Passionate about design, Tai Schaffler left her career in journalism and became the marketing manager for a Western Australian fashion wholesaler. Frequently travelling to India as a buyer, Tai saw the opportunity to start her own homeware label and soon after, Bandhini Homewear Design was born! Producing quality, handmade soft furnishings, Bandhini is a popular fixture in homes across Australia and New Zealand. Tai talks to Selina Gordevich about pursuing her dream and the joys and challenges of working in India.

Three words to describe Bandhini Homewear Design?

Darren Naftal dreamt of being an architect from the age of 10. Swapping his lego for concrete blocks, he is now the Director of DN Architecture, and specialises in creating dream homes on difficult blocks.

Story by Emma Freeman


Behind interior designer Bianca Newton is an amazing sense of style and a determination to add a touch of luxury to every project. Here, Emma Freeman chats to her about what goes on behind the scenes.


Treetops house was built in 2010 fronting the Arakwal national park on Tallow Beach in Byron Bay. It's owned by a couple who bought the land from Oasis Resort and, while it's situated within the resort, it's privately owned by the couple who use it as a holiday home.

The beautiful building is a winner of the Excellence in Housing awards 2012 and Best use of Timber. It uses mainly recycled red ironbark, bluegum and grey ironbark sourced from locally salvaged timbers and is exemplary in that it was designed using wood in a bushfire-prone area.

Dulux Australia knows how exciting introducing a newborn into the family is, and how important it is to make over the nursery to prepare for your new arrival. They have provided a few simple steps to create this tree with owl feature at home.

You will need: Paint, paint brushes, a tape measure, a large ruler, a pencil or chalk, masking tape, and wall stickers (optional).

1. First, measure out where you want your trees to start and end at both the bottom and top of your wall. The trees are straight lines where the bottom of the trunk is wider than the top.

Eco Chic is fast becoming the go-to place for stylish and eco-friendly furniture and homewares. Having just turned three in March, co-founders Paula Breckman and Chris Bucknall are delighted with the response to the business so far. Here, Emma Freeman chats to them about their design philosophy and their favourite projects.

Sexy, Stylish…Sustainable.

Paula is really inspired by trends in fashion and music, while I, Cris, follow
art and movies. All fields affect each other and we watch different areas and

Tanya Dobble, interior designer and teacher at the Coco Republic Design School, has a passion for all things design and illustration. Here she chats about the school's new courses.

The Coco Republic Design School offers industry recognised courses in interior decoration, style and colour. The programs are run by Coco Republic furniture company and the Design Centre Enmore, also known as the TAFE Institute
of Sydney.