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Better Homes and Gardens Australia January 2021

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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1 min
happy new year!

But as we head towards the blank canvas that is 2021, I can feel a sense of optimism. This year we embraced our home lives like never before, with record interest in DIY, cooking, craft, gardening and more. It’s been lovely to see such a tactile focus, and I think it’s helped to keep us grounded. We’ll continue to provide an abundance of inspirational ideas into the new year. But first, if you’re planning a final hurrah for 2020, we’ve got you sorted with stylish party ideas (page 32), a magnificent ‘cheat’s’ menu for easy entertaining (page 12) — and yes, delicious cocktails (page 30)! For lovers of projects, it’s time to pick up your tools for a summer of DIY, from an outdoor retreat (page 82) and spruced-up sleep…

14 min
super simple celebrations

are you ready for your easiest-ever season of entertaining? Forget slaving away in the kitchen – the secret to creating Instaworthy spreads is a little ‘cheating’, by way of savvy supermarket shopping. All you need to do is pick up festive fab food that just needs a zhoosh and your catering is done. And the best bit? No one will ever guess you didn’t make these drool-worthy dishes from scratch. It’s party time! OPT FOR A ROAST THAT’S OVEN READY TO HELP MAKE YOUR ENTERTAINING PREP TIME EASY BREEZY INDIVIDUAL ETON MESS Preparation time 10 mins Cooking time nil Serves 6 2 cups frozen raspberries600ml thickened cream2 tsp vanilla bean paste500g Coles pavlova250g punnet strawberries, slicedRose Persian fairy floss, to serve STEP 1 Set aside 1 cup frozen raspberries and allow to thaw, then roughly mash with…

1 min
champagne cocktails

“Pop a cork and pour your best bubbly over sweet and zesty flavours” CHAMPAGNE APEROL PUNCH Preparation time 10 mins Serves 8 In a large punchbowl, combine 750ml chilled sparkling white wine or champagne, 2 cups chilled lemonade, ½ cup Aperol and 2 thinly sliced oranges. Serve over ice. STRAWBERRY AND HIBISCUS CHAMPERS Preparation time 5 mins Serves 8 Divide a 250g punnet of strawberries, hulled, between champagne glasses, top with ¼ cup hibiscus syrup (from hibiscus flowers in syrup), ⅓ cup gin and 750ml sparkling wine, chilled. LYCHEE, MINT AND PASSIONFRUIT CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL Preparation time 10 mins Serves 8 Drain lychees from 560g can lychees, retaining ¼ cup syrup. Place in a large jug with 750ml chilled sparkling white wine or champagne, pulp from 2 passionfruit and ⅓ cup mint leaves. Stir and serve. CHAMPAGNE COSMO Preparation time 10 mins Serves 8 In a large…

3 min
one enchanted evening…

1 MIDNIGHT SPARKLER! On the stroke of midnight, serve celebration cocktails with a glittering gold mini sparkler to mark the occasion in style! 2 FANTASY AFFAIR A garland of green, fairy lights and paper tabletop trees add up to a magnificent centrepiece for a sit-down celebration. A white and a pretty coral and blush tone-on-tone colour scheme is as elegant as it is glam! Entertaining in the festive season can stretch from Christmas Day until New Year’s Eve. And let’s not forget the recovery party on New Year’s Day! For an event to remember, go all out with honeycomb paper decorations (no making required), glittering baubles and prettily wrapped take-home gifts. And the key to a stress-free party? Good company (as restrictions allow), great music and a well-stocked self-serve bar so your guests can…

3 min
my kind of comfortable

1 LAIDBACK LIVING Pull together a living room so comfortable no-one will ever want to leave. Start with a base piece that packs a powerful design punch – a well-constructed, neutral and roomy modular sofa, great for dozing. Mix and match leather and soft fabric upholstery for contrast. Then toss in a throw or two for covering up and plenty of colourful cushions with patterns and textured details – weaves, fringes, tassels, embroidery – you can cuddle up with. To inject your personality and a little bit of you into the space, surround yourself with your favourite art, objects, accessories and books. All in all a welcoming space that’s not overly precious. 2 ON THE SIDE Increase the comfort level of your living space with side tables close to your sofa or armchair…

1 min
better decorating

AND SO TO SLEEP Treat your bedroom to this oversized, Australian-made bedhead with integrated shelves. Made from American oak, it’s the ultimate in minimal Scandi style. Hugo 1-shelf queen bed frame; Hugo 1-drawer bedside tables, domayne.com.au. LET’S ILLUMINATE Enhance the mood at your next dinner party with freestanding shapely candles. Maison Balzac Gabrielle 20cm candles in Sky, Sable or Pink, $19 each, aurahome.com.au. Coastal cool Create a charmingly relaxed dining setting to enjoy many a lunch alfresco. It’s easy with the Hamptons dining table 220cm in White, $1299; Megs wishbone chairs in White, $199 each, ozdesignfurniture.com.au. COFFEE ANYONE Can’t wake up properly before you’ve had a shot of perfectly brewed espresso? All you need is the Lavazza A Modo Mio Smeg Capsule Coffee Machine in Cream, $349, harveynorman.com.au. Buzz free Mosquitoes can be annoying, from their persistent buzzing to…