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BUYING A LOUNGE SUITE - WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?

Aug 29 2014 |  Shopping

When researching articles for Home-Dzine I often have to pop on to local Home Decor sites. In this way I have a fair understanding of what is offered by furniture stores, and the huge difference in pricing between the various home decor stores. Is the difference in pricing justified? Is there a reason why one supplier should be far more expensive than another?

GO GONE PRODUCT REVIEW

Aug 29 2014 |  News

I was sent a box of Goo Gone products to try out which included their Goo Gone BBQ Grill Cleaner and Goo Gone Oven & Grill cleaner. Since I haven't previously used either product and was piqued by the fact that these cleaners use citrus power in their formula.

PERSIAN CARPETS

Aug 27 2014 |  Living Spaces

This years marks the very first House and Leisure readers' home renovation awards. With R30 000 cash up for grabs, your home makeover, room conversion or building addition could win you more money for home improvements, or to splurge on luxury items. PLUS, the top six entries selected will feature in a magazine spread in an upcoming House and Leisure collector’s issue.

HOUSE AND LEISURE RENOinnovation AWARDS

Aug 27 2014 |  News

This years marks the very first House and Leisure readers' home renovation awards. With R30 000 cash up for grabs, your home makeover, room conversion or building addition could win you more money for home improvements, or to splurge on luxury items. PLUS, the top six entries selected will feature in a magazine spread in an upcoming House and Leisure collector’s issue.

COASTAL STYLE WITH A DASH OF ELEGANCE

Aug 27 2014 |  Decorating Ideas

I have fallen in love with Lynn Morgan Design, see stunning home interiors that are elegant and timeless, modern and sophisticated - all rolled into gorgeous room settings that are a clean and fresh with a touch of whimsy. Although I only recently featured an article on freshening a home for spring, I couldn't resist adding even more decorating inspiration.

BORING BEDROOM GETS A MAGIC MAKEOVER

Aug 26 2014 |  Bedroom Ideas

Tanya works her magic yet again, this time in the master bedroom. You may remember Tanya's kitchen makeover in her rented flat, and we posted details for a future Makeover Magic workshop with DIY Divas*. Tanya tackled the main bedroom in her flat and transformed a tired room into a boutique style space. *Date and venue still to be confirmed.

MAKE YOUR OWN BATHROOM VANITY

Aug 26 2014 |  Intermediate / Advanced DIY

You can make your own 2-door / 3-drawer bathroom vanity at  fraction of what it would cost to buy ready made. You can use any 16mm board. As long as you attach a countertop that overlaps by 2cm on the sides and front, you can use SupaWood, MelaWood, or other PG Bison decorative board and have everything cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse.

RUST-OLEUM REVAMP FOR HUMPHREY

Aug 25 2014 |  Rust-Oleum Projects

Rust-Oleum spray paints can be used indoors and outdoors. With the revamp going on at my place there are quite a few projects that can be done with Rust-Oleum, and giving Humphrey, my giant tortoise a new look is just one of them. This project also shows that you can experiment with Rust-Oleum spray paints. Have fun. Mix it up.

MORE THAN JUST A BATHROOM VANITY

Aug 25 2014 |  Shopping

The UCAN is more than just a bathroom vanity, it's also a super functional cabinet that can be used in so many different ways. We're going to show you how YOU CAN turn a UCAN into storage for any room in a home - both indoors and outdoors! Visit the UCAN facebook page for more UCAN ideas and products.

REVAMP PATIO FURNITURE

Aug 22 2014 |  Garden Projects

I am in the process of paving my outdoor area and want to set up a spot where we can sit outdoors on warm mornings and enjoy breakfast. Using cast-off plastic and steel chairs and a concrete pedestal table, everything was painted with Rust-Oleum spray products.

4-DRAWER STORAGE UNIT

Aug 20 2014 |  DIY Projects

After featuring the article on the easy way to install drawer runners I simply had to give it a go.  I have been wanting to make a chest of drawers for my office for ages, so just to show how easy it is, I use the new method for installing drawers runners - and even a blonde can do it !

EASY WAY TO INTALL DRAWER RUNNERS

Aug 18 2014 |  DIY Tips

Mounting drawer runners can be tricky if you don't get the measurements right. I recently posted easy DIY tips for mounting metal drawer sides on runners and in this feature you will discover an easy way to mount ball-bearing drawer runners. Once you see how easy it is to mount drawer runners this way you will soon be making chests of drawers and  adding drawer storage to cabinets!

DECORATE BATHROOM IN RENTAL HOME

Aug 17 2014 |  Bathroom Improvement

Having recently featured Tanya's makeover in her rental kitchen I have been flooded with enquiries for ideas for giving a bathroom in a rental flat or house a much needed makeover. Even though you are renting your place, there are more than a few cosmetic changes that can be done to improve living conditions. We have also included plenty of bathroom before and after pictures to provide you with ideas and inspiration.

PLASCON 2015 COLOUR PALETTE

Aug 16 2014 |  Colour Palettes

Everyone eagerly awaits the launch of the annual Plascon colour palette and this year was no exception. Crowds flocked to Decorex for the unveiling of the new Plascon 2015 colour palette and weren't disappointed by the beautiful displays for the new colour trends.

COILED ROPE LAMP SHADE

Aug 15 2014 |  Decor Lighting

Quite often, inspiration for your next craft of DIY project can come from an image you see on pinterest or home decor site. I myself get plenty of project ideas from decorated homes and inspiring interiors by designers. The inspiration for this project came from a home designed by Martha O'hara Interiors.

REPLACE INCANDESCENT WITH CFL FITTINGS

Aug 14 2014 |  Decor Lighting

As and when budget allows I am systematically going from room to room and replacing my old incandescent lights with light fittings that use CFL globes. The most recent replacement was at the top of the stairs. I have previously tried the option of simply replacing the globe in the fitting but found the light too dim for this area, so I have replaced this with a CFL circular tube that provides plenty of light.

DECORATIVE 3-PANEL PRIVACY SCREEN

Aug 13 2014 |  Beginners DIY

Our decorative Shabby-Chic style privacy screen is an easy project that uses  6mm and 9mm supawood. The mirrored top section has cottage frame panels and the screen  is painted with Plascon Polvin ‘Whisper’ [B5-E2-3], dry brushed with Plascon Polvin white, and then given a rub down with antique wax.

DECORATE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

Aug 11 2014 |  Deck and Patio

Spring is almost upon us and warmer days are not far away. If you have ideas for your outdoor spaces, now is the time to get cracking. Turn that boring outdoor area into a relaxing spot to laze away summer days or entertain on balmy evenings. All you need is a little imagination and a few accessories.

GRAB A CAN OF WD-40

Aug 10 2014 |  DIY Tips

Around this time of year and as part of my annual home maintenance regimen I like to grab a can of WD-40 and go around the house, spraying essential components to protect them from damage by moisture and rust. If you have never used WD-40 I think it's time to acquaint you with uses for this truly amazing product.

EASY FIX FOR CRACKED POOL PIPE

Aug 10 2014 |  Ponds and Pools

Sometimes accidents happen, in this case a pipe from the swimming pool to the pump was broken in one place and cracked in another. This is an easy fix if you have a length of PVC pipe and some Tangit PVC-U adhesive, and the problem can be fixed so your pool is ready for action in 24 hours! 

INDUSTRIAL TABLE LAMP

Aug 09 2014 |  Lighting

You may remember earlier this year we posted an industrial lamp made by one of our DIY Divas. We can now show you step-by-step how to make your own industrial lamp using galvanised pipe and fittings. You will find galvanised pipe and fittings at most steel suppliers and lamp fittings and electrical cord at your local Builders Warehouse

CONCRETE STEPPING STONES

Aug 09 2014 |  Garden Crafts

Making your own stepping stones is a quick and easy project. It takes 48 hours to make one stepping stone, but if you have access to the materials needed, you can make up more than one at a time.  If you can't find a decorative rubber mat to add a fun design to the top of your stepping stones, substitute with mosaic, pebbles, or even thick, rubbery leaves.

DISGUISE PRECAST CONCRETE WALLS

Aug 05 2014 |  Garden Ideas

Vibracrete - or precast concrete - walls are a common feature in many South African homes. They offer an affordable way to close off a property and create a private outdoor sanctuary. But vibracrete walls can be an eyesore, or at least an unattractive feature. Planting colourful shrubs is just one of the ways to hide vibracrete walls, and in this feature we look at easy and child-friendly ways to  disguise and cover up vibracrete walls.

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