artist andrew o'brien

Andrew O’Brien took a risk leaving a successful career in the corporate world to become a full-time artist. But it turned out to be a good decision. He’s now had his work featured on Channel 9’s program The Block, as well as on the June 2012 cover of Real Living. And he was selected to create an artwork for the visit of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark to the Corporate...

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coffee table idea

I got a surprise when I opened the latest issue of real living magazine. It included a shot from a shoot that I did earlier in the year. The idea was to use a lamp shade as the base for a coffee table and top it with a piece of painted MDF, cut to size. The project is in the October 2011 issue.

image courtesy of real living (photography: chris warnes; styling natalie walton)

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Sarah Ellison has had the best training a stylist can hope for. She started out assisting, to some of the Australian industry's best - Glen Proebstel and Kirsten Bookallil. Since going out on her own she has become the staff stylist for real livingmagazine, a job that has seen her create many best-selling covers. While Sarah started out studying fashion, it was when she worked part-time as a...

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easy weekend projects

March and April were busy months. I styled four of the decorating features in the June issue of real living - as well as wrote the rugs and carpet article. And I styled the 10-page decorating feature in House & Garden. All while pregnant.

The feature above was for the "real ideas" section of real living - projects that you can do over a weekend. These included creating a statement door frame, a...

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indoor plants can be cool

Ever since I visited the home of landscape architect Daniel Baffsky, I have had a new respect for indoor plants. He had the most amazing fishtail ferns, which integrated beautifully into the interior of his place. It actually made the house seem more welcoming and homely, but was done in an altogether cool way.

So when real livingmagazine asked me to do a feature on indoor plants I set myself the...

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styling shoot: bathroom decor ideas

The bathroom is not only one of the most expensive rooms in your home to renovate and decorate, but also the one that (often) ends up most lacking. Functionality always seems to win over fun. Colours are boring. Ideas get left at the door. So when I was asked to create three bathrooms for the June issue of real living, I wanted to help people rethink how they might decorate the smallest room in...

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paper lantern makeover

Lighting transforms a room, but often it is really expensive. So for one of my first freelance jobs this year I decided to transform paper lanterns into something a little more bespoke. The look here is quite pretty, and a little whimsical. Of course, you could use fabrics that are bolder, such as stripes mixed in with block colours. The project is in the latest issue of real living magazine.


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designer & writer david netto

It is little wonder that David Netto was appointed contributing design editor for the Wall Street Journal last year. He has a wealth of knowledge, and experience, on the subject. He grew up in New York City, with textile designer Alan Campbell as his uncle. He has worked extensively as an interior designer, and a product designer. His range of children's furniture, under the name NettoCollection,...

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painterly stripes

This morning I mentioned decorating with paper as a great decorating tool. Using paint has to be one of my other favourite options. A little while back I was asked to come up with ideas for this brief: "Quick cures for boring walls". It was a styling shoot for the current onsale issue of real living magazine.

I always gravitate towards stripes in fashion, but didn't want to do the usual vertical...

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trade secrets from 3 style experts

A little while ago, when I ran an interview with Harper's Bazaar editor Edwina McCann, I mentioned what a great day I had shooting with photographer Mikkel Vang.

I got to meet three incredible people - Will Dangar from Robert Plumb, award-winning TV chef Sean Connolly and Edwina.

Their homes were the perfect mix of well considered and well lived-in, complete with young children running around.


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