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Minty Prints Giveaway

A little while ago I stumbled across this gorgeous little business called  and fell in love with their cute prints so thought I’d ask Amy & Casey more about how and why they started the business. The girls were kind enough to offer a free print to Nest blog readers. To enter the competition just leave a comment below stating which your favourite print is and like their . Winner will be drawn Friday 14th Dec.

 What inspired you to start Minty Prints?

Amy: Casey (my business partner) and I have worked together in the advertising/marketing field together for several years and we have very similar taste when it comes to the kinds of designs we love. Earlier this year we got talking one day about how much we would love to design our own range of graphic prints and how rare it is to find fun, fresh designs where we live in Warrnambool (south west Victoria)…one thing lead to another and the next thing we knew we were planning our first collection in time for Christmas.

What is your career background?
Amy: After a short stint at Uni doing a Maths and Statistics degree I soon realised by true passion was not for numbers but for graphic design! So I took the plunge (much to my parents dismay) and changed degrees. In 2008 I completed my BA, majoring in Graphic Design and Marketing. In the last year of my studies I undertook an internship at an advertising agency which lead to a full time position and my very first job as a graphic designer =D. I have never looked back.
Casey: I studied public relations and journalism at university and spent a year lecturing in public relations once I finished my degree. After doing some travelling I then spent 6 1/2 years in the public relations/marketing/advertising field with an agency as an Account Director before I had my little girl, Isabel in May 2011. I returned to the industry in May this year before starting Minty Prints with Amy in October.
How did you decide on the designs?
Amy: The first stage was deciding how many prints we wanted to start with and what kind of designs we wanted to create. The idea was that we wanted to come up with designs that were positive and would make people smile, but could also be displayed in several different areas of people’s homes or would make great gifts for many occasions. From there it was literally a process of the two of us sitting down and brainstorming various thoughts and pieces of inspiration we had collected over the years and then giving them each their own personality via a range of font types, colours, illustrations and design elements.

If you had to pick one which is your favourite design?
Amy: I think that’s a little bit like picking which is your favourite child (not that I have one), I like them all. But if i HAD to pick one, like if my life depended on it, I would have to say simply because I love the beach then Salt in the Air would come out on top. I did enjoy the process of illustrating the Round and Round the Garden one as well.

Casey: I’ve got two favourites! Everything Happens for a Reason is the thinking I try to follow in life, so to have that on display on my living room wall is a great way to be reminded every day…and Round and Round the Garden for sentimental reasons as it was the first nursery rhyme that my daughter learnt the little hand actions to.

Don’t forget to comment below with your favourite print! My fave has got to be “Focus on the good”…

Emma x

Melbourne Round Up

I’m back from a design filled weekend away in Melbourne. Last time I visited I was there for only 48 hours to visit the trade fairs and didn’t even get time to shop! This time I flew down on Friday afternoon and shopped, ate, drank and talked design all weekend long with fellow interior designer Marj Silva of Decor Project (website coming soon). It was loads of fun, I met Lucy from  at the . Lucy had done an awesome job, there was so much to look at and the house it was all set up in was absolutely awesome. Marj and I spent quite a while looking at everything in detail and had a great chat with Lucy’s mum who was helping out for the event, she was such a sweetheart!

We also visited Cool House and a market called the made entirely of shipping containers! Here’s a photo round up of the weekend…

 

I can’t wait to go back again soon.

Emma x

Gizoogle Yo Self

Someone told me today about , a parody Google website. I googled myself and fits of laughter ensued! Have a read , it’s hilarious!!

 

Emma x

The Design Files Open House

This weekend I’m heading down to Melbourne for  . Lucy has transformed a home in Windsor in Melbourne and pretty much everything you see in the home will be for sale. Hello perfect retail store!!! I will be posting pics on Instagram (@nest_designs), & . If anyone is coming along please let me know, would love to meet you!

Emma x

Australian Christmas Wreath

If I wasn’t going to be up the coast for Christmas I would be trying my hand at this wreath. Isn’t it just stunning?!!!! Quintessential Australian Christmas don’t you think?

image via Pinterest

Emma x

This or That?

Which would you prefer in your home?

Emma x

Bronte/Coogee Homewares Tour

Yesterday, Jen and I went to meet Melissa from The Design Hunter in Bronte. What a stunning store. Both Jen and I agreed we could just move straight in. It was so clear Melissa’s selections throughout the store meant a lot to her and everything had been carefully hand picked. I wanted to stay all day!

The Design Hunter

While we were in the area we decided to pop into in Coogee, neither of us had ever been before despite wanting to for a long time! It didn’t disappoint, it’s full of gorgeous goodies sourced from all over the place! So if you’re in the Bronte/Coogee area I recommend you stop by both of these stores.

Emma x

Style To Sell Tips

Last Friday my top 5 styling to sell tips were published in the (local Sydney newspaper). It was pouring with rain that day so it’s a rather soggy scan of the article!

 If you’re looking to sell and need some help getting your home up to scratch me here for help.

Emma x

Glasslands Terrariums

A little while back I blogged about …One Saturday I opened my letterbox and found this beauty waiting for me from Fiona at Glasslands. It’s obvious how much love has been poured into this little guy, there’s so many things hiding in the bowl, rocks, moss, dirt etc. all to keep the pretty plants happy. He makes for a nice desk accessory don’t you think!?

Emma x

MindFOOD article

A few weeks ago I was interviewed for a story in magazine about being made redundant and how I coped. A few years ago I was working for an interior designer and 9 months into the job was made redundant and how I started Nest Designs. I’ve included the text below because the article comes out quite small!

 

 

 

 

“I was working for an interior designer who had to make my job redundant after nine months. It was a week before Christmas, and I thought, ‘Oh, right. Now what?’ Trying to find a job over Christmas, then the January holidays, was pretty much impossible. It was really poor timing and scary.

However, I also felt relieved, because I’d reached the point in the job where I was starting to wonder what my career progression would be.

I still lived at home, so was lucky in that regard, and I decided I would travel. When I came back, I really wanted to start my own business.

Finding clients was the biggest challenge I had building my own business. I had no trouble setting up the website d3367525.i238.quadrahosting.com.au, and using social media … but then it was just a matter of waiting. I mainly stuck to online advertising, and using Twitter and Facebook, to get my name out there.

Social media has worked an absolute treat; it’s amazing. I don’t really pay for advertising anymore because I just use my social media networks. I can get clients simply by posting a photo on Instagram. Ten years ago this would not have been possible. I would have just had to have waited until I got a new job.

The important thing is to not lose hope, because there is always going to be something, even if it’s a job in a cafe down the road. I had friends who finished uni the same time as me and had taken jobs in retail just because there was nothing else on offer.

I did a short course in business planning, as it was important for me to use the time wisely after I was made redundant, and not just sit around moping. You just need to get out there and do something.”



Nest Designs Pop-Up Best Sellers

Well the pop-up shop has only been open a few days and already some of the goodies are sold out! (And I’m a bit annoyed I didn’t put some things aside for myself!). These are the top sellers so far – the ,   & .

Click to shop here

Emma x

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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