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The Centralian advocate Fri 30 Mar 2018



The Centralian advocate Fri 30 Mar 2018


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30 REAL ESTATE THURSDAY MARCH 29 2018 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 ADVE01Z01HO - V1 HOME focus Home | focus | 6 Anthony says if it works for you, dont hold back. This year is all about empowerment and doing it for you, he says. We have moved on from trying to impress the neighbours. Have some fun with it and break the rules. More curiousgrace.com.au 6 Adopt the perfect pet If youre looking for instant happiness at home, you could do a lot worse than adopting a pet. According to the RSPCA, owning a pet can offer everything from improving empathy in children to lowering blood pressure and the risk of cardio vascular disease in adults. While there are plenty of animals for sale from breeders, many vets and RSPCA centres are just looking to place cats and dogs with good families. Choose an animal that best suits your lifestyle and your location. More rspca.org.au Now that we are well and truly back intothe hectic work-school-childcareschedule many of our home plans forthe year may have fallen by the wayside. But there is still time to put your place on the path to a happier and healthier year ahead. Rather than aiming for the unachievable, weve come up with some simple but effective ways to make this year a happy one for you and your family at home. Whether youre bursting with energy and ready to tackle the next paint job, or you just really need to find somewhere to relax, weve prepared some suggestions to help you on your way. 1 The simple life If you finished 2017 feeling a bit frazzled, this could be the year to simplify your life and your home is the perfect place to start that process. Stylist Natalie Walton is the author of This Is Home: The Art Of Simple Living (due out next month) and she argues that a happy home is one that is stripped back to what is important to the people who live there. Stripping away all that is superfluous is an exercise that can bring clarity and purpose to our everyday living, Natalie says. It doesnt mean we have to live without joy, but rather that we put it centre stage. Use the Marie Kondo method of finding joy, the art of Swedish Death Cleaning or any other approach you can think of to sort through the clutter and zero in on the pieces you really love. Donate or sell what you can and call council to come and collect the rest. Most councils offer a couple of free pick-ups a year to ratepayers in addition to the designated days. Natalie says youll feel happier when youre done. When we simplify our lives we give ourselves the opportunity to focus on what can make us happy, she says. More This Is Home: The Art Of Simple Living, Hardie Grant 2 Colour correction We all know that colour can affect our mood so if you want to find your happy place this year, it could be time to head to the paint store. Dulux creative consultant Bree Leech is responsible for putting together images (such as the Kinship palette, below, for autumn 2018) for the paint companys trend forecasts each season but says when it comes to your own home, follow your heart. Colour is key to making your home feel like a happier place, she says. Although we Seven steps to a happy ever after talk a lot about trends and what colours are popular, its not the most important thing. Find out what you are drawn to and go for colours that make you feel good. Although its good to have flow throughout the house, she says that doesnt mean you have to paint every room the same colour. While Id recommend linking spaces with an underlying colour and texture, each room can still have its own feel, she says. You might want a dark and moody bedroom but not carry that colour on the walls through the whole house. More dulux.com.au 3 Reduce your waste If youre having trouble sleeping at night because youre worried about the state of the planet, youre not alone. According to ABC1s War On Waste series, our waste is growing at double the rate of our population. But there are a range of simple measures you can take to reduce that, from being more vigilant with what you buy in packaging to sorting through your household recycling. You can reduce your footprint further by installing a compost bin or worm farm to process food waste or a backyard coop with a couple of chickens to eat your scraps while providing you with fresh eggs. Join the conversation on Facebook at #WarOnWasteAU 4 Make your own style rules Its hectic trying to keep up with the latest style trends. Sites such as Pinterest and Instagram as well as reality TV shows such as The Block and House Rules can put us all under pressure to go with the latest styles. But trade and contract manager for Curious Grace, Anthony Koletti, says doing your own thing is the path to a happy life. There is nothing worse than bland spaces, Anthony says. I have been to peoples houses where there is nothing there. The house has beautiful bones but it doesnt reflect the person who lives there. And while symmetry, balance and alignment all have their place when designing a room, Now is an ideal time to take practical ideas to fill your home with happiness, writes Robyn Willis 5Create a sanctuary Everyone needs a little space to recharge the batteries so find a spot somewhere in the house to truly relax and unwind. It could be your bedroom, a shaded part of the garden or the bath, like the Trivento bath from the Victoria+Albert range (pictured). The key is to set yourself up not to be disturbed, which is easier said than done in busy families. If necessary, let everyone know youre taking time out for an hour, grab a book or magazine along with your favourite beverage so theres no need to get up. A view of nature, even if its just an indoor plant, is an added bonus. If youre outdoors, position yourself to catch the breeze. While indoors an essential oil scented candle will help you relax. More vandabaths.com/aus Styled by Natalie Walton, this space has a calming white palette and layers of texture. 7 Start a garden Many of us associate gardening with other chores such as mowing the lawn, but horticulture consultant to Yates, Angie Thomas, says the science is in: digging in the dirt makes you happy. Scientists studied groups of people around the world and they gave half the group some garden tasks and the other half tasks on the computer, she says. The group working on the computer were far less happy but the people gardening felt more soothed and comfortable and had a decrease in blood pressure compared with the other group. Gardening has also been linked to improvements for people suffering from anxiety and depression, Angie says. More yates.com.au r

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