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Real Living Australia February 2021

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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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min

IF YOU HAD TO DECORATE A ROOM from scratch, would it excite or terrify you? Maybe both. For this issue, I tasked three of my lovely teammates to create their dream office spaces (p89), and let me tell you that when faced with an empty set and all the furniture and homewares in Australia available to borrow, defining your own look is hard! Doing it for other people is much easier, but for yourself? Even the professionals are prone to design paralysis. The key is to start with one thing – such as a piece of furniture, an artwork or a rug – and build the look from there. Then, look at each item and ask, does this go with that? Add one item at a time and check back…

1 min
this month i’m looking forward to…

1 Burning chic taper candles that have a scent! Perfect for on a side table. French Pear taper candles, $29.95 for 4, Ecoya.com.au 5 Mixing up late-afternoon aperitivo drinks in these elegant Rubell highball glasses, $78 for set of 6, Gregnatale.com Facebook.com/reallivingmagazine / homestolove.com.au/rl / @reallivingmag…

5 min
young at heart

interiors that inspire The possibilities for play are endless when you’re little, so seek out captivating shapes, shades and textures. You provide the space; their imaginations will do the rest. rough and tumble Opt for a colour palette with an earthy base and enjoy the added benefit of it being ideal for disguising a little grubbiness! Counter those brown tones with the palest blue for some light relief, and pick out pieces of furniture that are guaranteed to not weigh down your space. you can please everyone Who says pink is for girls and blue for boys? Not us – not when there’s a whole rainbow of colours that kids love. Steer clear of the obvious and you might just hit upon the timeless. grow together There’s no need to buy into the ‘shrink it and pink it’…

4 min
fave finds

real living loves staff pick staff pick TOP FOUR beauty buys 1. Active antioxidants SkinCeuticals ‘Phloretin CF’, $218 for 30ml, Adore Beauty. 2. Bright boost Youth To The People ‘15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum’, $105 for 30ml, Sephora. 3. Radiant skin Vitamin C Potent Antioxidant Oil, $50 for 15ml, La Clinica. 4. Retinol alternative Bakuchiol+ Booster Treatment, $39.95 for 12.5ml, Trilogy. staff pick real living loves real living loves staff pick staff pick TOP THREE 2021 planners 1. Monogrammable Elissa Barber x AOL daily planner, $60, An Organised Life. 2. Leather cover Metropolitan 2021 weekly diary, $53.75 for B6, Collins Debden. 3. Custom design Le Moderne 2021 planner, $46.99, Papier. words lindyl crabb; harriet sim…

2 min
trunk show

TRAVEL WAS A RAREFIED PURSUIT when Louis Vuitton first conceived the trunks that would become icons of his eponymous design house. It was the 1850s and travellers were embarking on journeys on steamships and trains with their most treasured possessions in tow – packing lightly wasn’t the done thing. Louis, an entrepreneur and skilled trunk-maker with a business in Paris, recognised the need for luggage that befitted the city’s well-dressed denizens and be stacked with ease in a baggage car. His proposal? A flat-topped trunk covered in lightweight, water-resistant canvas. Always one step ahead of his competitors, Louis created increasingly elegant exteriors such as the Damier check and when Louis’ son Georges launched the iconic monogram branding with his late father’s initials, the design not only distinguished Louis Vuitton as…

2 min
space crush

LIKE ALL GREAT ROMANTIC AFFAIRS, the latest sartorial love child of Australian fashion house Camilla And Marc was born in the absence of intimacy. On the cusp of a global pandemic lock-down and social distancing, the brand worked alongside long-time collaborator Kelvin Ho of Akin Atelier to create a new Neighbourhood Flagship store in Armadale, Victoria, a thoughtfully-designed space where touch knows no borders and meaningful interactions are nurtured. Occupying an original terrace on Armadale’s High Street, the flagship features residential-style architecture and tactile materials. “We designed [the store] as an ode to community and a celebration of the human touch,” Kelvin says of the store’s organic spatial intimacy. “The boutique is intended to be experienced as a tactile environment shaped by handcrafted finishes and singular materials that evoke wonder…