Inside & out: Home tips


The latest in news, trends and happenings for the home.

Safer Home app

Ikea have launched a mobile app to help parents and carers with practical tips and ideas to prevent injuries in the home. Targeted to parents and carers of children up to seven years old, Safer Home takes users around a virtual home where they can learn about child safety tips in all sorts of living scenarios.Ikea stores nationally will also being running internal training sessions available to all staff, to help customers make better decisions when it comes to planning a space for small children.

Safer Home is available on the App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android.

Journaling and wellbeing

Officeworks has partnered with Zohab Zee Khan, a writer and spoken word poet who now runs poetry workshops around the world, to discuss the importance of picking up a pen to express your thoughts and feelings. Zohab, who is the official ambassador for Officeworks’ Time to Write campaign, has been running workshops across the country on Brilliance Poetry, a form of writing that encourages people to seek out the best attributes about themselves and increase self-esteem.

More information on brilliance poetry can be found via Officeworks’ YouTube channel.

Jason Hodges at Bunnings

Next weekend, Bunnings at Majura Park will host Jason Hodges for a meet and greet and to answer gardening questions. Jason is a professional landscaper on Better Homes and Gardens, a four-time Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show gold medallist, and made his show debut at London’s Chelsea Flower show in 2012.

Jason will be at Bunnings Warehouse Canberra Airport, 971 Majura Road, Majura Park on Sunday 27 October 11am-2pm.

Spring gardening tips

The top five golden gardening tips no one tells you, from tough-shoe company Muck Boots:

  1. Patience is a virtue: Don’t get disheartened if you don’t see the fruits of your labour flourish after a few weeks, just let nature do its work and know that a year from now you’ll have a blossoming garden.
  2. Show some TLC: No two plants are the same; they all like to be cared for differently so do a little digging around on the internet about how best to look after your garden.
  3. Start small: In the beginning, focus your efforts on one section of the garden. It’s better to be proud of one or two thriving plants than be frustrated because you’re trying to grow everything at once.
  4. Protect yourself: It’s really important to wear good quality, protective boots and gloves when you’re out in the garden.
  5. Choose plants native to your area: Indigenous and native plants are able to provide better habitats for native butterflies, native bees, birds and other wildlife. Indigenous plants may also be better suited to the local soil and weather.

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