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Looking to add some understated sophistication to your kitchen this Autumn and Winter? Who isn't?! The new Country Road Home collection has just landed and it's set to make mealtimes a little bit more glam. But in CR's typically understated way, of course.

If you were under the impression that AURA Home couldn't get any better, news of the brand new AURA Home ceramics range will prove you wrong.The divine Aussie brand has just unveiled its fresh range of goodies for your table, which are perfect for Spring entertaining thanks to their bold colours and dynamic pattern. The collection features bowls, plates and mugs, all decked out in motifs that feel fun and contemporary.

Vintage Home Decor - Collectika in Sydney's Enmore

I tell you, moving to the inner west of Sydney has unlocked so many glorious discoveries. This week's adventures took me to an amazing vintage home decor store called Collectika, which features a breathtaking array of retro, vintage and contemporary furniture and homewares. It pretty much sums up my dream interior scheme; clean, quirky and with a generous nod to nostalgia.

Freedom Top Ryde - Red and White CushionsFreedom and I have had a long friendship. I recall saving up across several paycheques as an 18 year old and going to Freedom to get my first real bedroom setting; an amazing bed, tallboy and two bedside tables combination. Years on (I won't divulge exactly how many) I still gravitate toward this homewares haven for the very same reasons I did back then; phenomenal furniture with form, function and fun. On with the store tour of Freedom Top Ryde...

Country Road TablewareIt takes quite a store to lure me away from using bright colours in my home. But only moments into my snap-filled store tour of Country Road in Bondi Junction, I felt compelled to call my partner, tell him the skip was pulling up outside at any given moment and prepare him for yet another complete home overhaul. You know, a  leave nothing behind scenario. This is what I call the CRE (Country Road effect) – and boy had I been struck down with it.

Citrus Colour - Lemon and Orange with iPhone on TableAt a friends place recently, I saw a rogue orange and random lemon scattered on her kitchen bench. The iPhone got put down soon after and in a moment of genius I realised what great colours these are to brighten up a space (especially during summer Down Under). Check out some yellow, orange and green decorating inspiration: