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My Favourite Home Magazines – Home Improvement Thursday

My Favourite Home Magazines – Home Improvement Thursday

Being a home renovator, I am constantly looking for inspiration. Being the business manager for a construction company means I need to be on the ball with industry trends and changes. Inspiration for me comes from so many different sources, both online and in print. With so many different publications available, how do you know which one to choose for inspiration? Let’s take a look at a few of my favourite home magazines to see where you could also find some inspiration.


My Top 5 Favourite Home Magazines

Queensland Homes



This magazine is a natural inspiration for me, both with our own renovation and those that we do for others. Featuring real homes, great stockist and informative articles, this is a great source of inspiration for all our projects! Queensland Homes supports local builders, architects, interior designers and Australian stockist to keep you up to date with the latest trends and designs. As a bonus, I am featured this season with a little write up about my HIA CSR QLD Business Partner of the Year Award.

Home Beautiful


Home Beautiful magazine caters for all styles of homes from contemporary through to classic. A great source of inspiration for all types of building projects. With the bonus of fascinating creatives interviews, and coverage of the TV series House Rules, Home Beautiful magazine is a popular choice for many.

Real Living


Real Living magazine is a great choice for DIYers. Full of inspiration and how to guides, if you are renovating on a budget, this is a great choice. Gorgeous pictures, inspirational rooms and tutorials make for a great lunch time read.


Australian House and Garden


When I want a magazine that covers all sort of home and lifestyle, this is the one I head too! From DIY to house tours, to cooking, to gardening this magazine covers the lot. A great multipurpose read. If you are on a budget and can only afford one magazine, Australian House and Garden magazine is the one I would choose.

Inside Out


Another all rounder with craft, DIY, gardening, advice and lifestyle sections, Inside Out magazine is a great value for money read. I find this magazine to be more contemporary of all the magazines I read.

Print media is just one of the ways in which I source my inspiration. I am lucky enough to be in a position to be able to attending trade nights where the newest and latest rends are shared, webinars where designers share what inspiration they found oversesas, as well as the real homes found on Instagram.

How do you find your inspiration? Do you have a favourite magazine?


HIT Rules
1. Linkable posts, must centre around the topics of DIY, Renovations, Home Organisation, Home Improvement, Home Makeovers, Home Styling, or Home Maintenance.
2. You can share 1 post each week. Please make sure they are new to the “Home Improvement Thursday” party.
3. Linking is simple, find the little blue button at the end of the post that says, Add Your Link, and then pop in your URL, and follow the prompts. Your link only needs to be added once and it will automatically show up on both of our blogs… it’s that easy!
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5. Follow the blogs of your fellow #HIT family, and leave a comment. Please visit and comment on at least three blogs that are near you on the list.
6. Leave a comment on the post below so we can return the favour and comment on your post.
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*Each week Bec and I will feature one of your posts onto our social media pages. By adding your link, you are giving The Builder’s Wife and The Plumbette permission to post one photo from your post with a link back to the full post for future roundups on our blogs and possibly share your image and link on social media.
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  1. Congrats again on your feature in Queensland Homes, Nicole. I love reading the Your Home & Garden magazine here in NZ. Anything to do with organisation captures my eye!

    Thanks for hosting 🙂 Good to be back in the link up 🙂

  2. I love real living and also homes plus which is very similar. Love to flip through and admire all the beautiful houses and dream…

  3. You’re totes famous now you’re in a magazine! I never really buy magazines, but I love poring over them when I’m in waiting rooms or at the doctors surgery!

  4. I don’t buy many magazines, but I do have a subscription to Real Living that Jacob bought for me last year and will run out in 2 months time. I enjoy reading it, but find I want to buy a lot of the items in the magazine. 🙂

  5. I use to be obsessed with home magazines bringing home about 3 a month (Real Living, Australian Home & Garden and Inside Out) but I started running out of space and find that I get a lot of inspiration online from Pinterest and Instagram so I don’t need the magazines so much anymore. I do love having a flip through them every now and again though!

  6. […] *Sharing over at The Builder’s Wife with this week’s Home Improvement Thursday. […]

  7. Congrats on your feature, well deserved. I love all these magazines.
    They are my weekend treat,
    Time to myself to stop and read, priceless.
    I love just reading and not being on social media, it’s my relaxing time, and I love the inspiration. Happy weekend lovely x Cheers.

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