christmas has landed at ikea (hold me back!)

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Something really must be said about traditional Christmas colours; they take me right back to being a child in the eighties, before stylists turned the festive season blue and pink and orange and lime green. This year, IKEA has released its Christmas decorations in hues I can’t help but smile over; glorious gold and silver plus a generous dose of green and red. What can I say? I want it all and I need it all – immediately if not sooner! No, really, someone get me to IKEA before I throw a tantrum (just like in the eighties).

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check out the papaya christmas collection (and go in the draw to win a tree)

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Nothing gets me more excited than Christmas imagery. I can’t explain in words how much I love decorating at this time of year. Everyone complains that the stores get Christmas wares out too early, but I’d love nothing more than having them around all year long! The team at Papaya have once again outdone themselves this year with their festive decorations – and not only can you view them in this post, but you can go in the draw to win a stunning Christmas tree too – valued at $249.95!

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my homewares adventure in lovely lane cove

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I love nothing more than connecting with local Creatives, so I was beyond chuffed when In the Cove‘s Jacky Barker invited me for a tour of the most marvellous homewares stores Lane Cove has to offer. In the space of a few hours we managed to squeeze in many gasp-worthy moments across three great stores – each of which was uniquely different from the other!

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fun in the sun at the freedom summer launch

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I must say, getting a sneak peak at my favourite things in the world (that’s homewares) really is one of the major perks of being a blogger. When Freedom invited me to take a look at their soon-to-be-released tableware range on Wednesday, it was on like Donkey Kong! Not only did I get to see some of their stunning new pieces, but I also got a look-in on their Christmas wares as well. It was all rather dreamy!

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a chat with stationery goddess jayde leeder

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Jayde Leeder is one busy gal. Not only is she a mother to two little ones (six-year-old Iggy and 14-month-old Minty – who Jayde tells me suffers from FOMO and thinks she’s 27), but she co-owns my fave store for all things stationery, Little Paper Lane, in the Sydney suburb of Mona Vale. I sat down with the former makeup artist and learnt a few things about stationery, running a family business and her hatred of tomatoes!

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frame your valentine’s day cards

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So sue me – I love to hold onto things. Though I’m not yet ready to star in an episode of Hoarders, I do like to find ways to upcycle or make something of things – especially if they’re special or heartfelt. Case in point – Valentine’s Day cards!

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creative finds | this weekend’s top five

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1 | It’s no secret that I’m in love with local Kensington store Sky Parlour; this ‘Must Remember to Love’ print – set in an ornate cream frame – only makes the love flourish further. And what a good little gift for Valentine’s Day (even for yourself!).

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so i’m a bit in love with bird ornaments

So I only recently realised I have a fair few bird ornaments about the place. I also realised I had named a few of them. Call it sick and twisted but it’s a reality. I’ve also snapped a lot of them in homewares stores. Am I following them or are they following me? Who knows. Check out my feathered collection…

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a chat with melissa leung from miss paperie

Creative Cuts Range“There’s definitely something special about handmade products,” says Melissa Leung, creative mastermind behind Miss Paperie, the stationery business that’s been making hearts flutter since its creation in July this year.

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