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What’s easy on the eye in a property, isn’t always easy on the ear. Many of the features we’ve grown to covet – open plan living spaces, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, stone benchtops and shiny timber floors – can wreak havoc on a peaceful soundscape once...

Creativity, not cash, can get you the interior you’ve always dreamed of. Try these no-cost ideas for improving your living areas. You think there’s no such thing as a makeover that doesn’t involve spending wads of cash on the latest trinkets and designs at the store!...

An office in your hall just won't cut the mustard. A dedicated space is de rigueur. A home office is one of those great ideas in theory. What's not to like about a neat, ordered space to answer emails, pay bills and dedicate more unpaid overtime...

When Jamie Durie created this urban courtyard for longtime friends, he made magic in a miniscule space by creating a water feature that was also a plunge pool and spa. Alex Brooks writes. When you walk through the front door of the smart inner city terrace...

Creating an open plan living area at the rear of an inner city timber workers’ cottage blends the old and new on a tight budget. Alex Brooks finds out more for Handyman magazine.   When Lisa Cowan bought an old cottage once owned by Human Nature singer...

It’s hard to find a label for Surry Hills designers blueandbrown. Do they create art? Or is it design? Or is it homewares? Skye Vermeesch and Kirsten Brown have forged a unique design company which creates customised digital art that is affordable and funky yet somehow...

Interior designer Shellee Gordoun is a woman who knows a thing or two about beds and bedrooms, even though she reluctantly admits that she doesn’t make her own bed. “I make so many beds for the showroom and for my clients but I just don’t have...

Most people renovate only once or twice in their life and learn their lessons the hard way. Alex Brooks asked experienced renovators to share their renovation regrets and highlights and Inside Out magazine published them.   “Choose a tradesperson you like, not with the guy who is...

Should you choose an architect, a building designer or a drafting service for your renovation? Alex Brooks writes for Domain. Aaah, renovating. Floorboards or carpet? Mosaic or terracotta tiles? Oh, and should you call an architect, a building designer or a drafting service to plan your...

Simplify your house cleaning – and everything really, answers questions Alex Brooks for Know & Tell, a column about homes and renovation she wrote for Sydney Morning Herald. Q: No way am I using those eco cleaning products! Cleaning is hard enough without making it take...