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The One Simple Cleaner That Made Our Used Boat Look New

This post is sponsored by the maker of OxiClean™. As always, all ideas and opinions are entirely my own. The OxiClean™ brand provided free product for this post. It’s been an exciting summer at our house! My husband Dave, who practically grew up on the lakes of Minnesota, has been dreaming of a boat of his […]

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Expert Eye: 6 Ways to Solve Open-Plan Decorating Dilemmas (8 photos)

Residential architecture of the last few decades has steered more towards open-plan living areas and less towards segregated spaces – not only because of the sense of depth and space that open areas create in a house, but because of their cohesive flow and inclusive, familial nature. However, even though...

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4 Amazing Spanish House Styles You Didn't Know About (17 photos)

Is a contemporary cave house an oxymoron? What is the difference between an Art Nouveau and a Noucentista house? What are the three main characteristics of a pagesa house and where can you find one on a map of Spain? Would you define a pazo as a palace? If these questions left you...

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Expert Eye: Everything You Need to Know About Underfloor Heating (13 photos)

There’s a lot to love about underfloor heating: it’s silent, efficient and allergy friendly, and it produces a wonderfully gentle heat that no other system can replicate. Plus it feels sensational underfoot. If you’re considering installing underfloor heating in your reno or new build, here’s what you...

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Top Shelf: Master Open Shelving With 9 Expert Styling Tips (14 photos)

Blame it on the shelfie craze, or perhaps we’ve just been stuck inside too long this winter, but it seems we’re all obsessed with open shelving right now. It’s easy to see why: open shelving is practical and affordable, and it allows you to display the things that are meaningful to you in a fresh and...

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10 Ideas for Creating Mid-Week Magic (10 photos)

It’s easy to get in the habit of trying to speed through the week just to get to the big reward of a weekend off. But aren’t we missing out if we’re not making the most of the free time we do have on those weeknights? Here are 10 ideas for beginning to reclaim some of that time, even on a too-tired-to-cook...

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Fine Lines: The Benefits of Building With Timber Battens (20 photos)

Timber battens may have a long and traditional history, but the way they’re being used on facades, walls and ceilings in homes today is thoroughly modern. It’s easy to see the appeal – as well as boasting warm, natural good looks, timber battens can help with everything from privacy and acoustic protection...

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The Great Space Grab: Creative Ways to Include an Extra Room (18 photos)

As Aussie homes continue to shrink in size, especially in inner-city areas, we have become highly inventive at carving out extra space. We may not be able to acquire more land, but it is possible to create more internal floor space or eke out a spare room. Read on to see some big ideas for small places....

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DIY: How to Style Your Home for Sale Like a Pro (19 photos)

So, you’ve decided to sell your home. Congratulations! Property styling significantly increases your chances of reaping the highest possible sale price and with a little planning you can style your place yourself like a professional. To get your property picture-perfect, read and bookmark our room-by-room...

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10 Ways to Add Decorative Flourishes to a Plain Kitchen (10 photos)

Designing a neutral-coloured kitchen shouldn’t mean you’re left with a room that has little in the way of personality. What it does entail is extra time spent choosing interesting textures, fine finishes and creative techniques that will fuse together to provide visual interest without bright colours....

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Barcelona Houzz Tour: Warmth and Colour in a Seaside Home (13 photos)

These homeowners spent their first holidays as a couple in Barcelona. Falling in love with the city – and each other – they bought a holiday home so they could keep coming back. “The apartment had belonged to an elderly couple. It was about 40 square metres and very much compartmentalised,” says Egue...

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Spotted! Antipodean Homes With Impressive Curtains (17 photos)

Curtains have a way of adding to your room’s decor like few other design accessories. Colourful or neutral, patterned or plain, a heavy drape or light as air; they can be worked into your scheme in many ways. Plus, curtains are highly functional.

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11 Ways to Personalise Your Home With Customised Products (17 photos)

Have you ever imagined the perfect artwork for your home but struggled to find one that came close to what you pictured? If you answer with a resounding ‘Yes!’, you’re not alone. Custom artworks for the home have existed for aeons, since we decorated our caves and, partly due to a clever combination...

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Expert Eye: How to Declutter Your Bookshelf (12 photos)

Do you wish you had more time to snuggle up on the sofa with a good book? Even though you have bookshelves full of books, do you feel like you have nothing to read? Decluttering your bookshelf may be the thing you need to revive your love of reading.

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The Lingo Every Novice Gardener Needs to Know (10 photos)

Would you like to know the difference between pinching back and pricking out? Or perhaps you’re wondering what on earth a Chelsea chop could refer to? Check out our rundown of essential gardening terms you’ve probably heard of, but may never have known the meaning of. Let us know in the Comments which...

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What I Learnt About Moving a Loved One to a Retirement Home (21 photos)

There are plenty of cheerful quips and sage advice for those facing old age. They are urged to stay ‘young at heart’ and ‘age gracefully’, and told that ‘eighty is the new sixty’. Women’s rights activist Betty Friedan suggested that “ageing is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”...

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Hot Tile Trends: The Styles You Need to Know About (17 photos)

The world of tiles is ever-changing, and today’s latest trends, driven in part by new manufacturing methods and printing technologies, are opening up a whole new world of covetable looks. We’re seeing a push towards new and innovative ways of combining different products, using tiles to create bold geometric...

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Stylist, Decorator or Interior Designer: What's the Difference? (12 photos)

As an interior designer, I’m often asked by prospective clients how my job differs from that of an interior decorator or stylist. It’s a fair question as in many respects there is some cross-over between the three disciplines. But at the same time there are some aspects of each role that are distinctive....

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