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8 Warm and Welcoming Dining Room Tables (8 photos)

We tend to choose our dining tables based on our style preferences and practical needs, but it also pays to bear in mind how conducive a table will be to social gatherings. If warm and welcoming is your aim for the meals you host, pull up a chair and find inspiration in these dining room tables that...

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Innovation Alert: Industrial Flooring Options for the Home (22 photos)

As the lines between residential and commercial architecture continue to blur, we’re seeing a range of new flooring options emerging from their industrial roots to grace our homes. These products, which include rubber, epoxy resin, terrazzo and concrete, have proved their mettle in the workshop. Reimagined...

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The Bare Bones: An Honest Look at Life With a Dog (21 photos)

The American comedian Louis C.K. famously said that bringing home a puppy is ‘a countdown to sorrow’. It’s true, the biggest downside to getting a dog – and there are a few – is that they’re unlikely to outlive us and it can be a harrowing loss when they pass away. But should this mean not getting one...

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Expert Eye: 6 Ways to Future-Proof Your Home's Plumbing (9 photos)

Homes that are built to last should have plumbing that is built to last too, and smart plumbing saves you time and adds value to your property. If you find this area of your home falls short for your family’s usage, or you’re looking to prepare your pipes for longevity, there are some things you need...

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12 Ways to Create a Wildlife Haven in a Small Garden (12 photos)

Think you haven’t got space for a wildlife garden? Think again. There are a number of quick and cheap ways to invite birds, butterflies and small animals into your garden, whatever its size. Take a look at these ways of creating a wildlife haven in a small garden and just wait for your guests to arrive....

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8 Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Easter Lunch at Home (10 photos)

Whether it’s your turn to host the family or you’ve decided to invite friends over for a special brunch, making a few simple prepartions can mean the difference between a frantic or a fun get-together. Read on and get ready for a seamless Easter lunch that will leave you just as happy as your guests....

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Just Quietly, Here Are 7 Chores You May Be Doing Wrong (7 photos)

Keeping our homes in a clean state is no easy feat; it can feel tedious, it’s certainly repetitive and mostly downright bothersome. However, it’s a necessary task for most of us. So, for the sake of extracting the most value out of your cleaning time, here are some basic mistakes that even the...

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Stickybeak of the Week: Shaker Style Adds Charm to a New Build (10 photos)

The Shaker ethos of creating artisan furniture that is functional, simple and beautiful holds as true today as it did when it originated in the 18th century. So, when the owners of this new-build barn decided to extend out and install a new kitchen and family space, they were clear they wanted a Shaker-style...

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Frame Up: 10 Ways to Use Crittall-Style Doors Inside (11 photos)

The popularity of metal-framed glass doors looks set to continue as Crittall-inspired creations move across the external threshold and into our interiors. Subtle design tweaks take the doors from factory-themed utility to elegant townhouse, making them a versatile choice for both period properties and...

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Transform Your Table This Easter With a Terrific Tablecloth (26 photos)

Laying on a tablecloth is an instant way to inject character and colour to any space, or to add a touch of festivity if that’s what’s required. There’s no limit to how much choice tablecloths provide – from granny chic featuring florals or lace, to classic and neutral linens. Tablecloths are traditional...

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The New-Traditional Look: How to Get it Right (11 photos)

The new-traditional look is a bold one. Characterised by the use of velvet, jewel tones, and rounded, tufted furniture, it goes a long way towards cosying up our homes for autumn and the onset of winter. But truth be told, it can be a difficult one to incorporate into an existing interior scheme. Here,...

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Wake Up to 9 Smart Over-Bed Storage Ideas (10 photos)

Storage units fitted above the bed were a popular trend back in the 1970s and ’80s and, although they were great for making the most of unused wall space, these cupboards never looked particularly appealing. In fact, they often made bedrooms feel darker and more enclosed. But before you declare your...

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Expert Eye: 11 Exterior Cladding Materials for Wow Factor (11 photos)

External material selection can often make or break your project – no matter how well-designed your new home or addition, the right cladding can take it to the next level in both form and function. Let’s explore the benefits of a few well-known cladding systems, and a few that you may not have considered...

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Houzz Tour: Earthship Te Timatanga (29 photos)

In real estate, the word ‘sustainable’ has become as meaningless a marketing term as ‘executive’ or ‘dream home’. But when homeowners Gus Anning and Sarah Rowe began exploring how to build a home for themselves and their three children, they really dug deep – literally and figuratively – for a building...

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Long-Weekend Goals: How to Organise Your (Their!) Lego (14 photos)

Lego bricks offer limitless opportunities for exploring and constructing (no wonder they’re so popular!), but if you have a Lego-obsessed kid in the house, you also know what a nightmare it can be to keep those little pieces out from underfoot. And while no amount of organising can ensure complete freedom...

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Be Gone! Clever Ways to Disguise Your Air Conditioner (11 photos)

There’s no denying the appeal of air conditioning for maintaining comfortable temperatures, but there’s a price to pay for this convenience, and we’re not talking about dollars. Whether it’s wall-hung split units or a built-in ducted system, we often have to sacrifice style when it comes to including...

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From Fenestration to Folly: Architectural Jargon Explained (22 photos)

For many of us, the thought of sharing a brief with our designer or architect and then communicating with them through the course of a project can be daunting. Who uses the words juxtaposition and dichotomy in the real world anyway? But there’s no need to feel intimidated by the language;...

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Inside Houzz: How to Create and Use Ideabooks (9 photos)

A Houzz Ideabook is a place where you can store ideas and build dreams. It’s where you save your favourite home design photos and product shots, notes, PDFs and other details of your home project.
You can also use your Houzz Ideabook to communicate with others working on the...

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Long-Weekend Goals: How to Make the Perfect Cuppa (15 photos)

After water, tea is the most widely consumed drink on the planet. All over the world, rituals surrounding the sharing of the humble tea leaf soothe, revive, offer hospitality and courtesy, get people talking and ease social interaction. Australians have their tea ceremonies too, if you count the ‘smoko’...

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