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Home & Garden
Real Living Australia

Real Living Australia April 2019

Real Living is the homes and lifestyle magazine for those who want to spend smart and live well. For handy household hints, great food ideas, outdoor tips, real shopping opportunities and how to steal some "me time", there's simply no other magazine!

Bauer Media Pty Ltd
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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.

FOR ANYONE STRUGGLING with finding their decorating style, I always ask them what they like to wear. Fashion can alter your mood, and so too can the way you choose to decorate your home. Even having a tidy house compared to a messy one can have a great impact on how you feel. Don’t worry – I’m not getting all Marie Kondo on you. Let’s bring this back to decorating the way you dress. Is your style ultra-feminine? Go for soft pink velvet and delicate metallic flourishes. Are you a jeans and T-shirt kind of person? Try a pared-back look, such as breezy white curtains and raw timber furniture. Then there’s my favourite style: classic with a twist. My home is decorated much like my wardrobe: a mix of relaxed and…

1 min.
build a career from your passion

INTERIOR DESIGN theinteriordesignacademy.com PERSONAL STYLING austcollegeprofessionalstyling.com JOURNALISM & TRAVEL WRITING morrisjournalismacademy.com travelwritingacademy.com Love what you do and do what you love. If you’re looking for a career or keen to change your future with online study there’s never been a better time to discover the joy and flexibility of online learning. From interior design to journalism and styling, these courses offer professional education with expert teachers. Stop dreaming and start learning with a course that will give you confidence, skills and motivation to take the first crucial step.…

3 min.
the new vintage

A HOME FILLED WITH vintage furniture and antique finds can very easily slide into nana territory if not styled in a considered way. However, if you spend time sourcing and curating the right pieces and mix them with a few new buys, the look can go to a whole other level – one that’s deeply personal, eclectic and chic. So how do you get the right mix? We asked Phoebe Nicol, owner of The Vault Sydney antique store and online shop (Thevaultsydney.com; @the_vault_sydney), to share her tips on mastering eclecticism. Her home in Woolloomooloo, where she lives with fiancé, co-business owner and antiques specialist Jeremy Bowker, proves a stylish example. mix styles and periods “A room full of antiques will look like a museum,” Phoebe says. Instead, anchor the room with a…

1 min.
fave finds

COLOUR CODE The new Double Jeu chair by Maison Sarah Lavoine, with its black velvet upholstery and playful colour options, is almost too good to sit on! Available at Bastilleandsons.com.au STAFF PICK ELLE LOVELOCK Editor ROUND OF APPLAUSE THERE’S SOMETHING SO APPEALING ABOUT THESE RONDEUR CUSHIONS BY MR AND MRS WHITE. THE SPHERICAL SHAPE WILL STAND OUT ON YOUR SOFA WHILE SOFTENING THE OVERALL LOOK. $180 EACH; MRANDMRSWHITE.NET SUSTAINABLE SUDS We’re more conscious of the beauty products we use, but what about the containers? All packaging by haircare brand Kevin.Murphy is made entirely from recycled ocean plastic. Now that’s beautiful. Kevinmurphy.com.au STAFF PICK SANDY DAO Creative director STAFF PICK ANN DO Art director MODERN STUDIES The Plyroom Scrivette desk has the simple functionality of a school desk, but with extra room for cables and devices. $1250; Plyroom.com.au BATHING BEAUTIES INSPIRED BY AMAN HOTELS AROUND THE WORLD,…

1 min.
fave finds

FEMALE FORMS To celebrate International Women’s Day, ceramic studio Marloe Marloe will donate 30 per cent of all proceeds from its limited-edition pink Grace collection to Australian charity Share the Dignity until April 30. Marloemarloe.com CREATIVE EXPAT IF YOU’R ETHINKING ABOUT INVESTING IN SOME ART, CHECK OUT THE RECENTLY DEBUTED SERIES POST TRUTH BY SYDNEY-BORN, LA-BASED ARTIST GEORGE BYRNE. HIS NEW ARTWORKS EXPLORE URBAN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY LAYERED WITH VIVID ABSTRACT PAINTING. OLSENGALLERY.COM STAFF PICK STEPHANIE HOPE Content director THE NEW WAVE If your swimwear style is minimalist and ruffle-free, dive into the women’s swim collection from local label Venroy. The range is made in Australia using recycled materials, including this one-piece, $120. Venroy.com.au STAFF PICK LISA BURDEN Market assistant NEW book FROM THE HEART LOVE! is the latest book by Zoë Foster Blake, and if you haven’t yet read her work, now’s the…

2 min.
upon reflection

style tip Casually lean an oversized, ornate floor mirror against a bare wall for an unexpectedly elegant effect IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY, the legend of Narcissus tells of a man who falls deeply in love with his own reflection. While that’s just a folk tale, there does exist a mirror with similar powers – the Ultrafragola by Ettore Sottsass. Take one look at its provocative neon pink curves and you might fall madly in love, too! Ettore was a revolutionary Italian architect and designer, and the founding member of the Memphis Group. Based in Milan, this collective of designers championed the Postmodern movement in the ’50s and made innovative, colourful furniture and homewares from low-cost materials. In 1958, Ettore became the artistic director of Poltronova, an Italian furniture manufacturing company. During his…