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New Norsu + Giveaway


What is it about Scandinavian style that we love so much? Maybe it’s because the pared back palette and layers of natural textures are the antithesis of the bold colour and strong light associated with Australian décor? Or it could be that it is simple, beautiful and unaffected? Regardless, all things Scandi are having a huge ‘moment’ right now and I have a feeling the look is here to stay.

Melbourne based duo, Kristy Sadlier and Nat Wheeler of norsu interiors, have the whole Scandi thing down pat. Their clean, minimal aesthetic and signature pastel colour palette form the perfect backdrop to their carefully curated, and often exclusive, product range. Not only do the norsu girls scour the Nordic lands to source the coolest cult brands, they also support local artists who share their Scandi style. Hats off to you girls!

We’re the first to admit that norsu is a regular inclusion in the pages of this blog – its sooo gorgeous we just can’t help ourselves. Which is why we couldn’t resist giving you the exclusive look-see at their latest campaign images – not only do they illustrate that norsu’s style is jaw-on-the-floor beautiful but that it is also achievable; something that can be replicated by the every day decorator in their own home. But if you still feel like you need a little help in the styling department, you’ll be excited to know that norsu has just launched its own interior styling service. Contact [email protected] for more information.

To celebrate the release of its new campaign Norsu is giving away the nursery look pictured below, comprising three x Mrs Mighetto prints, a Mooi baby bunny blanket, a Ferm Living Little Miss Rabbit cushion and a Rock and Pebble pear house and pebble set – total retail value $664. It’s the perfect package for your new arrival or a beautiful gift for someone you know with a baby on the way. For your chance to win simply comment below, in 25 words or less, why you think this look would be great in your home. Winner announced on norsu’s Instagram feed – @norsuinteriors – on Friday 22nd May.

Campaign images styled by Jacqui Moore & Julia Green – and photographed by Lisa Cohen www.lisacohenphotography.comWords by Jacqui Moore, Contributing Interiors Editor

Main image. Artwork: Ruben Ireland, By Garmi, Hanna Konola, Vee Speers, Kristina Kroug, Kreativitum. Copper ladder: Sit-ka. Chair: ‘The Calam’ by Calamith Jane. Plant stand and pot: Ivy Muse.  Special thanks to Halcyon Lake (rug). Big thank you to Haymes Paint for the custom made blush paint seen throughout. Swoon!


Artwork: Vee Speers, By Garmi & Hanna Konola. Cushions: Ferm Living, Sit-ka and Eadie Lifestyle. Sofa: Voyager George. Special thanks to Huset (coffee table) Cult (floor lamp) and Halcyon Lake (Rug).

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Artwork: Vee Speers and Hanna Konola. Bed: Heathery Designs Fenwick bedhead. On bed: OYOY Living Design quilt and cushions. Daybed: Sit-ka. Pot stand: Ivy Muse. Special thanks to Halcyon Lake (rug).


Artwork: Ruben Ireland, Kreativitum, Kristina Krogh. On bed: Cultiver bedlinen, Louise Roe cushion, Norsu silver grey sheepskin. H&G leather strap hanging shelf. Stool: Barbany Lane. Special thanks to Halcyon Lake (rug).

Win this: Prize package contains 3 x Mrs Mighetto “Into the Woods’ series prints, Mooi Baby blanket, Ferm Living Little Miss Rabbit cushion and the Rock & Pebble Pear House. Also featured – Studio Snowpuppe Origami light, Ferm Living wire basket and wood top table, Armadillo & Co rug and Barnaby Lane chair. Special thanks to Plyroom (cot).


Artwork: Magdalena Tyboni and Hanna Konola. On desk: Menu marble clock, Ferm Living brass vessels, Marble Basics accessories. Walls: H&G leather strap shelf, Rebel Walls ‘Marble’ wallpaper. Special thanks to Halcyon Lake (rug) and Cult (chair). Desk lamp stylist’s own.


Ferm Living leather hanging clothes rail and mirror. By Wirth leather coat hanger. Barnaby Lane folding stool.


Menu Blush salt and pepper grinders. Marble Basics platters and bowls. Ferm Living brass accessories.


Art: By Nord framed tea-towel. Bed: Norsu designed ‘house bed’ made in Australia from Scandinavian pine. On walls: Rebel Walls ‘Rain’ wallpaper. On bed: Pai Wallen cross blankets, OYOY wigwam cushion, Fine Little Day ‘Gran’ cushion. On floor: Ferm Living jute rug, Mr Snake cushion, Grid storage basket, Sit-ka floor cushion.


Tait for RJLxYORK (SP)


·         Type: Manufacturing / Design / Retail

·         Founder: Gordon Tait

·         Number of staff: 25

·         Workshop: Melbourne Showroom: 176 Johnston Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, (03) 9419 7484 & Sydney Showroom: 611 Elizabeth Street, Redfern NSW 2016, (02) 9310 1333

·         Years in operation: 23

·         Turnaround for orders: 4-6 weeks

How have you attracted your customer base to date?

We need to connect with the Architecture and Interior Design industry as well as consumers, so we use a combination of Industry Trade shows and showroom promotions where we can talk to people face to face and let them see the product first hand. And of course, social media; Facebook, twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started Tait?

Gordon Tait commenced Tait after being retrenched and his former employers gifting him machinery to encourage him to start his own thing. A trained sheet metal worker, Gordon had already been tinkering with his own furniture designs out of hours and entered competitions such as ‘Fringe Furniture’ as a way of exploring the field further. His wife, Susan Tait, joined him after having their first child and not wishing to return to her role as Creative Director at bath and body company ‘Red Earth’. It was the early nineties and minimal, contemporary furniture was in demand and suited the couple’s style. They soon found some stores willing to wholesale their products, which in those days were almost entirely indoor. It wasn’t until they were asked to design a range of outdoor pieces for a client, they realised how little outdoor furniture was designed for Australia’s harsh environment.

Explain your Tait design philosophy?

Tait was born in the inner city, with the first factory in Fitzroy, watching the residential developments rise up around them. Initially the pieces were quite large and heavy, designed for the fashionable warehouse spaces of the time but soon demand grew for small balcony spaces and going forward – all new collections were designed with this in mind. Not only does the furniture need to be small in scale but also visually light, so as not to dwarf an area or black a view. Flexibility is important too. We like our furniture to be stackable or multi purpose so it can remain functional when the guests have gone home. Many Tait products are perfectly suited to indoor use as well, and this means you can have a lovely flow through from the indoors to the outdoors with the same style of furniture.

Tell us about the Jak+Jil setting and how you designed it / why it’s unique?

Jak & Jil has become a Tait Classic and was designed by our friend, Justin Hutchinson. Justin is an industrial designer, and worked at Tait for four years, starting on the factory floor until a fulltime design position was created. After he left to freelance, we called him to design a wire chair and table for us. We did a lot of research looking at what was currently available on the market and had a list of performance requirements. A chair is the hardest item to design, so we always start with that. It needs to be comfortable and stack, perform well out of doors and look super sexy. The pedestal table was inspired by a picture of people rolling barrels out to serve as tables and Justin refined this idea and created Jil. Jak + Jil was born and to cater for growing demand for smaller tables, we developed a range of sizes and heights from bar, dining to occasional. Besides the gorgeous lines of this collection, you can also create wonderful custom looks using colour which is one of the main reasons for its success.

How to order –

Online at:

Tait showrooms:

176 Johnston St Fitzroy VIC

611 Elizabeth St Redfern NSW

Capsule collection:

Fenton & Fenton VIC


DesignFarm Perth WA

Designcraft ACT

Stylecraft ASIA

To learn more about The York, West Brunswick:

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Winter Finds From Your Favourite Aussie Labels

It’s hard to believe but Winter is just around the corner, which means it won’t be long until we’re cranking up the old heater and reacquainting ourselves with our long lost Ugg boots! Despite preparing for the impending chill factor, there’s plenty to be excited about in the lead up, including new season drops from our favourite Aussie designers (think Maurie & Eve, Steele, C/meo Collective and Bec & Bridge).

Winter fashion can often be associated with hefty price tags, but these chic and affordable brands are seriously bang on trend and won’t break the budget. Keep scrolling for some of our favourite winter collections and the pieces you need in your wardrobe stat!

Written by Greer de Burgh, Contributing Fashion Editor.

Top Image: Maurie & Eve ; C/meo Collective ; Steele

M A U R I E  &  E VE

MAURIEEVE2MAURIEEVE4S H O P  T H E  L O O KMEPCIKSMaurie & Eve Ella dress $249 here

Maurie & Eve cameron Jumpsuit $229 here

 S T E E L E
STEELE2STEELE1STEELE3S H O P  T H E  L O O KSTEELEPCIKSSteele Divine Midi Dress $265 here

Steele Freedom Shirt Military $169 here

C /M E O  C O L L E C T I V ECMEOA CMEOBCMEOCS H O P  T H E  L O O KCAMEOSHOPC/meo Collective Say it Right Top $129.95 here

C/meo Collective Runaway pant $189.95 here

B E C  &  B R I D G E 
becbridgebb2becbridge3S H O P  T H E  L O O KshopbbBec & Bridge Oracle shirt $200 here

Bec & Bridge Space Cadet Jumpsuit $320 here

Willows Home Traders – NEW STORE FIND!

I have fallen in love – with Newcastle! This is a coastal town that has a pulse, a heartbeat, and you can feel the creative vibe in the air – its palpable! But with so much to love and so little time on my last visit, it was the uber cool store, Willows Home Traders that stole my heart.

Colour is their religion in this inspired space, with the coolest selection of art and homewares from Australia’s leading contemporary artists, makers and designers.

Opening in December 2013 on Newcastle’s fabulous Darby St, I have to say it was hard not be seriously distracted (in a good way!) by WHT’s distinctive style and focus on interiors!

Dynamic, richly layered textures play a big part of the stores aesthetic, and not surprisingly marry up with owner Amelia’s own design philosophy – to use bold colour and quirky accents to create an interesting home.

The neon sculptural forms of Melbourne based Twiggargerie sit comfortably next to the pastel patterned collaborative textiles of Sydney contemporaries Lisa Lapointe and Sparkk Studios. Kaleidoscopic colour covers the walls, with fine art prints from a host of Australia’s best known, as well as emerging local talent Annie Everingham.

Art reigns supreme at this store, so much so that the kids at Willows are opening the doors to a converted warehouse space that will showcase their entire collection of art! Whoop whoop I say! By appointment, clients will be offered a personal, one on one art consultation – bringing the traditional concept of a gallery into a relaxed, retail environment. The Studio Warehouse will also offer private home styling consultations, artist exhibitions and styling workshops.

If you can’t make it to Newcastle, don’t fret – you can sit back and shop online! Or even sign up for one of their registries – birthdays, babies, weddings – they have it all covered with divine gift-wrapping! Oh and did I mention how truly special their talented staff are? Well I have now.

HAPPY SHOPPING – we heart you Willows Home Traders!


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By Julia Green, Greenhouse Interiors, Contributing Interiors Editor  /  @greenhouseinteriors (instagram)

Willows Home Traders / @willowshometraders

Styling and words: Julia Green @greenhouseinteriors

Photography: Felix Frost

Nine West x Rebecca Judd Returns (SP)

The Nine West x Rebecca Judd social campaign returns posh and polished, with a focus on the hottest hue of the season – Bold Burgundy. Few things are more luxurious than rich, oxblood -toned pieces and this sultry shade is taking the streets by storm. The beautiful Bec channels her intuitive sense of style to interpret our must-have winter essentials – the knee-high boot, the cross-body, the chain detail bag, the cut-out pump and the snake print clutch.  With details including deep-toned suede, highlighted brushed calf hair, faux snake print and classic polished leather this makes for a truly elevated look. 

 The Cut-Out Pump

A new take on cut-outs makes this the pump of the season. Tough luxe hardware, criss cross cut-out detailing finished with polished patent leather for maximum impact. Teatime’s zip back closure with a sky-high heel allows for all-day support taking you from boardroom to bar.

 The 24/7 Tall Boot

Our Elygant knee-high boot with oh-so-chic pointed-toe, are the city girl’s answer to nailing Winter dressing. Pair the tall style with hem lines of every height. The instant way to keep warm and dress up your look!

 The Pointed Ankle Boot 

Sophisticated and simple, the Tabata ankle boot with a fine set-back heel, in edgy nubuck makes this pair the season’s smartest buy. Style with anything from an a-line leather mini to billowy winter florals for a 70’s throwback with a modern twist. Upgrade your winter shoerobe with this classic boot in the new season shade.

 The Snake Bag 

Shake up your look and prepare to be transported to the glamour era with our Luxe Life clutch. Featuring high shine hardware and a detachable strap – Perfect for the on the go! Complete your look with layers of tan and camel for a lasting impact and a modern touch of ladylike dressing.

 The Uptown Cross Body

Cooler months call for dark toned, attention demanding oxblood. The ‘Glam Slam’ shoulder bag is the ultimate fashion statement piece. Luxurious and rich in oxblood-toned calf hair, featuring a top handle frame offering an element of structured femininity. Giving your daily uniform the instant refresh.

 The Glam Chain Bag

This timeless classic bag just received a makeover in look-at-me deep oxblood. Wear with a neutral outfit to add a touch of off-duty ease.

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The Dreaded Reflux

Have you ever heard of or had heartburn? Have you ever heard of babies with such bad heartburn they cry and cry and cry and cry? These babies are so uncomfortable, miserable and unhappy. The baby’s condition can be very distressing for parents, particularly first time mothers, who think the reason their baby is crying is their fault. The mothers feel a lack of confidence that they’re unable to master the basic skill of settling their own baby. The new mums tend to seek help from lactation consultants, other professionals, as they believe that it must be a breast-feeding issue such as attachment to the breast or not enough milk. Most commonly it’s the dreaded reflux!

A common scenario begins with the extended family (or friends), all with good intent, constantly “advising” the new mum that her baby has ‘colic’ or ‘bad wind’. The family member will then return from the pharmacy, spending a lot of money on over the counter medicines with what claim to be “definite cures” for a crying baby with colic or wind. Unfortunately, none of these work. In fact, it gets worse unless treated properly by the GP or pediatrician.

Those of you that have had heartburn will confirm its constant presence. It’s also very uncomfortable and you can’t get rid of it! It’s worse for a newborn baby. Babies can’t tell you what’s wrong and because they cry all the time, mothers feel inadequate, guilty and a failure.

Most people have a theory on why the baby is crying. However, the reality is that at the top of the stomach there is a sphincter that keeps food down when we swallow. The stomach also has acid juices that are required to help break down the food to be digested. Some newborn babies have a floppy or immature sphincter and when some milk comes up, the acid in the stomach comes up too, causing burning and heartburn.

A baby with reflux struggles and fusses at the breast, they arch their back and move their head around when feeding; the mother often seeing this as breast refusal.  The baby cries and when they finally fall asleep and are placed into the cot, within five minutes they start crying again, inconsolable until fed again…and the process starts again.

Having a baby with reflux is very distressing for everyone:  the mum, the dad, the extended family and most of all the baby.  The once calm and sleeping baby has turned into a baby that will not drink well at the breast, will not sleep and cries most of the day.  The baby with reflux also loves being held upright so you find yourself walking around all day, twenty hours a day…a shower seems a thing of the past! The symptoms can start as early as two to three weeks after the birth and can be diagnosed by your maternal and child health nurse, GP or pediatrician.

At about week three, it’s possible to diagnose if your baby has gastric reflux. At this time, I receive phone calls from women saying, “I can’t stop my baby crying”, “I can’t settle my baby”, and “he will not lie down on the floor or in the cot”, “there is something wrong with my breast milk” or “he has such bad wind”. When new mums go to mother’s group and see other babies on the ground playing happily and other mothers’ breastfeeding their babies with ease it makes them feel sad, upset and even feel like they are failing as a mother.  Mothers of reflux babies however, are limited to walking around and holding their baby upright. This is so difficult for new mums.

If this is happening to you, you need to get some professional help. Gastric reflux can be treated. See a general practitioner or a specialist and talk to them about the signs and symptoms and what treatment is available.

Common signs include the baby being unable to lie on their back without crying, waking up crying, or screaming suddenly and fussing at the breast or bottle. Often a baby wakes up from a deep sleep screaming.  A common sign is after the baby burps their face may look like they have eaten something they don’t like…that is because of the acid refluxing up from their stomach.  It tastes awful.

Often babies with reflux vomit.  Some do not vomit, others cough and others just cry. It’s not a large amount of vomit and it’s not all the milk the baby has just had, but it will be enough to make you feel concerned. Babies with reflux seem generally unhappy; however, they are well.  Babies with reflux do not always lose weight; in fact, some actually gain a lot of weight, as feeding is a comfort for them.

Seeking help

If you ever have concerns about your baby, please seek medical advice. Make an appointment with your MCH nurse, your GP or pediatrician if your baby is crying all the time. In most communities there are nurses who can help you become educated on the development and progress of your baby.


First, it’s important to have reflux diagnosed by a medical professional.  Your doctor will prescribe medicine and the medicine can usually take from two to seven days to work.  Often an antacid is used in conjunction with the medicine initially.

Some babies need  more assistance to help relieve the discomfort of reflux. The use of a thickened formula helps by decreasing the vomiting thereby easing the heartburn. Also I find babies with reflux needs the comfort of a dummy. The dummy must be used only after the baby has had a full feed. Remember a baby with reflux is uncomfortable not sick.

No medicine should be given to your baby without having a physical check by a doctor.

Often new mums think it’s their fault, but it’s not. The baby just needs a little bit of help to settle his tummy. He will get better, and the reflux does go away. But it is very, very hard for new parents, because you’re tired and your baby is unsettled and the crying never seems to end.

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