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Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Kristina Rap­ley Ed­i­tor

If you’re read­ing this right now, my guess is you’re just as ob­sessed with homes, in­te­ri­ors and dec­o­rat­ing as we are here at Your Home and Gar­den. Like our page 34 home­owner (and cover star) Olivia Fife, I too can re­mem­ber ev­ery sin­gle du­vet cover I’ve ever had. I would much rather spend money on ren­o­va­tions, bed­ding, cush­ions and kitchen­ware than fancy cars, de­signer clothes or hand­bags. We spend so much time in our homes. They are our safe haven from the out­side world and where we spend time with those near­est and dear­est – the place we go to re­lax and recharge. It makes per­fect sense that we would want to make them as lovely as pos­si­ble.

This month, we’re all about ren­o­vat­ing: the plan­ning, costs, lo­gis­tics, fur­nish­ing, dec­o­rat­ing and all the gnarly bits in be­tween. My favourite fea­ture is the kitchen reno on page 86. Th­ese clever home­own­ers bought a house with a new kitchen which was com­pletely func­tional. How­ever, it had a very loud, bright red splash­back that didn’t suit their per­sonal tatse. Rather than let­ting it put them off the house, they sim­ply re­did the splash­back with white sub­way tiles and voilà: $800 later they had a brand-new kitchen. Ge­nius!

FLOOR­ING French an­tique tiles

013 from Vitrine. I love the im­pact tiles can have on a kitchen

ren­o­va­tion – it’s a chance to stamp your per­sonal style on the space, and there are some beau­ti­ful op­tions avail­able. Here are a

few of my faves…

SPLASH­BACK Made-to-or­der tiles by Stan Bit­ters from

Heath Ce­ram­ics.

WALLS

Click tiles from Tile

Ware­house.

WALLS Mo­saix Car­rara Lantern mo­saic tiles

from Tile De­pot.

SPLASH­BACK Pis­ta­chio handglazed tiles from

Mid­dle Earth.

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