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All I want for 2022 is...

With the new year comes expectation. Dreams, hopes, wishes: the fresh new calendar always carries so much weight - and even moreso two years into a pandemic. ​At this stage we're setting our sights low (with the hope we are delightfully surprised) - we'd be happy for a slice of cake, and to enjoy it surrounded by family and friends, we aimed higher and asked four Australian creatives to share what they're looking forward to in 2022 (may it be more than a fresh mask, plentiful sanitiser and ready access to a RAT). Holly Hipwell - The Flower Drum:  What do you hope for in 2022? I hope for more flowers, more fun and more time with my friends! Anything you're going to change this year? Yes...
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Conversations + Colour: Sophie Hansen

There’s so much to be cheerful about when you speak with Sophie Hansen. The former city girl who turned to country life - Sophie carves out the very image of wholesome goodness that most of us can only dream about. Living on a farm with her husband and two children, Sophie continues to weave together a community around recipes, the emotion and nostalgia of eating good, simple food - all while listening to House of Pain’s Jump Around while hurtling into the air on the trampoline.  We dreamily imagined hanging over the garden gate, catching up with Sophie about how she came to live in rural Australia, the wine bar where she once worked, and of course - her forthcoming book...
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Guess who's coming to dinner?

Guess who's coming to dinner? Well we don't mind who the guests are, or even what you're serving - as long as you take a peek at the latest release from Little Tienda Home.  Woven from a luxe cotton and linen mix, then hand block printed in two sumptuous colours - Cobalt and Blush, our table linens are the perfect conversation starters. Handcrafted magnificence to enjoy for a lifetime of dinner table fun. "With entertaining season just around the corner, we wanted to create something fresh, fun and fabulous to dress the dining room - in true Little Tienda style," said Emily Dezentje, founder.  "Punchy and a little bit nautical, cool yet classic, we love the drama of the thick...
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Two sisters with impeccable taste: Meet Read & Hall

We love house perving. There. Now. We've said it. We admit it. We love a good interiors gawk, taking a look at people's style, where they love, and how they style things. If you've not come across the two sisters behind Read & Hall - you really should check them out (and their renovated homes - one an old church steeped in history, the other a lovely warm bungalow - swooning!). Oh and did we mention their Airbnbs? We will get to that! Effortless style, relaxed, curated homes - that are both lived in, loved and ridiculously stylish. To celebrate the launch of Little Tienda Home - we asked them to each choose a quilt and share a little about who they are. Read on!...
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At home with Jason Grant

We are all for a relaxed and lived in and loved home. Curated with special pieces, natural fibres that are breathable, and in their simplicity bring a luxurious quality to the home.  Byron-based interior stylist, designer and author Jason Grant recently styled his bed with our new Playa quilt - coastal cool, a palette of ocean, sky blue and white juxtaposed against the most joyous colour of them all - buttery yellow. "Styling seems such a clinical term for me these days - especially for the home. I prefer the term decorating (it's a little old-fashioned but I like it). For me it's more natural and instinctual, not overly considered or tortured. I've always loved a lived-in look. Maybe odd for someone who's...
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Conversations + Colour: Natalie Miller

With a zest for life and colour, Natalie Miller has forged the path as one of the world's favourite textile artists. With works scattered around the globe, this Southern Highlands local remains humble and shares her love of palette pal through both her work and wardrobe. Merging her love of design with her passion for chroma - she's recently completed work at Berrima's renowned Bendooley Estate, where she took on the mammoth role of architect, interior architect and created an awe-inspiring tapestry for the space. We can't wait to visit.  As a genuine brand super fan, Natalie truly encompasses who a Little Tienda woman is: a celebration of individuality, passion, authenticity and a lover of colour and pattern. She is...
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Dancing, cheese toasties on a Thursday and mates: Martina Gemmola shares her lockdown # 6

Having lived over 200 days in lockdowns, Melbourne-based interiors, lifestyle and travel photographer Martina Gemmola has certainly brought some semblance of organisation, routine and fun to her family’s many days in isolation.  And in between lockdown? She’s learnt to live fast, work quickly and pack as much as she possibly can in. Married to another photographer, they team up for tag-teaching, taking turns to host learning sessions for their two small boys, abandon homeschooling at 2pm, and set out on creekside adventures together.  A calm, generous soul (she once turned up laden with a stack of pizzas for a starving production team), Martina’s eye for detail, colour and life has meant she’s travelled the world and is in demand for...
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How Sydney photographer Jacqui Turk is spending lockdown

While so many Australians are bunkering down at home, we took the chance to speak with four of our favourite photographers about life in lockdown.  Traditionally behind the lens, we shone the spotlight on them to find out what this time looks for them, how they're coping, and most excitingly - what they're snacking on.  This week we chat with Sydney-based interiors and lifestyle photographer Jacqui Turk. Tell us what an ordinary day in your house looks like in lockdown: A typical lockdown day for us is wake around 7-7.30am. My husband heads out for takeaway coffees and the kids get organised for school. By 8.20am everyone is in their space doing their thing. If I am not working I...
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Conversations + Colour: Deni Todorović

LGBTQIA+ activist. Fashion editor. Celebrity stylist. Creative director. Content creator. Pop culture addict. Style icon. Is there anything Deni Todorović doesn't do?  Unlikely! Which is why we were lucky to chat to them about life, their creative journey, and what's coming up next.  If you follow Deni on Instagram, you'll know that they're a wealth of love, support and fierceness (when it comes to fashion) - and a constant beacon of inclusiveness and warmth. And if you don't follow Deni - then do! The inimitable style genius generously and genuinely enlightens and uplifts on the daily.  We're delighted to introduce you to Deni Todorović. Tell us who you are and what you want us to know about you: My name is Deni,...
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Spring baking! Julia Busuttil Nishimura's simple butter cake with raspberries - a recipe

This week we chatted with the delicious Julia Busuttil Nishimura. If you missed the interview, you can find it over on Stories.  It’s Sunday, a traditionally slow day to potter - and these days, even moreso if you’re in lockdown. We’re all looking for comfort and ways to nurture ourselves and our families. Shared from Julia’s latest book ‘A Year of Simple Family Food’, we see following this recipe as almost meditative, with the results being nourishing for both body and soul (there’s nothing better than a buttery cake fresh from the oven) - not to mention the warmth and aromas to fill your home. Excitingly - you will most likely have most ingredients in your repertoire, so you can...
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