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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i’m smitten with the kikki.K karneval collection

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Confession time: clowns scare the absolutely bejeezus outta me. Thankfully, this gorgeous circus-inspired range from kikki.K, called Karenval, is all fun and no face paint! It’s colourful and cute – and has landed just in time for Spring. As you can see from the shots in this post, it teams so well with florals and bright whites; it’s incredibly happy and not just for kids!

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so i’m a bit obsessed with incy interiors

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I love the online world. It feels like every few days I stumble across a person or store through social media that makes me go gaga. This week it’s Incy Interiors; a business that specialises in designer furniture for babies and children – plus so much more. Their art and accessories are so cute that even I want them for my room (that, or I need to father I child immediately – it could go either way!).

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | I love a local set of Creatives making some uniquely Aussie products and the team from Kitchen Ink have not disappointed this week. Get a load of my brand new Mr & Mr pillow case set in all its black and white glory. It’s playing particularly well with my polka dot bedspread and you’ll notice little Oswald there having the time of this life too. They’re also available in Mrs & Mrs and Mr and Mrs sets – too good!

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | I am addicted to buying cards. So much so that I have a stack in my drawer just waiting for an occasion to roll around. I was in all sorts of fits of ecstasy this week when I got my hands on these mind-blowing cards from TJ Stationery. They’re letterpress ones – printed on 100% cotton paper stock – and I just love how simplistic, playful and charming they are. The Kite and Swing ones are my fave, but there are many more, all with the same sense of love. Too good.

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which-are-you-wednesday: cushions

I’m not afraid to admit for a moment that I’m utterly obsessed with cushions. If I had the money I’m sure I would own thousands. If only I had enough chairs, couches and beds to accommodate them all. First world problem of the highest magnitude! Help me narrow down my next selection by naming your fave cushion in this week’s which-are-you-wednesday: cushions!

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ABOVE: This Coastal cushion keeps things light and breezey with its relaxed vibe. Nothing too out-there with this soft furnishing – just calming colours that play well with a neutral colour scheme. Very seaside chic indeed.

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a rainbow of colour at opus design co, paddington

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You know you’re a home decor addict when your friends send you pictures of the inside of homewares stores, saying “you have to check out this place”. That’s exactly what happened with Opus Design Co; my friend Jess shot me a photo of the inside of the store via her iPhone and as soon as I got the chance I ran in there to take it all in. It’s like a decorative rainbow exploded, in the most awe-inspiring way possible!

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obsessed with design your home by shaynna blaze

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I first saw the lovely Miss Shaynna Blaze on Selling Houses Australia years ago and instantly fell in love with the woman (well, the kind of love a homewares-adoring gay lad can have for a woman). Years later, the interior decorating legend has released her very own book, Design Your Home. And true to form, it’s practical, attainable and uniquely Shaynna B!

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the gorgeous humble beginnings in randwick

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There’s a homewares store I’ve been going to for years now, every time a birthday rolls around and I want to present a gift to someone that oozes heart and warmth; it’s called Humble Beginnings and it’s quite possibly my favourite homeswares store (and ok – you got me – sometimes I go there when there are no upcoming birthdays and I just want a wow moment!).

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creative finds | this weekend’s (supa centre) top five

The Australia day long weekend just occurred Down Under and despite the wet weather, herds of people hit the shops. I (foolishly?) was one of them. But I had to go scope out what all the sales fuss was about at the Supa Centa Moore Park. Who else can you rely on to bring you this weekend’s top five?

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1 | This little piggy definitely went to market! Howards Storage World stocks these very cute rubber piggy banks. The great honking snout comes right off so you can dip into your savings when you’re down to your last glass of wine (I didn’t say that). There are cow versions too – and both come in an array of colours – so you can add some whimsy and playfulness to even the most adult home.

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