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Darren Palmer: How to find the perfect white paint


One of the most common, and frustrating, questions I’m asked is which white is right when it comes to paint colour choice. The answer, as with most design quandaries, isn’t that simple. The environment of a colour changes its appearance, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution as different environments with different light temperatures and qualities affect

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Darren Palmer’s tips on how to create an inviting bed


It should be said that life is too short to spend it making your bed. I feel the same way about ironing, but this isn’t the arena to air my crumpled laundry. Truth be told though, there are times when you want to put your best foot forward when showing off your home – whether it be

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Darren Palmer: How to renovate your period home the right way


Period homes can be a gift but they come with a considerable amount of responsibility. There was a whole era through the 1980s when a lot of beautiful old buildings were “modernised”, removing any trace of the details that make the architecture special. Art deco ceilings and cornices, ornate fireplaces, Federation details – or whatever

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Darren Palmer’s essential bathroom checklist for DIY renovators


The difference between a great bathroom and a not-so-wonderful one is clear to anyone who has ever navigated the minefield of obstacles in the dark as they made their way through the house in the middle of the night to have a bathroom break, or been crammed into a too-small shower stall. The struggle is

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