styling flowers at home: tips from the expert

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting floral mastermind Naomi Lee at the Ginger Elliott Open House – and I got treated to a styling masterclass that’ll change the way I display flowers at home. Of course I’ve nabbed the insider secrets from Naomi to share with you, Creatives. So here they are; things to bear in mind when buying flowers, staging them in your home and how to make them last longer!

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let’s drool over some nz homewares, shall we?

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I love supporting local Creatives, but one must acknowledge the fab things our brothers from another mother are doing over in New Zealand. The decor gods listened to my cries for stunning imagery this week as these snaps from new Auckland store, Indie Home Collective, hit my inbox. If you’re a lover of earthy, eclectic or industrial homewares, have your bib at the ready as we begin the drool-fest. If someone can fly these pieces over to me on the red eye it would be very much appreciated!

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mind blowing moments in parterre, woollahra

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I don’t quite know how to describe Parterre other than to say it’s quite magical and enchanting. I’ve driven past it a few times and also been into the store on the odd occasion and am constantly blown away by how gloriously French-inspired their world is. Set over two levels with a majestic outdoor space, this Woollahra wonderland is a must-see for locals who love quality, old-world wares. And for those of you who aren’t in Sydney, take a virtual tour here!

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | There were gasps at every turn on Thursday when I popped into Parterre in Woollahra for a wander about. This store is an absolute dreamboat, filled with ornate french homewares, furniture and of course, this glorious stone bird – which has only further fuelled my obsession with bird ornaments. A full store tour of this local wonderland is coming soon!

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | This week I had the pleasure of assisting the talented Deb McClean in the styling of the Paint Place Trend Forecast event. We got these delightful flowers from Buds & Bowers in Surry Hills, and after the event I got to take them home. How nice are they? They’re sitting pretty in my IKEA tumbler on my office desk and add a nice pop of colour to the space.

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flower lovin’ at florals by silva

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I was taken aback last week when I popped into The Grounds of Alexandria for a coffee and a wander about. I hadn’t realised that there was a florist there (or perhaps I had just been in when this section of the grounds was closed). Needless to say, it was a marvellous discovery and I whipped out my camera to capture some of the floral phenomenon at Florals by Silva.

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | I’ve raved on and on about my love for Stone Inspired coasters before – and when I saw they were having a sale on these scrabble-inspired ones this week, I just had to grab a few. This ‘D’ is a pressie for my Mum and I just love the simplicity of the design. Typography is such an easy way to personalise your space – and what better way than on a coaster?!

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what goes into styling a photo shoot?

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I’d always known that styling a photo shoot wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t until I hit Temple & Webster HQ a few weeks back and saw the team in action that I realised just how laborious it can be. I sat down with T&W’s Head of Styling, Jessica Bellef, to get the scoop on what she and Senior Stylist Adam Powell deal with daily when they’re putting together their glorious homewares shoots.

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you must check out the nest pop up shop

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I love a pop up shop because it’s like one of those summer flings you have; everything about it is good and then he moves away before you realise he actually fancied your best friend. Ok, I have never actually had that happen – I saw it in a movie once. But the point is, pop up shops are glorious because they’re a short burst of sunshine where you can grab some breathtaking pieces you won’t see everywhere. Case in point: this weekend’s Nest pop up shop! I’m all over it!

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things i’ve learnt about blogger jen bishop

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Take it from me – blogging is not for the faint hearted. There’s the pressure of posts, anxiety over images and stress over social media, not to mention the worry over readership. But blogger extraordinaire Jen Bishop seems to take it all in her stride, having successfully carved out a career as an interiors blogger and founder of The Interiors Addict; one of Australia’s leading home and lifestyle blogs. I caught up with this inspiring gal to get the full story on life as an interiors addict.

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