real rooms: martine’s stunning outdoor room

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Words seem to fail me when it comes to describing just how in love I am with this Northbridge home. The indoors come out, the outdoors go in; it’s a veritable hokey pokey of home design without putting your left leg in! There’s something so spectacular about this space; form and function come together marvellously. Yes, that’s where the magic starts for sure!

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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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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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10 creative finds you never got to see

I was struck down with a cold this week, which meant getting out and about to snap some creative finds was very much off the cards. Thankfully, though, I have an entire vault of photos from my adventures around the traps; which means you get to see 10 very gorgeous finds that never made it onto my usual top seven. On with the show…

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1 | I love street art when it’s done well and this piece – that I came across from an adventure in Fitzroy last year – is just amazing. I swear when I purchase a house, I want to find a street artist who can come and create something like this for me on a wall in my backyard. I know graffiti isn’t for everyone, but I love the urban and industrial nature of it. Please let me know if you’re aware of an artist who could do this for me!

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have you been to the new lakota trading?

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Is it possible to fall in love with a photograph? Because these ones of the brand new Lakota Trading in Kensington – snapped by the amazing Cath Muscat – are making my heart skip a beat. In case you’re out of the loop on exactly what Lakota Trading is – brace yourself. It is, without a doubt, one of the best used furniture emporiums Sydney has to offer. And thanks to a change in ownership, it has a new lease of life and its vintage charm is going to take the city by storm!

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | Mother’s Day has just been and gone and this year I was well prepared. I sourced this gorgeous little Rifle Paper Co card from the best place for books and stationery in Sydney – Pentimento in Newtown – along with the a few pressies from the area. I love the font and florals combination here and so did Mumma Creative, so it was a win-win all round!

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which-are-you-wednesday: clocks

Let’s face it – every home has a clock. But honing in on a particular style can be trickier than you think. In the first of my which-are-you-Wednesday posts, I’d like to get your buy-in on what sort of clock takes your fancy and describes your individual style. There are five to choose from so lock and load your choice and let me know which is you!

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CLASSIC STEEL CLOCK: Channels New York style with dapper Roman numerals.

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snapping the beauty at terrace outdoor living

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I first came across Terrace Outdoor Living courtesy of their pop-up store at the Supa Centre Moore Park. I was a little saddened to hear they were closing down until I realised their flagship store in Woollahra housed everything that their pop-up store did – and then some! I took to this Eastern Suburbs haven for all this green and outdoors and snapped my fave pieces!

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colour trend | decorating with neon

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If there’s a homewares store that’s not stocking neon at the moment, I certainly haven’t come across it. This fantastic fad is trending hard and with good reason; it’s a great way to inject some wow factor to an otherwise so-so colour scheme. Shall we have a look at some successful neon decorating ideas and where you can get them? Yes, we shall!

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form, function and fun at freedom

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Freedom and I have had a long friendship. I recall saving up across several paycheques as an 18 year old and going to Freedom to get my first real bedroom setting; an amazing bed, tallboy and two bedside tables combination. Years on (I won’t divulge exactly how many) I still gravitate toward this homewares haven for the very same reasons I did back then; phenomenal furniture with form, function and fun. On with the store tour…

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