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Darren Palmer answers the most commonly asked design questions


If you’re thinking about enlisting the help of an interior designer or stylist for your makeover, you’re probably got a few questions. If you’re thinking about enlisting the help of an interior designer or stylist for your makeover, you’re probably wondering … How much? This is a tricky question. It all depends on how much

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Darren Palmer’s Renovation 101: What you should know before you start


When you’re assessing a home improvement project, first things first, you need to spend time planning. Photo: Channel Nine You’ve just purchased a new home or an investment property and it’s a bit of a fixer upper, AKA a renovator’s delight – it needs some work. When you’re assessing a home improvement project, first things

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Darren Palmer’s advice on how to utilise dead space in the home


Making the most of a study nook in Austin Maynard Architects’ Tower House. Photo: Peter Bennetts In my home I have a random little space that sits outside both ours and our son’s bedrooms. It connects to a hallway that links the upstairs bedrooms and is an odd, leftover space that was once intended to

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Darren Palmer’s tips for achieving the magazine look at home


 If you want your home to look photo shoot-worthy, if even only temporarily, there are tricks to help. Photo: Armelle Habib A home less ordinary is much more achievable than you might think. Just look behind the designer curtain at some of the smoke and mirrors we use to make spaces shine as brightly as

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Darren Palmer: Top tips on where to get inspiration for your sense of style


There’s nothing quite as misguided in interiors as forcing a style onto a home that it clearly doesn’t suit. I’m a firm believer in creating homes that are appropriate. This applies to use, budget, the building and its heritage but also, and importantly, geographical location. That means creating homes that suit their environment. There’s nothing

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Darren Palmer’s ABCs of interior design


When you understand the origin of great design, and its basic vernacular, you’ll find it so much easier to apply to your own home. When you understand the origin of great design, and its basic vernacular, you’ll find it so much easier to apply to your own home. Here’s my quick and easy guide. Armoire

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