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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.

It will come as no shock to you that The Life Creative adores local design. We've been championing it on the blog for years now, and Etsy is one place we draw endless inspiration from. There's so much Aussie talent there and you need to take a look at it as soon as humanly possible (check out this post on concrete decor that's filled with Etsy finds).

A homewares or furniture piece that's handmade automatically gets bonus points in my books.Oh how I wish I were skilled enough at making things that I could produce the pieces in today's post. The best things I've created with my own bare hands were some homemade candles a year or so ago (though I was pretty impressed with the results, I must admit).

Adding no synthetic chemical fragrances or preservatives to its soaps, local biz Nakeba has me well and truly head over heels for its bath products, the faves of which are these delectable soaps. These organic treasures are just some of the handmade bath-time essentials this local brand produces - and they've made for a divine addition to my bathroom. 

I'm losing my mind in the best way possible over the new collection from The Dharma Door. I thought their fair trade bags, totes and baskets were breathtaking, but this new range takes things to the next level. Prepare to be blown away by the Jute Macrame Collection - and win a piece for your own home!