“If you can organize your kitchen,
you can organize your life.”

Cheatsheet: How to Do a Smart and Cheap Grocery Shop (9 photos)

Jody Allen was made redundant in 2009 while on maternity leave and pregnant with her second child, born 12 months after her first baby. She started her website, Stay at Home Mum, to share her money-saving experiences while her family lived on one wage. It has since become one of Australia’s biggest mothers’...

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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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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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Best of the Week: 30 Sensational Study Spaces (30 photos)

Whether you’re wondering how and where to squeeze a tiny study nook into your home, or you want ideas for an awkwardly shaped home office, look no further. Ready and waiting for you to bookmark for your home reno or re-design, we present our all-time favourite study spaces on Houzz.

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Pattern Power: Encaustic Tiles That Pack a Style Punch (17 photos)

Encaustic tiles have a history that dates back centuries, but with their striking patterns and durable construction, they can be surprisingly effective in contemporary homes. The key to making them work is balance – balancing the size, pattern and colour of the tile with the space it’s going into. Here’s...

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DIY Project: String Art Christmas Cards (8 photos)

Christmas is the time to show the people in your life how much you appreciate them – why not through a nice, personalised Christmas card? Follow these instructions to make your own with a string-art Christmas tree.

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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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5 Things You Really Don't Need to Buy New this Thanksgiving

Hosting the biggest dinner of the year can come with a ton of pressure. Especially if it's your first time hosting, you may be feeling the urge to run out and buy brand-new place settings, a table, a larger apartment to put it all in...but, wait! Here are five simple ways to rework things you already own (like those mini pumpkins left over from Halloween—inspiration shot via Casa de Perrin / Poppytalk), or that cost next to nothing, to make the decor as memorable as the meal.

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