Monthly Archives: December 2015

Holiday At Home; Head outdoors on Christmas Day and take your furniture – and family – with you! Check out our themed outdoor rooms and get the party started

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moving your indoor furnishings outside

WHEN THE SUN is shining there can be nothing better than enjoying a festive lunch or afternoon soiree outdoors. Taking the celebrations outside doesn’t have to mean a barbie on the beach or a picnic in the park. We’ve found three creative ways to transform your backyard or balcony into the perfect alfresco entertaining area – from a relaxed Moroccaninspired lounge, to a cool and contemporary cocktail party. But before you grab the cocktails and canapes, it’s time to get creative!

exotic GARDEN PICNIC

Create a luxurious garden lounge by moving your indoor furnishings outside! Our elegant oversized sofa, Persian-style rug, and assortment of ottomans give this outdoor space a laidback Boho vibe with a Moroccan twist. A scattering of comfy floor cushions come in handy as extra seating and work well with the theme. We added a little festive flair with large red letters spelling out the word “NOEL”.

moving your indoor furnishings outside

moving your indoor furnishings outside

For a twist on tradition the Christmas pine tree was swapped for a palm and its branches decorated with lengths of ribbon (see “Make”, left). The decorative ribbon drapes not only create a striking shady spot to sit under, but it gives the outdoor room a lovely whimsical feel as the evening sun glimmers through the streamers.

A wicker basket comes in handy as a spot to store gifts, while accessories like the ornamental birdcage give our garden lounge a real “room” feel. Of course, no gathering would be complete without food – or friends. So grab a platter of tasty nibbles, a bottle (or three!) of wine and enjoy a leisurely garden picnic with friends and family. Cheers!

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Christmas ALL Wrapped Up; It’s celebration time! We’ve put our heads together and come up with a Santa-sackful of ideas to help you celebrate this festive season

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Make it beautiful

Krafty Proposal

So simple, so effective. We made our kraft paper Christmas tree by cutting out identical triangles from two rolls of 15m kraft paper and sticking layers of them on the wall using Blu-Tack. For the stars, we used dress-pattern paper from Spotlight. After cutting out the star shapes we pinned several layers together and attached them to the tree with double-sided tape. The trunk was made with an inner cardboard tube from a roll of cling wrap, and stuck to the wall with Blu-Tack. Presents – wrapped in kraft paper and dress patterns – were scattered at the tree’s base. Scissors, paper tree! Beachy Nautical

Make it beautiful

Make it beautiful

What better typifies an Australian Christmas Day for many than a visit to the beach or a run around in the boat? We’ve brought the colours of the sun, the sand, the surf and the sea into the living room with our neutral and natural decorating palette, and added a touch of the nautical with our anchor decorations – painted white – and the smart blue and white striped cushion covers.

Our colour scheme has been offset with a splash of traditional Christmassy red. And in true laidback Aussie style, we’ve casually strung – across the doorway and window – a length of ribbon, on which we’ve hung a selection of greeting cards. Christmas has never looked so relaxed!

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Drab to FAB; Inspired by the pages Of magazines, Jack and Tracy Ford designed a flatpack Ikea kitchen So beautifully, it belongs in the pages of a mag! ‘ Here’s how

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Kitchen green spaces: The kitchen is now more a part of the outdoor entertaining area and backyard with recliners and coffe table for relaxing

JACK AND TRACY Ford put up with their ‘ “awful” kitchen in their 1960s-style Sydney home until a friend suggested they move to the kitchen to the playroom at the rear of the house. Brilliant! Not only did they get a new kitchen with new furniture, but a new lifestyle. “We use this space all the time, even for relaxing. We select best recliners located near windows with gree space as rest places for our whole family. – it’s everything we’d hoped for and more,” Jack says. Making the move meant additional structural, electrical and plumbing installations, but opting for an Ikea kitchen meant the project was affordable. Jack and Tracy followed these steps to create their DIY kitchen – problem-free!

Renew your old kitchen with Ikea furniture

The old kitchen space: Renew your old kitchen with Ikea furniture

1. DECIDE WHAT YOU

Want to achieve.

What do you want and need from your kitchen and will it work within the space? Study the room: note the pros, cons, traffic areas, where people gather, which kinds of table and chair set, and the best view or light source. If it’s not big enough, too dark or not ideal for entertaining, look at stealing space from adjacent rooms, adding windows, doors or skylights or moving it to another location. If you’re changing location, try to use the old space while the work takes place.

Space for kitchen: stealing space from adjacent rooms, adding windows, doors or skylights

Space for kitchen: stealing space from adjacent rooms, adding windows, doors or skylights

2. COLLECT

Dippings

Create a moodbdard to get a feel for how the look of the space will work. If you know what you want, combine images, colours and materials to see how they fit. If you’re finding your look, for inspiration go online for home advisors or recliner reviews (blogs, flickr) or to magazines, friends’ homes and showrooms. “We wanted a lot of white to brighten the whole house and to create a clean and uncluttered space, but with a special feature like our Spanish-tile splashback and red island-bench panels,” Tracy explains.

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Make Over The Media Room; Been putting off organising home entertainment central? Maybe it’s time!

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Home entertainment equipment organisation

Organizing Home Entertainment Central

Make Over The Media Room; Been putting off organising home entertainment central? Maybe it’s time!
TECH EQUIPMENT gets cheaper by the year. Take Blu-ray players – they give razor-sharp movie images and super sound and can now be bought for under $150. And the humble DVD player? Why, you can pick one up for 20 bucks! Other items become more and more feature-packed while increasing in quality but reducing in price. 3D televisions, for instance. Two years ago you’d have been mad to buy one, but the latest models have significantly improved 3D picture quality and can be very affordable.

Home entertainment equipment organisation

Home entertainment equipment organisation

Many TVs now also let you stream content (like pictures and video) wirelessly from equipment such as computers and movie cameras, and access web content, such as Skype and YouTube. You can even record shows from some TVs by simply inserting a USB stick. And some makers (LG, Samsung) have teamed up with providers such as Telstra BigPond and Yahoo to deliver on-demand movies, etc. Continue reading

Car Washing Tips with Mitt

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Washing Cars

This is greatest if you’re able to wash your car inside a room had been you’re from the sun however the majority of folks I don’t have the delete within their storage. If you need to do this outdoors such as I perform a good cloudy day time with few people like going the sun is greatest.

Before I begin, I will escape all my personal buckets, car wash, steering wheel solution, steering wheel clean, fatigue outfitting, fast detailer, grit safeguard place, and degreaser and hose pipe. I will ensure that I have sufficient hose pipe to achieve completely round the vehicle with small work. Continue reading