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Easy ways to upstyle your courtyard

Date: 18 October 2016
With the warm weather approaching in the southern hemisphere, now is the perfect time to spruce up your courtyard area and get it ready to entertain friends and family. Get rid of all the cobwebs with a good outdoor broom, hose down the dust, throw away all the clutter that has collected over the cooler months and consider repainting your old outdoor setting. If, once your outdoor area is clean, you find it’s now a blank canvas, use some of these simple styling tips to inject some personality into the space and create a spot you want to use.
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Fantastic decorating tips that won't cause permanent damage

Date: 17 October 2016

If you want to make your house a home but you are still renting, then these handy decorating tips can help. They won't cause permanent marks or changes to the house and this will make your landlord very happy. The changes don't have to be intrusive, they can be subtle but make you feel at home.

The rug life

Many landlords shy away from letting their tenants tear up the carpet or stain the floors. There is often too much risk involved and could end up costing them a lot of money to change for future tenants.

Instead, buying a rug can change the atmosphere of a room and it can do wonders for the design. Homes To Love says that a rug can brighten a dark room, change the colour theme and provide great floor protection. It will make a huge difference to the room but not to the bank account, and of course it's not a permanent change.

If you are wanting to make changes to your rented house, then wall art can mix things up without causing permanent damage.

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Watch out for these hidden costs when renovating a bathroom

Date: 14 October 2016

The bathroom is one of the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate – don’t let these extra costs spoil your project.

As the bathrooms in new homes get bigger and more luxurious, the smaller bathrooms typically found in older homes are becoming claustrophobic and dated by comparison; it’s not surprising, therefore, that bathroom renovations are high on many peoples’ hit lists.

When it comes to colour, bathrooms allow us to really have some fun; a quick visit to a bathroom showroom will reveal just how much choice is available in terms of style, colour and materials. But renovating a bathroom does present its challenges and controlling your budget is crucial. These tips will give you some understanding of a few areas where costs can blow out, as well as a little guidance on how to avoid them.
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Timber homes still have a place in Australia’s heart

Date: 10 October 2016

Timber homes hold a strong place in the hearts of many Australians, from the traditional Victorian-era weatherboard to the ultra modern designs now appearing in many suburbs and bushland settings.

And the good news for owners, according to a range of experts, is that both older and new timber homes are more popular than ever and increasing rapidly in value.


It wasn’t necessarily always the case but it’s now very clear that timber homes retain or increase in value at a similar rate to those constructed from masonry. Appropriate care and maintenance is obviously important, as it is for all property, and this includes periodic building and pest inspections conducted by qualified, licensed inspectors.

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How to work greenery into your bathroom

Date: 6 October 2016
A hot and steamy bathroom is just the place to set up your house plants
Unless your bathroom is devoid of natural light, it’s likely a houseplant will be happy to grow in it. The moist air produced by baths and showers reminds many plants of their jungle or woodland ancestry and helps them to flourish.
While they thrive, you benefit from their natural greenery, which makes a nice contrast to ceramic fixtures and cool tiles. Plus, with so many plants to choose from, there’s a shape and style to suit any scheme, from cute and compact to lush and jungly.
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