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How To Choose The Best Air Purifier For Your Home

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Believe it or not, your indoor air can be even more polluted than the air outside of your house. Hard to believe, I know, but it’s true. And since we spend most of our time indoors these days, we breathe this all in and it can affect our health adversely. It leaves us susceptible to many ailments, including allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues.

However, if you use an air purifier to create cleaner, healthier air in your home, you can improve your health. But how do you choose the best air purifier for your home? We have some tips to help you make the right choice for your situation. First, let's talk about why air purifiers are important for your living space.

Why You Need An Air Purifier

Clean air equals better health. Does your pet fish swim in dirty water? No, of course not. That would kill it. Well, your home is your aquarium and your air affects you in a similar way. This is why you need an air purifier. Put simply, when your air is full of nasty things, so are you. When choosing an air purifier, you need to consider your indoor air quality needs. For instance, do you have allergies? If so, you want an air purifier designed to remove allergens from the air.  These models usually have HEPA filters (High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters). These eliminate 99.97% of common airborne allergens that are 0.3 microns and larger. Things like pollen, dust, dust mites, mould spores, ragweed, and pet dander to name a few.

In the same way, if you suffer from asthma, you'll want an asthma air purifier or an odour and chemical air purifier if that is what triggers your symptoms. These models have odour and chemical filtration along with HEPA filters. Other models remove smoke, fireplace soot, and other fumes that irritate you.

As you can see, with many types available, it is important to choose the right kind of air purifier for your situation.

What Size Is Right?

To choose the right size air purifier for you, you simply need to know the square footage of the room you want to purify. A good way to do this is to measure the length and width of the area in feet and multiply the 2 numbers together. Then buy an air purifier with a recommended square foot coverage that matches. Also, keep in mind that these machines are designed to be clean one room only. If you have multiple rooms that you want to purify, you will need more than one air purifier.

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What Features Should It Have?

Air purifiers come with many features these days. These features can include wheels and handles for portability, digital controls, filter change indicators, various fan speeds, remote controls, programmable timers, air quality sensors, and much more. Take a good look at the features and choose the right model based on your needs.

Where Should You Put It?

Different needs will dictate different placement areas for your air purifier, but the best place is generally in your bedroom because we spend so much time there. Air purifiers are designed to purify the air in one room only, so it's a good idea to use one for each room that you want the air cleaned in. One in your bedroom and one in your living room is a good idea.

How Hard Is It to Care For An Air Purifier?

Air purifiers are very easy to care for and maintain. If you are using one that has a filter, you should replace the filters when the manufacturer suggests. Some require a filter change once a year, others every two months. It varies by model. Some even have filters that you can clean yourself and put back. Others have no filter, instead using heat or ultraviolet light to purify your air and kill germs.

With these tips it should be a breeze to choose the right air purifier for you so that you can breathe easy.

By Connor Flynn

6 Lighting Ideas for Refreshing Your Bedroom

So, you want to turn your boring bedroom decor into something more exciting, but you can’t come up with a good idea? Don’t worry - we are here to help you. A Good lighting scheme can help you add ambiance, accents, and life to a dull bedroom. And, since the bedroom is the place where you come to rest after a long and stressful day, you will need these features so that you can create a soothing atmosphere in the room. In order to inspire you with some chic bedroom lighting ideas, we have singled out our favorite ones.

Measure The Room First

Before you go hunting for bedroom lighting, it’s important that you measure your bedroom and note where all the power outlets are. Once you have completed this step you can consult with sales associates at your nearest home improvement retailer. They will be more than glad to help you pick out the best lighting solution for your bedroom.

Start Using LED Lights

If you truly want to create an atmosphere of calm and peace in your bedroom, then we recommend opting for LED lights. This means that you should invest in blue light bulbs because they can make it easier for your brain to differentiate between natural daylight outside and the light inside your bedroom. This means that your brain will be able to produce melatonin which is essential for a relaxed sleep. Even better, if you like to read books before going to bed then go for soft blue or neutral LED lights.

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If you don’t care about looking for affordable solutions, then make sure to explore various designer lamps for your bedroom. Perhaps you want to add a touch of elegance and class you can opt for the amazing IC lights by Michael Anastassiades.Different activities – different lighting options

If you frequent your bedroom more often, to exercise, work, watch TV, play video games and do other activities, then you will need to find the appropriate amount of light to suit your needs. If you are only using your bedroom to rest, then you won’t need a large amount of light. On the other hand, if you keep your computer here for work then you may want to add a bit more. The best way to this is to add a few low-voltage lamps to the room. When you have to look at a screen for a long time you need to have a direct light facing it so that you don’t damage your vision.

Set The Right Mood

When it comes to setting the right mood, nothing can achieve this better than scented candles. Not only will they freshen up your bedroom and eliminate unpleasant odors, but they will help you relax as well. Additionally, they will help you cut down on the electricity bill. The best part about this is that they are easy to make as well, so make sure to explore all the various ways that you can apply your DIY skills and create your very own unique candles for the bedroom.

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If you want to add a personal touch to the lighting arrangement in your room, we recommend buying customized light fixtures. This way you will get a chance to mix both modern and traditional styles. For example, opting for candle-like fixtures will help you create a more sophisticated atmosphere in the bedroom. At the same time, you can opt for a wall sconce to make the room feel more modern. Aiming for a more minimalist look? You can decide to get rid of fixtures and leave the bulb uncovered.

It doesn’t take much effort to turn an old boring bedroom décor into a modern chic one. All you need is imagination and some DIY skills.

How to Store More in Your Bedroom Closets

Whether you’re planning on selling your home and you want to make it look as spacious as possible or you simply want to maximise your home’s storage capacity, knowing how to store more in your bedroom closets without overfilling them is the key. Here are a few affordable and easy ways you can store more in your bedroom closets.

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1. Evaluation Time 

Take time to sift through all your garments and decide what belongs and what does not. If it shows visible signs of wear and tear - bin it. If it simply doesn't fit or you just don't like them anymore alternatively take them to an op-shop. At the end of this cull you should have greatly increased the amount of available space you have.


2. Sort by Length

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Do you own many long flowing gowns, or are most of your garments shorter in length? Install two rods into your closet: one above and one below. On the higher rod hang the shorter garments, and then below hang the longer pieces. This should reduce the mess and tangle between items.


3. Utilise that top shelf

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You know that shelf i'm talking about. The one thats impossibly high up and difficult to get to. In most wardrobes its either A: completely unused or B: the space where you chuck all your random junk. This shelf happens to be the perfect place to store accessories and items you don't use often such as excess shoes or hats. If you're feeling super organised you might even want to invest in some pull out shoe racks...


4. Managing Troublesome Ties and Bothersome Belts 

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A tie rack is the perfect solution to organising a multitude of tangled ties and belts. This specific rack can organise up to 20 garments, and is attached to ball bearing runners so it can easily be slid in and out of the closet.

Ultimate Bedroom Style Guide

Whether you are redecorating your bedroom, or building from scratch it is important to establish the theme of the room right from the get go. The right style has the power to completely transform the look and feel of the space, and what was once mundane and can soon become your favourite space in your house. Check out this ultimate bedroom style guide to learn about the different themes you could possible choose and find the one that appeals to you most.


The romantic style is characterised by soft, pastel colours and delicate fabrics. Try floral printed or embroidered curtains, bedspreads, cushions or headboards matched with cream coloured rugs and white lampshades. Bonus points if you opt for a chandelier or draperies.



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This style aims to evoke a calm and peaceful setting. Warm colour palettes should be used, along with low-rise beds, Japanese shoji screens, tatami mats, bonsai trees or small potted plants. Try these contemporary lanterns (depicted below) for a modern, yet serene addition to your space.



Minimalism is at the heart of todays modern designs. Pair streamlined furniture with concrete finishes and muted colour palettes for a clean and striking finish. Opt for minimal furnishings and lots of natural light to complete the look.



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This bohemian style of design is all about using an array of colour, pattern and texture to create a fun and unique space. It is important that you don't go overboard when pulling all the elements together in order to avoid a design disaster! For example although the bedspread and rug are both very loud pieces, the chartreuse and magenta colours are still common throughout both, creating a sense of cohesion.


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The cottage or traditional style bedroom focuses upon natural light and openness, but is alternatively juxtaposed with warmth and cosiness. In order to achieve this aim to use a light and bright colour scheme consisting of whites, creams with pale blues, greens or yellows. White wooden furniture is simple, yet elegant and easily suits most styles of home. Finally remember to furnish with an array of complementary fabrics and carpets.



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A contemporarily styled room focuses upon smooth sleek furniture, along with use of bright, solid hues. It's a fun and fresh way to inject colour and life into the home. This is especially popular with teens and young adults.



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Muted colours and fabrics paired with nautical detailing are the essential elements of a coastal or beach themed room. The rustic white panelling of the wall, the fish artwork and stripes are especially funky!



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Bold colours, wooden detailing and eclectic prints paired with warm, buttery walls are the classic elements needed to recreate that relaxed mediterranean lifestyle.

Easy DIY Renovation Projects

Got something that needs fixing in the house, but not sure you want to fork out money to pay for it? Try these easy DIY Renovation Projects that'll help you save on labor costs and the mark-up contractors charge for materials. You'll be surprised by the simplicity and oh so pleased with the final product.


Fixing Kitchen Cabinets

Option 1: Refinish existing cabinet doors. This can be done by through use of paint, stain or laminate.
Option 2: Reface cabinets. This involves putting new doors on existing kitchen boxes. Hint: Before ordering the whole set purchase one door and one drawer to check the dimensions and the overall look.


Install New Cabinet Handles 

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This ones super simple. All you have to do is select, purchase and then install! To make a huge aesthetic improvement in your house replace wooden ones with modern stainless steel ones. Alternatively swap plain glass handles for brighter coloured glass knobs.


Install Feature Lighting


These Feature lights are super simple to do yourself as they simple attach to the existing downlight fixture! Its a quick and easy way to bring style and ambience into a room.


Insulate the Attic and Other Energy-Sucking Areas


1. Caulk around windows and spaces between the floor and baseboards to prevent heat escaping.
2. Service your furnace so its working in top shape. You want it to be producing the most heat at the lowest cost obviously!
3. Insulate pipes with pipe insulation wrap and duct tape to reduce heat loss (depicted above)
4. Buy a “draft guard” for the bottoms of your doors (a cheap fix from $10 per door) so wind or heat doesn’t slip through.


Tile the Bathroom Floor or Kitchen Backsplash


This one is a little trickier -- but very rewarding. Start off by making sure your surface is flat and dry, like a cement or plywood subfloor, an even wall or a tiled surface you want to cover with new tiles. Apply cement in an even layer  and lay tiles over the top. Always remember to use spacers in order to achieve an even arrangement of tiles.


Replace Faucets and Fixtures


A new, modern faucet can make a sink in your kitchen or bathroom look brand new again. As long as the new fixtures don’t require a smaller hole in the furniture or sink than the one that’s already there, it’s an easy upgrade. Try this cosmopolitan matte black tap ware for a bold and striking upgrade.




Its obvious, I know, but a simple coat of paint has the power to change the entire look of a room. You could repaint your entire room, or you could simply try out a feature wall. Even just repainting window and door frames can uplift the look and feel of a house!

So go on and try some of these super easy DIY renovation projects!

Boisterous Bedrooms for Boys

To your son, his bedroom is undoubtedly the most important room in the house. It's where he keeps his precious belongings, plays his games, does his schoolwork and most of all -- where he sleeps. Therefore it is very important to spend time creating a room that is not only comfortable and familiar, but also entertaining. Here are some creative and refreshing ideas to help you make boisterous bedrooms for boys!

Superb Superhero

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Batman. Superman. Spiderman. Does your son have a particular favourite? This theme is not too hard to achieve, yet your son will adore you for it! Superhero themed doona covers and quilts are easily obtainable at low prices from Target or Kmart. If you wanted a more subtle approach to this theme simply try painting the walls a primary or pale blue rather than investing in wall paper or stickers. Installing small shelves will allow him to display his prized possessions or a cute picture frame. Finally a chair can work as a cheaper and more mobile alternative to a bedside table.

Phenomenal Pirate

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If your son is a pirate fanatic check out these creative ideas: This pirate ship bed is an awesome and obvious way to bring the pirate theme into the bedroom. A wooden trunk can double as a hidden treasure chest and a simple storage container for toys and books. A cute rug can quickly add a playful dimension to the room whilst simultaneously hiding boring carpeting. Finally stuffed animals in a nautical theme can help your son engage in hours of imaginative fun.

Remarkable Race car

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Is your son obsessed with cars, trucks and essentially all motorised vehicles? You may wish to invest in race car bed. Because the bed will be the main focus in the room, decorate the rest of the room with more subtle and muted hues. For example, paint the walls pale blue and select chairs and curtains in creams or whites. Painting the roof with clouds makes the room unique and adds a sense of peace. It also serves to make the roof seem higher, and overall leaves the room feeling more spacious.

Dazzling Dinosaurs

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The above bedroom is enough to prove a single wallpaper is sometimes all it takes to convey a theme. The decision to pair the intense and colourful wallpaper with more simple navy plaid cushions and curtains is somewhat unusual, but they actually work to perfectly to balance each other out.

Tremendous Trains 

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Even better than wallpaper is a hand painted creation. Ask your son what he'd really like to see on his wall and then source a painter or choose to do it yourself. The finished product will be very unique and exactly what he desires, which will make him cherish it so much more. Use bright primary colours for a striking finish.

Terrific Tree house 

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If your son loves to spend his days outside, bring the nature into his bedroom. Introduce greenery with a tree painting or wallpaper, and small potted plants. Then introduce wood -- a fairly simple task. Purchase a wooden bedhead and leave unpainted. A small wooden desk and chair furthermore keeps with the theme and provides a place for schoolwork to be done. An alternative way to incorporate wood into your room is to install oak floorboards. They not only look absolutely stunning, but also are much, much easier to clean in comparison to carpeting.

Those were six classic, yet fun themes to consider for your sons room. Now go out and use this inspiration to make boisterous bedrooms for your boys!