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My cat doesn’t make me laugh out loud
. November 15, 2017 . 0 Comments

My cat doesn’t make me laugh out loud

Isn’t it every cat owner’s dream to make a funny cat video that goes viral on the internet? Alright, I admit it’s exploitative. But any person who shares their precious apartment space with a feline fur kid or two knows that exploitation works both ways. Like the ever more expensive (more…)

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The incredible shrinking apartment, how small can you go?
. November 15, 2017 . 0 Comments

The incredible shrinking apartment, how small can you go?

We’re on a bit of theme this week, it’s all about living small. Whether it’s to afford to live where we want in our city of choice and still have money for teabags, or to be more social and share the work and play part of our lives with others. (more…)

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Shake up your bathroom storage
. November 8, 2017 . 0 Comments

Shake up your bathroom storage

Do you suffer from bathroom blues? You have whatever storage the architect decided would suffice but it’s not enough, not even close? More and more bottles, jars and cans burst forth from cupboards until you’re using the edge of the bath, the toilet cistern and the top of the shower (more…)

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Forget the car space it’s time to get on your bike
. November 8, 2017 . 0 Comments

Forget the car space it’s time to get on your bike

The times they are a changing at such a pace it’s hard to remember whether your phone opens with a PIN, a fingerprint or by just staring lovingly at it. We’re becoming more urban, more urbane, more loving of apartment life and enjoying a world where we can live happily (more…)

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Six of the best convertible coffee tables
. November 1, 2017 . 0 Comments

Six of the best convertible coffee tables

Coffee tables are a major presence in our homes, replacing our ancestors campfire as somewhere to gather to eat and tell stories.  They can reflect our style, they can display our tastes, they are so integral that the Seinfeld episode when Kramer came up with the idea of a coffee (more…)

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In Brief: Brutalist block out but containers in
. October 26, 2017 . 0 Comments

In Brief: Brutalist block out but containers in

The ‘so ugly it’s beautiful’ Sirius building in Sydney’s Rocks area is a step closer to demolition after the NSW government rejected heritage status for the brutalist former public housing block. NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton announced on Wednesday that she had declined to grant protection for the block, opening (more…)

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Taking the sofabed to a whole new level
. October 25, 2017 . 0 Comments

Taking the sofabed to a whole new level

I often think being an apartment owner is like being a gypsy. There’s something about the lock and leave mentality that means if you don’t get back there later that night, it’s not a problem. Nothing will happen while you’re gone and you’re free to stay up all night or (more…)

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Fear of flatting – how I learned to loathe living in a house
. October 25, 2017 . 0 Comments

Fear of flatting – how I learned to loathe living in a house

It was my life’s desire to never live in an apartment, much like old people don’t want to move into a retirement home. I didn’t want to live so close to other people, sharing lift lobbies, stairs, gardens, balcony barbecue smoke, party noise, music noise, dog barking noise, leaf-blower noise. (more…)

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Five fantastic hacks for your micro flat
. October 25, 2017 . 0 Comments

Five fantastic hacks for your micro flat

Those of us living in expensive state capitals may have to accept that we might never be able to afford the apartment of our dreams. But don’t despair, because if you’re the type of person that enjoys a gadget (and who isn’t, really?) gets a kick out of things that (more…)

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Wish list survey shows we’re wannabe tradies
. October 16, 2017 . 0 Comments

Wish list survey shows we’re wannabe tradies

You know that immense feeling of satisfaction when you’ve followed instructions and assembled a piece of Ikea furniture? And the drawers open and close? And it looks just like it did in the store. Great isn’t it? You’ve saved money, you’ve demonstrated your self-assembly skills which gives you self-confidence and (more…)

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Seven reasons you may need to say bye-bye to your balcony barbie
. October 15, 2017 . 1 Comment

Seven reasons you may need to say bye-bye to your balcony barbie

Could this be our last summer of unfettered fry-ups on balcony barbecues, asks Jimmy Thomson.  It’s certainly heading in that direction with everybody getting  very worked up about flammable cladding fires, not to mention legislation that makes it easier for apartment residents to get rid of the smoky, smelly and (more…)

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The skies are green; apartment blocks with treetops.
. October 11, 2017 . 0 Comments

The skies are green; apartment blocks with treetops.

One of the tiny dilemmas for us apartment dwellers is how far to go with our balconies, our way to show our personalities to the neighbours and the world. A hardy Yucca plant maybe. A few pots with flowering plants. Or no greenery, just furniture for us or the fur (more…)

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