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Home Living : April 24th 2012
MB HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, Tuesday, April 24, 2012 1 CUBBYHOUSE COMES OF AGE NEW DESIGNS DELIGHT KIDS Susan Redman Last year's winning cubbyhouse had bold green stripes and an airy interior. MINI MANSION Combine a little craft skill and patience to make this disposable cubby for small homeowners. What you need Large cardboard box or two, Stanley knife, tape, extra box for spare pieces of card, textas Method Secure box openings on three sides with tape, leaving one set of flaps for a pitched roof, then cut out a couple of windows and a door. Use the extra pieces of flat cardboard to fashion the pitched roof -- chimney optional. Get kids to decorate the outside with textas. Allow them to drag cushions and bedding inside the cubby to make a cosy room. Serve some baked goodies to your child and friends, real or imaginary. OUTSIDE FUN IF your child is a junior architect in the making or a pint-sized interior designer who loves a colourwheel over a tricycle, a cubby- house will make them squeal with delight. A plastic playhouse from Bunnings will keep most little kids happy, even a teepee or tent can offer hours of imaginative fun, but a larger wooden cubby is just the place for a play- date. To add interest to these tiny-town buildings, many come with extras, such as climbing frames and slides, but all are pretty standard fare designed in the trad- itional country cabin style. Cubbyhouses, some say, are in need of a makeover. At the recent Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, the cutest cubbies in Australia went on show for Kids Under- cover, a competition to raise funds for homeless kids. Last year's winner, Open House, was designed by Nix- on Tulloch Fortey Architec- ture. It had a traditional timber-clad shape, green stripes and airy interior. This year, the winning entry called the Bird's Nest was constructed entirely from twigs. Seen any great ideas? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org BLACK BEAUTY Christopher Guy Flourish mirror, POA, Robertson Design, 1300 789 659, robertsonsdesign.com.au HARD WARE Rivet mirror, $299.95, Amalfi, (03) 9474 1300, albi.com.au NEO GEO Octagonal mirror, $395, amor y locura, 0424 643 600, amorylocura.com MD Regular MD Budget MD Luxury FROM $399 !". 48 HOUR TURN AROUND 2096420 24/4 0 3HOWER 3CREENS &RAMED 3EMI &RAMELESS AND &RAMELESS AVAILABLE 2116726 24/4 $3899 Save $631 SOLAR POWER System fully installed $1300 FOR PENSIONERS SPECIAL DISCOUNTS ll Heat Cold ll Noise Intruders l Energy saving l Security l Added Privacy l Manual or Electric l Choice of Colours ROLLER SHUTTERS ROLLER SHUTTERS QUALITY SHUTTERS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES DIRECT FROM factory MEMBER No. 382542 HIA WE WILL NOT BE BEATEN ON PRICE, QUALITY & SERVICE www.allguard.net.au NOW Free Measure & Quote Protect Against ... Enjoy ... TRADING AS ALLGUARD HOME IMPROVEMENTS PTY LTD KING WARDROBES 9725 2266 BUILT IN WARDROBES www.kingwardrobe.com.au • Free measure & quote • EFT & major credit cards • Lifetime guarantee • Combined 30yrs experience • Service all areas • Quality customer service #534/- $%3)'. 4/ 35)4 9/52 .%%$3 2181890 20/3 DIY Wardrobes Cut to size
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