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Here is a series of articles written by well-known architects, interior designers and DIYers telling us why they love to use wood, and extolling the many benefits that it provides in your home, school or office. We hope you enjoy reading them. Please let us know what you think.

James Treble's 5 top ways to use wood in your home

One of the luxuries we have in our modern world is the choice of materials we can work with. It seems like every week, there's a new product with which to build, create and make stuff out of. Here James Treble talks about some of the best ways to use wood in your home.

Weathering design trends: how timber has transformed over time

Changes in the perception of wood throughout architectural history continue to affect the way we use the material today, influencing our built environments and interior design choices. Peter Maddison, Director of Maddison Architects and host of TV's Grand Designs Australia explains.

Working with the grain: two amateur furniture makers share a passion for wood

Two years ago, 29-year-old registered nurse Nick decided it was about time he owned a spice rack. He didn't want a plastic one sold in a box. Then an idea struck him like a piece of wood: why not make this lovely spice rack himself? From a piece of wood!

Want a more mindful home? Start with wood

Creating a tranquil environment at home is not just an aesthetic ideal, it could make it easier for you and your family to maintain a positive, healthy lifestyle. But what are the elements required to be more Zen in your den?

Go with wood for the happy home office

A home work-space that incorporates the natural beauty of the outdoors can make all the difference between being bored and disconnected and to being a productive and happy home-based worker.

A touch of wood

Beautiful homes are created from spaces that promote warmth, comfort and relaxation. There is no easier way to achieve those feelings than to incorporate sustainably sourced, certified wood into your home environment.

Five advantages of wooden furniture

There is no household area that doesn't suit the warmth, richness, comfort and finesse of wooden furniture. Tables, chairs, bed frames, shelves, chests of drawers, cupboards and even ornaments-the advantages of wooden furniture in the home cannot be overstated.

Why wooden floors are a good option in the kitchen

Wooden flooring is an ever-popular staple of Australian interior design. The warmth, elegance and practicality of timber floors are at the heart of living rooms, bedrooms, studies and dining rooms nationwide. But what about the kitchen? Here you can find out why.

My wooden house

I began building my cabin in the 1980s, sporadically doing work on it as time and professional commitments allowed. Living mostly in Sydney left little time for me to do much though, so in the early 2000s, I decided to move to the area to get serious about completing the project...

Five simple home DIY projects you can do with wood

Have you always wanted to work with wood, but never known quite where to start? Fortunately, there are many DIY projects that a beginner can take on, with this article outlining five projects tailor-made for those just getting involved with making with wood.

How to connect with nature in a city apartment

While high-density living has always been part of Australian city life, we have recently witnessed a sharp upturn in the construction of high-rise residential buildings. This means more and more people are living in apartments that are not directly connected to the natural world. Here are some options for bringing an 'organic' feel to city living.