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

Make It Work: Open Shelving in the Bedroom (12 photos)

Open shelving is being seen more and more in homes and, while it’s the kitchen that most commonly features the open shelf, it’s well worth extending the idea into other rooms as well. Not only do open shelves make it quick and easy to access items, they bring a decorative feature to a space. Create...

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A Bluffer's Guide to Identifying Period Features (8 photos)

In Georgian and Victorian homes, trims and mouldings were used extensively for both decorative and practical purposes. Some devices dealt with the limitations of construction methods of the time, while others added elements inspired by classical architecture. Interior mouldings underlined a room’s...

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Know Your Options for Shower Screens (13 photos)

Glass shower enclosures are clearly a designer favourite, but is the choice of glass always so … clear? There are many options for glass finishes, so it’s worth considering the wide variety of looks and functions you can achieve to get the best fit for your bathroom style and your comfort level.

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Simple Pleasures: Scent and Memory (13 photos)

Thinking back to my childhood home, I remember the smells most vividly: the jasmine growing by the mailbox; the honeysuckle vines climbing the back fence; the clean, simple scent of baby bubble bath; even the subtle background scent of polished wood floors. Scent tends to be more closely tied to memories...

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A Mid-Century Home Gets a Modern(ist) Update (11 photos)

When the owners of this airy, 1960s modernist home in the UK wanted to reconfigure the internal space, it was important the original character and ambience of the design and architecture were retained. The house is part of the Southwood House Estate in Highgate, north London, a triangle of residences...

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10 Little Kitchens With Style to Spare (10 photos)

Your kitchen doesn’t have to be enormous to fit in all the basics and look good. These inspirational spaces – which range from smallish to absolutely teeny – all demonstrate how, with some smart design and attention to the right materials, a compact kitchen can be functional and look brilliant...

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How Shag, Cork and Slate Got Their Groove Back (19 photos)

We all know that fashion moves in cycles, and that’s certainly true for trends in interiors. This year we’re seeing a resurgence in some of the classic flooring finishes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s: think cork, terracotta, boldly patterned tiles, shag carpet and slate. Designers are falling in...

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10 Ways to Highlight Heritage Style in the Kitchen (10 photos)

Think of your favourite grand period-drama house. Now picture the servants having their supper downstairs around a giant, solid wood kitchen table. In the background, cupboards are beautifully made with dovetailed joints and solid wood. Brass cup handles and hinges glint in the gaslight. Doors have five...

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How to Inject a Masculine Touch Into Nordic-Style Interiors (5 photos)

A white-washed palette, soft and cosy textiles, pastel accent colours and a healthy dose of rose gold or copper trinkets make for beautiful Nordic-style design, which is traditionally considered to be a feminine-leaning aesthetic. But what about any men who live in these spaces? Here’s how to add a touch...

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Brush Up on Your Knowledge of Art and Art History (26 photos)

Works of art can bring a lot of things to a space: depth, history, colour, texture, personality, interest and focal points. The list goes on. But the style of that artwork can create a very different look and feel in a room. Every period in history gives birth to a new style of art that is reflective...

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Spotted! Delightful and Space-Saving Espaliered Fruit Trees (13 photos)

There’s nothing like biting into a fresh, juicy piece of fruit that you nurtured yourself. While growing fruit trees can require lots of labour and plenty of space, the espalier method is a novel way to grow fruit that saves on space and looks pretty stunning too. Here are some of the advantages of this...

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5 Recipes for Solving Problem Areas in Small Kitchens (10 photos)

So you’ve mastered the look of your pint-sized kitchen – light and bright for a sense of space – but now you’ve got to tackle the design. How do you squeeze in enough storage to ensure a place for everything? Is there going to be enough benchtop area to make it workable? Don’t stress, we’ve identified...

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Let's Talk About Shelving ... In the Living Room (12 photos)

There is a lot that can be said for shelving done right – this is why we’ve decided to bring you a series on shelving ideas. Over the next few months we’ll be taking you around the house room by room, showing you how shelves can be used not only for functionality and storage, but as aesthetic devices,...

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Dapper Designer Chairs That Give Any Home Office a Lift (12 photos)

Too often the home office is a neglected room with none of the style or finesse of the more public areas of the house. Improving the aesthetics of your study is worth doing, however, even if the only person who sees it is you. An inviting study that feels good to be in can make the tasks you do there...

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Reinventing the Underrated: Homes From the '60s and '70s (13 photos)

We are all familiar with the classic Victorian and Federation homes that everyone and their dog can see the potential in, that have then been beautifully extended and re-configured. However, seeking out a great opportunity is often about seeing things that others might miss, and the less-fashionable...

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A Mirrored Retreat in the Italian Countryside (17 photos)

Angela Sabine Staffler is the owner of the land located just outside Bolzano, surrounded by apple orchards. To help her create two living units on her property – a haven for tourists, Angela enlisted the help of architect Peter Pichler. She wanted a holiday house where she and her guests were able to...

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6 Styling Tips People With Anxiety Will Appreciate (6 photos)

Uncontrollable worry, lack of sleep, pounding heart and trembling hands. These are just some of the debilitating symptoms that come with anxiety. I have struggled with this chronic worry for some time, and while there are many ways to keep anxiety somewhat in control,...

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Why Reading is So Good for Your Health (20 photos)

Reading benefits your health in all manner of ways, and research shows it even makes you live longer. A Yale University study found book readers lived an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at...

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Houzz Tour: Arches, Beams and Stones Create a Unique Home (22 photos)

In search of an interesting renovation project with rough stones, Thomas Lefèvre came across this apartment in downtown Antibes in the French Riviera. The decorator immediately fell in love with this unusual place and realised its huge potential. “Despite it being clear there would be a lot of work to...

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Plant Profile: Fiddle-Leaf Fig (6 photos)

We’re in love with indoor plants again, and few are more sought after than the fiddle-leaf fig. The stately form and lush dark green leaves of this subtropical tree are gracing the interiors of some of the coolest apartments and houses around. A member of the ficus family, many species of which are...

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The Possibilities of Perforated Metal (14 photos)

Perforated metal is commonly seen in industrial and commercial venues, and now is making its way into residential design. Its characteristics make it ideal for both structural and decorative applications, because it shields and encloses spaces while allowing for light, ventilation and visual openness....

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An Angled Extension for a Victorian Terrace (13 photos)

The typical Victorian terrace house is a two-up, two-down construction that, at some point, has had a kitchen added on the rear. This house in east London was no exception. “The kitchen was small and very cut off from the rear dining room. Everything felt very closed in on itself,” architect Tom Kaneko...

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11 Ways Wallpaper Can Take Your Ceiling to the Next Level (11 photos)

Ceilings are not the most commonly thought of place to use wallpaper, given its name, but there’s evidence it has been used on ceilings dating back to the early 1500s. And just like wallpaper, ‘ceiling paper’ in this case can completely transform the look and style of a room, and affect how it feels...

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Can You Fit Luxury Into 25 Square Metres? (9 photos)

Architect Renato Arrigo designed a home away from home in a 25-square-metre upper-storey apartment on Sicily’s east coast equipped with all (or almost all) the conveniences his family of four could need. The main theme of Arrigo’s project is the flexibility of each element: features disappear, transform,...

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10 Elevated Ideas to Level Up Your Flat Garden (10 photos)

Changes in level will create a garden that’s visually more interesting. New housing, however, generally favours flat land and this, combined with fencing to the boundaries, makes it quite challenging to change levels in any significant way.
However, even on a very flat site, it’s possible, with...

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5 Methods for Solving Problem Areas in Small Bathrooms (11 photos)

No space to swing a hand towel in your bathroom, let alone a cat? Don’t stress. We’ve identified those common problem areas that challenge small bathrooms, and have come up with some cunning techniques that will help increase the sense of space. From cleverly designed storage to space-enhancing tricks...

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