Tempted to get your home in order? The New Year’s a great time to get stuck into those projects that have been hanging around for ages as well as a few fresh ones. Whether it’s fixing up glitches and hitches or starting a whole new DIY project, the good news is that while one can outsource almost anything these days, doing it yourself also has huge value. Either way, you win!
Back to basics
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Revamping one of the bedrooms at home? We know the perfect one-stop shop to aid you in your journey. Builders Warehouse is a shopper’s dream (a DIY shopper’s dream that is). You can find all sorts of products and material there … think bathroom fittings, building materials, flooring, paint, safety products and, of course, tools! To make your life even easier, they offer in-store services and (hint, hint!) you can check out their website for superb ideas and advice on DIY projects around the home. We think it’s time to redo the bathroom and kitchen, too, don’t you agree? Details: www.builders.co.za
Five interior design trends for 2017
Whether your taste leans towards simplicity with clean lines and organic neutral colours or towards the plush and exotic – here are some ideas to inspire you.
1. Timeless terracotta
Warm materials such as terracotta tiles are gaining in popularity. Terracotta tiles have been around for a long time as they are completely natural. They bring a sense of uniqueness and give a modern interior a more grounded, elegant appeal. Terracotta tiles work well in contemporary settings.
2. Quirky cork
Cork is a stylish material that adds texture to a room. It is a versatile and green product which is why many designers are choosing it. Cork wall coverings, furniture and upholstery is growing in popularity. Cork is waterproof so it can be used in bathrooms and kitchens.
3. Glamourous greens
Dark shades of green will be the in thing in 2017. Using dark green communicates a sense of peace, balance and harmony. It can rejuvenate and restore because it creates a feeling of being connected to nature.
4. Next level upholstered headboards
Upholstered headboards are still going strong. Choose the right headboard as an attractive focal point in your bedrooms. Whether you are upgrading your home, staging a home for sale, or simply looking for design inspiration, upholstered headboards are one of the hottest design trends. Use creative fabrics, textures, and sizes.
5. Jewel tones to make your drool
Brilliant colours such as amethyst, emerald, ruby, sapphire, and citrine are still going strong. This is a grown-up, glam look. Attractive colours balanced with deep, smoky shades create an exotic mood. Think elegant quilted sofas, drapes and ornate mirrors and lamps as well as luxurious soft furnishings.
For more details on what’s in (and what’s not), go to the Homes website.
Handy household tricks … that anyone can DIY!
Have some fun and get your home in order with these smart moves..
A hinged painting is the perfect place to hide the alarm pad…
Wine racks make great towel holders.
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Foam noodles in your garage can save your car door – and wall.
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Use tissue boxes to keep plastic bags organised.
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Use a paper towel holder to store rubbish bag rolls.
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The Handyman talks… 10 secrets you too should know
3.Save your fingertips by holding the nail with pliers as you hammer.
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Project Cool Down
With our year-round sunny climate an outdoor shower is a huge value-add to many South African homes, and can be used not just around a pool area or beach access, but to add allure to a main or guest bathroom. The simplest outdoor shower involves nothing more than hooking up a hosepipe connection to an outdoor tap (or asking your plumber to install one) but that’s just the beginning. Add an attractive showerhead and you’ve taken it another step. Think flooring, walling, roofing and the options are endless. Here’s some inspiration…
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Before you take that shower…
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Pre-building tips from Bathroom Bizarre (.bathroom.co.za)
Plumbing and drainage
Your mind is surely racing with all sorts of exciting DIY ideas by now … so to get you started (and on the right track), say hello to our ‘not a hope in hell of doing it yourself, call in the professionals’ directory. These are just some of the branches you can visit so be sure to check their website for a branch that’s closest to you. You’re welcome!
DIY Depot Sunninghill, Sunninghill Village Shopping Centre, 97 Edison Crescent, Sunninghill. Details: www.diydepot.co.za or 011-234-7284
Jack’s Paint & Hardware Woodmead, Unit C4 Woodmead Commercial Park, Waterfall Crescent, Woodmead. Details: 011-656-5972/6471 or www.jackspaint.co.za
Timbercity Randburg, Units 5-7, Commercial City, Corner Malibongwe Drive & Tungsten Road, Strydom Park. Details: timbercity.co.za or 011-791-4060
Bramley Mica, 280 Corlett Drive, Midway Mall. Details: 011-887-0099 or www.mica.co.za
Rent-A-Painter. Details: 0800-111-588 or email@example.com
Alpha Plumbing. Details: 010-040-7349 or www.alpha-plumbing.co.za