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Real Living Australia April 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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2 min

ONE YEAR AGO, many of us were packing up our offices in preparation for a ‘new normal’ lifestyle in lockdown. Those months spent at home gave me a whole new perspective on my interiors and needs. When it came to decorating, comfort was the most important deciding factor, and I found myself spending more time in my garden. Whether you’re craving comfort, escapism or a bit of breathing space, you might find it’s closer to home than you think. That was certainly the case for Australian interior designer Tali Roth, who recently relocated back to Melbourne after a seven-year stint in New York. Tali and her family settled into the home of her late-grandmother, who sadly passed away while they were in quarantine, and Tali used her time in lockdown to…

5 min
states of mind

TALI ROTH’S STYLE is as energetic, uninhibited and gloriously fun as New York City, her adopted home. This time last year, the interior designer was the director of her eponymous studio based in New York… and then 2020 threw a course-changing curveball. “We were living blissfully in Manhattan when we started to hear about this little virus called Covid. We realised we had to make a tough choice – we gave up our city apartment, packed up our belongings and cut our time in New York short to move back to Melbourne,” Tali says of her unexpected homecoming with husband Marcus and their two children, Phoenix and Romeo. The difficult decision to return turned to heartbreak when Tali’s maternal grandmother, Helen – known as Booba – passed away while Tali…

2 min
check mate

BEHIND EVERY GREAT ARTIST is an equally inspiring backing track. David Hockney had opera. Vivienne Westwood had punk. But for Georgia Brunmayr, a Melbourne-based artist and the founder of Curio Practice, it’s the metallic sound of her knitting machine. “My favourite place is being next to a machine,” says Georgia, who describes her creative process as being deeply intimate. “One day, while I was on the phone to my mum in the knitting studio, she overheard the mechanical clunk of my machine. Mum had forgotten the sound and remembered falling asleep to it as a child in Slovakia, when her mother, my Babka, would stay up late knitting.” At 18, while taking a self-guided tour through RMIT University in Melbourne, Georgia came across the intricate art of textiles. “I found myself…

2 min
that ’70s sequel

THE CAMALEONDA SOFA WAS THE BOMBSHELL of ’70s living spaces. A modular model with perfect measurements and voluptuous curves in all the right places, the sprawling seating system influenced the way we style our homes and shaped the landscape of modern interiors. Designed by the Italian architect Mario Bellini and launched in 1970 by B&B Italia, the sofa’s appeal is more than upholstery-deep. Like the tango, the modular pieces link together to form multiple configurations, the seats, backrests, arms and ottomans all moving as one, and when pulled apart they perform solo. The Camaleonda sofa’s metamorphic ability to adapt to its environment is no accident. As Mario has explained, he invented the name by mixing camaleonte, the Italian word for chameleon, with onda, which translates to wave. Both these words, he…

1 min
space crush

HIDDEN AWAY ON KEW’s High Street is a little piece of Paris in Melbourne known as Laurent Bakery. Famous for its French baked goods, the store’s elegant interiors are equally delicious. The tactile finishes and curved forms take inspiration from the art of French patisserie and offer abstract interpretations of pastry folds, while luxurious materials reference indulgence. Influenced by the location, the colour palette pays homage to Laurent’s relationship with both Melbourne and Paris. “A sense of purpose and place is established with finishes in tonal grey, white and black, and infusions of brass, forest green and American oak provide warmth,” explain Kylie Buhagiar and Alicia McKimm, directors of interior design firm GOLDEN and the creative masterminds behind the space. “Stone references the traditional French boulangerie, leather and velvet contribute…

5 min
fave finds

FRESH APPROACH Much-loved womenswear label Proenza Schouler has launched a new capsule collection of structured, seasonless pieces, which are abstract, bold and undeniably appealing. Double-breasted wool-blend blazer, $1199, and pants, $672; exclusive to Theoutnet.com ALL IN THE FAMILY Each piece in the Poet’s Dream servingware range by Robert Gordon provides a nice nod to the potter’s family history – Robert’s distant relative, Edward Dyson, was a prolific poet, and his words adorn the packaging. Cake stand in Chocolate, $79.95; Robertgordonaustralia.com JOYFUL DISTRACTION While our dreams of overseas travel still remain firmly on hold, the new Cerulean Collection of ceramics by Marloe Marloe is offering a little taste of the exotic to satisfy our wanderlust in the meantime. Available in oceanic blues and fresh whites, they bring instant holiday vibes at a time when we need…