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10 Ways to Highlight Heritage Style in the Kitchen (10 photos)

Think of your favourite grand period-drama house. Now picture the servants having their supper downstairs around a giant, solid wood kitchen table. In the background, cupboards are beautifully made with dovetailed joints and solid wood. Brass cup handles and hinges glint in the gaslight. Doors have five...

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How Shag, Cork and Slate Got Their Groove Back (19 photos)

We all know that fashion moves in cycles, and that’s certainly true for trends in interiors. This year we’re seeing a resurgence in some of the classic flooring finishes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s: think cork, terracotta, boldly patterned tiles, shag carpet and slate. Designers are falling in...

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Brush Up on Your Knowledge of Art and Art History (26 photos)

Works of art can bring a lot of things to a space: depth, history, colour, texture, personality, interest and focal points. The list goes on. But the style of that artwork can create a very different look and feel in a room. Every period in history gives birth to a new style of art that is reflective...

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How to Inject a Masculine Touch Into Nordic-Style Interiors (5 photos)

A white-washed palette, soft and cosy textiles, pastel accent colours and a healthy dose of rose gold or copper trinkets make for beautiful Nordic-style design, which is traditionally considered to be a feminine-leaning aesthetic. But what about any men who live in these spaces? Here’s how to add a touch...

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Spotted! Delightful and Space-Saving Espaliered Fruit Trees (13 photos)

There’s nothing like biting into a fresh, juicy piece of fruit that you nurtured yourself. While growing fruit trees can require lots of labour and plenty of space, the espalier method is a novel way to grow fruit that saves on space and looks pretty stunning too. Here are some of the advantages of this...

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Let's Talk About Shelving ... In the Living Room (12 photos)

There is a lot that can be said for shelving done right – this is why we’ve decided to bring you a series on shelving ideas. Over the next few months we’ll be taking you around the house room by room, showing you how shelves can be used not only for functionality and storage, but as aesthetic devices,...

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5 Recipes for Solving Problem Areas in Small Kitchens (10 photos)

So you’ve mastered the look of your pint-sized kitchen – light and bright for a sense of space – but now you’ve got to tackle the design. How do you squeeze in enough storage to ensure a place for everything? Is there going to be enough benchtop area to make it workable? Don’t stress, we’ve identified...

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Houzz Tour: An Oval Courtyard for a Home Too Hip to Be Square (21 photos)

It may be surprising, but this radical house perfectly suits the needs of the young family calling it home. The dilapidated original house that long stood on the double block was demolished to make way for a modern, comfortable and flexible home that would grow with the family as their needs changed...

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Dapper Designer Chairs That Give Any Home Office a Lift (12 photos)

Too often the home office is a neglected room with none of the style or finesse of the more public areas of the house. Improving the aesthetics of your study is worth doing, however, even if the only person who sees it is you. An inviting study that feels good to be in can make the tasks you do there...

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Reinventing the Underrated: Homes From the '60s and '70s (13 photos)

We are all familiar with the classic Victorian and Federation homes that everyone and their dog can see the potential in, that have then been beautifully extended and re-configured. However, seeking out a great opportunity is often about seeing things that others might miss, and the less-fashionable...

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6 Styling Tips People With Anxiety Will Appreciate (6 photos)

Uncontrollable worry, lack of sleep, pounding heart and trembling hands. These are just some of the debilitating symptoms that come with anxiety. I have struggled with this chronic worry for some time, and while there are many ways to keep anxiety somewhat in control,...

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A Mirrored Retreat in the Italian Countryside (17 photos)

Angela Sabine Staffler is the owner of the land located just outside Bolzano, surrounded by apple orchards. To help her create two living units on her property – a haven for tourists, Angela enlisted the help of architect Peter Pichler. She wanted a holiday house where she and her guests were able to...

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Why Reading is So Good for Your Health (20 photos)

Reading benefits your health in all manner of ways, and research shows it even makes you live longer. A Yale University study found book readers lived an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at...

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The Possibilities of Perforated Metal (14 photos)

Perforated metal is commonly seen in industrial and commercial venues, and now is making its way into residential design. Its characteristics make it ideal for both structural and decorative applications, because it shields and encloses spaces while allowing for light, ventilation and visual openness....

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Houzz Tour: Arches, Beams and Stones Create a Unique Home (22 photos)

In search of an interesting renovation project with rough stones, Thomas Lefèvre came across this apartment in downtown Antibes in the French Riviera. The decorator immediately fell in love with this unusual place and realised its huge potential. “Despite it being clear there would be a lot of work to...

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An Angled Extension for a Victorian Terrace (13 photos)

The typical Victorian terrace house is a two-up, two-down construction that, at some point, has had a kitchen added on the rear. This house in east London was no exception. “The kitchen was small and very cut off from the rear dining room. Everything felt very closed in on itself,” architect Tom Kaneko...

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Plant Profile: Fiddle-Leaf Fig (6 photos)

We’re in love with indoor plants again, and few are more sought after than the fiddle-leaf fig. The stately form and lush dark green leaves of this subtropical tree are gracing the interiors of some of the coolest apartments and houses around. A member of the ficus family, many species of which are...

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11 Ways Wallpaper Can Take Your Ceiling to the Next Level (11 photos)

Ceilings are not the most commonly thought of place to use wallpaper, given its name, but there’s evidence it has been used on ceilings dating back to the early 1500s. And just like wallpaper, ‘ceiling paper’ in this case can completely transform the look and style of a room, and affect how it feels...

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Millennials Who Stay at Home ... Yet Out of Their Parents' Way (13 photos)

Given the rising prices of capital city houses, many millennials now face the prospect of living in the family home for far longer than anticipated. But living at home doesn’t always mean living in your parents’ laps. Here are some Gen Ys who took a look at the family pad with fresh eyes, and found a...

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Can You Fit Luxury Into 25 Square Metres? (9 photos)

Architect Renato Arrigo designed a home away from home in a 25-square-metre upper-storey apartment on Sicily’s east coast equipped with all (or almost all) the conveniences his family of four could need. The main theme of Arrigo’s project is the flexibility of each element: features disappear, transform,...

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5 Methods for Solving Problem Areas in Small Bathrooms (11 photos)

No space to swing a hand towel in your bathroom, let alone a cat? Don’t stress. We’ve identified those common problem areas that challenge small bathrooms, and have come up with some cunning techniques that will help increase the sense of space. From cleverly designed storage to space-enhancing tricks...

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10 Elevated Ideas to Level Up Your Flat Garden (10 photos)

Changes in level will create a garden that’s visually more interesting. New housing, however, generally favours flat land and this, combined with fencing to the boundaries, makes it quite challenging to change levels in any significant way.
However, even on a very flat site, it’s possible, with...

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