International Institute of Home Staging (IIHS) offers the first and only online Australian home staging and property styling courses.. I’ve been privileged enough to take a peek at the course before it was offered online and I can confirm it’s an in-depth, easy to follow, exciting course for anyone interested in making a career move into property styling (home staging).
Property styling is one of my favourite services I offer, I’m all about the quick fix, it’s such a satisfying task to undertake. I can walk into a home and leave within 1-3 hours having totally rearranged the whole house and styled it in a way that will make it attractive to potential buyers. It’s truly amazing how much difference you can make from just switching the position of the sofas or adding some soft furnishings to the room to soft the look. If you want to learn the art of styling and staging to sell this is the course for you.
Founder, Naomi Findlay is an experienced professional home stager (), and she knows a thing or two about styling homes for sale! This course has been written by Naomi and draws on her years of experience in the home staging world, you will definitely learn from the best in the business!
You can register your interest in the course (and receive a free gift!).
It’s my birthday in less than a month and I’m thinking of purchasing myself this illuminated E from … The ultimate night light!
Today I’m excited to announce that I’m launching an online pop-up shop selling some of my favourite things, just in time for Christmas gift buying!
I’ve curated a little collection of stylish affordable treats for you to treat yourself or a loved one. I come across so many lovely things while sourcing for clients and I thought it would be great to share them with you.
Hopefully you’ll find the perfect thing to put the finishing touches to a room in your home.
have just launched the sweetest sounding Christmas candles! From Figgy Pudding (YUM!) to Christmas Tree, there’s gotta be one to please everyone. For the month of November there is free shipping on all candles!
I asked owners Ally & Toni to tell me a little more about Sniff and the correct candle burning etiquette (it’s not as easy as it sounds!)
1. When did you start Sniff Soy Candles and why?
Toni: Sniff Soy Candles started in January 2011 but making candles was always a love of mine and people kept asking me for them so I decided to see how they’d sell.
Ally: I’d just come back from a brief period of living in New York and was keen to start my own business, I thought teaming up with Toni was a recipe for success!
2. Describe a typical day at SSC HQ
Toni: Hectic! We come in and check emails for orders and our social media, polish and label from the candles made the previous day and have a quick pow wow to plan out the day. I design our labels and packaging so I’ll work on that while also researching new fragrance and essential oils we could use to create scents in the future. We pour candles in the afternoon which is very soothing and they set overnight in the perfect temperature.
Ally: I also spend some time delivering our candles to our local stockists, chatting to them about what works, which candles are selling the best and generally catching up. I’ll also visit new stockists, deliver candles to media and spend time putting together PR campaigns and marketing material.
3. How did you decide on the Christmas range?
Toni: I wanted to do lovely things that remind me of the festive season, but scents that will suit all tastes. The Candy Cane is fresh and uplifting, Festive Pomander is spicy and citrusy and reminds me of cold Christmases in England.
Ally: I absolutely love scents which evoke favourite foods and occasions. Figgy Pudding is rich and comforting and everybody needs the scent of a real Christmas Tree in their home.
4. What is your favourite Christmas scent?
Ally: Mine is Figgy Pudding, it reminds me of a lovely combination of all things Christmas – food, family and rum!
Toni: It depends on what mood I’m in but Candy Cane is great for giving us a lift in the morning and the Festive Pomander is wonderful and envelops the whole studio.
5. How do you get the most life out of a candle?
Toni: Keep an unlit candle next to your bed for a subtle scent which will waft gently through your room, I like Sunday Wash Line for my bedside.
Ally: Don’t burn your candle in drafty spot or in a room without people in it to enjoy it! For safety reasons too of course!
6. What’s the correct candle burning etiquette?
Ally: Trim the wick to 5mm before lighting and then let the wax pool melt until it reaches the edge of the candle, this will give you a great scent throw and also make the candle burn cleanly all the way through.
Toni: Don’t burn your candle for more than 4 hours in a row. Burn your candle when you’re home alone or with loved ones, based on the atmosphere you’d like to create.
Dalani had a little facelift last week and got a brand new name – The Home. To celebrate we threw a party on a rooftop in Surry Hills. Here’s a peek at the party! Marj Silva (Stylist & Buyer for The Home) and I had two busy days setting up for the party, organsing furniture, fireplaces, rugs, food, drinks etc. It was perfect weather and we all had a great night mingling with suppliers and our friends in the industry.
Left to Right – Jamie (), Me, Sally Rhys-Jones (), Me & Dean Kelly (Zanui)
Left to Right – Anna, Me, Lexi (The Home) & Sharon + Liana Lorenzato ().
Marj Silva, Ella Veillet & Shubanghi Chandra (The Home)
Furniture by Furniture Runway
What are your thoughts on open shelves in the kitchen? Dust collectors or an opportunity to show off your pretty dinnerware and glassware?
Last week was a busy week, this week is going to be even busier and bigger (if you’re on Instagram you’ll see live updates – @nestdesigns). Oh and I got an iPhone 5 so no more dodgy iPhone 3 photos!!! Here’s my week in pictures.
1. My Saturday night consisted of Moet, and good company – & – what more could you want?!
2. I finally met the delightful Kerrie from and she very kindly gave me a Belleville candle for me to enjoy.
3. Cheese Room in Mosman is TO.DIE.FOR.
4. Enjoyed a yummy lunch at in Sydney.
Glossy subway tiles, leaded glass cabinets and marble benchtops. Perfection.
This image makes me want to move to the country. So much texture yet very little colour. It works so well.
Ahhh.. One day I’ll have a room just for my shoes…..
A girl can dream right??!
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