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Soft Touch: How to Choose Carpet for Your Bedroom (12 photos)

Nothing beats waking up in the morning and sinking your toes into plush, velvety carpet. It’s also a practical choice, adding warmth and acoustic protection to a room that’s all about relaxation. We’ve asked three experts to reveal what you need to know if you’re in the market for new soft flooring for...

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How on Earth Do I Clean a Glass Shower Door? (12 photos)

Most people loathe household chores. But is any cleaning task more difficult to stick to than squeegeeing shower walls and doors after use? The squeegee rule, a seemingly reasonable request to reduce hard-water stains, mineral buildup and mildew, is great unless you’re short on time, patience, energy...

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The Next Level: 12 Mezzanines That Will Surprise You (14 photos)

It’s an odd phenomenon – step inside a home with high ceilings and your eye is immediately drawn upwards with the expectation of seeing something special. From an architect’s and homeowner’s perspective, this opens up all sorts of design possibilities as to how to fill and furnish the space. One solution...

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Bottled Up: 6 Prime Locations for Your Wine Fridge (7 photos)

For lovers of wine, such as myself, a wine fridge is a valuable addition worth considering at home. Variations in temperature can affect the subtle flavours of your favourite quality drop, so serving it straight from a regular kitchen fridge often won’t do it justice. A temperature-controlled wine...

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12 Ways to Make Your Space Look Like a Designer Hotel (12 photos)

There’s something unmistakably alluring about staying in a hip hotel that really adds definition to a holiday no matter where you are in the world. From large open-plan bedrooms with stunning bathrooms, to clever living and dining combinations, to wall art that seems to captivate and add that cherry...

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Multi-Functioning Spare Bedrooms That Tick All the Boxes (8 photos)

If you’re fortunate enough to have a spare bedroom, don’t let it gather dust waiting for your next overnight visitor. Instead, turn it into a multi-purpose room that can be utilised by all the family. With some hard-working storage solutions and nifty styling tricks, you can have a bedroom that moonlights...

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How Do I... Revive My Timber Deck? (8 photos)

Spring is officially here, which for many of us means opening up our homes and spending more time outdoors. If your timber deck is looking a little worse for wear after months of neglect over winter, fear not. We’ve asked decking expert Brian Hamilton, managing director at Sikkens,...

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Top 10 Things to do in the Garden in September (10 photos)

As the spring weather unfolds our gardens gradually come back to life. And a good action plan will allow you to maximise all the lovely new growth that’s happening in the garden. September is a good time to feed lawns and plants, trim shrubs, divide perennials, re-pot container plants,...

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So Your Style Is: Coastal (11 photos)

What it is: If you wanted to split hairs, you could argue that coastal style is as individual as its location: a saltbox in New England, a Mediterranean villa, a tropical cottage in Belize. For this guide, though, we’ll stick with what’s commonly called coastal or beach style – the aesthetic...

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Cheers to That! A Buyer's Guide to Glassware (20 photos)

If you’re looking to find the perfect glassware for entertaining at home, this buyer’s guide won’t let you down. We’ll show you how to select stemware, highballs and snifters based on your beverage of choice, all to help you create more memorable house parties. Cheers to that!

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Houzz Quizz: Which Period-Style House Are You? (10 photos)

Australia is full of homes from different eras, each one with its own little quirks and individual character… a lot like Australian people, actually. So, if you were a period home, which one do you think you would be? Answer the following questions to find out if you’re more like a grand Victorian...

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7 Types of Doors to Maximise Indoor-Outdoor Living (23 photos)

Spending time outdoors is part of the Aussie way of life and our houses, as much as possible, are designed to bring a sense of flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. Various types of doors can help make this transition seamless, as well as enhancing natural light, ventilation, visibility and connection...

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Best of the Week: Formal and Fabulous Interiors (22 photos)

There is something deeply reassuring about formal interiors. The symmetrical arrangement of furniture, the drawing of the eye to a defined architectural feature and the well-upholstered furniture come together to create a welcoming scheme that elevates gatherings beyond the ordinary. Here, we present...

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How Do I... Choose Kitchen Lighting? (10 photos)

Pendants, uplights, downlights, LEDs… are you confused by all the options out there in kitchen lighting? Not to mention how to create a scheme that delivers the illumination you need to prep, cook and dine? We’ve asked lighting expert Ben Mills, executive general manager at Crompton...

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Bag of Tricks: A Guide to Bagging Brick Walls (13 photos)

When it comes to renovating or constructing a brick home, you may not always want to leave the brick exposed or render over it. Bagged brick is a happy middle ground that covers the brick with a more consistent surface while still allowing irregularities and imperfections to show through. Named for the...

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Scentsational: DIY Aromatherapy Recipes for the Home (14 photos)

Each of us has our favourite scents and the memories that go with them, whether it’s the aroma of freshly baked bread that reminds you of your mother’s kitchen, or the smell of newly cut grass that takes you straight back to the first day of summer. Aromatherapy, using pure essential oils, is considered...

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Forget Trends: Why You Need Elegance in Your Life (15 photos)

Elegance is found in surprising places – a mathematical formula, the stretch of a cat, a dancer’s posture, a haiku. Elegance has nothing to do with conspicuous luxury or designer labels. It’s an elusive quality that can’t be bought, yet it’s something many of us would like to have in our lives. Let’s...

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7 Things to Know About Foo Dogs (8 photos)

Foo dog statues, with their striking, often colourful appearance, have become a favourite of decorators in the West – but their history spans thousands of years, tracing back to ancient China. If you’ve ever spied these creatures and found yourself wondering about them, here are seven things to know...

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How Do I... Choose a Kitchen Benchtop Material? (10 photos)

It’s probably the biggest decision you’ll make when it comes to a new kitchen – which benchtop will you choose? And with more than aesthetics riding on your decision – after all, what you select will also affect your kitchen’s performance and how much cleaning and maintenance you’ll be required to do...

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Best of the Week: Light and Airy Bedrooms (30 photos)

Sleep researchers believe making your bed first thing in the morning can help improve sleep and mental health. The reasoning is that by beginning your morning by ticking a ‘chore’ off your to-do list, you’ll face the day with a more positive attitude. After all, stress often arises not from what we have...

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How Do I... Get My Lawn Ready for Spring? (7 photos)

With the weather warming up, now’s the perfect time to get outside and give your garden some TLC so that you can enjoy it for the months ahead. Joe Rogers, lawn expert and technical manager at Lawn Solutions Australia, reveals five essential...

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Stickybeak of the Week: A Melbourne Warehouse Goes Green (15 photos)

Warehouses and sustainability are not often two words that you hear spoken together. But with the conversion of warehouses into residences, sustainability is apt, not only in that much of the structural materials are being retained and reused, but that they are often being redesigned for thermal performance...

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What You Need to Know Before Painting Brick (4 photos)

Sometimes brick looks beautiful – and sometimes it’s an eyesore. Depending on the style of your home, a brick fireplace or wall may detract from your ideal ambience. Although painting the brick in your home has been touted as an easy DIY fix, it has its downsides. Be careful before whipping out your...

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Ready to Rock: Gorgeous Gardens That Leave No Stone Unturned (16 photos)

All gardeners know there’s much more to a garden than plants. The lushest foliage and flowers have limited appeal without other elements to act as a foil. Rocks and stones play a vital role, setting unpolished grainy textures against delicate plants, playing earthy tones against vivid floral displays...

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