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DESIGN INSPIRATION • EXPERT ADVICE • DIY PROJECTS • AND MORE

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Choose the right lights for your home

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DiY Drapes How to make Roman blinds

Life in HD What to look for in home entertainment

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It’s show time! The Star Home & Leisure Show has been running since 1999, and every year aims to be bigger and better than the last. The three-day show enables you to meet with the very people that will fix your house, improve your interior design and motivate you to try new and exciting technology. Come along to enjoy free demonstrations and be inspired by the products on display. With busy lifestyles led by many, there’s little time left to go trawling the shops and if you are going to let someone loose in your home, it’s that much easier once you’ve met them face to face. The Star Home & Leisure Show, brought to you by Window Treatments, makes it all possible. Plus, there are fantastic prizes up for grabs, including a $6000 Sensationz spa pool from 4 Seasons, a Stress-Free recliner from Simply Furniture and a week’s campervan hire thanks to the RV Super Centre. If you’re lucky, you could even leave $25,000 richer! It doesn’t get much better than that. So, make a diary note – be at Horncastle Arena the weekend of June 26-28. To get you through the short days and long nights, we’ve focused on lighting in this issue. Not only have we selected a few pendant lights available locally, our interior designer, Leeanne Kerr, has provided advice on how to choose the right type of light to suit its situation, environment, and effect you wish to portray. Graphic designer Narelle Denmead shows off her practical side as she takes on her own interior project, sharing with you how to make Roman blinds for $70. Just like our show, it’s not all about the home – it’s about your leisure time, too. In the following pages, you’ll find advice on nutritionally balanced food and drink options that will warm up your insides and we also set a new challenge. If you think you could handle it, check out Linda Moser’s experience of Clip ‘N Climb. However you spend the coming winter months, we hope we can provide you with plenty of inspiration to ensure you don’t miss the sun too much. See you at the show!

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What's inside: On display 5

Shining lights: prettify with pendants

Special feature 6

Sounds good: understanding homeentertainment options

Rebuild & renovate 8

Sustainable solutions: furnishings that do no harm 10 DIY drapes: a guide to making your own Roman blinds

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Light up your life: choosing the right lights and fittings

Fitness & leisure 13 Eating right: nutritious winter warmers 14 Going up: the Clip ‘N Climb experience

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Light up your life Home & Leisure looks at pendant lights that add the wow factor.

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4 1. Ollie Origami Pendant – large. Made from galvanised iron, this is a great option for the dining room. Available in gold or black. Large (540mm diameter) RRP $349; small (400mm diameter) RRP $299, from Out Of The Box, The Tannery. 2. Design House Industria Pendant – light black. Complete that industrial look with this simple addition. RRP $50, from The Warehouse. 3. Frandsen Multi Ball. A modern chandelier, this option has seven metal ball pendants (18cm diameter), mounted on black fabric cord. Available in copper or brass, for $1975, from Accent Lighting Ltd, 829 Colombo St. 4. Drake Cone Ceiling Light. This modern pendant in white fibreglass with a natural teak top, offers a refined look (300mm diameter). RRP $450. Available from Out Of The Box, The Tannery. 5. Frandsen Kobe New. With a moody, smoky glass, this pendant (30cm diameter) will compliment any room. Also available in copper. RRP $564, from Accent Lighting Ltd, 829 Colombo St. 6. Living & Co Gold Trap Metal Pendant. With a pleasing gunmetal finish, this number adds a great splash of gold. RRP $30, from The Warehouse.

Let there be Light As we head into the shortest days of the year, it is a good time to think about how you are lighting you home. Lights are now burning brightly morning and night and what they could really be doing is burning a hole in your wallet and the environment. Energy efficient lighting is nothing new, but the technology has certainly come a very long way since the first fluorescent pigtail-like light bulbs of a couple of decades back. Gone are the days when you switched on an ‘energy efficient’ light and had to wait for what seemed like the length of the dawn sunrise until you had about as much illumination as a wintery dusk. In today’s energy savvy world, energy efficient lighting is affordable and effective with plenty of options and incredibly efficient when it comes to annual running costs. There are various terms used to describe what’s available in lighting today. Incandescent light bulbs are the traditional bulbs with a filament that burns bright and hot. There are also Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s), Halogen

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lamps and Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s), which come in many forms and colours. If you are adding, changing or putting new lighting into your home, steer clear of anything that requires an incandescent bulb. The low upfront cost might seem attractive, but you’ll be replacing the bulbs on average 40 times more often than the most efficient lamps and in an average home the annual energy costs will be up to 400% higher.

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Top-of-the-range home theatre systems from most reputable companies now offer a ‘near cinematic’ experience when it comes to the audio, with a series of four (often wireless) speakers carefully positioned around the room producing that much sought-after ‘surround sound’ effect. With the addition of ‘vertical firing speakers’ – directing audio upwards to fill the room with rich sound (creating what some manufacturer’s call the ‘third dimension’) – coupled with ‘sound calibration technology’ (to make sound even more immersive and lifelike), it’s difficult not to be impressed with how far we’ve come. For those who want an enhanced audioTV experience without the expense of a full theatre system, a ‘soundbar’ might be a good option. Better than relying solely on the built-in television speakers, yet unobtrusive, the ‘soundbar’ contains a series of additional speakers and simply sits at the base of your TV screen to enhance the sound.

Looking good So, you’re wired for sound, now the visual choices are even more impressive. All modern flat-screen televisions put their cathode-ray ancestors to shame in terms of clarity and design. Gone are the bulky consoles of yesteryear, replaced

with sleek, space-saving screens that can be wall-mounted or free-standing. Ultra high-definition screens ensure breathtaking detail and are available in both LED/LCD and plasma formats. And if size is everything, then modern TVs are in a league of their own with some having screens up to 79 inches (that’s 2m!). For those wanting that little bit extra, some manufacturers produce large screens with a gentle curve (much like an old cinema screen), which claims to produce even more of a ‘wrap-around’ effect visually. Added to this mix are the exciting options for viewing 3D movies, specifically those such as Avatar, shot in 3D for cinematic release. Though watching these films still requires each viewer to wear a pair of lightweight, battery-operated glasses, it’s a far cry from the red/green glasses of old. Successful 3D technology has been around for a number of years now, but many of the newer 3D televisions also have the inbuilt ability to convert 2D programmes and films into 3D as well as upscaling lowerresolution video content into ultra high definition.

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Where to from here? The myriad of home-entertainment products available on the market means the current consumer is spoilt for choice, but it certainly pays to shop around and seek advice before committing to one particular system. Ensure the television screen is the right size for the room (the biggest may not necessarily be the most comfortable to watch) and make sure the technology you choose fulfils the needs of everyone in the family.

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Sustainable furnishings – become part of the solution Rebecca Lees highlights ways to be eco-savvy with furnishing choices built to last. Our homes are our havens. We like them to be stylish, comfortable and safe. However, safety can be a challenge these days with many new furnishings – from carpet to cushions and couches – being manufactured using toxic substances. The release of these substances into our homes not only endangers our health, but the wider environment, affecting others, too. We all have different lifestyles and budgets, but all it takes is a cursory amount of research to find more sustainable, healthier choices that enable you to rest easy.

Choose renewable, natural materials Trees act as huge lungs for our planet, absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. As well as cleaning our air, they keep the planet cool, stabilise soil, and provide a habitat for all manner of creatures. If sustainably managed, trees provide us with an everlasting supply of carbon-neutral building materials, which naturally decompose when we’re done with them. The key is to buy certified sustainable wood products. Other renewable materials to

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durable materials have a longer life All furnishings have a lifespan – the trick is to find high-quality items that will be used (not landfilled) for a long time. Often items we own break or wear out quickly, like cheap plastic. Some are even designed to do so! They are the materials to avoid, as they are less likely to be repairable or reusable, and are certainly not value for money. Buy less often and, when you do buy, choose items that can be taken apart and repaired, or recyled.

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Narelle Denmead shows you how to make your own thermal-backed Roman blinds.

MateRials • Thermal-backed curtain fabric • Thread • Plastic/brass rings • 20mm x 45mm length of wood • 10mm x 10mm length of wood • Cord • Cord toggle • Cleat • 20mm brackets with screws • Metal eye-hooks • PVA glue

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2. CalCulate the blind diMensions First, establish the head rail allowance. Head rail allowance = batten face + batten top + 3.5cm. Subtract head rail allowance from finished blind length to give amount of fabric to be folded. Decide on the approximate depth you would like the folds to be when the blind is pulled up (usually between 10cm and 25cm). Divide length of fabric to be folded by an odd number until you get an answer closest to your ideal fold depth. The odd number is now the number of pleat sections.

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1. Measure the window Decide if you want the blind to hang inside or outside the recess of the window. For inside the recess: Measure the drop from the top of the recess to the windowsill. This will give you the finished blind length. Measure the width of the window recess at three different heights and use the shortest width as your measurement. This will give you the finished blind width. For outside the recess: Decide where the batten that will support the blind will be fixed above the window. Mark the position of the top of the batten and measure down to the sill. This will give you the finished blind length. Measure the window at its widest point. If there is no architrave, add 12cm to give the finished blind an overlap of 6cm each side. This will give you the finished blind width.

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The number of “rod pockets” = number of pleat sections less 1, divided by 2. In this project, we have used seams in place of rods. If you want to add rods, ensure your pockets are wide enough to accommodate them and allow for the extra fabric required when calculating your fabric quantity. 3. CalCulate FabriC quantity Fabric cut width = finished blind width + 10cm Most fabric is 150cm wide, so if your finished blind width is less than 140cm wide, you will only need one width of fabric. If your finished blind width is greater than this, you will need more than one width. (number of fabric widths = cut width divided by fabric cut width, rounded up to next whole number.) Fabric cut drop = finished blind length + 5cm heading allowance + 9cm hem allowance + (number of “rod pockets” x 1cm) Fabric quantity required = number of fabric widths x fabric cut drop. *Make sure there will be enough fabric left over to cover the ends of the head rail. 4. Cut out FabriC Trim end of fabric so the selvedge edge (selffinished edge made to prevent unravelling) is at a perfect right angle to the end. From the top, measure down to the finished blind length and mark at multiple

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DIY points along the width of the fabric. Cut along this line, ensuring you are left with a square rectangle. Use this same process to cut the finished blind width. (If using multiple widths of fabric, repeat process and sew panels together so the rectangle ends up being the previously established fabric cut width. Remember to account for a 1.5cm seam allowance in these calculations.) 5. Make “rod poCkets” Turn blind face down. From the bottom, measure up 9cm and draw a line (this is your hem allowance). From this line, measure up the established fold depth. Draw a straight line at right angles to the side of the blind. Measure another line 1cm further up from the first and draw another horizontal line. Pinch fabric (right sides together) so these two lines come together. Pin along the seam and sew. Repeat process, measuring from the hemline every time so as not to compound errors. 6. sew sides and heM Turn in fabric 5cm on each side. Sew and press with iron. From the bottom, measure up each side and mark two horizontal lines, one at 4cm and one at 9cm. Fold up along the 4cm, then the 9cm line. Sew along the edge of the fold. Press. 7. attaCh rings With blind face down, mark positions on the sewn “rod pockets” to attach the rings. Rings should be 10cm from the sides and then spaced evenly across at 30-40cm intervals. Hand-sew on rings.

8. prepare head rail Cut the 20mm x 45mm piece of wood to be the same as the finished blind width. Cover the ends in extra fabric. 9. attaCh head rail Measure from the hem up to the finished blind length. At this point, draw a line across the back of the blind. Position the head rail’s bottom edge on this line. Wrap fabric above the line around the head rail and staple along the top. 10. attaCh eye-hooks Mark and pre-drill points for eye-hooks in line with the rings on the underside of the head rail. Screw in eye-hooks. Add one extra eye-hook, which will guide the pull cord, at the far end of the head rail. 11. attaCh pull Cord Starting at the farthest line of rings from the pulley end, tie cord to the bottom ring and thread up through the rings at each “rod pocket”, followed by the eye-hooks. Cut cord about 90cm down from the final eye-hook. Start again at the next line of rings, repeating process until blind is completely threaded. Tie a knot just after the final eye-hook. Thread all cords through the cord toggle and knot.

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Shed some light Leeanne Kerr explains the different ways to light up your home and the best ways to do so. IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Focus attention on special features using wallwashers. HaNGING arOuNd: Pendant lighting is an on-trend option.

When we’re decorating our home, paint colour and window-treatment choices might come more easily than decisions on lighting. These days there’s a huge range of choice. It’s not always intuitive, so we can’t picture the end result in our minds, yet it’s an important, and often expensive, part of the renovation. There’s been a lot of technical development in the field, and there’s a lot of jargon and technical language, but let’s leave that for now – the way eyes work hasn’t changed and what we do in our homes is the same, so lighting requirements remain constant. In general, these fall into three categories: •  General lighting: the basic background lighting we require to live comfortably

and move safely around the house. For most of us this resides on the ceiling. •  Task lighting: essential for any job involving close work. If you’re a reader, try a standard lamp behind your favourite chair; if you’re an in-bed reader make sure the bedside lamp will be up to the task. If you’re not planning wall or under-cupboard lighting in your kitchen, position lighting near walls above work surfaces. Lights in the centre of the ceiling will cause the cook to cast their own shadow over the work area – not ideal. •  Decorative lighting: how you can add interest, highlight art or special features, and make your house feel more homely.

industrial look, the highly decorative chandelier has been downsized to a mini, to fit modern-sized houses. •  Uplights: direct light up to the ceiling, which is reflected back into the room. They can be suspended from the ceiling, mounted on walls, be freestanding or table lamps mounted into the floor. •  Wallwashers: similar to uplights, they reflect light off the wall and are either ceiling or wall mounted. •  Spotlights: specialised lights that emphasise a particular space or object. There are too many different varieties to list here! •  Cupboard and drawer lighting: wired to turn on upon opening. While lighting for shelving and display cabinets has been common for years, cupboard and drawer lighting options are trending now. For ambience, other specialised lighting may just produce a warm soft glow – for example, a paper lampshade – or they can be decorative in themselves, such as those fantastic art nouveau or art deco lamps. There are a couple of final considerations that will affect your choices. The first is whether the level of light matches your requirements. If you’re not getting a lighting specialist in, take your lighting plan when selecting your lights to get some advice on whether your choices will be suitable. The other is the light source. The old incandescent bulb produced a warm yellow light, while fluorescent and halogen lights have a whiter light we perceive as harsher, but it is a better option if your hobby involves close work – sewing, drawing or painting. There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing the best lighting options for your home, but getting it right will make all the difference.

Think spotlights, table lamps, and coloured lighting. In the same way you use a mood board, a lighting plan is a great place to start your lighting renovation. To help check if your planned positioning is right, get someone to hold a portable workman’s light there and stand back to see the result. It’s harder to picture your lighting in 3D, but bear in mind that ceiling and high-mounted wall lights provide better general lighting, table lamps are more restful, and low- and floormounted lights are best for highlighting features. Also use your plan to decide where you need your light switches. You don’t need to have all your lights in a room working on the same circuit, you can group lights to different switches to achieve different moods and change lighting levels. While we’re on the subject of switches, consider whether you want them to add decorative effect, as there is a wide variety from which to choose. There is also a bewildering selection of light fittings. Roughly grouped: •  Downlights: can be recessed or semirecessed and some have adjustable eyeball fittings. They can also be flushmounted on the ceiling (some double as efficient flycatchers), or in the form of pendants. While recessed lighting has been the most common fitting for many years, pendants have been trending, particularly industrial styles. They direct light down and a group will provide efficient general lighting. Use a row over a table or worktop, or a single light for local lighting that won’t illuminate the whole room. •  Chandeliers: the king of decorative lighting. Trending in the complete opposite direction from the sleek-

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