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Best of the Week: 25 Kitchens With Colourful Touches (26 photos)

If you love the idea of introducing colour to your kitchen, but don’t want to go overboard, look no further. We’ve gathered together a collection of stunning kitchens from around the globe that feature splashes of colour in all the right places – from pretty pastel cabinetry and eye-catching artworks...

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In My Backyard: The Ways Australians are Reworking the Outdoors (12 photos)

Our enviable climate and love of the great outdoors make enhancing our outdoor living areas a top priority for many homeowners across Australia. Moving to a new house or finally having the time or money to renovate are common motivations to update or completely overhaul our backyards – with some pretty...

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How Do I... Make Cut Flowers Last Longer? (10 photos)

In this practical series, we ask experts to answer your burning design and decorating questions. Here, Sydney florist Jodie McGregor of Jodie McGregor Flowers reveals the secrets to extending the life of your fresh blooms.

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Houzz Tour: Bowral Cottage Reimagined for an Eco-Smart Family (25 photos)

This heritage-listed Victorian-era cottage in the beautiful town of Bowral had all the charm and character a family could want, but not the space they needed to comfortably live and entertain into the future. The chilly winters of NSW’s Southern Highlands also called for a smart approach to heating and...

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8 Bathroom Tile Trends and How to Use Them in Your Home (18 photos)

Calm, intimate, luxurious – whatever you want to say in your bathroom, you can say it with tiles. These humble beauties offer myriad decorative opportunities, from pared-back elegance to sumptuous patterning and everything in between.
We’ve asked bathroom experts to reveal the top eight trends...

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9 Ways to Big-Up a Small Hallway (9 photos)

We all want a gorgeous, inviting hallway, but a narrow space can make that difficult to achieve. Not to worry, there are lots of decorating and design tricks that can visually boost a space and make it beautiful, as these nine stunning hallways prove.

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Desperate for Shade? Find Some Temporary Relief on Hot Days (10 photos)

Summer is on its way, hooray we hear your cheer! But so are those blisteringly hot days. So how do you create some temporary shade in your outdoor space that will last the season, but won’t involve a costly building project? These clever ideas and simple solutions are quick to knock up, friendly on the...

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7 Essential Features to Build Your Nursery Around (16 photos)

Planning the perfect nursery for your family’s new arrival can be a daunting task. How do you want to welcome your baby into the world? As a world traveller, a princess, a space explorer, a lover of your favourite animated character – or would you prefer a black-and-white palette, bold colours or soothing...

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Dish it Up: The Best-Looking Kitchens of 2017 (30 photos)

Kitchen renovations are high on the list of priorities for many homeowners, whether they’ve just moved into a newly purchased home, or have been living in a home for some time and their kitchen is ripe for an overhaul. These kitchens topped the list of most-saved photos to Houzz ideabooks this year,...

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How to Survive a Major Building Project (8 photos)

A significant home-improvement project rates high on the list of life’s most stressful tasks. Horror stories abound, causing racing pulses at the mere thought of contractors taking over your home. But it has to be done! That kitchen extension, new loft or spruced up bathroom won’t come into being until...

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The Power of Negative Space in Interior Design (17 photos)

The hole in a doughnut, the interval between lightning and thunder, an eloquent pause in a conversation – an absence can make a profound impression. The concept of negative space pervades all aspects of design, from art and architecture to interiors. Give it a try when decorating your own home...

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The Ensuite Dilemma: One Sink or Two? (10 photos)

One sink or two? This is the classic debate for couples renovating a sizeable master bathroom. There are pros and cons to both. So what’s right for your bathroom? I spoke with architect Thayer Hopkins, who offered up what you...

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Caring for a Real Christmas Tree (8 photos)

Artificial trees may have increased in popularity, but for the purist only a real tree will do. No matter how realistic it looks, an artificial tree can’t compete with the scent and feel of a real evergreen. It’s a living part of nature that, for a short time, we give a place of honour in our homes.
And...

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How Do I... Find the Right-Sized Fridge? (7 photos)

In this practical series, we ask experts to answer your burning design and decorating questions. Here, Colin Jones, product expert at Appliances Online, reveals how to select the right-sized fridge to suit your household’s...

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Life-Affirming Ways to Beat the Monday Blues (16 photos)

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 if...

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Best of the Week: 30 Beautiful Tile Treatments (30 photos)

While patterned tiles are undeniably stunning, even the plainest tiles can look incredible when they’re laid in an imaginative way. If you’re looking for tile inspiration for your reno or build, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured the archives of Houzz for our all-time favourite tile treatments...

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At Home With... Animal Lover and TV Vet Dr Lisa Chimes (18 photos)

Dr Lisa Chimes is a veterinarian you’ll recognise from the television shows Bondi Vet and Dr Lisa to the Rescue. With a busy workload and a young family to juggle, her renovated, two-storey home in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs is her sanctuary. Lisa invited us to stop by for a chat about how...

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Exterior Makeovers: Should You Paint Your Brick House? (8 photos)

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...

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Cushion Masterclass: How to Choose and Style Like a Pro (13 photos)

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 or a more formal...

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