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Real Living Australia

Real Living Australia February 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!

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SUBSCRIBE TO REAL LIVING AND RECEIVE AN ECOYA CANDLE VALUED AT $42.95 p74 & p134 ROUTINE. I MUST ADMIT, I LIKE IT. Now, don’t get me wrong – I can let loose with the best of them, but I find building some structure into my day makes me feel like I can fit more in. And that includes sleep! This issue, we’ve woven a wellness theme throughout the pages, because as we all set the program for our year ahead, it’s important to factor in our wellbeing. Get enough exercise, nutrients, rest… that sort of thing. It’s also important to reassess how we live. Is your home as healthy as it could be? Check out our feature on p112 to learn some neat tricks to detox your place. On p108 we…

5 min
urban safari

style tip Wallpaper the inside of a nook or the back of a bookcase to create a “decorative moment” style tip Trinkets gathered while travelling help create visual layers. Mix old with new for an eclectic and inspired look Essential ingredients for a colonial look 1 Natural textures Given that this style originated in tropical climates of the West Indies, Caribbean, India and Africa, furniture was made from natural grasses, rattan and bamboo to allow for any movement and expansion. These materials also add texture – consider a sisal rug, woven light fittings and lots of baskets for storage. 2 Light and dark Dark timber floors are a major feature of this look. Originally, teak, mahogany and ebony were sourced from local forests, but today we can stain our floors or use vinyl to achieve a similar look.…

2 min
the signature edit

MIX AND MATCH CHAIRS FOR AN ECLECTIC LOOK Whether you’re hosting a dinner party with friends or enjoying a casual weeknight meal with your family, the dining table is where people come together. It’s a space that should reflect your day-to-day needs while also making a style statement. And with the new Signature Collection from Amart Furniture, you can achieve exactly that. Take this practical yet beautiful dining zone for example. The solid oak timber table can be expanded at a whim, while bench seats and a few extra chairs can easily be moved around to make room for unexpected guests. In addition to this carefully curated edit, the new Signature range features sturdy designs for almost every room, including living areas and bedrooms. Every single piece is made with a…

3 min
space crush

YOU’D BE FORGIVEN FOR THINKING this super-cool resort was in Palm Springs or Rio de Janeiro. But in fact, it’s smack bang in the middle of Brisbane. Yep, Brisbane. The Calile Hotel opened in the James Street Precinct late last year and has been the talk of the hospitality design scene ever since. Designed by Richards and Spence architects, the hotel embraces its tropical climate with open-air breezeways instead of traditional hallways and lobbies, cork flooring and stone surfaces to temper the Brisbane heat. The palette is colourful but muted with rooms painted in an array of blues, greens and soft apricot pinks. Complementary coloured marble is used to great effect, amplifying the schemes, while brass fittings, white linens and pale timber furniture and joinery make the perfect accents. The…

2 min
forever young

WE LOVE A GOOD PARTY, and when Marimekko reaches a milestone, that’s cause for celebration! The Finnish design company has a colourful history of creating homewares, clothing and bold prints you can spot a mile away in a sea of sober neutrals. You might say bringing joy to people’s lives is the brand’s reason for being. “Marimekko is much more than its designs. It’s an attitude. A reflection of everyday happiness,” says the company’s senior designer Sami Ruotsalainen, who in 2009 was tasked with creating Oiva, a new tableware collection. “I was briefed to design some cups and mugs with a shape that would be relevant for the next 100 years,” he explains. “That number 100 was used to demonstrate the timelessness we were looking for. When I started designing…

2 min
super natural

WHEN COURTNEY KIRBY WAS A LITTLE GIRL, she wanted to be an artist. She loved drawing, flicking through magazines and collecting gems. But her career path was far from crystal clear. “I tend to get bored easily,” she admits. “I’ve been a hairdresser, a nanny, worked in an office and managed a retail store.” Then, during her second pregnancy, she suffered antenatal depression. To distract herself, Courtney began creating essential oil blends with healing properties. “A friend introduced me to therapeutic-grade essential oils and I learned how beneficial they could be,” she explains. The mum-of-two launched an Instagram account and built her brand, Courtney + The Babes. Made by hand in small batches, her roll-on oils, mists and creams use ethically sourced, natural ingredients. “The essential oils I use are…