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

Spotted! A Dramatic Blue Paint We Can't Get Enough Of (23 photos)

If Instagram trends and saved photos on Houzz are anything to go by, the design world has a serious colour crush on a particular paint shade right now – Farrow & Ball’s ‘Hague Blue’. Rich, dramatic and luxurious, it’s easy to see the appeal. Farrow & Ball describe the colour as “a deep dark blue”...

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Tricky Living Rooms: Why Conform to the Rectangular Norm? (10 photos)

In living rooms – just as in life – the perfect shape may well be the ideal, but the reality for most is anything but perfection. And, hey, perfection can be boring.
Many rooms don’t conform to the rectangular norm (think sloping roofs and strange angles), but they still need to be furnished...

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DIY Project: Natural Lavender and Rosemary Moisturiser (16 photos)

If you’re tired of reading names you can’t pronounce on the ingredients label of your favourite moisturisers, and you don’t want to spend a fortune on the more ‘natural’ skin care products, it might be time to consider making your own skin cream. This recipe uses natural ingredients such as almond and...

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Kick-Start Your Vegetable Garden This Winter (10 photos)

When temperatures drop growth slows down in the garden prompting many of us impatient gardeners to give up on growing vegetables. While your edible garden may not be as productive as it is in summer, there are many ways you can keep it cropping happily throughout the cooler months.
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9 Ways to Make Your Home a Happy Space for Kids (9 photos)

From wrangling schoolbags and finding lost shoes before dropping the kids off at school, to the last kiss at bedtime (and just one more drink of water), life with kids is an adventure. We can’t prepare for everything, but these 9 small changes can make the time spent at home with our kids a bit...

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How to Make Thoughtful Homeware Gifts for Those You Love (11 photos)

These days, as we wage our own war on waste in our homes, buying excessive gifts for people can seem at odds with our considered recycling and environmental awareness. Having a selection of handmade, thoughtful gifts on hand, or things that can be quickly made into gifts, for a birthday or unexpected...

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Best of the Week: Shelfies (24 photos)

Step aside selfies – shelfies are our new obsession. Design lovers the world over have been blasting our Instagram feeds recently with their beautifully curated shelves, and revealing fascinating insights into their life stories and passions in the process. And it seems no area of the home is immune...

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11 Awkward Areas to Put to Use in the Kitchen (11 photos)

The kitchen is probably the busiest room in a home, so it should be super-efficient. You can maximise its efficiency by cleverly filling awkward areas that would otherwise be left unused. Check out these easy-peasy solutions that turn problem zones into brilliant storage. No need to thank us.

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Help, There's an Arch in My House! Do I Love It or Lose It? (16 photos)

Have you been staring at that arch in your living room or at a facade that features enough arches to rival a Roman aqueduct? Are you wondering if these features are a valuable design classic or an ugly eyesore you should remove? A professional designer can help you decide. Before you remove that arch...

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12 Ways to Get the Luxe Look for Less (14 photos)

Do you have Champagne taste but live on a beer budget? Living a life of luxury doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Follow these tips to declutter your home, add instant class and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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Odour-Free Composting Made Easy (20 photos)

If you saw the excellent documentary War on Waste that aired on the ABC recently, you’ll be aware that as a nation we produce an astonishing 52 million tonnes of waste a year. That’s about two million tonnes per person, and the figure...

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Decorating for Contentment: How to Live a 'Lagom' Life (13 photos)

The Swedish concept of lagom is the idea of ‘not too little, not too much’. The opposite of materialism and consumerism, it is about moderation and restraint. What does that look like? To visualise lagom, consider Scandinavian furniture. It’s practical and functional, its components...

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The Best Edible Flowers to Grow and Eat (18 photos)

Many of us have joined the eat-close-to-home movement by starting an edible produce patch or container garden for herbs, vegetables and fruit. Go a step further and supplement home-grown edibles with easy-to-grow flowers. They give flavour, colour and scent to dishes and offer health benefits too. From...

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For the Love of Dogs: Our Ever-Faithful Companions (16 photos)

If you’ve ever lived with a dog – either as a child or in your adult years – you will know how much they can enrich your life. They are, after all, the only beings that seem to love us more than they love themselves. People from all walks of life who’ve known the love of a dog, and have loved deeply...

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A Tropical Oasis Behind a London Terrace (12 photos)

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So when Antonia Schofield’s new neighbours fell in love with her tropical outdoor space, the garden designer agreed to create another version for them. “They already knew what they wanted, but weren’t sure if it would be possible in such a small space,”...

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The Top 10 Design Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2017 (21 photos)

Now in its third year running, DENFAIR is fast becoming the highlight of Australia’s design calendar and a leading destination for contemporary design and art. Held over three days in Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre from 8-10 June – with two professional-only...

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Kent Houzz Tour: A Family Home With Bohemian Flair (27 photos)

Finding the balance between old and new in a period property can be a challenge, but this grand Victorian house in Tunbridge Wells in the UK retains an escapist sense of the past, combined with quirky modernity, thanks to a top-to-toe refurb by designer Jennifer Hamilton. The owners wanted a practical,...

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