my fave pages from issue 107 of inside out

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Nothing gives me greater pleasure than dashing to the mailbox, seeing that my Inside Out mag has arrived and ripping open the plastic like Amanda would a man’s shirt on Melrose Place (wasn’t that the best 90s show ever?). This time around, there was even more excitement as the front cover revealed that copper was on the agenda for issue 107 – the ultimate metal of the moment! Let’s take a little squiz inside and drool my fave pages!

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ikea ideas for a fun and fab kids’ rooms

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Apart from the gorgeous Stockholm collection and their amazing new kitchen showroom, one of the big things to come out of the IKEA event I attended last week was their announcement to focus on the family for 2014. Living with kids was a large part of this focus. So, dear parents, this one’s for you; a look at five fabulous ideas from IKEA that will make your kids room fun for them and still easy on the eye for you. (This is just like an episode of Super Nanny but without the naughty spot!).

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have you been to the new lakota trading?

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Is it possible to fall in love with a photograph? Because these ones of the brand new Lakota Trading in Kensington – snapped by the amazing Cath Muscat – are making my heart skip a beat. In case you’re out of the loop on exactly what Lakota Trading is – brace yourself. It is, without a doubt, one of the best used furniture emporiums Sydney has to offer. And thanks to a change in ownership, it has a new lease of life and its vintage charm is going to take the city by storm!

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styling my office with howards storage world

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I’m not good with organisation – I’m big enough to admit it. My partner often asks me where I put something and is met with a blank face as I try to figure out how I can dodge the truth; that the item in question was placed somewhere he or I will never locate. But with a little help from Howards Storage World, all that is about to change (I promise!).

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | Sunday’s wet weather did not stop me from getting out to scout for creative finds. Top3 by Design rewarded me for my troubles with the discovery of these amazing Gascoigne & King candles. These luxury soy candles come in a variety of scents, but the Figue has to be my fave for its timeless, earthy fragrance. Once you sniff these bad boys you’ll be hooked. I recommend ordering an intervention in advance!

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an easy ikea mood board makeover

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I’m a big believer in personalisation. I don’t want something that everyone else has. Thankfully, there are very easy ways to take mass-produced items and make them your own. This mood board makeover is a classic example. The original magnet board is from IKEA. It’s fine as it is, of course (if that’s your thing), but I have far too much fabric not to put it to good use. And I know IKEA would be all for it. So, here we go. Get your creative hat on and let’s do this!

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pimp your office with typo’s new releases

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Typo is hands down the place to go for affordable stationery, giftware and decorative pieces. It also happens to make me feel rather youthful and so very on-trend every time I visit the store. They’ve blended the right amount of form and function (with a dash of hipster chic) and their latest releases for your office are no different. Let’s pimp it out!

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colour trend | decorating with neon

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If there’s a homewares store that’s not stocking neon at the moment, I certainly haven’t come across it. This fantastic fad is trending hard and with good reason; it’s a great way to inject some wow factor to an otherwise so-so colour scheme. Shall we have a look at some successful neon decorating ideas and where you can get them? Yes, we shall!

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creative finds | this weekend’s top seven

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1 | I am not sure what you call an Easter version of Kris Kringle, but my office is doing one this week and I was so freakin’ excited to get my hands on one of these awesome paper bags – complete with bunny stamp and pom pom – at Paper2 in Surry Hills. I always say the presentation is just as important as the present itself, so once I fill mine with oodles of chocolate I certainly hope the recipient enjoys it!

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creative finds | this weekend’s top six

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1 | Easter is just around the corner and Bed Bath ‘N’ Table is inundated with a range of stock that is worthy of diving into (in a purely figuratively way, of course). These rabbits, complete with their own little egg holder, are beyond cute. I’m hoping to get back there soon to photography the entire range so you can see it in all its glory!

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