real rooms: juliet’s colourful kitchen diner

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Juliet Morris’ divine kitchen and dining space caught my attention for a few reasons. Yes, the fully stocked bar was one of them, but the punches of colour were also a drawcard. Having lived in this Curtin home with her husband Clive and two children for ten years, Juliet is a clear lover of high voltage hue, allowing her pieces to pop by pairing them with a black and white base.

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celebrating my brother’s life through a custom-made piece of art

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I know it’s always sunshine and lollipops in TLC land, but I wanted to write a more serious post to share a special moment that happened to me this week, that really highlighted how the creative community can help one another through grief. The lovely Skye Tiernan from Little Pearl Designs sent an artwork my way that she had been working on for a month or so, that I asked her to create to celebrate the life of my brother David, who passed away in November last year.

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real rooms: melody’s eclectic dining space

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This week’s divine real room comes courtesy of Melody Rautio from Parkes in NSW, who tells me this space is used for more than just eating. Reading the Sunday paper and time on the laptop means that this eclectic area is a multi-purpose paradise. There are a number of reasons I’m going nutty for this dining room; it’s safe to say that there’s a lot to love!

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the amazing abstract art of carolyn o’neill

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A beginner painting course in 2003 unlocked something in Bendigo-born artist Carolyn O’Neill, leading her to leave behind her career as a psychiatric nurse. “My past occupation has made me more aware of human emotions and the fragility of the mind, including my own,” she says. I don’t know about you, but I think a story this interesting needs exploring. And explore it I did, when I spoke with the artist – who now calls Hamilton home.

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | The world is intent on feeding my desire to turn into a crazy cat lady with 45 felines running around. And who am I to put up a fight? This week I had the pleasure of stumbling across the amazing Cloudy Apple website, where I laid eyes on this amazing Amelie gift pack. These easy-to-assemble decorative boxes – in all their kitty cuteness – are the best way to display a gift, if you can part with them yourself!

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brighten up your space with a citrus splash

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At a friends place recently, I saw a rogue orange and random lemon scattered on her kitchen bench. The iPhone got put down soon after and in a moment of genius I realised what great colours these are to brighten up a space (especially during summer Down Under). Check out some yellow, orange and green decorating inspiration:

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