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9 Groundcovers to Plant Around Stones

Groundcovers are plants that don’t grow particularly tall and are a suitable spreading option around choice areas of the garden to prevent weeds from growing there instead. It’s a strategy borne out of a desire to stop monocultures forming — gardens that only use one type of plant waste space in between seeds, allowing weeds […]

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Spotlight on pet rescue shelters

Here at Artisan Stone we believe that every pet deserves a forever home, and that the local pet shelters around Australia are doing an amazing job to take care of abandoned dogs and cats until they find their new family. We’ve decided to shine a light on some of the amazing pet rescue organisations in […]

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Dark and Natural: Decorating with Dark Coloured Porcelain and Stone

Oikos timber look tiles – Artisan Stone Rich, dark, natural stone provides a stunning complexion or highlight to any home. Jet black and deep ochre colours are opulent and thick. In the right setup they look ethereal and complex, and are amazing to use as a main event or as a striking contrast against lighter […]

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9 Ideas for Garden Pathways

The garden path is a byline through your backyard and should suit the overall design of your home just as well as the wallpaper or paint job. Each pathway should reflect the garden it’s housed in, which can sometimes be a difficult task. We’ve collected a few ideas and tips that can help you find […]

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8 Ways to Use Marble in the Home

Marble has been sitting quietly in the background when it comes to material choice over the last few years. It’s a classic look that’s been fashionable since the time of the Ancient Greeks, but has recently been a little on the fringes compared to other building materials. This is all starting to change now as […]

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Stop Your Dog From Digging Up Your Garden

Have you got a dog who just loves destroying your pristine garden beds? Dogs don’t usually dig out of any desire to wreck your garden, it’s just an instinctual behaviour that can signify several things. No matter the reason, it’s a gardener’s nightmare to have a rowdy dog upheaving the begonias. Luckily, there’s a lot […]

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Themed Gardens Series Part 1: Japanese Gardens

The traditional Japanese garden is an expression of core tenets from Shintoist and Buddhist philosophy. They’re a journey and a landscape as much as they are a static image, and strolling through one you’re bound to see a deliberate, precarious intertwining of rock, sand, running water, and plant life in harmony. In modern times, the […]

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How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Dining Space

Outdoor dining suits the Australian summer perfectly. Whether it’s brunch listening to birdsong or firing up the barbie for a fry-up at night, it’s part of our cultural consciousness to take a meal under the sky. Outdoor dining works just as well for a tiny suburban backyard or a sprawling country pasture with a little […]

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5 Ways to Enhance the Design of Your Pool

Over the years, we’ve seen so many pools elevated from good to great just by incorporating some simple and clever design ideas. Here are 8 of our favourites to give you some inspiration to transform your own backyard pool. 1. Embracing curves This spa on the South Coast of NSW became a standout feature simply […]

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6 Ways to Add Texture to Your Home with Natural Stone

Have you ever walked into a beautifully styled space but felt as though something was missing? You may not quite understand what it is, all the components are there – colour scheme, furniture, decorative items, lighting – so what is it that can feel so wrong sometimes? Chances are that it’s texture. Texture is the […]

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