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Wednesday
Feb242016

A sneak peek into the latest issue of Inside Out

I can't believe a whole month has flown by already but I knew it had when I saw an email from Matilda Duffercy, Senior and Social Editor of Inside Out magazine, in my inbox.

Here is a sneaky peek at our March issue, which hits newsagents and digital outlets on Thursday! Biased though we may be, we really love it and think everyone else will, too. In this issue, there's a big focus on mastering the kitchen space. We've sussed out some secrets from celeb cooks about their kitchens and how they make entertaining a breeze. There's also just so much visual inspiration and hardworking tips that will help those planning their dream cooking zone.

Still in the world of food, I've included our best buys: placemats. Our market editor Joseph Gardner pulled together a lovely selection of pieces that sit right in the middle of pretty and practical. Craig Wall photographed it.

All the homes in this month's issue are en pointe, but I've just included a preview of one of them. Lovers of modern industrial style will be drawn to this space that belongs to veterans of the film and television industry Lesley Crawford and Dennis Smith. The couple's flair for design and upcycling is clear – check out that "chandelier". Dennis put it together after no luck in the shops. This home was styled by Jane Frosh and photographed by Harold David.

Our kid's room feature this month is made for little ones who loved to build things up and then knock it all down again – hard hat may be required. Stylist Vanessa Colyer Tay created a fantastic play zone. Sam McAdam-Cooper captured it beautifully.

The food feature is being sent to you at the perfect time, as it covers off great ideas for afternoon tea – with a bit of a fresh twist. Delish chicken sandwiches (crusts off of course), sweet cakes and some scones are looking very good as I type this email at 3:30pm. Styling by Danielle Selig, food styling by Bernadette Smithies, photography by Jeremy Simons.

Then to the cover. Oh to live like an interior designer. Homeowner Fiona Bateman has lovingly renovated this Edwardian home and it's a beauty – perfect for her family of six. It was styled by Megan Morton with photography by Annabelle Hickson.

Can't wait to see more in this month's issue out tomorrow. Don't fret if you aren't in Australia though. You can read along on  ZinioGoogle Play,  the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

Wednesday
Jan202016

A peek into the pages of this month's Inside Out

It's that time again. Matilda Duffecy, Social and Senior Editor at Inside Out, has sent over a few teasers from the pages of February's issue out tomorrow.

Our new February issue drops tomorrow and we love it! This edition is actually our expert issue, and we're really excited to share our renovation dream team with our audience. We've invited some impressive experts to provide guidance on everything from sustainability, to joinery, to paint colour and more! Our cover home is that of star fashion designer Arabella Ramsay. It's a rammed-earth house on the coast and it's really unique – totally beautiful! Cover styling is by Julia Green and Noël Coughlan. Photography is by Armelle Habib.

Our very clever market editor Joseph Gardner has styled the 'best buys: sculptural vases' so elegantly. We're loving the mid-century appeal of that sideboard, too! It was photographed by Craig Wall.

This month, our former style editor, Vanessa Colyer Tay, has targeted a feature towards "nail-free" decorating. Not only are the images stunning, but it's also filled with tips for updating your home without leaving mark on the walls – perfect for renters! Sam McAdam-Cooper was the photographer for this shoot.

The Dream it. Design it. Do it. feature shares a mother/daughter duo's renovation of a Melbourne house to sell. They've done such a fantastic job! Styling is by Marsha Golemac and photography by Brooke Holm.

Oh I have serious credenza and vase envy going on! Can't wait to see more in this month's issue out tomorrow. Don't fret if you aren't in Australia though. You can read along on  ZinioGoogle Play,  the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

Friday
Dec182015

Sneak peek into the pages of Inside Out

An email from Matilda Duffercy, Social and Senior Editor of Inside Out magazine popped into my inbox today. She had sent along a few teaser images from the January 2016 issue out Monday. 2016? OMG! Already? Thankfully the pics made up for the shock.

"Our summery cover showcases a home in New Zealand. I wouldn't mind lounging beside that pool! Styling by LeeAnn Yare. Photography by Larnie Nicholson."

"Kid's room (dino boy) We love the adventurous streak in this bedroom. Dreams of walking with dinosaurs can come to life here. Styling by Phoebe McEvoy. Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper."

"The bathroom showcases a space we advised a family on one year ago. It was great to see how they used the suggestions our Panel of experts offered. They've transformed a dated small bathroom into something sleek and bright. Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper."

"I have included a shot from a super-cool feature called Style Wars, where we've weighed up the pros and cons of six key design styles. Of course, I had to include the mid-century modern shot for you, Jo! :) Styling by Heather Nette King. Photography by Mike Baker."

Oooh not fair. They just leave me wanting more. I'll just have to wait until the issue hits the newsstands Monday. Don't fret if you aren't in Australia though. You can read along on  ZinioGoogle Play,  the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

Wednesday
Nov252015

Christmas at Inside Out

One month till ... cough, cough, gurgling noise in the back of the throat ... Christmas. There I said it. Christmas. Christmas! CHRISTMAS! That's me screaming. Why does the year slide past for quickly? Why does it feel like I packed away last year's Christmas decorations only yesterday? Perhaps because there are still a couple of snow-dusted bottle brush trees sitting on the top shelf where I can't reach them without some effort and no one has noticed and I convinced myself months ago that they go with the decor. No hiding from the encroaching holiday season now. Oh no! The monthly email from Inside Out magazine's Managing Editor Lee Tran Lam has dropped into my inbox and (insert Bing Crosby crooning) "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas".

I've got for you the cover story, which is about the Christmas-friendly home of cook and food stylist Mish Lilley. She's already got a head start on creating holiday-worthy dishes, given her recipe-savvy background (we feature some of her festive feast suggestions in the mag). But the fact she has a pretty amazing kitchen doesn't hurt – she is definitely in no danger of running out of bench space (check out that lavish marble island she has to prep from!). How great is this bright strip of storage mounted along her ceiling-high mirrored splashback, too? It's definitely the kind of dream kitchen you could imagine on a TV cooking show. Also, the rest of her home is pretty appealing, too – from the ensuite's black clawfoot bath with that postcard-perfect view of the cactus springing from her garden to the pegboard-like fun of her children's bedroom. I hope you enjoy seeing all these great corners of her home. Styling by Heather Nette King. Food styling by Mish Lilley. Photography by Mark Roper.

Can't wait to flick through the pages of the December issue out tomorrow. Maybe I'll get my Christmas mojo on. Don't fret if you aren't in Australia though. You can read along on  ZinioGoogle Play, the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

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Wednesday
Oct212015

Inside Out and the first sighting of Xmas on the blog

October 21 ... too soon for Christmas! There seems to be an insidious spread of all things "ho-ho-ho" across the land. My response has been "la-la-la I can't see/hear you" until an email from Inside Out magazine's Managing Editor Lee Tran Lam popped into my inbox.

It's a headspin to think that our November issue is nearly on our doorstep (out Thursday, actually!) and it's an earlybird look at Christmas. I know, I know, it seems too soon, right? But the holiday season has a funny way of sneaking up when you least expect it, so maybe it's better to be over-prepared than to be feeling crushed with stress as Christmas Eve speeds upon arrival?

As inspiration, I'm sending you the incredibly laidback home that features on our cover. It's a Mornington Peninsula beach house – and it took the owners a year to find it. They picked up the keys on Anzac Day and resolved to be hosting Christmas guests by the year's end. And incredibly their builder did the most surprising thing – he finished the project on the exact date that he promised he would, on December 1. (I know, crazy right?) You can see how it would be a great backdrop for holiday celebrations – it's really lovely and open and family-friendly. No one is tripping over Christmas presents in this house! Styling by Heather Nette King. Photography by Armelle Habib.

Love the house and the whole relaxed, beachy Christmas vibe. So Aussie. Can't wait to see more. Maybe when the November issue hits the stands on Thursday it won't be "la-la-la" anymore but "tra-la-la-lala" instead. Don't fret if you aren't in Australia though. You can read along on  ZinioGoogle Play, the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

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