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One of the nicest things to do at the be­gin­ning of a new year is to list all the im­prove­ments you’d like to make to both your home and your gar­den. While the bud­get of­ten puts the brakes on more am­bi­tious schemes, there are loads of ways to up­date and freshen your home that won’t in­volve win­ning the lot­tery.

To help you get go­ing, we’ve com­piled a se­lec­tion of great ideas for ev­ery room in the house, whether you’re just un­der­tak­ing a few cos­metic changes or a full-on ren­o­va­tion. Of­ten just up­dat­ing the ac­ces­sories and scat­ters, adding a new lamp and per­haps paint­ing a wall is all that’s needed to make a room look new and fresh. Turn to page 44 for plenty of in­spi­ra­tion.

While putting this fea­ture to­gether, I spot­ted a num­ber of things that I can’t wait to do, one be­ing hang­ing some art in the bath­room. An­other is to give some tired pieces of fur­ni­ture a new look with a coat of paint. Paint ef­fects ex­pert Mary Ed­wards told me that the best way to give an or­di­nary item like a tray or a kitchen chair a con­tem­po­rary look is to paint it ei­ther glossy white or glossy black – prefer­ably black.

An­other source of in­spi­ra­tion is Kita and Brett Veale’s Dur­ban home on page 34 which, with some stylish changes, has been made to feel much larger than it re­ally is. I love the way Kita has stuck to black and white and nat­u­ral tex­tures through­out prov­ing that con­ti­nu­ity is a good space en­hancer.

But if it’s the gar­den you’re plan­ning to tackle, es­pe­cially if it’s new, turn to page 94 where Tasha Toll­man has some use­ful ad­vice on plan­ning a small gar­den from scratch. A lot of clever ideas were also put into prac­tice in the re­tire­ment com­plex gar­den de­signed by Penny Petersen on page 78. Us­ing curv­ing paths and es­tab­lish­ing fo­cal points are just two that helped to vis­ually ex­pand this nar­row plot.

For those of you look­ing for gar­den­ing ad­vice, get a copy of our 12-month Gar­den­ing Guide, which is in stores now. If you’re hav­ing trou­ble find­ing one, call us and we’ll di­rect you to a stock­ist in your area.

We love the leafytrop­i­cal look of Kathy Burns’ Cal­i­for­nia-cool home in No­ord­hoek. Feastyour eyes on the rest of it on page20. To add an ex­otic touch to a gar­den, look no fur­ther than arum lilies, which now come in stun­ning shades. Find out more on page 74.

Wa­ter al­ways brings agar­den to life and rills andstreams are at­trac­tive waysto in­tro­duce it. Con­nallOoster­broek rounded upsome great ex­am­ples onpage 82.Did you know that red and pur­ple veg­eta­bles con­tain an­tiox­i­dants be­lieved to help fight can­cer and re­duce obe­sity and the signs of age­ing? For new va­ri­eties to plant in your veg­gie gar­den, turn to page 98.

Suc­cu­lents are hav­ing a mo­ment as they’re wa­ter­wise and low main­te­nance. Find out how to gar­den with them on page 90.

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