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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 »

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 »

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