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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real rooms: amber stapff’s lovely living room

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I think I need to rename Real Rooms to ‘Rooms that Make me Weep with Joy’. This latest instalment, which belongs to graphic designer Amber Stapff, is a white wonderland with a minimalistic and calming vibe. You can totally see the designer at play in this space. And I have to admit, it’s making me question my love of colour (please do not tell colour I said that!).

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a look at my new art nouveau prints

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In a creative finds post a month or so ago, I told you about my adventures on King Street in Newtown and the glorious art nouveau prints I scored from a street stall for just five bucks a pop. I finally put them up this at home week and they rather look glorious, if I do say so myself.

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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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what’s your definitive magazine moment?

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If you love homewares like I do, you have a stack of magazines that you can’t bare to part with. You might also have a distinct memory associated with a particular magazine; one that sticks with you, that unlocked something in you or potentially resulted in what I call a ‘magazine moment’. I had mine with issue one of Real Living Magazine way back in 2005.

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french antiques in sydney? i’m there!

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I’m not afraid to admit that I love a French antique. There is something so wonderfully character-filled about these old finds that just captures my interest. I love a piece with a sense of story too, so when I cast my eyes upon the Contemporary Collection of furniture available at The Country Trader in Waterloo, I had to get the swoon police on speed dial.

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | I am addicted to buying cards. So much so that I have a stack in my drawer just waiting for an occasion to roll around. I was in all sorts of fits of ecstasy this week when I got my hands on these mind-blowing cards from TJ Stationery. They’re letterpress ones – printed on 100% cotton paper stock – and I just love how simplistic, playful and charming they are. The Kite and Swing ones are my fave, but there are many more, all with the same sense of love. Too good.

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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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creative finds | this weekend’s top seven

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1 | I am not sure what you call an Easter version of Kris Kringle, but my office is doing one this week and I was so freakin’ excited to get my hands on one of these awesome paper bags – complete with bunny stamp and pom pom – at Paper2 in Surry Hills. I always say the presentation is just as important as the present itself, so once I fill mine with oodles of chocolate I certainly hope the recipient enjoys it!

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discovering the fringe bar flea markets

You know, sometimes you can live in a city and not be aware that there are creative things happening right on your doorstep. Case in point: the newly renovated Fringe Bar flea markets in Paddington, Sydney – taking place every Saturday and showcasing some very too-cool local creatives and their wares.

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