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The room is nice enough, but theres just… What? Just a little something missing. Maybe it needs a bit of a mini face-lift, something you can do yourself without a big investment of time, money and effort. How about a feature wall? I know, youre thinking that old dark paneling or the knotty pine tongue-in-groove your dad put up in the rumpus room in the 70s. It was groovy then, but sort of fell out of favour. But with todays variety of wall coverings, the feature wall has morphed into something trendy, eye-catching and cool.

There are many materials, textures and colours you can choose from, depending on the room and the mood you’d like to invoke. Feature walls are a great way to add life to a space-one wall-while keeping other walls in the room neutral. If you decide you want to try something else, or if it doesn’t turn out the way you’d hoped, it’s a lot easier and faster to redo one wall.You can get funky with pops of colour without it overwhelming you. Fuchsia on one wall is inspired; on all four, it’s just purple! Because you’re doing a relatively small

Continue reading The room is nice enough, but theres just… What? Just a little something missing. Maybe it needs a bit of a mini face-lift, something you can do yourself without a big investment of time, money and effort. How about a feature wall? I know, youre thinking that old dark paneling or the knotty pine tongue-in-groove your dad put up in the rumpus room in the 70s. It was groovy then, but sort of fell out of favour. But with todays variety of wall coverings, the feature wall has morphed into something trendy, eye-catching and cool.

THE ROAD TO GROENFONTEIN

In the winter of 2010, ceramicist Clementina van der Walt and Her partner, entrepreneur, Albie Bailey, decided to go on a road trip. On the street outside their Green Point apartment, World Cup fever was at a pitch.

Their journey would be slow, with the possibility of scouting for a place in the country and an itinerary that included Calitzdorp, Ouotshoorn and Barkly East — all the way to Grahamstown. But before they were due to set foot in the «City off Saints» they fell in love with a rambling Victorian school in the Groenfontein Valley.

Eleven kilometres outside Calitzdorp,

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THE ROAD AHEAD FOR SUZUKI

Suzuki is slowly beginning to stand back up after the body blows it received from the economic collapse of 5 years ago. As the company gains balance on its feet and prepares to dust itself off, I fully expect it to rise to full height sooner rather than later. Truthfully, this is something I sense more than I know from being told, in part because Suzuki is keeping both marketing and product plans very much to itself—despite my trying to trick its PR staff into burping up info on tomorrow’s hardware. Damn professionals.

T e new V-Strom concept is appealing—and

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The rise of the tiger girlfriend

They’re feisty, fearless and on a mission to improve their man

You’ve probably heard of ‘tiger mums’ — those women who relentlessly try to hothouse their kids to success. Now it seems they’ve spawned a new breed: tiger girlfriends. In fact, the phenomenon has been around for a few years, says psychotherapist Terence Watts, and the pioneer in this was Victoria Beckham. When she first met David back in 1997, Posh was already a household name, then suddenly his career skyrocketed on and off the pitch. He spoke differently, he dressed differently, his international career flourished — all thanks to

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The rings of Jupiter

Did you know that Jupiter has rings like Saturn? Only recently have we been able to study them.

The gas giants Jupiter and Saturn have been known about and observed since ancient history. During the Renaissance period and with the dawn of the telescope, Saturn was characterised by its mesmerising ring system whereas Jupiter was the hulking brute of the Solar System, known for the swirling tempest blooming on its south equatorial belt that was later dubbed the Great Red Spot. Scientists identified a similar ring system on Uranus, so when Voyager 1 began its flyby of Jupiter in early

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THE RIGHT STRIPES.

With her experimental approach to design, nothing is quite as it seems in ceramic artist Sara Moorhouse’s colourful world…

In Cardiff, a building is shaking. Fragile ceramic bowls tremble and rattle. One inches dangerously close to the edge of a shelf but Sara Moorhouse slides it back to safety with a well-practised hand gesture. ‘The railway line runs right behind our building,’ she says, as carriages thunder past the window of her airy first-floor studio. ‘So every now and again, somebody loses a pot.’ This is Fireworks Clay Studios — home to 20 artists, who share kilns in a converted

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THE RIGHT CHOICE

Home appliances offer a world of choice and a world of confusion! Here’s how to make the right selection to suit your needs and your budget

What makes us buy one particular manufacturer’s appliance over another’s? Are you a very savvy consumer; are you armed to the eye-teeth with information, or is it a case of buying what takes your fancy? When you buy a product there are many factors that influence your buying decision, including advertising on TV, printed media and home shows, retail showrooms, the Internet and personal recommendations. Of these, a personal recommendation from somebody who you

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THE RIGHT ADVICE

What is the risk of not employing a building designer or an architect on your project? Andrew Winter gives some sound advice on working with professionals

You have decided a brand-new home is what you want — the great Aussie dream. This is your chance to live in a home that is not only shiny and new, but with exactly the right number of rooms for you, the right balance of space, the storage you need, enough power outlets, the outdoor area ready to welcome your (hopefully) slightly envious friends and family, and a home that suits the block and

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THE REAL TEST

To do anything these days, society gives us a test. If you want to live in Australia, you must pass a test. If you want a driver’s licence, you must pass a test. If you want to get through high school, you must pass several hundred tests and still have no direction in life.

It wasn’t that long ago that MA introduced a stricter method for coaching and allowing riders, especially juniors, on the track. At the moment, riders must do a minimum of five hours’ coaching each year and on each bike as they progress. To my way of

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The Reign Of Spain…

Many years ago, when I first learned what the ‘ES’ part of the ES-335 stood for, the strangeness of the label only added to the guitar’s allure. It was also a surprise to find out that it was part of a long and distinguished line of ES instruments that Gibson produced. The 335’s place in guitar history has long been assured, but this month’s cover story goes a fair bit deeper than that. Not only do we celebrate the ES-335’s majesty, we also look into the other members of the Electric Spanish family, and discover why this model gained a

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