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Colour Commotion: Throw Out the Rulebook à la Beyoncé (14 photos)

Who could forget those photos of a pregnant Beyoncé featuring a riot of floral colour as backdrop, and the woman herself resplendent in mismatching underwear – pale blue knickers and a maroon bra – topped off with an eau de nil veil? Anti-minimalist colour fanatics everywhere were swooning, not just...

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An Italian Architect's Colour-Filled Home in Spain (23 photos)

“My home is imperfect, just like me. Welcome to my world,” architect Teresa Sapey says. The way she speaks and communicates her thoughts and her many ideas – in few words, but always with great humour and irony – is indicative of how she approaches both life and design. Indeed, her personality can be...

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Get the Best Kitchen Benchtop for Your Budget (10 photos)

Benchtops are like handbags – they can make or break a look. “Combine the wrong coloured handbag or shoes with an outfit and it looks totally wrong,” says Kevin Buchanan of Kitchens International. “Choose the wrong benchtop for the cabinets and your kitchen loses its style.” And like accessories, quality...

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Personalise Your Home Office With an Inspirational Pinboard (14 photos)

Populating your workspace with things that move you is a known way to keep your eye on the prize. When you’ve identified what you really want – whether they be career goals, financial milestones or even a dream holiday – photos, clippings and symbols serve as motivating prompts to keep you fired up and...

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Outdoor Plant Profile: Hydrangeas (8 photos)

Longtime stalwarts of the traditional suburban garden, hydrangeas are enjoying a renaissance, their large blooms and beautiful foliage looking equally impressive as the centrepiece of contemporary courtyards or in large naturalistic swathes. Hydrangea lovers know there are lots of different...

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Crack the Code: How to Use Your Oven's Functions (9 photos)

Hands up who doesn’t know how to use all the functions on their oven. If that’s you, don’t despair. Sam Zalin, head of buying and merchandising at Winning Appliances, says it’s a common customer confession. “I regularly hear feedback that customers don’t know what all the functions do on their oven,”...

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Houzz Tour: Tetris-Inspired Terrace Wows on a Narrow Site (26 photos)

An ugly duckling squeezed in between two Victorian terrace houses in Sydney’s Woollhara needed a serious overhaul to accommodate the needs and tastes of a film director and his young family.
Terrace houses aren’t known for their wide frontages but these creative homeowners had their hearts set...

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The Bold and the Beautiful: 2017 Dulux Colour Awards (19 photos)

Unbridled imagination and bold execution were required to impress the judges at this year’s Dulux Colour Awards. Announced this week at a gala dinner in Melbourne, the winning projects spanned nine categories ranging from residential interiors to commercial exteriors. Sam Crawford Architects and Lymesmith...

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Lofty Ideas: The Advantages of Dormer Windows (13 photos)

The word dormer is derived from the Latin word dormire, which means to sleep. Traditionally, they were a way of providing light and ventilation for bedrooms incorporated into the attic of a building with a pitched roof. Today, they provide the same benefits – light, ventilation and creating usable...

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Tradie Talk: How to Make Your Next Project a Win-Win (12 photos)

Having built a house from scratch as well as renovated a couple of homes, I’ve learned the hard way that excellent communication with tradies is a vital factor in getting what you want. So much can be lost in translation: sometimes people aren’t listening to you, or you’re not conveying your ideas successfully,...

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Expert Eye: A Brief History of the Kitchen Pantry (8 photos)

A kitchen pantry is something that most of us couldn’t live without these days. They come in all shapes and sizes, from single-door shelved pantries in the kitchen to entire rooms with a second sink, appliances and bench space.
Regardless of the size of your pantry, have you ever wondered where...

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Tile File: A Guide to Choosing Tiles for Your Kitchen Floor (15 photos)

In many homes today, the kitchen is designed to have spatial and visible connection to the social activities of the household. This increased accessibility means it attracts more foot traffic than almost any other area of the house. Tiles are a natural choice for a floor that must support daily wear...

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10 Ways a Trellis Can Boost Your Outdoor Space (10 photos)

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 focal point or increase...

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In the Clear: Why See-Through Kitchen Cabinets Make Sense (16 photos)

The dilemmas of choosing kitchen cupboard doors – do you go for timber or laminate, gloss or matt, plain or profile; the options are endless. But one dilemma that gets less attention is the choice of whether to break the look with some clear cabinet doors. It might be that you want to display your lovely...

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Bright Sparks: 11 Quirky Lamps for the Kiddies (15 photos)

I first saw Frank Gehry’s Mama Cloud lights in Milan several years ago, and thought how perfect they would be for a child’s room. Even though they’re set in the foyer in the photo below, they’d still add that stunning touch of whimsy to the room where your child’s imagination will grow (and go places)....

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