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Better Homes and Gardens AustraliaBetter Homes and Gardens Australia

Better Homes and Gardens Australia November 2018

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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safe haven

Famous for their stylish renovations, Three Birds Renovations have created numerous dream homes. So when one of their own, Bonnie Hindmarsh, decided to create her family’s forever home, it was personal. Bonnie had been collecting ideas for her family home’s look and feel for years. Her ‘modern coastal barn’ white weatherboard home with wraparound verandahs would easily work on their five-acre block, but the location had its challenges. “Our biggest was that our site is in a BAL 40 rated bush fire zone,” says Bonnie. “We needed to use materials that are compliant.” Which is where the decision to use Scyon™ Linea™ weatherboard and HardieDeck™ came in. “We knew it looked great, but it’s also BAL 40 rated and termite resistant, so it was a no-brainer,” says Bonnie.MADE FOR LIVINGHardieDeck™…

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welcome to november

Grow your own meadow of flowers. How exquisite!One of the food trends we’re loving right now is all of us are trying – no, indeed fully intending – to become cooking experts in all manner of international cuisines. Asian recipes are enjoying a real run for their money – we’re even rolling up sushi in seaweed at home ourselves – who would have thought! And Italian, of course, is right up there as a perennial favourite, Spag Bol being in the top three or four recipes we cook each night across Australia. But Greek? It’s too delicious for words but it’s a little unsung and certainly there are not enough Greek restaurants across the country to thrill our palates with the very tasty dishes. So to fix this right up…

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here comes summer!

Soak up summertime and enjoy your great outdoors to the full. Whether you’re relaxing with a good book, enjoying lunch with family or chatting with friends over evening drinks, make this your place where life is sweet. No matter the size of your garden, patio or courtyard, be inspired by these decorating and landscaping ideas to create your own heavenly haven.2 A waterfall in the garden? Yes, please! Create as big a rockery as you can and let the water flow. It’s a great way to make the most of a sloping site, too. A bit short on space? Buy a freestanding fountain and surround it with foliage, foliage, foliage, in pots or in the ground.3 Lead guests up the garden path… to a fab feast. Make use of a…

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out and about

2 Have food, can travel! Make food wraps, covers, napkins and more in spring fresh fabrics, then fill a basket with all you need for a long lazy lunch outdoors or a picture-perfect picnic.Spring is made for relaxing afternoons lounging outside – in your garden, on your balcony or at the park – and eating alfresco. Food just tastes better in the fresh air! To create a truly wonderful spread, check out these easy projects for you to sew and show!3 Lay the table – and set the mood – with an organised chaos of colour. Impress everyone with a made-by-you tablecloth, placemats and napkins, and use shapely, textured plates – check out charity shops. PS, you can get metallic cutlery sets for about $20 at homewares stores.4 No flies…

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your summer meadow garden

Plant out a yard full of flowers, instead of grass do you have a bland area of lawn that you want to turn into a little piece of paradise this summer? Then why not create a meadow garden in your backyard! As long as you choose a selection of tough and hardy flowers, and set it up in the right way, it can be an easy-to-maintain and beautiful landscape feature.Imagine masses of brilliant flowers for months on end, with birds, butterflies and bees visiting the habitat you’ve created. Basically it’s a flower bed – but one that sits where a lawn normally would. So ditch the weekend mowing and create a feature that will be the talk of the neighbourhood.2 Marigolds, in all their types, make marvellous meadow flowers. Here,…

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11 best blooms

GomphrenaBrachyscomeZinniaAmaranthusSunflowerCelosiaGaillardiaCleomeMarigoldCosmosStaticeChoose flower species that are hardy, bloom for a long time and offer a variety of heights and colours. Here is a list of the best in your meadow.• Gomphrena• Brachyscome• Zinnia• Amaranthus• Sunflower• Celosia• Gaillardia• Cleome• Marigold• Cosmos• StaticeWords Brent Wilson; photography Brent Wilson, Alamy ■…