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Better Homes and Gardens Australia August 2015

Better Homes and Gardens - full of ideas, inspiration and information for you and your family. Every issue of Better Homes and Gardens is packed with inspiring, affordable and achievable ideas plus step-by-step projects for all areas of your home and garden.

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13 Issues


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change in the air

Your home environment is constantly changing with the activities of everyday life. This can make it hard to appreciate your home as a place of comfort. Scent brings an invisible dimension to your home that reminds you why you love being there, and now Air Wick has brought the home fragrance experience to the next level with its new Life Scents range. Each multi-layered fragrance is constantly changing so, just as in real life, you catch hints of changing scents as if on a breeze. It’s available in three uplifting fragrances that take your senses to a place you’ll love to be, at home. AVAILABLE IN THREE FRAGRANCES Turquoise Oasis With hints of driftwood, sea spray and warm breeze. Mystical Garden With notes of raspberry, rose and marshmallow. Winter Moments Featuring baked pear, pie crust and vanilla.…

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editor’s letter

Mum worked through the week, so weeknights we’d have fairly staple fare – meat and three veg. But come Saturday, she would put her culinary skills to use making the most delicious cheese and spinach pie (Spanakopita) – my mouth waters just thinking of it. She’d even make her own phyllo (filo) pastry, though it wasn’t long before she could buy it ready-made in the shops, cutting her prep time immeasurably. Any wonder I’m tempted by the spiced lamb and eggplant spiral pie on page 89? It’s set to become a family fave! This issue is packed with so many amazing feats of pastry – which one will be first on your table? Be sure to bake a double batch because you’ll need enough fuel for the little (and big) projects…

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ideas notebook

1 Bold adventure Turn to rich grey for your walls and you dial up a serene, sophisticated and undeniably sexy mood. But don’t stop there. Paint (or carpet) your floor a deep teal for a whole new look that works because it’s the same intensity as the wall colour. A pale grey ceiling, rug and other light touches prevent these darker forces from taking over. Berry-bright art, pillows and flowers add kick. And for the pièce de résistance, a jewel-green velvet sofa is as refreshing as mint tea! Fear green not – it’s nature’s neutral. Stockholm three-seat sofa in Sandbacka Green, $1499, IKEA. 2 Dream team Decorate your bedroom to be as restful a retreat as it can be, with plenty of space to display your favourite decorative accents. Stash personal items out…

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hang it all!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – but if it’s hanging in the wrong place, it risks being drowned out. And that goes for mirrors, too. There’s no real mystery to displaying framed works to maximum effect, but a few simple tips can make all the difference between ho-hum and that head-turning sense of having got it exactly right. 1 The main event So you’ve splashed out on a painting that you really love? Great start! Now create a palette of colours from the picture itself and refer to that when choosing furniture, fabrics, wall paint and accessories. The result will be an eye-catching focal point in instant harmony with its surroundings. 2 Shelf life Narrow shelves are an ideal solution for displaying a series of smaller paintings and photographs. Instead…

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the best of both worlds

The new LG SmartWasher lives up to its name. It has the convenience of a top loader with a wide glass lid so you can keep an eye on your wash, but also has the features you’d usually associate with a front loader. Utilising 6 Motion™ Direct Drive technology, the drum moves in a range of customised motions, to mimic the motion of handwashing. There’s no central agitator to tangle your clothes, and this also allows more space for bulkier items like pillows or doonas. You call the shots from the touch buttons, and it’s all backed up by the LG 10-Year Direct Drive Motor Parts Warranty. STAIN AND ALLERGEN CARE A washer with its ow heater? Now that s smart. The LG SmartWasher s o board heate gives yo the option…

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the shape of quilts to come!

Eager to jump on board the quilting train? Step right up because these modern wonders are just the ticket! You can make all these designs in easy-to-source solids or tone-on-tone prints. Just choose your style: quick and easy squares and rectangles, or a more complex adventure to challenge your skills. And for the wool gang there’s a classic quilt converted to an easy knit. Let’s go! Solid as a block 1, 2. If you’ve made a quilt before and are looking for a show stopper, look no further than this mid-century inspired wonderland of colours and shapes. Made with solids to keep things contemporary, it has plenty of block variations to keep you interested as you stitch! Stacks of colour 3. Made in cotton solids, this quick, easy-to-cut and easy-to-stitch quilt can be yours,…