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Best of the Week: Wondrous Wallpapers (29 photos)

From bold geometrics to painterly florals, wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to inject drama and personality into a space. We’ve gathered together some of our favourite wallpapered rooms on Houzz for your viewing pleasure, so sit back and enjoy.

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8 Houseboats Floating Onto the Scene (11 photos)

At a time when transportable housing alternatives such as tiny houses and yurts are all the rage, the moor-able and moveable houseboat offers a different kind of freedom – that of the open ocean – and for a fraction of the cost of a stationary coastal property. So, to assist your dreams of getting away...

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Perfect Palettes: How to Choose the Right Colour Combination (16 photos)

There’s little doubt that colour is a powerful decorating tool. It works at an architectural level to define and link spaces, and highlight the interesting details of your home. It tricks the eyes and the mind, making spaces appear either open and airy, or cosy and intimate. Colour also works on an emotive...

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100 of the Most Beautiful French Homes on Houzz (100 photos)

July 14 is Bastille Day in France. It was first instituted as a national holiday in 1880, in the time of the Third Republic, and marks the occasion of the storming of the Bastille during the French revolution in 1789 – an event that symbolised the end of absolute monarchy and of a society revolving...

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12 Ways to Decorate for Warmth This Winter (20 photos)

It’s true: many Antipodean homes are built for summer. While this may be great for most of the year, these few chilly months can be a bit less enjoyable if you don’t have a cosy space. Yet with or without central heating or effective insulation, it is possible to create the perfect snug retreat. See...

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Cabinet Cool: 10 Sideboard Style Ideas (10 photos)

The sideboard is an iconic item of furniture that has graced our interiors for many years, always guaranteeing a bold style statement wherever it’s placed. Sideboards also offer a fantastic display opportunity that doesn’t encroach on a room’s floor space. However, creating the perfect arrangement along...

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12 Enticing Courtyards and Walled Gardens (12 photos)

Lush plantings, weathered finishes and intimate seating are just some of the elements that bring drama and romance to the following 12 courtyards and walled gardens. While each dream space adds its own flavour, from a secluded courtyard in Spain to a tropical patio in Florida, all do so in confined spaces...

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Millennial Pink: Popular, Perennial or Passé? (12 photos)

Millennial Pink has been the hottest colour on the block for the past couple of years, but does it have the chops to go the distance? Not an official colour by Pantone standards, Millennial Pink is not one specific colour but rather a range of pink shades from beige-pink and peach to salmon....

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Light My Fire: What to Know if You Fancy a Fireplace (14 photos)

Winter is here… and with it comes the warmly welcomed ritual of curling up in front of a fire. If you are thinking of installing a new fireplace or restoring an existing one, there are some important details to consider first, from different models and costs to efficiency and regulations.

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The Secret Ingredient for a Truly Inviting Home (13 photos)

You know the feeling of walking into a room and immediately feeling drawn to a certain area whether it’s a cosy seating nook or an interesting collection on the mantel? If you can’t quite put your finger on what it is about the space or group of objects that seems alluring, there’s a...

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Design Disruptors: New Ways to Achieve a Polished Interior (12 photos)

Perhaps you’re time-poor, on a budget, or you’ve already done all the hard yards decorating your home and just want help finishing off the look – there are many reasons why you might choose not to enlist the services of a traditional interior designer. But that doesn’t mean you have to make do with less-than-perfect...

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My Houzz: 1940s Glamour in 21st-Century Melbourne (25 photos)

Downsizing, from the large suburban home she shared with her husband Dennis (after their children flew the nest) to a smaller Edwardian-style house in inner-city Hawthorn, gave glamorous grandma Dianne Klanjscek the perfect opportunity to let her love of quirky, vintage style run free.

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Style File: How to Choose the Right Fence for Your Home (5 photos)

A fence can be made to look so many different ways – from a traditional picket to a modern modular style. Here, a steel-fencing expert guides you through fencing styles and materials, focusing specifically on steel’s style capabilities, with some tips and tricks to help you match your fence to your home....

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