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Real Living Australia March 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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I LOVE SEEING INSIDE other people’s homes. And as an interiors journalist, I feel it’s such a privilege to be able to do so every month. I’m inspired by how other people live; how they organise and use their spaces. But mostly, I’m interested in their decor and design choices. Why that wall colour? Why that piece of furniture? To me, there are three reasons to make a design decision: it should be functional, it should work in the space you’re decorating and, most importantly, it must make you happy. The choices that make us happy are what really create individual homes. Take the houses in this issue, for example. They’re all completely different, but true to their owners’ aesthetic taste – and there are design lessons and style cues to…

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graphic content

pattern tête-à-tête When decorating with multiple patterns, you’ll need to decide what you draw attention to and create visual dialogue between each element. This chair in fabric by Kelly Wearstler (she’s a master of the mix) is a classic eye-catching statement piece but it also speaks to the rest of the room. Notice how the graphic design is repeated in the rug, and the colours in the fabric are softened in the tonal wallpaper and amplified on the cushions. history repeating Greco-Roman style is having a major interiors moment and it lends itself to trying new looks with print and pattern. Take inspiration from classical designs that feel architectural and the strong yet elegant use of borders and stripes. balance of power While pattern can lift the energy in a room you don’t want it…

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fave finds

BASSIKE INSTINCT The global pandemic and local lockdowns encouraged Bassike creative director Deborah Sams to rethink her direction and design with optimism. That mindset inspired Bassike’s 2021 pre-collection, which features sustainable fabrics in a neutral palette and versatile styles that balance form with function and can be mix and matched. Pictured is the Splatter print cotton shirt, $450 – one of many pieces on our wish-list. Bassike.com staff pick ALICE IERACE Art director COMING UP DAISIES The cult classic Daisy fragrances from Marc Jacobs have been given a fresh twist in the form of the Daisy Love Daze, $109 for 50ml. The limited edition scent features notes of delicate pink peony and fig. Marcjacobs.com next hygge thing The latest homewares drop from Ikea is all about clean lines, natural materials and simplified forms, and we’ve got our eyes…

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objects of desire

AT CARTIER, ELEGANCE is a “permanent preoccupation”, says Pierre Rainero, Cartier International’s director of image, heritage and style. This insatiable obsession is the secret to the maison’s allure – the enviable flash of a timepiece; the delicate opening of a jewellery box – and it isn’t limited to wearable accoutrements. In late 2020, Cartier revealed a collection of home decor, travel accessories, gifts and stationery designed to broaden clients’ creative possibilities. “The collection reinforces an aspect of the maison that people are not so familiar with,” Pierre says. “Since 1880, Cartier has been interested in everyday objects. We have always had the idea to make life beautiful in different ways, and not necessarily with very important objects. The tiniest objects can express what Cartier style is about.” Although the collection…

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water works

EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN rarely shouts. On the contrary, it’s often the most clever products that are the quiet achievers, making everyday tasks a more effortless experience. This is certainly true of the Vola ‘111’, the mixer that transformed the way we wash our hands, do the dishes and run a bath. An icon of the golden age of Scandinavian design, Vola produced its first mixers for the National Bank of Denmark, which was being designed by Arne Jacobsen, the architect and mastermind behind furniture classics such as the Egg and Swan chairs. The company’s owner, Verner Overgaard, approached Arne with a proposal for the building – a brand new type of wall-mounted tap comprised of a single handle and spout with all of the mechanical parts concealed. This minimalistic concept challenged Arne’s…