photo diary: my morning at grand designs live

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This weekend saw the landing of Grand Designs Live in Darling Harbour and I had to jet on down to take in all the interior and gardening goodness. And goodness there was; the place was full of local Creatives doing some amazing things with furniture, homewares and lighting in particular (well, there was loads more, but that’s what took my fancy). Read on to take a look at some of my fave stalls and moments – and feel free to share what you loved in the comments below!

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get your mitts on some florence broadhurst decor at up to 30% off

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I’m so happy that the designs of Aussie icon Florence Broadhurst are being brought back to life by the team at Signature Prints, who have acquired her archive and produced stunning limited addition homewares – some of which you see here. Thankfully for Broadhurst devotees, these must-have home decor pieces can most definitely be yours – and with up to 30% off the usual price, might I add!

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temple & webster’s handmade markets

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At this very moment, I’ve pressed 00 on the phone and am about to press the final 0 to get the ambulance to my home; these images of the goods available at Temple & Webster’s Handmade Market are positively heart racing!¬†This long weekend, the online homewares haven will present their second Handmade Markets Event in partnership with Jacqui Fink of¬†Little Dandelion and I am going bananas over the entire scenario!

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must-have rugs: chevron, stripes and diamonds

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Rugs are the new cushions if you ask me; they’re so affordable nowadays that you can swap them around at a moment’s notice when you tire of your old one (unlike when they swapped old Pippa for new Pippa on Home and Away – that was just too big a change for me to handle). The added bonus with smaller, lightweight rugs like the ones above is that you can layer them for a relaxed and casual vibe that still packs a visual punch (and you can score them at a discounted price – read on!)

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hanging out with temple & webster at better homes & gardens live

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The weekend gone by was a busy one, but I managed to squeeze in a quick dash to Better Homes & Gardens Live to see my fave peeps from Temple & Webster. The T&W team have been great supporters of the blog from the moment it started, letting me pop to their HQ a few times to look-in on shoots and more. Needless to say, the T&W stand was by far the standout from the event.

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get creative with iscd september workshops

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As a student at the International School of Colour and Design, I can’t tell you how fun it is to attend class each week and delve into my creative side! For those of you tinkering with the idea of study or for those of you looking to dip your toe into a much shorter inspirational experience, iscd has just unveiled four glorious September workshops that’ll have you colour confident and style savvy in no time!

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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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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | It was Mumma Creatives 60th birthday on Saturday, so I pulled my craft box out (yes, I am a 31 year old man with a craft box!) and made some personalised gift tags using paint card samples from Bunnings. I love using these cards because the range of colours is just amazing. With the help of a balloon-shaped hole punch I got from Lincraft, I made my own little gift tags that are very one-of-a-kind. What do you think?

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temple & webster style workshop at iscd

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It’s safe to say that nothing will keep me away from my love of styling. When I was offered the chance to attend the Temple & Webster styling workshop at the International School of Colour and Design on Saturday, not even the wet and wild Sydney weather could hold me back. Not only did I walk away with the tools to complete my living room look, but I got to meet Temple & Webster superstar (and my personal interiors icons) Karen McCartney. Cue the crazy fan moment!

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