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How To Clean and Care For Your Cast Iron Skillet

I love my cast iron skillets. Yes, I said skillets…plural. I think I own every size they make! Cast iron cookware holds a special place in my heart because it is economical, durable, versatile, holds heat well, and cooks food evenly. Properly seasoned and maintained, cast iron can last for literally generations! Cast iron cookware […]

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Homemade Dog Flea Collar with Essential Oils

If you live up here in the northern hemisphere, chances are you aren’t going on too many adventurous walks with your dog these days. But our southern hemisphere neighbors are probably out soaking up the sun! And for those of us up north, spring will eventually arrive (though not soon enough!) So go ahead and […]

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A Young Danish Family's Forever Home, Five Floors Up (25 photos)

When you step inside Trine Lundager’s home, it’s not just the abundant light at the top of the five-storey staircase that seems impressive. The apartment’s many alternative and connected levels, with lofts, landings and a raised balcony, undoubtedly evoke more ‘aha’ and ‘wow’ reactions than most other...

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10 Killer Table and Chair Combinations (10 photos)

If you’re interested in making a home that’s added to gradually (rather than ordered in a job lot), you’ve most likely collected a motley crew of furniture that will be upgraded over time. This often means a less-than-ideal table and chair pairing that you’re looking to improve upon as and when finances...

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Slip, Slop, Slap! Hit the Beach in Your Own Backyard (7 photos)

Beachside living is a dream for most, but you can still create the essence of a day out by the sea right in your very own backyard, with these inspirational ideas for your next garden renovation. Planned as part of your landscape design or as an integral part of the design of your home and outdoor spaces,...

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6 Steps to Organising Your Loose Photos (7 photos)

Do you have boxes of printed photos hiding under your bed, in the attic or tucked away in a cupboard? Here are six tips I’ve perfected during my 23 years as a personal photo organiser that will help you get your photos out of the boxes and back into your life.

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We Can Dream: Stunning Seaside Abode on Secluded Gordons Bay (21 photos)

Gordons Bay is one of the jewels on the coastal walk between Bondi and Coogee in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. The secluded bay has a small sandy beach, sheer sandstone headlands and racks of local fishing boats. When you’re given such a stunning location with which to work, views simply have to come first....

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A Laundry List of Pretty Yet Practical Features (10 photos)

If you’re lucky enough to have a utility room, there’s a good chance it’s the hardest-working spot in the house. Show your laundry some love with efficient, well-planned storage and beautiful decorative touches to ensure it’s a place where you’ll be happy to spend time. And if you’re planning a...

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Protect and Preserve Your Floors With a Runner (15 photos)

Entryways, hallways and stairs endure a lot of foot traffic. Fortunately, there are rugs for that. Carpet runners are rectangular rugs designed to fit a narrow space, to protect the flooring underneath and in some cases to reduce noise. But beyond their functional purpose, carpet runners can have an...

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Houzz Tour: Historic Home Meets Contemporary Open-Plan Living (16 photos)

When Peter and Taj Robinson discovered a period house that showcased its original, historic features, they knew they’d found something special. The original Melbourne home had remained untouched since 1923, had been owned by one family, and had all its traditional features intact. The new owners could...

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10 Enchanting Modern-Rustic Bedrooms (10 photos)

Give your sleep space a modern rustic look by celebrating the natural architecture of the room and adding stripped-back materials, unfinished woods and global-inspired textiles. Check out these 10 beautiful bedrooms for some inspiration.

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Why Copper Works in the Kitchen (17 photos)

Copper has been the metal of the moment for some time now. While it can fit in anywhere in your home, in the kitchen is where this warm metal can really take centre stage and show off its natural beauty, whether it’s perfectly polished or weathered and worn.
From pots and pans to benchtops and...

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Lovely, Loving Gifts You Don't Need to Wrap (13 photos)

Roses, roses, everywhere. And chocolates. And champagne, and heart-shaped everything. Do you feel a bit over it all? If you’re past the hearts-and-flowers stage, spread the love to include friends and family, as well as your significant other – it’s time to celebrate love of all sorts. When you have...

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Neon Pink Tablescapes to Fall in Love With (9 photos)

An intimate table set for two is always a special affair. This Valentine’s Day, whether you’re trying to impress a new romantic interest or refresh a relationship, try adding an unexpected jolt of colour to your tablescape. Netherlands designer Sonia van der Zwaan-Barrigas of Gosto...

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10 Gorgeous Exposed Brick Bathrooms (10 photos)

If you thought having an exposed brick wall in your bathing space limited you washing in industrial style forever more, think again. While raw brick and urban style do work exceptionally well together, this unveiled attraction also lends itself beautifully to the homeyness of country decor, the gypsy-like...

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An Updated Mid-Century Look for a Modern Californian Home (12 photos)

How do decorators decorate their own homes? It’s easy to imagine large and opulent spaces filled with expensive and dramatic accessories. But when designer Leyla Jaworski and her husband, Scott, purchased a modestly sized 1980s-era estate home in Sacramento six years ago, they had a tight budget and...

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Make Your Bedroom a More Joyful Space (8 photos)

Imagine walking into your bedroom and seeing clear, clean surfaces. The bedcovers are smooth and inviting, the pillows are plumped, and on your bedside table is nothing but a vase of fresh flowers, a candle, a cup of herbal tea and your journal and pen.
Any clothing has been easily put away because...

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10 Ways to Recreate Jackie Kennedy's Signature Style (10 photos)

Jackie, in cinemas now around Australia, follows its eponymous protagonist – played by Natalie Portman – in the tumultuous seven days after the shocking assassination of her husband, President John F Kennedy. Set in 1963, the movie has impressed critics and earned Portman a Bafta nomination for...

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How to Set Your Home Up as a Short-Term Rental (11 photos)

Whether you’re an empty nester, a frequent traveller, or lucky enough to own a second home, you could be making considerable additional income by renting out your property as a short-term let. From Homestay to Airbnb, new agencies have mushroomed over the past few years, encouraging...

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Spotted! Aquatic Animals Make a Splash in Interiors (19 photos)

It seems apt that in the middle of this hot Australian summer, when temperatures are soaring and many of us are craving a cool escape, representations of the denizens of the deep blue sea are popping up in homes all over the world. Whether they skate across the surface of a pond or dance in the...

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My Houzz: A Crush on Kitsch Gives a Townhouse a Quirky Edge (22 photos)

A world of wonder and whimsy has been created inside this new-build townhouse in Brunswick, but one would never guess it by looking at the modern facade and contemporary blue door. As soon as that door is opened, a surprisingly unique and eclectic family home is revealed, one that’s packed full of bizarre...

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The Most Common Kitchen Design Problems and How to Tackle Them (10 photos)

When it comes to kitchen planning, designers frequently face the same complaints from homeowners about what’s ‘wrong’ or frustrating within their existing kitchen. Most of these recurring problems – and their resulting complaints – stem from a kitchen not having been designed with the owners’ needs in...

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Who Needs a Dining Room Anyway? (15 photos)

Many of us might remember our grandparents’ generation entertaining family and friends in a formal dining room, complete with a sideboard for fine china, glassware, and even cutlery that was saved for special occasions. However, these days having a dedicated dining room, or second reception, is often...

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