festive table settings

There are always new discoveries to be found when styling for a large studio-based shoot. Like black keyhole cutlery from Seletti - via the Wedding List Co. And a matt gold set from the same brand and company too. Also Ornamenta had a great range of tasteful decorations. 

Ideas sometimes manifest after a rummage through the props store room. Hessian coffee bean sacks became rustic placemats. And...

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Happy holidays

Rest. Relax. Come back January 3 because there are some exciting times ahead on Daily Imprint.

In the meantime, I've started to list all the interviews that have run on the site. After many of you suggested people who had already been featured, I realised there needed to be a better way to access all those amazing people.

Happy reading. Happy New Year!

See you then...

image real living (photography pa...

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christmas with lara hutton

I had a feeling stylist Lara Hutton would not only create a beautiful Christmas look at home, but also get into the spirit of the season too. After all, she has three young children. And in case you were wondering, the tree is from Top3 By Design.

Lara Hutton: "As a stylist, the very best part of xmas is having an excuse to decorate and wrap loads of presents. I love giving each year a new theme....

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christmas with rebecca riles

I'm not sure if it's possible to have a favourite store in a town where you don't live, but that's how I feel about Roots & Wings. I keep up to date with what's going on via her newsletter and online shop. As well as regular email chats. Rebecca is incredibly stylish, so I thought it would be worth checking out what's happening in her shop this Christmas.

Rebecca Riles: "It’s all a bit manic this...

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christmas with jacqui lewis

Hands down, the best Christmas greeting this year goes to Jacqui Lewis. In fact, it's an all-timer. Jacqui came up with the idea to produce a 16-page card called The Art Of A Merry Christmas. It's part Christmas guide, part the best of summer manual, and all good. She styled many of the pages in her living room, photographed everything, designed it, and handwrote a personalised message on the back...

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christmas with stylist marie nichols

This week I thought it would be fun to get into the Christmas holiday spirit. So I've asked some of the amazing people I've got to know this year to share their pictures and thoughts on what inspires them over this period.

The first post is from stylist Marie Nichols, who has recently returned back to the UK after living and working in Sydney. She's also just updated the portfolio on her website,...

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xmas wreaths

Christmas is fast-approaching, although for those who work on magazines it seems like a fleeting memory. We're about to finish the JanFeb 11 issue of real livingand are already working on our March and April issues. But, this year, I feel more prepared for Christmas than ever before. After all, I have about 6 Christmas wreaths I can hang from almost every door in my home. The pictures above are...

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monday giveaway!

What better day of the week to start a few giveaways than a Monday. Just in time for Christmas, the talented women behind the Australian design brand Polli are offering 5 readers the chance to each win 3 of their gorgeous Eco Decoration Kits (value, $59.85). Each kit - in PolliRed, Sunshine Yellow and Sky Blue - includes 30 decorations and red twine, which you can use as a garland, for tree...

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styling for xmas gift guide

There's a pattern emerging. The last shots from most of my shoots seem to be the ones that everyone likes the most. Can you guess what that was in this xmas gift guide, which I did with photographer Maree Homer, for real living? While you have a think, here are the last shots of the day for other shoots:

The "bookish bohemian" room in my
very first shoot.
The "French industrial" space in outdoor...

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advent calendar part iii

Okay, so I'm three days late with this one. But December just suddenly appeared like Rudolph with his fellow reindeerand I'm still scrambling to find the mince pies. For anyone else out there who is also playing catch-up, and a little flexible with the rules, here is my final and favourite advent calendar. I love that you can use paper that's already at home - so it's inexpensive, easy to make and...

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