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Kids party themes and party games

Kids party themes and party games

Often the most successful birthday parties are the simplest. All it requires is a little bit of imagination... here are some ideas.
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Painted crockery

Painted crockery

Materials Ovenproof crockery Pébéo Porcelaine 150 marker pen in Black Domestic oven
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Be Italian for the day

Be Italian for the day

If you haven't the time, money or energy to leave our shores for an Italian adventure, why not create the experience in your own backyard?
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Decorated drawers

Decorated drawers

Materials - Drawers Chest of drawers – we used an old Ikea one with flat panels Ruler, pencil, scissors Patterned wallpaper or giftwrap Adhesive spray...
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Real Living magazine DiY Decorating Tips Bedroom Furniture
Japanese eating etiquette

Japanese eating etiquette

Are you thinking of throwing a Japanese-style dinner party? Impress your guests with your knowledge of Japanese etiquette! Here's what you need to know.
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Real Living magazine Living & Dining
Classic twist

Classic twist

A builder and designer achieves his hat trick with a third bespoke terrace renovation. Writer: Natalie WaltonPhotography: Sharyn CairnsStyling:...
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Handy woman: Wine rack

Handy woman: Wine rack

Materials Paintbrush & paint 16mm dowel: 36 pieces of 18cm length. A hardware store can cut these for you. Pencil, tape measure, eraser Timber...
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The black house

The black house

Contemporary style & substance ooze from every corner of this clever & creative family build in Victoria’s coastal suburb of Barwon Heads. For more check...
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Graphic design

Graphic design

Standing her ground has produced spectacular results in Simone Giorgi’s 1950s house on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.For more fabulous ideas check out Real...
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What to look for when buying carpet

What to look for when buying carpet

We answer the tuft questions and get decorating tips for carpet buyers.
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Real Living magazine Living & Dining Bedrooms Decorating Tips Carpet
Decoupage chairs

Decoupage chairs

Materials Wooden chairs Sandpaper Newspaper, cut into strips Clear-drying adhesive Clean dry cloth Ice-cream stick Scissors Clear polyurerathane...
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Real Living magazine DiY Decorating Tips
Say it with flowers

Say it with flowers

While store-bought bunches are the easiest way to inject a happy vibe into your room, it’s also easy to make original arrangements yourself.
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Real Living magazine Decorating Tips
Setting up a home bar

Setting up a home bar

Setting up a home bar from scratch is an expensive proposition — and that’s just the booze — here's what you'll need and some tips to keep down the costs.
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Real Living magazine Living & Dining Kitchens
Easy icing solutions

Easy icing solutions

If you're doing a spot of cake baking for a party, or just for fun, we've got a few favourites for you to try.
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How to deseed a pomegranate

How to deseed a pomegranate

Don't avoid this delicious fruit because you don't know how to prepare them. Here are quick steps for deseeding them.
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Me spaces: create a warm and cosy zone just for you!

Me spaces: create a warm and cosy zone just for you!

We've got six great (and easy!) ways to create a retreat in your own home. Choose a "me space" style that suits you.
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Project: Bedside wall box

Project: Bedside wall box

Materials Laminated pine panel (Laminated pine panel 1.8m x 40cm x 18mm; cut into 5 pieces: 4 x side panels: 30cm x 30cm; 1 x back panel: 28.2cm x...
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Real Living magazine DiY Bedroom Furniture Storage
Project: Dinosaur coatrack

Project: Dinosaur coatrack

Materials Rubber dinosaur toys Fine-tooth saw Small pieces of timber offcuts to fit inside animals (you might need a hacksaw to cut these small...
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Real Living magazine DiY Storage Kids Furniture
Project: Geo box storage

Project: Geo box storage

Materials Plywood boxes with lids (We used Prant plywood boxes with lids from Ikea) Pencil Ruler Eraser Painter's tape (we used Scotch 25mm) Blue...
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Project: Plant-pot shelves

Project: Plant-pot shelves

Materials Drill Craftright 16-piece hole saw set 3 x wooden shelves 6 x brackets Fluoro spray-paint 3 x small terracotta pots Newspaper...
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Real Living magazine DiY Gardening Storage
Project: Triangle wall shelves

Project: Triangle wall shelves

Materials Safety glasses Mitre saw (that can cut on 30 angles) Timber lengths (2 x dressed premium-grade pine lengths 2.4m x 64cm x 19cm) ...
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