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Six reasons you should treat yourself to a new study

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SARAH OAKES Science, money, your health - there are many factors besides rampant consumerism that mean you really deserve a new study.

Rooftop gardens

Why we're loving rooftop gardens

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Jamie Durie Extra entertaining space, plus they're good for the environment? No wonder everyone's heading upstairs, writes Jamie Durie.

Living small

Could you live in an 8 square metre house?

Microhouse

Sarah Oakes What we can all learn from the tiny apartment craze.

Gardening growth

How did gardening become so cool?

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NICOLE ELPHICK Like pickling, knitting and comfortable sandals, the Millennials have yet again taken something from the elderly generation and claimed it for themselves.

Home of the week

A home that might as well be an art gallery

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Text: Heather Nette King. Photography: Armelle Habib Clever design has turned this Melbourne kit shed into a dramatic, arty home.

Mad Men's legacy won’t be clothes or cocktails. It’ll be all that modernist furniture.

The final season of Man Men ... a visual delight for design buffs.

Andrew Romano Design plays a bigger part in 'Mad Men' than it's ever played in another TV drama.

Take a seat

Ten great statement chairs and the perfect books to read in them

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A chair alone is nothing until you are poised with a book in its cushiony clutches and ready to read.

Indoor plants

Fill your place with pot plants

Meet Kitty Wong, awesome cactus lady.

Jamie Durie Fascinating and sculptural, potted cacti have their own personalities, says Jamie Durie.

Bedside manner

Nine genius bedside table ideas

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Furniture companies are charging extortionate amounts of money for night tables, and, of course, you'll probably need two. Try these clever solutions instead.

Jamie Durie's pet plants

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Kitty Wong, cactus lady

Jamie Durie Fascinating and sculptural, potted cacti have their own personalities, says Jamie Durie.

Home of the week

You can live in an old newspaper office

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Text and styling: Andrea Jones. Photography: Jennifer Soo With floorboards still carrying imprints left by old printing presses, this conversion in NSW's Southern Highlands is perfect as an artist's rural retreat.

Bed styling

How to make your bed like a stylist (if the need arises)

Question: Why do magazine beds look so light and fluffy and is it really possible for anyone to recreate that look at home?

Herbal remedy

Grow herbs for your health

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Jamie Durie All you need is a courtyard or balcony, says Jamie Durie.

Blank space

A cheapskate's guide to dressing up a blank wall

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Your home's got a blank space like Taylor Swift? Try these inexpensive ways to liven it up.

Home of the week

A weatherboard terrace with loads of charm

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Andrea Jones Photographer and food writer Katie Quinn Davies has turned this Balmain terrace into a charming mix of old and new.

Home shipping

Is your dream home actually a shipping container?

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With the housing dream still out of reach for most, welcome to the latest economical home trend - shipping container conversions.

Home of the week

A heritage-listed home in the 'burbs

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Heather Nette King This home, originally built around 1910, has been gradually returned to its natural glory.

Marie Kondo

Does Marie Kondo hold the secret to a clutter-free life?

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NICOLE ELPHICK The 30-year-old Japanese 'organisation expert' has launched a tidying phenomenon and become a cult hero to people with TOO. MUCH. STUFF. thanks to her simple maxim: every item you own should "spark joy".

Foolproof plants

Six houseplants you'll find it really difficult to kill

Plants.

Indoor plants are back in a way we haven’t seen since ferns proudly sprouted from every corner of your childhood living room circa 1984.

Home of the week

A bright and (mostly) easy renovation

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Words and styling: Heather Nette King. Photography: Armelle Habib A few clever touches gave this weatherboard house a light and very liveable look.

Cheap and cheerful

12 cool homewares buys from an unexpected place

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While you've been navigating the maze that is IKEA, this unlikely store has become a haven for cool and ridiculously cheap homewares.

Barkitecture

How to make your home pet-proof

Making a house work for the family pet is easier than you think, says Jamie Durie.

Jamie Durie Making a house work for the family pet is easier than you think, says Jamie Durie.

Vintage vinyl

How to start an excellent record collection

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SARAH OAKES With its crisp sound and stunning sleeves, it's little wonder vinyl's a big deal again. We got some starter tips from a lifelong collector.

Home of the week

Welcome to country life

Hannah and Clementine relax on the vast window seat in the master bedroom.

Andrea Jones The cattle got short shrift when this wine-making family moved into an empty old farmhouse.

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A very big house in the country

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Andrea Jones This idyllic family farm is a rustic haven, complete with Jersey cow and vegie patch.

Buon Natale

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Andrea Jones Christmas has an Italian flavour at the warm and tranquil home of Silvia Colloca and Richard Roxburgh.

Lighten up

8 affordable designer lights to style up your home

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Amy Richardson Make the switch to designer lighting with these stylish yet sensibly priced options.

Home of the week

A home made for Christmas entertaining

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Words and styling: Heather Nette King; Photography: Armelle Habib Chef and restaurateur Karen Martini invites us into her home as she gears up for her family Christmas.

Pop culture prints

10 pop culture prints that win as gifts

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Amy Richardson Choosing art for friends is easy if you roll with their pop culture leanings.

Green Christmas

Go green this festive season

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Jamie Durie Forget the tacky tinsel and electric reindeers - decorate with living plants and a bauble or three, says Jamie Durie.

Christmas home: Chyka and Bruce Keebaugh

Chyka Keebaugh outside her Boston ivy-covered home.

Heather Nette King Christmas is an immaculately styled and tinsel-free affair at the home of this catering maven.

Xmas hacks

How to avoid the mall this Christmas

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Amy Richardson Crowds and queues are as much a part of Christmas as Home Alone marathons and Mariah Carey’s Christmas album, right? Well… they don’t have to be.

Home of the week

A beachside cottage that's fit for an artist

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Text and styling: Andrea Jones. Photography: Jennifer Soo Painter Cressida Campbell's beachside home is bursting with colour, and filled with vibrant artworks and exotic treasures.

Xmas makeover

How to add festive flair to your home without a Christmas tree

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Amy Richardson Sprinkle a little Christmas cheer around your home with these oh-so joyful decorating ideas, perfect for small spaces.

Home of the week

An inner-city terrace with an edible garden

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Andrea Jones Get a glimpse of this inspiring hub, devoted to cooking and entertaining.

Beautiful bathrooms

How to create a resort-style bathroom

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Amy Richardson Wishing the holidays were here already? Give your bathroom a five-star makeover and you could feel like you’re on vacay all year long.

Wall love

Seven artists you should invest in now

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Amy Richardson Local gallery owners and those in the know recommend their favourite young artists.

Fashion forward

Five fashion labels creating cool homewares

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Amy Richardson Fashion designers are dabbling in the homewares market, letting their prints out of the closet and onto cushions, curtains and even ceramics.

Outdoor designs

Down the garden path

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Jamie Durie Stairs aren’t the only way to go up, as this ingenious design shows.

Clay nation

Four ceramicists you need to know about

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Amy Richardson Meet these talented Australian women, who've made careers out of creating unique and personal handcrafted homewares.

Cute kitchens

Seven ways to cuten up your kitchen

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Amy Richardson Give your kitchen a mini makeover with these ideas for easy and inexpensive updates.

Child's play

Six game-changing ideas for children’s rooms

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Amy Richardson Creating a bedroom that will grow with your child is easier than ever, thanks to these clever furniture ideas.

Home apps

Five best free apps for decorating

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Amy Richardson These useful apps will help you find design ideas, window shop, create decorating moodboards and choose artwork for your space... and they're all free.

Home Of The Week

A family home with a modernist bent

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Heather Nette King Concrete, clear lines and interactive technology give this family home a modernist bent.

Home makeovers

You won't believe how much this room costs

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Amy Richardson Check out these makeovers by homeowners who've kept their decorating budget in check, and those who've gone for a total blowout.

Cancer Medicines Fund

I pay $90,000 a year for a cancer treatment to keep me alive

Anita McGrath and her boys.

Anita McGrath I have loved ones who help me with the cost, but I can’t rely on their generosity forever.

Artisan workshops

Five creative workshops you need to know about

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Amy Richardson Because learning to macramé, weave and screen-print is now a cool way to spend your weekend.

Zen Habits

Minimalism: I threw out more than 20,000 items

Brooke McAlary cleared out her home and work of things she didn't need and hasn't looked back.

Brooke McAlary On minimalism and other zen habits for your mind and home.

Crafty queens

Five craft queens to follow on Instagram

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Amy Richardson Find inspiration galore in the colourful and creative feeds of these crafters.

Vintage style

Six tips for buying vintage furniture

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Amy Richardson Experts in vintage style fill you in on the best ways to find that perfect mid-century sideboard or industrial floor lamp.

Home trends

Five popular home trends explained

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Amy Richardson Looks like Rattan has well and truly emerged from retirement.

Monochrome style

A masterclass in balancing opposites

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Jenny Brown Life can be black and white if you want it to be, says interior designer Greg Natale.

Orderly bliss

Five anti-mess rules to live by

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Amy Richardson Clear the chaos with these expert tips and tricks for orderly bliss.

Inside her stylish pad

You can now rent Kirsten Dunst's New York apartment

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RACHEL CLUN Kirsten Dunst's $3 million New York apartment is on the rental market and it is one sweet pad.

Feature Walls

Are we seeing a return of the feature wall?

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Amy Richardson For many years the words‘feature wall’ struck fear into the heart of decorators, but things are turning around.

DIY design

Five online tutorials that every design lover should watch

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Amy Richardson Need some help with hanging an artwork, or prepping a cute floral centrepiece? The answers are online.

DIY hacks

10 IKEA hacks to DIY your apartment into adulthood

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Andrea Romano Before planning another trip to the giant blue super-store, take a second look at all the stuff you already have and give 'em a grown-up upgrade.

Home ethics

Should you buy replica furniture?

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Amy Richardson The return of mid-century style has come hand-in-hand with replica furniture companies selling cheap knock-offs of classic pieces. Are they making good design available to all, or fleecing the industry, the artists and the environment?

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Writerly rentals

Eight literary heroes whose homes you can rent on Airbnb

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Christine Erickson Ever wanted to sleep in Dickens' house? Well, you can.

Home inspiration

Four creative girls to crush on

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Amy Richardson These inspiring Australian women show us how to launch a creative career.

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Create a chic summer space

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Food and style maven Kate Gibbs likes to fill her summers with friends, herbs and cushions.