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Spotted! A Dramatic Blue Paint We Can't Get Enough Of (23 photos)

If Instagram trends and saved photos on Houzz are anything to go by, the design world has a serious colour crush on a particular paint shade right now – Farrow & Ball’s ‘Hague Blue’. Rich, dramatic and luxurious, it’s easy to see the appeal. Farrow & Ball describe the colour as “a deep dark blue”...

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Tricky Living Rooms: Why Conform to the Rectangular Norm? (10 photos)

In living rooms – just as in life – the perfect shape may well be the ideal, but the reality for most is anything but perfection. And, hey, perfection can be boring.
Many rooms don’t conform to the rectangular norm (think sloping roofs and strange angles), but they still need to be furnished...

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DIY Project: Natural Lavender and Rosemary Moisturiser (16 photos)

If you’re tired of reading names you can’t pronounce on the ingredients label of your favourite moisturisers, and you don’t want to spend a fortune on the more ‘natural’ skin care products, it might be time to consider making your own skin cream. This recipe uses natural ingredients such as almond and...

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Kick-Start Your Vegetable Garden This Winter (10 photos)

When temperatures drop growth slows down in the garden prompting many of us impatient gardeners to give up on growing vegetables. While your edible garden may not be as productive as it is in summer, there are many ways you can keep it cropping happily throughout the cooler months.
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9 Ways to Make Your Home a Happy Space for Kids (9 photos)

From wrangling schoolbags and finding lost shoes before dropping the kids off at school, to the last kiss at bedtime (and just one more drink of water), life with kids is an adventure. We can’t prepare for everything, but these 9 small changes can make the time spent at home with our kids a bit...

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How to Make Thoughtful Homeware Gifts for Those You Love (11 photos)

These days, as we wage our own war on waste in our homes, buying excessive gifts for people can seem at odds with our considered recycling and environmental awareness. Having a selection of handmade, thoughtful gifts on hand, or things that can be quickly made into gifts, for a birthday or unexpected...

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Best of the Week: Shelfies (24 photos)

Step aside selfies – shelfies are our new obsession. Design lovers the world over have been blasting our Instagram feeds recently with their beautifully curated shelves, and revealing fascinating insights into their life stories and passions in the process. And it seems no area of the home is immune...

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Expert Eye: 7 Ways to Arrange a Living Room for Conversation (10 photos)

We all love cosying up and chilling out in our living rooms, whether it be with family at the end of a long day at work or with friends on the weekend. Either way, creating a space that focuses on interaction with others and engaging in conversation or activities other than just watching TV makes for...

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11 Awkward Areas to Put to Use in the Kitchen (11 photos)

The kitchen is probably the busiest room in a home, so it should be super-efficient. You can maximise its efficiency by cleverly filling awkward areas that would otherwise be left unused. Check out these easy-peasy solutions that turn problem zones into brilliant storage. No need to thank us.

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Help, There's an Arch in My House! Do I Love It or Lose It? (16 photos)

Have you been staring at that arch in your living room or at a facade that features enough arches to rival a Roman aqueduct? Are you wondering if these features are a valuable design classic or an ugly eyesore you should remove? A professional designer can help you decide. Before you remove that arch...

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12 Ways to Get the Luxe Look for Less (14 photos)

Do you have Champagne taste but live on a beer budget? Living a life of luxury doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Follow these tips to declutter your home, add instant class and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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Odour-Free Composting Made Easy (20 photos)

If you saw the excellent documentary War on Waste that aired on the ABC recently, you’ll be aware that as a nation we produce an astonishing 52 million tonnes of waste a year. That’s about two million tonnes per person, and the figure...

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Houzz Tour: A Home with Texture, Colour, Pattern and History (15 photos)

Take a 160-year-old Victorian home with a 100-year-old mulberry tree in the rear garden, add a two-storey extension for clients who have a strong interest in art and design, and you have a modern home with texture, colour, pattern and history. “The brief called for a warm and highly textured palette...

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Best of the Week: Parents' Retreats From Around the World (25 photos)

Even the world’s most committed parents do well to take a step back, breathe deeply and recharge to continue on as the nurturing caregivers their children need them to be. Be inspired by these retreat-like bedrooms across the globe and see what you can do to turn yours into more of a haven. Treating...

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Pro Panel: Biggest Bathroom Blunders (15 photos)

Budget blowouts, mismatched tiles, fixtures that don’t arrive until weeks after the builders have come… they’re the stuff of any renovator’s nightmares. But according to the experts, they happen more often than you think. Here are the seven rookie renovating mistakes our panel of pros most frequently...

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5 French Designers You Need to Know (20 photos)

France’s reputation as the style capital of the world has endured for centuries, with the country being hailed as the taste-maker in Europe and around the globe. French designers and architects in the early 20th century were at the forefront of furniture design, including in the Art Deco and modernist...

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Colour Code: The Best Hues for Hallways (9 photos)

As the first thing on show when the front door is opened, and the place you pass through to get to other areas of the house, the hall is an important path on your home’s decorating journey. But light or dark, which way to go? Ultra-dark hallways have become increasingly popular, and the transient nature...

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It's All in the Detail: 7 Ways to Drape a Throw Like a Stylist (10 photos)

Casually draped or neatly folded, throw blankets are a practical addition that add style to your living room. And with the cold weather here in full force, a throw is the ideal addition for a sofa that you’ll just want to curl up on and drift away with your favourite book, a great TV show, or your significant...

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