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Real Living Australia

Real Living Australia June 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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2 min.

MY DAD SPENT NEARLY 40 YEARS working in the wine industry and though he sampled everything from the finest Champagnes to my Italian uncle’s homemade vino, Dad says there are really only two types of wine: the ones you like and the ones you don’t. So, what does this have to do with decorating? Just like wine, there are guidelines around what makes for a good interior – for example, colours that work together, the concept of scale, certain patterns and silhouettes that are the hallmarks of different styles – but there’s only one essential rule: do what makes you happy. Staying true to what you really love and decorating with confidence is the key to creating a strong look. Who cares what everyone else thinks! Take the five amazing, distinct…

5 min.
that ’70s style

WORKING WITH THE THEORY that fashion and interiors are closely intertwined, British fashion designer Bella Freud (best known for her signature sweaters declaring “Je t’aime Jane” and “Ginsberg is God”) has collaborated with Maria Speake, co-founder of reclaimed furniture and design business Retrouvius, to apply her cool-girl-chic aesthetic to an apartment in London – and the place is a study in 1970s style. The bold colour, eclecticism and glamour of this decade were key references for Bella and Maria’s interior design. Vibrant block colours – angelica green, lipstick red and marigold used on the floors and walls – act as dynamic framing devices for the objects layered over them. The apartment was designed by London architects Piercy & Company and has been furnished with a mix of vintage pieces alongside playful…

2 min.
fave finds

STAFF PICK SANDY DAO Creative director CALL OF THE WILD THE TASMANIAN WILDERNESS SERVED AS THE BACKDROP FOR OROTON’S AUTUMN WINTER 19 CAMPAIGN. INSPIRED BY INSECTS, MAPS AND VINTAGE FISHING GEAR, THE COLLECTION IS APTLY TITLED THEBOTANIST.OROTON.COM.AU WINDOW SHOPPING Blinds Online’s made-to-measure blinds and curtains can be designed with sun-protective blockout fabric and thermal lining to keep you cosy in winter. Blindsonline.com.au STAFF PICK STEPH A NIE HOPE Content director RETAIL THERAPY Planning a trip to Byron Bay? Be sure to pop into shopping precinct Habitat, where you’ll find homewares stores, exercise studios, eateries, holistic hairdressers and more. Habitatbyronbay.com NEW in SHED SOME LIGHT Made from darker types of bamboo that are usually thrown away, Ikea’s Knixhult lamps were designed to have a low environmental footprint. The result is a woven, natural style that emanates warm light. Knixhult pendant, $34.99. Ikea.com.au LIQUID ASSETS Making…

1 min.
winter is coming

Wynstan’s Cellular Shades deliver more than just shade, privacy and a sophisticated look: they can also help you save up to 32 per cent on your heating and cooling bills. As smart as they are elegant, Wynstan Cellular Shades conserve energy by trapping air in their honeycomb-cell interior, creating an extra layer of insulation within the blind, so you don’t have to go straight to the heater to warm your living areas this winter. The custom-fitted versatility of the Cellular Shade means they can be adapted to windows of any dimension – even horizontal skylights and angled loft windows – and they hug so closely to the window edges that light gaps are virtually eliminated and noise reduced. Wynstan Cellular Shades are also surprisingly strong and durable, making them the perfect…

2 min.
back to bauhaus

THE BAUHAUS SCHOOL OF DESIGN was founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius, a German architect. In the wake of WWI, he wanted to train a new generation of designers to use art and architecture to make a truly positive impact on society and challenge old ways of thinking. His original craft-based curriculum included metalwork, carpentry and weaving, but when the school relocated from Weimar to Dessau in 1925, the Bauhaus began to embrace technology and mass production. Focus turned to building well-designed spaces for all (not just the wealthy). But the Bauhaus was not immune to the Nazi regime’s control over Germany. As war spread, many Bauhaus teachers and alumni emigrated to America, and it’s here we meet Austrian-born Harry Seidler. Harry was a boy during the Bauhaus era, but…

1 min.
what we’re listening to…