Modern living

Pop into any Freedom store from today to explore the new winter collection. There’s a fresh new look, including well-considered storage for small spaces, finishes in brushed steel with raw wood and leather, heavyweight fabrics, accessories in chevron, stripes and geometrics, and a good dose of colour – think acid brights and a slight hint of neon.

Bottom line Freedom Studio modular 21/2-seater lounge with chaise, $1299; Sixties buffet, $999; Phat oval ottoman, $149; and Digital chevron cushion, $29.95.

Freedom Furniture, for stores phone 1300 135 588,

Stellar leather

If there’s one reason to hold on to summer, this is it. Emblazoned with a galaxy of metallic stars, the soft, turquoise-coloured pillow bag is spacious with an unstructured design, and ideal for everyday use. Designed by Penelope Chilvers (who’s been inspired by childhood memories and a long love affair with Spanish culture), it’s part of Girl & Graaf’s carefully edited range of tote bags, jewellery, note cards and homewares.

Bottom line Star pillow bag, $599.

Girl & Graaf, 0431 199 818,


Tasty tins

London-based Irish fashion designer Orla Kiely’s prints have been used on all manner of objects, but it’s these decorated cake tins that take our fancy. Adorned with an assortment of Kiely’s signature prints, this set of five round nesting tins will travel from your kitchen bench to picnics and school fetes in style.

Bottom line Orla Kiely set of five round nesting cake tins, $89.95.

See or phone 9698 4586.

Birds of a feather

Far too precious for the picnic basket, this Little Owl melamine plate has been designed by British illustrator Ashley Percival, whose works are inspired by nature and wildlife, with a twist of quirky imagination. The plate is available at Monsterthreads.

Bottom line Little Owl melamine plate, $20.

Monsterthreads, The Galeries, shop 7, ground floor, 500 George Street, city, 9029 9201; 251 King Street, Newtown, 9550 3009,

Wall art


Flatout Frankie, which does a range of recyclable designer flat-pack toys, has a new and oh-so-sweet wall alphabet collection. Made from pop-out cardboard (giving the option of using an outlined letter or a punched-out one) and printed with its signature white graphics, it’s been made to inspire all little message makers.

Bottom line Make A Message 36-piece alphabet set, $90.

For stockists see

secret sydney

Copper and brass Berczi’s workmanship can be seen on buildings such as those of the Commonwealth Bank and Paspaley Pearls, both in Martin Place, as well as Parliament House in Canberra. It does small-scale repairs on lamps and brass railings, plus suspended and bracketed lighting, and will even reline your favourite copper saucepans. It’ll make structural repairs and fix surface damage such as oxidisation, and has been perfecting its craft for more than 40 years.

Berczi Copper Company, 25 Daphne Street, Botany, 9316 7645,

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