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Real Living Australia October 2020

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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in this issue

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DO YOU TAKE THE STICKERS off your fruit before you arrange them in a bowl? If you do, you’re halfway there to my favourite style hack from this issue. Yep – styling with fruit is a thing. The last time I sold a house, for the photoshoot and inspections I displayed an oversized white bowl piled high with Granny Smith apples in the middle of the dining table. (We ate a lot of apple crumble that month). I thought it added a sculptural element and a pop of colour. The real estate agent even joked that the apples were so shiny it looked like I’d polished each one. I was too embarrassed to admit I had. Anyway, my point is that even the most everyday things can be used to…

1 min
this month i’m looking forward to…

4 Giving my health a boost with Essential C+ Immune powder in my daily smoothie. $34.95; Melrosehealth.com.au 5 Scenting my home with the luxurious L’Oeuf diffuser by Cire Trudon. $495; Libertine parfumerie.com.au photography kristina soljo (table setting); maree homer (elle)…

4 min
alexa’s world

HOW DO YOU DEFINE A STYLE ICON LIKE ALEXA? Put her sartorial make-up under a microscope and you’d find Jane Birkin, Bowie and indie bands such as The Strokes, but Alexa Chung’s aesthetic can’t be distilled in a lab. A best-dressed list veteran, author, tv presenter (she currently co-hosts the Netflix series Next In Fashion) and designer, Alexa is one of the most influential, and Instagram-able, multi-hyphenates of her generation, due in no small part to her remarkable talent for turning obscure pop culture references into trends and curating achingly cool outfits that are still recreated by women decades later. In 2017, Alexa made the leap and launched her own label, AlexaChung, and with each new collection we get a closer look at how her style is evolving and the…

1 min
shop it! take inspiration from alexa’s eclectic office

still-life styling lisa burden *conversion correct at time of print…

2 min
fave finds

feed your face Good skin starts with a healthy microbiome and the ingredients in Paula’s Choice ‘Probiotic Nutrient’ Moisturiser, $64, can help maintain your skin’s healthy bacteria. Paulaschoice.com.au TRASH TALK Informed by the soft curves and tough durability of vintage American cars, the design of this limitedediton Vipp ‘Heritage’ bin , about $479*, elevates the humble trash can. Vipp.com do the twist This weirdly wonderful Abomination vase by need-to-know Melbourne designers Thomas Maxam Studio redefines the boundaries of beauty and is available in a range of vivid colours. $155; thomasmaxamstudio.com staff pick LISA BURDEN Market assistant COLOSSAL ORDER Do as the Romans do with the Flute pedestal basin by local designer Adam Goodrum. The distinctive silhouette puts a contemporary twist on classical architectural columns, and we think it’s deserving of any palatial powder room! From $1900; united-products.co help at hand Infused with…

3 min
haute culture

“IT IS MORE MY LIFESTYLE THAN MY JOB,” says Nuria Cruelles, the perfumer behind Loewe’s new line of interior fragrances. Since joining the luxury fashion house in late 2018, Nuria has translated creative director Jonathan Anderson’s visionary ideas into singular olfactory experiences and their latest collaborative project was indeed all-consuming. “Jonathan Anderson always had in mind the idea of making candles and home fragrances,” Nuria says of the initial concept, which was inspired by his childhood memories and scents redolent of his many travels. Jonathan wanted to recreate “something in between a botanical garden and an apothecary”, Nuria says. “He gave me a list of plants that he wanted to include. The first proposal was a long list of 60 plants… we narrowed it to 11.” Comprised of honeysuckle, tomato leaves,…