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you can organize your life.”

How to Keep Your Pets Cool and Comfortable in a Heatwave (16 photos)

While the summer heat signals beach or poolside fun for us, the hot weather isn’t so enjoyable for our pets. Animals don’t have the same body-cooling mechanisms as we do, so they really do rely on us to keep them cool and safe. Much of this involves common sense offering shade, plenty...

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How Do I... Grow Fruit at Home? (9 photos)

In this practical series, we ask experts to answer your burning design, decorating and gardening questions. Here, horticulturist and Yates horticultural consultant Angie Thomas reveals the easiest fruiting plants for you to grow at home.

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How Do I... Decorate a Small Open-Plan Living Space? (12 photos)

In this practical series, we ask experts to answer your burning design and decorating questions. Here, Tabitha Krygsman, an interior designer at Ikea Australia, reveals how to resolve the design challenges of a small, open-plan living room that needs to serve multiple functions.
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5 Items You Can Declutter From Your Kitchen Cupboard Today (12 photos)

How many novelty or excess appliances do you have in your kitchen? Are they regularly used, or sitting at the back of the cupboard because you don’t need them anymore (if you ever did)? Here are five items you can easily get rid of today, to give your kitchen the decluttering it’s crying out for. Your...

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Best of the Week: 30 Homes with Hamptons Style (32 photos)

Hamptons style is the ultimate expression of breezy, casual seaside living. With its coastal colours – think muted blues and soft-toned timbers – gentle, enveloping upholstery, touches of texture and a focus on solid architectural features, it portrays...

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Project Makeover: Where to Start on Your Home Improvement (10 photos)

Doing work to your home can be a daunting prospect. Your mind may be reeling with ideas. You may be bamboozled with advice from family and friends. You may be grappling with big questions, such as: should we stay or should we move? Should we extend or simply tweak the space we already have?
The...

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Houzz Tour: A Bijou Bungalow Becomes a Spacious Family Home (24 photos)

Space, openness and natural light are desirable characteristics of a modern home. While many early 20th-century buildings didn’t prioritise such elements, as these houses have been renovated for contemporary life they have been transformed to maximise these attributes – which is good for both energy...

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3 Tips to Make Your Home-Tech More Secure (4 photos)

Consumer technology is smarter than ever. This is especially true around the home, where appliances and lights connect with the internet in new and unprecedented ways. On top of that, devices with built-in virtual assistants make it possible to control some of this hardware with nothing but your voice....

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DIY Project: Rattan Cabinet Makeover (16 photos)

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make over a dated basket cabinet, to make it more contemporary while keeping its character and charm, this DIY project with easy before-and-after instructions is for you. See how easily it can be done!

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Tokyo Houzz Tour: Curved Corners Craft a Unique Home (16 photos)

The owners, a couple in their thirties who work in design-related professions, chose this Tokyo, Japan, apartment for its size and convenient layout. They had been looking for an about 50-square-metre space, and liked that this apartment was divided into several functional rooms, rather than one big...

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Biophilic Design: The Rise of Wellness-Enhancing Architecture (18 photos)

Despite the many conveniences and advantages of modern life, wellbeing and contentment continue to evade many of us. The cure may be in an architectural concept that sounds new but is as old as the hills. Take a dose of biophilia and read how your home’s design can help you live a healthier, less stressful...

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Best of the Week: 30 Bathroom Vanities and Basins (31 photos)

A fabulous vanity or basin is not only practical, it can create a show-stopping centrepiece in your bathroom. If a bathroom renovation is on the cards, you’re in for a treat – we’ve gathered together our all-time favourite vanities and basins on Houzz to get your creative juices flowing.

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Eco Cred: How to Buy Responsibly Sourced Timber (14 photos)

There’s nothing quite like timber – it has a sense of organic warmth, softness and tactility that few other materials possess. It is also a renewable resource and can contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. But while timber is one of the most sustainable...

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Is Our Love Affair With Bi-Fold Doors Over? (12 photos)

Think rear extension, or boosting the house-to-garden connection, and a wall of folding doors pretty much pops into your brain unbidden, but should we be progressing to other solutions? Read on to assess the arguments for and against opting for bi-folds.

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10 Design Tricks to Make Your Home Look Larger (10 photos)

If you’ve painted your interiors white, hung a large mirror and employed every styling trick in the book to make your home feel bigger than it is, all to no avail, it may be time to consider more drastic measures. These 10 design tricks can help transform a cramped, poky property into a home with a spacious,...

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Cool Camouflage: 10 Ways to Hide Your Air Conditioner (14 photos)

Ductless mini-split air conditioners are popping up all over the place as an energy-efficient alternative to central air conditioning systems. Why? Because you can individually control zones of your house, so you don’t waste energy cooling a room you’re not in.
From an interior design point of...

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Spotted! Outdoor Furniture Making a Statement Indoors (16 photos)

Who doesn’t love an iconic Butterfly Chair or a whimsical hanging Egg Chair? While these mid-century staples are certain to elevate your outdoor area, they look equally lovely indoors. Follow the trend and make the most of your outdoor furniture by reusing your favourite pieces inside. Take a look at...

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5 Ways to Give Your Home a Personality Makeover

When I moved into a freshly renovated apartment last spring, I loved the new appliances and declared the remote-controlled AC life-changing—but I lamented how a coat of spackle and fresh flooring left the space feeling a little lacking in the personality department. I had a clean (almost too clean) slate to work with, and desperately needed to give the space character. Turns out, there were many simple ways to do this, including some that you can start doing stat. The home personality makeover starts right now.

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