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Brown Sofa - Oxford - from Oz DesignA friend of mine recently told me she was at a loss when it came to decorating around her brown leather sofa. She had tried adding turquoise accessories but admitted that it felt a little expected (I have to agree with her there). Here are a few ideas to ensure your brown couch - be it leather or upholstered - is used successfully in your space and plays well with your other pieces.

Amber Stapff's Scandi Style Living Room - Ampersand CushionI think I need to rename Real Rooms to 'Rooms that Make me Weep with Joy'. This latest instalment, which belongs to graphic designer Amber Stapff, is a Scandi wonderland with a minimalistic and calming vibe. You can totally see the designer at play in this space. And I have to admit, it's making me question my love of colour (please do not tell colour I said that!).

Trends from the New IKEA CatalogueNothing gave me greater pleasure this past week than receiving a sneak peek into the upcoming 2014 IKEA catalogue. Not only are there some glorious new products on the horizon and a real focus on spending time at home with loved ones, but there's two hot trends that caught my eye in particular - and they're very different decor looks indeed!

Glass Dome Atrium from PapayaI've never really understood homes that are styled within an inch of their lives and manage to say nothing about the people who live there. At TLC HQ, it's all about personalisation, comfort and reflecting who I am and what's happening in my life. In saying that, though, I do like things to have their place (and certain objects are not for the curious claws of the satanic sisters that are better know as my two cats). Enter this glorious find from Papaya!

Ceramic Pineapple in White, Yellow and BlueThere’s simply no denying the fact that I’m a bit obsessed with colour. Yes, I understand and have even posted about the fact that beige can be beautiful - and I fully appreciate the swoon-worthy qualities that a Scandi scheme possesses. But for me, dear Creatives, it’s all about a high-intensity hues. You can see why I was delighted to feast my eyes on these Terracotta Treasures then (or what some might call ceramic pineapples!).

[caption id="attachment_3582" align="alignnone" width="640"]Coastal Decor - Cushions, Couch and Lamp Achieving a coastal vibe is all about the right tone and texture[/caption]I have to be honest with you, Creatives; I have been into homes where I have seen things I cannot un-see. You know, sand in bottles, shells in jars, Gone Fishin' signs; all of the things that people thought you needed to create a coastal decor vibe. Thankfully, design therapy has taught me that you don't have to be so literal with your decor. If you're looking to channel a coastal vibe, it's simply a matter of using tone and texture - with a little accessorising - no sand in sight!

[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!

This week saw me hit the Moore Park Supa Centa, snapping loads of home and decor goodies. I also discovered gorgeous goodies outside of the centre too. Which one is your fave?Greeting Cards from TJ Stationery1 | I am addicted to buying cards. So much so that I have a stack in my drawer just waiting for an occasion to roll around. I was in all sorts of fits of ecstasy this week when I got my hands on these mind-blowing cards from TJ Stationery. They're letterpress ones - printed on 100% cotton paper stock - and I just love how simplistic, playful and charming they are. The Kite and Swing ones are my fave, but there are many more, all with the same sense of love. Too good.

Beige Decor and Brown Decor from FreedomI've been known to declare my aversion to beige from time to time, but truth be told, beige decor can work wonders in keeping a space understated, clean and calm. If you have a somewhat neutral space but fear you're about to enter a micro-sleep at any given moment, there are a few ways you can keep the beige without an all-stops train to Snoozeville. It's all about tone and texture, Creatives!