furniture fix: how to dress a brown sofa

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A friend of mine recently told me she was at a loss when it came to decorating around her brown leather sofa. She had tried adding turquoise accessories but admitted that it felt a little expected (I have to agree with her there). Here are a few ideas to ensure your brown couch – be it leather or upholstered – is used successfully in your space and plays well with your other pieces.

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hue how-to: break the rules and mix colour

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Rules are such a snooze. You know, blue and green should never be seen and all that jazz. Sure, the colour wheel does dictate that certain hues are complimentary while others are not ideal together, but there are ways you can ignore these rules when it comes to home decor. It can all work wonderfully if you keep a few simple concepts (not rules) in mind. Let me get on my tutorial glasses for this educational experience.

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a look at freedom’s new dinnerware releases

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Forget about the warm weather – Spring is all about gorgeous new releases like these beauties from Freedom’s dinnerware collection. I got a peak into some of the pieces at last week’s Freedom Summer Launch – and just got these fresh pics hot off the press and styled to all new levels of perfection. ¬†Which of the three sets is your favourite?

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say hello to lina; she’s new to tableware

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Spring is on the way, Creatives! And while others await the opportunity to hit the beach, I just want to get my hands on new tableware ranges like this one from Villeroy & Boch. Let me introduce you to Lina; she’s bright, she’s bold and she’s the perfect example of what happens when you mix modern and vintage design.

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why i’m smitten with design biz visual imprint

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It was a wake-up call moment following the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires that led to partners Suzi Kerr and Denis Spooner creating their design business, Visual Imprint. “You realise that life can be cut short at any moment,” Suzi tells me. “Best to spend our time on this planet doing something you really enjoy”. That event, along with Suzi’s love for interior decor and Denis’ passion for printing, spawned a creative journey the two are now enjoying immense success on.

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a tour of tlc headquarters – my humble home!

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I did a bit of a clean up on Saturday and thought it might be a good opportunity to show you inside my home. After all, the cats were behaving, the sun was shining and I was busy killing time trying to avoid doing homework for my course (procrastination is something I’ve become very skilled at). So here you go, Creatives, it’s not the stuff magazines are made of – but nobody lives in the magazines anyway – so take a squiz and let me know what you think.

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a squiz at the september issue of inside out

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My obsession with clocks was taken to new heights when issue 106 of Inside Out Magazine hit my mailbox this week (you really need to get a subscription!). The styling from Jessica Hanson and photography by Amanda Prior in the shot above is a clear standout from the September issue. The hard part? Choosing which clock is my fave! And on a side note, how cool is that wall pattern?

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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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real rooms: cheryl pryce’s bedroom sanctuary

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To kick off The Life Creative’s Real Rooms, I thought it was patriotic that we started in the nations capital. This charming bedroom sanctuary belongs to Canberra native Cheryl Pryce; a public servant who is about to embark on an interior design course (is there any better course?). Sharing the 1970’s townhouse with her daughter, two dogs and two cats, Cheryl’s spent the last six weeks recovering from a car accident, which is why this bedroom has become so vital.

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personalise your own ikea serving tray

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I’ve received some glorious kudos this week from both the team at IKEA and you divine Creatives for the living room makeover I performed over the weekend (shucks and thanks!). One of the stars of the show was this personalised serving tray that I took from birch wood to black and white stripe. The process is really straight-forward but I think the results are pretty smashing. Here’s how to pimp your own tray if you’re in the mood for a quick project!

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