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A curation of expert advice for building and renovating, including from lighting experts, builders and more. Information about latest products, design hacks and more!

Top tips to create luxe looks for less at your place

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Renovations are set to be on the rise and that means more people are looking for renovation hacks that achieve luxe looks...

A California bungalow in Melbourne gets an impressive exterior home makeover

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We love a modern build as much as the next person but there's something truly special when a home is lovingly restored...

Light locations in a new home? Expert advice on the dos...

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Lighting and electrical advice is among the most sought-after content on our blog, with so many search queries each month. One of...

The power of paint: Living room makeover on a budget

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The arrival of spring can often inspire us to update our living spaces and freshen things up. One of the best ways...

5 step guide to picking the right kitchen splashback tile

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Who would have thought selecting tiles for one of the smallest areas of your home could be the most challenging!

9 ways to design indoor outdoor living into your home

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Supported by Denman Prospect There’s a growing trend to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. And in...

What kitchen configuration is right for you? A guide to the...

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Supported by Denman Prospect We constantly hear the saying ‘kitchen is the heart of the home’ so it’s no...

5 of the best cosmetic bathroom makeover tips

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Bathrooms have a reputation for being one of the most expensive rooms to renovate, and with good reason too. There’s plumbing, waterproofing...

Real terrazzo vs terrazzo-look tiles, what you need to know

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Supported by Tile Republic Without a doubt one of the hottest materials in design at the moment is...

Top 5 advice stories of all time

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From tiles, to lights, to how NOT to kill your indoor plants, it seems you’ve been loving a diverse range of our...

Before and after: See how this kitchen was renovated for $5000

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Stuck with an out of date kitchen that makes you cringe or a layout that just isn't functional? Often...

Luxury laundry inclusions you’ll want in your next laundry!

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Supported by Hafele You only have to search ‘laundry inspiration’ to see this zone of the home is no...

Before and after: An oversized garage becomes a parent’s retreat

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If you love your home but wish you had an extra bedroom, this project might just be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Driveway inspiration gallery: Contemporary driveway ideas

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Something I struggled with recently was deciding on a driveway material for our house. Search 'driveway inspiration' on Google or Pinterest and...

Building on a sloping block and how to make the most...

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Supported by Denman Prospect In case you missed the memo, split-level homes are back in vogue in a...

10 external building materials you may not have considered using

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Supported by Denman Prospect A decision many people agonise over when building is what external building material to...

Design inspo: Beautiful black kitchens

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Thinking of going black for your next kitchen? It's a bold and sexy look that we love, Love, LOVE!

5 bathroom trends to embrace according to Neale Whitaker

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The other week we shared the bathroom trends to let go of, those that have run their course and will soon be...

The major dos and don’ts of wardrobe design

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Supported by Häfele If there’s one thing a home can never have enough of, it’s storage! While it...

Bathroom trends to let go of in 2019

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New interior trends are emerging and taking over all the time, but embrace them too late in the game and spaces can feel dated...

Is a marble splashback a good idea?

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This week I got an email from a lovely reader asking about my kitchen splashback — is marble hard to maintain, does it stain...

Colour and emotion: How to select colour for the mood you...

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There's no denying that colour can influence our mood — there have even been studies that link the affect of colour to emotion. So how...

How to transform to a cool home using energy efficient methods...

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Supported by Simply Energy The warm season is our favourite time of year. But for your home, summer...

10 things you need to know before undertaking a knock down...

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Supported by Elderton Homes Without a doubt, one of the best decisions we made was to knock down our old house and build new but...