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Byron Smith’s six favourite edible plants to grow in your garden

For me, having an edible garden and helping others create their own has taught me so much about why people grow the food they do. Some might be reliving the nostalgia of childhood mulberry memories, others might be growing chilli seeds gifted from a grandparent, or perhaps another has planted native Australian plants to keep them connected to culture.
A common link I’ve found, however, is that most people simply … Read the full post »

Tasmanian first home buyers made their mark in March

Owner occupier housing finance commitments were steady in March, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.

In Tasmania, new loan commitments to owner-occupier first-home buyers made up between one-quarter and one-third of the state’s total loan commitments.

Just over 33 per cent of first-time Tasmanian lenders sought finance for a dwelling and about 26 per cent for a house.

Nationwide, new loan commitments in March totalled $14.34 billion for owner-occupiers and … Read the full post »

Stuck for styling ideas? Let your music taste decide for you

While certain music might take you to a memory, a feeling or evoke a mood, there are some people in the world who actually see colours from the music.

It’s a rare neurological condition called chromesthesia, which affects roughly one in 3000 people, and for them, listening to a certain genre or musical piece can automatically trigger different colour visualisations associated with the sound.

The team at Home Advisor conducted an experiment … Read the full post »

Checklist for moving house in a month

The clock is ticking. It’s a month until moving day. And with so much to do, the only way to tackle such a daunting task to have a plan – and stick to it.

Susan Williams, founder of The Finishing Touch, one of Australia’s leading home packing and unpacking services, shares a comprehensive four-week moving plan, starting a month out and finishing on moving day.

Four weeks before moving
– Book a … Read the full post »

Designing a DIY kitchen: Where to start?

1. Look for inspiration
The very first step is simply to start thinking about what you want your kitchen to look like. Start looking at other kitchens – in magazines, on Pinterest and Instagram and in-real-life – and think about how they might translate into your space. Get an idea of what colour palettes or finishes you like. One of the most important and exciting parts of a renovation … Read the full post »

Furnished rental listings surge 530 per cent in Tasmania in three weeks

A torrent of furnished rental properties is flooding into Hobart and Tasmania’s property market.

But few fit the criteria for affordability.

New data from realestate.com.au shows Australia’s largest listings increase in furnished homes to rent was recorded in Tasmania.

The data revealed a 536 per cent increase when comparing the number of listings available between March 6-12 and March 20-26.

Tasmania’s increase was also nation-leading when comparing furnished rental listings in the three weeks … Read the full post »

How to create a sanity-saving office space

Has the coronavirus got you suddenly working from home? Home offices around the world are suddenly getting a workout amid the COVID-19 crisis.
If you previously haven’t put in much thought to the functionality of the space you’re probably now kicking yourself and wondering how you can make it a better place to work.
Never fear, we’ve got 8 tips to get you started:

1. Keep papers out of sight, out of … Read the full post »

Tend to your garden and enjoy the backyard during autumn

An ideal time of year for both planting and lawn care, autumn brings a welcome temperature drop and much-needed injection of moisture following summer. The sun begins to recede and the days shorten, but the soil remains warm, providing optimal conditions to get plants in the ground, rejuvenate the garden and enjoy the outdoors with family.

Horticulturalist and Northcote Pottery brand ambassador, Melissa King shares her tips for bringing your garden … Read the full post »

8 things to do at home to avoid boredom

1. Clean out your fridge and pantry
Although we’re all tempted to hit the shops and stock up, experts say panic buying isn’t the answer. So before you pack your car boot with six months worth of tinned goods, it pays to go through what you already have in the pantry. You might have forgotten about the bags of rice and pasta that have fallen to the back. Completely … Read the full post »

How To Keep Your Indoor Plants Alive

Pots
The first rule when it comes to indoor plants is keeping your plant in its plastic pot that you bought it in, which would have the perfect amount of drainage. Then, place this pot within a decorative indoor pot of your choosing. This allows the plant to have enough drainage, but your floors and design decor will stay intact. It also means taking your plants outside for a … Read the full post »

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