industrial framing and furniture – I’m there!

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Perhaps it’s stating the obvious to admit that I’m a bit in love with rustic and industrial furniture. But to know that it’s crafted by a local family who’ve spent the past 20 years building it from its humble beginnings in a backyard shed into something spectacular, is altogether more warm and fuzzy! This is the story of Mulbury; an Aussie homewares and furniture business that not only makes breathtaking pieces, but does it with heart. I sat down with manager Ryan Melder to find out more about this rustic treasure trove.

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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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industrial dreaming with retrojan releases

The Crosby Vintage Dining Chair is to die for.

It should come as no surprise by now that I would sell my grandmother for a piece of industrial furniture (ok, not really, Gran; but you better play your cards right from here on in!). So when I came across some of these industrial pieces from Retrojan, I had to sit my partner down to break the news that all of our current furniture was being sold on eBay to make way for these bad boys.

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decor destination: arcadia liquors in redfern

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I made a conscious decision at the start of the year to get out more and explore new places, especially ones where the decor is a bit hot to trot. When my friend Holly told me I would like the fit-out at Arcadia Liquors in Redfern and that we should go there for a drink, who was I to ignore such a dangling, design carrot? Industrial decor and a cheeky wine – I’m there!

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an exclusive look inside the aparttment

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The Sydney CBD is inundated with places to eat and bars to drink at, but what’s been missing for quite a while is the presence of boutique stores you usually find scattered about the Eastern Suburbs (or down in Melbourne, for that matter). Things changed very recently when The Aparttment opened its doors, giving city dwellers the chance to immerse themselves in one-of-a-kind clothing, homewares, art and accessories. Brace yourselves, Creatives, this one’s a goodie!

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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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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | I love a good book (well, homewares book) and I love the opportunity to eat, drink and gossip. How fitting then that this awesome tea towel from Tea Towel Empire came my way this week. I love their ban on floral designs and their tongue-in-cheek approach. They have a whole world of varying text-clad tea towels, but this one has to be my favourite – love the colours!

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industrial dream in the clock hotel’s new courtyard

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It’s safe to say I’ve been going to The Clock Hotel for many years. In fact, my partner and I had our second date there (cue the dreamy, romantic music), so it’s more than cemented itself as one of Surry Hills’ definitive go-to destinations for not only myself but my circle, too. For a long time, locals knew that an arvo at The Clock was all about the upstairs balcony. But hold the phones, creatives, because the downstairs area has had a major revamp and it’s an industrial dream I never want to leave (what balcony?!).

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the retro decor at darlo bar

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I don’t know what rock I’ve been living under the last few years, but I finally crawled out from underneath it and found my new favourite bar at the weekend – Darlo Bar in Darlinghurst, Sydney. It’s a retro lovers dream for all things old-school and has an amazing beer garden (hello upcoming birthday drinks!).

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working the rustic roadside ladder

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I always let out a little chuckle when homewares mags say they ‘just found this piece on the side of the road’ (of course you did!). But I was left trying to convince people of the same thing when I found this amazing rustic ladder across the road during a council cleanup (ok homewares mags, I’ll let you off this time).

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