officeworks’ new martha stewart collection

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As a student at the International School of Colour and Design, it goes without saying that I’m at Officeworks as often as I am the coffee shop. What many of you might not realise, though, is that the store is more than just a place to pick up stationery supplies or print and copy documents. This new Martha Stewart range is the perfect example of how Officeworks is also your go-to destination for decorative storage. I’ve put my stylists skills to work on the new collection and here are the results!

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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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become a part of the life creative’s real rooms

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The very reason I started this blog was to connect like-minded creatives and showcase amazing spaces – not just the high end ones you see in the magazines (because let’s face it; nobody lives in the magazines). With this in mind, I present a glorious new initiative that you can get involved in, that’ll show the world the breathtaking nooks and crannies of your home in all their styled glory. I call it ‘Real Rooms’ – and here’s how you can get involved!

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | I got invited for an exclusive store tour of Papaya in Mosman at the weekend and had a stunning time snapping their wares. What might surprise you is how many cute toys they have for kids (or big kids who love a playful home!). My fave creatures had to be these plush bunnies – hanging out in a basket by the Papaya courtyard. Store tour pics coming this week!

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | You may call it a rusty old bird cage, but I call this beauty – that I snapped at Halchemy Design in Newtown – the things vintage dreams are made of. I absolutely adore this sort of vibe and would love to pop a few giant candles in this gem for a splash of old-world-meets-new. The little bird they’ve perched inside just caps off this piece wonderfully, as does the subtle blue tones that are peeking through the rust. Are you a fan?

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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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what’s your definitive magazine moment?

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If you love homewares like I do, you have a stack of magazines that you can’t bare to part with. You might also have a distinct memory associated with a particular magazine; one that sticks with you, that unlocked something in you or potentially resulted in what I call a ‘magazine moment’. I had mine with issue one of Real Living Magazine way back in 2005.

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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!)

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

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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