(interiors.inspiration) robbie nicol

Ah, the world is a small place. A few months back I came across the work of Robbie Nicol. I was interested to learn more and so organised an interview and to see her portfolio. Unfortunately, the file of info fell to the bottom of my desk until I had a big clean up after real living's recent relaunch. Then, as it happens, a few days later I was talking to my mum who had just run into Robbie. You...

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(home.inspiration) max kater

It's a great skill to converse with a complete stranger. In some contexts this is called networking, but it's more than that. It's the ability to chat to someone at a dinner party or a wedding or in the kitchen at work. I've met only a handful of people who can do this well - not only making the other person feel completely at ease, but also creating not just chit-chat but interesting...

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(design.inspiration) nicole hopkinson

Oh, what a lovely surprise. I interviewed Cameron Comer a while back for Real Living and discovered at the time that he had set up a stationery business with two other people. One of them is the lovely Nicole Hopkinson. She recently agreed to be interviewed by Daily Imprint. I laughed when she described the collaboration process at Bluebird Papergoods: "The design of all products is done by the...

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(interiors.inspiration) james andrew

I have a confession to make. I LOVE people who are passionate about life. Okay, so that might not come across as so much of a revelation given that it's one of the criteria for my blog. But I can't emphasise enough how much I get inspired when I come across people who embrace life to the full. They don't live as a pedestrian but as the driver of their destiny. I get energised after spending time...

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(shop.inspiration) safari fusion

To say that I am a little obsessed with Africa right now is an understatement. You see, if all goes well, I am heading there for the first time late next month. I'm thrilled to bits as I will be writing a travel piece on my experience too. Ever since the idea started to germinate I've been gravitating towards everything to do with this continent - from the photography of Peter Beardto travel...

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Here is the latest instalment from the Design*Sponge guest blog post I did last year. To see the original post, go here.

Stylist Shannon Fricke - Editor of interior books Colour and Space (Murdoch Books); also interior stylist, writer and TV presenter.

How and why did you start working as an interior stylist?I grew up with a mother who had a passion for both fashion and interior decorating. I...

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(design.inspiration) matthew chan

If you're in the midst of renovations or one day would like to build your dream home then I suggest you take a look at the website of architect Matthew Chan. He creates real homes that are sophisticated yet livable. The Mountain Villa - I'm there! (Okay, maybe that one's not so real.) And as a recovering perfectionist, what Matthew says here has real resonance for me: "Make every project your best...

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(design.inspiration) jacqueline wallace

The latest issue of real living magazine went on sale Monday and one of the products that I featured was RedBerry Design. I came across Jacqueline Wallace's designs at the jam-packed-full-of-goodies Finders Keepers markets at Carriageworks in Darlington a little while ago. Here is more about this creative Sydneysider.

Which five words best describe you?Friendly, enthusiastic, motivated, energetic,...

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(design*sponge.guest blog) jodie fried

Here is the latest instalment from the design*sponge guest blog I did last year. The original post is here and more about Jodie and her work is here and here. Enjoy!

Creators – sneak peak into their design world

There’s so much to say and so little space, so today I’m going to give you a sneak peak into the design worlds behind some of my favourite products. For more about these amazing women visit ...

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(design.inspiration) lynneke tromp

I love how small the world is sometimes. That's how I found about the creative talents of Lynneke Tromp. She knows Nick Young from Two Ruffians, who is the partner of Clair Wayman, who styles for real living. Lynneke is a Melbourne-based designer who uses Amy Butler fabrics. Enough said, really.

Which five words best describe you?Natural, Honest, Practical, Loyal, Relaxed (some even say I have a...

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