the IKEA pledge to make time for living

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It’s no secret that I would move into an IKEA showroom given half the chance; my love for IKEA is that strong. What has made me even more smitten with the place is their recent mission to encourage us all to make time for living. You know, put the phone down, step away from the email and let something magical happen. Are you up for the challenge?

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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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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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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 | It was Mumma Creatives 60th birthday on Saturday, so I pulled my craft box out (yes, I am a 31 year old man with a craft box!) and made some personalised gift tags using paint card samples from Bunnings. I love using these cards because the range of colours is just amazing. With the help of a balloon-shaped hole punch I got from Lincraft, I made my own little gift tags that are very one-of-a-kind. What do you think?

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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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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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why you’re going to love *bespoke* magazine

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This week I got the opportunity to fall in love with a new magazine; one that blends arts, crafts, creative people, places and more. Sounds a little bit like The Life Creative, don’t you think? Perhaps this is why I’m so smitten with *bespoke*. For its ninth issue, new editors Robyn and Elle redirected the mag’s focus slightly to include only Australian and NZ creatives and their handmade products. Supporting local creatives – what could be better? This issue is full of inspiration and a few gorgeous surprises. On with the preview!

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the mister moss story with creator jenna spence

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Sometimes you stumble across a creative who truly epitomises the concept of making it big and living the dream. Case in point – Melbourne-based Jenna Spence from Mister Moss – who took her genius creation and turned it into a fully-fledged business, producing a product that I’m currently going gaga over. I took five with this creative to get the lowdown on these glorious hanging plants and how it all came together.

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i’m reading happy home by charlotte hedeman gueniau

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I thought I was a fan of colour and extremely adverse to the use of beige until I picked up Happy Home by the founder of Danish homewares company RICE, Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau. It clearly states from the get-go that not all Danish design is about cool and calm interiors and I must admit, the whole ethos of the book being fun, colour and enjoyment speaks to me like the new Pope speaks to the man upstairs (and I sometimes talk back)!

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