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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 »

How to ‘fake’ a renovation: 7 ways to refresh your home

Many of us would love to live in a freshly renovated home. But did you know there are ways to overhaul your property without spending a lot of money, or knocking down walls?
Have you just bought the worst house on the best street? Or maybe you’re waiting to save up for your dream renovation? Whatever your position, there are loads of pain-free methods to update, upgrade and ultimately add value … Read the full post »

First Home Buyer Incentives

There are currently three incentives for first home buyers.

1. If buying an existing home in Tasmania under $400,000 first home buyers will pay only half their stamp duty. These contracts must SETTLE prior to 30 June 2020.

2. If building a new home OR buying a new home (the property has never been lived in) a first home buyer will get $20,000 provided they have a fixed price building quote or … Read the full post »

Five steps to refreshing your facade for the year ahead

If your facade is looking dull and outdated, it’s probably time to give it a makeover for the coming year. Stay on track and add a bit of designer dazzle to your project with the following five steps.

Step 1
Start with a blank canvas by getting in and doing a good old-fashioned clean-up. Wash down the house, cut back bushes and hedges, trim back trees, tidy the garden, fix … Read the full post »

How to organise a small space in 7 simple steps

1. Declutter, declutter, declutter
As always – I’m going to encourage you to declutter and purge one more time.
Keep an eye out for things that serve only one purpose and ask yourself whether there’s another way you can accomplish whatever task that item is used for.
Certain items in the kitchen come to mind like bulky rice cookers or bread machines or even yogurt makers. Those things take up valuable … Read the full post »

How to design a veggie garden that doesn’t look scrappy

Edible gardens are not all the same. There’s the good, the bad and the downright scrappy – I have seen and tended to them all.

I know as well as anyone that edible gardens have the potential to get out of hand as your good green-thumb intentions slip away with the busyness of the week, and months … then all of a sudden your parsley is unidentifiable among an avalanche of … Read the full post »

Five simple ways to update your home in the new year

Freshen up your interior painting
Anyone can work some magic with the right colours and a paintbrush. With warm weather on the agenda, your coats will dry fairly fast, making it an easy summer fix. If you’ve got wallpaper to remove, holes or dints to patch, make sure you do that before you start on the painting. Typically, prep and painting take anywhere from three to six hours per room, depending … Read the full post »

5 design mistakes interior experts always notice

1. Rushing the design process
The number one design mistake I believe people make is rushing when designing a new space. Things take time so allow your renovations and decorating plans to evolve and be fluid. Try things out, plan ahead, do your research, ask for other opinions or find an expert. It’s important to build your confidence over time so take the pressure off yourself and give yourself … Read the full post »

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