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STYLISH STRUCTURES

If you think ceiling roses and corbels are only for heritage houses, think again. Check out these designs that can work with any style of home

1 GEOMETRIC METAL

If you are looking to do something a bit different with your kitchen splashback or even a feature wall, this Geometric pressed metal will certainly have guests intrigued. This is another great way to take an old idea and make it new. schots.com.au

2 UNDER THE ARCH

This Colonial-style archway from Bailey interiors is fit for a king. The thick arch and equally impressive columns that are attached will create a

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Still life.

Master the skitts needed for setting up a fantastic stitt life shot.

The best thing about still life photography is that you can really take your time to get it perfect. When shooting moving subjects, it can be tempting to stick your camera in Auto mode for fear of missing a shot, but if your subject is stationary then you can experiment until you get it right. That’s why it is a fantastic genre for practising with manual modes.

What’s more, there are subjects wherever you look. You don’t have to stick to a bowl of fruit or vase of

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Stealing My Job

Entertainment Options Broaden

I’ve always been an entertainment fanatic. I can’t even remember a time when I wasn’t mesmerized by the music on the stereo and radio, the TV shows on the television, the movies at the theater, or even the celebrities that appear across all those mediums.

It certainly wasn’t a surprise to anyone when I began writing and focused that attention on entertainment, writing reviews, interviews, commentaries, etc., all about that exciting entertainment that had fascinated me all my life. In fact one of the tasks I did for the past several years was writing a «What’s Hot

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Star Trail Photography

Photographing the night sky can be extremely interesting. Though a bit challenging technically, if done following the correct technique, it can yield immensely beautiful results. The world of astronomical photography is a magical, surreal experience. This involves constellation photography, Milky Way photography, computer assisted photography of celestial bodies and the most interesting of all, Star Trail Photography. This article will explain to the reader how to create a star trail photograph. It is not as easy as it reads, at least for one trying it out for the first time. At the same time, it is not as difficult as

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Star Home

Life should be enjoyed: your home should be filled with beauty, your food should be delectable, you should spend your free time surrounded by friends and when you give gifts, the recipient should feel the care and affection you put into selecting the present. In summary, you should enjoy a trip to Star Home.

A prime shopping destination for the person who loves décor, especially with French and Italian influences, food, wine and entertaining. Star Home offers visitors a variety of home accents, kitchen accessories (it’s the heart of the home), specialty comestibles and thoroughly charming gifts.

Whether you’re seeking

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STAND AND PLAY

I have always admired the art of trials riding. The skill and finesse required to get the very best out of a trials bike is very impressive. The bikes themselves are aggressive and built for launching up rock faces and attacking some gnarly obstacles. I’ve spent very little time on one — maybe half an hour, max.

With this in mind, I was slightly nervous when Damien informed me of a day on board the Jota Gas and Gas Gas range with the guys who import these machines, the Hell Team.

Boothy and I headed to Pacific Park situated on

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STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary staircase? These designs will make your stairs the centrepiece of your home

01 TANTALISING TIMBER

Antique Floors makes handcrafted timber flooring and staircases from recycled Australian hardwoods and French oak. The thicknesses of this staircase’s floating treads is the key aesthetic in this design, complemented by the metal thread screen and crisp, white walls. antiquefloors.com.au

02 MERRY-GO-ROUND

Who said spiral staircases were a thing of the past? In this Andrew Maynard design, the staircase is the centrepiece in the family living area. The metal structure adds to the industrial feel of the space and the black

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Stack-em-up pachyderm.

Meet Elliott the elephant, who has it all. Over Humpty Dumpty—because you can put Elliott back together again. In fact, lie stacks up pretty nicely in the hands of a three- to six-year-old. As the kids get older, they can park Elliott on a night table or bookcase and still enjoy his company.

Start by Machining the Head.

1. Remove the pattern insert from the center of the magazine, and copy the full-sized patterns for all elephant parts. (Note: Make two copies each of the upper body, lower body, and ear patterns.) Next, cut out the patterns (one copy each)

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SPRING FLING

Spring clean your outdoor surfaces and furniture.

Spring is in the air! The days are growing warmer and the sweet scent of flowers fills the senses. After cold winter rains, winds and frosts, outdoor spaces are in definite need of a spruce up. So it’s time to shake off those winter blues and get spring-cleaning outdoors. To start, cast a critical eye around your outdoor spaces and make a list of the chores you’ll need to do to take your outdoor areas from winter drab to springtime fab.

ALL HANDS ON DECK

Hose down your outdoor decks and stain or

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Sport and action.

Whether it’s the thrills and spills of motor sport, your kids racing around the park on their bike or the dog jumping for sticks, action photography is both challenging and exciting. It’s also one of the trickiest photographic disciplines that will test you and your equipment to the limit, but if you stick with it and master the basic skills required, great images will result. timing is the key to success. Often opportunities only last for a fraction of a second before the moment is lost, but in that time you have to make numerous decisions-about focusing, exposure and composition,

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