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Home Living : December 11th 2012
DECORATE OUT OF THAT TIGHT SPOT THINK SMART AND GET IT DONE Janita Singh Place your Christmas tree in a corner and use windows for decorating. USING STRIPES Reinvigorating small space can easily be achieved by using colours smartly,'' says Dulux colour expert Bree Leech. Homeowners can transform entertaining areas by painting stripes or textured paint effects,'' says Ms Leech. Landscape designer Daniel Tyrrell says stripes are easily achieved. But beware -- stripes need to be used with great care. Planning and placement are key. Stripes can be verticals and horizontals, thick or thin. Thick stripes add to the volume of the room, while thin stripes make the ceiling appear higher. Inspirations Colour Consultant Andrea Long says painting horizontal stripes with a combination of three tonal changes to make a room appear longer. Candy stripes, which are a combination of lolly-pink tones, are a hot festive trend. Use stripe wallpapers or get striped rugs and cushions for same effect. FESTIVE DECORATION SPACE is a luxury for most home owners. So decorating tight spots for festivity and making guests comfortable can be challenging, but ex- perts say clever thinking can see you opening doors and looking through win- dows in new light. Here are some tips on festively fixing up small spaces. Decorate using natural products -- you will not only save money by using every- day items but attract good energy, says feng shui ex- pert Jenny Blume. She says bowls of fruits, nuts and candied fruits make ideal festive display and encour- age good energy in the house. Using fairy lights to light up dark corners and windows will give the im- pression of a much bigger room. Think clever storage -- Storage experts at Howards Storage World say open space under a set of stairs and decorate existing shelf space. Awkward areas are ideal to display treasures. Built-in storage, such as window seats or clever otto- mans are functional ways to store knick knacks for more spacious look. Add lots of throws and cushions for comfort. Mirrored look -- look out for mirrored furniture that gives any home a clean and modern feeling and makes small space appear larger. Mirror is featured in many pieces from tables, drawers, chairs, storage and state- ment pieces. Mirror furni- ture complements any solid colour furniture, says Ikea public relations manager Angela McCann. Seen any great ideas? Tell us at email@example.com NANA KNOWS BEST Old favourites and new delights from Nana Huchy include Hydrangea Heart wreaths, trees and stars. Visit nanahuchy.com.au. THE ART OF GIVING Gibson Gifts summer collection features over 3000 affordable gifts for all occasions. Phone 1800 331 023. NO CUTTING CORNERS Get into the spirit of Christmas with these fun novelty scissors from Westcott. Available from Big W and westcottaus.com.au. Make More Money Using Your Current Home GRANNY FLATS AND STUDIOS PTY LTD Builder of Quality Granny Flats Designed and built for your lifestyle Division of Ian Cubitt's Classic Home Improvements Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains www.grannyflatsandstudios.com.au 1300 721 150 MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C FREE Full feasibility study of your property Granny Flats and Studios 2135493 12/9 Talk to us about our Investment Seminars! LAST CHANCE Government rebate finishes 1st Jan 2013 High performance inverter 5 - 10 years warranty on inverter 25 years performance warranty on panels Free quotes REDUCE YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL! *Conditions apply, does not include meter Address: 8 Harbord St, Granville (Clyde) Tel: 9682 4198 / 9760 2808 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: 0402 315 096 / 0422 323 789 $1488* $2688* $4488* 2187180 14/11 INSTALLED from $788* 1.6kw from 2KW 3KW 5KW from from CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
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