Australian Design Magazines {obsessed!}

I've become obsessed with Australian shelter magazines, design and art. One of my top 5 dream travel destinations is Sydney, I can't imagine landing there and saying, "Oh what a boring waste of time!". Everything about it appeals to me, from its modern architecture, gorgeous beaches, laid back vibe (at least that's how I imagine it), international cuisine, art, nature, the diverse background of its people... What an envied lifestyle.

Photo taken by Little Beary Li of Real Living magazine.

With so much great design happening in Australia, I'd love to round up some of my favorites on decor8 so if you have suggestions for me please either comment below or email your tips to: decor8blog AT gmail.com. I already have a few on my list, but I value the opinions of those who have either traveled there or who live in Australia so if you feel like helping me out I welcome it very much! Aussie bloggers Modamuse and Madeit have already come in very handy in my research, great blogs to bookmark...

And when it comes to Australian design magazines, I'm hooked. Australian Vogue Living, Real Living, and Inside Out, they're so beautiful. I adore the rooms that they feature because they seem to always have this beachy chic vibe, a combination of stylish urban interiors, bohemian meets the sea... Clean, fresh, colorful, lots of organic elements -- inspiring! A decor8 reader who is also an editor over at Inside Out magazine sent me an amazing gift pack last year of about 4 of their issues which thrilled me because you can't find them in the states. So to that editor I say thank you because she gave me a new perspective on design down under.

Photo from Anastasiac on Flickr. Years ago I took a summer job as a model and talent scout for a Boston modeling school. Cheesy job, but I loved being 22 with my own office downtown where I'd meet with aspiring models and attend fun parties. It was so glamorous on the surface anyway. On the wall behind my desk, I did exactly what this girl is doing here. I "wallpapered" it with images from my favorite fashion magazines. Cindy, Niki, Iman, the all had their place on my wall. Funny thing is, I started a trend because soon after, other agents started their own fashion walls. This photo made me laugh because not only is this idea a blast from the past, but I guess I was ahead of the curve 13 years ago! :) But I can't say I invented the idea because people have been doing this sort of thing forever - especially teenagers in their bedroom with rock and kitten posters. What I love about the grouping above is that the homeowner is following a theme of greens and blues so it's a cohesive arrangement vs. chaotic. I'd love to finish this by having a clear sheet of plexiglass cut and installed over it so that the edges lie flat and remain dust-free.

Anyway, if you have some Australian designers, artists, or bloggers that you love please let me know so I can include them in my future round up. I'd hate to miss anyone!