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ho else is looking forward to the Christmas break to spend some time around the house? Life is busy and too often, as a result, we neglect those odd jobs at home. The to-do list builds up and before you know it, you are feeling overwhelmed with all of those projects you need to start and finish. This is why we have devoted this month’s special Christmas edition of My Renovation to sharing tips and ideas to assist you in getting organised at home. Not only will this ensure that you are house ready for any holiday visitors, but you will begin the new year fresh. For those who are excited about the upcoming holiday, we have also included plenty of style tips and advice to ensure your home is in the festive spirit. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers and supporters. The My Renovation team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018. We look forward to continuing our renovation journey with you in the new year.
24 Cover story .............................6 Preparing for the holidays
Kitchen ...................................8 Summer trends
Bedroom ..............................10 Styling your guest bedroom
Style............................................12 Get in the Christmas spirit
Expert advice............................14 Tips from Emilia Johnston
Outdoors ...................................18 New products from Stihl
DIY .............................................20 Cleaning and updating your deck
Outdoors ...................................22 Planting for shade
Dining........................................24 Christmas table styling
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Finishing touches....................26 Tips, advice and style
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PREPARING YOUR HOUSE FOR THE HOLIDAYS Itâ€™s starting to feel a lot like Christmas. Whether you are hosting an event or have guests staying, we have some tips to get your house ready for the festive season.
OUTDOORS The sun is out in force year round on the Coast, but in summer time it can pack a punch and have a huge impact on your garden. Finding the right balance in your garden can make or break it in the warmer months. Here are our tips for greening up your gardens to impress neighbours, family and friends. Water is one of the biggest challenges gardeners come up against this time of the year. The heat quickly saps the life from potted plants, while heavy rains from summer storms can drown them. There are some plants you can turn to that enjoy dry conditions and are therefore ideal for the gardener who may not remember to water their potted plants regularly in the summer months. They include dwarf bougainvilleas, dipladenias and succulents, which are great in pots of all shapes and sizes. Looking for hardy, drought-tolerant plants for the garden is also essential if you are looking for a low-maintenance arrangement.
This doesnâ€™t mean that you have to sacrifice aesthetics. Petunias, portulaca, salvia, dianthus, zinnias, vinca and marigolds provide some great summer colour because they love the heat and will flower for months. Hardy perennials like agapanthus, angelonia, geraniums, mandevillas, hibiscus and sunpatiens are also great choices for beautiful flowers, while Chinese star jasmine, gardenias, magnolia Little Gem and frangipanis will also give you a summer fragrance every time you step into your backyard. Growing from seeds is ideal at this time of the year and is a cheaper option if you are plating out a large area. But seedlings are also readily available if you cannot wait to see that splash of colour in the garden. Even the hardiest of plants will need a good soil base and regular watering in the first couple of weeks to help them establish. Then you can pretty much leave them to flourish.
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INDOORS Clean – It’s that dreaded chore, but one that will leave you feeling great – your house will look terrific too. Set time aside to wash down the walls, clean airconditioning vents and wipe over ceiling fans. The more clogged an airconditioning filter is, the harder it has to work to keep the house cool. We recommend removing the filters, taking them outside and giving them a good shake or brush down. Next, wash them in some warm soapy water and rinse. Be sure that the filters are completely dry before
reinstalling. Quick fixes – Replace burnt-out light bulbs, mend any torn window screens and update any broken door handles or locks. Declutter – This is a big one in the lead up to Christmas. Clean out the kids’ rooms or toy room and donate any unused or unwanted toys and books. Look for a quick tidy-up fix and invest in some storage. We like stylish baskets, toy boxes and shelves.
COOL OFF Nothing says summer like a dip in the family pool. But, before you cool off, there are a few jobs you will need to do to get the pool summer ready. Firstly, check the fence to make sure it is safe and not in need of repair. Replace old gate latches and update CPR signs. Remove any nearby furniture and prune back trees or vegetation that could be used by young children to climb over the fence.
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KITCHEN // Minimalism The minimalist, less-ismore trend will continue, but will gravitate towards displaying kitchen necessities and décor items on open shelves. So pull out your cookbooks and favourite crockery and decorate with some potted herbs or flowers to create a homely feel.
Shiny finish When it comes to the hardware, brass and polished chrome will continue to be the favourites this summer with both finishes also being heavily used in sink tapware.
Emerging trends for summer With a change of season comes a change of trends and there are a few ways you can get ahead of the curve ball if you are looking at renovating your kitchen. Natural timbers are the flavour of the season with exposed wood joinery taking over.
Colour it A neutral palette is one everyone can appreciate and grey, taupe and greige will continue to be popular colour choices. Those who are looking to spice things up in the kitchen should gravitate towards shades of blue, moss or sage green. Add pops of colour by updating benchtops or replacing under-bench cupboards while keeping overhead cupboards a neutral colour.
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Getting the guest bedroom ready Christmas time usually means family and friends travel to visit and your guest bedroom may be their destination. There are some simple things you can do to create a cosy and comforting environment for your guests, which will make their stay even more enjoyable.
Make the bed comfy Offer a selection of pillows in different profiles. Some people prefer low pillows as they sleep on their backs, while others who sleep on their sides require higher pillows. Placing a couple of different options on the bed means they’ll be comfortable at night.
Dress it up Once the room has been cleaned and the bed made, you can add some finishing touches. You could place a little vase of flowers, a lamp and tissues on the bedside table.
Sheets and duvets that sit in cupboards can start to smell stale, so be sure to wash the sheets, covers and air out the duvet before your guests arrive.
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HOLIDAY INSPIRATION Has it been a while since you updated your Christmas decorations? Or, are you like the team at My Renovation, buying a select few each year? Either way, we have some ideas to deck your house out with style. Out of the box Gone are the days of limited decoration options. Today, you can purchase hanging decorations in all shapes, sizes and styles. Animal lovers will like the range available at Domayne. Pictured are the Roy Caterpillar and Parker Penguin ornaments.
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Don’t overdo it Sometimes less is more. It comes down to individual style and preference. Those who like the minimalistic Scandi style may choose to scale back decorations. Selecting a few simple pieces that evoke emotion or the spirit of Christmas can look as great as a glitzy, twinkling tree.
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The Why? On any given day across Australia hundreds of property owners will be deliberating over whether to renovate their property. Their motivations for doing so will vary with some seeking to increase space, others wanting to renovate for profit, some hoping to restore a home to former glory or others simply hoping to avoid the hassle of moving house. This is a dilemma I have faced firsthand. Ever since I invested in my first property at 23 it’s been a question of hold, fix or sell? Ultimately, the answer to this real estate quandary usually lies in the question of why. In my first column for My Renovation, we’re going to start from the beginning of the renovation process and consider the why behind your renovation. You may have acquired your
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The first step is to give the deck a sweep to clear away dirt and leaves. Use a stronger bristled brush if you have a lot of debris build-up. Now that the deck is clear, give it a wash down. You can get specialised timber deck cleaners from your local hardware store or you could use sugar soap for concrete or tile decks. Be sure to mix to the correct measurements and wear gloves and a mask. Once you’ve scrubbed the deck down with the cleaner and left it for the nominated time on the product instructions, get out the high pressure cleaner and blast off all of the dirt and grime. Have a well-earned drink while the deck dries. If you have a tile or concrete deck, your job is now done. But if you have a timber deck, get out some stain or paint and give it another coat or two to really make it look like new.
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TIP – TILES Grout is the hardest element of a tiled deck to keep clean, because it is so porous. To make sure your cleaning efforts are maximised, use a soft or medium-bristled toothbrush with your cleaner and get right into the crevices between the tiles.
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OUTDOOR // Choosing shady spots Summer time is ideal for selecting where in your garden you would like to introduce some shade. This is because the sun moves in different ways throughout the other three months of the year, so you won’t know how effective your shade tree will be when the sun is at its hottest. Remember to keep clear of your home, fence lines and underground infrastructure if you are wanting to plant a large shade tree. Check the growth dimensions of the plant species to ensure it won’t overgrow your garden. Popular evergreen varieties include tree waratah and tulipwood. If you don’t want to lose the all-important winter sun in your garden, consider deciduous varieties that will give you the best of both worlds, some of the most popular varieties are tabebuia and maple.
Installing an irrigation system will help maintain your lawn’s health during the summer months. Sprinkler systems are convenient, assist in conserving water and are time efficient.
The only FACELIFT you’ll ever need. Transform your kitchen with replacement doors, drawer fronts, benchtop and splashback.
LOW COST - Save heaps. Pay a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen by keeping your existing cabinetry.
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A time and cost effective way to get a new kitchen with a kitchen facelift!
Find out how you can have your dream kitchen and save heaps, call 1800
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FINISHING TOUCHES TO YOUR
OUTDOOR SPACES ALUMINIUM SLAT SCREENING
ALUMINIUM SLATTED SCREENS AND GATES We stock a full range of patented non-weld aluminium screens and gates • DIY Kits cut to size • Ideal for Bin Enclosures • In stock at the best prices • Offering fast turn around • Locally based on the Sunshine Coast • Design and installation options available
ALUMAWOOD FINISH • Low maintenance unlike timber slats • Concealed ﬁxing for screens and gates • Merbau or Western Red Cedar timber image
• Genuine Australian Interon powder coat in 5 popular colour ﬁnishes black, monument, woodland grey, silver and surfmist.
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• Australian designed & patented system • Made in Australia, the slats simply push into the precision machined patented side frames and are held in position. (No need to weld or screw each slat).
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Back to nature One thing is certain this year – there is a focus on nature when it comes to styling. Tables will be adorned with greenery including a range of soft and dark tones mixed with timber and elements such as pinecones and twigs.
FESTIVE TABLE Dress up your dining table this Christmas with these festive ideas.
Sophistication This is one of our favourite table settings. It’s modern, sophisticated and incorporates natural elements. We love the mix of gold, silver, white and blue.
Toned down This table setting incorporates environmental elements but in a simplified style. The timber placemats, pine cones and fresh cuttings work well with the subtle and pretty lighting.
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DESIGN LIFESTYLE WE LOVE Even though the Sunshine Coast is well on the way to summer, a white Christmas is as close as visiting Domayne. The homewares store has everything you need to create a winter-inspired wonderland in your home this season.
Coastal Vintage online store is a unique specialised shop filled with all those beautiful vintage, hard-to-find things perfect for a coastal home, restaurant, bar or cafe. With a warehouse based in Noosa, they have everything from brass and glass to shells and bells.
The winners of The Block 2016, Deanne and Darren Jolly, continue to flex their muscles in the industry. The husband and wife team combine their skills as a builder and interior designer to transform vintage properties into modern masterpieces.
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BLIND & SHUTTER SOLUTION CENTRE Plantation Shutters Roller Blinds Roman Blinds Sun Screens Timber Venetian Blinds Exterior Blinds Exterior Shutters SPEAK TO ONE OF OUR EXPERIENCED CONSULTANTS FOR A FREE MEASURE AND QUOTE
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For all your around the house jobs this FESTIVE SEASON Call into Lifetime Timbers and talk to Cam, Kelly and Rob for great advice on all your timber needs.
Closing Friday Dec 22 and re-open Tuesday Jan 2
Cam & Kelly
If you are looking for fair dinkum advice on timber, have a chat with Cam, Kelly and Rob. Lifetime timbers has been giving the best advice on all things timber since 1942.
• Sleepers pine and hardwood • Decking • Garden edging • Plywood • Structural hardwood and pine • Fencing • Screening • Timber Slabs • Cypress Posts • Hardware • Pre-mix concrete bags • Gates made to order
Locals looking after locals Corner of Production and Bearing Ave Warana Open Monday to Friday 6.30am to 4pm - Saturday 7.30am to 12noon
Phone: 5493 8022
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finishing touches Advice and ideas to turn your renovation into a home.
A LITTLE BLING
There is something truly magical about dressing up your home for Christmas. Why not draw inspiration from this and introduce a few staple pieces that reflect your love for the season? We are talking about splashes of gold, red and white. It is sophisticated and will work in your home year round.
The Aria set of three gold jars can be used for kitchen, living room or bathroom storage. Whatever the room, it will add a little bling. They are from Raw Sunshine Coast.
The luxe Beaker gold table lamp is tall, slim and elegant. It will bring sophistication to any room. It’s from Domayne. Visit domayne.com.au
A MODERN FINISH
We offer a wide range of tiling services. Specialising in supply and installation.
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WE LOVE The Jingle mug in gold is from Salt &Pepper.
BRIGHTEN UP Brighten up your walls with this cute print from Harvey Norman. The I’m Watching You framed print is quirky and will add interest to your home. Visit harveynorman.com.au
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Green is another popular Christmas colour. This dining room perfectly executes the use of emerald green and rose gold tones. It is modern and oozes sophistication.
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SCANDI INFLUENCE DESIGNER ADVICE DECORATION DREAM You’ve set up the Christmas tree and hung the usual decorations, but something just doesn’t feel right. Well, we’ve dug up some cute and quirky décor items to help give your home that extra festive touch.
How gorgeous is this Christmas shelfie? It is the work of US interior designer Nicole Gibbons who says it’s the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit without going over the top. Follow Nicole on Instagram: nicolegibbonsstyle.
Dress up your table this Christmas with the Scandi Tree table top decoration. It steps away from the traditional style with a modern yet intricate design. It’s from Domayne.
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Per fect Christmas gift ideas
The teal and gold Finial ornament is from Harvey Norman.
tip BACK TO NATURE Christmas doesn’t have to be all about red, green and tinsel. This natural brown garland is a sweet and simple salute to the holiday. It’s from Raw Sunshine Coast.
Think outside the box when it comes to wrapping and presenting gifts. Use brown paper, tie with red and white twine and garnish with twigs and leaves.
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