It’s a known fact that noise pollution is a thing; exposure to both loud and moderate noises can damage some fragile parts of your ears - let alone the havoc it can wreak on your nerves.
When you live in a studio apartment or small townhouse you need to set up a living space that also serves as a bedroom, or have a comfortable bed for when family or friends sleepover.
Making a Peaceful Home The Cheap Way: How to Soundproof Your Home Without Breaking Your Budget
Your living room has to put up with a lot, but if it's looking a bit tired, try some of these tricks to refresh the space.
Want a fresh and modern home? Ditch these styles pronto!
To help you determine how to best spend on interior improvements, check out these interior design ideas that will boost the value of your home
Let’s unleash some student room ideas you can execute on a budget to make your dorm room the home you envisioned.
Temperatures are rising and if this is the future it makes a lot of sense to decorate a cool home that is perfect for a hot climate.
Unless you have a knack for design, finding the perfect pieces of furniture to fit into your home can be difficult, and we're here to help.
What can homeowners do to keep their houses nice, toasty, and warm through the winter months?
Whether you are going on your own for the first time or downgrading from a larger home, one-room living doesn't have to be a nightmare.
Don't waste money on assembly-line furniture and décor for your home when thrift store items can appear like new. Pick up these 5 necessities for upgrading your home on your next thrift trip!
The warmer days have arrived well before the advent of spring, so perhaps we should take advantage of cooler days before the summer heat begins.
It is important to learn as much as you can about ethanol fireplaces before deciding whether or not they are the right choice for your home.
When you are looking to add furniture to your home, especially pieces with a lot of character, it helps to know what to look for when buying old furniture at secondhand stores or online.
Not everyone has the ability to set up a wonderful display without too much thought, so here are a few ways to use creative displays to give a room a new look - without redecorating.
Winter has a way of making you feel like your head is stuffed with cotton wool and your body is sluggish, so try these tips to refresh body and soul.
Not just a great way to cool down a room, ceiling fans are an eco-friendly alternative to an air conditioner and can also be used to illuminate a space.
Every home needs a splash of colour here and there, particularly when winter dresses the garden in shades of grey and green.
Apartment and townhouse living means that many of us have to put up with noisy neighbours - but there are a few tricks you can use to block out sound from neighbours.
White has a lot of benefits when it comes to home decoration, but it also has a few drawbacks as well.
When you live in a home for a few years it can easily become a bit boring, so we compiled a selection of easy decor tricks to help you fall in love with your home again.
If you don't have the budget to replace a sad, saggy sofa, you can try these tips to disguise and get more use out of your sofa.
Most landlords won't let you do projects in a rental home but these ideas are perfect!
I have seen many homes where the fireplace is overlooked, yet it is so easy to turn a fireplace into a stunning feature or focal point in a room.
As summer comes to an end, we start looking for ways to add warmth to our homes - without turning on heaters and spending a fortune on electricity!
Most homes have some kind of hallway, whether it's a long, narrow passage to bedrooms, or a short hallway leading to other room. We offer advice on dressing up a hallway.
If you want to revitalize your living space without emptying your bank account, there are ways to brighten, freshen and invigorate on a small budget.
Shelves don't necessarily have to be used as a place to store things, you can also design and make your own shelves as a knock-out feature for walls in a home.
When you are renting a home you need to look for easy ways to add your personal touch without damaging walls, etc.
This year, instead of making resolutions for yourself, here are some resolutions you can put into practice for a beautiful, energy efficient and comfortable home.
If you feel that your living room feels a bit sterile and lacks personality, here are 3 easy ways to add colour, texture and pattern.
Don't hassle about crowded restaurants and bars when you can celebrate with your own sparkle-filled party - at home!
Not inspired by the range of wood skirtings available, a small passage was finished off with simulated wood polymer Over Skirting.
If you have guests arriving over the holidays, you'll want your home to look fresh and welcoming, and we've got a few easy and inexpensive tips to help you.
Minimalist Christmas? What does that even mean - a sad Christmas tree that looks forlorn and lost! I say go big for Christmas and fill a home with festive cheer.
If you have the space, setting up a bar in your home is not only a fun way to entertain, it also saves you money on going out to be pub or for cocktails.
Living room storage - here are some DIY solutions you can try out yourself.
No longer just for grannies, ferns are gaining popularity as a favourite houseplant for urban dwellers.
We all have certain pieces that we can't bear to part with, be it a collectible or a hand-me-down piece of furniture.
Does your home need a little TLC or is it in need of a splash of creativity and colour?
Temperatures are rising and South Africans are spending more time outdoors in the garden - is yours ready for the summer?
Open plan living doesn't have to mean a single room without any divisions - this open plan home has clearly defined living spaces.
Spring is the perfect time to give your home a new look if it's starting to feel boring and bland.
When buying CFL or LED lamps you have the option to choose between cool or warm light.
When you live in a townhouse development or apartment neighbours can be noisy, so here's how to add soundproof to your home without expensive alterations or materials.
Here are some ideas that will look great and add value to your home without breaking the bank.
My son and his new wife recently moved into their first house, and with it came the joys and woes of starting out - finding furniture and accessories to decorate the space to make it a home.
Moving into an old flat or apartment may require you to put on your thinking cap to turn it into a home.
Aside from creating a barrier between the interior of a building and the roof, ceilings also create a barrier from the cold and if the correct materials and techniques are used, ceilings can contribute towards making homes warmer in winter.
If your walls are a bit flat and boring, here's how to add detail affordably using pine moulding and trim.
When buying furniture for your home, a neutral sofa allows you the freedom to use affordable accessories to style the sofa in so many different ways.
The guys at Block and Chisel offer advice on how to choose the right sofa for your living room.
Here's an easy way to add interest to a bland staircase, using moulding and trim that you can buy at any Builders.
We'd all love to be able to buy a new sofa every few years, but not many can afford to do so. The best way to fix a sad sofa is to fresh the cushions - seat and back - and give it a good clean.
Farrow & Ball, British craftsmen in paint and paper, has collaborated with The Rug Company, the leading purveyor of the finest quality handmade rugs.
Not everyone has an inherent talent for dressing a home for the festive season. If you struggle deciding how to decorate your home for the holidays, here are some ideas and tips to make it easier.
If you've got guests coming to stay for the holidays and you're looking to give your home a quick and easy makeover, we offer a few simple ways to tweak your living space.
Making sure your home is looking the way you want it to can be exciting and fun. However, it is easy to fall into a spending trap; getting caught up with all the interior trends and shiny, new furniture.
When a family swapped their big house for a modest space, they didn't want to have to make any compromises on their quality of living.
Choosing the right colour scheme can be both exciting and scary. A well-designed interior incorporates a variety of colours, in the right proportions, for a good balance.
If you're looking to keep your home cool during the hot spring and summer, shop for a ceiling fan that has a reversable function.
It's always nice to see what's trending for Spring and Summer, to check out what I can add to my home to keep it fresh and modern. Take a look at what's trending for this Spring and Summer at home decor stores.
Laminate floors have a protective layer over the decorative face - proper care and maintenance of that protective layer will extend the life of your floors.
Moving into your first, unfurnished apartment, means that you’re going to need furniture - especially if you've been living at home.
We've hibernated during the cold winter, but now it's time to dust off the cobwebs and update your home for the sunny months ahead.
Interior Designers have plenty of tricks up their sleeves to make any living space appear larger than it is...
Spring cleaning may be an old-fashioned tradition, but there's something to be said about decluttering and cleaning out a home in readiness for the warmer months ahead.
This project shows how to hang wallpaper - the paintable kind that you can buy at Builders Warehouse - to cover up defects on a wall.
Living in a rental property can be hard if your landlord won't let you do the little things that make a house a home. There are a few designer tips you can use to decorate a rental.
A bookshelf is still one of the most practical pieces of storage furniture you can have in a home. We look at various ideas for vamping up a steel bookshelf.
When you've stayed in a home for 10 or more years, you don't realise how dated rooms can look. That's when you need to stand back and truly assess the space.
Buying the perfect rug can be a difficult decision. Take the worry out of buying the wrong one with this handy guide to choosing the right size rug for the room.
Hygge is a word that refers to cosy at home or comfortable at home, and we could all do with a bit of hygge!
When winter hits, concrete or tiled floors are cold underfoot. Add colour, pattern, texture and warmth with a floor rug.
When you live in a small home it pays to embrace the space and make the most of what you have. Love the home you live in!
The days are getting shorter and winter will soon be upon us. We offer some tips on creating a welcoming, warm home without totally overhauling your living spaces.
From your smartphone or tablet, you can now command virtually any system and device, from anywhere, at any time. You’ve now imagined a life possible, in a Control4 Smart Home.
Decorating a home with patterns can be a bit confusing, especially if it's not something you're particularly good at. We take advice from a textile designer.
Some rooms need a little help to look stunning and this DIY panel wall is an easy way to add interest to a plain wall and dress up a room.
If you have alcoves in your home, these can be used to create space-saving areas for bookcases, shelves, built-in seating, or even a small home office.
Nature provides us with all the materials we need to build and make. Timber is not only the most eco-friendly building material you can use, it also brings texture and warmth to a home.
With homes and gardens getting smaller, homeowners are realising the potential value of space in a garage. But if your garage has become a dumping ground for unnecessary clutter, it's time to consider how you could put it to better use.
Situated in a park-like setting, this average home is revamped to take advantage of the surrounding trees, and also to incorporate more sustainable elements.
If your home is starting to feel a little blah, we offer some budget updates to revive your home decor.
Winter is not far down the road, so it's time to think about the timeless appeal of a cast-iron fireplace.
Deciding where to mount a flat screen TV can be a tricky issue. You need the perfect viewing angle and to assess its impact on decoration.
Room dividers offer you a way to divide up open plan living spaces without spoiling your paint job!
Designer Shutters from Finishing Touches are made-to-measure and easy to fit and add privacy and value to a home.
For the discerning homeowner looking for flooring options, Monn has introduced a new range of contemporary carpet tiles.
Sometimes it's the simple things that are beautiful. Attention to detail and careful restraint when decorating can produce stunning room settings.
Corrugated and sheet metal is one of the most widely used materials in the construction industry. Reasonably inexpensive and easy to work with, we put together some unique uses for corrugated sheet in the home.
If you are staying at home for the holidays, spoil yourself with a home vacation. A staycation is all about spoiling yourself... in the comfort of your own home!
When buying a new sofa, you want to make sure to buy one that is not only comfortable, but will also be able to withstand the knocks and bumps of daily living.
White has always been the 'go to' colour for many home decorators. But white can be just as sophisticated as any colour.
Give your home an eco-friendly makeover with design that will ensure a healthy and refreshed home.
When living in a small home it can be daunting to know how to make the most of what you have. There are plenty of designer tricks you can use to maximise small space living.
With the continuing move towards rejuvenating inner city living, we take a look at an urban loft renovation by Dwelling Designs that highlights how commercial or industrial properties can be transformed into beautiful living spaces.
To celebrate the beginning of Spring I thought it might be nice to put together a collection of spring-inspired decor ideas to spruce up a home.
A young couple turned a dowdy old house into a wonderful modern home with clever planning, creative ideas and on a small budget.
Avoid having too much clutter in a home with these easy solutions for keeping stuff organised.
If you are having a hard time deciding how to go about improving your home, or stuck for decorating ideas, we borrowed some inspiration that will help inspire you.
Turn a worn-out door into a unique feature for your living room. In just seven easy steps, courtesy of Builders, you can transform any old, solid door and give it a second life.
Who would have thought that furniture could be designed with knitted textures and woven designs. Patricia Urquiola's Mangas range mimics the look and feel of your favourite sweater.
Decorating a small living space shouldn't cramp your style. See how Design Manifest turned a small living space into a big impact home.
Here's an easy way to add a new look to a plain, inexpensive low-pile, coir, sisal or jute rug. All you need is some paint and masking tape!
Summer might be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean you can't carry on the fun! The new Hertex range of fabrics will definitely add texture, pattern and colour to any home - summer or winter.
We all love the smell of new carpet, but how many realise that the odour is actually chock full of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are harmful to our health. We take a look at natural flooring options.
The chilly mornings and evenings are a precursor for a cold winter ahead, and it's never too early to start planning for ways to warm up a home.
With the continuing trend for using reclaimed materials for furniture and accessories a new decorating style has emerged known as Modern Rustic. Here are some tips on pairing modern design with homemade rustic furniture.
My air mattress has finally given up and has been patched up so many times I have decided to look at a sleeper couch instead. That way, not only can I bring a comfortable sofa into the spare room, but easily covert this to a bed when guests sleep over.
For those living in townhouses and apartments where only a small balcony is available, here are some wonderful ideas to make use of the space.
If you decide to incorporate timber elements and wood features in a home it is important that regular maintenance be performed to ensure that wood is protected from the elements, wear from traffic, or fungal or insect infestation.
In a small home or studio apartment there isn't always enough room for a solid room divider, but here's how to make a fabric room divider that can be hung from the ceiling.
Pop into your local Builders Warehouse for some pine moulding and cut mirror panels and transform your interior doors into a stand out feature.
If you are expecting guests for the holidays and your spare room is filled with junk, time to get creative with these ideas for a guest bedroom.
The average South African homeowner is always on the lookout for budget ideas to decorate that dream home. With a few designer tricks you can easily afford stylish finishing touches.
South Africans tend to be very cautious about introducing colour into the home. By nature we tend to gravitate towards more traditional styles, but perhaps it's time to step outside your comfort zone and dare to be different.
There are plenty of ideas for giving walls a new look with bold and vibrant designs for feature walls. Here are some innovative wall ideas with 'wow' factor.
I came across Urban Grace Interiors while researching for decorating with muted or monochromatic hues, since not everyone wants a home splashed with bold colours.
Any home can be enhanced by adding architectural detailing with the installation of decorative mouldings. Dylan Miller from Swartland, offers some insight into how mouldings can add character and style to any space they grace.
Every home needs to incorporate colour and pattern; whether it's introduced by fabrics, rugs, wallpaper or accessories. Fabrics are a wonderful way to add colour, pattern and texture to a home - for any season and decor style.
There are plenty of easy and affordable ways to add stylish touches here and there around the home to update or include modern details.
A secondhand chest of drawers is transformed using cut mirror panels and Rust-Oleum Universal Titanium Silver spray paint.
We have seen how pallet furniture quickly became a global trend, and using reclaimed wood - pallets or otherwise - continues to be popular for those wanting to add a touch of rustic to modern homes.
Spring is just a month away and already the temperature is starting to warm up across the country. After a winter hibernation there is nothing more energizing than dusting off the cobwebs, letting in the sunshine and refreshing your home.
Your living room is one place that gets ultimate attention when it comes to design and décor for one sheer reason; the outlook of your home revolves around one crucial place, your living room. This is the place that offers your guests a taste of your lifestyle.
Just in time to refresh your home for spring, Mr Price Home has launched a range of Scandinavian inspired furniture. The Stockholm range from Mr Price Home offers clean lines and an urban contemporary look that is a stylish choice for the modern home.
You only have to look in the property section of your local newspaper to know that the demand for townhouse living continues to increase. With this convenience lifestyle comes a hefty price tag - even for a modest-sized unit.
When you are starting out on your own, and unless your parents are extremely generous, you are going to need furniture for your new apartment or flat. Chances are you don't have a large budget, so here's how to get started without spending a fortune.
Black and white is an iconic colour scheme in the style scene and the most classic of combinations. Use black and white to represent a modern, cool and assertive look.
There are so many ways to use paint, fabric or wallpaper to turn average furniture into statement pieces with WOW factor!
Chevron may be yesterday's trend, but stripes continue to feature in designer homes, fabrics and decor accessories.
Megan at 'the homes I have made' transformed her bedroom with painted furniture and new accessories. What I found striking in this room setting is the metallic silver mirror.
Plywood or MDF strips applied to interior doors add a new level of detail to plain hollow core doors.
Whether you make a simple bookcase or buy a ready-made, plain bookcase, there are plenty of design ideas to turn a bookcase into a show piece.
If you have the luxury of a built-in or freestanding fireplace, it makes sense to turn this into an attractive focal point in a home.
Wallpaper can be expensive, especially imported and designer brands. But here's how you can use wallpaper in small quantities to fill framed panels.
Decorating a ceiling has become just as much a part of interior design as decorating walls, whether it is installing a seamless plastered ceiling, or a more decorative technique.
I know that there are many homes, mine included, that have popcorn ceilings. Double-storey or homes with a concrete slab loft are often finished off with a popcorn plaster. Here's how to cover up a popcorn or textured ceiling.
Ongoing advances in technology have transformed the home entertainment industry. Demand is once again growing for a space that provides the best possible home entertainment experience.
Hard to believe that this spacious living space was just an attic space. The attic conversion added to an average 4-bedroom home and garage.
Tree stump tables are still making appearances in many homes as coffee table and side tables. There's a good reason for this... they are free!
Use printed or plain wallpaper and pine moulding or extruded polystyrene cornice to create a dramatic feature wall in a boring entrance.
After this weekend I had spare pieces leftover from the DIY Divas ottoman workshop and decided to show you an easy way to get the look of diamond-tufted upholstered pieces... with a small cheat!
An exclusive Victor Lidchi range of designer rugs, handmade pure wood rugs with embossed designs, that are manufactured specifically for children of all ages up to 12 years old.
I have done quite a few projects that look at how to dress up a plain hollow core door. I'm going to show you another way to dress up a standard hollow core door by cutting and fitting a frosted glass panel into the door.
In this DIY project we’ll show you how easy it is to transform plain hollow-core doors into a feature using inexpensive pine moulding.
Turn a plain hollow core door into a trendy barn-style door using pine and MDF strips and some Pattex No More Nails adhesive.
There are plenty of easy and affordable ways to give your home a cosmetic facelift. Much as you use make-up to doll up before leaving the house, you can do the same for your home using a few cost-effective design tricks.
Metallic foil wrapping papers offer a simple and affordable way to add the lustrous look of metal to any paintable surface. Metallic foil offers a great way to update any piece, whether you want to cover the entire surface or just accent a few select portions.
After living with a floor plan that just didn't work for this family, the walls between the tiny kitchen, dining room and sunroom were knocked down to create a large open plan space that is filled with colour and light.
I receive a lot of enquiries asking for advice on styling a coffee table and bookshelf and thought it might be nice to put together a collection of images for different ways to style a coffee table.
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.
Lending splendour to art museums around the globe and gracing the floors of fine hotels from Cape to Cairo, and homes of grandeur from Buckingham Palace to the White House, Persian carpets impart an aura of dignity and luxury wherever they are placed.
I have fallen in love with Lynn Morgan Design, who create the most striking 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.
While decorating a home for spring may not be on the cards as an annual task, every home needs freshening up and the arrival of spring is just as good an excuse as any.
Our decorative Shabby-Chic style privacy screen is an easy project that uses 6mm and 9mm supawood.
I'm sure there are many homeowners out there who will appreciate this feature showing ideas on how to clad a fireplace with reclaimed wood. There are more than a few dated and old fashioned fireplaces that could do with covering up, and why not make use of reclaimed wood.
It's easy to add colour to any room in the home using decor accessories. Shop around your favourite home decor stores and you will find decor accessories in bold, bright colours and patterns that make it easy to add a quick and easy dose of colour to liven up a room.
If you entry or hall lacks style perhaps you should think about adding a console table. A simple console table topped off with a few favourite accessories and you can add your own personal touch to the space.
Whether you read home decor magazines, watch home improvement TV shows, or browse the Internet for design ideas, you will have seen before and after's that show how to transform a plain room into a spectacular space on a limited budget and in no time at all.
Decorating a home isn't easy if you don't have an innate talent for bringing together different elements. Some people find it much easier to put together a collection of images - a mood board - of things they like and then use these as a guide in decorating a room.
Creating a cosy home isn't necessarily about turning up the heat but more about how you dress a home during the colder months so that it looks and feels warmer.
These days, when it comes to decor and style for a home, it seems that anything goes. Where eclectic was previously not considered as mainstream now, top international designers are combining old and new.
When you are living in a small apartment, flat, townhouse or house, finding extra space can be challenging. But there are quite a few ways of adding on extra space without spending too much money.
We have looked at ways to re-purpose a reclaimed door, or how to re-purpose old drawers, so how about even more ideas for repurposing a window frame.
Open plan living spaces might be a way to create a home that feels spacious, but it does have its disadvantages when it comes to creating a certain amount of privacy in living zones.
When it comes to keep out winter chills, something as simple as adding a window treatment can make all the difference. Adding blinds, curtain panels or drapes goes a long way towards helping keep a home warm during winter.
Here's a quick and easy DIY option to dress up a plain interior door. Use pine moulding or trim to add a framed fabric panel to doors.
Remove all the personal items from a home and you're left with a room that is sterile and unlived in. It's the little things that make a house a home, and decor accessories, soft furnishings and personal touches are what make a big difference.
Nancy, our resident DIY Divas, is busy doing improvements. One improvement is to knock down the wall at the side of the staircase and after looking at various alternatives I stumbled upon a rope bannister as an affordable way to finish off a staircase...
We have seen quite a bit of metallics used in home decor and this trend doesn't seem to be fading, as gold, silver and copper continues to show up on catwalks, and makes a feature in homes when used a wall tiles, textiles and decor accessories.
After curb appeal, the next best way to create a welcoming atmosphere in any home is at the entrance.
I know that there are many readers who will find this project interesting. Having previously posted on painting upholstered furniture, and receiving lots of enquiries on this topic, I thought it might be nice to share another painted upholstery project with you.
The Internet and online buying has brought about a change in the way we design our home interiors.
If you are living in a rental home this article will definitely interest you since we look at decorating with white and adding a splash of colour with accessories, art and soft furnishings.
If you feel that your house doesn't quite feel like home, or reflects a style that isn't comfortable that fits in with your lifestyle, perhaps you need to look at adding more personality to your living spaces.
The Ikea catalogue for 2014 might offer products that sadly aren't available to us here in South Africa, but that's no reason not to take ideas and inspiration.
Add unexpected drama and elegance to a plain dining room with a metallic ceiling trimmed with pine or supawood moulding.
By complete improvement, we refer to when a design leaves no gaps and feels like every element that makes up a room design is utilised to its maximum potential.
Top Do's and Don'ts when Designing Your Living Room.
Is there a way to functionally decorate a house in a way that looks snazzy but still honors the bike?
In this article, we discuss steps you can follow when buying furniture for your living room
We look at some creative ways to partition your open plan space into various areas.
Good furniture is what makes the space sparkle and spring with charm and serenity.
With all the modernizations and technological improvements of today’s time, wood burning stoves are a much better appliance than they once were.
Most apartments have rules on decorating but most apartments are also pretty lenient on your decor as long as you put everything back the way it was before you move out.
Decorating a home with high ceilings can be a challenge.
Here are some space-saving hacks that won't take too much effort.
Here are some tips that can make you feel comfortable when you’re away from home.
Making sure you prepare your house for pests and summer storms is the best way to ensure you spend your summer doing what you want to do, rather than trying to fix preventable problems.
Fall provides the perfect opportunity to revamp your home interior and we've got fantastic home makeover ideas.
There are five options that might make your life warmer and more comfortable, even in the frosty mornings.
To find out more about the evolution of open-plan living and how it affects you, we offer the following guide.
In this article we’re going to be running through a few tips on how to make your living room perfect.