chatting with sonia from life love and hiccups – my funniest interview yet!

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If it’s one blog I turn to for a good chuckle, it’s Life Love and Hiccups; the work of Sydney-sider Sonia Stackhouse, whose love of online shopping and vodka strikes a real chord with my liver. A mum and wife who celebrates both the triumphs and hiccups in life, I simply had to take five with this lovely lady for my most hilarious interview yet. We discuss everything from picking a favourite child, pitching a show to Foxtel and taking out Tara Dennis.

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my interview with creatives ashdown & bee

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I first discovered the work of Ashdown & Bee at the Freedom Summer Launch a few months back and was instantly drawn to their design aesthetic. Little did I know, bespoke signage for media events was just one of the services the Stanmore-based business offers; styling, event planning, visual merchandising and more are what this creative couple excels at. They were even kind enough to make me my very own TLC sign during the interview (cue the girly squeels!).

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a chat with libby walsh from prop hire online

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For Libby Walsh, the owner of Prop Hire Online, keeping precious pieces on the website and out of her own home is a definite challenge. “I’m not going to lie… there have been one or two pieces that I purchased for the business that have never quite made it onto the website,” she tells me – and I don’t blame her! The site is not only the go-to space for stylists and event organisers in need of amazing props, but they sell some of the pieces to the general public too (I am dying!).

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my interview with stylist mr jason grant

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It’s safe to say that Mr Jason Grant has played an integral part in Aussie styling for years. Having worked with the likes of Inside Out, Real Living, Freedom, Murobond and a host of other Aussie brands, he now adds author to his CV with his latest book release A Place Called Home. I caught up with this stylist extraordinaire to talk about his own home, his new paint range and how he rose to fame.

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my interview with belle’s neale whitaker

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As Editor-in-Chief at Belle, Neale Whitaker is at the forefront of what’s hot in interior design. And although he has witnessed thousands of homes grace the pages of the popular mag, he admitted in a recent issue that not every home is to his taste. “…that was a controversial thing to say,” he tells me. I caught up with this industry heavyweight and The Block judge to discuss the magazine, his decor secret shame and his take on Christmas decorating.

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my interview with icon karen mccartney

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With a career spanning over 20 years and many continents, Karen McCartney has become an industry expert on interior design and home styling. The founding Editor of Inside Out magazine is now on board as Temple & Webster’s Editorial Director, revelling in the fast pace of the ever-changing online space. I was lucky enough to take some time out with this interiors icon to learn more about her creative journey, how she styles her own home and so much more!

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upcycled designer furniture from ginger elliott

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For Nicole Elliott & Sarah Hargrave – the founders of design business Ginger Elliott – finding unique furniture pieces to upcycle is a giddy experience. “Quite often we turn heads, as we can’t contain ourselves with excitement,” they tell me. “The thrill of finding the piece starts the creative process”. And what a process it is. Just looking at some of their creations is giving me heart palpitations (in the best way possible!).

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top notch textiles from a local creative

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I do love me a soft furnishing (guilty as charged), so I was rather delighted when I discovered local Creative Shakira Lima during my online travels. Her store, Shakiraaz – a celebration of handcrafted and Indian-inspired gems – was established in 2011 after she spent a few years prior developing and creating products out of her Melbourne home.

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a chat with interior designer kelly ross

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As the creative director behind The Gentry – a design business that has undertaken a slew of well-known interiors projects – Kelly Ross also happens to be my teacher at the International School of Colour and Design. Having travelled for 13 years as a set, props and scenic creative for theatre, she’s had quite an artistic journey so far. I sat down for a chat with this Sydney-based Creative to find out more about her business, her role at iscd and what she considers to be her finest moment.

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industrial framing and furniture – I’m there!

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Perhaps it’s stating the obvious to admit that I’m a bit in love with rustic and industrial furniture. But to know that it’s crafted by a local family who’ve spent the past 20 years building it from its humble beginnings in a backyard shed into something spectacular, is altogether more warm and fuzzy! This is the story of Mulbury; an Aussie homewares and furniture business that not only makes breathtaking pieces, but does it with heart. I sat down with manager Ryan Melder to find out more about this rustic treasure trove.

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