It’s been a giant year… I’ve been on 24 planes this year and I’ve still got two flights to go before the year is out. I’m Sagittarius so I’m meant to have a strong desire to travel and travel I did this year! I’m secretly hoping to fly a bit less next year, but it’s already looking unlikely with numerous decorating workshops lined up for early 2015. Sign up to the newsletter if you are interested in attending a workshop as I’ll be running them in various locations next year.
Other exciting things that have happened this year:
- Hosting workshops across the country – I’ve hosted more than 10 workshops this year!
- Launching an amazing designer rug collection with Urban Road in August – I’m still obsessed with all 9 designs.
- Designing the first Sydney Flagship store in Chatswood Chase with Marj from Decor Project.
- Been featured in a number of print and online publications, most recently a big feature in .
- Battled my serious phobia of public speaking and spoke five days in a row at about the importance of visual merchandising. Won’t be rushing back to torture myself though.
- Helping style a number of pages for celebrity interior designer Juliet Love’s book (to be released mid next year)
- Completing a whole host of private residential decorating jobs and adding some great new work to my portfolio
- Becoming a – once a month I’ll be writing content!
- Transforming Australia’s Ugliest Living Room with thehome.com.au into an amazing new living room! See the reveal .
- And on a more personal note, travelling to LA, Palm Springs & San Fran for an adventure of a lifetime with my besties.
Another year comes to a close but 2015 is shaping up to be even bigger, I’ve been working on three secret projects for the past few months and I haven’t been able to share anything just yet but in the New Year I will be able to reveal them one by one… One project has involved a bit of a facelift for the website and blog – I think you’ll really like it 🙂
I hope you all have a lovely, happy and safe Christmas and New Year wherever in the world you happen to be celebrating and I’ll be back in the New Year to share my exciting projects!
I’m back from my tripping about to rural NSW, we had so much fun making floral wreaths for Christmas. While I’m there I always spend some time with the local ladies needing a helping hand with the decorating process in their homes. I love chatting with them about their decorating dilemmas and helping them solve problems that they’ve had with their layouts or furniture for months (sometimes years!). I’ll be back again next year and hopefully I will be able to do some before and after reveals to show you how their properties have progressed.
Usually the workshops are strictly business and focus on interior decorating but this time we wanted to do something fun for Christmas and making wreaths ended up being really therapeutic!! Here’s a peek at one of the wreaths we made in the class.
If you’re tempted to try your hand at wreath making I promise it’s not difficult to do! All you need is an afternoon to play + dodder vine (available at your local florist) that you twist together to make the wreath and then some floral wire to wire all the flowers in place. Easy! (hint: Australian natives are easier to work with as they’ll last longer).
Santa’s coming to a town near you!!!!!
To celebrate the silly season (my favourite season of all) I’m hosting two Christmas styling workshops. One with the uber talented DIY queen Jade from and the other with my friends at Oaten’s in Casino.
Spots are limited with both workshops so that we can spend time teaching you how to make the floral and succulent wreaths and other DIY projects so if you’re interested please book in fast!
See all the details below.
BERRY, NSW – IL LOCALE – CHRISTMAS DIY DECORATING WORKSHOP WITH HAVVEN
Thursday 21st November
Come along and learn how to DIY a succulent Christmas wreath, a handmade rope bowl and hand printed tea towel with DIY Queen and creator Jade Rennie and meeee! Ticket information .
CASINO, NSW, 2470 – CHRISTMAS FLORAL STYLING WORKSHOP AT
Thursday 27th November – Friday 28th November 2014
A workshop packed full of fun activities with a Christmas twist. Come and learn how to style your table for Christmas lunch, how to put a gorgeous bunch of Christmas themed flowers together and more. For all the details .
Taubmans is one of my most used colour charts when I visit clients needing paint colour advice, and no, they didn’t pay me to say that. I find that their range of neutrals are the best on the market and their colour swatch book is pretty diverse compared to others. The other day I received their press release listing ambassador 10 Commandments of Colour and I found myself nodding along to all of them (not surprising considering how much I love Shaynna.) Here’s number one below and in my opinion, the single best piece of advice for those of you wanting to re-paint or select a new colour scheme but aren’t too sure where to start. You can see all 10 commandments on the Taubmans website.
Quite often when I visit new clients to discuss paint colours, they are too scared to take a risk with colour and end up choosing white everything – white walls, white skirting boards, white ceilings and white window trims – this is fine if you’re totally into that whole pristine white thing but you run the risk of looking a little too clinical – think dental surgery….! EKK! So Shaynna’s breaking the white wall mould and encouraging homeowners to take risks with colour.
Finally technology has caught up with some of the awesome things I’ve always wished for and Taubmans has created a ‘Paint Your Room’ tool where you can load an image of your room and it will virtually paint the walls (if only it would actually paint the walls…!!)
If you’d like more advice on colours for your home feel free to drop me an email to see how I can help you. I can help no matter where you’re located in Australia!
What’s the biggest struggle you face when trying to decide on paint colours?
I’ve been working with a good friend of mine to get her new apartment fully furnished. I helped her with her first apartment and after moving into a more modern apartment she realised half of her old furniture no longer worked with the new place. So off we went to the shops!
After spending two Saturday afternoons selecting a new sofa, dining table, dining chairs, rugs and armchairs the house came together really nicely, then it was just a matter of picking out some finishing touches like art and cushions. We’re both very pleased with the final outcome and I went back last week to take some professional shots for my portfolio. Here is a behind the scenes look at the shoot. A big shout out to my assistant for the day Chris Carroll from – a fabulous styling assistant!
My photographer Lisa from + is such a gem, she goes above and beyond and is also just an all round awesome human.
There is now loads of colour in the home thanks to some beautiful pieces from Urban Road artworks, cushions, linen, linen and accessories!
The pros shots will be up on the site shortly.
It’s been a while since updates but Apartment 12A and Apartment 15 have been finished off ready for the summer holiday rentals. Exciting! Here’s a look at the mood board schemes I put together for Apartment 15. Apartment 12A is a one bedder where as Apartment 15 is the penthouse so quite a bit bigger and definitely needed some wow factor. I think the bold art from has done that! The client loved the original Palm Beach apartment but wanted very much for these apartments to have their own identities too and I think together we’ve achieved that.
There’s an obvious coastal theme but with a heavy dose of neutral textures and tones to achieve a really relaxed and comfortable look.
Now to find the time to get back in and photograph them! They are fully booked on weekends until Autumn next year so finding time to get some professional photos done is going to be a challenge! You can book to stay at the apartments via .
I popped into Apartment 16 when I was there last and can report that it’s still just as fabulous as it was when I walked out last year. It’s so nice re-visiting projects and seeing them still looking great. You can see more of Apartment 16 in my portfolio.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted any event styling work but it’s officially spring time which means new life, new starts and summer is on it’s way so perfect timing to share a baby shower I styled in July.
It was for a very good friend of mine who is expecting a little boy. It’s quite handy to know what the gender is purely for styling reasons 😉
Here’s a little look at the Aztec themed baby shower in more detail.
A teepee table runner set the tone for the party table! This looks easier to do than it actually is. I made a potato stamp for the teepee shape and stamped them randomly down two metres of brown paper. It took forever and is quite fiddly but it looked so effective!
With the help from some friends I made tiny teepees from decorative paper, arrows from washi tape and balsa wood and we washi taped some cute $4 terracotta pots from Bunnings and planted some red and orange cacti.
Chevron cups with straws in a variety of colours. I added tiny tags that read “Oh Baby!”. So appropriate for sipping punch at an afternoon shower!
I had a friend cut some sweet teepees from blue perspex and I used brickies line from Bunnings in fluro orange to hang the bunting above the entry door.
Chevron napkins from the $2 shop topped the theme off nicely.
All in all it was a relatively inexpensive baby shower to pull together, it just required some time and patience – two things I don’t have a lot of 😉
If you’d like help styling a baby shower just drop me an email to see how I can help you.
After many months of secret squirrel meetings I can finally reveal some seriously beautiful rugs I’ve co-designed with . I thought I’d post up the professional shots taken last week on location in Casino in country NSW as well as a behind the scenes look at how a photoshoot like that comes together. *Hint* lots of organisation and lots of dedicated people – there’s no “I” in team!
Suzie the Director of Urban Road and I had a number of meetings to come up with the designs and colours for the rugs, and luckily we were headed in the same direction from day one. We wanted to create rugs in designs that haven’t been seen anywhere else before, for starters they are digital prints on rugs, not your regular flat weaves or polypropylene so they had to be special. We were inspired by Palm Springs and the California desert with many of the designs. (I’m actually heading to Palm Springs in just under a fortnight!!)
After a few changes here and there to colours and saturations we had our 9 rugs!! Last week we shot the catalogue and here’s some insight into just how big a production it is to shoot a few pictures for a catalogue.
We shot the rugs at the store as we had access to ‘pods’ that were perfect little studios, the only problem was switching up the backdrops so the very talented Maree (pictured above in blue) bought some large pieces of plywood and painted them in all sorts of complimentary paint colours. We then tacked them onto the walls and the wonders of Photoshop meant we didn’t have to paint the entire wall each time!
Each rug design required a whole new look, fortunately we had 4 pods to use as mini studio set ups so I got to work putting the sets together while the others were being photographed. It was a big shoot that required loads of organisation and dedication. We didn’t rest until the shots were absolutely perfect…I may have put my feet up at one stage 😉
The Taubmans colours we used were Steeple Grey, Sugared Peach, Still Tidewater & Elegant Evening (my favourite!).
All of the above photos resulted in these stunning collection of professional shots….
Aren’t they beautiful!? I STILL can’t decide on a favourite design, one minute I’m in love with the leopards, the next the pink spliced stripe!
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what is involved in a photoshoot of this size! These beautiful rugs will make their debut at Life In Style on Thursday this week. They are available in 200 x 300cm – the ideal size that will suit most room sizes and will retail for $749.
If you’d like to pre-order a rug please pop your name down on the so you’re first to be notified.
As a seasoned shopping tour guide (it’s about time I got that added to my business card!), I’m thrilled to share that I will be hosting another shopping tour in August but this time it’s in Los Angeles! Yep, pretty exciting stuff! We’ll be touring around LA’s best homewares stores in Brentwood, Santa Monica and Venice on a private bus just for us. Some of the shops we’ll be visiting include: , and of course . Some shops are even offering exclusive discounts! You’ll receive a goodie bag at the end of the day too filled with lovely things and we’ll stop halfway through the day for lunch and a drink. If you are interested in joining us please for more details. It’s a great way to get to know the LA shops if you are in town visiting or if you’re an LA local why not join us for a day of convenient shopping (no fighting for a car park!).
WHEN: Friday 22 August, 10am-5pm.
WHERE: Brentwood, Santa Monica and Venice, LA
STANDARD TICKET: $125 for standard ticket
(includes goodies bag, lunch + charter bus)
VIP TICKET: $180 for VIP ticket – only 6 available!
(includes Adore book, goodies bag, lunch + charter bus)
CONTACT: To book in email [email protected]
Places are strictly limited so get in quick.
I come across a lot of beautiful things each week in my job as a Buyer for not to mention all the things I find when I’m sourcing for clients for Nest. Here are three brands I wanted to share with you for either having generally awesome people behind the brand (, hi Sarah!) or for doing something outside the box with a standard product ()…You’ll see why below!
One of the categories I look after for The Home is candles which is pretty convenient considering I am more than obsessed with candles. Just last week a new candle brand called started following me on Instagram. They are using the most gorgeous candle glasses and have the most fascinating sounding scents such as Leather & Frankincense, Coffee & Coco Bean and Coconut & Buttered Rum. Oh and isn’t the branding just too cute!?
I’ve long been a fan of the vintage marquee letter lights from for ages and they’ve just launched a petites range of symbols (and petite letters launching soon!). They ship Australia wide and to NZ and did I mention they are only $149. They come in sweet little shapes like hearts, stars, clouds and a lighting bolt – Harry Potter would have loved one! There’s even an E!!!!
And lastly, boutique wallpaper brand who hand paint and hand draw their designs have release a new range of wallpapers. I’m seriously considering buying some wallpaper and framing it, it’s like art for your entire wall!!
What have you discovered lately that you’re obsessing over?
If you’re in the middle of decorating a nursery this sale will be of great interest to you! Boutique kids furniture brand, is having an EOFY sale with 20% off selected items such as cots, side tables and big kid beds too. Run, don’t walk because the sale ends this Sunday 29th June.
Fun stationery brand has just launched a new homewares category called . I asked Jessica, Typos Head of Trends (what a cool title!) to tell me a little bit more about the reason for the new category and where they find their inspiration……
1. What prompted the need to start a homewares branch of Typo?
Our loyal customers have been asking us for years and the timing was right to bring our soul & personality into a homewares range that is accessible and affordable to all.
2. Where did you find inspiration for all these beautiful pieces?
For this range we were inspired by craft techniques of yesteryear and how we could re-imagine them for today’s market place. A marriage of concept ideas and technique from the past with colours, patterns and textures to suit today’s home. Our brand is all about personality and soul. It’s important that what we bring out have honest, authentic sensibilities, that it feels special. We have tried to implement that thinking in our products. We also follow the market trends, young up and coming designers, catwalk and trade fair info and then amalgamate this into our view of the world to suit our customer’s homes.
3. What is involved in organising and styling a shoot for the promotional pics?
The shoot was a lot of fun and involved plenty of painting (everything from blue walls to white bananas!), Sourcing great props, having an amazing relationship with our photographer, and of course – LOTS of Hall product!
4. What’s your favourite part of your job?
The design process – being inspired, working out the shapes, designing the product, working with the suppliers on actualising the vision, and then holding the end product in front of the team and hearing them go ooooooohhhhh aaaaaahhhhh!
5. If you could travel to one destination to get inspiration for your next range where would you go?
India, I have never been but their craftsmanship in textiles and metals are amazing. They are also not afraid to use bright colours so I am sure if could find lots of great ideas there.