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Real Living Australia August 2018

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!

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ONE OF THE MOST COMMON decorating questions I get asked is “Where can I buy affordable art?” (the other is “Will you do a makeover story on my home?”). This issue, we’ve answered just that with a list of some of our top places to buy prints, paintings, photographs – the lot. And all for reasonable prices. When I tell people where to find affordable art, I also suggest they think beyond the typical artwork – greeting cards, wallpaper samples, tea towels and magazine tear-outs all make fab wall decor and can cost as little as a few dollars. The trick is to frame and hang it so it looks professional, and don’t worry, we’re letting you in on how to do that, too (check out p16). My fave style…

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this month i’m looking forward to…

1 Sighing over everyone’s #eurosummer posts on Instagram. A trip isn’t in the cards for me right now, but I could splurge on an Akila Berjaoui print. From $800. Akilaberjaoui.me 2 Swapping my bedside tables for side tables. Butler occasional table, $199. Freedom.com.au 3 Overhauling my pantry. I love decanting all the flours and sugars into jars. I’d quite like these Ado salt and pepper grinders, too. $69.95 each. Countryroad.com.au 4 Wearing sweaters on cold weekends. This one’s made ethically from organic cotton. C’est Sexy raglan sweater, $169. Bonlabel.com.au 5 Adding some colour to my dining table with blue glassware. These ribbed ones from West Elm are a bargain – on sale for $1.95 each! Westelm.com.au FACEBOOK.COM/REALLIVINGMAGAZINE / HOMESTOLOVE.COM.AU/RL / @REALLIVINGMAG…

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art house

There’s an art to hanging, well, art. Here are our top tips for any arrangement: 1 Large individual artworks should be hung with the centre point of the work at eye level. Usually, this point is about 1.5m from the floor. 2 To create a gallery wall, start with a hero piece to anchor the arrangement. Hang this piece as you would a solo artwork – with the centre point at eye level – and work out from there. Five to 10cm is a good gap between artworks. 3 If you’re hanging a pair of artworks, match the orientation of the artworks to the wall you’re hanging them on. For example, two stacked portrait artworks will fill a tall, vertical wall space nicely, while a pair of side-by-side landscape artworks will suit a…

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de gournay

THERE ARE FEW THINGS LEFT in the world of design that can’t be produced then purchased in the blink of an eye. One of those things is meticulously handpainted wallpaper from London-based design house de Gournay – and, as you’re about to find out, it’s totally worth the three-to-six-month wait time. The family-run company was founded by Claud Cecil Gurney in 1986 after he took a trip to China in search of skilled artisans who could restore his antique wallpaper at home. Claud met a group of five artists who agreed to work with him, and now has a team of over 100. Signature wallpaper and fabric designs are created by de Gournay’s skilled artisans who use techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. Each wallpaper panel, which…

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space crush

IF A BUILDING COULD LIVE AND BREATHE WELLNESS, it would be Willow. Opened this year, the suburban health retreat is unlike any you’ve experienced before – for starters, there’s a crystal grid set into the foundation to promote and support healing energy, balance and positive vibrations. Design studio Meme was tasked with transforming the two existing Victorian heritage buildings into a seamless light-filled space. “Our process was to explore how space, light and material can actively contribute to human health,” says Meme’s co-director Megan Hounslow. From the acoustic treatments that minimise noise between rooms to the purified air systems and the colour palette, every element of the design soothes and grounds the senses. Materials were chosen for their restraint, purity and simplicity including ethically sourced stone and green onyx. “We…

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beauty spot

IT’S NOT JUST THE FEEL OF SALTY HAIR AND SANDY FEET that makes the ocean so special – it’s also full of ingredients that can up your hair and skincare game. 1 Maison Margiela Beach Walk EDT (100ml), $160, Mecca. Notes of coconut milk, lemon and bergamot feel just like a European summer. 2 Ouai Wave Spray (150ml), $40, Sephora. This cult texturising spray is wave-enhancing and lightweight, without the seawater crunchiness. 3 Crème de la Mer Blue Heart Limited Edition (100ml), $655. This legendary cream’s star ingredient is sea kelp. 4 Sachajuan Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo (250ml), $43. Perfect for fine hair, this shampoo adds texture and structure without forgoing shine. 5 Salt By Hendrix Mermaid Facial Oil (30ml), $34.95. A lightweight, ultra-moisturising face oil. 6 Tom Ford Private…