get a sizzling garden in time for summer

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Confession time: I tend to buy plants with the best of intentions and months later I’m bidding them adieu as they go to garden heaven. I’m going to kerb my bad habits and become a green thumb this spring (don’t doubt me) and these tips from landscape designer Matt Leacy are the start of my education. Spend some time on your garden now, Matt says, and you’ll be spending summer amongst lush greenery. Read on for his expert tips.

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review: 100 ways to happy chic your life

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If my mother told me tomorrow that I was adopted, I think I’d book a redeye flight to New York to declare myself Jonathan Adler‘s brother. We seem to share the same adoration of colour, a love of quirk, a fondness of humour and a partiality to a scatter cushion or seven. It’s in his latest release – 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life – he cements himself as my ultimate go-to guy for out-of-the-box home decor inspiration. So, we may not be brothers, but we are at the very least cut from the same cross-stitch!

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on the set of an inside out photo shoot

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If it’s one thing I’ve learnt being on set during a photo shoot, it’s that a tonne of chaos takes place to capture even the smallest moment on film. A photo shoot at Inside Out magazine is no different. And if you thought snapping models presented its challenges, try working with a flowers that droop the day of the shoot! It’s all in a day’s work for stylist Vanessa Colyer Tay, who filled me in on creating this story for the September issue of Inside Out.

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | I love a local set of Creatives making some uniquely Aussie products and the team from Kitchen Ink have not disappointed this week. Get a load of my brand new Mr & Mr pillow case set in all its black and white glory. It’s playing particularly well with my polka dot bedspread and you’ll notice little Oswald there having the time of this life too. They’re also available in Mrs & Mrs and Mr and Mrs sets – too good!

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a chat with iscd rug winner tina murray-walker

From left: Yosi Tal from Designer Rugs, Tina Murray-Walker, iscd General Manager Lucy Sutherland and Inside Out's Claire Bradley.

From left: Yosi Tal from Designer Rugs, Tina Murray-Walker, iscd General Manager Lucy Sutherland and Inside Out Editor Claire Bradley.

One of the most exciting things about my design course at the International School of Colour and Design is knowing that I get to design a rug toward the end of the year. The winning design from the course, would you believe, actually gets their rug produced by Designer Rugs! I sat down with the recent winner from the Cert IV course, Wahroonga mum Tina Murray-Walker, to discuss the design process, her time in the course and what doors have opened for her since winning.

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | I got invited for an exclusive store tour of Papaya in Mosman at the weekend and had a stunning time snapping their wares. What might surprise you is how many cute toys they have for kids (or big kids who love a playful home!). My fave creatures had to be these plush bunnies – hanging out in a basket by the Papaya courtyard. Store tour pics coming this week!

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my ikea winter living room makeover

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When the team at IKEA contacted me to take part in their blogger challenge – where you’re given $200 to add some winter warmth to your space – it was less of a challenge and more of an all-stops train to Blissville. I’ve been an IKEA addict since birth (my first word was Karlskrona), so adding more of their wares to my existing collection was a glorious experience indeed.

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | You may call it a rusty old bird cage, but I call this beauty – that I snapped at Halchemy Design in Newtown – the things vintage dreams are made of. I absolutely adore this sort of vibe and would love to pop a few giant candles in this gem for a splash of old-world-meets-new. The little bird they’ve perched inside just caps off this piece wonderfully, as does the subtle blue tones that are peeking through the rust. Are you a fan?

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a little indulgence at sparkle cupcakery

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It’s safe to say that I’m addicted to sugar. If I didn’t run regularly I’m not sure in what state my body would be in (actually, a pretty blissful one). In any event, I was delighted to pop into the wonder that is Sparkle Cupcakery at the weekend and finally try one of their fantastic cupcake creations. I’m going to keep it real and admit that they’re going to be a staple in my diet from here on in because they’re that good. And on a sidenote, I will need to run more.

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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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