Garden and Outdoors

Tips on Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency in our homes, passive design and considering the way we consume power, are things many of us know are important in our everyday lives, for both the planet and our own resources. The idea that we can just keep consuming energy as fast as possible, with no consequence, is really over. In Australia…

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Little Hipster Upcycled Cubbies & Playhouses

Upcycled Timber Cubby Houses from Little Hipster Kubbies

Do you remember the magic of a great cubby house? As kids my sister and I used to create them from whatever was available including the large peppercorn tree in our backyard where we spent ours with hours with our hands deep in mud pies. Our son has a fabulous recycled cubby house that Mr…

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Our Top Tips for the Perfect Living Christmas Gift

euphorbia-in-pot - ideas for plants for Christmas

It’s that time of the year when people are putting thought to finding the perfect gift for family and friends. For me there is no better gift, than that of a plant except, maybe, two plants! And of course, there is no more beautiful place to escape the Christmas rush, than to retreat to the…

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Growing Organic Food in Containers

Growing your own food is not only fun but also super healthy and rewarding. Planting in unusual and upcycled containers is even better! There are so many options for what you can plant your herbs and vegetable into. You don’t need heaps of space to start growing your own herbs and vegetables. Just about anything that…

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The Block – Terraces & Redo Rooms

The Block 2016 Terrace Reveals Julia and Sasha

This week on the Block was the Terraces and Redo Rooms – a tough ask, especially at this end of the competition when everyone is exhausted.  There was a lot to love about most of the apartments, especially considering how tried they are. The judges thought so too, with another tie for first place between…

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Tips on Creating a Sustainable Spring Garden

Tips on Creating a Spring Garden

Amanda Stewart and her husband Paul, are the proprietors of Barrow and Bench Mitre10, a delightful hardware store and garden centre located in Adelaide’s inner Southern suburbs. Amanda has long had a connection to the land and the natural environment. Her childhood was spent on a broad acre farm in rural South Australia where local provenance…

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Why NOT Being Busy Can Be Good For You

wjy NOT being busy is good for you

Do you rush through life filling it up with tasks, to do lists and things you are doing? When is the last time you asked someone how they were and they replied “oh you know totally bored, nothing much happening, just taking every day as it comes”. More often than not nowadays, when we ask…

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Garden Tips with Hills Sustainable Gardens

Hills Sustainable Gardens (HSG), are based in Summertown/Stirling in the Adelaide Hills, but services all of the Adelaide Hills. Opening in November 2014, Wade Fletcher and Sam Thomas are the co-owners. Wade is a qualified horticulturalist with many years experience in biodiversity and land conservation management and we had a chat about their work and sustainable gardening approach.…

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The Best Indoor Plants For Your Home

By Daniel Mazzei Indoor plants are a home design trend that insists on hanging around, and rightfully so. From towering botanic walls to miniature terrariums, there are a variety of benefits to bringing the outside world, in. But selecting the right species for your lifestyle and interior space is an important decision.  Interestingly, there is actually no…

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