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Modern Fireplaces for the home

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Fireplaces have evolved from the days of the hunter-gatherer huddling around the campfire to modern city living, where, at the touch of a smartphone button, an indoor hotspot can come alive.

Collins says if you look at the typical living pattern of a family, one of the pros of having a heating fireplace these days is lower running costs. They tend to spend 85-90 per cent of their time in one area in the house where most of the family eat and watch television, he says.

“Most people these days don’t want heated bedrooms,” Collins says. They want bedrooms that are comfortable but not heated so ducted systems are becoming less popular to run in that instance, he says.

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Designs to Replace a boring couch

Your lounge sits in the centre of your living space, so why not make it a conversation piece? Eschew traditional designs – which tend to be cumbersome and block-like – in favour of these crowd pleasers, where form and function play equally important roles. These are some of the coolest pieces of furniture in the universe.

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Kotatsu – a sort of heated table that latches on to your couch or bed. You can work in it, eat in it, read in it, sleep under it and even entertain in it. Yes, it sounds like a fire hazard, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting one.

see them all at: http://www.domain.com.au/advice/10-designs-to-replace-your-boring-couch-20160516-govwh5/

Home Stylist answers most FAQ

HOW DO YOU DECORATE A KID’S ROOM THAT WILL GROW WITH THEM?

The best advice I was ever given was to not buy into fads and ‘theme’ the room, and go straight to a double bed from the cot (this will see them through teenage years too as single beds only last a short time at the rate kids grow).

Purchase one beautiful piece of art that will work from babyhood through to their adult years. Vintage posters are a great option as they are often bright, fun, and not overly ‘kiddie’.

However, to ensure the kids stamp their own personality on the room too, consider installing an ‘art line’ (like a fishing line) that they can peg their own creations to, or paint a wall in blackboard paint. This can be easily changed over time but will allow them some creative input that is age appropriate.

WHAT IS THE EASIEST WAY TO CHANGE UP MY HOME ON A BUDGET?

One word: ‘paint’. And I don’t just mean the walls. Why not consider painting more unsuspecting surfaces, like a ceiling, a door, or a fireplace, in a bold colour. Or how about reviving an old chair in a vibrant yellow, or giving a chest of drawers a lick of hot pink? Paint is an instant game-changer; it is inexpensive, and with a bit of elbow grease can completely transform a room from drab to fab. Some of the best rooms I have ever seen and shot for magazines come down to a creative use of paint. And the best part? If you don’t like it, just repaint it.

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