The end of financial year is nigh and, with it, its frenzy of shopping opportunities. The good news is that if you’ve got some homewares on your shopping list and you’re now working from home, you may be able to save even more by claiming a portion of your home office expenses in your tax return.
As the evenings close in and our lifestyles adapt to the chill in the air, it’s also time to prepare our homes for a cosier ambience over the cooler months. A few tweaks and it will be functional and on-trend for Autumn-Winter 2021.
As one of the most-used – and versatile – rooms of your home, the humble living room deserves a little TLC. And you don’t need to spend a fortune. Here, we bring you the easiest ways to take your living room to the next level.
Designer home or kids? The odds may seem low, but we believe you don’t need to decide on one over the other. With a little planning – and investment – mixing kids and your dream home is entirely possible. Here’s how we’d do it.
It’s that time of year! If you’re itching to fire up the barbie and get into your great outdoors, you’re not alone. But before you send out the invitations, ensure your space reflects the resort-style retreat you’re dreaming about.
Now may be the time to start planning a seasonal refresh of your home, but forget a spring clean. The best way to bring in the warmer months is with a palette reflective of the season – and there’s no need to pick up a paintbrush. Here are our top-four colour – and styling – picks to take you into Spring 2020, and beyond.
How do you strike that balance between function and aesthetics when you move away from your inspiration boards and into the real world? Here are our top tips to achieve a designer home without actually engaging a designer.
While cooler temps may feel a little way off, the end of summer is nigh. So now is the time to start styling your home for the change of season. Here are our top tips for ushering in autumn and creating a warm and cosy atmosphere.
If 2020 is going to be the year you refresh your abode – or rooms within it, take note of these must-have looks for the year ahead. Alternatively, incorporate one or two trends for a modern take that brings your home into the present.
Keen to add some colour to your abode, but can’t face the prospect of picking up a brush and roller? Or perhaps you’re a tenant and not allowed to change the colour scheme. The good news is the personality of each of your rooms needn’t reflect the neutrality of their shell.
Whether your holiday home is an investment or for your enjoyment only, styling it will have a massive impact on its success – and how much you or your guests will want to lock in that annual vacation at your place. So how do you ensure your holiday home becomes a special place for each and every inhabitant?
Desperate for a new kitchen, but can’t bear to wait the five years it’ll take to find the budget? The good news is bringing your kitchen into the 21st Century needn’t break the bank. Here, we share five easy – and budget-friendly – ways to rejuvenate your tired kitchen and inspire a new culinary direction.
Whether you’re on the verge of a full-blown renovation or simply need to revive a tired space, taking the time to strategise your interior design process will put you on track for a big impact from the outset. Here are our top five interior design tips.
So you have a blank canvas. You’re moving into a new home and you have no furniture to your name – or this dwelling at least. This is your opportunity to make your mark and develop your interior styling with your furniture. Hold off on buying in bulk and invest in quality key pieces that are timeless and you can add to over time. Here are some furniture items worth investing in.
Ever wondered why you feel so uneasy when you step into a particular room? Perhaps it’s the clutter in front of the wardrobe. The broken lampshade. Or the juxtaposing-but-not-so-complementary artwork in the living room. Fixing it could be as simple as some minor design tweaks.
Is your new year goal to get more rest? Are you tired of taking forever to wind down once you hit the sack? Make your sleep ritual an easy one with calming sleeping quarters that should guarantee a restful (and full) night sleep.
We may be on the countdown to Christmas, but it’s not too late to update your home with the festive season in mind. Step away from the frenzy and enter a haven of calm as you plan to make the imminent influx of guests a more enjoyable experience for all.
The luxe look is everywhere, from television renovation shows to lifestyle magazines. Envious? You, too, can create a high-end feel at home. All it takes is vision, a little creativity and a can-do attitude.
If you want to get the maximum price for your home, it could all come down to the styling. In an era of TV renovation shows, selling the ‘dream’ has become the norm – presentation is vital to lure and capture your buyer’s attention. And that could mean dismissing your own personal style. Here are five steps to getting your home sold quicker – and for more.
Your home needs a lift, and you’ve finally committed to giving it a fresh coat of paint. Sprucing up the walls, doors and ceilings is the perfect project to complement a new seasonal look, adding to your home’s resale value, or simply to lift your own spirits. A colour scheme is such an important aspect to any styling project so here are our tips on integrating a ‘paint-lift’ when styling your home.
As the nights close in, there’s no better time to gather friends and family for a warming winter get-together. Soft lighting, soothing jazz, the aroma of festive spices emanating from mulled wine, and of course, if there’s one on offer, a roaring fire the centrepiece.
When the time comes to invest in a new lounge suite, it’s a wonderful opportunity to restyle your living area – completely change the feel of one of your most used and versatile household spaces. Yet with so many elements to be taken into consideration, it’s not a light decision. To make it a little easier, here’s a step-by-step formula for selecting the best sofa for your home.
The days are suddenly shorter, the mornings a little crisper. Winter may be beckoning, but that’s no reason to shut the blinds and dim the lights – just yet. To prep your home for the impending chill, try our top tips.
It’s here! The festive season has begun and, with it, the calendar of social engagements that have you humming carols with joy or gasping for breath. If you’re hosting this year, here are our top tips for making it stress-free – and memorable.
Long days and warm nights have finally arrived, and there’s no better time to pull out the platters and get ready for a season of relaxed summer soirees. To ensure your get-togethers are as impressive as they are stress-free, here are our tips for ‘effortless entertaining’.
Spring is in the air. Windows and doors are opening and, suddenly, we’d rather be outside than in. Then we realise our outdoor ‘haven’ has become a disaster zone over winter. But with minimal effort and budget you can reinvent your backyard paradise for the summer days ahead.
It's that time of year again. As blossoms bloom and days lengthen, the inevitable spring clean looms. But don't make it a burden – embrace the process and reap the benefits of a fresh and energised home. Here are our tips on keeping the seasonal detox realistic and rewarding.
The end of financial year is upon us, and with it, the best sales of the year. Forget discounts of 10 per cent – excess stock needs to go, and there’s only one winner with savings as high as 70 per cent. So whether you’re after an entire upgrade or a fresh new look, now’s the time to hit the sales.
Not only can a little creativity give your home that ‘wow factor’, pulling off a DIY project gives you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Less than a day is all it takes, and budget is up to you.
Maximising the results and minimising your spend can feel next to impossible when it comes to styling your home. Even a modest makeover can’t escape that inevitable ‘budget’ discussion. But don’t sweep aside your dream interior just yet – here are our tips for styling your home for less.
With the emergence of Autumn comes the prospect of styling a cosy retreat – or a room at least – with warmer tones, delicate features and welcoming fixtures. But even as the days shorten and temperatures drop, in Autumn 2017 a hint of cool is the new warm.