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The First Thing I Bought for my Home

Moving into a new place is like wiping the slate clean in terms of home decor. Old furniture, decorative ornaments and other knickknacks have been culled and it’s time to start over again and make a new place your own. 

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start but as we discovered from our home experts, there’s not one right way to go about it. You can start with something that will fill a space or something decorative that you just absolutely love. 

Read on to find out how three home decorating experts made their house their own.

    

Name: Neale Whitaker, Editor-in-chief of Vogue Living, and judge on Nine's The Block 
Lives in: Surry Hills, Sydney 

"We live in a converted terrace, and when we moved in 10 years ago, our first purchase was a George Nelson 'bubble lamp' which still hangs in our bedroom like a flying saucer. I've always loved these classic pendants - originally designed in the 1940s- and had promised myself that it would be the finishing touch to an all-white bedroom. The plan was to keep adding to the 'bubble lamp' collection but that never quite happened, so this one remains in ethereal isolation!"

Shop our lamp picks:

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    Cobra Lamp by Georg Jensen

    Gently undulating in its form, the iconic Cobra shape is distinctive, yet understated, allowing the function of the design to stand out.

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    Cindy Table Lamp by Kartell

    The table lamp typical of the '70s has been given new form with a conical lampshade and rounded teardrop base, and comes in a broad range of striking metallic tones.

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    Mesa Table Lamp by One World

    Inspired by the colours and textures of the desert, this table lamp will suit a nature-inspired room.

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Name: Greg Natale, Interior designer
Lives in: Darlinghurst, Sydney

"Five years ago, we purchased our unit in the Horizon building in Darlinghurst but I still remember our first purchase for our place. They're a pair of vintage lamps my partner and I found in L.A. which now sit by my bedside. I love them because they still make a statement after all these years."

Shop our picks for decorative statement pieces:

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    Newport Lamp by One World

    Bring a bit of 'island life' to your home with this beautiful ornate lamp with a bronze base and verdigris pineapple feature.

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    'Oxford' Cushion by Greg Natale for One Duck Two

    A bold and vibrant cushion with variations of Greg Natale's Classics design embroidered on each side.

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    Versace Prestige Gala Vase by Rosenthal

    A fine porcelain collaboration with the Versace couture house, this vase adds a decadent touch to any home.

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 Name: Murray Brooker, Sales Manager, David Jones Home & Furniture
Lives in: Kogarah, Sydney

"I'm a bit of a collector and our house has become a mix of old and new. One of my first purchases was a set of Asian prints which has a real aged and antique look to them. We had them framed in vintage-style frames and they now hang in our lounge room. The colours in the prints match those from our fireplace, which is green and burgundy, and I think it helps bring the room together."

Shop home decor inspired by exotic lands:

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    Large Brass Lantern by The Foundry

    Moroccan-inspired by design, this brass lantern will add a touch of exotic to your home.

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    Elephant Grey Cushion by Adorabella

    This cushion has a touch of the Jungle Book with its woven image of an illustrated Indian elephant from the 19th century.

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  • 3

    Butterfly Bloom Set Of 4 Plates by Wedgwood

    This set of four plates features an eclectic mix of pattern with abundant blooms of English and Oriental flowers and butterflies.

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