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Real Living Australia January 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

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IT’S TIME TO EXHALE. Summer’s here, which means holidays, longer days and, let’s be honest, a great excuse to redecorate your home accordingly. With Christmas done and dusted, all I want to do is swap red and gold for blue and white, which is why I do a post-festive season clear-out. Nothing heavy duty, mind you – this is a time to relax – but I do like packing all the decorations away and enjoying the sense of space that’s left behind. As much as I love a seasonal more-is-more look, come January I want visual calm. And somewhere uncluttered to read a mag. What’s your summer interior style? I love white linen cushion covers to create instant freshness, simple, rustic tableware for barbecues and dining outside, and big bunches of…

1 min
this month i’m looking forward to…

2 Line-drying my freshly washed linens in the sun. Samsung ‘A.I-Personalised QuickDrive’ washing machine, $1499, Harveynorman.com.au 3 Protecting my super fair skin (I’ve practically got a moon tan) with The Kind Sunscreen, $29, Thekindsunscreen.com.au 4 Scenting my home with this woody, earthy and green-scented Callippus aromatic candle, $135, Aesop.com/au photography maree homer (elle); lynden foss (house)…

4 min
a day on the green

style inspiration The smart dress codes, dapper ensembles and fresh white and green scheme associated with the game of tennis is a fun point of reference for styling your own outdoor area. More preppy than hi-vis, this sporty look embraces a bright white palette, cafe-style furniture, lots of rattan and soft collegiate stripes.extra points If you’ve got a small balcony area or you enjoy the odd picnic, consider fold-up chairs, stackable stools or an umbrella that you can pack up when not in use and take with you. A woven basket or an oversized canvas tote is essential, then accessorise with a big picnic blanket or pretty linen tablecloth and colourful cups, carafes and plates for serving half-time refreshments.french open Two-tone bistro-style tables and chairs lend themselves to this nostalgic…

4 min
fave finds

staff pick ELLE LOVE LOCK Editor staff pick SANDY DAO Creative Director real living loves TOP FIVE go for golden 1. Easy to use Self tanning mousse, $29.95, Bali Body. 2. Spray-on Tanology ‘Express Tan’ self tan water, $22.99, Priceline. 3. Moisturising Self tanning hydrating facial skin care, $180, Sisley. 4. Bronzing mist St. Tropez ‘Purity Vitamins’ bronzing water body mist, $49.99, Priceline. Overnight serum James Read ‘Sleep Mask’ tan body, $73, Mecca. real living loves h2glow! These Synth Lab Intl ‘Bang Gang! Aphrodisia’ concentrate and serum formulas quench thirsty skin and promote a toned, dewy visage. We’d bathe in it if we could. $120 for the duo; Synthlabsintl.com staff pick LISA BURDEN Market Assistant real living loves sign writing La Terre Press ‘Zodiac’ prints may be designed for children, but we think they’d make a dreamy gift for the star sign-obsessed friend in your life (that’s such a Pisces thing to…

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chasing the sun

STEP INSIDE THE HOME of creative consultant Lisa Danielle Smith and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered onto a ’70s coastal film set. Its awash with muted hues, tropical retro prints and the smooth sounds of a cinematic backing track – namely the deep-based score from Quentin Tarantino’s film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which drifts from her husband Jamie’s vinyl record player. “I want my style to evoke emotion,” says Lisa, who draws influence from her work as a digital content expert to cultivate her home’s relaxed, beachside aesthetic. “Whether it be in the digital world or real life, I like to style all aspects of my life and make them feel beautiful, but not forced.” Lisa’s interior style is eclectic yet curated and she mixes structured…

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homegrown heroes

king Anna Carrabs Kingliving.com.au @kingliving A commitment to design excellence has ensured this family-owned business enjoys a lifetime of success. KING WAS FORMED IN 1977 by mother and son team Gwen and David King who sold their homemade furniture at Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets. Decades later, “King continues to be a family owned and operated business with strong family values,” says King CEO, Anna Carrabs. “Australian-designed furniture responds to how Australians really live and this can only be achieved by designing our products locally,” Anna says. King is also passionate about supporting emerging talent: in 2020 the company announced a scholarship program with the University of Technology, Sydney for design students displaying an exceptional standard of work. “As an Australian brand, our plans support creating jobs and skill-sets for future Australians,” Anna says. King’s commitment…