How to fake a wall of wallpaper for less than $60

Wallpaper has got such power to transform a room. The problem I have though, is that I love expensive wallpaper. Very expensive wallpaper. On top of the paper cost, you’ve then got the installation cost (I’m so not brave enough to DIY with expensey paper) so it’s always been an ‘admire from afar’ love for me….

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Minimalist DIY coat hooks

Part of my grand plan for the entry hall was to have some simple wooden hooks hung behind the front door. I knew I wanted them to be pale wood to stand out against the deep blue walls and I wanted a simple design. DIY inspiration often strikes when you least expect it. For this project, it…

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Hanging a display plate wall

Why a plate display wall works so well: Groups of vintage plates displayed on a wall are an easy way to add interest and fill up a wall, without having to invest a lot, plus it works with various decorating styles, from cottage to contemporary. Modern plates work too, and there are some amazing melamine trays…

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Revised Edition: Bright & beautiful restyled furniture

I’m a long-time fan of sourcing furniture second-hand and giving it a new lease of life. Dad taught me the beauty of old craftsmanship: the dovetail joins, the beautiful wood grains, the intricate measurements without any need for metal drawer runners, the materials that last for generations. The ‘green factor’ of reducing waste by re-using…

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Welcome to your new source of DIY inspiration

Welcome to House of Ralph you lot! I’m so thrilled to finally throw open the doors. My love of DIY is genetic. Dad renovated a villa from scratch: re-hanging old fashioned sash windows and all. The man is a legend! I however am not a DIY legend. My thing is simple improvements with high impact, done on…

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Painted Striped Walls – Master Bedroom & Ensuite

This is definitely a high impact DIY! Mr House of Ralph was convinced I’d be bored of it within a matter of months, but I still love it 4 years down the track. It’s bright and happy and I love the view walking down our hallway towards the bedroom – you see the glamorous lamps,…

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Hall Table Makeover

Teaching kids that “Just because you want something, doesn’t mean you can have it” takes a while.  It’s tough to hear, I get it. I’ve had to listen to that annoying inner voice many times. Our hallway entrance is a classic example. If I had my way, the hallway entrance table would be a slimline black cubist…

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