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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. • 2 x Mirror doors • Wall to wall up to 2.4m wide • 1 x Single Hanging space • 1 x Draw unit (4 draws) + 3 shelving •1xShoerack • 1 x Double hanging space • 3 x mirror doors •Walltowallupto 3.6m wide Bankstown 9786 0395e Surcharge applies to Campbelltown area Wally's Wardrobe World 2173633i hlc wk49 up to 2.4m wide up to 3.6m wide 2.4m high 2.4m high $570 inc GST $870 inc GST 1800 667 639 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS Sick and tired of paying high electricity bills? 549* 1.5kW Solar System 25 Year warranty on mono panels Installed by CEC Accredited installers 2kW $799* 3kW $1799* Fully Installed $ We wont be beaten on price FREE CALL 5kW $4499* *CONDITIONS APPLY 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 ... BUY DIRECT FROM MANUFACTURER Metro Showere & Wardrobes 1/46-48 Jedda Rd, Prestons 9608 2444 0417 788 994 $629Fully Installed Built in wardrobe is 180mm wide x 2400mm high and includes 2x mirror sliding doors, built in shelving, double and single hanging. Showerscreen is 900w x 900w x 1850 high includes front and side panel white or silver with clear safety glass. BUILT IN WARDROBE SHOWERSCREEN $459Fully Installed Slash Your Power Bill Now! Get A FREE Quote for a Solar Power System Today! 1.5kw Systems Installed From 02 9709 4972 Victor: 0470 155 121 C7/101 Rookwood Rd. Yagoona Website: www.spacesolar.com.au Email: email@example.com Contractor Lic: 239987C • High Performance Panels • Premier Inverter • 5 Years Replacement Warranty For Inverter • 25 Years Guarantee For Panel Performance • Meter Not Included 3kw Systems Installed From $2999* 2130637 23/10 $899* MENTION THIS AD FOR AN EXTRA 5 YEAR WARRANTY *Conditions apply MD Regular MD Budget MD Luxury !". 48 HOUR TURN AROUND 2075121 5/6 0 3HOWER 3CREENS &RAMED 3EMI &RAMELESS AND &RAMELESS AVAILABLE LIFETIME GUARANTEE
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