so I just discovered koskela (omfg!)

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I must start this post with an apology; Koskela, I’m sorry it took me so long to discover you. However, now that I’ve experienced the magic of your store, I’m declaring my love for you and intend to serenade you with that John Mayer song, Your Body is a Wonderland. Because, truly, that’s how I feel after having walked around the space last weekend. Creatives, have a medic on standby for this store tour. It’s colourful, it’s quirky and it’s a whole lotta lovely!

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my fave pages from the august real living

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Issue 90 of Real Living hit my doorstep last week and I’ve been soaking up the interiors goodness for the past few days. This issue was a standout not only because it featured my one true love (industrial decor), but because it showcased some amazing homes that are a little left-of-field. I am swooning all over this issue like a bald eagle. That is, if bald eagles do indeed swoon. I imagine they do. How else do they get prey?

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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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my behind the scenes tour at temple & webster

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Not long after I attended the Temple & Webster styling workshop at iscd a few weeks back, Karen McCartney and the team from T&W were kind enough to ask me if i’d like to spend an afternoon at their headquarters, to which I replied (to quote Geri Halliwell in the acclaimed movie Spice World) “Is the Pope a Catholic?” Needless to say, I had kittens, died from excitement, resuscitated myself and high-tailed it to their Alexandria warehouse for a behind the scenes tour – camera in hand!

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a chat with interiors legend shaynna blaze

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I first developed my crush on Shaynna Blaze way back on season one of Selling Houses Australia. What’s not to love about an Aussie who shares achievable design tips while transforming rooms for needy home owners (and often lending them a shoulder to cry on when they don’t want to hide their soft toy collection)? I was delighted that this gal-on-the-go, who most recently added The Block to her CV, took five to answer my questions on everything from life before TV, being a role model and writing her first book.

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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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temple & webster style workshop at iscd

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It’s safe to say that nothing will keep me away from my love of styling. When I was offered the chance to attend the Temple & Webster styling workshop at the International School of Colour and Design on Saturday, not even the wet and wild Sydney weather could hold me back. Not only did I walk away with the tools to complete my living room look, but I got to meet Temple & Webster superstar (and my personal interiors icons) Karen McCartney. Cue the crazy fan moment!

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the new issue of inside out (featuring me!)

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Photo courtesy of Inside Out: Photography by Trevor Tondo/Living Inside

Sometimes dreams really do come true. The new issue of Inside Out – available now – proved it by including me as one of its Six Blogs to Bookmark. That is, of course, not the only phenomenal thing about this issue, but it certainly helped raise my excitement levels when I got home to rip open my subscription and flick to page 42 to see The Life Creative mentioned!

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things i’ve learnt about stylist emma blomfield

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Self-confessed design nerd Emma Blomfield works not only as a stylist for her own company, Nest Designs, but as a homewares buyer too. “I see all the products before they are released to the stores, so I can see what trends are coming out”. Jealousy alert! I caught up with this very talented lady – and put my envy aside for just a moment – to learn more about her work, home style and the trends that make her heart race the most.

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a chat with tough love tv host andrew winter

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Ever since Selling Houses Australia premiered in 2008 I have found Andrew Winter, the tough love host who isn’t backward in coming forward, to be the hilarious backbone of the show. While his real estate knowledge is unbeatable, I find his first impressions – where he tells home owners the truth about their property – to be the standout segments of the show. I caught up with the no-nonsense patriarch of the award-winning Lifestyle Channel series to discuss real estate, living in Australia and what really happens behind the scenes on SHA.