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RENOVATION PROJECTS | DESIGN | PRODUCTS

Outdoor living FROM POOL SAFETY TO ALFRESCO DINING

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TIPS AND PROJECTS TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE HOLIDAY READY ISSUE 113 | DEC / JAN EDITION 2021-22 SUNSHINE COAST >> 100% LOCALLY OWNED

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re you ready for Christmas? If you are anything like me, you will be writing lists, checking them twice, and trying to find the time to prepare your home for the holiday season. In this special edition of My Renovation, we focus on everything Christmas to provide a helping hand for all of your holiday projects and planning. You will discover that our resident expert columnist Cassandra Fenaughty has shared her advice for preparing your home for the holidays. Turn to page six. In Finishing touches and our Style features, you will discover pretty decorating ideas. Personally, we opted for a luxe pink and gold theme at home, which will carry from the tree to our dining table for the big event. If you are in need of some further inspiration be sure to turn to page 10 for tips on creating the ideal tablescape for the holidays. Plus we have a fun DIY project on page 26. Enjoy! We wish all of our readers and supporters a very happy holiday season. Take care.

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Quick cleaning

18 Outdoors Prepare for summer fun

22 Inspiration Memorable creations

26 DIY Please dispose of this magazine responsibly, by recycling after use.

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merry WORK Many Sunshine Coasters are looking forward to a productive Christmas break and time to tackle DIY projects around the house. My Renovation’s resident expert columnist Cassandra Fenaughty provides some DIY tips and inspiration for the summer holidays.

GET ORGANISED • The beginning of the Christmas break is a great time to have a big clean out and organise your home. When the home is tidy and organised you can sit back and enjoy the holidays without piles of “stuff ” annoying you every time you walk past them. • You might even be able to create some space for new appliances, clothes or toys the family may receive for Christmas. • Add a touch of style to your home by using baskets or feature boxes and storage

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containers during your tidy up. • Donate items in good condition to charity. Doing this before Christmas gives less fortunate families the chance to grab a bargain at their local op shop.

FINISH THINGS Rather than starting something new, perhaps it might be more rewarding to finish odd jobs that were started during the year. This might require less effort and bigger rewards than starting another new project.

STYLE A SPARE BEDROOM Most households are bound to host guests over the Christmas period. Why not refresh the guest room before they arrive? A coat of paint on the walls is often a great way to freshen up a room. Feature wallpapers are on trend too. To finish, clean up old pieces of furniture with a new colour or finish, and team up with a new bedspread and a few throw cushions.

“Keep the walls neutral and add colour in décor furnishings.”

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KITCHEN MAKEOVER If you are hosting a Christmas lunch or dinner, what would be nicer than cooking in a beautiful kitchen? • For a simple update swap out old cabinet handles for new updated styles. Team this up with matching pendant lights to really accentuate the look you want.

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GET READY TO ENTERTAIN With most entertaining happening outdoors, it’s time to have a big clean up in the garden. • Weed, trim and mulch your gardens for a fresh look. • Weed and feed your lawns so they are barefoot-ready. • Clean up alfresco areas. A good pressure clean of pavements and outdoor furniture is a must before the family Christmas lunch. • Store away external furniture and toys that aren’t used on a daily basis and treat yourself to some new accessories to brighten up your exterior spaces. Seating cushions, umbrellas and pot plants can all transform a space. more outdoor tips. Turn to page 18 for m

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The look: It may not be the most traditional Christmas theme, but pink and gold has become a mainstay in festive décor. White works well as a base, with colour added through servingware, cutlery and style accents.

The look: Start with a floral centrepiece and introduce other aspects of the theme through servingware, linen and complementary decorations.

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CHRISTMAS Christmas is the ideal time to take advantage of southeast Queensland’s warm summer weather, and many families will celebrate with an alfresco-style lunch. Here are some tips to help you prepare your outdoor space for the busy festive period.

SET THE TONE Hang outdoor Christmas lights and decorations in the surrounding garden and space to create a pretty and festive environment for you and your guests. Or, try scattering decorative lanterns around areas of the garden or deck and patio areas that will benefit from some additional light. TIP – for a quick and easy DIY project, line glass jars with inexpensive batteryoperated wire string lights.

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The key to creating a relaxed and comfortable alfresco dining area is to build from the table up. Once you have settled on your key piece – the dining setting – the rest will fall into place. The Primavera outdoor dining table from Domayne is beautifully crafted from recycled teak.

CHRISTMAS GREENERY

When dressing the table for your outdoor Christmas, begin with a neutral base and add colour. The Nimes white linen tablecloth from Linen House will bring a timeless look to the dining space.

Blend practicality with festive fun by combining two popular plants to brighten your outdoor dining area for the holidays. Citronella is a natural mosquito repellent, while poinsettia bring the colour of Christmas to your space. To ensure the poinsettia survives past the holidays, move it to a location where it will receive at least six hours of indirect sunlight each day.

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tablescape can be as simple as a run of garland and a few candle votives, or it can be an elaborate setup that mirrors the style of your tree. My tips for a magical table are in the small details, such as place cards so everyone feels welcome, nice napkins, and simple under plate chargers.

2. Ornaments: A traditional colour palette

of red, gold and silver is always timeless. Then there is the minimal Nordic look marked by bead garlands and handmade wood ornaments, or a glam metallic tree adorned with bronze and brass tones and lots of ribbon and trimmings. This year, black is a popular accent colour, as is a simple white and silver combo that has a winter wonderland feel.

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Sculpted from glass with decorative grooves, the luxurious Jarron Etnico low light-blue vase adds an elegant statement to your decor. It’s from Domayne.

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