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HAPPY VIBE: Festoon lights are an instant way to add a summer vibe to your outdoor living space.

Staying home these holidays? Here's how to have a relaxed break in your own abode.

Reward yourself for progress

ME TIME: Make time for some R 'n' R to balance out the stress of home improvements.

1:41 PM  Some of us need all the help we can get to start, and finish, a home-improvement project.

Creative space best for relaxing

Best spot: Debbie Pointon with dog Chagall in the hammock where she sits to look out at the hills and sky.

1:26 PM  Kapiti artist Debbie Pointon's favourite room is perched on a steep bank with majestic views of the hills.

Agents charging by the hour

real estate

A Christchurch real estate agent is offering an alternative to sellers fed up with paying percentage commission.

DIY: How to lay pavers

LAY THE WAY: Get a good grip on the project at hand before launching into creating your new patio or path.

Pavers can be a great solution for extending your outdoor living, but the key is in the preparation.

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