Home & Style

Decluttering guru Marie Kondo is back with more life-changing magic

Anna Fifield   Just in time to make good on your New Year's vow to get organised, Marie Kondo, the self-described "crazy tidying fanatic" who has sparked the world with her joy for decluttering, has a new book to help you clean up your act.

Are men or women better at assembling Ikea furniture?

Actor Ryan Reynolds struggling with Ikea's infamous flat pack furniture.

Jeff Guo   The putting together of flat-pack furniture is the new battle of the sexes.

Beyond the backyard

Captivating lifestyle: the new project combines luxury modern convenience with outstanding communal living facilities.

Beverley Johanson   A new precinct of luxury apartments is about to change Moonee Ponds for the better.

Editor's Choice

Don't miss Melbourne's three day design market.

Veronica Ridge   HomeStyle editor Veronica Ridge tracks down creative places and new products that are cool and covetable.

Scouring the bookshops

Love Style, by Juliet Love.

Erin Munro   Erin Munro scours the bookshops for inspiration and revelation.

Magic carpet moments


Susan Redman   Kilim carpets, giant pots of plenty and precious metal flatware are some of the Turkish delights coming our way from the ancient cultural crossroads.

Design harmony

"We just wanted something where we'd use every space": Silvie Paladino.

Erin Munro   Home for Silvie Paladino is Melbourne’s north-west and nothing will convince her to move elsewhere.

Time traveller

Smart retreat: the property makes the most of the seasons.

Erin Munro   Holiday hideaways are no longer designed to dazzle only our long, hot summers.

Festive Finds


Erin Munro   Deck the halls, and the kitchen and lounge room, with some thoroughly modern Christmas decorations and homewares.

Nordic Noel

Colour smart: Coco Republic favours a relaxed look by decorating with two or three chosen hues.

Erin Munro   Its crisp palette of whites, neutrals and weather-worn timbers makes every day feel like summer.

Blake Lively shutting down her 'ridiculous' website Preserve

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15:  Actress Blake Lively attends the Noon By Noor Fall 2012 presentation during Mercedes-Benz ...

Barely a year after it began, Blake Lively is closing down her website, admitting "it's not making a difference in people's lives".

The unglamourous reality behind perfect Instagram photos

Behind the scenes.

There's a running joke on Instagram that the selfie and the tagged picture tend to be chalk and cheese

The most common furniture stains will make you want to spew

Red wine stains are less common than urine.

You might want to get up from the couch. Those mysterious stains on the sofa have just been named.

Urban farming

How to grow an edible vertical garden this winter

Vertical gardens are snaking their way in to our consciousness.

Loren Smith   Horizontally challenged? Grow vertically.

What diseases can you catch from a toilet seat?

Seat paperer? Talking toilet fear.

Donald McNeil   People really do fear toilet seats. One 1991 British survey of 528 women at an OB/GYN clinic found that 85 per cent said they crouched over public toilets while urinating, and 12 per cent papered the seat. Only 2 per cent sat all the way down.

Winter warmer

In defence of hot showers

Hot showers are better for your soul than your hair.

Jennifer Lopez once declared she washes her hair in ice water in a bid to ward off split ends and encourage a smooth mane.

Chilly BBQ

How to barbecue in winter

To grill or not to grill in winter? That is the question.

Why does summer get all the time in the sun? Let's turn up the heat this winter and get cooking with gas.


Nine ways to make your bathroom appear bigger

Handy tips to make your bathroom appear big enough for Behati Prinsloo to take a selfie in.

Rachel Clun   Storage space is often at a premium in the bathroom, especially if your bathroom is small or it's shared between several people.

Home reno shows may be fuelling ladder falls, prompting calls for helmets to be worn

Generic DIY

Julia Medew   Home renovation shows including The Block may be fuelling a rise in potentially fatal ladder falls, prompting doctors to recommend bike helmets to people climbing at home.

Ikea's advice for improving your private life

Shelf-help guru Fille Gute.

Livia Gamble   Flat-pack giant Ikea says the key to a happy private life is buying new furniture.