I've been a big fan of a sunny yellow decor for quite some time (my business cards are splashed with this hue). Thank the decor gods above, then, that Spring is bringing it to all my fave stores and homewares mags, making it the undeniable colour of the moment. If you're plugged in and ready to play with yellow decor (it would be criminal not to), all you have to do is introduce it into your home in the right way so it doesn't offend your current furniture!
I love nothing more than connecting with local Creatives, so I was beyond chuffed when In the Cove's Jacky Barker invited me for a tour of the most marvellous homewares stores Lane Cove has to offer. In the space of a few hours we managed to squeeze in many gasp-worthy moments across three great stores - each of which was uniquely different from the other!
Rugs are the new cushions if you ask me; they're so affordable nowadays that you can swap them around at a moment's notice when you tire of your old one (unlike when they swapped old Pippa for new Pippa on Home and Away - that was just too big a change for me to handle). The added bonus with smaller, lightweight rugs like the ones above is that you can layer them for a relaxed and casual vibe that still packs a visual punch (and you can score them at a discounted price - read on!)
I first discovered the work of Ashdown and Bee at the Freedom Summer Launch a few months back and was instantly drawn to their design aesthetic. Little did I know, bespoke signage for media events was just one of the services the Stanmore-based business offers; styling, event planning, visual merchandising and more are what this creative couple excels at. They were even kind enough to make me my very own TLC sign during the interview (cue the girly squeels!).
For as long as I can remember I have loved everything about Britain. And no, it has nothing to do with that Union Jack dress Ginger Spice wore at the Brits that time (though I’m sure it helped). There is just something so wonderfully charming about British homewares. Founder of SE10 Gallery, Sam Cannell, clearly shares my fondness for all things UK, because she’s opened a gorgeous online homewares store that celebrates it!
For Libby Walsh, the owner of Prop Hire Online, keeping precious pieces on the website and out of her own home is a definite challenge. “I'm not going to lie... there have been one or two pieces that I purchased for the business that have never quite made it onto the website,” she tells me - and I don’t blame her! The site is not only the go-to space for stylists and event organisers in need of amazing props, but they sell some of the pieces to the general public too (I am dying!).
I had yet another tyre-screeching moment last week when I drove past the glorious Clickon Furniture in Rosebery. Thankfully I managed to avoid causing an accident, parked the car and high-tailed it into this mecca for all things bright and beautiful. What I uncovered was a glorious dream, filled with light timber, pops of neon and some industrial elements that I have fallen for in a big way (plus they have a cement floor - and you can never go wrong with a cement floor!).