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Anastasia Kotis from White Forest Home“Sometimes you have to take a chance on yourself and back yourself,” says Anastasia Kotis, the creative behind local biz White Forest Home. The chapter in her life she’s referring to is the one in which she left her corporate job to pursue her creative dream. It happened in August 2012 - and the Canterbury wife and mum hasn’t looked back.

The Life Creative Headquarters - Vintage Key DishI did a bit of a clean up on Saturday and thought it might be a good opportunity to show you inside The Life Creative home. After all, the cats were behaving, the sun was shining and I was busy killing time trying to avoid doing homework for my course (procrastination is something I've become very skilled at). So here you go, Creatives, it's not the stuff magazines are made of - but nobody lives in the magazines anyway - so take a squiz and let me know what you think.

[caption id="attachment_3768" align="alignnone" width="640"]Miss Paperie Cushions - Heart, Pineapple, Stars and Elephant Clockwise from left: Geo Hearts, Mirror Aztec Pines, Starry and Origami Elephant[/caption]It seems like just yesterday I interviewed Melissa Leung from Miss Paperie - my first interview for The Life Creative. It was, in fact, six months ago, and boy has she been a busy gal between then and now! The creative mastermind has gone from producing geometric stationery to launching a full-blown, breathtaking range of cushions and phone covers. They're all stamped with her signature style, of course, and I for one am going a bit gaga over them. Alert the authorities: I am about to swoon!

P1070468Once upon a time, a stationery addict discovered that craft stores stocked sheets of decorative, textured paper. Once this discovery was made, covering items around the home with paper got a little out of control...