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I REVIEW THIS WEEK’S KITCHENS FROM THE BLOCK


Kitchen Week is one of my favourites on the show and this series’ Freedom kitchens were no exception. The level of creativity blew me away and here I explore each kitchen and list out my favourite elements. Apartment 1 – Karlie & Will: “Industrial meets Deco” The pair’s ‘In-deco’ design strikes a perfect balance between

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CHALLENGE KITCHEN: NEW HERITAGE


In my last blog, I wrote that the level of creativity displayed in the kitchens on this season of The Block had blown me away. Then, just when I thought I’d seen it all, the incredible kitchen from the ‘Challenge Apartment’ was revealed. To me, it was worthy of a 10 – and my fellow

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Top tips laundry design


Imagine a laundry room where everything you need is at your fingertips. Where clutter is kept cleverly out-of-sight! On the recent series of The Block, the contestants cleaned up with their laundry design. My fellow judges and I were thrilled to see six very different and exciting designs that really pushed the envelope – showing

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Darren Palmer’s top 5 style picks from his new homewares collection


Darren Palmer’s top 5 style picks from his new homewares collection Get the designer’s laidback luxe look with pieces from his new range of homewares. Sep 28, 2017 10:22am Darren Palmer is best known as a TV personality and judge on The Block, but this is only one of his many gigs. The interior designer

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Darren Palmer’s guide to interior lighting


Darren Palmer’s guide to interior lighting The strength, style and colour of your interior lighting can make or break a room. Here are some basic principles to light your way, writes Darren Palmer. Jul 24, 2017 10:12am Given that the whole world is a stage, what would we do without stage lighting? Consider the drama

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Darren Palmer’s home storage solutions for small spaces


Darren Palmer’s home storage solutions for small spaces The right storage can change your life and it doesn’t need to break the budget. Jun 06, 2017 7:30pm Convertible furniture Some years ago, a friend of mine purchased a coffee table that, with the click of a lever, elevated to dining-table height. It wasn’t overly beautiful

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How to get the perfect paint finish


How to get the perfect paint finish Choosing a palette is important but selecting the right finish gets you across the line, writes Darren Palmer, whose colour preferences run warm to cool. Oct 07, 2016 7:15am Go anywhere near a hardware store on a long weekend and you’ll see people buzzing about, dipping in and

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Masterclass: beautiful bathrooms


Masterclass: beautiful bathrooms A well-designed bathroom will deliver daily pleasure. Follow Darren Palmer’s guide to create a space that looks good and works wonders. Mar 07, 2016 10:02am The bathroom is one of the home’s hardest-working spaces, and increasingly a place for relaxation and retreat. So how do you create a bathroom that is ultra-functional

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Darren Palmer’s top interior design tips


Darren Palmer’s top interior design tips Interior designer Darren Palmer shares how to use focal points to influence the way you view and experience your home. Mar 22, 2018 6:30pm Take a masterclass in how to introduce focal points into your home. Photo: Scott Hawkins / bauersyndication.com.au Have you ever walked into a room and

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5 tips from an award-winning interior designer


5 tips from an award-winning interior designer Fresh from her Top 50 Rooms win, interiors expert Joanne Lawless shares her renovating advice. Oct 05, 2016 11:00am This stunning family room in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs was awarded Room of the Year. Photography by Justin Alexander. The judges were all in agreement that this year’s Australian House

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