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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!

15 ways to spruce up your outdoors

Supported by Thomsons Outdoor Pine Our gorgeous climate is made for outdoor living but if your outdoors aren’t exactly inviting, you might like to try...

Introducing First Time Home Builders Katie and Mitch

Katie and Mitch, a young couple from Brisbane, recently completed building their first home. We sat down with them to hear their experience of...

Adding a luxe feel to my home with designer sheer curtains...

Supported by DIY Online Blinds Ever since we moved into our home, I knew our windows needed sheer curtains to finish the spaces. Those of...

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

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

The power of paint: Living room makeover on a budget

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

From old shack to luxe Scandi-style home: See the before and...

Renovating is one of those things you get a taste for and either become addicted to or never want to experience again,...

Stylish handles to refresh your interiors or update tired furniture

It's incredible the transformation new, stylish handles can make to a dated room or tired furniture! Recently, expert Rapid...

What downlights to use in a contemporary home?

In the past week, I've received an unusually large number of emails about downlights. Many readers have asked what downlights we used in our home,...

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

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

How to light your kitchen: Different kitchen lighting options

Lighting is often an overlooked aspect of interiors — yet it's one of the most important — playing a big part in the atmosphere,...

How to care for encaustic cement tiles: What cleaning products to...

Encaustic tiles are those beautiful cement tiles (often patterned) you may have seen on Instagram, Pinterest or other design sites. While they are a gorgeous...

Bonnie’s kitchen update: What’s involved when remodelling a kitchen

It’s been a little while since we updated you on Bonnie’s kitchen! Last time you saw it, it was looking very brown and poky,...

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

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

5 ways to better insulate your new home (and save money...

Insulating your home may not be top of the priority list for you (particularly if like me you tend to focus on aesthetics) but...

10 most common renovation mistakes and how to avoid them

People often ask me what are the most common mistakes renovators make and how can they learn to avoid them? Let’s face it, no...

Bathroom before and after: Bad reno turns beautiful bespoke bathroom

Supported by ACT Renovations At first glance you might wonder why this bathroom was reno'ed. Inoffensive white wall tiles, white vanity and brown stone-look flooring...

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

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

From dark and moody to stark and crisp, discover the latest...

Always on the forefront of latest interior colour trends and styles, we love discovering the latest volumes in the Haymes Colour Library. They've just released...

Bonnie’s kitchen before and our kitchen remodel goals

For those that have been watching our stories on Instagram, you will have seen the renovations we’re doing at Bonnie’s house — taking it...

How to: Affordably update your kitchen

Looking to update your tired kitchen but can't afford an entire remodel? Or are you looking to sell and know how a kitchen can...

14 stunning splashbacks to bring your kitchen to life

Picking a kitchen splashback can be one of the most difficult decisions of the whole kitchen design process! But, choose the right splashback and...

Bonnie’s flooring before and after

Supported by Flooring Xtra Another reno job we just ticked off the ‘to do’ list at Bonnie’s house is her flooring. We ripped up the original...

Installing a new Trex deck at Bonnie’s house

Supported by Trex The other day we showed you Bonnie’s barren backyard and talked about our plans out here and today we’re so excited to...

Bonnie’s backyard before and our plans

Supported by Trex Over the past few months we’ve been busy renovating Bonnie’s house and while our focus has predominately been inside, with the weather...