10 Best Low-Maintenance Plants for Window Boxes

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While hanging plants and container gardens get their fair share of plant hype when springtime rolls around, it’s worth considering the always lovely window boxes. Though it’s tempting to run to the nearest nursery and grab anything that catches your eye, there are a few considerations to account for so your window box flowers stay healthy and happy. 

First, the hardiness zone you live in helps determine what plants will thrive in your environment, so check to see where your area falls. And think about the amount of sun your boxes will get: If your window boxes are covered by trees or roofing, shade-friendly plants are ideal, but if direct light is hitting your planters, flowers that can thrive in those conditions are a good bet.

Petunias, geraniums, and begonias are classic window

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Bathroom with 1970s-Style Painted Stripes

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When it comes to design, sellers are often motivated to make their homes as inoffensive as possible before listing. It’s a good strategy to interest a wide range of buyers, but it can definitely feel bland once the new owners move in. That’s what Amanda Bouchier and her husband Robert found in their 1999 home’s powder room. Although it was clear from the sleek vanity that it had been recently updated, Amanda says, it wasn’t particularly inspiring. And aside from an old toilet that felt too small, “it was perfectly functional the way it was—it just wasn’t my vibe,” says Amanda.

Inspired by home decor accounts on Pinterest and Instagram, including mural pro Racheal Jackson of Banyan Bridges, Amanda decided to try her hand at creating something for the half bathroom

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Blue IKEA Cabinet Kitchen Reno

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When you buy a house without getting to see it in person, you might find some surprises. Laura Mattox and her husband AJ sure did when they moved into their home, a cute 1932 Dutch Colonial that they signed the papers for while stationed overseas with the military. “I saw the pictures of the kitchen and figured that with wooden cabinets, I could simply paint them or somehow spruce them up without much trouble,” Laura says of the kitchen. But once they got to check it out in real life? Well, that was a different story. “It was such a disappointment—the cabinets were not wood, but some type of plastic formica that was peeling off plywood fronts,” says Laura. “Every one of the drawers was broken, so they wouldn’t stay closed and when

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Krof Cutlery Brings The Elegance Of Fine Dining Into The Home

Inspired by Australia’s love for contemporary cuisine, the makers of Krof cutlery wanted their new range to complement the refined food we love to eat, without forsaking utility. ‘We want to ensure that aesthetically and functionally they stand the test of time, in both a restaurant and everyday home setting,’ says design director and co-founder of Krof, Nicholas Johnston.

An alum of Rogerseller and the Miele Design Centre, Nicholas is no stranger to high-end, functional design. Add a background in engineering and a passion for quality manufacturing to the mix, and you have a winning combination! Alongside friend and co-director, Kristian Klein of much-loved Melbourne restaurant Mr. Miyagi, Krof featured on interior designer David Flack’s table at Art of Dining, ahead of its launch in November last year.

Before settling on the basic prototypes for Collection No. 1, the pair mused on design considerations such as the optimum

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A Voluminous, Contemporary Home Behind A Modest Heritage Facade

At first glance, the front of this weatherboard house in Geelong is ‘rather unassuming’, muses director of Tecture, Ben Robertson. ‘But as soon as you open the front door and see through upper-level glass to the sky and through the house to the backyard, you become enamoured with the scale’ he says.

For a family of six with a business to run from home, Tecture were tasked with the mission of creating a multi-dimensional space that could grow with them, and be passed down to the next generation. Additionally, the owners have a large extended family, and it was important to create a home that was proportionally flexible to allow for the whole gang to gather both inside and outside, without disconnecting from each other.

‘When we design projects, we look at the original home for inspiration’, explains Ben. The goal was to design a house that ‘sat gracefully

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Dramatic Home Office Redo with Black Ceiling

Old homes often have a lot of built-in charm—but sometimes that charm is a little buried, as it was in the 1886 home Annabelle (@gardenhousegram) shares with her boyfriend Tom. The home office and its fireplace were in particular need of help. “Although the office was a good size, it wasn’t decorated to our taste,” Annabelle says. “The wallpaper was outdated and peeling off, and the bookshelf was just a couple of planks which were barely hanging on!”

There was also a wood board covering part of a wall, which Annabelle suspected held something more. “The house is very old, so I knew there must be some kind of fireplace behind the horrible wooden board covering the wall,” Annabelle says. “When I found a cheap but beautiful cast iron fireplace for sale on Facebook Marketplace, it was the push I needed to start redecorating the room.” The goal:

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