In case you missed the updates on and , I am hosting three more workshops before the end of the year – and more if I can physically fit them in!!! This year is fast running out of weeks.
Here are the important dates….
- Thursday 24th OR Friday 25th October – – Byron Bay, NSW
- Saturday 2nd Nov OR Sunday 3rd Nov – – Roma, QLD
- Saturday 30th Nov OR Sunday 1st Dec – LUDO TRADING CO – South Yarra, VIC
Here’s a little bit about what goes on at the workshops….
Come along and be inspired to turn your house into a home with me. In the two hour workshop you will learn how to turn all of your Pinterest pins, magazine cut outs and ideas flying around in your head into a succinct mood board to stick to as you decorate your home in your own time.
In the workshops I’ll be sharing my top decorating tips and tricks and there will be plenty of question and answer time, mood board making and a fun afternoon chatting with friends and making new friends too. You will leave the workshop with a head full of ideas and a mood board to follow at home that will give you the confidence to decorate and style your home yourself. Feel free to bring along house plans and photos to ask me specific questions about your home.
To book your ticket please email me for purchase information. Spaces are very limited and some sessions have sold out already so please be quick if you want to come along!
Earlier this week I was introduced to this sweet online store called after owner Sarah emailed me when she found out we both had a common love of skulls. Working in the online space I love finding new sites and exploring them and when I find one that is beautifully designed I always want to share it with others. This one was no exception.
Sarah as passionate collector is a graphics designer with a background in fashion design, she’s worked with some big names in fashion but decided it was time to do something for herself and started Little Quarters. Travel is a huge influence on Sarah’s drawings and the recent passing of her sister encouraged her to follow her dreams and start the business. Here’s a little insight into Little Quarters and Sarah’s inspiration… Sarah is kindly offering one unframed print to a Nest blog reader so please comment below with the print you would most like in your house and why to enter the competition. Winner will be announced Friday 13th Sept.
1. Where did the illustration idea stem from?
“They say what you do when you’re procrastinating is what you should do as a career”. I have been so fortunate to figure this out for myself, although still working on achieving it as a career in Little Quarters. After uprooting and moving from Geelong, Victoria at the beginning of 2012, to Sydney, I fell naturally into concentrating on my own work and in particular my Illustrations, doing what I love most.
2. You have a repeating skull theme happening, was that intentional?
3. Are you self-taught or did you study?
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always drawn. I was always found happy with a pencil in my hand, and a colouring book under my arm. I studied graphic design at the Gordon TAFE, in Geelong, Victoria. However I have never studied traditional illustration so I am self-taught in that aspect. I’m finding my design and fashion background falls hand in hand with my illustration work. I’m really enjoying the journey of discovering new techniques within my illustrations as I progress.
Ahhh… tree’s, really realistic looking tree’s, and masculine men. Most of my men look a bit girly! With objects I’m not too familiar with, I try to research the objects I want to put into the artwork and study them and to see how I can best create the illustration. I try to create a realistic feel to my work, although still trying to master this. I am actually in the process of quoting a commission piece, of which my client is after a tree of life. I’m hoping the job goes ahead as I’m really looking forward to the challenge.
6. Any advice to other illustrators out there looking to create their own range like yours?
It is hard work, and you do need to be dedicated, and have a real passion for it, but its so rewarding! It’s really exciting to see your work being enjoyed by others. It sounds cliché but life really is too short to not be doing what you love. I get to draw every day, and I love that! Whatever you find yourself drawn to, just have some fun with it! What have you got to loose?
Each year there are several trade fairs held across the country. I usually attend all of the Sydney ones and the August Melbourne fairs. I flew down to Melbourne this year for the fairs to see what all of my suppliers have on offer for the second half of the year. It’s always a big few days but I really enjoy catching up with my suppliers and seeing the new ranges – lots of ooh’s and ahh’s! , a supplier of really lovely Hamptons style sofas, solid timber furniture and outdoor furniture interviewed me about my experience at the latest fairs and you can read about it . The blog post goes into detail about exactly how much effort is put into a trade fair stand together and boy it’s not easy!
It’s time to reveal an exciting new project I’ve been working on. If you’re a follower of or my page you’ll know that we’ve teamed up to style and decorate a holiday rental apartment in Palm Beach. You can read all about it on Jen’s blog and follow the progress of the project on both of our blogs. So far we’re at the planning and product ordering stage. The sofa will be ready in two weeks and there’s a truck load of furniture leaving Melbourne in a fortnight. I cannot wait to share more!
As most of you know I work part-time for as a buyer and stylist. Just last week I got together with our lifestyle stylist to style a Spring lunch party for an intimate party of media guests at in Elizabeth Bay.
Here are some photos from the lunch taken by the very talented Lisa of .
The theme we went with was a spring woodlands look with faux moss rocks, balls and pads styled with gorgeous woodland creatures from .
We were up early the day before the lunch to visit the , neither of us had been before and despite the 5am arrival time it was a wonderful experience that I highly recommend (even if you just go once!). We created pretty poseys for the vases on the tables, flower bombs using foam oasis balls and carnations with their stems cut off and then threaded cotton string through the heads of some carnations so we could string them from the ceiling. And my lovely florist friend Claire at created the sweetest little terrariums I have EVER seen!
It all came together beautifully and we were so pleased with our styling efforts!
Special thanks to Have You Met Miss Jones, Boyd Blue, Cadrys Rugs and Willow & Dune
introduces me to so many lovely people in the interiors industry, one person I ‘met’ on Instagram was Sally who was collecting all sorts of coastal items for an online store she was building called . The online store has just been launched and there’s a treasure trove of goodies for sale. Sally will be adding new things weekly so make sure you keep checking the site. Run, don’t walk!
What a fun weekend I had in Orange for the very first It was such a pleasure to spend the weekend with so many lovely ladies talking design and decoration! I ran two workshops, one on Saturday and another on the Sunday. The workshop consisted of a little speech from me outlining my golden rules of decorating, how to mix and match styles and a few other vital decorating tips! After that everyone got to work making their own mood boards to inspire and kick start the decor process of a certain room back home. I wandered the tables giving advice and it was so nice to see that some very well prepared visitors had brought photos and floor plans for me to see and help with. Everyone then had the chance to browse around the shop and purchase some new goodies for their homes. Here’s a few pics of the workshops and the gorgeous store that is (you can also buy online!)
It was lovely to read workshop participants wrap up of the weekends events too! Thanks for the mention !
I thoroughly enjoyed myself and really loved the town of Orange too! So I hope that I can travel further around NSW at least to begin with and meet many more lovely people. If you’d like to participate in a decorating workshop and you’re in a rural or regional town please click through to my Look Workshops service page and tell me where you’re located so I can add it to my wish list of places to visit!
I’m so sorry I’ve neglected the blog for the last few weeks, I been busy clocking up some serious kilometres! I spent 10 days in Singapore and Malaysia flew home for less than 24 hours then back on a plane again to Melbourne for , and trade fairs for 3 days then home for 3 days and up to Orange for the Workshop! It’s good to be home and catching up on things, there’s so much to do I don’t quite know where to start…
Here’s a few pics from my trip, I’ll be posting all about the Jumbled workshop tomorrow.
Singapore was hot and humid but a lovely change from chilly Sydney.
Drinks on top of Marina Bay Sands (57 floors high!) – Inside Raffles Hotel – My Anchor Towel at Sentosa Island – Fullerton Bay Hotel Waiting Area – Watermelon and Baby’s Breath Cocktail (YUM!)
The Petronas Towers – Art seen at a nearby restaurant – Table Topics a fun game at breaky – Sephora goodies – The hotel infinity pool
It was such a lovely break away and a nice change to be in the hot humid weather but I really don’t think I could live in either country for an extended period of time!
Now back to business!! So many emails to catch up on!
I’m heading off on a holiday this week! I will be going on a girls trip visiting Singapore and Kuala Lumpar for some time in the sun on Sentosa Island and shopping til I drop in KL. I cannot wait for some R&R and some sunshine, Sydney’s outdone itself this past weekend but 31 degree days are a little more tempting even with the humidity! I’ve been to both cities a few times but if anyone has any shopping, restaurant, bar or other suggestions they would be greatly appreciated! Less than 24 hours after landing from my trip I’m flying down to Melbourne for three days for , and trade fairs… No rest for the wicked!
images via Google
I will be posting pics of my travels on and so keep your eyes peeled!!!
P.S. I will have very limited access to emails from July 25th until August 7th.
I am seriously looking forward to driving up to Orange in August to hold the Look Workshop. As I said last week, these rural workshops are something I’ve been wanting to do for some time now and the response I’ve had from this first one has been so amazing we’ve added another workshop on the Sunday which has already sold out too.
I’m not the biggest fan of public speaking but we are keeping the workshops quite intimate and I’ve been doing this decorating thing for long enough now to know what I’m talking about so I don’t think I’ll be lost for words, just a bit nervous! We will be discussing all things decorating then making up mood boards for each person in the class to take home and use as the inspiration to decorate their home.
I have had a few people approach me about workshops in their local towns but would love to hear from more of you if you’re interested and I can add your town to my list, just leave a comment below!!
Online retro furniture store approached me a few weeks ago and asked me to style one of their bedside tables for their newsletter. What a fun challenge it was!
I selected the from their collection. He’s super cute don’t you think?
Donkey Ears print from . Candle from . Books from . Bed Coverlet from
What do you think?