Small spaces high on style

With smaller townhouse units averaging at 76 metres square, you have to be inventive and creative to make use of a small space. Take a look at these previously cramped homes and see what can be done to increase your living space - no matter how small.

 

Add spring flowers to your home

For me personally spring is the most beautiful time of the year. I love walking around the garden and seeing the new buds burst into new life; watching spring bulbs burst open with colour and taking in fresh scents.

 

Family room makeover

If your family room feels like it's still stuck in the 20th century or looking a bit worse for wear, here's how to give it an affordable makeover. In this feature we look at how easy it can be - and inexpensive - to give your family room a makeover.

 

Decorate with rugs

Just like art can enhance a wall and create a focal point, so rugs can add interest to a room. The right rug can do more than add interest, it can also add warmth, texture and colour, and simply by changing a rug you can change the whole look and feel of a room.

 

Wood cladding for interior walls

Here's how to add wood panelling to walls to add a rustic atmosphere to any room in a home, but in this case a bedroom.

 

 

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Rustic, modern or contemporary furniture using copper pipe

You don't need to spend a fortune to make these reclaimed timber tables for a home, just some reclaimed timber and copper pipes.

 

 

Corrugated sheet metal for indoors

Previously considered an inexpensive way to clad a roof, corrugated sheet metal is now popping up in designer homes - and not just as a roofing material. You will find corrugated sheet metal being used as a design element in living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and more...

 

How do you like your coffee... table?

The coffee table is a decorating staple. Not only does it look good and is practical, it also completes a room setting or arrangement. We've put together a selection of coffee tables so that you can see how good they look in various settings and styles.

 

Stylish storage for living spaces

As far as affordable furniture goes, Ikea definitely offers the widest range of options for living room storage. Unfortunately we can't buy Ikea furniture here in SA, but that doesn't mean you can't grab your tools and make your own stylish storage furniture.

 

Welcome guests into your home

With just a few clever decorating tricks you can create an entrance that welcomes guests and looks stunning. Let's start with a bare canvas by removing all the furniture and see where it takes us...

 

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Paint a custom area rug

Painted rugs have become a trend as people realise how easy it is to do. If you use a quality paint and brush it into the pile of the carpet, a painted rug will last reasonably well depending on the amount of traffic, and you can clean by wiping with a lightly damp cloth.

 

Add colour and texture with an area rug

Dress up any bland space in a home with an area rug to add interest, colour or texture. Today's rugs come in so many wonderful colours and designs that instantly spice up a living space. And you can easily paint up your own custom rug if you can't afford to buy new.

 

One room three ways

Make the move from bland and wake up a room with colour. Take a look at how one room is transformed - with a few basic accessories - into a comfortable and welcoming living space.

 

 

Choosing upholstery fabrics

When doing upholstery projects for DIY-Divas, I often receive enquiries as to what is the best fabric to use for particular projects. Upon choosing fabric for upholstery, you should be aware of its durability, cleanability, and resistance to fading.

 

One-of-a-kind coffee tables for reclaimed timber

These coffee tables can be considered as one-of-a-kind, as no two pieces of timber look exactly the same. All the coffee table designs below are made using salvaged or reclaimed timber.

 

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Beautiful home accents from junk

Sometimes the most innocuous piece of junk can be transformed into a beautiful decor piece for a home. Anything from old shutters and doors, to parquet flooring blocks, gets used in practical ways to create unique home decor and accent pieces.

 

A home decorated in delicate whites

This divine Swedish apartment is decorated in pure whites throughout. The effect is a small space that feels spacious and has a fairytale atmosphere. Clever layering of textures and a few subtle splashes of colour here and there make the rooms feel anything but sterile.

 

20 Divine bare brick interiors

Some may find bare brick depressing, but there's a timeless quality to raw brick that endures through decorating styles; from rustic to contemporary, bare bricks walls add an element of texture and architectural detail to a plain room.

 

4 Easy ways to decorate with wallpaper

You will find a varied selection of wallpaper at your local Builders Warehouse and there are so many ways to use wallpaper in a home - other than on walls. Here are some interesting ways to add a new dimension to your home with a roll of wallpaper.

 

Before and after makeovers on a budget

Not all home makeovers are about having to spend a fortune on new furniture to achieve that perfect dream home look. Some home makeovers are more concerned with using what you already have and making a few changes here and there.

 

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