All of the lights...

Nov 26, 2012

Photo Credit: Jenny Sun via Oscar & Ruby

All of the lights...I just had to share this beautiful photo as seen on Oscar & Ruby. Its party season and I love nothing more than sheer drapes, fairy lights and candles creating atmosphere and dreamy evenings....what a gorgeous shoot. Perfect idea to recreate at home this Christmas. 

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Quintessential Christmas

The Quintessential Magazine Launches in true duckeggblue style. I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the gorgeous new The Quintessential Magazine recently. Such a pleasure to spend an afternoon of high tea and macarons with the team behind the magazine - Leanne and Tracy in my favourite Sydney interiors store - quintessential duckeggBLUE in Balmain.  

"Create your own visual style, let it be unique and yet identifiable for others". Orson Welles

The inspiring and creative new magazine is edited by Tracy Lines, (formerly lifestyle publisher at Murdoch books, and longstanding creative director of Inside Out magazine), and curated by owner of quintessential duckeggBLUE, Leanne Carter Taylor - they head up the team. Working alongside the talented designers at Racket Design,this online magazine is one to inspire. “Exploring all things quintessential, the reader will get a has a fresh insight into the home of found industrial & antique objects. ‘The quintessential Magazine’ shares the inspiring stories – the people, the collectors and the makers - the essence of who we are and what we believe” says Leanne.  

The styling is beautiful, the online magazine is so easy to navigate and there is a few little interactive digital surprises thrown in too. I just love the personal touch, the rich content, emotive storytelling and beautiful photography. All of the hard work has paid off for Leanne and Tracy - they have created an amazing product in record time. A simply beautiful, warm, and inviting online space just waiting to be explored. I just love the 'Me & My' section and of course the 'Quintessential Christmas' feature with window styling in the Balmain store to match! Cant wait for the next edition.

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GIVEAWAY - Girls Guide to Decorating


We have an exciting giveaway on the blog this week. 'The Girls Guide to Decorating' is a lovely new book by Abigail Ahern, and one lucky reader can win a copy.  So you have bought yourself a new pad but it is need of a desperate overhaul? Whether it is a new house, an old house, a small apartment or studio or even a great rental that needs a little TLC and some lovely finishing touches, The Girls Guide to Decorating has some great ideas to revamp any room in your home, a little DIY on a Sunday afternoon to turn a bland and boring room into a supercool room. The Girls Guide to decorating will take you through the planning stage using glamour, colour, texture and light as well as a few practical DIY hints and tricks. 

 TO WIN - all you have to do is post a comment on the eat read love facebook page or on this blog post and tell us in 25 words or less about your next decorating project and why you want to win this book. The best entry will win a copy of the book. T&C's below*  

*Competition closes on Monday Dec 3rd. Winners will be announced on Tuesday 4th Dec on Facebook Australian residents onlyGiveaway brought to you by Stockland. Australia’s largest diversified property group, with a range of home, land and retail developments across Australia. From house and land packages in Epping to house and land packages in Craigieburn, there is sure to be a place to find or build your perfect home. And, as a leading sustainable organisation, Stockland’s developments are designed to enhance the environment – not to spoil it. Stockland gives your family a place to truly call home – a place where your family can live and grow

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{Style Sessions with...} Anya H

{STYLE SESSIONS WITH...} Anya H, turning traditional interior design on its head and sharing the latest trends from the London Design Festival - mirrors, metallics, and mixing it up... 

It is rare that the words 'access', 'affordability' and 'professional interior design' are found in the same sentence. That is about to change. In the days of Pinterest, Google images, home decor related blogs and many other online sources, finding ideas and inspiration for your home is just the touch of a button away. Filtering these ideas and images, knowing how to achieve the right blend of styles and relating them to your home environment, your lifestyle and your budget, as well as making it all actually happen, is a different matter altogether. Many people, even the most creative amongst us, can become unstuck. So in steps the wonderful Anya Haywood into the mature home design market. A 20-year career in the Creative Industry spanning BBC Magazines in London through to Leo Burnett Advertising in Sydney, Anya saw the opportunity to bring modern technology to the interior design industry and in doing so, turning the industry standard operating practice on its head. 

Anya’s first port of call was client needs…. 

"It was both disappointing and frustrating listening to people say that they’d love help from a professional designer for guidance and confidence with their interior decisions, but felt pretty intimated by the exclusivity of the industry, that designers were ‘just for the rich and famous’ or that they imposed too much of their own style on their clients, without really addressing the client’s individual needs, lifestyle and personal tastes…" With this level of market frustration, Anya was determined that her practice, Anya H Interiors, would change things. To achieve this, the Internet was the key. Anya H’s online design service  enables clients to achieve their dream home by working interactively, via the internet, with a team of professional designers through a design assessment, photos and measurements – all for a fixed fee and at a fraction of the cost of traditional design services. “My goal with Anya H Interiors is to package up service offerings in a more palatable approach so that clients have greater understanding at the start of a project about what the end result will cost. At the same time, I don’t believe in imposing my own style on clients. I want to encourage more clients to take a more individual approach to defining their space i.e. integrating their own collections/eccentricities/lifestyle needs to put a more personal, unique stamp on their homes.”

To what extent does Anya think online interior design will change the industry? “There will always be a need for onsite design services where clients do not have the time, energy nor interest in getting involved and they simply want (and can afford) a turn key, totally outsourced solution for achieving their desired look and feel. At the same time, there is I believe, a large, untapped market of consumers who actually do enjoy getting involved in designing their own home, searching online and in store for products and ideas, yet they would like direction and support from a professional to pull it all together. The transparency of the online design service particularly appeals to people – consumers are in control of the process and costs which is a far easier (and cheaper) purchasing decision to make than a face-to-face, onsite consultation.”

On a practical level, Anya has some tips on how you can confidently inject your own personal style into your home without blowing your budget…Put simply, mix it up! Mix up patterns and textures. Mix up old with new. Mix up expensive with inexpensive. Your home should tell a story. Your story - not a copied style from a magazine, showroom or friend’s house but a stylish and functional space that reflects who you are, your personality and your style. Thinking about Interiors is just like how you think through your wardrobe… if you wore ‘designer’ or ‘denim’ from head to toe you would lose your individuality and style… good fashion is all about mixing it up, wearing the killer shoes with the simple high street LBD.  Work on a WOW factor for your room, e.g. it could be that amazing French style bronze chandelier, but on a backdrop of a plain linen, Hampton’s style sofa, a fresh Ikat rug in a warm orange and, if you love that Hollywood Glam, a Lucite (acrylic) coffee table to provide an interesting textural contrast.  

Anya recently attended the London Design Festival and saw some clear themes and trends coming through for 2013…“Overall, art deco was a strong influence in this year’s festival. So this means we are likely to see a lot of mirrored furniture, sunburst mirrors, luxurious fabrics, muted colours and metallics around. Metallics have been all the fashion rage these past few years, so it is not surprising that the same trend has hit the home d├ęcor market. I spotted a lot of metallic home accessories around, especially brass and copper, which are all great for bringing some glamour and glitz into your home. As always, personalise wherever you can to avoid theme overload! Inspired by the cocktail of colour, pattern and texture from my trip, I developed my own ‘making metallics work’ mood board… And for me, one of the highlights of the festival was the stunning Porta Romana showroom in Chelsea Harbour….”

For readers of eat read love, Anya H Interiors is offering a 15% discount offer for any single room design or multiple room design package, ie pay $510 incl gst for a single room design (a saving of $90) or pay $935 incl gst for a multiple room deal (a saving of $165).*More information on Anya’s Interior Design Service, both onsite and online, can be viewed at*

How to redeem offer you can purchase your package at and at checkout, please enter discount code eatreadlove and 15% will be automatically deducted from the total.

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Rock 'N' Roll Christmas

Nov 13, 2012

One of our lovely partners The Adventures Of is an exclusive gift card and stationery boutique, specialising in quirky and personalised gift cards. This Australian owned label is just like Alice in Wonderland; inspired by child like curiosity and innocence. In a fanciful way each hand crafted collection is embellished with a playful use of colour, and softness of graphite. These gorgeous Christmas baubles landed in my lovely little letterbox today and they are just too pretty not to share. Love the Rock N Roll Christmas! 

Choose your own adventure, play a role in your own classical tale and escape to a world of nonsense. Just like sipping pink lemonade Amanda's designs will always put a smile on your face and take you to a special place...

Amanda Lee Osborn is the founder and creative director of The Adventures Of, also freelancing as a graphic designer and illustrator in Sydney, Australia. To check out more of her gorgeous work, visit

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Get Workshopped

Nov 11, 2012

Workshopped. Local design. Global Market. Workshopped is all about nurturing Australian design excellence both locally and internationally. I was lucky enough to attend the opening night of this year’s exhibition, now one of the single largest events of the Australian design calendar. Now in its twelve year, WORKSHOPPED12 design exhibition has become a permanent and widely anticipated fixture of the design community. The free exhibition showcases over 60 designers from across Australia and New Zealand.  The fabulous Arthur G Flamingo Print Benson Chair was my absolute favourite on display at the recent opening! If you love fabulous local design, then make sure you schedule a visit to WORKSHOPPED12 - Super Centa Moore Park from 14/11-25/11all the details at

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From the Owl Turns 1

Nov 2, 2012

Photos: Simple Things Studios. 

FROM THE OWL celebrates its first birthday this month, with a special gift voucher for special customers.  

Are you on the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift, wedding gift or just something super special and stylish for the couple who have everything? FROM THE OWL is an online wedding registry and store offering a fresh spin on everyday gifts by selling products that will be loved, used and talked about.  Their website displays the full product range available for not only wedding registries but for instant purchases (buy it now) for professional creatives and consumers alike. Stocking many of eat read love's favourite brands like Pony Rider, Blacklist Studio Prints, Basil Bangs & PageThirtyThree, you are sure to find something sensational to buy now or gift later. We are so excited to be celebrating FROM THE OWL’S first birthday. We have been incredibly lucky to work with some really fun, amazing couples and individuals over the past year”, said Marissa Fleming, Director

In celebration our lovely friends at FROM THE OWL are giving 20% off* to everyone. Simply make a purchase from their buy it now section at and use the code givemetwenty at the checkout to redeem your discount. 

We love a good pop up shop here at eat read love. As of November FROM THE OWL will be hosting a POP UP SHOP in their Alexandria showroom , every Thursday from 10am - 4pm up until Christmas, for couples, guests and everyone in-between to purchase fabulous and super stylish gifts. Happy shopping. 

 *One discount code per order, expires November 30th 2012.

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A Pop of Yellow

Photos: Simple Things Studio

I am so loving yellow right now. So summery and bright! FROM THE OWL has some gorgeous cushions, decor and furniture just perfect for adding a pop of yellow to any space. To celebrate turning 1 this month, FROM THE OWL has a wonderful birthday deal. Check out my latest blog post for more details.

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