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Home Living : September 13th 2011
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, September 13, 2011 5 bloom in your garden Advisory Service (PIAS) agrees and says great gardens should create perfect pet and plant balance. Susie Willis from PIAS says pet owners are also moving away from the idea that you need a big backyard to care for pets. ''Our research shows that around 60 per cent of pet owners say their pet spent either more or equal amounts of time indoors as outdoors and that only 12 per cent of pet owners in high-density areas said that not having regular access to a secure outdoor space was an issue for them,'' says Ms Willis. ''The growing number of people living in high-density or high-rise accommodation are simply finding innovative ways to create a garden environment that is pet- friendly, even if it is a small balcony.'' HOMELIVING New lifestyle trends are seeing big changes in Australian gardens. Compact beauties are growing trends AUSTRALIAN gardens are going through massive transformations, and it's not just because of climate changes. Some of the biggest changes are occurring due to home and lifestyle trends. According to Elise Willemsen from Pope Products, a garden care and watering brand, while gardens have changed immensely over the past decade due to water restrictions, the changes began well before that. ''Probably the most significant change we see is garden size. And while for many the big yard is a thing of the past, smaller gardens, courtyards and decks can be as alluring, functional and rewarding,'' Ms Willemsen said. The era of the quarter-acre block (1000sq m) is long gone. Declining block sizes are also matched with increasing home sizes, leaving smaller spaces for gardens. ''Smaller spaces and an emphasis on outdoor living have led to some great developments in gardening products,'' Ms Willemsen said. ''Consumers are now looking for neat, compact items which can either be easily stored, or are stylish enough to have on display.'' World's Leading Shutters | Roller Blinds | Romans | Venetians | Awnings and more... All products can be motorised www.completeblinds.net.au 8824 7975 zb0454 Our qua lity never b efore offered a t thes e prices S ALE Free INSTALLATION As heard on Ray Hadley 2GB YOU THINK IT • WE MAKE IT CABINET MAKING PURPOSE-BUILT FOR YOU KITCHENS • LAUNDRIES • BEDROOMS OFFICES • SHOPS • DEVELOPMENTS ALL PLYWOOD, particle board, mdf & speciality panels, delivery, cabinetry hardware, discount paint, cut-to-size, edge-banding 1300 138 771 to nearest store firstname.lastname@example.org 43 Orchard Rd, BROOKVALE 9938 6333 55 Salisbury Rd, ASQUITH 9476 3800 www.australianhotwater.com.au Visit the Australian Hot Water Web site or call our office for a free quote on 9979 6811 10 Harkeith Street, MONA VALE Ph: 9979 6811 AUSTRALIAN HOT WATER Your Local Hot Water Specialist CASHBACK $300 VISA CARD* For replacing existing electric hot water system to gas. Other rewards may be applicable call our office for further details. BREAKDOWN HOT WATER REPLACEMENTS 2133512 13/9 *VISA GIFT CARD WE DO FREE QUOTES! Ph:9999 6060 Showroom: Unit 8, 101 Darley St, Mona Vale Open 6 days for your convenience ABSOL Awning Blind & Shutter Solutions www.absol.com.au Awnings Blinds Shutters Shade & Energy Beat the summer heat! Call us now for the best range and service! 3 FREE in home advice & quote 3 Extensive range 3 Energy solutions 3 Friendly service 3 Affordable prices 3 Expert consultants 3 Qualified tradesman 3 Local family owned business www.designarobe.com.au • FREE Measure & Quote • 10 Years Guarantee CUSTOM MADE BUILT IN WARDROBES Unit 2, 68-72 Derby Street, Silverwater 2128 Showroom Open 6 Days We await your visit to our showroom! 9748 0844 BUILDING LIC NO 204289C 2049999 30/8 &ACTORY DIRECT TO YOU m!S SEEN IN (OME "EAUTIFULn COMPARE OUR PRICES! PLANTATION SHUTTERS GLOBAL SHUTTERS & BLINDS PTY LTD TEL: 1300 128 230 www.gloshutters.com "!337//$ M 2154731 19/7 *plus installation charge, price quoted for a minimum order of 2m2
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