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Bathroom decor ideas: How to decorate a bathroom


Looking for bathroom decor ideas? It’s not all about the cabinets, hardware and finishes – bathroom accessories can totally transform the look and feel of the room.Plus, they’re easily rotated and swapped out as new trends come in (and they don’t cost as much – win!).If you’re wondering how to decorate a bathroom without spending a fortune, look no further than bathroom decorative accessories. We’ve rounded up six savvy bathroom ideas for a bathroom freshen up that won’t bust the budget.Dark tonesBathrooms with darker tones are a hot trend. But changing the whole bathroom can be expensive. Adding some black bathroom accessories is a great way to try out the trend without going all in.Greenery is here to stayIf you’re looking for fresh bathroom accessory ideas, then greenery is your go-to. Whether you opt for low-maintenance indoor plants or no-maintenance artificial plants, adding a touch of greenery will instantly elevate the space...


5 ways to save a deposit for your first home


The number of first home buyers in Australia is growing, partly due to the slower market conditions in Sydney and Melbourne and less competition from investors.In fact, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of first home buyer commitments as a percentage of total owner-occupied housing finance commitments rose to 17.6 per cent in April 2018 from 17.4 per cent in March.But more than 80 per cent of those first-time property owners didn’t have a 20 deposit, according to the Mortgage Choice 2017 First Home Buyer Survey. The thing is saving a deposit for your first home has always been tough and today is no different, especially considering the strong price growth in some capital cities over the past few years.The latest data, however, proves that it can be done and that the dream of home ownership is alive and well in Australia.To help your dream become a reality, here are five ways that'll help you save a deposit.1. Budget Most people have to learn how to bu...


7 DIY ideas for a fab New Year's Eve party


The countdown to 2018 is on, so if you’ve put up your hand to host a New Year’s Eve bash at home, you should get your party planning underway, stat! Pulling off a rockin’ celebration that will cement your status as a pro party planner needn’t be an expensive affair. With these clever and customisable DIY ideas, you can transform your home into a fun and glitzy space that’s fit for NYE festivities, without starting off the New Year with a post-holiday financial hangover.Deck your walls with (temporary) confettiConfetti may be fun, but it’s a royal pain in the behind to clean up. For those who aren’t a fan of this party staple (or just don’t want small bits of paper tracked through their home for weeks to come), consider sticking metallic confetti-like decals on your walls instead. They’ll not only add sparkle and a party vibe to your abode, but they are easily removed.Set up a self-serve drinks stationLet your guests mix, shake and s...


The garden maintenance to do before summer


There’s work to be done to prepare for imminent summer. Fortunately, we’ve got your simple checklist right here and all you need to do is schedule some garden time.The sky has cracked open with sun and the days are warmer, brighter and altogether more joyful.The prospect of a garden full of colourful flowers, the return of local birdlife and fresh vegetables and fruits that love full sunlight has green thumbs everywhere excited.summer garden careGet ready to make those lasting summer memories.Prepare for dry weather and weeds“Now is the perfect time to mulch the garden,” says Stephen Woods, of Woods Landscapes in Melbourne.“This helps to retain water and prevent weed growth. It also keeps the temperature of the soil pretty constant, which prevents damage to plants, especially in really dry, hot weather.”Plant mulch gardenMulch will do wonders for keeping your plants hydrated and healthy.There are so many types of mulch to choose from. For inexperienc...


Six 2019 trends for your living room


The beginning of a fresh new year is synonymous with renewal and change, and this same notion also applies when it comes to our homes.It’s the opportunity to leave behind what no longer inspires us, in order to make way for all things new. So for those looking to get a head start, we talked to some experts in regards to the home trends they are predicting, for the living room in particular, come 2019. A focus on wellbeing Becoming more health and wellbeing conscious is always at the forefront of our minds whenever a new year rolls around. And as we aim to not only repair from within but also redesign our home surroundings, Dulux colour expert Andrea Lucena-Orr suggests we should first consider the power of paint.“Colour, indeed, holds the power to greatly change our mood. As such our Wholeself palette will inspire the chance to stop, breathe and simply be in the moment,” says Lucena-Orr. “This collection of cocooning colours, such as Dulux New Life, Pinkham, ...


Is your pool ready for summer?


Warmer weather has arrived and you probably can’t wait to take a cooling dip in your swimming pool – but is your pool ready for you?Poolside fun is one of the very best things about summer, but after its winter hibernation, your pool will need a little TLC to get it clear, sparkling, safe and ready for the new season.Sure, there’s some chemistry and a bit of elbow grease involved but there’s no need to feel overwhelmed or put-off by the prospect of preparing your pool for summer. It’s actually much easier than you think. Simply follow these steps and you’ll soon have a pool that is great to look at – and even better to be in!Clear the decksYou’ll need to get rid of any accumulated debris in and around the pool first and make sure that your pool cover is clear of fallen leaves, dirt etc. before removing it. Use a leaf rake or skim net to remove any solid waste from the water and brush the walls and floor to remove algae or grime. You&rsquo...