Don’t miss The Living Room tonight (7.30pm, Ten) for a one hour declutter & decorate special with international expert Peter Walsh and our friend Barry Du Bois. We helped out with beautiful products for a family home in Sydney – if you love what you see, you can shop straight away. We’ve picked the top 5 tips so far from Peter to get your started on your own decluttering journey.

I want to declutter my whole house but I don’t know where to start. Should I do it room by room, and if so which room should come first?

OK, so if your whole house looks like a cyclone has hit you hard, then my advice is to start in any room that you think will be EASIEST. And, when you start, start easily too by getting rid of any rubbish, anything that is broken, or anything that doesn’t belong in that room. Keep it simple – no hard decisions. Make that your assignment for the first day (and if you want to do more, by all means do). My theory is that sometimes the hardest part of getting organised is just starting. So, anything you think might trip you up or you’re unsure whether to toss it, leave it for the next day. But, here’s the deal – if you do this, then you have to commit to doing this EVERY DAY for at least a couple of weeks. Make a date with yourself. Put it in your diary. And, work room by room. But, get started.

Peter and Baz’s challenge on The Living Room tonight.

We have pockets where clutter seems to gather and breed, such as the tray on the coffee table which is meant to be a stylish display but is just filled with junk. How do I keep it as I want it to be?

This may sound odd but the quickest way to avoid clutter accumulating – whether it’s on your stylish coffee table or on the back seat of your car – is to stop using the word “later”.  Clutter is decisions delayed and the moment you procrastinate: “I’ll put that away later” or “I’ll file that later” or “I’ll sit that here and look at it later”, that is moment when stuff starts to collect.  Stop saying “later” and I promise you your coffee table (and much more!) will stay clutter-free.

I have heard the maxim ‘if it isn’t useful or beautiful, throw it out.’ Do you agree with that and do you have any other pieces of advice that are worth sticking on the fridge door?

The only things I think you should have in your home are those items that help you create the life you want.  Start with the vision you have for your life, your home, every room in your home and then ask yourself: Do the items in this room help me create the vision I have for this space?  If so, hold onto them.  If not, what are they doing in your home?

Part of Peter and Baz’s challenge on The Living Room tonight.

How do I rid of stuff without upsetting my children? They become very suspicious when I start to tidy up their rooms!

You have to get them involved in the process. If you help them understand that there are lots of kids in the world who are not nearly as fortunate as we are, who could really use their old toys, then you’ll find their generosity will overwhelm you. And, if that doesn’t work, ask them to find just 5 things that they think only kids younger than themselves should play with and agree with them that maybe it’s time to let those go. Also – take them with you to the donation centre and have them talk to the volunteers there so that they come to understand the nature and value of giving to those less fortunate than themselves.

My home is simply not big enough for all my stuff, no matter how organised I am. I’m tempted to get a storage unit for the overflow. Is this a good idea?

I’m not a fan of storage units for this kind of problem. Storage units should be used for temporary re-locations only. Unless you’re prepared to move then you have to come to terms with the fact that you only have the space you have. Once you accept this as fact, you’ll actually experience a freeing feeling. So, what do you do with all of the extra stuff you just can’t part with? You need to ask yourself what is more important, personal happiness or this old rocking chair that’s taking up space? I vote for happiness every time. It’s hard but it’s necessary. Ask anyone who has de-cluttered… they’ll tell you that the process of letting go of some stuff was hard but I’ve never met anyone who has said the outcome wasn’t worth it.

Find out more about Peter at his website, where you can find out more about his booksDVD and app and sign up for regular newsletters. 

Preview and shop the items Peter and Baz use on The Living Room now. Watch tonight (Ten, 7.30pm) or on tenplay to see the final reveal!

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The winner of our Collect Create Decorate competition this week is . . . Instagram entrant Jenny from!  We loved her bedroom style – a great mix of playful, practical and personal. Congratulations to Jenny, who wins $100 store credit at Temple & Webster.

We’ve had hundreds of entries this week, and loved seeing your style. Here’s just a few of our favourites – you can see many more on Instagram at the #collectcreatedecorate hashtag, on our Facebook page or our Collect Create Decorate Pinterest board.

Anne’s light-filled Mornington Peninsula bathroom is a lovely mix of natural materials and colours. And what a bath!

Annie shared her collection of shapely Danish-style glass, arranged on crisp white cabinetry.

We loved June’s homely kitchen, with all the essentials within reach. She says it’s not always this tidy!

Trish’s corner is set up for comfort, with warm colours and rattan furniture making for a relaxed feel.

It’s easy to enter – just share your picture via Instagram or post it to our Facebook page with the hashtag #collectcreatedecorate or email it to for your chance to win. All the details are here. 

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We’re excited to have super shopper Melissa Penfold, pictured above in the T&W studio, pick her favourite products for the Melissa Penfold Collection. Her criteria? Everyday classics to love forever…

Melissa Penfold comes from a long line of canny shoppers. She has honed her skills as interiors editor at Belle magazine, and as the shopping guru for more than 15 years, on the Sydney Morning Herald where her weekly Source and Bargain Hunter columns were something of an institution. Add to her portfolio two best-selling books on the subject of Australian Style and Melissa Penfold’s Little Black Book: Sydney’s Shopping Secrets (Penguin/Lantern) and you get a sense of just how much shopping is in her blood. Melissa’s philosophy is all about ease and accessibility while retaining the excitement of decorating. She has worked with the world’s leading names in retail and design, both here and abroad, and her work has appeared in a wide range of Australian publications including Vogue Living, Belle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She now has a monthly decorating column in Australian House & Garden. Married with two children, Melissa divides her time between her homes in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and the Southern Highlands of NSW.

Where did your passion for homewares come from?

The die was cast from an early age. I was always surrounded by beautiful things. I grew up in a wonderful house decorated in large part by Marion Hall Best. It fuelled my imagination from the start, and as it turns out, a lifetime interest. It made me realise that style and decorating is all about balance, an ability to judge proportions and knowing how to finish things. It’s amazing how the right cushions, lamps or pictures can make or break an interior. They can give an old room a fresh look, and will cost you far less than a complete overhaul. It’s incredible how you can change one group of accessories for a new lot and instantly transform a space, and make it look like you’ve spent a lot more than you actually have. I love curating and decorating with beautiful bits – done right, it works like magic.

Melissa explains her picks: “A great sofa, like this button-backed classic, is perfect for small space living rooms or for adding an elegant touch to a sun room or study. Use open-weave bamboo pendant lights to wash the ceiling with a gentle glow and create playful shadows on the walls and floor”.

Have you always been a dedicated shopper?

Yes, I shop all the time. And always have. I come from a long line of shoppers. If there’s a shop, I’m in it. Even if I don’t need (or buy) anything. Hitting the shops regularly educates you about what’s out there, so you don’t miss the good buys. I never shop with an agenda – I find the best things when I’m not looking for them. My antennae are always out. And I shop everywhere: high-end, bargain, online, offline. Whatever city I’m in, the first thing I do is raid the shops. It’s how I breathe.

You had many years as the shopping guru for the Sydney Morning Herald – how did that influence your shopping habits? Did it increase or decrease your personal expenditure?

Over the years I realised most of us know how to buy, but not how to shop. Shopping is a skill, and to do it right you need to know how. In the long run, it’s cheaper to buy only quality, whether it’s a towel, a teacup or a table. Never compromise. In the end my job decreased my expenditure – I bought less, but I bought better. I shopped out of hours. I bought only because something excited, not for the simple act of shopping. I put my faith in the classics. And avoided fashion, especially fads. The focus became suitability. The same goes for everyone – if you stick to what suits you and your lifestyle, you won’t go wrong. And I learnt not to be a snob – quality doesn’t always mean big names.

More of Melissa’s favourites. Why? “A classic Bergere-style chair in rattan looks great as a pair in a living space or as a solo statement in a bedroom next to the drape of a linen curtain. Black Milk’s candles, in perfect packaging and lovely scents, are simple in style and sensuous in fragrance. Pair with a white orchid for the ultimate in bathroom chic.”

What do you think are the 3 golden rules when buying decorative items for the home?

Choose the best you can afford. Quality pays long-term dividends, and will give a lifetime of enjoyment.

Only buy things you love. Everything that surrounds you affects you, so only have pieces that resonate.

Don’t buy anything that won’t last. Look for good lines, perfect proportions and great finishes.

“A set of quality dinnerware with a timeless design is worth the investment – just to remind you that some standards are worth upholding,” says Melissa.  ”You’ll be amazed how beautiful textiles such as this pure linen tea towel, add a sense of pleasure to the everyday.”

How would you describe your own decorating style?

My interior is about 70 per cent classic, and 30 per cent trends. I think that’s the best ratio for ensuring that your interior is both timeless and up-to-the-minute. It’s a mix of things from all times and places, from grand to simple.

What is your biggest shopping fail and major purchasing success?

My big fail was a round, dining table I chose thinking it would be more democratic than a long one. But I couldn’t make it work; it depressed me daily, and had to go. A major success is a huge old French mirror picked up 20 years ago at an antique market that has brought me daily joy.

“Opt for the appeal of beautiful linen sheets in stone for the ultimate in low-key luxury,” says Melissa. “A statement-piece bed-head serves to give the bed a certain presence and as such transforms any bedroom.”

What approach did you take to choosing your Temple & Webster Collection?

First and foremost, pieces must be well-made, do their job properly, look great, and bring pleasure to everyday living.

Quick fire questions:

My favourite colour combination is: white, ecru, sand, straw, stone, tobacco, butterscotch, coffee and black.
I can’t live without: books (especially ones with fab pictures). For me, they are central to an interior, the ultimate finishing touch. I use them like works of art. They are decorative, interesting and great company.
My shopping mantra is: you don’t need money to have style. It’s about sourcing the best products and ideas.
My pet hate is: overlit interiors. You want your lights to flatter you and your home, not show up every stain and wrinkle. Soft lighting is magic. That’s why so many proposals are made over candlelit dinners.
My next buy is: a Provence-style trestle table in oak that I plan to use as a desk in my new country pad to write my next book.

Follow Melissa on Instagram @mp_style_

Shop The Melissa Penfold Collection today. 

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Karen McCartney introduces German brand (smow) and the European-designed products it champions. Shop our (smow) collection, styled above by Jono Fleming and shot by Denise Braki.

There is a growing emphasis in the design world on problem solving, and creating cleverly designed objects that are not only functional and beautiful but respond to the way we live today.

People now want to know what materials are being used and if products are produced sustainably, do they solve a problem in their busy lives, are they good quality and will they look good – for a long time? We ask a lot of the things we put in our homes, and designers are responding with ingenuity and responsible production that mixes the best of technology with genuine craft skills. Today we introduce (smow) a distributor of some of the world’s most innovative designs where everything is considered, from how components flat pack to travel the globe most efficiently, to how the pieces look in your home. So without further ado I would like to meet the brands and the designers who are changing the way design does business.

Nils Holger Moormann is, unconventionally, the name of the brand and the name of the designer who runs it and champions the work of young talent. His ethics are very clear. He lives in Aschau im Chiemgau in Bavaria where he has a guest house or ‘berge’ which showcases his distinctive aesthetic and places emphasis on local manufacture. The designers he works with are philosophically aligned to his notions of simplicity, intelligence and innovation in design. He is known for his wit and is quoted as saying (rather obliquely) “If there is one thing where I am really obstinate it is flexibility”. His products illustrate this with their ability to tune into the needs of modern life, occupying the space where useful meets beautiful and adds a bit of charm to daily life.

His Liesmichl bookcase (above left) is a good example, serving as storage for a few favourite books with a place for the current one to sit open at the right page, next to your coffee or wine depending on the time of day. Other clever designs include the self-assembly Minimato (above right) - a lightweight side table with a quiet designer elegance that allows it to slip into many an interior setting.

One of Moormann’s early design collaborations was with the now internationally acclaimed Konstantin Grcic (when you have product designs in the permanent collections of MOMA in New York and the George Pomidou Centre in Paris you are allowed to call yourself ‘internationally acclaimed’). Grcic is a designer who is known for his careful research and his passion for both technology and materials. Hence his ‘Hut Ab’ (Hats Off) coat-stand (above right) is something of a design classic. It is a sculptural object when not in use, is collapsible for easy transportation and, while practical,  brings the satisfaction of good design into the everyday. The Strammer stool by Max Frommeld (above left), employs a red tension cord in its construction which can be fixed with the timber provided, or you can invent your  own style by using a wooden spoon or even a rolled up newspaper.

Two more brands represented by (smow) are Kabre-Leipzig, a German company, and LoCa from Denmark. One of the most famous and award-winning designs is the ‘Falter’ folding stool (above right) created by designers ‘Three point four’. It is light, coming in at under 4kg, but strong and flexible – as it is German made it’s has been tested by TUV Germany 1,000,000 times! So you can rest assured should you store it in a cupboard, or hang on a wall, there is no limit to the number of times you can do it

And finally to LoCa, a small Danish company of only 10 employees who are world specialists in coat rack, stands and hangers. These Knax wall-hung hooks (above) are a beautifully resolved design in timber (oak, beech and walnut) with aluminium hooks that are flush with the timber when not is use.

Simple designs with purpose – what is not to like.

Shop our designer collection by (smow) today.

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The Winter Table

23 Jul '14

T&W Creative Director Chris Deal puts another log on the fire and tells a Winter’s tale, with the help of Denise Braki, Jessica Bellef and Jono Fleming…

Normally when the concept of a holiday emerges, the last people one asks to join them on the jaunt are co-workers. However, normalcy isn’t something we do particularly well here in the Temple & Webster creative team. So when a bunch of stylists, designers and photographers decide to hit the road and spend a weekend out in the picturesque rural paradise of NSW’s Oberon, you know that it’s not going to be a normal affair. What it becomes, is a photoshoot, and a full three course fine dining affair in the middle of a forest.

While not everyone has a plantation forest and petrol powered generator at hand to whip up some rustic evening ambience, that doesn’t mean you can’t infuse a bit of winter loving into your next soirée. T&W Head of Styling Jessica Bellef suggests bringing the outside in by using pine cones, branches, leaves and logs to adorn your table, working off classic neutral table linen, china and candles. T&W food stylist Jono Fleming and Chief Photographer/Feeder Denise Braki suggest you don’t stray too far from the tried and tested rustic favourites of bread, meats and baking, allowing winter vegetables like carrots and beans to provide some colour and crunch. Scroll down for three of our best winter dining recipes, and shop our specially curated winter dining sale event.

This is a great recipe for an entrée or even as a dip for parties. If you don’t want to peel the fresh broad beans, which is a bit time consuming, just grab the fresh frozen packs in the freezer section of your supermarket!

Ingredients (makes 8 – 10 serves)

300g fava (broad) beans
150g pecorino
handful of mint
pinch of salt and pepper to taste
½ cup of olive oil


Put a pot of water on to boil with a generous pinch of salt. While it comes to the boil, peel the beans or thaw the frozen ones. Put the beans into the boiling water and cook for about 5 minutes. Drain the beans and run under cold water

Grate the pecorino, and roughly chop the mint. Place the beans, cheese, mint and olive oil into a food processor and whiz to your desired consistency. If you want a smoother texture just whiz it for a little longer. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spread the mix onto crusty, toasted bread and top with a handful of mint and  some extra grated cheese.

This is a decadent recipe for those cold Winter days. The duck is cooked slowly on low heat in duck fat which results in a beautiful piece of meat that falls apart. The fig jus complements the richness of the duck and adds a tart sweetness to the dish.


4 duck legs
750g  of duck fat (found at delis or grocery stores)
3 fresh figs, quartered
5 dried figs, diced
3 cumquats, sliced (if not available, use zest of half an orange)
200ml chicken stock
250ml red wine
3 Dutch carrots
5 pickling onions or French shallots
few sprigs of thyme


In a large deep pan, melt the duck fat until clear and then put the duck legs into the fat in the pan, making sure they are fully covered. Cut a piece of baking paper to the size of the pan and place on top of the duck and fat. Cook for 3 hours on a low heat.

Whilst the duck is cooking, place all the ingredients for the jus in a saucepan and cook on medium to high for 10-15 minutes or until half the liquid is reduced. Set aside and allow the flavours to infuse further.

After 3 hours, take the duck out of the oil and pan fry for a few minutes or until the skin crisps up on the outside.

With a slotted spoon, remove the ingredients from the sauce, leaving the thick, reduced liquid. Serve over the duck with some crispy roast potatoes or a salad.

Nothing is better in Winter than a nice hot cup of mulled wine. The spices are aromatic and will fill the house with an amazing smell of warmth and comfort, plus this recipe is so simple you can have it ready in just under 15 minutes. For a little twist, add a cheeky shot or two of whiskey for a bit of an extra kick.


1 bottle red wine (any variety, we used shiraz)
2 star anise
6 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
pinch of nutmeg
peel of one orange
three slices of pear
thumb size piece of ginger, cut into sticks
½ cup sugar
shot or two of whiskey, to taste

Place all the ingredients into a pot and stir. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 10-12 minutes.  Before you serve, add a shot or two of whiskey, depending how much extra kick you want the drink to have.

Strain the spices and pour into glasses. Rub a strip of orange peel around the rim of the glass then twist the peel over the drink and allow the citrus oils to infuse over the top of the hot wine. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Create your own rustic table – shop The Winter Table collection now

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Tracie Ellis, the founder and creative director at AURA, shares the story of her country home in Kyneton, Victoria, along with beautiful images by Sharyn Cairns. Ellis House is available to rent – find out more here.

You looked for a long time for the right property. How did you know when you had found the right one?

I don’t know if we did, really. We spent about a year and a half looking at much smaller houses, more for a weekend retreat and a B&B business, but as the time went on we met more people and loved coming up each weekend – so much so we began to think more about a house for an eventual move. Could this be our retirement and future? A couple of weeks before we saw this house we missed out on a property we loved at auction, then the real estate agent asked us if we wanted to see a house that was slightly larger. This was not a weekend getaway, or a project, this was a commitment for the future. We love this house so much – things happen for a reason.

What did you have to do the exterior in term of reworking the existing palette?

Only the front façade of the house had been painted when we brought it and the barn had been undercoated. The house was a natural tone with brown trim, the natural colour was ok but as most of the house was in need of some hard labour to prepare for the new paint we made the decision to paint the whole house & barn. The colour as it was made the house stand out and I wanted it to blend in and become part of the garden and surroundings.

You have made bold use of dark paint colours on many of the walls. How did you decide what colours to use and do you have any advice for people thinking of taking the same decorative step?

I was very inspired by Belgian interiors with their deep, moody, natural colour palettes. I made several mood boards and had so many ideas. I have a clever friend, Amanda Lynn, a very talented interior designer who helped merge all of my ideas into one. Amanda is a colour specialist and like me is not afraid of colour. The overall size of the house allowed us to use some very dark colours, which may not work in smaller spaces. We were going to wallpaper the large lounge but when I couldn’t find what I liked Amanda suggested we paint it full strength Gravel, so I did. My husband was in shock as we painted over the beige walls – but agrees it looks amazing. To use such bold colours it is important to stay in the one colour palette and use shades of the same colours.

The house feels wonderfully curated and styled. How did you approach the decorative objects within the space?

I shopped with furniture in mind, and those mood boards. I wanted the house to be for us and also for our guests to feel inspired, but totally comfortable without being too “designed”.

The original features, such as fireplaces and high ceilings, have been maintained. What was your philosophy around what to retain and what to change?

The house was built in 1856 and we didn’t change anything to do with the history of the house. We are so lucky to be the next caretakers and have just modernised with colour and furnishings. In the future we may renovate parts of the house but only parts that are not original.

Bedding is your forte and each of the four bedrooms is treated differently. What was your approach to colour and the layering of fabrics and textures?

Each room has been given its own personality, depending on the light coming into each space. The large grand master bedroom was treated to mid-toned walls and darker linen. Of the two queen rooms, one is all natural, walls and linen with red accents, the other has deep green dado boards and sage linen and the “box” room with only a high window has the darkest cosiest walls, dark grey linen and a red chandelier for a bit of fun. I had linen curtains made for all of the rooms that match the bedding, which is all AURA Maison.

Lighting for practicality and for mood seems very well considered. Do you have advice when lighting a home?

Dimmers! The lighting was one of the most exciting parts of the project. The house already had two beautiful traditional chandeliers and we added more amazing light fittings including: the Belgian brass chandelier in the entrance foyer, the Dutch coloured glass lanterns, two antique French chandeliers and the industrial style lighting, all merging into one space to create the most beautiful mood. We re-wired half of the house and had dimmers put into most of the rooms. Ever since my first trip to Denmark I love creating a “hygge” or cosiness, a relaxed space, so in the evenings we turn all of the lights off in the back of the house and light candles.

The kitchen balances modernity and comfort with tradition. What are three things you did to achieve this balance?

The kitchen was an interesting spot to try to merge into the rest of the house design-wise. It is a much smaller area; we painted it a lighter shade and repainted the kitchen cupboards to a soft sage green. I have kept all of the furnishings quite natural and black. And we then added traditional black rugs that I had made in India. Now we find it very peaceful and relaxing.

The library area adds real personality and warmth. What do you feel walls of books do for an interior?

They add history and interest, and hopefully an ability to relax and take the time out to sit and read. I hunted for antique books for years and still do, some of the books have amazing stories – I have read all of the inside covers, the prize and gift inscriptions, one of them dates back to 1902.

You have said that Belgian modern interiors were an aesthetic starting point for you. How does this manifest itself in the decoration of the house?

My favourite designer is Axel Vervoordt. My husband and I visited Brussels and Antwerp just after we brought the house. I love the traditional yet modern style of Belgian interiors. Axel Vervoordt has amazing classic style, I love the use of light in his homes and projects and how it influences his choice of furnishings. Traditional, earthy and modern, all merging together as one – so amazingly inspiring.

Do you have any mistakes to confess to? Something people embarking on a decorating journey should be aware of?

Not really a mistake, but thinking that I could paint the entire inside of the house in 3 months on the weekends. I ended up taking 2 weeks off to paint and I still wasn’t finished, even with the help of very kind friends and family. Mum came up to stay and help before our first guests arrived; we painted for 3 days and nights in 35+ degree heat together – thanks Mum! I still haven’t completely finished but I just can’t pick up a bruch again for some time. So I’d recommend setting yourself more realistic time frames.

Images by Sharyn Cairns. 

Find out more at the Ellis House website. 

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This month, we’re talking about collecting the things you love, and using them to decorate your space (have you entered our Collect Create Decorate competition yet?) To kick off the conversation, Editorial Director Karen McCartney shares her passion for timber stools…

I collect: It is really a joint collection with my husband David Harrison, of timber stools – vintage, new, design classics, crafted, modernist, cheap and expensive. We are drawn to them because there is a great deal of discipline in the design of a stool as it is such a fundamental form and yet within it there is such inventiveness.

The ‘Bucket’ stool (left) is made with a real bucket handle and broom handle legs. It was designed by Carl Clerkin in 1999 and made by Details. On the right, three stools including the Isokon stool (on left), designed in 1933 and reissued around 2000; a teak Mushroom Stool (centre) designed by the Yamanaka Group in 1961 and made by Tendo Mokko Japan; and a hand-made French country stool (right) found in a vintage store in Sydney.

The collecting bug bit me when: The first designer stool we bought, about 15 years ago, was a Yanagi Butterfly Stool. It is a beautiful sculptural object which is surprising comfortable to sit on.

The collection evolved with: The Tendo Mokko ‘Mushroom’ stool with its remarkable sinuous form (we were on a bit of a Japanese theme) and shortly after it was joined by the Isokon stool, from Isokon Britain’s first modernist furniture company. It was designed in 1933 and is remarkably light (1 kilo) but strong. Many of the stools have been gifts – I even brought one back from the UK on the plane

The Yanagi Butterfly Stool (left) is a sculptural classic, designed in 1954 using a method of shaping plywood to create a delicate ‘wing’ like form. The Mushroom Stool (right) was designed by the Yamanaka Group in 1961 and made by Tendo Mokko Japan

My current obsession is: I love the ML42 stool by Mogens Lassen (Danish from 1942) but in modern stools I really like the ‘Ipsilon’ stool by Rodrigo Torres for Poliform from a few years ago and the ‘Affi’ stool by Giulio Iacchetti for his brand Internoitaliano. You can see I am a sucker for wooden stools and in particular those three leg varieties. I also have a longstanding yearning for the Poul Kjaerholm PK33 steel stool with a slim circular leather  seat pad.

The Ulrik stool (left) in ash is by British designer Alex Hellum for SCPThese generic Danish moulded plywood stools stack simply and beautifully, and we use them as additional seating and little side tables.

The thing I most regret missing out on is: A set of vintage Charlotte Perriand stools at auction. These were originally designed by Perriand for an alpine resort in 1949 but were later sold by Steph Simon Gallery in Paris in the 50 and 60’s and are a combination of a country milking stool and modernist simplicity. They have recently been reissued by Cassina so we may end up getting one of these as vintage ones fetch a tremendous amount these days.

My favourite find is:  There are such characterful pieces forming a little family of siblings – the same but different –  some are more beautiful and some more useful but all are equally loved and so I would feel bad singling one out as a favourite!

Share your own collection on Instagram or Facebook or send a picture by email to Use the hashtag #collectcreatedecorate for your chance to win a weekly prize. Full details are here, and you can see many entries on our Collect Create Decorate Pinterest board

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At Temple & Webster, we’re all about creating beautiful homes, and we think the best way to do it is to collect your favourite things and decorate your interior over time. Now, we want to see how you do it – and we’re offering a $100 T&W store credit every week for our favourite pics!

Image by @five67ate

It’s easy – just take a picture

With Winter in full swing, it’s the perfect time to stay at home and spend some time with the things you love. The next step – share your style with us. If you’re a collector, show us your treasures. If you’ve arranged the perfect vignette, take a snap. If you’ve finally ‘finished’ decorating a room – show us how it looks. It goes without saying that we’d love to see your Temple & Webster purchases included in your picture, but that’s not essential. You can enter as many times as you like, and entries close on 29 August 2014.

Image by @carlyvdm

Enter via Instagram

If you’re on Instagram, upload your picture. Make sure you hashtag #collectcreatedecorate so we see your picture, and tag us @templeandwebster. Remember, if your profile is set to private, we won’t be able to see your picture. Explore the hashtag to see the homes of other T&W members.

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Enter via Facebook

Post your picture to our page on Facebook, and include the hashtag #collectcreatedecorate in your caption.

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Enter via email.

Email your photo to with your full name and mobile number and the subject line #collectcreatedecorate. We’ll upload your image to our Collect Create Decorate Pinterest (check it out now for lots of members pics). Follow us on Pinterest to see the entries and choose your favourites.

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WIN $100 to spend at Temple & Webster

Every week, we’ll choose our favourite picture. We’ll announce the winning picture on Instagram and Facebook each Friday and the winning picture will feature in our Great 8 email over the weekend. Each winner will receive $100 to spend at Temple & Webster. We’ll also feature our favourites here on the blog and on social media. (See our Terms page for full terms and conditions).

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Thanks to eatlove, we’re sharing this super quick and warming recipe by Nino Zoccali, chef and restaurateur of La Rosa and Pendolino restaurants, from his book Pasta Artigiana

Ingredients (serves 6)

350 ml (12 fl oz) neapolitan tomato sauce
6 sweet basil leaves
fine sea salt
600 g (1 lb 5 oz) potato gnocchi
200 g (7 oz) fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese
100 g (3½ oz/1 cup) grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese


Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).

Heat the sauce with the basil leaves in a saucepan and season with the sea salt and black pepper, to taste. In abundant salted boiling water, cook the gnocchi until they rise to the surface.

Strain the gnocchi, mix with the sauce and place in a large, greased baking dish, or individual baking dishes, and top with the buffalo mozzarella and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

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Karen McCartney introduces Blu Dot’s Real Good Chair, our newest Object of Desire.

It is hard not to be charmed by Blu Dot the brand because of the pleasingly idiosyncratic design and marketing philosophy that emanates from their HQ in the USA. In fact their mantra is ‘Designing stuff we love. Every day, here in Minneapolis’. The business is unusual in its set up in that the founders are designers, manufacturers, marketers, retailers and distributors. They control the whole shebang, which means they can have some fun and exercise truly independent thought around the brand.

You see it at every turn – the cleverness of the catalogues, the cheekiness of the website and the ability to deliver interesting social experiments. Check out ‘The Real Good Chair Experiment’, a study in ‘curb-mining’ (when people collect unwanted furniture from the side of the road).

The Sydney home of Arran Russell and Jacqui Lewis, via Design Sponge.

Which leads me nicely to the latest Object of Desire – the Real Good Chair in copper. It is fast becoming something of a cult design with its sculptural form, which it marries with surprising comfort. It ‘ages gracefully’ as handling and time give it a pleasing patina that adds to its character.

Image by Blu Dot

While this version is copper plate over steel, its Real Good Chair siblings in powder-coated steel come in a range of 5 colours from a glossy black through to a summery aqua. Each colour takes on a different personality and their distinctive form means they work equally as a well-positioned single chair or as a setting around a dining table.

The chair comes flat-packed (‘As skinny as a super model, yet far more sturdy’ reads the blurb) and you can see how easy the assembly is by watching their video ‘Mr Squirrel Assembles a Real Good Chair.’ The implication being if a squirrel can do it….

Shop for your own Real Good Chair.

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