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Best of the Week: 30 Bathroom Vanities and Basins (31 photos)

A fabulous vanity or basin is not only practical, it can create a show-stopping centrepiece in your bathroom. If a bathroom renovation is on the cards, you’re in for a treat – we’ve gathered together our all-time favourite vanities and basins on Houzz to get your creative juices flowing.

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Eco Cred: How to Buy Responsibly Sourced Timber (14 photos)

There’s nothing quite like timber – it has a sense of organic warmth, softness and tactility that few other materials possess. It is also a renewable resource and can contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. But while timber is one of the most sustainable...

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Is Our Love Affair With Bi-Fold Doors Over? (12 photos)

Think rear extension, or boosting the house-to-garden connection, and a wall of folding doors pretty much pops into your brain unbidden, but should we be progressing to other solutions? Read on to assess the arguments for and against opting for bi-folds.

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My Houzz: An Old Post Office is Recast as a Quirky Family Home (19 photos)

Falling in love with a former post office that dates back more than a century is one thing, but making it work as a functional family home is quite another – as Penny Atiwill, Matt Learmonth and their two daughters found out when they bought a unique property on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula in 2014....

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10 Design Tricks to Make Your Home Look Larger (10 photos)

If you’ve painted your interiors white, hung a large mirror and employed every styling trick in the book to make your home feel bigger than it is, all to no avail, it may be time to consider more drastic measures. These 10 design tricks can help transform a cramped, poky property into a home with a spacious,...

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Cool Camouflage: 10 Ways to Hide Your Air Conditioner (14 photos)

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.
From an interior design point of...

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Full Basket: 16 Laundry Tips From a Decor-Loving Mum of Four (18 photos)

As a mum of four kids, now aged 15 to 23, the laundry is one of the busiest rooms in our house. Children grow, and so does the washing, sorting, folding, and ironing. From nappies (I used cloth), play gear, and bibs for babies, to school uniforms, swimming, hockey and footy gear for school-aged kids,...

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How to Keep Your Pets Cool and Comfortable in a Heatwave (16 photos)

While the summer heat signals beach or poolside fun for us, the hot weather isn’t so enjoyable for our pets. Animals don’t have the same body-cooling mechanisms as we do, so they really do rely on us to keep them cool and safe. Much of this involves common sense offering shade, plenty...

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How Do I... Grow Fruit at Home? (9 photos)

In this practical series, we ask experts to answer your burning design, decorating and gardening questions. Here, horticulturist and Yates horticultural consultant Angie Thomas reveals the easiest fruiting plants for you to grow at home.

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How Do I... Decorate a Small Open-Plan Living Space? (12 photos)

In this practical series, we ask experts to answer your burning design and decorating questions. Here, Tabitha Krygsman, an interior designer at Ikea Australia, reveals how to resolve the design challenges of a small, open-plan living room that needs to serve multiple functions.
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5 Items You Can Declutter From Your Kitchen Cupboard Today (12 photos)

How many novelty or excess appliances do you have in your kitchen? Are they regularly used, or sitting at the back of the cupboard because you don’t need them anymore (if you ever did)? Here are five items you can easily get rid of today, to give your kitchen the decluttering it’s crying out for. Your...

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Best of the Week: 30 Homes with Hamptons Style (32 photos)

Hamptons style is the ultimate expression of breezy, casual seaside living. With its coastal colours – think muted blues and soft-toned timbers – gentle, enveloping upholstery, touches of texture and a focus on solid architectural features, it portrays...

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10 Chaos-Taming Tips to Organise Every Room (10 photos)

Getting your home organised is a great feeling, but working out the best place to start can be overwhelming. Keep the process simple by following these 10 key principles of organising, which can be applied to any space, at anytime.

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8 Things You Never Knew You Could Wash (10 photos)

Smelly pet bed? Unsavoury sneakers? Fluffy toys that seem to have taken on a life of their own? You don’t have to suffer in silence or go to the trouble and expense of having them professional washed – these items, and many more, can simply be popped in the machine or hand washed. Here’s how.

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Spotted! Outdoor Furniture Making a Statement Indoors (16 photos)

Who doesn’t love an iconic Butterfly Chair or a whimsical hanging Egg Chair? While these mid-century staples are certain to elevate your outdoor area, they look equally lovely indoors. Follow the trend and make the most of your outdoor furniture by reusing your favourite pieces inside. Take a look at...

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