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Updated: 2019-09-25  Views: 201

See inside the mid-century gem that Your Home &; Garden editor Kristina Rapley calls home and discover what inspires her floral Christmas style

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We moved into this mid-century gem in the dead of winter this year and I’ve been like a kid in a candy store ever since, discovering the new blooms popping up in the garden as the seasons roll around. The previous owners were avid gardeners and spent 50-odd years making it a magical and enchanting paradise.

I’ve never been a huge fan of traditional Christmas decorations, so I thought: why not bring the outside in and create a whimsical, wild floral arrangement indoors? I like to entertain outside so I set up a little afternoon tea with some festive sweet treats, sparkling wine served in my treasured crystal flutes, and a jug of boysenberry gin and tonic – ’tis the silly seasonpersonalized baby blankets, after all!

Tree: After a quick Google image search of floral Christmas tree arrangements, I headed to Spotlight, got the biggest trolley I could find and began my foraging mission for fake flowers. My colour scheme was mostly yellow with pops of orange, pink and white.

I chose mainly pre-bunched flowers (about 17 in all) and popped those in the tree first, grouping the colours together to form three, slightly sloping rows. Then I separated a few bunches of fat roses and tiny flowers, adding them singly to create depth.

Decorations: Presents were wrapped in plain brown paper, then tied with crimson twine and decorated with matching tiny roses.

Food: I served cranberry and pistachio nougat, meringues, sparkling wine, fresh strawberries and a jug of boysenberry gin and tonic (Bombay Sapphire gin, Indian tonic water, loads of ice, frozen boysenberries and mint leaves).

On table: Crystal ice bucket, $105, from Foxes Island Wines’ cellar door. On tree: Assorted fake flowers, $5.99-$20 a bunch, from Spotlight. All other items, Kristina’s own: refurbished Don chair from Retrovision; rug from The Warehouse; side table, crystal cocktail glasses, yellow chairs and coffee table, all secondhand; crystal flutes, a gift; tiered serving dish and German vase from Mr Bigglesworthy.

Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

After we posted?Gary Chang’s 344 square foot Hong Kong apartment, we thought we’d pretty much seen the pinnacle of morphing possibilities for TINY. Until this morning, when we found ourselves riveted by this video of photographer?Christian Schallert‘s?258 square foot Barcelona apartment (apx 11′ x 23’): a former pigeon loft re-envisioned by designer?Barbara Appolloni. (Check out the “before” shots in the beginning!)?We’ve seen this clever configuration of cubes likened to Legos, but find the image misleading. This completely built-in, every-need-and-square-inch-considered space is like one of those Chinese puzzle boxes that suddenly open to reveal hidden chambers; everything is hidden behind walls until Schallert wants to access it. It is an “action apartment”, given great charm by the stunning view and penthouse feel.

The hidden seams make this stylish wardrobe staple look professionally made, but really it’s as simple as a few straight stitches and a little hand sewing!

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