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

Houzz Tour: Step-By-Step Additions Enhance a Tauranga Gem (19 photos)

Like the cobbler’s children who are never shod, an architect’s (or builder’s) home is often never quite finished. Too many good ideas, too many loves: that’s what Tauranga architectural designer Colin Davis and his wife Vicki have learned as they’ve renovated their 1920s-meets-’60s-meets-’80s...

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How to Fit an Extra Bathroom Under Your Stairs (12 photos)

Adding another loo, bath or shower to your abode can be positively life enhancing if there’s bickering over your existing bathroom, or if you cringe when guests have to enter your sacred chamber – who knows what the kids (or your other half) left behind since last you looked! A powder room or compact...

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Architect 101: A Fuss-Free Guide (7 photos)

The role of the architect is complex and varied, and can change from client to client. Here is a fuss-free, straightforward guide to what an architect does, how they will benefit your project and what payment methods you can expect to encounter.

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A Beginner's Guide to Buying Indigenous Art Ethically (9 photos)

Purchasing an Indigenous artwork for your home should not be daunting. A quick search online reveals countless options to buy in this genre. But how do you know which is the right choice? Here are some basic guidelines to assist you in making a sound and well-informed decision before you bring your...

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How to Avoid Harmful VOCs at Home (16 photos)

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemical compounds found in building products, furnishings and paints that can evaporate (or off-gas) into the surrounding environment at room temperature. Unfortunately, our houses are full of them. Let’s take a closer look at what VOCs are, where...

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15 Rooms Celebrate 15 Years of the Ghost Chair (16 photos)

After the birth of the first polycarbonate chair, Kartell’s La Marie, in 1999, transparency had become big in the design scene. Prolific and world-famous French product designer, Philippe Starck followed it up in 2002 with the Louis Ghost chair – a sleek and cheeky twist on the Louis...

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10 Ways to Make Art the Hero of Your Room (10 photos)

Artwork is one of the most invaluable assets in the world of interior design, adding colour and pattern in a unique way. It’s a chance to show creative flair and express your taste and individuality, so don’t play safe by choosing works that will recede into your design scheme – make your art choices...

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Designer Details: Experts' Decorating Tricks Revealed (10 photos)

Although there’s no magic formula that will ensure the creation of a beautiful space, there are a few tips you can employ to get you going in the right direction. At the heart of every room plan must be practicality – because you won’t enjoy that chic sofa so much when you discover its covers are non-removable...

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A London Courtyard Garden Becomes a Serene Oasis (10 photos)

This garden at the rear of a Georgian terraced house in Greenwich, UK, was somewhat overgrown when the owners moved in. “There were some lovely plants here, and a water feature at the back, but it wasn’t a usable space at all,” says John Davies, who was tasked with redesigning the garden. Davies set...

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Opposites Attract in the Dining Room (8 photos)

It may not always happen on a dinner date, but opposites get along well at the dinner table. I’m talking about tables and chairs that on paper don’t look like they’d work together, but when they meet in person, sparks fly. Many designers love the tension created by juxtapositions. It makes me wonder...

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Grey Matters: 8 Monotone Marvels in the Kitchen (8 photos)

Grey has been the ‘it’ colour in decorating for a few years now. But that doesn’t mean you can walk into a paint store and grab any can labelled ‘grey; and create a beautiful, inviting kitchen. You’ll want to pay attention to undertones and warm and cool tones to strike the right...

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10 Terrific Trees for Your Courtyard (10 photos)

Adding plants and trees to your inner courtyard can be a great way to incorporate the natural landscape into your interiors. Doing so blurs the inside/outside boundaries while adding a focal point to your home – it’s simply a matter of choosing species with fabulous flowering qualities, interesting foliage...

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Out-of-the-Ordinary Kitchen Islands Designed to Dazzle (16 photos)

When space allows, an island bench is almost always included in a kitchen renovation – and for good reason. As well as extra storage and bench space, an island turns a kitchen from a functional work space into a place to gather for food, conversation and more – islands often double as homework or work...

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Abracadabra! 9 Ways to Create a Kid-Friendly Living Area (9 photos)

When it comes to creating a space well suited to both children and adults, safety and practicalities are both top priorities. There is, however, no need to forgo the interior look you love to make your home kid-friendly. Take a look at these inspiring rooms for tips on how to strike the perfect balance....

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Innovation Alert: The Possibilities of LED Strip Lighting (20 photos)

LED strip lighting has become increasingly popular in modern and contemporary architecture, because it is a flexible lighting system and provides a solution for ambient, accent and task lighting needs. Available in different lengths, outputs and colours, LED strip lighting is exceptionally versatile,...

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Indoor Plant Profile: Peace Lily (6 photos)

Yes, the peace lily is one of those rare plants that needs little water, light or feeding, but will reward you with eye-catching glossy green leaves and the occasional gorgeous white flower. What’s more, it’s also capable of cleaning up the air in your house or apartment. According to a NASA...

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How to Weave Your Arts and Crafts Projects Into Your Decor (20 photos)

There’s a boom in arts and crafts workshops, from shibori dyeing and basket weaving to macrame and metalwork. But how do we display our much-loved DIY project to give it the pride of place it deserves? There’s always a reason to create something new, and finding the right spot to present your work is...

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Beekeeping: How to Get Started (6 photos)

Bees play a vital role in the human food chain, pollinating many of our fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers. With the bee population in serious decline globally – a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder – it is more important than ever to give consideration to these amazing...

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Clever Hacks for the Lazy Indoor-Plant Lover (9 photos)

Gorgeous, glossy houseplants add warmth and life to our living spaces, but keeping them looking as healthy as the day we bought them can be a challenge for many of us. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy plant hacks to help even the least green-thumbed of us keep our plants alive.
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