merry christmas

Christmas is coming! and it’s time to get festive and to splurge on some gifts. I have never been to a Christmas tree farm but when Ferdinando from Garlands Florist asked me if I wanted to tag along last Friday I said yes and decided to style a little Christmasy something whilst there.

Images Thanks to Daniel Shipp

Shot on Location at The Dural Christmas Tree Farm

Styling by Moi


Shopper Bag Yellow Bungalow – Buy Here  (note a real man can rock a market basket!)

Striped wrapping paper and yellow ribbon – David Jones

Printed wrapping paper Papier d’ Amour

Twine from Scout House – Buy here

Cards Me and Amber from Yellow Bungalow


Candle Queen B- Buy Here

Dinosaur Designs Soap and Soap Dish-  Buy Here

Mr Porter Paperback – Buy Here

Budgie Tray from Douglas and Hope

Anchor Bottle Scout House – Buy Here

Bottle Boat from The Woodsfolk – Buy here

Aqua Bumps Havaianas – Buy Here

Sea Weed Soap and Bondi Wash Room Spray both from Girl and Graf – Buy here

I wear Marimekko T-shirt


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1. the perfect plates for summer entertaining I’m seeing prawns and pavlova served on these
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2. classic clear glass perfect for summer cocktails cheers! did i hear you say margarita!
3. i love this retro style drink dispenser a cool way to serve drinks perfect for summer!
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4. this cushion combines 2 of my favourites stripes and yellow BOOM!
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5. everyone knows i LOVE a bit of nautical, this rope table lamp is so nauti-cool!
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For all your Summer and Christmas entertaining needs


summer entertaining with freedom


Summer is my favourite time of the year, it’s all about entertaining for me. The beach, BBQs and dinner and drinks with friends and of course the biggest event of the calendar Christmas.

Freedom has a great selection for all your summer entreating needs. Here is my edit of some of what is available of course in some of my favourites shades.

Click here to check out my edit online or otherwise head in store 

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my style – anne-maree sargeant

all photos thanks to chris chen/sydney magazine/ams

I talk a million miles and hour, AMS speaks my language, a friend for ages, she is across everything, art, design, trends, basically on the pulse of all things that i find fabulous, oh and we both LOVE the beach. She wears many hats all with Sergio Rossi heels…

What best describes what you do?

Personally am on a quest to unearth original creative talent / objects / stuff. I get off on things I’ve never seen before.

Professionally I consult to creatives & design brands – project managing anything from biz development thru marketing related stuff like PR etc. My new projects are web based. Oh yeah & I’m writing for Inside OUT, HOUSES, DQ (design quarterly) & bunch of others……

Favourite Beach? – one with perfect surf, but either of the 3 I can see from my front door will suffice… am a known ‘beach-a-holic’

Favourite Book? – the dictionary

Favorite place for breakfast/dinner? – when not adjacent to my BBQ or friends’ dining tables it’s M deli (breakfast) & The Corner Store is a hot new dinner fave….

Favourite Movie?being movie obsessed, impossible to nail it to one. last night re-watched “Picnic At Hanging Rock” by Peter Weir, 1975. Incredibly shot, exceptionally scored & hauntingly beautiful decades later. At school they actually took us for a picnic at hanging rock – we ran through calling “Miranda, Miranda….”. OK we were young. & no-one got lost!

Favourite Blog? – haha aside from yours or mine…..currently loving this the most incredible Dioramas…..inspiring..

What is the best thing about blogging?

Editorial freedom & being able to be self indulgent research like my car fetish.

What’s the worst thing?

Getting something wrong. Boy do they let you know..

Favourite Website?

another trick question. I check 100’s of sites every day. LOVING this found when researching car fetish & the 1972 AMC Javlin with interior designed by Pierre Cardin.

favourite thing to do on the weekend?fill it with spontaneous fun & make it last as long as possible!

Favourite designer/artisttrick question!! HOT for OZZIE WRIGHT & JASPER KNIGHT among many others – but if Banksy knocked on my door to tag my wall I wouldn’t send him away…!!

Favourite Possession at home? – aside from collection of records / shoes / astro boys / lights /art & skateboards – it’d have to be resident hound OLIVE

Favourite shop fashion/home/furniture?flea markets when globe trotting / auctions & garage sales when home

describe your interior style at home – “eclectic maximal-ism”

what coffee do you drink?skinny latte from M Deli

your drink of choice?winter: varieties of the fermented red grape ~ ~ summer : super cold beer / home made lemonade from Sabbaba

what is sydneys best keep secret? hah if I told you I’d have to kill you!!

my style – tomek archer

I am Impressed by people that can do one thing well but when someone excels at two very creative fields well I want to do more, case in point Tomek, He is part of electro pop band Van She and is also a furniture designer, I really like his music and I really like his peg leg Table (which is available from Anibou and is pictured here).

describe what you do?

I play music and draw pictures of things for other people to make.

your fave shop? (fashion and interiors)

Anibou. No hype. Nothing to prove.

your fave website or blog?

Next week it will be my new website if I can find the time to put together some content.

It will also have a journal for things I do (in design) outside the collection…

Can’t wait to read it I’m not quite sure what will be on there.

sydneys best keep secret?

Nice try.. The whole interview was a front just so you could ask this question….!

your fave furniture piece or object at home?

This amazing old English etching.. Is huge at about 600mm x 900mm and it’s printed in an amazing brown ink with a simple timber and gold leaf frame.

fave book?

My Macbook Pro

your fave meal?

Ice cream

drink of choice?

Coconut juice – straight outta the nut!

your fave movie? song? moment?

The moment when Sexual Chocolate performed George Benson’s song The Greatest Love Of All in Eddie Murphy’s movie Coming To America.

your fave thing to do on the weekend?

Teleport to a special place…

your fave ice cream flavour?

Without getting into esoteric territory I prefer chocolate over vanilla.

night owl or morning person?

Both or neither depending on the week.

what kind of coffee do you drink?

Strong coffee

describe your interior style in one word?


who/what inspires you?

Clean air

my style- jennifer jones

Have you met Miss Jones? I have and she is fabulous!
One of my most exciting finds at a Gift Fair awhile back was the Have you met Miss Jones stand.

Working as an Interiors Stylist for a monthly magazine is all about finding the newest most exciting products and in the case of REAL living Magazine affordable as well. Jennifer’s range tick both of those boxes and I LOVE her bone china range. I’m lucky enough to have had a peek at her new range being released at the upcoming GHA gift show in Sydney.

PS you can read more about her in the March issue on REAL Living Magazine on sale NOW!

your fave shop? (fashion and interiors)

Interiors: Industrial furniture store Guy Matthews in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Each piece tells a story and I literally have to tear myself away before I do some serious credit card damage.

Fashion: Net-a-porter and the Outnet. There is nothing like shopping when the Aussie dollar is strong and then you get the excitement of little packages arriving at the office.

your fave website?(besides my blog)

Recently totally fell in love with India Knight’s blog. She keeps me totally up to date with what is going on in Europe and I love her style of writing..

Sydneys best keep secret?

A little hidden beach in the East where people can take their dogs and everyone is sworn to secrecy before allowed down the stairs! I could tell but then I’d have a ransom on my head.

your fave furniture piece or object at home?

My leather chairs from ebay almost gave me a heart attack when I won them, as I suspected I got carried away in the auction. But then when they arrived they were more beautiful and worn in than I could have ever imagined. I fall asleep in one of them with a book every weekend.

fave book?

Impossible to narrow down but here is a list:

For dreams of island life and to put a smile on your face: Gerald Durrel – My Family and Other Animals

An oldies but a goodie: Harper Lee ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Fav coffe table ones: Post Secret and Annie Leibovitz

My Guilty Secret: Harry Potter and Twilight (sssshhhhh)

your fave meal?

Bibika: A filipino rice cake cooked in a banana leaf over coals, then served covered in butter, cheese and coconut shavings!

your fave movie?

Recently I didn’t want to leave the magic of Pandora. (or Forks…..eeeekkk need to grow up)

your fave thing to do on the weekend?

In summer, head to said secret beach with the dog, an indulgent stack of magazines, and a esky of chilled fruit. Have an afternoon snooze before meeting friends for boat ramp swims in North Bondi. Have a long neck on the rocks (classy I know) before hitting Beach Burrito Company for a margarita and mexican tasty delights!

your fave ice cream flavour?

Connoisseur Cookies and Cream. Not allowed to have it in the house. Ever.

what kind of coffee do you drink?

Good Day: Skinny Latte

Bad Day: Freezacino style coffee with one billion calories covered in cream

describe your interior style in one word?


my style- rachel castle

Sometimes you meet someone and just hit it off. I met Rachel before we both moved from Melbourne to Sydney, she is a clever cookie. I love her work it’s fun and colourful.

Oh and yes embroidery is COOL!

Here is a little insight as to what she likes

Your fave shop? (fashion and interior)

Koskela have a very extensive range of all things Australian designed and made for the home. The people are LOVELY, its such a beautiful space to visit.

Lee Matthews for fashion, always.

Your fave website?

This one, of course! (meaning yours Jason)

Your fave furniture piece or object in your home ?

A big heavy wooden heart carved by hand by my husband, orrrr.

Your fave thing to do on the weekend?

Play cards with my kids, they are SHARKS!

Your fave ice cream flavour?


What kind of coffee do you drink?

Latte, heavily sugared.

Describe your interior style in one word?


PS picture by the super cool photographer Steve Baccon from REAL living June 2009

my style- natalie walton

I work with many talented people, Natalie Walton is my office wife. She is the Deputy Editor of Real Living and blogger on

I started at Real Living whilst she was on maternity leave with her little man Mr C. As soon as Natalie came back to work we hit it off!, she has great style and has a fabulous attitude, heres a quick Q & A of what inspires her. She inspires me.

PS the pic was taken by a favorite photographer of mine-Prue Ruscoe and is from the Jan/Feb issue of REAL living.

your fave shop? – clothes: Shona Joy; interiors: The Market New & Old Wares. Both in Bondi. What can I say. I’m a girl of convenience.

your fave website? – I’ve got to confess, I’m pretty addicted to your blog at the moment, Mr Jason Grant.

your fave furniture piece or object? – Currently I can’t get enough of my sofas, which were both recently recycled and revamped.

fave book? – A tie. TS Eliot’s Collected Poems 1909-1962 and The Great Gatsby.

your fave meal? – Anything that’s unpretentious, made with natural ingredients and lots of love – usually cake or pizza.

your fave thing to do on the weekend? – Laugh with Little C.

your fave ice cream flavour? – Blood orange from Pompei’s in Bondi.

what kind of coffee do you drink? – (Oh, the shame!) skim cap

describe your interior style in one word? – Evolving.