where is all the purple decor? (my homage to this polarising hue)

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I dare you to open your latest homewares mag and find a spread – or even a page – that’s laden with purple. I’ve tried this and I can assure you it’s no easy task. It seems this misunderstood hue is often left behind when it comes to interior styling – and having spent time last week looking at colour psychology, purple’s omission from the mags has been playing on my mind. Today I’m paying homage to this hue and giving you a little inspiration to use it in your own home (and figuring out why it has been so neglected).

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real room: cathy elsmore’s lovely living room

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You all responded so well to Cathy Elsmore’s glorious before-and-after boudoir that I had to do a bit of a back-by-popular-demand scenario and show you another room in her home. This time around, I’m showcasing her lovely living room, which sports an on-trend black, yellow and white colour palette and is filled with my favourite things – cushions! Read on for more photos and Cathy’s vision for the room.

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real rooms: cheryl pryce’s bedroom sanctuary

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To kick off The Life Creative’s Real Rooms, I thought it was patriotic that we started in the nations capital. This charming bedroom sanctuary belongs to Canberra native Cheryl Pryce; a public servant who is about to embark on an interior design course (is there any better course?). Sharing the 1970’s townhouse with her daughter, two dogs and two cats, Cheryl’s spent the last six weeks recovering from a car accident, which is why this bedroom has become so vital.

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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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break the rules and colour clash

Freedom Furniture Coloured Owl and VasesHomewares mags and sites the world over are always stressing the importance of mixing colours correctly when it comes to home decor. But sometimes you just have to abandon the colour wheel and break a few rules! It’s time to embrace a rainbow of hues; let’s colour clash!

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