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

Spotted! Booker Prize-Worthy Reading Spaces (25 photos)

Book lovers rejoice – the Man Booker Prize’s 2017 longlist was released a few days ago, and so the frenzy begins to read everything on the 13-strong list. The prestigious British literary prize is one that bibliophiles worldwide have come to love. It was launched in 1969 and aims to promote the finest...

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Best of the Week: Colourful Homes From Around the World (28 photos)

Colour; it’s an easy, effective and fun way to add energy and personality to a home. Whether you like the controlled precision of a Mondrian-style approach or the flamboyance of Frida Kahlo-esque style, here are some enticing examples of colour, done well.
Be it an entire house decked out in...

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Plantation Shutters: Are They Right for Your Home? (10 photos)

One of my favourite choices for window treatments is the plantation shutter. They are versatile, less expensive than custom draperies, and can increase the value of your home. They are the only window treatment that can be financed into the purchase of your home. Why? Because they are highly desirable...

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Expert Eye: How to Work Dark Tones Into Your Kitchen (11 photos)

Every kitchen colour and style has its place, and while the crisp, fresh all-white look continues to be one of the most popular choices for homeowners, many people are turning to blacks, greys and dark timbers in a daring change. And black isn’t confined to a cabinetry colour choice; it’s also increasingly...

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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.

We’ve drawn the best...

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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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The Layered Effect: The Beauty of Shingle Cladding (18 photos)

Think of a shingle-clad house and traditional American styles probably leap to mind – the weathered grey Cape Cods on the East Coast, the grand Shingle-style homes of the late-nineteenth century, or the rich red cedar-skinned homes set among lush forests.
But the use of shingles has taken a more...

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Best of the Week: Beautiful Antipodean Spaces (21 photos)

Whether in the middle of a bustling city, out in the bush, secluded in a tropical garden, or perched on a cliff edge overlooking the ocean, these rooms and outdoor areas have captured our attention not just because of their designer good looks or locations, but because of their warm and inviting vibe....

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Houzz Pick: The Best Products in the 2018 Ikea Catalogue (22 photos)

Browsing through the latest Ikea catalogue is a pleasure many of us indulge in – and why not? The global furniture and homewares powerhouse reflects shifting modes of living, beliefs and tastes around the world and reinterprets them with an often recognisable twist. The latest creations reflect our growing...

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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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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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