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In Style: Bask In The Basket

  

  

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Rug Redux

  

Switch of Mood Unlike the tedious process of reupholstering your furniture, one of the speediest and easiest ways to play around with different styles in a room is to replace the rugs to suit the mood.

Focal Point If you think your living room lacks zest, simply throw in a ...

  

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Lighting: Room-by-Room Guide

  

Foyer This is the first area you’ll see when you step into your home, so creating a congenial atmosphere is important. Use ceiling fixtures or chandeliers to create a visually appealing welcome in the entranceway.

Living Room An area for family get-together or social ...

  

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Colour Fix: Grey

  

Tinge of Difference Ask any group of people what their favourite colour is and, chances are, it would not be grey. Some people would not even consider it a valid colour, let alone use it to decorate their interiors. Admittedly, grey does verge on the cold side of things, and can come off looking stark and lacking in personality. But what it lacks in colour is ...

  

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Zen Decorating

  

While there isn’t a textbook definition of Zen decorating, at its very basic, it is usually about doing up spaces in a very clean and simple manner, where a calm and quiet environment is the main goal. Here are some ways to go about it:

1. Zen decorating is more ...

  

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Nightstands

  

When it’s time to finish the look and feel of your bedroom, choosing the right nightstand can help it all come together. Nightstands today double as both functional, practical furniture - it keeps your alarm clock and other essentials close by, as well as provide a platform for a small table lamp or accent light.

  

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Colour Fix: Timeless Taupe

  

  

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Colour Fix: Mellow Yellow

  

Mustard, as a condiment, tends to be a love-it-or-hate-it flavour. However, the colour we tend to associate with bottled mustard actually comes from the inclusion of turmeric in its preparation. Still, the popularity of mustard yellow in the home continues its meteoric rise.

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Jia: Where The Heart Is

  

The 2009-2010 Global Innovator Award that honours Houseware Retailing Excellence went to Jia for a very good reason. The local purveyor of internationally renowned brands like Dedon, Halo, Villeroy & Boch, Pedrali and XO by Phillipe Starck derives their name from the Mandarin word meaning “home” and prides themselves in the impeccable quality ...

  

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Colour Fix: The Olive Branch

  

The olive branch is a symbol of peace and reconciliation. In the home, this yellow-based colour can support a range of styles, relating to both the use of the colour as well as how it is combined with other shades.

Using olive green in the home:

  

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Dancing In Circles

  

 

Classic monochrome colours get a contemporary feel with Ferm Living’s dotty wallpaper. Available from Inspired Designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What more do you need out of the Solo Ora clock, mirror and ...

  

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Up Memory Lane

  

  

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Five Smart Home Investments

  

1. Paint The importance of wall colours is often overlooked by homeowners, which is ironic since homeowners usually spend a lot of money on other areas, but not on walls. Include this item in your investment portfolio to achieve the desired ambience and watch the returns grow!

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Colour Fix: Tangerine

  

Tangerine, the shade of orange that resembles the Mandarin variety of the citrus fruit, is a colour that connotes joy, youthfulness, vibrancy and energy. Tangerines can produce wondrous results to a room, just like the secondary color it derives from - orange.

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Colour Fix: Lavender

  

Known for its calming properties, lavender is now not only used for aromatherapy, but is also becoming a staple colour in home decorating. Lavender is most popular as bedroom colour themes due to its lightness and versatility.

But as with any colour theme, the key to successfully ...

  

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Common Types of Kitchen Layouts

  

L-shaped This is often the best solution where the kitchen can fit into a corner. An L-shape kitchen has cupboards along two adjacent walls and benefits from a minimum traffic. The hob, fridge and sink should ideally be separated by areas of worktop to provide adequate preparation space. This layout takes less space too and can be easily combined with a ...

  

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Add "Wow" to a Boring Room

  

Do you have a room that looks blah, even after you\'ve done all the painting and put in all the new furniture? Did you think you were finished but now realize that you\'ve only got the background for a great room?

Well, now is the time to add special details to make the space sparkle with personality. Follow our tips ...

  

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Colour Fix: Think Pink

  

Candy pink has been featured numerous times in the past few years, but this playful pastel is hotter than ever. The colour of little girls and the stage name for an American pop singer, this is one colour to watch out for in the year 2011. No longer confined to baby girl’s nurseries and toothache-inducing snacks, this sweet shade promises fun times and saccharine-soaked memories for ...

  

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Top Decorating Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

  

By combining personal taste, unlimited resources, and individual style, you can achieve an interesting decorating look for almost any room. But there are some things you should just never do. We\'ve put together a list of the top things you should never do when decorating a room, whether it\'s in a casual decor, a traditional setting, or in a child\'s room. ...

  

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Great Ways to Update Your Kitchen Design

  

If you\'re looking for ways to improve your kitchen design, start with the main structural elements--cabinets, countertops, and floors--then add in new paint and hardware. Once these key elements of your kitchen design are updated, any other imperfections will blend into the background.

  

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Carpet Advantages

  

Carpet is one of the most commonly used flooring types in homes. Its popularity comes and goes, but generally it\'s a flooring option that\'s here to stay.   A home with wall-to-wall carpet creates a unified, inviting setting, and offers the following advantages:

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How To Buy A Sofa

  

What is the purpose? Be aware of why you need the couch in the first place. Have you recently moved or are you redecorating your home? This will be the deciding factor in your purchase because comfort and style is important, and chances are you’ll have to compromise either one.

  

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10 Ways To A Functional Room

  

1. Control Clutter Get rid of items you no longer need or use, file important items in labeled folders or boxes, and return everything to its original place when you’re done with it.

2. Keep Traffic Paths Clear Go with direct paths to ...

  

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Open-Plan Layouts

  

The All-In-One Studio apartments are all about open-layouts. Overall cohesion of colour schemes and design style is important to avoid a haphazard look. Instead, focus on simple embellishments that draw the eye to certain areas of the room without breaking fluidity of the space as a whole.

  

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Dining Room Ideas

  

  

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8 Steps To Home Styling

  

Do you have plans to make-over your home or your room for the New Year and do not know how or where to start? Don’t worry - just follow these 8 simple steps to kick-start your home styling project.

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Top Tips To A Comfy TV Room

  

Instead of spending thousands on a new television or sound system, try myhomedeco \'s tips to enhance your television experience.

Lighting Lighting is important to create ambience and at the same time to help the overall quality of the viewing experience. A simple arrangement of ...

  

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Decorating Your Guest Bedroom

  

Go With The Flow

Decorate your guest bedroom in the same style as the rest of your home to maintain a cohesive look. While it might be tempting to clone your bedroom style and apply it to your guest room, give the place a sense of ...

  

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Modern Dining Room Styles(4)

  

TAILORED TO PERFECTION If space is an advantage, think about giving your dining room a more comprehensive touch. This dining room is placed just far enough apart from the living room to have adequate square feet of its own for comfort and unique treatment. The screens and bookcases do the trick to create an illusion of a separate room, yet maintain a sense of ...

  

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Modern Dining Room Styles(3)

  

  

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Modern Dining Room Styles(2)

  

REDEFINING SIMPLICITY Simple and easy to the visual palate, this dining room combines ordinary elements to produce extraordinary style. The palette for finishes and fabrics is kept to colours that are reminiscent of the surroundings, helping to produce a serene atmosphere.

  

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Modern Dining Room Styles(1)

  

FRESH AND FLAVOURFUL Totally original, this mouth-watering dining area brings together colour and form in perfect harmony. The delicious lime green chairs look completely at home amidst the white surfaces; while favourite knick knacks which are placed strategically around the room refreshes the space. Overall, this dining space complements the entire interior ...

  

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10 Remodelling Wonders

  

1. Aint No Sunshine The best kind of lighting for your home is natural light. Consider cutting through the walls to transform your current windows into full-length ones that let in more sunlight.

2. Knock Knock Replace the worn out doors in your home with newer models for an instant ...

  

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The little known danger lurking behind our walls:

  

Behind every wall at home, an office or a building in general, there are cables that channel electricity for our daily consumption. These are housing cables and they connect all electricity-powered items and sockets to the main electricity source.

  

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Varenna Kitchen: Enter The Matrix

  

  

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Guide to Bed Sizes

  

Do you really know the difference between bed sizes? Sure, you know the difference between a twin size bed and a queen size bed. But do you know the measurements of the beds?

And if you found a beautiful wrought iron antique bed or an interesting trundle, would you know what size ...

  

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Building a Greenhouse, Healthy and Helpful!

  

Building a greenhouse is a great way to lower food costs while ensuring that one know where his family’s produce is coming from! It can be a low cost, fairly quick and easy way to provide healthy, organic food. Careful planning is required before building, and there are numerous factors to take into account before beginning construction on a personal ...

  

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Home Safety

  

Keeping your home safe is more than installing locks and a security system. While these are certainly helpful, it\'s also important to look inside your home for potential hazards.

The tips in this section can help you make sure your home is safe from the inside out.

 

Check Your Smoke DetectorsNever remove the battery from a ...

  

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Taking Good Care of Wood Furniture

  

Shoe polish and felt tip pens work well in hiding small scratches in furniture. Shoe polish applicator bottles work well for furniture touch-ups, when filled with stain. Color rings left on tables by cups and glasses by roughing slightly with an abrasive pad or paper and then rubbing with cigarette ashes mixed with cooking oil. Have furniture deluxed (buffed and polished) by a ...

  

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How to Clean Your Carpets?

  

CARPET CLEANING BASICS

Carpet is everywhere! People who understand carpet know that its immense success and consumer acceptance is not due to chance. Few construction materials offer the advantages that carpet does. Carpet is colorful, comfortable and yet easy to maintain. Even though it appears expensive, it is often the most economical choice for ...

  

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