discovering the fringe bar flea markets

You know, sometimes you can live in a city and not be aware that there are creative things happening right on your doorstep. Case in point: the newly renovated Fringe Bar flea markets in Paddington, Sydney – taking place every Saturday and showcasing some very too-cool local creatives and their wares.

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megan morton’s things i love book

If it’s one thing I do on a regular basis on lunch breaks, it’s walk to the bookstore nearby, head straight to the home and design section and look for new book releases.

Some need a few minutes of perusing, some you flick through for five minutes and then put back on the shelf and some – like this little gem from creative genius Megan Morton – need about 15 seconds of flick-through before you march to the counter and bag that bad boy!

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creative finds | this weekend’s top five

1. String of IKEA solar lights = pop of colour!
This string of solar lights was as cheap as chips and contrasts nicely against the bamboo fence in my outdoor entertaining area. I’m going to be using them in a few weeks at a party I am having to ring in Summer in Australia – bring it on!

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inside few and far on the south coast

Nestled in Huskisson, about two and a half hours south of Sydney, lies one of the most breathtaking homeswares stores I know, Few and Far.Nestled in Huskisson, about two and a half hours south of Sydney, lies one of the most breathtaking homeswares stores I know, Few and Far.

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project | put together a gorgeous gift hamper

A friend of mine recently moved house with her little ones and it was time to go on a road trip to check out her new digs. I decided to put together a housewarming hamper of a few essentials she mentioned she needed. I always say the presentation is just as important as the pressie, here’s how it all came together!

My top tip: take everything out of its original packaging for maximum impact!

Simply layer some tissue paper in the base of a box to create a little volume (and protect the contents). I chose white and pink here because it contrasts nicely against the blue box; not too feminine but not too manly.

I added in four red wine glasses and a packet of candles in red hues. Just squeeze them in wherever you can!

I popped a few tea towels into the hamper in complementing pink and white shades and then added some serviettes which tie in perfectly with the look I was going for – it’s a little girly but not too overboard.

Apart from the tissue paper – which was sourced from Typo and a local newsagent – all items were purchased from IKEA.

This idea can be transferred to any box and tailored to any occasion – especially Christmas!