photo diary: my morning at grand designs live

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This weekend saw the landing of Grand Designs Live in Darling Harbour and I had to jet on down to take in all the interior and gardening goodness. And goodness there was; the place was full of local Creatives doing some amazing things with furniture, homewares and lighting in particular (well, there was loads more, but that’s what took my fancy). Read on to take a look at some of my fave stalls and moments – and feel free to share what you loved in the comments below!

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fancy a nest designs decorating workshop?

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You’ve heard me rave on before about how much I adore my sister from another mister, Emma Blomfield from Nest Designs (you can read my interview with her here). Well, now you can witness her interior design and styling genius when you attend one of her upcoming decorating workshops! They’re running in a number of locations across Australia and are sure to have you solving all your home decor dilemmas.

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a chat with libby walsh from prop hire online

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For Libby Walsh, the owner of Prop Hire Online, keeping precious pieces on the website and out of her own home is a definite challenge. “I’m not going to lie… there have been one or two pieces that I purchased for the business that have never quite made it onto the website,” she tells me – and I don’t blame her! The site is not only the go-to space for stylists and event organisers in need of amazing props, but they sell some of the pieces to the general public too (I am dying!).

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get creative with iscd september workshops

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As a student at the International School of Colour and Design, I can’t tell you how fun it is to attend class each week and delve into my creative side! For those of you tinkering with the idea of study or for those of you looking to dip your toe into a much shorter inspirational experience, iscd has just unveiled four glorious September workshops that’ll have you colour confident and style savvy in no time!

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a chat with interior designer kelly ross

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As the creative director behind The Gentry – a design business that has undertaken a slew of well-known interiors projects – Kelly Ross also happens to be my teacher at the International School of Colour and Design. Having travelled for 13 years as a set, props and scenic creative for theatre, she’s had quite an artistic journey so far. I sat down for a chat with this Sydney-based Creative to find out more about her business, her role at iscd and what she considers to be her finest moment.

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review: abigail ahern’s decorating with style

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Alert the presses, Creatives; I have been converted! Once a lover of all things light and bright in interiors (you know, sunshine and lollipops, a place where it’s always spring), this release from style maven Abigail Ahern has given me a wondrous appreciate of interiors with mood. The pictures within this release are somewhat dark, very alluring and quite unlike anything I’ve  laid eyes upon in an interiors book (and you know I have many).

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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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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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