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A new robot maid from Aelous can mop, tidy, and even fetch you drinks

A very clever robot unveiled at the annual consumer electronics expo in Las Vegas has brought humanity one step closer to either a delightful futuristic wonderland of household ease, or a kind of terrible dystopian future, depending your perspective.
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Our salvation from housework comes in the form of San Francisco company Aeolus’ Robot – it’s yet to be officially named – an … Read the full post »

7 Everyday Steps to an Environmentally Friendly Home

Has the news that Victoria is to become the next state to ban single-use plastic bags got you thinking about being greener at home? Single-use bags are already banned in South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory, with bans in Western Australia and Queensland due to come into effect next year. Coles and Woolworths are phasing out bags, with a plan for the changeover to be … Read the full post »

How to keep your property new year’s resolutions for 2018

New year’s resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep. In fact, research suggests only 9 per cent of people actually keep theirs.

When it comes to property, clearly defined goals, such as saving for a deposit or buying a first home, are easy to set. With planning and perseverance, you’re more likely to achieve them in 2018.

1. Saving for a house deposit

Managing the cost of living and still putting aside a … Read the full post »

The secret to keeping your bedroom cool on hot summer nights

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It’s official – the chill of winter is just a memory and we can emerge from our warm, stuffy burrows to sniff the air and greet the sun. Although summer brings an invigorating feeling of freedom from bundling up in woolly layers … Read the full post »

The best and most cost-effective ways to give your home street appeal

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Whether you’re wanting to sell or looking to spruce things up, the front of your home should be given as much thought as your interior. Especially since it’s the first port of call for visitors and passersby.

Anne Hindley, founder and architect at Hindley & Co, says, “a custom street number in an interesting font and a statement letterbox are important touches … Read the full post »

Easy and budget-friendly ways to revive the look of a dated, dull kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home, which means it’s especially prone to wear and tear. And walking into a kitchen that feels grimy, dated or dull can be particularly uninspiring when you want to cook or entertain.

“[Kitchens] are highly functional spaces that need to work well for all tasks,” says interior stylist Emma Blomfeld. “If your kitchen is badly designed, it will affect the … Read the full post »

Blooms for Rooms: Pet-safe plants and flowers

Flowers are the perfect finishing touch to any space. However, you don’t often think about how the flowers in your home can affect your pets.

Unfortunately, there are quite a few botanicals that can cause potential danger to your fur babies.

With that in mind, here’s our ultimate list of flowers and plants to avoid at home if you have pets, as well as some safe alternatives to try for peace of … Read the full post »

Increasing number of parents helping children buy first homes

An increase in the number of parents helping children to afford their first home has seen the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ grow into one of the largest financial lenders in Australia.

Twenty-nine per cent of parents financially assist their kids when they enter the property market as the home ownership dream becomes increasingly out of reach.

This is what happened to 29-year-old Adrian Terry.

“There is no way without my parents I … Read the full post »

Unsung Spring-Cleaning Jobs You May Not Have Thought Of

Spring is well and truly here, and so is our desire to clean! So, you’ve turned over the bed, wiped clean your kitchen cupboards and your barbecue is looking brand new again. Job done, right? Well, it’s certainly a great start.

So while the cleaning bug is in your veins, why not give the following areas and items a going over, too! Our cleaning ideas are also kind to the environment … Read the full post »

How House Plants Can Improve Your Health

Most of us have flowers or plants of some sort inside but we don’t always realise their excellent health benefits. Did you know that the air in your home could be harbouring unhealthy invisible toxins that can be eliminated by plants? And that strategically placing a plant or two in your teenager’s bedroom can help them to concentrate better when they study? See how you could take advantage of potted … Read the full post »

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