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The Block 2018

WHILE a vertical garden sounds beautiful and Zen-like, in reality it proved to be a big no-no in a bathroom, especially one that’s too small to handle its wow factor. These are the bathroom room reveals from week 1 of The Block. Related: The Block 2018: Children’s bedroom room reveal …

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Kmart Deals

CAN’T afford a $995 ottoman? Two velvet dog beds from Kmart should do the trick — for the total cost of $19. Why a dog may need a velvet bed is a question for another day. But Adelaide 31-year-old Josie Stroffolino came up with the design hack as she was …

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Kmart Australia

TO SOME, Kate Hopwood may well have the best job in Australia. If you’ve ever strolled through Kmart, flipped through their catalogue or found yourself wading through post after post of homewares ‘hacks’ and ‘how to’ on Instagram — chances are Ms Hopwood is behind each design. From the velvet …

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Waterbeds are making a comeback

WHEN I was a kid growing up in the 1980s, it seemed as if everyone I knew had a waterbed. Once a groovy, sexy novelty found only in the Playboy mansion, it had entered the mainstream, with waterbed stores on every corner. In sixth grade, I even got my own. …

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The Block 2018

IS THIS the grand master of all bedroom ceilings? The Block judges seem to think so, well at least when comparing it to the other four rooms. The moment they walked into the revamped bedroom of South Australian couple Kerrie and Spencer, they couldn’t look down. It helps that Spencer …

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Minecraft kids

I KNEW there was trouble in paradise the instant I took my son’s iPad off him while he was playing Minecraft. He’d ignored me three times when I’d told him to put it down and come eat dinner. Like a werewolf right on the strike of midnight, my seven-year-old transformed. …

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How to renovate

IT’S what every homeowner wants — a little (big) bucket of extra cash to spruce up some tired, old spaces. So how do you makeover your home for under $10,000? The key is to dream big — but start small. Like with a paintbrush. ALL IT TAKES IS $200 AND …

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Love It Or List It

AUSTRALIA’S obsession with television property shows is driving a surge in demand for increasingly complex renovation jobs, industry sources reveal. And while professionals welcome the boost in business, they are also having to deal with some unrealistic demands from customers hyped up by seemingly instant on-screen transformations. “These shows drive …

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