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REFRESH OUTDOOR AREAS

One maintenance task I do every 4 to 5 years is to refresh my outdoor area with paving paint.

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FOR DIY, CRAFTS & MORE

When designing furniture or decor and want to add something different, consider the traditional art of wood burning.

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MAXIMISE SOLAR PERFORMANCE

As we transition into winter, so too do our energy needs and consumption patterns – as well as solar panel efficiency.

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GOOD NIGHT - SLEEP TIGHT!

Here are ways to transform your bedroom into a peaceful haven, where you can get the best sleep.

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SELL IT VOETSTOETS!

If you are in the throes of incomplete improvements but need to sell, what can you do to make it market-presentable?

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REMEMBER THOSE IN NEED

Be more compassionate this winter with a few simple gestures we can make to help those in need this winter season.

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RECYCLE PLASTIC BINS

These amazing plastic recycling projects will help more people discover ways to recycle plastic waste.

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ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY HOME

If you are looking to make your home more environmentally friendly and reduce monthly bills - read on.

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GET TO DECOREX!

Local chefs will fire up the Samsung Bespoke Cooking Theatre with live demos of their #fav dishes.

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HELP! I NEED TO TURN THE WATER OFF

When a pipe bursts or a pipe fitting corrodes, you need to know what to do to prevent too much damage to your home.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

While SA produces enough food to feed its population, access to nutritious food remains a challenge for many.

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PREPARE FOR THE WORST

"Winter is Coming!" and we should have some preparations in place should the worst occur over the next few months.

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DECOREX 2024 HIGHLIGHTS

Where to begin when planning a trip to Decorex Cape Town, running from 6-9 June at the CTICC.

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THE POWER OF TEA!

10 Sustainable ways to clean your home with black tea and reduce exposure to harsh toxic chemicals.

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ARE YOU A LOYAL TRAVELLER?

Rising Trend: Loyalty programmes flourish amid demand for travel rewards & experiences

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DIY TIP

There's a wrong & right way to use wood filler for your woodworking projects and here are a few helpful tips to guide you.

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NEED A LIGHTWEIGHT VACUUM CLEANER?

I recently got to try out two lightweight vacuum cleanes to see which one would be best for cleaning my home.

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EMOJIS COME TO LIFE!

From small screen to decor scene – inventive room sets to bring emojis to life with playful execution!

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STRESS-FREE MOVING TIPS

Moving to a new home is exciting but stressful and is often regarded as one of the most stressful things a person’s life.

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MUTED TRANQUILITY

This winter’s favourite interior colours are soft and soothing with Plascon's colour palette.

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PLASCON COLOUR PODS

Dive into a vibrant celebration of colour from top local interior designers at Decorex Cape Town and Joburg.

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CLEAN INSIDE OVEN DOOR

It's easy to clean inside an oven but did you know that you can remove an oven door to clean inside the glass panels?

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BEST HOME CLEANING HACKS

How to make every corner of a home sparkle using the everyday products you’re already likely to have on hand.

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THE COST OF INNOVATION

It's 4 years since purchasing the Zodiac MX8 Pool Cleaner and it has to be replaced - not a good investment!

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DON'T JUST DITCH & SWITCH

To figure out if it is the right time to switch providers, here are four questions worth asking yourself.

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A STICKY ENDING!

In this post, we show you a few easy ways to remove double-sided tape from painted walls.

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A HOME READY FOR WINTER

Taking the time to ensure everything is clean and uncluttered can go a long way in making the cold days a bit brighter.

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EASY FEATURE WALLS

Wall cladding is now available in South Africa and if, like me, you love this look, try one of these decorating ideas.

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CHEAPER TO DIY OR BUY?

When making furniture and decor accessories the question of whether is it better to DIY or buy always pops up.

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WHY DO LI-ION BATTERIES CATCH FIRE?

Social media focuses on lithium-ion batteries catching fire but nobody explains the reason for this.

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ACRYLIC OR SILICONE SEALER?

Acrylic and silicone sealer have different uses in the home and you need to understand the difference between them.

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DON'T WAIT UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE

With Eskom Stage 16 on the cards, there has never been a better time to consider solar power installation.

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STILL THE BEST SOLUTION

Durable, easy to maintain, and versatile, ceramic tiles offer timeless style and practicality.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF DRYING TIME

What you need to know about paint drying times and the importance of patience in achieving flawless results.

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CONQUER CLEANING WOES

Using these strategic cleaning methods, homeowners can conquer the most common bathroom cleaning challenges.

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UNIQUE LIGHTS YOU CAN MAKE

Finding unique light fittings is not easy or affordable, so why not try out one of these hacks and make affordable lights?

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DO INDOOR PLANTS NEED HUMIDITY?

Most of the indoor plants that we have in our homes originate from tropical environments and require a little help.

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HOUSE CLEANING TIPS

With the right strategies and tools, you can make the process of house cleaning easier and more efficient.

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EASY AND AFFORDABLE

There are plenty of ideas for transforming walls in a home and here are some of my favourite and most affordable solutions.

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YOU DON'T NEED A BIGGER POT!

You don't have to purchase larger pots for your indoor plants if they are root-bound, simply trim the roots.

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SO MANY PRACTICAL USES

The Tork Craft Mini Rotary Tool is one of those versatile tools that can be used in so many ways.

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DON'T BE COMPLACENT

The use of electricity in our home is essential but it also carries significant risks if not handled correctly.

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POINTS TO CONSIDER

Property is one of the most significant purchases, so it’s important to consider all aspects of the homebuying process.

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ORGANISE YOUR MAKEUP

If your makeup is all over the place here are some ideas that show you how to DIY a makeup organiser.

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QUICK PROJECT

This floating media console takes up minimal space, has plenty of storage and built-in LED lighting.

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ANOTHER CHALLENGE ON THE HORIZON

South Africans face several challenges but how do we deal with the new challenge of reduced water supply?

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EASY WAY TO ADD COLOUR & INTEREST

A can of paint and a few other materials are all you need to create a focal point or accent feature on a wall in a home.

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BENEFITS OF AN INDOOR FIREPLACE

There are plenty of benefits to having an indoor fireplace installed, whatever type of heating source you choose.

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SMART HOME STORAGE SOLUTIONS

In this article, we discuss the latest storage home storage trends, where elegance meets functionality.

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THE BEST CORDLESS DRILL IN SOUTH AFRICA!

With so many brands and models on the market, how do you know which is the best cordless drill to buy in South Africa?

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THE QUIET REVOLUION!

This year’s theme for Decorex Africa, the continent’s leading decor and design showcase, is Designing for Impact

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DON'T BE A DRIP!

An outdoor tap wastes just as much - if not more - yet it is an easy fix to repair or replace an outdoor tap and here's how.

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COMMON CARPET STAINS

Carpets are prone to spills and spoils and should all be cleaned immediately so as not to leave stains.

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COLOUR OF THE YEAR

Builders Inspires with Unique Paint Solutions for Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2024.

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SKILLS YOU NEED

With so many homeowners tackling home improvement projects, it helps to know what skills you need to do these.

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WHAT GLUE DO I USE?

There are all types of glues and it is important to know the difference between these so that you use the right one.

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PEACEFUL SLEEP

Barking dogs, noisy neighbours... These won't disturb your sleep if you have a better window treatment in your bedroom.

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DRAIN SMELL GONE!

If you have a smelly drain in a bathroom or kitchen clean to prevent future blockage and get rid of the smell.

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INTRODUCING THE FESTOOL TS 60

The Festool TS 60 promises to be a game changer for DIY enthusiasts, woodworkers and professionals.

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SUCCULENTS + RECYCLING

In this article, we share a few ways to design a beautiful succulent garden of your own using recycled plastic bottles.

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HOW TO MANAGE LIVING IN A SMALL HOME

Living in a small space might be all we can afford but that doesn't mean that we can't make it a comfortable home.