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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 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 ... DUCOLOR D D D PAINT CENTRE 60 Palmer St Guildford NSW 2161 02 9632 5055 Buy 15ltr for the price of 10ltr ULTRA PREMIUM PAINT 100% Acrylic 12 year guaranteed* Australis Pristine Australis Ceiling White Australis Sealer & U/Coat Australis All Shield NOW $135 NOW $96 NOW 105 ONLY $135 OPEN7DAYSMON-FRI7am-5pmSAT8am-2pmSUN9-12noon 60 Palmer Street GUILDFORD phone 9632 5055 DUCOLOR home brand 20lt 10lt 4lt LOW SHEEN/SEMI GLOSS ACRYLIC $123 $89 $47 CEILING WHITE $99 $67 $3050 ACRYLIC SEALER/UNDERCOAT $99 $73 $39 HIGH GLOSS/SEMI GLOSS ENAMEL - $98 $5250 ALL PURPOSE UNDERCOAT - $89 $49 Great range of leading brands of premium paints, woodcare and trade products, tools and accessories WHITE ONLY Offer ends 30/11/12 while stocks last was $155 was $119 was $130 was $155 2160700 6/11 Terms & Conditions : Open only to Aust residents 18+. Starts 7am (AEST) 02/10/12, closes 5pm (AEDT) 21/12/12. During comp period, spend min $50 (in one transaction) on Taubmans Endure (interior/ exterior)/ Living Proof Silk/Easycoat/3 in 1/All weather paint, from participating store to receive entry form, fully complete entry form & place in entry box in store. Retain original itemised receipt(s) to verify each entry. Winners must collect prize from store. See store staff for full conditions. NSW Permit No. LTPS/12/ 07807.
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