Look Workshop Wrap Up

What a fun weekend I had in Orange for the very first Jumbled Workshop. 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 Jumbled (you can also buy online!)
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It was lovely to read this workshop participants wrap up of the weekends events too! Thanks for the mention Mandy!

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!

Emma x

Post Holiday Blues

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 Life in Style, Reed and Home & Giving trade fairs for 3 days then home for 3 days and up to Orange for the Jumbled 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!

Emma x

See you later Sydney!

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 Life In Style, Reed and Home & Giving trade fairs… No rest for the wicked!

Singapore + KL

images via Google

I will be posting pics of my travels on Facebook and Instagram so keep your eyes peeled!!!

P.S. I will have very limited access to emails from July 25th until August 7th.

Emma x

Rural Workshop with Jumbled

I am seriously looking forward to driving up to Orange in August to hold the Jumbled 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!!

Emma x

Melbourne Home Show

Melbourne Home Show

I’ve got five double passes to give away for the Melbourne Home Show!

 Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th August 2013

Melbourne Exhibition Centre

Leave a comment below about why you’d like to attend! Winners will be announced on Sunday evening (July 21st).

Emma x

Retro Jan Bedside Table Styling Challenge

Online retro furniture store Retro Jan 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!

Retro Jan - Nest Designs Image 1

I selected the Felix Bedside Table from their collection. He’s super cute don’t you think?

Retro Jan - Nest Designs Image 2

Donkey Ears print from The Animal Print Shop. Candle from Plain & Simple. Books from Book Depository. Bed Coverlet from Lazybones

What do you think?

Emma x

X-Factor Winner Samantha Jade’s Apartment

Last Friday it finally aired! You may have seen on Instagram and Facebook, back in April I put the finishing touches on X-Factor Winner Samantha Jade’s apartment (after decorating it earlier in the year) for Better Homes & Gardens. It looked so great on TV, the chevron wallpaper from The Wallsticker Co was such a fun idea that fit with the pop star look and we were all so thrilled with the final result! Overall it’s a fun, modern but cosy hang out for the star to come home to and relax in.

Here are a few pics of the apartment…




Chevron Wallpaper by The Wallsticker Company

Art by Urban Road

Furniture by Zanui


Emma x

Look Workshops in Country Towns

Jumbled Workshop

So I have some exciting news…. I will be (hopefully) holding decorating workshops in country towns across the country. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for about a year now but have only recently found the right location to kick it off in.

First up is Jumbled in Orange NSW. Jumbled is (from what I see on Instagram) a gorgeous retail store full of all sorts of loveliness hand selected by talented owner Pip. Pip also runs a fab online store in conjunction with the retail store and I knew as soon as I saw the colourful online store that I’d get along really well with the whole team at Jumbled.

Lounge Room Mood Board jpeg

A selection of products available online at Jumbled.

The workshop runs for two hours where I’ll be discussing everything from the do’s and don’ts in decorating, the decorating formula to follow when styling your rooms, how to use colour in your rooms and much more. We’ll also be helping you to make our own mood boards for your home as a guide to follow when decorating. Tickets are $95 which includes bubbles, afternoon tea and a $50 voucher for you to use in store at Jumbled.

 The spaces are limited and very close to booking out so if you’re keen please book in as soon as you can!

Sat 10th August – 4-6pm – all materials provided.

And if you’re reading this wondering if I’ll visit your town please email me or comment below and let me know where you’re located and I’ll add it to my wishlist!

Emma x

#7 Vignettes on Instagram

The first week of every month sparks the beginning of #7vignettes by Jen at the Interiors Addict. It’s so much fun to scroll through and see how each person interprets the word of the day. Here’s a few of mine from earlier in the week. If you’re on Instagram I strongly suggest you play along too!

7 Vignettes - Interiors Addict - Nest Designs


Emma x

Post Pop Up Success Wrap Up

I’m a few days late with an update but the Pop Up Shop on Saturday was a huge success. I had so much fun it was ridiculous. If anyone out there has an empty shop that needs filling please let me know because I want my own shop!!

Here’s a few pictures of the day. Isn’t it a gorgeous space?!

Pop Up Shop - Paddington

I met so many lovely people who I’ve only ever spoken to online, thank you for making the trip in the rain to see me. It has been the wettest fortnight of the year here in Sydney and it was absolutely torrential on Saturday so I’d love to do another in the sunshine soon!

And the cushion covers you see in pics above will be available online very soon. I’m just getting the rest printed and sewn up then photographed and they’ll be online. If you’d like to order any in the meantime please shoot me an email.

I plan to do at least one more before the end of the year if not more and if the universe is listening, a few interstate too!


Emma x

Nest Designs Real Life Pop-Up Shop

So I tried my hand at an online store which was loads of fun and now I’m giving a real store a go.. Just for a day though. Don’t get too excited, I can’t spread myself THAT thin! I am partnering with Willow & Dune (event styling and floral arrangements) and Katie Perry Fashion. I will be selling everything in the online store – ring dishes, tea towels, prints, vintage milk bottles, and also launching a GORGEOUS range of cushions!!!!!!!!!

Paddington Pop Up Shop

Paddington Pop Up Shop

I would love love love to see you lovely people at the pop-up shop if you’re in Sydney and looking to purchase some cushions, floral arrangements or gorgeous fashion items!

Here’s the details:

Date: Saturday June 29th

Location: 34 William St, Paddington

Time: 9am-5-pm


Emma x

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Hi, I’m Emma

Stylist, decorator and author. That’s a lot of hats to wear, but I’ve been interior design obsessed pretty much my whole life so it’s no surprise to anyone that knows me that I’m this immersed in the design world.

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