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Sydney Artist - Artwork by Derryn TalI recently visited the Designer Rugs showroom and discovered the amazing artwork of Derryn Tal adorning the walls there. This abstract contemporary artist is a Sydney local and has me smitten with her unique works, which are created by generating chemical reactions in various materials.

Shakiraaz cushions - bright geometric patternMy obsession with cushions is a well documented one (no need for an intervention just yet), so I simply had to share these new releases with you from local business Shakiraaz. Shakira Lima - the talented Melbournite behind the brand - has been labouring away for months on four unique designs, which I'm crushing on like a tween on Beiber and will be showing you today in this colourful post!

African Decor - Bedhead and Cushions with LampsFor lovers of a soft and subdued decor scheme that offers interest through texture rather than tone, the eclectic African decor vibe had you covered. This interiors trend is all about utilising materials in a way that makes a space sophisticated and stylish, creating a room that feels calm and carefully curated (and on a side note, how dreamy is that bedhead?!).

As Australasia's leading trend forecast group, Colourways shapes what materials, colours and finishes you see in the design market, which is a pretty big deal if you ask me. Today's feature will show you two trends they've identified for 2013/14/15, which will have a big impact on the homewares and interior design styles you see being released in the coming years.

Few and Far - Leon Book and TablewareWhen I started the blog a year ago, the first store tour I did was Few and Far in Huskisson on Sydney's South Coast. It was awe-inspiring back then and still is now. I was back down the coast recently and popped in again to take in the beauty of this homewares haven and capture some of their new stock. It was, to state the obvious, all rather spectacular! On with the tour of this enchanting decor destination...

koskela online store - handmade bowlI never used to believe in love at first site until I walked into Koskela. Once I was there, I realised my one true homewares love had been found. Now, this Sydney mecca for all things marvellous has opened an online. Everyone in Australia can appreciate their glorious pieces. I did a Store Tour there a few months back and adored everything they had to offer, so I'm beyond excited that y'all get the chance to get in on the action!

Model Bedroom - ISCD Project - Cutting Mini Floor BoardsOne of the final assignments for my course at the International School of Colour and Design is creating a model/miniature room. They clearly saved the best project for last, as I had an absolute blast creating this Scandinavian warehouse-inspired model bedroom (a real colour challenge considering I'm so obsessed with bright hues).

Sydney Flower School - Flower Class Bouquet For Judith and Kylie Browne, the Mother-Daughter team behind the glorious Sydney Flower School (which is holding Christmas wreath-making classes this month!), working together only has one downside: distraction. "We might like to chit chat," Kylie tells me. "We like to call it brainstorming. Before we know it we may have lost an hour (or even an afternoon!)".

Embroidery Trend - Deer Embroidery ArtFull disclosure here; I have no idea how to carry out embroidery, but I've been seeing shots online of late and want to declare this as a trend to watch - even if you are watching it only when visiting your grandmother's house.