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JOANNA BARRY

Freelance writer/stylist
The former CLEO Lifestyle/Features Director has left the glossy world of magazines to embark on a new project which combines her love for writing and decorating. Joanna Barry is your window to everything hot in home décor.

With a knack for design-on-a-dime tips that are accessible to the average twenty-something and her practical advice on where to buy homewares goes beyond scouring op shops and IKEA, she’ll help you create the perfect look.

Name:
Joanna Barry

Home is…?
Abbotsford, Melbourne

What do you do?
Freelance writer/stylist

You’re an expert in…
homewares! And cheap, quirky ones at that!

You’re passionate about…
my family and friends. After years living away from them interstate, I have vowed to never take them for granted again. They’re all a daily source of love, laughter and inspiration for me.

Take us through your typical working day…
The shift from crazy CLEO hours to full-time freelancing has been a scary but an oh-so-liberating move and now no two days is the same. One day I may be writing an article for a women’s lifestyle title, the next in studio shooting a lookbook and another researching homewares for an online store I am about to launch (*cue excited squeal!).

What’s in your handbag?
Camera (to snap something that inspires me), iPhone (natch!), pot of Blistex (Melbourne cold = cracked lips), notepad (ideas come at inconvenient times) and a whole lot of loose coins at the bottom (don’t you hate that?!).

What’s the most cherished item in your home?
A ’60s-style lamp I picked up at an op shop in my late teens. My mum’s best friend saw it in my room a few weeks later and freaked out. Apparently my mum gave her the lamp for her engagement and 25 years later, she’d donated it to the op shop where I found it!

What are some of your favourite lifestyle blogs?
Fave internationals would be www.designsponge.com for their trend pieces and DIY projects, and The Selby, mainly for dreaming purposes! Oh, add www.decor8blog.com as well – dreamy yet unpretentious! Locally, I love Lucy Feagins’ www.thedesignfiles.net as it’s a great for Australian design and interviews with talented local creative people.

Your friends know you for your homewares obsession. Who’s your favourite budget homewares designer?
Again, no way I can be limited to one! I would say the best site in the world for budget homewares is etsy. You can find anything and everything you need (and don’t need). Yes, you sometimes have to trawl through a lot of crap but it’s worth it! You can find the most unique homewares at the lowest prices. For great wall art, I love rollandtumblepress.etsy.com. For cute cards try ableandgame.etsy.com. For quirky crockery, head to trixiedelicious.etsy.com

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