Why the smallest room is always trickiest to renovate

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In a bathroom, that almost always involves the floor and, specifically, the membrane that sits between the tiles and the concrete slab. The same applies to walls between your flat and next-door or common property.

Leaking membranes are still among the most common defects in new buildings, so you can understand why owners corporations (bodies corporate) want some guarantees that the buck stops with you when the apartment downstairs acquires a water feature in its ceiling.

And this is where we hit the first distinction between well-run and badly run blocks. The former will set up a one-size-fits-all bylaw to which owners must sign up before they start work.

This is paid for by the owners corp, which may be slightly unfair on owners who have no immediate wish to renovate, but they will, sooner or later.

In a poorly run building, every renovator needs an individual by-law written by

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These Adorable Pumpkin Planters Are the Perfect Addition to Your Fall Decor

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Now that it’s September, and the official start of fall is a few weeks away, it’s the perfect time to update your seasonal decor. There are plenty of ways to decorate your home for fall. Some people like the spookier, Halloween-inspired items, and others like subtler items that feature the stunning colors of fall foliage. If you’re someone who enjoys either type of these decorations, the Etsy shop Print A Pot has the cutest pumpkin planters that you’ll want to add to your fall mantel or dining table immediately. Plant a few small succulents in them to complete the sweet display.

a bunch of oranges sitting on top of a table: Add in small succulents and you'll have the cutest seasonal display.

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Add in small succulents and you’ll have the cutest seasonal display.

a bunch of oranges sitting on top of a table: Courtesy of PrintAPot/Etsy

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Courtesy of PrintAPot/Etsy

Buy It: Pumpkin Succulent Planter (from $29, Etsy)

The 3D-printed planters come in three sizes and 18 colors, including orange and white, if you

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You’ll Want Your Own Blue Kitchen After You See This One

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On a weeknight in north London earlier this year, friends of the designers Luke Edward Hall and Duncan Campbell swirled up the stairs to the couple’s Victorian flat, moving toward the unmistakable howl of a party.

a kitchen with a blue background: London designers Luke Edward Hall and Duncan Campbell hosted a party to celebrate their new cobalt-blue kitchen from British Standard by Plain English.

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London designers Luke Edward Hall and Duncan Campbell hosted a party to celebrate their new cobalt-blue kitchen from British Standard by Plain English.

Inside, past a mountain of coats on a vintage sleigh bed, Stevie Parle­—the chef behind such London hot spots as Pastaio and Palatino—was passing around bruschetta. ELLE Decor A-List designer Martin Brudnizki stretched out on a velvet sofa, drinking from a pink-and-yellow coupe. Under a FontanaArte mirror, gallery owner Victoria Williams chatted with illustrator Fee Greening, dressed head to toe in green, while Plain English founder Katie Fontana ducked into the fray.

a group of people posing for the camera: Party hosts Duncan Campbell (top left) and Luke Edward Hall (top right) are joined by (from left) fashion designer Haeni Kim, actress Alice Felgate, gallery owner Victoria Williams, and artist Fee Greening.

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Party hosts Duncan Campbell (top left) and Luke Edward Hall (

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Officials to unveil design plans for future park and new home of Confederate statue

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    BENTONVILLE, AR (KFSM) — The Arkansas Division United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and the Benton County Historical Society will hold a press conference next week to unveil plans for the future James H. Berry Park which will be the new home of the recently moved Confederate statue.

It will take place Tuesday (Sept. 15) at 1 p.m. at the future site of the park at SW 5th Street and SW F Street in Bentonville, adjacent to the Bentonville Cemetery.

The one-acre park will be privately owned, but open to the public.

Following an agreement between the UDC and the Benton County Historical Society, the monument honoring former Governor and Confederate soldier, James Berry, was removed from Bentonville Square on Sept. 2.

The statue will be refurbished and then be relocated to the new park, which will also feature a memorial wall

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Floor Lamp designs that always deserve the spotlight!

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Every household needs their staple products – a cozy couch, a chic coffee table, and a floor lamp that ties up the whole place together! Stylish lighting solutions are part decor, part utility and an absolute necessity to bring your home to life. The lighting solutions here today range from practical solutions to innovative designs and although they are a render, I truly hope some of these designs can be brought to life coz I call dibs on the Giant Ring Light!

Richard Malachowski of Play Industrial Design has created this Giant Ring Light and it is a love-at-first-sight for a bookworm like me! Resembling a halo, the adjustable light can be moved to create the perfect light setting, helping you create the cozy corner you’ve always wanted with a plush chair to keep you in place.

Award-winning industrial designer Andrew Ferrier has created a unique lighting solution, carved from

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Kiwi kitchens and bathrooms wow on the world stage in 2020

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New Zealand kitchen designers have done it again. Four large kitchens and one bathroom by four designers have made the finals of the prestigious SBID International Design Awards in the UK – and you can vote for the one you like best.

The Kiwi finalists – Morgan Cronin, Mal Corboy, Davinia Sutton and Milvia Hannah of German Kitchens – have all won international design awards previously, and are up against 12 other kitchens in the finals. These have been chosen from entries received from 49 countries.

Auckland designer Morgan Cronin has two kitchens in the list, one in a Queenstown house and the other in Parnell, Auckland.

The island in the Cronin kitchen was constructed from Corian. The cabinetry is shaped to provide a cohesive look.


The island in the Cronin kitchen was constructed from Corian. The cabinetry is shaped to provide a cohesive look.

The kitchen in the Auckland house is part of the transformative renovation of a large family home, jointly owned by a surgeon

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6 Holiday Decor Trends That Will Be Huge This Year, According to Pros at Etsy, Pinterest, and More

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No matter if you started listening to Christmas music back in March or you prefer to put off decorating until post-Thanksgiving, it seems that the holiday season is beginning extra early this year. According to data from the coupon and deals website RetailMeNot, 31 percent of consumers plan to shop early this year in order to avoid inventory issues and shipping delays. “In-store foot traffic is down due to the pandemic, so we will continue to see shoppers shifting to shopping online throughout the holidays,” says Sara Skirboll, the shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot. Plus, with many of us spending more time at home this year, we predict that holiday home decorating—both inside and out—will happen earlier than ever.

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The Portrait Kitchen Creates Enchanting Photos in Their Home Studio

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The Portrait Kitchen creates photography in the comfort of their own home.

When most people open their kitchen to the public, it’s because they want to offer their tasty cuisine. That’s not the case for Jon and Anjee. A married couple based in the UK, this photography duo instead open their kitchen to shoot portrait sessions for their clients. Aptly named The Portrait Kitchen, the work the pair produce in their studio is of an excellent standard. Looking at the work, one would never know it was created amongst rolling pins and Britain’s finest china (we assume). And although the idea wasn’t born out of our current times, for anyone who is still stuck at home, the work made in The Portrait Kitchen will inspire you to be more creative in your own abode.

Gear for Portrait Photography

Home studios are not uncommon. However, for the most part, they

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Atlanta Designers Focus On Wellness For IMC’s 2020 Directions in Design

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Four Atlanta designers are reflecting on the impact of design on wellness in the 2020 staging of International Market Centers’ (IMC) Directions In Design, a vignette program which showcases the combined home décor resources of the southeast’s comprehensive dual-venue design resource – the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) and AmericasMart Atlanta. In 2020, in connection with the coordinated DISCOVER ADAC and Fall Design Week, the program moves online with the four designs showcased virtually via a webinar on September 14, an interactive webpage and the centers’ social media channels.

“Through Directions in Design 2020 we are tapping some of Atlanta’s talented designers to showcase the best of the ADAC and AmericasMart collections as they create all-new designs that are relevant for this unique time,” said Dorothy Belshaw, International Market Centers chief marketing and digital officer. “While the format has adapted due to the COVID-19 crisis, the program still celebrates the

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The 42 Best Websites For Furniture And Decor That Make Decorating Easy

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Luckily, when it comes to online shopping for furniture and decor, there’s plenty of options to pick from.

And shopping the interwebs for home decor is an easy alternative to hitting up crowded stores. Just remember to have a measuring tape on hand so you know if what you’ve spotted on a site will fit into your apartment or home.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. We put together a BIG list of the best (and affordable) websites for furniture and home decor and goods below:

7. Gilt Home: You just might sign up for this site, which features flash deals and items curated from some of the top designers. Almost everything’s marked down from their original prices most of the time, so

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