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I returned from my trip to Sydney a few weeks back with more than just warm and fuzzies over how great my old home city is. I also came back with a loot of craft and homewares goodies from Spotlight - who sponsored our Blogger brainstorm session on the Sunday afternoon - and who've really been upping the ante on the home decor front of late.

It's time to start thinking about spring bedroom ideas. August is upon us already, which means winter is one month away from being a distant memory. And with the cold snap that's been sweeping the country, sunny Spring weather could not come sooner.

Last week, the country’s top bloggers came together to take on Sydney Harbour and the CBD. It was all thanks to our agency, Bloggerati by Nuffnang, who along with the help of Destination NSW and Qantas, flew their blogger talent in from across the country to experience what gorgeous Sydney town had to offer.

African design has been popular on and off for years now, but most incarnations of it have featured a colour story of blacks, beiges, whites and the occasional pop of burnt orange. Mix in a few animal prints, some leather and a splash of brass and you have a gorgeous - albeit subdued - African interior scheme (take a look at an example here).

The biggest mistake people make in their homes when it comes to paint is not checking the colour on a larger scale in a room, says Dulux Creative Consultant Bree Leech.

"I have had people explain to me they selected a neutral grey in the store and when they painted it at home it looked like it was green or blue," she explains. "Of course, the colour is still the same but it can appear quite differently under warm light such as halogens, compared to the harsh fluorescents or even daylight in the paint store".

It's a well-known fact that I don't get very creative in the kitchen. I leave those culinary adventures to my partner Gavin, who in return generally lets me have my run of the house when it comes to decorating (apart from that time he put me on a cushion ban).When it comes to baking or cocktails, though, you can bet your bottom dollar that I want in on the fun.

For Perth creative Bianca, starting the online store of her dreams came from frustration over not being able to find quality products in her home town to fill her newly renovated house with.

Annoyed with the long delivery times and shipping costs involved in buying products from overseas stores, the concept for her own shop, Granite Lane, began taking shape.