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Home Living : November 6th 2012
GETTING YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER BE SMART AND PLAN AHEAD Janita Singh IMAGINATION Christmas decorating can be as simple or as elaborate as your imagination. Pick a colour theme for your home and work out a budget. Gardens are great sources of inspiration. Get simple twigs from your backyard, add a little spray paint, ideally in silver, red or gold, place in a vase for an entryway or dining room table decoration. Turn last year's Christmas cards into works of art. Think natural --- evergreen branches, pine cones and berries add interest to any table setting. Add ribbons in festive colours to cushions and chairs. Make your own holiday wreaths by using things from your garden. Blooming creepers can be easily shaped. Place a few potplants in front of the house. CHRISTMAS PREPARATION CHRISTMAS is in the air, bringing with it many chal- lenges. As much as this is a merry time of the year, all shopping for gifts, buying for the house and planning feasts and festivities can be stressful. Getting the house ready for guests can also add to the pressure. So plan ahead. Make a list of things you need to do, work out a budget and check your local shops and supermarkets for inspiration. First stop -- look at your house. It's the perfect oppor- tunity to get things in order. Replace and revamp everything you have neglec- ted throughout the year -- cracked windows, over- grown gardens, choked-up gutters and peeling paint. This is also a good excuse to invest in some new furni- ture or change those old curtains and blinds. Add cushions, rugs and throws in festive colours and you're ready for fun. For those brave enough to go all the way, change the paint scheme of your house. Decorations play a big role in creating that festive feel. Keep in mind, not everything has to be new. Make your guests feel right at home by giving them enough space. Look at your house and what it can offer if guests are staying overnight. Make sure you provide adequate seating. Christmas lunch doesn't mean everyone has to sit down at one table. Add seating arrangements all over the house There is no point adding things if your house is al- ready crowded. Throw out anything not needed, or pack and store away items from the past few seasons. Seen any great ideas? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org HANDY BARBIE BASKET For your Chrissy barbecue here's a useful tool -- the non- stick Wiltshire Bar.B Basket -- a quick and clean way to barbecue. wiltshirebbq.com.au. POT FOR ALL SITUATIONS A risotto pot from Emile Henry will make festive cooking easier ---itcanbeusedonany cooktop, in the oven or even on the barbecue. Call: 8884 6000. CUT AND SHAPE This stainless ravioli and dumpling cutter will do the job nicely, just roll out the dough put the open cutter on top and press. Call: 1800 65 601. 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 Master Builders Association HIA Member Builders Lic: 93536C Visit our Showroom: 361 Pennant Hills Road Pennant Hills NSW 2120 CORNER OF GEORGE STREET Call us: For FREE measure and quote 1300 364 290 View our Website: www.pergolaland.com.au FREE QUOTES: PE RGOLAS DECKS OPENING ROOFS CUSTOM BUILT Expand your Living Space HIA MASTERBUILDERS ASSOCIATION AUSTRAL IA NEW SOUTH WAL E S LIBERTYPROCESS STABILITY F IRST INCORPORATED 1873 WINNER Specialising in custom designs and manufacturing for kitchens and joinery All projects managed by Sheree Degabriele Free no obligation measure and quote Info@kitchensbyemanuel.com.au www.kitchensbyemanuel.com.au 22 Foxall Rd, Kellyville 9629 6866 2214989 25/9 MEMBER No. 382542 HIA NOW FREE Measure & quote SPECIAL PRICE FOR HOUSE LOTS SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR PENSIONERS Heat Cold Noise Storms Intruders llll l Energy saving l Added Privacy ll Manual or Electric Choice of Colours ROLLER SHUTTERS ROLLER SHUTTERS QUALITY SHUTTERS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES DIRECT FROM THE FACTORY TRADING AS ALLGUARD HOME IMPROVEMENTS PTY LTD Protect Against ... Enjoy ... Call us on 4577 7474 or visit us at www.arcticair.com.au ENJOY THE SUMMER HEAT...with a DAIKIN Air Conditioning System! 2200288 6/11 www.arcticair.com.au Check out website specials SERVICES TO ALL DOORS New Showroom: Unit 57/4 Hoyle Ave, CASTLE HILL ( OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE ( DEAN 2042424 2/8 AUTOMATIC OPENERS FR.$450 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 1233 GARAGE DOOR SALES & REPAIRS PTY LTD
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