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Monday
Oct312016

Inside Out Christmas issue

Yes you read that title correctly. Christmas issue! Already? Eeeck! I must admit I haven't even thought about the holidays yet but perhaps these sneak peeks from the Christmas issue of Inside Out, out today, will give me the nudge I need. I'll let Matilda Duffercy, Senior and Social Editor of the magazine, explain what's between the pages.

As the year has galloped past, I'm emailing you to let you know about our November issue (hitting newsagents and digital outlets on Monday), which also happens to be our Christmas edition! There are lots of fantastic ideas for getting into the festive spirit in whatever degree you see fit. Even if you're more into the entertaining angle of this time of year, then you'll find what you're looking for.

 

Our cover home is really beautiful. The home manages to exist as a country-meets-coastal cottage, and the backdrop just perfect to showcase our take on a merry & bright Christmas. I've also included a pic of the dining room to showcase the owner, Lee's (of @mavendolls) fresh take on classic style. This feature also offers lots of easy craft projects for cheery touches during this season. Cover and dining room styling by Vanessa Colyer Tay. Photography by Maree Homer.

 

Our clever style editor Jessica Hanson has also pulled together her edit of the best decorative touches for a design-savvy Christmas, as well as all the best cards and wraps for rocking gifts! Christmas branch and cards styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper. Paper branch made by Benja Harney.

 

We asked seven local design talents for their spin on a traditional Christmas wreath and the results are gorgeous! Here's ceramicist Ingrid Tuft's beautiful design. Wreath styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper. Wreath made by ceramicist Ingrid Tufts.

 

Now, let's get to the food. V. important! We've pulled together ideas for the all-important ham (of course) but also the smaller bites that can work for all sorts of occasions before and after December 25th. The cheese, the nibbles, the anti-pasti that are perfect for guests dropping in and low-key get-togethers. There's lots of info on assembling the perfect cheese boards and the like so you'll pull off easy entertaining with flair. Entertaining Food styling by Kristen Wilson. Styling Jessica Hanson. Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper.

I love this issue!

The November issue, out today, looks amazing but don't fret if you aren't in Australia. You can read along on ZinioGoogle Play, the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

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Sunday
Oct302016

An eclectic Victorian home in South Africa

When an interior designer in South Africa gets to finally purchase and design his own home, you know he's going to go a little wild and push some boundaries. This 100+ year old Victorian in Robertson, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, is everything it should be, thanks to the talent and audacity of Etienne Hanekom. Bold, eclectic and fun. I absolutely love everything about this home (minus the mounted taxidermy), especially the mix of classic and modern, and dark colour palette. Via VISI, photos by Jac de Villiers

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Saturday
Oct292016

Working on a Saturday

If you have to drag your sorry self into work on a weekend then it better be somewhere stylish. Chicago Ansada Office by Sydney-based Those Architects. (This one's for all the Cubs fans.)

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Friday
Oct282016

A to-die-for home in Paris

I mentioned in my last post that my favourite interiors are those that cannot be replicated, that are edgy and eclectic and have a retro vibe. Add in some bold, mostly dark wall colours and I am on cloud 9. If the space is in Paris with gorgeous original architectural details then you it can't really be beat. Which is why I had to share this home in Paris I found on Elle Decoration Sweden. It has EVERYTHING. Photos: Gaelle le Boulicaut

Friday
Oct282016

An apartment with a retro edge by The Archers

My favourite interiors are those that cannot be replicated, that are edgy and eclectic and have a retro vibe. The Archers made that happen with the gut renovation of this bland 80's condo and created something unique and fabulous. The client, an art advisor, asked for "great floors and great lighting". The only elements left standing after demolition were the clear anodized aluminum windows; we repeated the material by introducing a series of aluminum pocket doors and interior windows with white glass panels in varying degrees of transparency, bringing natural light into formerly dark interior spaces. The new floor plan enlarges the primary entertaining zones, and creates a clean backdrop for ever-changing art installations. The floors are wide planks of reclaimed oak that only align to the central spine of the apartment. Many green materials have been incorporated, including recycled matte porcelain wall paneling in the bathrooms. Furnishings include a custom olive wood dining table by The Archers and pieces by Lina Bo Bardi, Oscar Niemeyer, and Warren McArthur.

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