this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | I had my socks rocked off this week when I got my hands on this amazing trio of concrete candle holders from Melbourne company Sarai Homewares. Available in a range of colours – including neon – these three holders are made and set in recycled moulds, which is all rather environmentally friendly! The company also stocks my other love – cushions – and more!

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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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how to make your own scented candles

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I was going to start this post with a “If it’s one thing I love about winter” vibe, but truth be told – I love everything about winter! Candles, though, are distinctly winter if you ask me, so I’m rather fond of making my own scented varieties when Mother Nature lowers the temperature.

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a flower phenomenon at garlands, surry hills

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I really am a bad Sydney-sider. I continue to write blog posts that start with a “I can’t believe this place has been under my nose the entire time” type vibe. It’s sad but it’s true, and it happened to me once again recently as I was strolling down Bourke Street in Surry Hills and saw the flora outside Garlands calling my name. I stopped for a moment, ensured my heart was still beating and high-tailed it in there – camera in hand, as always.

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a chat with tv garden guru charlie albone

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The foolproof recipe for a successful home makeover show requires one part host, one part interior designer and one part guru for all things garden. Landscaper Charlie Albone is the latter in this equation. His expertise in the outdoor arena are unparalleled, and contrary to what a lot of us think when it comes to these shows, Charlie actually does the hard work. I caught up with him to discuss all things Selling Houses Australia, being a dad and life outside of the show.

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mother’s day markets at the grounds

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of The Grounds of Alexandria. I’ve shown you just how breathtaking this venue is before on my garden tour. So when I caught word that they were putting on Mother’s Day markets, well, it kicked my excitement levels into overdrive and of course, I had to check it out. From flowers to food to farm animals – it was all there – and I snapped it like a fiend for your viewing pleasure!

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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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my low budget, low maintenance garden

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Plants are that demanding sometimes that I just lose interest in trying to keep them going all the time. Short of having a courtyard that resembles a cement museum, I had to find some low maintenance greenery to give my garden a low-budget pop. Half-an-hour in Flower Power was all it took to get these hardy babies a new home (and they’re still alive!). Total spend on plants and soil was around $60.

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creative finds | this week’s top seven

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1 | I lost my mind strolling through Opus Design Co in Paddington and I am not certain I have it back yet. The front window of this store was breathtaking on its own. This ottoman, in all its coloured glory, is the things dreams are made of (if only I didn’t have cats who would take joy in removing every single ball). I love the colour clash that’s going on with this piece – it just works. Continue reading

greenery, gold and giggles at garden life redfern

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I’ve always thought that the garden should be a little out of control, a bit untamed, a tad random and not too thought-out. I had never considered though – until my trip to Garden Life in Redfern – that it could also be a place for humour and fun. Needless to say, after hitting this Cleveland Street haven and eyeing off their wares, I am well and truly eager to make the garden a giggle-fest!

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