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This week's Conversation Series post detailed how much I adore Christmas. It also revealed that it never used to be this way - and that the festive season used to stress me out like you wouldn't believe (you can read the full post here).Part of that stress was due to Christmas shopping; not knowing what to get, going into stores without a game plan or budget, and having to end up stuck at the shops on Christmas Eve.

“Let's face it - a candle really shouldn't cost the earth,” says Alyson Sturley of TANDA, when I ask her what her candle brand is all about. “I tried to make a candle that was truly transcendent of style, age, and gender norms, whilst still maintaining affordability”.

I knew I liked this brand for a reason!

Trust me when I say that running any small business alone is next to impossible. I might produce the majority of the content for the blog, but my partner Gavin is the techy brains behind the operation and keeps the blog and store running around the clock.

For Queensland interior stylist Natalia Greer - one half of the team behind Mono Home - partnership is equally important.

Some design trends come and go in the blink of an eye, while others remain so popular that they become bankable interior styles year on year.

But how do you figure out what’s in, what’s out and what should’ve never been on our radar to begin with?

Wonder no more; I’ve called in the most in-the-know people in the biz to give us the lowdown on 10 popular interior design trends of the past and present.

The dining room has got to be the most under-utilised area of the home (or am I just eating dinner on the couch way more than I should be?), and I think it has something to do with the lack of attention we give it when it comes to decorating.

I was speaking to someone the other day who declared that concrete homewares were on the way out. Internally, I went through a series of emotions (almost like the 12 stages of grief). I felt angry, sad, shocked, dismayed and of course, it ended in denial. In fact, I'm so far in denial that I'm going to outrightly declare that concrete homewares are still 100% on trend - and with no signs of going away.