furniture fix: how to dress a brown sofa

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A friend of mine recently told me she was at a loss when it came to decorating around her brown leather sofa. She had tried adding turquoise accessories but admitted that it felt a little expected (I have to agree with her there). Here are a few ideas to ensure your brown couch – be it leather or upholstered – is used successfully in your space and plays well with your other pieces.

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an easy way to revamp your indoor plants

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I’ve always been a bit hesitant to introduce indoor plants into my living space. In the past, they’ve reminded me of a doctor’s surgery or corporate office of the ’90s. I don’t know about you, but the thought of indoor pots with moss spilling out over them makes me cringe uncontrolably. Thankfully, I spotted this glorious solution to totally revamp the concept of greenery indoors – and all it takes is a few decorative wicker baskets.

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adding some colour to my sandwiches

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Working in an office has given me great insight into what one should never bring into work for lunch. Parmesan cheese is something best left to enjoy at home, for example. A sandwich on the other hand, you can never go wrong with (ok, unless it’s curried egg. Again, best left for a special night in… alone).

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the amazing abstract art of carolyn o’neill

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A beginner painting course in 2003 unlocked something in Bendigo-born artist Carolyn O’Neill, leading her to leave behind her career as a psychiatric nurse. “My past occupation has made me more aware of human emotions and the fragility of the mind, including my own,” she says. I don’t know about you, but I think a story this interesting needs exploring. And explore it I did, when I spoke with the artist – who now calls Hamilton home.

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achieve a coastal vibe – no sand required!

Achieving a coastal vibe is all about the right tone and texture

I have to be honest with you, Creatives; I have been into homes where I have seen things I cannot un-see. You know, sand in bottles, shells in jars, Gone Fishin’ signs; all of the things that people thought you needed to create a coastal vibe. Thankfully, design therapy has taught me that you don’t have to be so literal with your decor. If you’re looking to channel a coastal vibe, it’s simply a matter of using tone and texture – with a little¬†accessorising – no sand in sight!

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industrial dreaming with retrojan releases

The Crosby Vintage Dining Chair is to die for.

It should come as no surprise by now that I would sell my grandmother for a piece of industrial furniture (ok, not really, Gran; but you better play your cards right from here on in!). So when I came across some of these industrial pieces from Retrojan, I had to sit my partner down to break the news that all of our current furniture was being sold on eBay to make way for these bad boys.

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colour power couple: purple and yellow

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I’m not quite sure what the colours purple and yellow would be called if they were a Hollywood power couple (Yurple?), but I do know this: they are, undoubtedly, a tonal match made in heaven. And it’s not even my love of bold colours speaking, Creatives, it’s a fact!

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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 ¬†bad 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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snapping the beauty at terrace outdoor living

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I first came across Terrace Outdoor Living courtesy of their pop-up store at the Supa Centre Moore Park. I was a little saddened to hear they were closing down until I realised their flagship store in Woollahra housed everything that their pop-up store did – and then some! I took to this Eastern Suburbs haven for all this green and outdoors and snapped my fave pieces!

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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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