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Multi-Functioning Spare Bedrooms That Tick All the Boxes (8 photos)

If you’re fortunate enough to have a spare bedroom, don’t let it gather dust waiting for your next overnight visitor. Instead, turn it into a multi-purpose room that can be utilised by all the family. With some hard-working storage solutions and nifty styling tricks, you can have a bedroom that moonlights...

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How Do I... Revive My Timber Deck? (8 photos)

Spring is officially here, which for many of us means opening up our homes and spending more time outdoors. If your timber deck is looking a little worse for wear after months of neglect over winter, fear not. We’ve asked decking expert Brian Hamilton, managing director at Sikkens,...

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Top 10 Things to do in the Garden in September (10 photos)

As the spring weather unfolds our gardens gradually come back to life. And a good action plan will allow you to maximise all the lovely new growth that’s happening in the garden. September is a good time to feed lawns and plants, trim shrubs, divide perennials, re-pot container plants,...

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An Expert Reveals What You Need to Know About Custom Cabinetry (13 photos)

While there’s no denying that bespoke joinery can be expensive, it’s very often an investment worth making, giving you a seamless design that fits your home’s style and dimensions perfectly, and ultimately adding to its value. We’ve asked Sydney renovation specialist Sarah Comerford from HOME...

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So Your Style Is: Coastal (11 photos)

What it is: If you wanted to split hairs, you could argue that coastal style is as individual as its location: a saltbox in New England, a Mediterranean villa, a tropical cottage in Belize. For this guide, though, we’ll stick with what’s commonly called coastal or beach style – the aesthetic...

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Cheers to That! A Buyer's Guide to Glassware (20 photos)

If you’re looking to find the perfect glassware for entertaining at home, this buyer’s guide won’t let you down. We’ll show you how to select stemware, highballs and snifters based on your beverage of choice, all to help you create more memorable house parties. Cheers to that!

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Houzz Quizz: Which Period-Style House Are You? (10 photos)

Australia is full of homes from different eras, each one with its own little quirks and individual character… a lot like Australian people, actually. So, if you were a period home, which one do you think you would be? Answer the following questions to find out if you’re more like a grand Victorian...

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7 Types of Doors to Maximise Indoor-Outdoor Living (23 photos)

Spending time outdoors is part of the Aussie way of life and our houses, as much as possible, are designed to bring a sense of flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. Various types of doors can help make this transition seamless, as well as enhancing natural light, ventilation, visibility and connection...

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Best of the Week: Formal and Fabulous Interiors (22 photos)

There is something deeply reassuring about formal interiors. The symmetrical arrangement of furniture, the drawing of the eye to a defined architectural feature and the well-upholstered furniture come together to create a welcoming scheme that elevates gatherings beyond the ordinary. Here, we present...

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Decorate Your First Home Without Breaking the Bank (14 photos)

With a few creative design strategies, you can make your first, or any, home feel like your own – without blowing your savings in the process. Take a look at these 12 wallet-friendly ideas to get started, including one thing you can’t have too many of, and what to do with a shoebox full of old postcards....

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Let's Get Sustainable: Bee-Friendly Gardens (11 photos)

The huge reduction in bee numbers is causing alarm throughout the world. Experts point to a number of reasons for the collapse of so many bee colonies, some of the main culprits being the Varroa mite and other diseases. Other factors are increased use of pesticides harmful to bees, and a lack of...

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Collectors' Alert! Marcel Breuer's Cesca Chair (17 photos)

The Cesca chair, designed in 1928, is nearly 90 years old. But you certainly wouldn’t know by looking at it. Like much of the modernist design that hailed from the 1920s, its aesthetic is universal and timeless.
Marcel Breuer designed the Cesca chair by merging traditional craftsmanship with...

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How Do I... Choose a Kitchen Benchtop Material? (10 photos)

It’s probably the biggest decision you’ll make when it comes to a new kitchen – which benchtop will you choose? And with more than aesthetics riding on your decision – after all, what you select will also affect your kitchen’s performance and how much cleaning and maintenance you’ll be required to do...

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Best of the Week: Light and Airy Bedrooms (30 photos)

Sleep researchers believe making your bed first thing in the morning can help improve sleep and mental health. The reasoning is that by beginning your morning by ticking a ‘chore’ off your to-do list, you’ll face the day with a more positive attitude. After all, stress often arises not from what we have...

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How Do I... Get My Lawn Looking Spring-tastic? (7 photos)

With the weather warming up, now’s the perfect time to get outside and give your garden some TLC so that you can enjoy it for the months ahead. Joe Rogers, lawn expert and technical manager at Lawn Solutions Australia, reveals five essential...

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Stickybeak of the Week: A Melbourne Warehouse Goes Green (15 photos)

Warehouses and sustainability are not often two words that you hear spoken together. But with the conversion of warehouses into residences, sustainability is apt, not only in that much of the structural materials are being retained and reused, but that they are often being redesigned for thermal performance...

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What You Need to Know Before Painting Brick (4 photos)

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 before whipping out your...

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Ready to Rock: Gorgeous Gardens That Leave No Stone Unturned (16 photos)

All gardeners know there’s much more to a garden than plants. The lushest foliage and flowers have limited appeal without other elements to act as a foil. Rocks and stones play a vital role, setting unpolished grainy textures against delicate plants, playing earthy tones against vivid floral displays...

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