my interview with icon karen mccartney

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With a career spanning over 20 years and many continents, Karen McCartney has become an industry expert on interior design and home styling. The founding Editor of Inside Out magazine is now on board as Temple & Webster’s Editorial Director, revelling in the fast pace of the ever-changing online space. I was lucky enough to take some time out with this interiors icon to learn more about her creative journey, how she styles her own home and so much more!

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news just in: bonnie bazaar is here!

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I do love me a new website showcasing some stunning wares for the home. Even better when it’s by two local ladies who’ve taken their passion for interiors and created something both attainable and breathtaking. Creatives, meet Bonnie Bazaar; a boutique of carefully curated homewares – selected to create interior gorgeousness (and Lord knows I love a bit of gorgeousness!).

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the latest news from country road

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I’ve sung the praises of homewares haven Country Road before on my glorious store tour. Now, I have morsels of fab news hot off the press. Its freshness is guaranteed and it’s 100% fat-free – bonus! Read on to find out more about their upcoming Share Your Space competition, their Indigo pop-up store and their online gift registry. It’s a triple threat of news without the shoulder pads.

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I’m all over the new opus design website

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Fabulous news just in, Creatives! The masterminds behind one of my fave brands, Opus Design, are launching a brand new e-commerce website today. What does that mean for you? Online Shopping! I had the pleasure of touring the Opus Design Co store in Paddington back in April and not only will goodies from this store feature on the website, but the other two stores (Opus Paddington and Octopus) will also be showing off their wares!

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get a load of these terracotta treasures

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There’s simply no denying the fact that I’m a bit obsessed with colour. Yes, I understand and have even posted about the fact that beige can be beautiful – and I fully appreciate the swoon-worthy qualities that a Scandi scheme possesses. But for me, dear Creatives, it’s all about a high-intensity hues. You can see why I was delighted to feast my eyes on these Terracotta Treasures then!

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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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what’s fresh and fabulous at typo this month

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I can always turn to the team at Typo when it  comes time to rotate my office trinkets, pimp out my homewares or update my stationery. For July, they have not disappointed me in the slightest with their range of fun and bright new items. Shall we take a look at my top picks from Typo for the month of July? Yes, I think we should!

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the nookroad story with creator keren moran

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You know I love supporting local creatives who are out there doing amazing things. So when I stumbled upon Nookroad, a website that not only showcases amazing handmade items that you can purchase, but explains the story and process behind them, I was onto creator Keren Moran to find out more about this inspiring endeavour.

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I am going to marry miss paperie’s new range

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It seems like just yesterday I interviewed Melissa Leung from Miss Paperie – my first interview for The Life Creative. It was, in fact, six months ago, and boy has she been a busy gal between then and now! The creative mastermind has gone from producing geometric stationery to launching a full-blown, breathtaking range of cushions and phone covers. They’re all stamped with her signature style, of course, and I for one am going a bit gaga over them. Alert the authorities: I am about to swoon!

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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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