So sue me - I love to hold onto things. Though I'm not yet ready to star in an episode of Hoarders, I do like to find ways to upcycle or make something of things - especially if they're special or heartfelt. Case in point - Valentine's Day cards!
I'd never quite describe myself as traditional, so it should come as no surprise that when Christmas rolls around, I'm all for abandoning red, green and gold and heading toward hue that veers away from the typical. I've long been a fan of blue and white Christmas tree decor and this year, I'm pleased to say, shall be no different.
These industry movers and shakers spend their days immersed in styling, homewares, magazines and interiors, but what are they doing regarding to their own festive celebrations? I caught up with these six style makers to get their take on the silly season and have them share some Christmas styling ideas of their own.
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!
Jayde Leeder is one busy gal. Not only is she a mother to two little ones (six-year-old Iggy and 14-month-old Minty - who Jayde tells me suffers from FOMO and thinks she’s 27), but she co-owns my fave store for all things stationery, Little Paper Lane, in the Sydney suburb of Mona Vale. I sat down with the former makeup artist and learnt a few things about stationery, running a family business and her hatred of tomatoes!
So I only recently realised I have a fair few bird ornaments about the place. I also realised I had named a few of them. Call it sick and twisted but it's a reality. I've also snapped a lot of them in homewares stores. Am I following them or are they following me? Who knows. Check out my feathered collection...
“There’s definitely something special about handmade products,” says Melissa Leung, creative mastermind behind Miss Paperie, the stationery business that’s been making hearts flutter since its creation in July this year.