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Couple build dream “tiny home” for less than $35k

<p>A couple has revealed the inside details on to how they built their dream “tiny home” for a little less than $35,000.</p> <p>Trysh Martinez, 31, and her husband Saul Martinez, 32, says they began the build on their home back in August 2018, using materials they bought locally.</p> <p>“My husband and I both have student loans and we didn’t want to take out any more loans or a mortgage or pay for ongoing rent,” Trysh explained to <em>Jam Press.</em></p> <p>“The financial reasons were reinforced by our plans to be travel rehab therapists, like travel nurses, but rehabilitation therapists who work for 13-week hospital contracts all over the country.</p> <p>“By living tiny, we are seeking financial freedom and a more conscious and purposeful living with less material things to focus on the more important aspects in life.”</p> <p>The pair proudly took on a majority of their renovations and only looked for help when it came to the electrical, plumbing, roofing, and custom cabinets.</p> <p>They also loved the designing process and took it upon themselves to decorate the little home.</p> <p>“Saul did a lot of research and planning based on other YouTube videos,” Trysh said.</p> <p>“He had a general sense of the design plan, like dividing the house areas: kitchen, living area, bedroom loft, bathroom, storage loft, but the details of the build were build-as-you-go to adapt based on what materials we could find for reduced costs.”</p> <p>Trysh says her and her husband also developed a new-found strength within eachother.</p> <p>“I also think the whole project strengthened our relationship,” she said.</p> <p>“We got to see each other’s strengths and weaknesses.</p> <p>“I personally saw Saul’s character through the ups and downs of the build.</p> <p>“I was able to first hand see his tenacity, patience, and calm demeanour even in the most stressful moments, as well as his quick problem solving, resourcefulness, and very effective budgeting.”</p> <p>The most challenging part of their transformation was finding the right land.</p> <p>“Looking for land and the thought of having to move abruptly is pretty stressful,” she said.</p> <p>“Tiny house city ordinances in San Diego have recently changed and they are more lenient for allowing tiny houses now, but prior to that, we felt like we were walking on eggshells and feared having to move or getting cited by the city.</p> <p>“Should we decide to move, it would take another long and thorough search to find the perfect land we could park at and that makes the mobility aspect tougher in reality.”</p> <p>Trysh says anyone thinking of building their own home should thoroughly research before taking the leap.</p> <p>“Watch YouTube videos, ask other DIY tiny house builders, and look into all the different ways and approaches you could do to maximise your budget, time and space while making it as custom and unique as you’d want your house to be,” she said.</p> <p>“Identifying your priority areas - the areas you anticipate will be most frequently used in the house -always helps in deciding square footage and amenities.”</p> <p>Image: Instagram <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B_8YPvqhll3/" target="_blank">@tryshka</a></p>

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James Bond's glorious French chateau up for sale

<p>Sir Sean Connery is selling his glorious French chateau for a whopping $33.87 million.</p> <p>One of the big screen’s most iconic 007 British naval intelligence officers in the <em>James Bond</em> movie franchise, Connery bought the home in 1975, and with glorious views overlooking the city of Nice and Mediterranean sea, it’s not hard to see why he has held on to it for so long.</p> <p>The gorgeous home sits atop a  hill on the Cap de Nice and was used in several scenes of the Bond-movie Never Say Never Again that was filmed in Nice and nearby Monaco.</p> <p>By the time Connery actually into the French chateau, the actor had already achieved wealth in the hundreds of millions and was turning away movie contracts that would have paid him as much as US$450 million for one film.</p> <p>The property spans over one acre and features incredible landscaped terraces that have winding paths to the sea, bright green strips of lawn and a luxurious saltwater pool.</p> <p>The house is built on five levels with an elevator and rooftop terrace, with five bedrooms and baths are distributed between all the floors.</p> <p>The entrance itself is a wonder with floor-to-ceiling windows capturing more views of Nice, mountain and sea.</p> <p>Wrap-around and garden terraces invite lounging, sunset cocktails and dining under the stars.</p> <p>The actor’s home also has insanely beautiful details such as wide-planked parquet floors run throughout the building.</p> <p>Images:<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.knightfrank.com/" target="_blank">www.knightfrank.com</a></p>

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Anthony Hopkins sells off glorious Malibu retreat for eye watering price

<p><span>Renowned actor Anthony Hopkins is saying farwell to his longtime Malibu reatreat for an eye watering $10.5 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The gorgeous home that spans over one-acre, is located on Point Dume Bluff, and did not seem to be a difficult sell for Hopkins who listed it in February with a $11.5 million price tag.</span><br /><br /><span>The 4,010-square-foot home may not have left his hands for the extra million, it is a definite jump in profit from the $3.8 million he paid for the property back in 2001.</span><br /><br /><span>The main part of the home boasts a glorious four bedrooms and four bathrooms, along with a stunning white stone-framed fireplace in the living room.</span><br /><br /><span>The kitten is a marvel in itself and is fitted with stainless steel appliances, wood cabinetry, terra-cotta style floors and built-in shelving.</span><br /><br /><span>The property also includes a pool and spa, along with gardens and an impressive deck space.</span><br /><br /><span>On another part of the property, there is a spacious guest house which has a private one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest house, as well as a pool house..</span><br /><br /><span>Hopkins and his wife, Stella, are selling the home because they want to be closer to Los Angeles.</span><br /><br /><span>The couple already own three homes in the city.</span><br /><br /><span>Along with a two-bedroom Pacific Palisades condo, they also maintain a $6.6 million contemporary house in the neighborhood, which they bought in 2018.</span></p>

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Slip sliding away: Coastal homes under dire threat

<p>Residents along the NSW Central Coast have been left concerned after days of extreme surf caused severe erosion, putting the beachfront homes in danger of collapsing.</p> <p>A powerful low pressure system across Australia’s east coast earlier this week created large swells and high waves smashing the beaches.</p> <p>Police, State Emergency Services (SES) and NSW Fire and Rescue were called to homes on Ocean View Drive in Wamberal on Thursday night following reports of erosion at the properties, the <em><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/wild-weather-leaves-nsw-homes-at-risk-of-structural-collapse-due-to-beach-erosion-20200717-p55cwm.html">Sydney Morning Herald</a> </em>reported.</p> <p>“Dunes are collapsing, people’s houses are at risk of falling into the sea,” a resident told <em><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/sydney-erosion-fears-wild-weather/c1d0baad-688a-4bc6-8a8e-58177aee69af#:~:text=Residents%20living%20along%20the%20NSW,homes%20exposed%20to%20the%20elements.&amp;text=%22We%20have%20massive%20erosion%20on,%2C%22%20one%20resident%20told%209News.">9News</a></em>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ffrnsw459%2Fposts%2F1918254264978574&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=740&amp;appId" width="552" height="740" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Emergency services brought large concrete blocks along the stretch of coast to help support homes from the risk of landslide.</p> <p>SES controller Rolf Garda said this erosion damage was the worst he had seen in the last 30 years.</p> <p>“There’s always been impact on that area but for some reason this event has taken away far more land than we expected,” Garda told the <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/nsw-coastal-erosion-from-large-swell-pummelling-coast/12465398">ABC</a></em>.</p> <p>“We identified that some houses were pretty close to the slump line. We worked with Council to walk up and down and talk to the residents and advised them of the potential dangers.”</p> <p>Local café worker Amanda Keanelly said the coastal erosion was “so scary” for the residents. “A guy came in yesterday and he told us that his home was a metre away from going in. He was heartbroken,” Keanelly told the <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/17/nsw-central-coast-huge-swells-wamberal-homes-risk-collapse-beach-erosion">Guardian</a></em>.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/centralcoastcities.shtml">Bureau of Meteorology</a> forecasted large and powerful surf conditions until at least Saturday.</p> <p><em>Photo: ABC News</em></p>

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Cate Blanchett gives rare glimpse inside $12 million Sydney home

<p><span>Australian actress Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton have listed their Sydney home for an eye watering $12 million.</span><br /><br /><span>Blanchett, who is notoriously known for keeping her life private, has given fans a rare glimpse into her luxurious five-bedroom apartment in the heart of the CBD.</span><br /><br /><span>She purchased the property for $8 million in 2015.</span><br /><br /><span>According to The Daily Telegraph, the home has attracted considerable interest online.</span><br /><br /><span>It has been viewed more than 3,000 times since it was listed 12 days ago.</span><br /><br /><span>The two-storey apartment is listed in the Astor building of Sydney and offers unbelievable panoramic views of some of the city's most famous landmarks, including Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Royal Botanic Garden.</span><br /><br /><span>The first floor boasts a gorgeous open plan living, including a lounge, a generous kitchen and dining area, and two bedrooms.</span><br /><br /><span>The kitchen is simply a chef’s delight with stainless steel appliances, and gives plenty of storage options.</span><br /><br /><span>High ceilings with deep stylish black windows flood the interior with natural light.</span><br /><br /><span>The property previously belonged to Barry Humphries, who was better known by his comedic alter ego Dame Edna.</span><br /><br /><span>He infamously and illegally combined three units in the historic building 35 years ago.</span><br /><br /><span>Cate and Andrew, 53, bought the apartment from businessman Mark Bouris, the former host of The Apprentice Australia.</span><br /><br /><span>It seems the pair are getting rid of all their Australian properties, after selling their Berlera Creek holiday home in December.</span><br /><br /><span>Cate and Andrew are now living in England, where they own a $5.7 million manor called Highwell House in East Sussex.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair wed in 1997 and share sons Dashiell, 17, Roman, 15, and Ignatius, 11, and daughter Edith, five.</span></p>

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Frank surprise at dilapidated Sydney house on market for $3.6 million

<p>A dilapidated house with missing floorboards and a collapsed ceiling has been marketed in Sydney for $3.6 million.</p> <p>Located in Darlinghurst’s Surrey Street on a 280sqm site, the five-bedroom property was described as “a true blank canvas”.</p> <p>The online listing from agent BresicWhitney read: “The sprawling residence is a rare chance to craft your dream home from a piece of Inner Sydney history.”</p> <p>The house was last sold in 1990, according to <em><a href="https://www.domain.com.au/112-surrey-street-darlinghurst-nsw-2010-2016260156">Domain</a></em>.</p> <p>The listing has been met with raised eyebrows, with one woman joking on Twitter that buyers should not expect to have “a floor AND a ceiling” amid the economic downturn.</p> <p>“It’s going to be beautiful after someone spends $1.5m rebuilding it,” one wrote.</p> <p>Another person wrote on Reddit: “It shocks me how many run down places in Sydney there are... All million dollar run downs, it’s crazy.”</p> <p>However, others pointed out that the land size and the location would be worth the price.</p> <p>“Five bedrooms with a courtyard and two-car garage in the middle of Darlinghurst. Yeah, $3.6m is about right,” one commented.</p> <p>“Yeah it’s bloody expensive. But what do you expect to pay in the centre of the biggest city just a few minutes’ walk from the CBD … People are paying that much for houses of that size in the ‘burbs.”</p> <p>Sydney ranks among the top three least affordable housing markets in the world alongside Hong Kong and Vancouver, according to <a href="http://demographia.com/dhi2019.pdf">the 15th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey</a>.</p>

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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s “love shack” on the market for $4.75 million

<p><span>The English country manor which Prince Charlie used to court Princess Diana, and later had an affair with the Duchess of Cornwall, is being sold for an asking price of $4.75 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The vast Bolehyde Manor in Allington, Wiltshire has a grand eight bedrooms, a swimming pool, tennis court, three cottages, stables, and can also boast a "tree house complex,” expansive gardens and more on 80 acres of expansive farmland.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9rSX0cAvzj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; 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Catherine Zeta-Jones shows off inside beautiful New York mansion

<p>Catherine Zeta-Jones and her family can definitely say they are one of the lucky families that get to relax and self-isolate during lockdown in their New York mansion.</p> <p>While she nor the rest of her family give many details away about their beautiful home, fans have been given a glimpse of the rooms, including their spectacularly regal black and white theme.</p> <p>Recently, Catherine shared a photograph of her husband Michael relaxing on their gorgeous cream sofa.</p> <p>The Darling Buds of May actress shared the picture on Instagram over the weekend, revealing that her puppy, Taylor, had taken over the sofa.</p> <p>The actress lives in a gorgeous Georgian mansion in Irvington, New York, which is not too far away from Manhattan.</p> <p>Her and Michael share their home with their two children, Dylan, 19, and Carys, 17.</p> <p>Their stunning property boasts magnificent views of the Hudson river and has a sprawling garden, complete with an impressive outdoor kitchen.</p> <p>The home also includes an indoor swimming pool, a library, a gym, and a games room, where Catherine has been spending a lot of time learning how to play pool during the lockdown.</p> <p>There are also ten bathrooms in the house, which are all themed differently, ranging from a gothic all-black design to a spa-like area complete with a roll-top bath.</p> <p>The family has an expansive property portfolio, including a spacious apartment overlooking Central Park on New York's Central Park West, as well as a large family home in Catherine's hometown of Swansea, Wales.</p> <p>While in quarantine, the family have been enjoying spending quality time together and fans have been able to indulge virtually with the family.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Catherine and Michael’s incredible mansion.</p>

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Great-grandparents sell multimillion-dollar penthouse to help COVID-19 research

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>An elderly couple in Queensland have decided to donate the proceeds of their multimillion dollar seaside penthouse in order to help researchers develop a vaccine for COVID-19.</p> <p>Keith and Glenda Drake, both in their 80s, decided to auction off their two-storey penthouse on the Sunshine Coast and want to assist in the search for a cure.</p> <p>The couple moved from the penthouse to an acreage property with their 57-year-old son Neville who requires round-the-clock care as he lives with quadriplegia cerebral palsy.</p> <p>Keith said that the penthouse was earning rental income but decided as long as they have enough income to look after their son’s needs, the money could be put to better use.</p> <p>"We have enough, we know what we need for Neville and his condition, and the rest of our family," he said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-24/couple-donate-penthouse-proceeds-to-coronavirus-research/12177108?pfmredir=sm" target="_blank">ABC</a></em>.</p> <p>"We won't live forever, we're in our 80s … so I said to Glenda, 'Let's do it' and she said, 'Yes!'.</p> <p>"I understood the significance of this pandemic, I realised how serious it was, and thought the laboratories must really be needing some money to do what they've got to do.</p> <p>"Without them coming up with a remedy we could be stuck with this thing for a long time."</p> <p>The couple had already donated $100,000 to the cause but felt the money “wouldn’t get them very far” and decided to add their proceeds from the penthouse to the donation.</p> <p>The funds will go towards expanding national trials, testing the effectiveness of two drugs in the treatment of COVID-19 and other medical research projects.</p> <p>"I couldn't do what they do [medical staff] and that to me is of greater significance than what we are doing," Mr Drake said.</p> <p>"Giving a material thing is not as valuable as the time and energy put in by these medical people.</p> <p>"Those people doing the work — carers, people fighting fires — those are the wonderful people who deserve accolades, not people like us who have just been lucky in business."</p> <p>The funds will go to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (HBWH) Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund, and chief executive Simone Garske said that the family are “incredibly generous”.</p> <p>"The funds from the sale of the property will allow research projects, such as clinical trials, to occur and be expanded when necessary, so we get answers faster," she said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Jason Hodges from Better Homes and Gardens is selling up – and his house is amazing

<p>Fans were devastated when Jason Hodges was<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/i-just-didn-t-see-it-coming-jason-hodges-on-why-his-better-homes-axing-was-a-mistake" target="_blank">axed from</a><span> </span><em>Better Homes and Gardens</em><span> </span>after sixteen years on the show. The man himself confirmed that he just “didn’t see it coming”, he is focusing on the future and plans on taking it easy.</p> <p>Hodgie is now selling his amazing North Ryde property that is heritage listed with a price guide of $1.9 million.</p> <p>The well-loved four-bedroom home has undergone an amazing transformation which is believed to be a labour of love for Hodgie and his partner, Lisa, a horticulturalist.</p> <p>The home is set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens with hedging, lawns, retaining walls, stepping stones and topiary trees. There’s a plunge pool behind a glass fence, water features, hardwood decking, a fixed barbecue and a pizza oven tucked away in the corner of the jaw-dropping garden.</p> <p>“Everyone who has inspected the house has stood on the driveway looking back at the house and commented on how stunning it is,” said agent John McManus.</p> <p>“It just feels like something you would expect to find in the Southern Highlands. When you arrive at the property, it is like you are visiting family in the country.”</p> <p>That comment is especially fitting as Hodgie himself has planned on taking things a lot easier since his departure from the show.</p> <p>“I need to change my lifestyle. The hustle and bustle of Sydney - the tolls, the parking, the units going up…” he trails off.</p> <p>“Berry is heaven, it’s green and lush with rolling hills and the people are even better than the landscape. The sense of community is amazing,” he adds.</p> <p>Hodges has won medals at the Chelsea Flower show and Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show for his work.</p> <p>The couple have two children and have retained many period features inside the home, including exposed brick work, pressed tin ceilings, timber flooring and working fireplaces.</p> <p>The couple renovated the house in 2014, but a new kitchen was added last year.</p> <p>One of Mr McManus’ favourite areas is the main bathroom with freestanding tub, an open shower and a decorative original fireplace.</p> <p>“It is just stunning, to me, he has really thought about keeping the character of the home but also creating something special,” he said.</p> <p>“You could be sitting in the bath on a Friday afternoon with a glass of champagne and the candles going, it is just delightful.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the stunning home and garden.</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.realestate.com.au/news/former-better-homes-and-gardens-landscaper-jason-hodges-to-sell-his-north-ryde-home/" target="_blank">realestate.com.au</a></em></p>

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Guy Sebastian gives rare look into “special” monochromatic mansion

<p><span>Australian pop star Guy Sebastian and his wife Jules have given fans a rare insight into their ultra-modern monochromatic home during the strict quarantine measures. </span><br /><br /><span>As the pair continue to self-isolate with their two children during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have taken to social media to share pictures of their unbelievable $3.1 million Maroubra mansion. </span><br /><br /><span>The property was once described as a “fortress” by angry neighbours and features a tennis court, lush grand piano and a nine-metre high spiral staircase. </span><br /><br /><span>Guy and Jules chose a simple monochrome palette for their interior design, and features concrete walls and black and white features throughout.</span><br /><br /><span>Jules also recently took to social media to give an update on her life, and in that time shared what her bathroom (that she shares with Guy) looks like. </span><br /><br /><span>The mother-of-two revealed in another clip that she had managed to finish renovating her children's bedrooms before coronavirus was declared a pandemic. </span><br /><br /><span>The Sebastians share two children, Hudson James, eight, and Archer Jones, five.</span><br /><br /><span>Guy purchased the home in 2013, and then spent two-and-a-half years renovating it. He finally moved in with his family in June 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>Disgruntled neighbours have made complaints in the past about the loud development, with many describing the home as a “fortress” because of its monolithic facade. </span><br /><br /><span>In December, Guy defended the extensive renovation, telling KIIS FM: “It’s a long build, but it's a pretty special house. It's not normal. It's not a cookie-cutter house. It's cool.”</span></p>

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Royal residence! Rare look into Prince Charles’ and Duchess Camilla’s Clarence House

<p><em>Google Arts &amp; Culture</em> have teamed up with the royal family to give onlookers a virtual tour of Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s highly publicised, but rarely seen Clarence House in London.</p> <p>Royal life is often tightly guarded and kept between the select few. However, it has never been easier to see what it is like to live as a royal.</p> <p>The virtual tour of Prince Charles’ Clarence House only lets onlookers see into the ground floor of the house, but even that is enough to showcase just how family-oriented this royal family is.</p> <p>Littered among the walls and every sitting place is portraits of the Windsor family – from the Prince of Wales’ grandmother to his youngest son, Prince Harry.</p> <p>It is a stunning property that the Queen herself is privileged enough to say she once called home – and judging by the grandeur styling and opulent decor, it is no wonder how the royal would have fit right in.</p> <p>Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have called the Clarence House their own since 2003 and was originally built for the Duke of Clarence who would go on to become King William IV in 1827.</p> <p>He and the Queen were not the only utmost senior royals to call the abode their own, as the Queen Mother once graced the halls of the four-story property between the years 1953 to 2002.</p> <p>For a short time, Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh lived in the home after they were married in 1947.</p> <p>The most mystifying feature of the entire property is the lavish, stunning gardens which is what guests will first see when they enter upon the grounds of Clarence House.</p> <p>Prince Charles designed the gardens himself in 2005 in a bid to honour his grandmother, who he shared a very close relationship with while she was alive.</p> <p>The entrance hall of the home has its own unique and unbelievable features as portraits of great royalty line the walls along with treasured relics.</p> <p>Another intimate touch royal onlookers are given a rare insight to is the family photos on display in the Morning Room, where Prince Charles is said to entertain guests from all walks of life.</p> <p>The gorgeous and unique residence who is called home by Prince Charles and his wife has remained a treasure to the royal family for generations and will continue to do so even when he moves on to become King and is passed on to another royal family member.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Prince Charles’ Clarence House.</p>

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IKEA launches new homewares range for February 2020

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">IKEA is offering a range of practical and stylish homewares, including a range of baskets, armchairs, a hanging organiser and much more.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The latest product drop in February is focusing on a mindful lifestyle while bringing nature into the home through greenery. Natural colour palettes with fresh hues are contrasted sharply with accented colours.</span></p> <p><strong>TJILLEVIPS basket range</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is a range of sustainable handmade baskets that are woven from six different types of plant fibres, which include bamboo, rattan, seagrass, banana fibre, poplar and jute.</span></p> <p><strong>BINGSTA armchair ($199)</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are low and high back versions of this chair on offer and are two colours available. The colours are subdued and elegant grey or a dark shade of yellow. </span></p> <p><strong>KORNSJÖ cabinet with mirror ($299)</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are plenty of storage options for bags, shoes and belongings that are unsightly. It comes in a nice dark shade of grey.</span></p> <p><strong>BORSTAD hanging organiser for accessories ($16.99)</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This hanging organiser boasts plenty of storage if there’s not a lot of space left in your cupboards.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Photo credits: </span><a href="https://www.bhg.com.au/ikea-borstad-homewares-range-february-2020"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Better Homes and Gardens</span></a></em></p>

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House of horrors: Dr. Phil's Beverly Hills mansion hits the market

<p>If there has ever been a house to cause such a wave of disbelief and shock, it is the Beverly Hills mansion of Dr. Phil McGraw which just hit the market for AUD $8.3 million.</p> <p>The star of the Dr. Phil Show has put his house up for sale and it quickly went viral for its quirky, and quite frankly strange, features.</p> <p>From the bejewelled bear and rabbit figurines beneath a wall of guns, to a purple egg chair draping from the ceiling directly across from a massive piece of artwork that reads “f*ck” on it, this home has every eccentric momentum that you could squeeze into a five bedroom, six bathroom house.</p> <p>The images of inside the uniquely designed mansion quickly spread quickly once a Los<em> Angeles Times</em> writer tweeted a collection of interior shots of the house in question.</p> <p>The interesting décor choices and eccentric, out-of-the-box quirks got the attention of over 26,000 people who liked the post.</p> <p>Records show Dr. Phil purchased the home in 2007 however it appears the TV star has never actually lived there.</p> <p>The insane décor choices seem to be the choice of his son, Jordan, who currently calls the place home.</p> <p>He went on to clarify the wall of guns is actually “an anti-gun art installation”.</p> <p>The mansion features five bedrooms and six bathrooms, and the master suite has a private balcony. In true Californian style, there also includes also a dining gazebo, outdoor fireplace, swimming pool, and jacuzzi.</p> <p>On top of that there is a dedicated billiards room and wine cellar. </p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the inside of the home up close.</p>

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6 things you never knew you could put in the washing machine

<p>Bring it on.</p> <p><strong>1. Stuffed animals</strong></p> <p>Place each stuffed animal in its own mesh laundry bag and set your machine to wash and rinse. Use cold water (warm or hot water could melt the toy’s glue) and half the regular amount of detergent. Run the animals through a second rinse cycle to remove all the soap, and allow them to air dry. Fluff fur as needed.</p> <p><strong>2. Sneakers</strong></p> <p>Remove the laces from canvas or nylon sneakers and slip them into a cotton pillowcase where they won’t get tangled. Take out any inner soles or padding from the sneakers and toss the shoes and pillowcase into your washer (if you’re concerned about the shoes causing a racket, throw in a few towels as well). Add the regular amount of detergent, plus a dash of vinegar to deodorise. Set your machine on a cold-wash delicate cycle. Allow the shoes and shoelaces to air dry.</p> <p><strong>3. Pillows</strong></p> <p>Wash pillows two at a time in a warm-water gentle cycle. To ensure you’re washing out all the soap, add an extra cold-water rinse and spin, advises Good Housekeeping. To fluff things up, dry the pillows on low heat, along with a few rubber dryer balls.</p> <p><strong>4. Backpacks and lunch boxes</strong></p> <p>Open all of your backpack’s pockets and check for any items that might be hidden. If there are large pieces of crumbs or debris, use your vacuum cleaner’s crevice attachment to do a thorough pre-cleaning. Put your backpack into a laundry bag or pillowcase and wash it on a gentle cycle in cold water with a small amount of gentle detergent. Allow to air dry.</p> <p><strong>5. Bath mats and small rugs</strong></p> <p>Take the mat outside and shake it to remove any loose dirt, and then load the rug into the washing machine with a few bath towels to balance the load. Set the machine on a cold-wash delicate cycle, and add half the regular amount of detergent. Allow the mat to air dry (never put a rubber-backed mat into the dryer).</p> <div id="page12" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/home-tips/16-things-you-never-knew-you-could-put-in-the-washing-machine"><strong>6. Pet beds</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/home-tips/16-things-you-never-knew-you-could-put-in-the-washing-machine"> <p>Foam pet beds can be cleaned whenever you see fit. Remove the bed’s outside cover and place it in the washing machine with cold water and regular detergent. To clean the foam piece, fill your bathtub halfway with warm water. Add a scoop of laundry detergent and sink the bed into the soapy water. Empty the soap water from the tub and refill with clean water. Rinse the foam out and place it in the sun to air dry. Replace the foam cover and zip it up.</p> <div id="page16" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p><em>Source:<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/washing-machine-suprising-items/" target="_blank">RD.com</a></em></p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/home-tips/16-things-you-never-knew-you-could-put-in-the-washing-machine"><em>Written by Juliana LaBianca. This article first appeared in <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/home-tips/16-things-you-never-knew-you-could-put-in-the-washing-machine">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Bruce Willis finally sells mega-mansion for $11 million

<p>Action star Bruce Willis has finally found a buyer for his Westchester County mansion. The home sold for $US 7.66 million ($AUD 11 million) according to<em> <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/bruce-willis-sells-bedford-corners-estate-for-7-66-million-11577208804" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal.</a></em></p> <p>The home has been on the market for the year but has finally managed to be sold for 41 per cent less than the original asking price.</p> <p>The film star and his wife initially listed the home for $US 12.95 million ($AUD 18.7 million) but were unable to find anyone interested at this price. The couple kept reducing the price over the year until they settled on $USD 7.6 million and reduced the acreage of the original offer.</p> <p>The country house, built in 2009, offers panoramic views of the Croton Reservoir and beyond. It’s located just a 40-minute drive from midtown Manhattan and is a gated estate.</p> <p>The house features a 9,000 square foot main house with five bedrooms, a playroom, a media room and a spacious wine cellar.</p> <p>The estate itself also features formal landscaping, a vegetable garden, a saltwater pool, a pool house and a tennis court.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the luxury residence.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.realtor.com/news/celebrity-real-estate/bruce-willis-finally-sells-his-new-york-country-estate-for-7-66m/" target="_blank">realtor.com</a></em></p>

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