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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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | I had my socks rocked off this week when I got my hands on this amazing trio of concrete candle holders from Melbourne company Sarai Homewares. Available in a range of colours – including neon – these three holders are made and set in recycled moulds, which is all rather environmentally friendly! The company also stocks my other love – cushions – and more!

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what’s fresh and fabulous at typo this month

July Carnivale - The best 'desk buddy' -  Mannequins and Hands $14.95 (AUD)

I can always turn to the team at Typo when it  comes time to rotate my office trinkets, pimp out my homewares or update my stationery. For July, they have not disappointed me in the slightest with their range of fun and bright new items. Shall we take a look at my top picks from Typo for the month of July? Yes, I think we should!

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decorator dreaming at orson & blake

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I received some news over the weekend that delighted me to no end. My new fave store – Orson & Blake – is staying at the Supa Centa in Moore Park! I have been in and out of the store a few times since it landed a couple of months ago and this time around I took my camera to snap their unique wares. It’s tribal, it’s eclectic and it evokes a lovely sense of relaxed luxury; everything a homeswares lover could ever want!

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | It’s no secret that I pretty much need coffee drip-fed to me on a daily basis (is four coffees too many?), so when I spotted these amazing Lavazza A Modo Mio machines at Myer at the weekend I went a little batty with excitement. I’m in love with the colourful sheen on these ┬ábad boys and the blue and green shades have to be my favourite. Check out their website for the full colour range!

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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!

Typo May Product - Black and Gold

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the versatility of monochrome decor

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I am a colour fiend – I can’t help it. But if it’s one thing I wish I had the restraint to do, it’s work a monochrome colour palette in my home. I see black and white furniture, crockery, soft furnishings and more in stores and my heart flutters a little. There’s something so simplistic about this theme. Here’s a little inspiration from my time spent swooning toward these colours.

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creative finds | this weekend’s top six

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1 | What does one do on a Saturday morning once they’ve watched their recorded home decorating shows? They go vintage store shopping, of course (you know I love me some second hand finds)! I made the treck to Vinnies in Brookvale to see what preloved treasures I could uncover and came across this little beauty. I have some tips on second-hand shopping come up this week, with more finds like this one included.

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greenery, gold and giggles at garden life redfern

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I’ve always thought that the garden should be a little out of control, a bit untamed, a tad random and not too thought-out. I had never considered though – until my trip to Garden Life in Redfern – that it could also be a place for humour and fun. Needless to say, after hitting this Cleveland Street haven and eyeing off their wares, I am well and truly eager to make the garden a giggle-fest!

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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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