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Home Living : November 29th 2011
HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, November 29, 2011 1 REMOVE STRESS FROM HOLIDAYS AVOID REGULAR HASSLES Janita Singh Christmas decorations need not be expensive. BUYING SMART A lot has changed since the global financial crisis, with more and more of us watching our spending carefully. This should stretch to Christmas shopping -- and take you to your nearest thrift and second-hand/reject shops. Here, you can easily pick up great gifts for your loved ones, as well as decorations for the house. Remember, someone's trash can be your treasure. Old pots and pans, boxes, paintings, even decorations can be picked up for just a couple of dollars. Some items will be as good as new and, with some cleaning and maybe a lick of paint in Christmas colours, you've got yourself a smart buy. Exercise caution when buying electrical second-hand products. CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS CHRISTMAS is a time for joy but with so much planning for enter- tainment, catering, decorating and shopping, it can get stressful. For peace of mind, devise a plan. Make a list of things which can be done earlier such as decorating your home, which is a huge part of this festive period. There are several cost-efficient ways to decorate your house without spending a bundle. Pick a theme Work out your theme. This is a sensible starting point to get things rolling. Do you like mod- ern styling or something more traditional? Do you want some- thing new or can you make do with decorations from last year. Make it cost effective Decorations can be an expens- ive affair, so it pays to be smart. Look at nature to give you a helping hand.You may find ber- ries, pine cones, seed pods and branches in your garden. These are not only free but so much fun to work with. When decorating outdoors, look at your surroundings. A well-landscaped garden, that fea- ture wall, your deck and patio make perfect Christmas settings. Instead of getting a Christmas tree, why not decorate a feature plant in your garden. Decorating shrubs and trees with lights and bows is also fun and inexpensive. Make some or- naments from pine cones and ribbon to hang on the trees. Seen any great ideas? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org PLANT YOUR OWN It may be too late for this year but if you have space, why not plant a Christmas tree for years of enjoyment later. Lots of stores sell varieties of conifers suitable to use as Christmas trees. IDEAL SETTINGS Front entrances, home stairways and windows make the perfect setting for Christmas decorations. Make your own decorations out of pine cones, berries and flowers and ribbons. DRYING TIMES A real Christmas tree needs to be placed in a container that can be watered and set away from heat sources such as sunlit windows so the tree doesn't dry out. Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c 5/9 Packard Avenue, Castle Hill www.shuttersaustralia.com.au Call 8858-0967 6\GQH\ &HQWUDO &RDVW %OXH 0RXQWDLQV Free Standard Installation and factory direct prices on our Hand Crafted, &XVWRP 0DGH .LUL :RRG SDLQWHG RU stained Plantation Shutters, clearance UDQJHV RI 5ROOHU %OLQGV DQG ([WHUQDO Sunscreens and Awnings. Free Installation Ken Dawes roller blinds H[WHUQDO VXQ VFUHHQV H[WHUQDO VXQ VFUHHQV Our Low Price Guarantee means that you never pay more from Shutters Australia. Interest Free Terms availale to approved customers. rialto shutters plantation shutters kiri timber blinds Bld. Lic No 161882c 0421 122 929 www.garrythomasinstallations.com.au FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Window Awnings, Patios & Carports 2134780 12/7
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