

If you want to give your bedroom a new look but can’t afford to redecorate, there are some simple ways to jazz up the space. Check out these nifty ideas for some purse-friendly inspiration. BE creative with your wallsA quirky alternative to a gallery wall above your bed is a row of hooks. Here, a panel of hooks stretches across the whole wall and provides the perfect place to hang pictur...

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Living Room Styling Tips That Don’t Cost the World

Decorating on a budget requires imagination and creativity, because if money wasn’t a factor, we’d all go out and buy whatever we liked. BUT for many of us, budget is one of the main factors that dictates your interior style. Your home should tell your story, and be filled with the things you love. A great way to begin this process is by introducing ambiance, person...

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6 Outdoor Furniture Trends to Try In 2017

Bright beanbags that you can chill out on in your backyard or relax on pool-side have been trending this summer. OF COURSE, there are also the classic outdoor furniture trends that never seem to go out of fashion, such as timber table settings with comfy seat-back cushions and laidback daybeds. One key trend from last year that will continue well into 2017 is sustainable furniture: How c...

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Love Your Lawn: Hacks To Keep It Under Control

Lawn love. It’s a thing, you know. IF you don’t believe us, consider the times you’ve spied your lush, verdant green grass while proudly nodding your head in absolute contentment.Lawn maintenance can be a hassle, but with a little patience and some go-to hacks you can make it a fuss-free experience.Better yet, when properly cared for, real grass can last a...

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10 Creative DIYs For Leftover Wrapping Paper

Decorating on a budget requires imagination and creativity, because if money wasn’t a factor, we’d all go out and buy whatever we liked. BUT for many of us, budget is one of the main factors that dictates your interior style. Your home should tell your story, and be filled with the things you love. A great way to begin this process is by introducing ambiance, person...

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Fresh And Clean: 15 Hacks To Make Your House Smell Delicious

Never fear having unexpected guests walk into a smelly living area again! HERE are a few simple DIYs to try – from unlit candles and stovetop potpourris to those sweet-smelling sachets you keep in your underwear drawer. 1. Tape dryer sheets to your air ventsLove the smell of Laundromats? Recreate it at home by taping a dryer sheet to any air vents. Air blowing through will distribute th...

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How To Increase The Value Of Your Home In One Weekend

Increasing the value of your property pre-sale doesn’t have to require a team of professionals. JUST one weekend dedicated to cleaning, refreshing, tidying and upgrading can put you in great stead for sales success. The experts reveal the best value-adding DIY projects to suit a short time frame and shoestring budget. Refresh an old paint job There is no easier way to boost a property&...

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Nine Steps To Clearing Your Bathroom Of Clutter

Have you ever tried to take a relaxing bath, but everywhere you look you see clutter? COSMETICS are almost falling off the shelf, there are half-empty bottles of shampoo everywhere, and it’s becoming tricky for you to find the things you actually like. Clutter makes it difficult to truly enjoy the time you spend in your bathroom, and it makes cleaning a lot harder, too. To create a sere...

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Top Tips Ensure Shipshape DeckTop Tips Ensure Shipshape Deck

Regular Maintenance is Essential TIMBER decks need regular maintenance to provide protection from the harsh Queensland weather. To start, add some detergent to a bucket of warm water or mix 500ml of bleach in 10 litres of water. Pour the solution onto the deck and scrub with a stiff broom or a large scrubbing brush. Applying a stronger mixture of bleach or deck-cleaning solution can help get ...

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Easy Being Green: How To Style Your Home With Pantone’s 2017 Colour Of The Year

When it comes to tricky-to-use colours, green tops the list. Be it olive, khaki, lime or teal, it isn’t easy being green. EXCEPT it is, says interior designer Lisa Burdus, who says green should not be underestimated as an interior colour choice. “It is the perfect neutral, adds instant softness to a space and allows other colours, especially vibrant ones, to really shine.&rdqu...

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Choosing the Best Outdoor Furniture

Make sure your garden is ready for the long, hot summer by updating your space Garden furniture is one of the most important decisions you will make when it comes to your outdoor space as it sets the tone and finishes the theme of the garden off as well as dictating how you will interact with space. Before selecting any furniture, you need to decide how you want to use the space- is it sunbat...

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How To Plan A Just-Right Living Room

Is your living room the social heart of your home? If not, it’s time to transform it into a space where everyone wants to hang out. Think of the room as a stage and fill it with scenery that will instantly make your guests feel at home. Here’s how to create a great social life, all from the comfort of your sofa. 1. Slot in lots of seatingMake sure you have a variety of seating opt...

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Mini Bathroom Updates You Can Conquer In a Weekend

Is your bathroom dull and lackluster? Has it become cluttered with ugly plastic bottles and adorned with tattered towels? It’s time to take back control and restore some calm and tranquillity.Luckily, giving your bathroom a mini-makeover is easy – the time and cost is minimal but the effect will be long lasting. These simple styling projects take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour...

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Cleanliness The Key To Coolness

Cold Comfort in Cleaning Your Air-con Air conditioner maintenance is crucial to ensure your unit runs effectively and efficiently during the hot summer months. A poorly operating air-conditioner can contribute to higher power bills if not dealt with. The following tips are a good starting point for air conditioner maintenance. Clean the filters regularly (every three months is a good guide...

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Keep Your Roof In Tip Top Shape

Keep Your Roof in Tip Top Shape Guard against Issues Such As Mould The appearance and life of your roof can be improved and maintained quite easily.Your roof is the only thing standing between you and the harsh Queensland climate, so you need to take good care of it or you may end up with a major restoration job or repair bill. Regular upkeep on your roof, such as keeping gutters and edges cl...

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The Best Home Hacks To Keep Your Tech Stuff Organised

Electronics and tech products fall into the ‘most popular’ category when it comes to Christmas gifts. In other words, if you’ve been lucky this year, you’ll be holding at least one shiny new toy by now. But, along with your new tech toys comes a problem: organisation. Whether you’ve received a computer, a tablet, or something in between, holding it in your hands ...

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Dare to Use Timeless Colour Schemes

They’re sophisticated, versatile and bound to work. Consider these five interior colour combinations and make them work for you as part of an entire scheme. STANDING with hundreds of colours in front of you on a paint board in your local paint shop or hardware store can be daunting – where do you start? Colour is so important in a home and it’s easy to become overwhelmed and...

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10 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Street Appeal

It’s important that the first impression of your home that visitors, family and even potential buyers have is a positive one. HERE are ten things you can do to ensure your house stands out for all the right reasons. 1. Front fence Adding an attractive fence at the front of your property can add value to your home by making it look bigger.  A fence can also provide increased securi...

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Getting Started With Pot Plants

Gardening can be rewarding and lots of fun – you just need to know where to begin! WITH the weather warming up you may have found yourself thinking about getting into gardening, but at the same time not having the faintest idea where to start. The good thing about gardening is it can be very rewarding, highly addictive and lots of fun, you just need to give it a go. A good place to star...

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Pave the Way to a Great Garden

Maintenance is crucial to good looks PAVING can be one of the greatest assets of a garden. But a level of maintenance is required to keep it looking good, particularly if the pavers become loose, crack or start to lift. Loose pavers can be dangerous and the noise made when cars drive over them can be simply annoying. Before lifting the pavers to make repairs, mark each side with chalk so they...

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4 Elements That Add Value to Your Kitchen

Kitchens sell houses, but understanding which features and fittings buyers really want can be the difference between over-capitalising and getting a great price. Graeme Metcalf, from Dan Kitchens in Sydney, says home owners looking to update their kitchen should focus on four key areas. Metcalf says butlers’ pantries, appliance choice, cabinet height and benchtop surface selection all p...

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‘Tis The Season to Get Pruning

Give trees a fresh start in warmth SPRING or early summer is one of the most effective times to prune trees and shrubs. As the weather warms up, tree and plant species are generally in full growth.  This provides ideal conditions and reactions for pruning and less chance of disease as well as better control over excessive growth. During spring, pruning should involve removing all inward...

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9 DIY Project Ideas You Can Knock Over in a Weekend

DIY-ing can be quite intimidating if you’ve never tried it before THE internet is packed with complicated looking tutorials that require specialist tools and expert knowledge to complete the project and most of them look like you need to set aside a full month to get it done. It can be very overwhelming for a novice DIY-er. If you’re keen to get a bit handy around your house ...

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15 Design Trends That Made a Comeback in 2016

Want to know which interior trends made their way back into homes in 2016? Domain asked the interior design experts to share with us the decor trends enjoying a style revival. 1. The drinks trolley “The old drinks trolley, the epitome of domestic style in the 1950s and 1960s, is making a comeback big time,” says Hilary Sharp, interior designer at Box Clever Interiors. “What ...

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7 Elements All Outdoor Entertaining Areas Need

Spring is the perfect time to reassess your outdoor entertaining space WHETHER you are planning on starting again or simply refreshing the space, here are the design elements to include in your alfresco zone. 1. Decking A deck creates the perfect outdoor zone and there are now more options than ever. Gone are the days of timber-only decking. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative ...

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How To Make Your Home More Zen

The correlation between our environment and our wellbeing has long been known. OUR surroundings have a direct effect on our psyche – so it pays to make our homes as attractive, enjoyable and “healthy” as possible. Zen is a Japanese word meaning meditation, so it makes sense that should you make your home more Zen, it will be a regenerative space in which to find stillness an...

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Design Your Perfect Place to Unwind

Bathrooms have evolved in recent years with homeowners exploring new styles and features to create stunning sanctuaries of luxury and relaxation. CREATING a personal haven in your home is easier than you think. Stark and sterile bathrooms of old are being replaced in modern homes by beautiful versions reminiscent of hotel spas and luxury resorts. After a long day, sometimes all you need is a ...

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Small Touches add Glamour and Class

Cheap and cheerful décor is good – up to a point. Avoid scrimping on fabrics and invest in a show stopping piece and a few small accessories to grab attention. YOU don’t need a room full of big-ticket items to create a stunning interior environment. People are constantly asking how to combine expensive items with cheap and cheerful furniture and decorative accessories to cre...

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Choosing Plants for a Thriving Garden

Selecting healthy plants that suit the overall environment of your garden is vital to creating a satisfying and long-lasting outdoor area. BUYING plants for your garden will make it a much nicer place to enjoy. Plants are worth the initial cost as well as the investment of time it takes to nurture and care for them. Regardless of whether you are buying many plants or only one, you want to make...

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Get Yourself Clued Up on DIY Projects

A free weekend at the beginning of a new season can seem like the perfect time to begin a renovation project around the home. DIY has become an increasingly popular option for homeowners, urged on by the plethora of renovation and reality TV Shows now on our screens. Master Builders figures show there were more than 57,000 renovations in Queensland in the last financial year – up by 5000...

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Don’t Be Bamboozled By Bamboo

Bamboo is a misunderstood plant that comes in two varieties. FIRSTLY, the bad bamboo – running bamboo. This bamboo is one that gives all bamboos a bad name. Once in the ground this will spread all over the garden, as well as the neighbour’s garden and what feels like a mile down the road. It’s difficult to get a hold of running bamboo (thank goodness), but always ensure that ...

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Women Create Private Spaces to Enjoy

First there were man caves, where men could shut out the concerns of the world and relax, now the she shed design craze is offering similar feelings of comfort to women. SHE sheds are the new must-have trend that is sweeping design-conscious homes. Gone are the days of the scruffy man cave – females are now creating areas of their homes just for them. Almost anything is suitable to crea...

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Ways to Update Your Kitchen on a Shoestring

On a tight budget? You can still overhaul your kitchen and love the results. WHETHER you are planning to invest your own sweat equity in a complete kitchen renovation or simply hope to make a few quick changes over the weekend, when every penny counts it’s important to choose projects that will make a big impact for the lowest price possible. Stay focused on the results you are after (pu...

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Alter the Feel with Flooring

Choice is Crucial to the Design Phase. FLOORING options vary in quality, durability and aesthetics. Your choice in flooring should be an integral part of the design phase of any house or renovation. You can change the look and feel of any space with the flooring material. Bamboo: If you like the look of hardwood floors, bamboo is a great alternative. Although, technically not wood, it i...

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Create Balance in Home Decorating

Symmetry, proportion and harmonious visual illusions are aspects of interior design that can be used to form comfortable and inviting appeal in any space. THERE are a few rules of design that will help to create a free-flowing and aesthetically pleasing space in your home. Before selecting and placing furniture, it’s important to know and understand the space with which you have to work....

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Big Ideas For Small Bedrooms

If you’re living in a share house, a one bedroom flat or an urban area, you may inhabit a bedroom that’s little more than a glorified cupboard. If not, you’ve hit the bedroom jackpot and you should probably live there forever. IF you’re not blessed with a decent sized bedroom, here are a few tricks that will help make your shoe-box bedroom feel like a spacious sanctuary...

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Indoor Plants Breathe Life Into Homes

When it’s cold and dark outside, indoor plants will brighten your living spaces and improve air quality, and some varieties are easy to maintain. WINTER can be a tough time in the garden as the exuberance of other seasons has passed and gardening seems to take a momentary rest. When little is happening outside, it’s a great time to focus energy inside as indoor plants can really l...

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Layers Of Lighting Create Homely Glow

Understanding how designers use different types of lighting will allow you to emphasize focal points in your home and effectively illuminate spaces for work, rest and play. LIGHTING your home is often overlooked but it is a vitally important aspect to designing your space. Introducing layers of light is the best way to create a complete lighting scheme.It might seem complicated, but rememberin...

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Interior Styles That Make Heads Turn

Artwork, tiles, rugs and lights create a wow factor in a room, but the latest trends also include removable wallpaper, artisan pieces and sustainable or recycled products. INTERIOR design trends are constantly evolving and it pays to keep up with the latest styles. This is what’s hot now… Removable wallpaperPerfect for tenants, removable wallpaper is easy to apply, and more impor...

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Why February is the New Spring

It’s a common belief that Spring is the busiest and best time to buy and sell property. And most years this is true. However, last year, Spring was not the huge selling season it normally is. The two major reasons for this were the election disrupting everyone, and the financial insecurity still being felt after the tail end of global financial crisis. Although interest rates have been lo...

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Increase Your Home's Value Before Selling

Make a Splash with the Right White WHITE walls are a timeless and popular choice in decorating as they provide a blank canvas for endless styling possibilities. Arguably the hardest shade to choose for your home, white walls take planning and consideration to get spot on. Even the professionals struggle with white every now and again, as varying light conditions in differing interior environme...

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How To Warm Your Décor For Winter

Winter is synonymous with the word cold. But with the right style choices you can create a warm environment to enjoy throughout the colder months. SOME of the biggest trends we’re seeing for winter revolve around texture and lots of it. From exposed wood grain to woven textiles and upholstery including velvet and fur, we’re seeing a lot of interesting surfaces in fashionable spaces...

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Decorating - Let's Get Creative

The Fine Art of Adorning Your Walls ART does not have to match you décor to be effective. A mix of styles can be striking, but there are some rules that should be followed when selecting frames and colours. Art is one of the best ways to add drama to a room and is great for expressing who you are to visitors to your house. It has a strong visual impact so it is important to get it right...

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BE ECO-FRIENDLY & HAVE FUN!

The global concept of eco-living for a sustainable future can be a little daunting and difficult to get your head around, but with upcoming Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) you will learn many ways to make positive changes to our environment. The first question you might ask is where do I even start? Come along and celebrate World Environment Day at Logan’s eco festival.  Logan Eco...

Increase Cashflow on your Investment Property

“Research shows that 80% of property investors are failing to take advantage of property depreciation and are missing out on thousands of dollars in their pockets,”Bradley Beer, Managing Director of BMT Tax Depreciation. Claiming all the depreciation property investors are entitled to on an investment property can make a big difference to their cash flow. Of all the tax deductions ...

Your Address Colouring Competition Result

And the Winners are ……………. Ages 4 to 6: – Ryley Thomson, Park Ridge Ages 7 to 9: – Triston Gibson, Regents Park Ages 10 to 12: – Mitch Crawford, Regents Park Thank you to all who entered the competition, there were some very colourful entries and congratulation to the winners.

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PM - What do these letters mean?

PM – In most real estate office those letters simply stand for Property Management In the Your Address office, PM stands for PASSION and MOTIVATION. At Your Address we are extremely fortunate to have a Property Management team that love and take pride in what they do. Talk to our passionate and motivated team today: Property Rentals Done Right: PROPERTY investors will spend count...

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year from the team at Your Address.      

Christmas - New Year Trading Hours

Wow! Another year has flown by. The team at Your Address wishes everyone a joyous and safe Christmas. Enjoy the time with family and friends and remember to cherish the moments.

Your Address Sales Team start the New Year strong

The first Saturday of the New Year was a very busy day for our sales team. Strong buyer activity at the Your Address Open Homes saw 43 groups through our homes and another 10 booked private inspections. The New Year has also seen a strong start to our property sales, with 5 homes going under contract inside the first 4 days.

Welcome Back

Your Address is excited to welcome Kristy Griffith back to our sales team. Kristy has returned to Brisbane after spending a number of years in Sydney. Kristy grew up locally and knows the area very well. Kristy is a welcome addition to our sales team as she exhibits the same qualities all our sales team posses, experience, enthusiasm and dedication.      

Outstanding Auction Results

With 3 out of 4 properties sold, the Your Address Auctions were a complete success. Auctioneer Justin Nickerson of REAA congratulated all team members involved, advising a 75% clearance rate was outstanding and no doubt a result of all the hard work done by the Your Address marketing agents.

Your Address In-house Auctions - 16 October 6.30pm

Investors and First Home Buyers should take advantage of the opportunity and attend the Your Address in-house auction on Tuesday 16 October at 6.30pm. The team have 4 excellent properties available, some with wonderful  long term tenants in place. Don’t miss out on the opportunities available      

The Queensland State Budget introduces changes to the First Home Owner Grant

Changes to First Home Owner Grant for Existing Dwellings Currently, eligible buyers purchasing their first home worth less than $750,000 (whether an existing or newly constructed dwelling) are entitled to receive the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) of $7,000. First home buyers purchasing existing dwellings will have until 10 October 2012 to finalise their contract to be eligible for the ...

Your Address Sales Team Equal Record Sales

The month of August saw the extremely hard working Your Address Real Estate sales team equal our monthly record for the total number of properties under contract. The pleasing thing for us was the keen interest in all our property types. The spread of Properties going under contract ranged from first home buyer properties through to the larger lifestyle acreage properties. Many of the sales wer...

We Have Moved

As a result of continued growth and success, Your Address has moved to larger premises – just up the road!We are now located at Plains Junction Shopping Centre, 48 Browns Plains Road, Browns Plains.Please drop in and visit us – the coffee machine is always on!

Great Sales Results

The Your Address sales team has great results over the Queens Birthday long weekend. 6 Properties under contract in Regents Park, Boronia Heights, Crestmead, New Beith and Chambers Flat.      

Are You An Astute Investor?

Overall confidence may still be down in the property market, however “we do know anecdotally that investors are dipping their toes into the market; with the more astute investors are already grabbing opportunities.”      

Buyers out in force inspecting the excellent properties available and enjoying the great weather

Saturday 12 May saw many buyers attending our open homes at Regents Park, Heritage Park, Boronia Heights and Greenbank…..  Our team had 29 separate groups through the scheduled open homes and conducted many more private inspections. Two properties were sold on Saturday, with two more currently in negotiations. Our team are anticipating a busy week ahead with their diaries fil...

Buyer Activity Improving

Positive results on Saturday 5 May. In addition to a number of private inspections, our team had 27 separate groups through our open homes at Regents Park, Heritage Park, Boronia Heights and Greenbank. Three properties went under contract on Saturday alone, with one of those being a multiple offer situation which saw three Buyers submit serious offers.      

Turning your existing home into a rental property

There are many reasons why homeowners may choose to change their current principal place of residence (PPOR) into an investment property. Perhaps they are looking to upgrade to a larger – or perhaps downsize to a smaller – model, and wish to retain the original property as an investment, or maybe they have been geographically relocated due to work obligations. Regardless of the reas...

Is Your Home Market Ready

Q. Is it that important to declutter my home before I put it on the marker for Sale? After all the people know we are going to be moving and need to pack. Q. What’s the best way to declutter my home before I show it to potential buyers? Can I leave packed boxes in a corner or do I need to move things into storage? A. Even if your house hasn’t been featured on “Hoarder...

Property Rentals Done Right

PROPERTY investors will spend countless hours poring over real estate data, grilling agents about the ins and outs of a particular market and reading a small library of advice books when choosing a property. But many then fail to pay proper attention to securing the services of a professional property manager.A poor property manager can cost landlords thousands of dollars each year through poo...

Beware of land tax grab

THE Real Estate Institute has warned homeowners to keep up to speed on the tax laws after one homeowner was hit with a surprise land tax bill of $14,000.Real Estate Institute of Tasmania president Martin Harris said the property owner had left the home to go interstate for family reasons but did not want to leave their home vacant and insecure for insurance and peace of mind reasons. “...

The Generation Y guide to buying a home

THEY are often accused of wanting it all now, so how can members of Generation Y save a deposit for their first home? Resi Mortgage Corporation chief executive Lisa Montgomery says with a plan of attack, it is possible. Firstly, put aside the flash car, latest mod-cons and lavish trips overseas.“If you are a first-home buyer and you are really serious about what you want to achieve fina...

Driving your cuppa further

Next time you are making a cup of coffee in the morning, spare a thought that you are dealing with a potential fuel of the future. It’s not just aroma – in Britain, engineers have built a car that runs entirely on coffee beans and broke the world speed record for a car powered by organic waste. In September, a modified Rover SD1 averaged 66.5mph at the Elvington Race Track near Yo...

The Wealth of a Nation

Have you ever noticed that regardless of which particular industry caused a nation to prosper at any given time, the wealth of a nation always ends up sitting in its residential properties? It has been estimated that around 70% of an industrial nation’s wealth exists within its residential properties. You can test this yourself, by looking around at 10 of your friends and family and see...

Welcome Interest Rate News Leading Into Christmas

The Reserve Bank of Australia board has cut the official interest rate by 25 basis points to 4.25 per cent, giving mortgage holders and borrowers a chance of a pre-Christmas reprieve. Now lets hope that all lenders pass on the full interest rate cut to their clients.    

10 Free ways to go Green

It can sometimes feel like making earth-friendly choices means spending more money.  Well, the good news is that being green doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little creative thinking, it’s easy to ditch the high prices of trendy eco products and go green at no cost. Here are the first five of our top 10 ways to go green on the cheap. 1. Head outsideWith the warmer month...

Home loans rise again; housing steadies

The housing sector is stabilising as talk of an interest rate rise wanes and Australians are encouraged to borrow more, economists say. The number of home loans approved in August rose 1.2 per cent to 50,965, official figures show. Economists’ forecasts had centred on a 1 per cent rise in housing finance commitments for the month. August was the fifth straight month that housing finance...

Why the mini-makeover is hot

One of the biggest trends in renovating we might be about to see emerge is the mini-makeover. Think: paints, cupboard handles, tap fittings, wallpapers (yes, wallpapers going up, not coming down) and the polishing of timber floors. Also light fittings and window treatments. Anything that changes the feel and adds a bit of pizzazz without spending the big bucks. If that sounds like the ’...