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9 Bright Ideas for Bedside Lighting (11 photos)

A good pair of lights by your bed can really lift the look of your room… equally, the wrong pair can have you squinting, bumping your head or feeling spotlit. Browse the designs and ideas here to discover some of the things to look out for when fitting bedside lights, as well a style to suit your room....

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Could You Live Like a Minimalist? (17 photos)

If you have ever marvelled at how little you actually need to live happily and healthily while camping, travelling or luxuriating at a hotel with just a suitcase or two, you are one of many who have brushed up against the mindset of minimalism. With landfill at record highs and consumerism leading the...

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How Do I... Hide an Ugly Garden Fence? (7 photos)

In this practical series, we ask experts to answer your burning design and decorating questions. Here, Steve Warner, award-winning landscape designer at Outhouse Design, shares his top tips for concealing or...

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Bring on the Bling... With Specialty Paint Finishes (16 photos)

Special-effect paints are like a golden ticket to creativity, offering almost endless options for creating your own bespoke looks in and around the home. “We see specialty finishes as design elements, not just surface coatings,” says Melanie Stevenson, marketing manager at Porter’s...

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How to Stop Fighting (about Household Chores) and Start Living (10 photos)

Opposites attract – it’s true – but that doesn’t always make life easy. If one of you is a neat freak and the other, well, less so, resentment can soon start to simmer. Before you know it, that wet towel on the bed, discarded socks next to the laundry hamper, or ever-present clutter by the front door...

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How Do I... Add Plants to My Kitchen? (7 photos)

In this practical series, we ask experts to answer your burning design and decorating questions. Here, Mark Paul, director at The Greenwall Company, reveals how to choose plants that will thrive in your kitchen....

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Fun in the Sun: A Buyer’s Guide to Outdoor Sofas (12 photos)

Summer’s coming, and there’s no better time to soak up some sunshine with friends and family on your patio, deck or verandah. This means it’s also time to gear up with outdoor furniture, and the best place to start is with a sofa. Here’s a guide to materials and designs, as well as some tips on what...

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Space-Saving Ideas for Tables and Chairs (9 photos)

Whether you have an open-plan living area that you need to squeeze in a place to sit and eat or just relax, or you have a bijou kitchen that seems to have absolutely no room for a place to perch, take heart, there are solutions. From compact curvy tables with seats to match to barely-there bespoke designs,...

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Houzz Tour: From Rundown Home to Country-Style Estate (22 photos)

A ‘hidden gem’ or a ‘house with potential’ are descriptions that would easily fit this heritage home prior to its renovation. When Joel and Clare Barnett bought it, the 100-year-old home was in a state of decay and disrepair; little had been done to maintain or improve it over its lifetime, and it was...

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12 Whizzbang Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger (15 photos)

A kitchen of any size can feel roomy if you know a few tricks. Sticking to white cabinets and walls is a good start, but there are many other ways to create extra room in your kitchen, or create the illusion of a bigger space than you have, all without sacrificing a sense of personality. Here are 12...

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Going Green: How to Decorate Your Bare Courtyard From Scratch (16 photos)

Your outdoor space may not be any bigger than a postage stamp, but that’s no reason to let it go to waste. Embrace the fact that you can step out into the fresh air and make the most of every centimetre. Transform your yard with these clever solutions to inject instant personality while increasing the...

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Are Indoor-Outdoor Serveries Summer's Hottest Kitchen Accessory? (14 photos)

When it comes to dream kitchens, there are two elements that feature highly on Australians’ must-have lists – a generous island bench, and bi-fold windows to connect the kitchen space with a family-friendly outdoor area. Why not take the concept one step further and install a kitchen servery – combining...

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The Golden Rules of Proportion: Decor Laws You Need to Know (11 photos)

Have you ever walked into a room and it just felt right, but you couldn’t put your finger on exactly why? Chances are that proportion was a key factor – whoever designed the room would have paid careful attention to getting the size and scale of the furniture and accessories just right for the...

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War on Waste: How to Keep Your Fridge Food Fresh (9 photos)

Can you still remember your parents yelling at you to close the refrigerator door? Although they might have just been trying to keep the energy bill down, they were also protecting the food in the fridge. There are ‘rules’ for keeping things safe and healthy in your refrigerator. The first and...

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My French Houzz: When An Architect Builds Her Dream Home (18 photos)

In the heart of Nîmes, France, Sophie and Régis Roulle live in their dream home: After all, they did design and build it themselves, with help from architect Maxime Oliveira, Sophie’s business partner. “As the children grew up, we really hoped to return to the city and live where we work. We bought the...

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Five Plants for Fighting Mosquitoes (7 photos)

Mosquitoes are not at all loved nor welcome in any home. They have been known to bring all sorts of illnesses, not to mention uncomfortable itchiness and unsightly bumps.
Arguably the most popular of the au naturel ways of keeping them at bay are with citronella oil. Citronella (Cymbopogon...

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15 Productive Garden Ideas That Won't Eat Up Your Backyard (15 photos)

The traditional vegie patch is not for everyone – perhaps you don’t have the space or maybe the style does not appeal. Whatever the reason, it should not stop you from growing your own fruit and vegetables. You may not be able to produce everything you need, but these 15 savvy ideas will definitely add...

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