Use Up One Magic Eraser – Weekend Projects 2020

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Saturdays often come with a deep-seated feeling, maybe from long-ago instilled childhood habits, that some cleaning should probably get done. Maybe your first weekend morning is regularly sheet-washing time, or maybe you relish eschewing the designated chore time now that you’re an adult.

Either way, if you’re up for a weekend project, this one’s fun and easy. We’re going to take one Magic Eraser (or a generic melamine sponge—they’re the same thing) and “erase” smudges and dirty spots all over the house until the Magic Eraser is all used up.

The payoff is twofold: By using the Magic Eraser until it’s “finished,” you’ll be motivated to keep scrubbing long past your usual stopping point, tackling some areas that rarely get cleaned. And you’ll also save yourself from the awkwardness of storing

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An Extraordinary Transformation For This Heritage Home In Sydney

When the current owners purchased this property in Sydney’s Balmain East, the site consisted of a very rundown 1870s sandstone cottage, alongside a poor lean-to extension. Engaging Benn + Penna Architecture to redesign the property, they set out to carefully renew the existing cottage, with a new pavilion to house the majority of the footprint. 

Benn + Penna’s overall intent was for the existing and new structures of the project to act as equals. Director Andrew Benn explains, ‘Our vision was to discover an addition that would not detract from the existing cottage, nor allow for the cottage to completely stand out on the site. I wanted the additions to complement, and harmoniously coexist with the cottage.’

In the original house, a specialist stonemason was brought on to restore the sandstone walls, while the roof and verandah were renewed to contain the main living room. ‘In a setting where there

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An Interior Designer’s 1930s South Yarra Home Is Up For Sale!

There aren’t many opportunities to purchase one of South Yarra’s 1930s homes, so we’re already incredibly envious of whoever snaps this one up!

Beyond the beautifully maintained two-storey facade are recently renovated interiors completed by the current owner, the founder of Wash Studio. This renovation has truly elevated the home’s existing period features, while incorporating rich and sophisticated new materials. Among standout features are the Anchor Ceramics tiled surfaces, original 1800s door knobs sourced from City of New York public schools, handmade Moroccan tiles, custom bathroom vanities, and Christopher Boots lighting.

Custom, steel-framed doors link the meals area directly to the lush courtyard designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture. Residents can relax here among espalier apple trees, hanging vines and Queensland bottle trees, or entertain around the built-in barbecue. The garden also contains a separate brick home office, or fourth bedroom, with its own powder room.

The property is

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