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A return to childhood

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Remember the days when you were a kid at school and some of the most important parts of the day were making sure you stayed within the lines when you were colouring in? Now, adults all over the world are channelling their inner-child and making a return to their pencil cases, with the recent rise […]

Renewing and restoring retail

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We’ve all heard about the doom and gloom out there for small retailers, especially bricks-and-mortar stores, given Australia has some of the highest retail rents in the world. Coupled with the introduction of big, international brands into the local market, it’s been tough for small, independent shops in the last few years. There have been […]

Trend report: Palm Springs

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Inspired by the Californian city of Palm Springs, once the playground of mega Hollywood stars including Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart, this trend is all about stylish poolside glamour, bold, bright colours and mid-century furniture. Think of it like the grown-up sister to the ever-popular tropical trend, but with less kitsch […]

Chocolate Rain: why throw away your memories?

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AGHA Marketing Manager Paris Dennett reflects on Chocolate Rain; an inspiring brand out of Hong Kong  that explores the magical life of Fatina, a doll who lives on an archipelago where music, secrets, family, creativity, time travel and of course dessert are fundamental. With a mushroom hair style based on the bowl cuts her mother […]

Christmas comes early

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Featuring several new ranges for the festive season, HorganS has just launched its stunning Christmas range. The Sydney-based wholesaler has released a Scandinavian range, a vintage-inspired collection with a European feel and two others based around beautiful pastels and sparkling silvers. The team chose different looks that would sit comfortably within their current range and […]

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

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Move over tacky stubby holders, bottle opener keyrings, plastic road signs and furry clip-on koalas – Australian souvenirs are on their way up and heading into the realm of design and good taste. Sure, a cuddly kangaroo is very sweet, but Australian designers are really starting to up their game in the souvenir stakes. “I […]

Interview with Shaynna Blaze

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We chat with The Block judge about her love of mixed metals, her new book and why Pantone Colour of the Year, marsala, does not work in the home. What is your new book, ‘Design with Colour and Style’ about? It’s about putting the personality into the home. We’re caught up from selling houses in getting your […]

Sydney 2015 Best Stand Awards

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From repurposed wooden fixtures to beautiful old furniture and clever colour-blocking, here are the winners of the Best Stand Awards and the secrets behind their success. According to judge Natalie Coulter from Belle Flaneur, the overall standard of the exhibitors’ stands was really high this year. “From the moment we walked into that environment, there […]

Trend Report

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From glamorous metallic finishes to a return to classic elegance and a rise in indoor plants, there was a wide range of ideas and trends for the upcoming autumn/winter season at the Home & Giving Fair recently. Here are some of the top trends that we spotted. COPPER There have been hints at copper for […]

Rogers touches the sky with new store

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It’s no secret that Sydney is most certainly not a cheap place to launch your own bricks-and-mortar store, unfortunately. Last year, retail rents at Pitt Street Mall was ranked as the fifth highest in the world, not far behind New York’s Upper 5th Avenue, Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, the Champs Elysee in Paris and […]

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