(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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(styling.inspiration) karen cotton

Someone whose work we're about to feature in real living is Karen Cotton. She's a journalist who's also a stylist who's also an outdoor furniture maker through her business Porch Furniture. Click on the magazine spread images to see them in more detail - beautiful work.

Which five words best describe you? Caring, capable, communicative, creative and constant!
What was your first job and what path...

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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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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) amy cunningham

You may recognise Amy Cunningham from one of the house features of this month's real living magazine. Or from a feature in Belle magazine, which called her a "shining star". Or read about her in the Sydney Morning Herald when she was selected as part of the Springboard mentor program. So after interviewing about her home decoration project, I was interested to know more about her business ZemaDesi...

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Oh, wow. That's pretty much all I can say. Wow. The work of Olga Naiman is out of this orbit. You may recognise her name from the good-old Domino days as she was a regular stylist for the magazine. But if she's new to you then you MUST check out her work on her website Aparat because you'll be inspired for hours afterwards.
Which five words best describe you? Seeking wonder and beauty always.

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(shop.inspiration) 4M

Did you catch Mark Patterson's home in the June 09 issue of real living? I loved it. From his charcoal-coloured staircase to his striped bedroom walls and beautiful bedlinen that has suddenly leaped to the top of my must-buy list. Well, for those of us who live in Australia, we can pretty much get his entire look because Mark is owner of the homewares store 4Min Melbourne. His recently released...

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(blog.inspiration) courtney barton

I have to confess that when I was recently featured on Blogs Of Note, I had never heard of the site. But like the dutiful girl I am, I checked it out and other blogs featured. I'm glad that I did, as I came across the fantastic blog In(side) the Loopby Courtney Barton. Not only does she have a really cute site, but when I dug deeper, I learnt that she's also an incredibly successful. She studied...

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