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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 LIVING HardieDeck™…

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welcome to november

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 and give you recipes which could and…

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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. “Add a Mediterranean feel using yellow and blue paints” DESIGN TIPS • Frame your sitting area with pillars, columns or even trees and create a grand entrance – ‘ta-dah!’. Further set the stage with a colourful painted wall behind.• Break up large areas of paving to soften the look. Add seams of coloured pebbles between paver rows, or lift selected pavers and fill the spaces with mondo grass.• Your outdoor room doesn’t…

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out and about

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! i FOR SHOPPING DETAILS, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE “Spring is the perfect time to take a day out and spend it with friends” Instructions on page 178 i FOR SHOPPING DETAILS, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE…

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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. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SITE A meadow by definition is an open sunny…

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get your plants for free

beautiful blooms don’t have to cost a bomb or take up all your time. Add colour and energy to your garden scene with low-maintenance lovelies you can simply lift and divide, to make more plants for free! Here are three hardy plants to grow for a fabulous flower show year after year. HOW TO GROW THEM Clumping plants grow from tubers or rhizomes and so are easy to propagate by division. You can lift a clump of these types of plants and move it to a different location in the garden or pot up. The plants will spread and grow to fill the empty spot. It’s best to divide them in late winter or early spring, otherwise you’ll need to wait until after they have finished flowering in autumn. • Agapanthus are dry…