book review: new zealand interior style

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I had been coveting New Zealand Interior Style online for weeks and thankfully it finally hit my doorstep recently, filled to the brim with inspirational homes from across the pond. Author LeeAnn Yare, who is also a freelance interior stylist, has collated some of the best homes New Zealand has to offer, all of which seem to have a theme of being far more daring than their Australian cousins. This post will take a look at some of my fave pages from the book and what I love about the NZ design aesthetic (fun!).

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review: 100 ways to happy chic your life

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If my mother told me tomorrow that I was adopted, I think I’d book a redeye flight to New York to declare myself Jonathan Adler‘s brother. We seem to share the same adoration of colour, a love of quirk, a fondness of humour and a partiality to a scatter cushion or seven. It’s in his latest release – 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life – he cements himself as my ultimate go-to guy for out-of-the-box home decor inspiration. So, we may not be brothers, but we are at the very least cut from the same cross-stitch!

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review: abigail ahern’s decorating with style

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Alert the presses, Creatives; I have been converted! Once a lover of all things light and bright in interiors (you know, sunshine and lollipops, a place where it’s always spring), this release from style maven Abigail Ahern has given me a wondrous appreciate of interiors with mood. The pictures within this release are somewhat dark, very alluring and quite unlike anything I’ve ┬álaid eyes upon in an interiors book (and you know I have many).

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review: mr jason grant’s a place called home

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I was eagerly awaiting the launch of A Place Called Home by Sydney stylist Mr Jason Grant for quite a while – and for many reasons. Firstly, how refreshing to see a home decor book my a male! Secondly, I had seen the front cover of the book splashed over social media and it alone had spoken to me (I have that storage box, I love decorating with red and I adore using pegs to display photos!) Lastly, he’s uniquely Australian; what’s not to love about a local lad whose spent years working with popular magazines, now releasing a book that chronicles his favourite things?

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i’m reading happy home by charlotte hedeman gueniau

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I thought I was a fan of colour and extremely adverse to the use of beige until I picked up Happy Home by the founder of Danish homewares company RICE, Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau. It clearly states from the get-go that not all Danish design is about cool and calm interiors and I must admit, the whole ethos of the book being fun, colour and enjoyment speaks to me like the new Pope speaks to the man upstairs (and I sometimes talk back)!

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obsessed with design your home by shaynna blaze

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I first saw the lovely Miss Shaynna Blaze on Selling Houses Australia years ago and instantly fell in love with the woman (well, the kind of love a homewares-adoring gay lad can have for a woman). Years later, the interior decorating legend has released her very own book, Design Your Home. And true to form, it’s practical, attainable and uniquely Shaynna B!

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loving decorate by holly becker & joanna copestick

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Some books are your coffee table books (you know – you look at the pictures but you’ve never read a word in there) and others are ones you deem a little more educational because they offer actual ideas to make your home amazing. This book by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick is just that; a practical source of inspiration from some of the globe’s top decorators!

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82 modern style ideas to create at home

82 Modern Style IdeasSome books you buy for craft ideas, some books you buy for a bit of DIY inspiration and some books – like this little gem from Inside Out magazine – you buy because it covers both bases (and then some)!

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getting crafty with find & keep by beci orpin

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If you’re after a companion for all things creative, Find & Keep by Melbourne designer Beci Orpin is it. This funky mumma not only creates clothing and homeswares, but has produced some too-cute stationery too.

Her book, which is ideal for both kids and big kids at heart (guilty!), is a step-by-step guide that’ll show you how to make a range of quirky and creative gems.

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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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