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How to: do a trip to the flower markets…

Sydney Flower Markets

Sydney Flower Markets

Last week I took two friends to the in Flemington. It was their first visit and quite a fun experience for them, it got me thinking though that you really do need to be prepared for an early morning visit to the flower markets and thought I’d share my top tips.

1. Arrive Early – the markets open at 5am and if you want the good stuff you need to be there as close to 5 as possible.

2. Parking Sucks – parking is pretty ridiculous and there are forklifts fanging around the carpark without looking where they are going. Stalk people back to their cars if you have to! (Yes, it’s like going shopping on Christmas Eve… I’ve warned you!)

3. Cash is King – If you pay cash you’re more likely to get a discount if bulk buying flowers and not all offer credit card facilities. Also it’s a $10 entry fee to get into the markets so make sure you have cash ready when you drive in the gates.

4. Storage Tubs – if you’re planning to buy more than a few bunches (if you’re getting up before dawn, you better make it worth your while) you’ll need something to carry the flowers in. The car park is a 3 story car park so you can’t duck back and forth to drop the flowers off. I take with me but a trolley would be handy.

5. Opening Times – the markets are only worth visiting Mon-Wed-Fri. Tuesday & Thursday they are open but you’ll get less than a quarter of the offering.

6. Have Fun – it’s all go-go-go once you walk in the gate but I always really enjoy wandering around, you’ll get pushed and shoved a bit as people walk down the aisles with trolleys and buckets of flowers but the array of amazing flowers you’ll find there that you don’t see in florists at your local shops makes the early start worth it. I highly recommend a trip to the flower markets!

Flower Market Goodies

Flower Market Goodies

Have you got any other tips to add? I would love to hear them!

Emma x

Nursery Workshops

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Image by Nina Claire Photography for Olliella. Styled by me.

Planning is well and truly underway to get the first Eco-Nursery Workshop up and running with Sonya from EcoLuxe.

We’re planning an afternoon of nursery styling, advice on selecting non-toxic items for the nursery and great discounts to help you set up your nursery. If you are interested in attending (Sydney only for now) or know anyone who you think would love to come along, please fill in the form via this link or pass on this link about the nursery workshops so they can be added to the notification list when we launch the first workshop.

I’m so excited to put this workshop together, nurseries are possibly my favourite room in the house to decorate – so fun and everything is so miniature!

Emma x

 

 

Christmas Table Styling

Happy New Year! That summer break totally flew past didn’t it?!

Christmas Table Styling

Christmas Table Styling

Here’s a look at my Christmas table styling, I tried to use all Australian native flowers like I mentioned in my Christmas Inspiration post (okay, there’s a few that aren’t) and mixed it with found objects. My Christmas table to do list was as follows:

1.  VASES: Spray painted a few old jam jars white and gold (works best because you don’t have to prime and one coat is usually enough). In some vases I used cinnamon scented tea lights and others I filled with flowers.

2. WREATHS: I snipped some Rosemary from the veggie patch and tied some string around the ends to make a pretty wreath

3. PLACE SETTINGS: I used pinecones that I’ve been collecting over the years as the place card holders, cut some brown paper into little flags, wrote each name on the paper and the pinecone held the paper in place. Volia!

4. FLOWER ARRANGING: I popped into my local florist on Christmas Eve and bought Celosia, Christmas Bush and Flowering Gum, then on Christmas Day arranged them all in the jam jars I’d spray painted the day before.

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Ta-Da! Christmas Table

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Gorgeous floral arrangement

It was all relatively easy  to set up and put together and it looked great for about 15 minutes before the food was served and the feeding frenzy began!

What did you end up doing for your Christmas table?

Emma x

Christmas Wishes

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Wherever you’re celebrating this year, I hope it’s fabulous!

I will be on holidays until Jan 8th, all enquiries will be responded to when I return.

Merry Christmas!

Emma x

Christmas Cheer

I’m planning on a very Australian Christmas table setting this year, all flowers on the table will be Australian natives in jam jars I’ve been collecting on a hessian table cloth. Here’s my Christmas inspiration…. What’s yours?

Christmas Decor Inspiration

Okay, okay, not everything there is an Australian Native but you get the picture 😉

Emma x

Birthday Celebrations

It’s my birthday this Sunday and if I had enough time I would have styled a beautiful lunch like below… Instead I’m giving myself the weekend off styling and enjoying it with good friends 🙂

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Emma x

Olliella Nursery Photoshoot

A few months back I had a call from the girls at who had been following me on Instagram, liked my styling and wondered if I would be able to help style their latest range of nursery furniture and baby decor. Here’s a look at the pro shots from the day, taken by – uber talented photographer and all round lovely lady.

There was too much cuteness in this photoshoot!

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If you’re looking to set up a nursery sign up to my decorating workshops notification list, I will be holding eco nursery styling workshops in Sydney early next year with where you’ll learn all about styling a nursery in an eco-friendly way that is safe for bub!

Emma x

Jules Sebastian’s Tea Party

Jules Sebastian, wife of Guy Sebastian is one busy lady! She has recently launched – it’s a similar concept to e-decorating in fact, but for fashion styling! If you’re in a fashion rut and looking for some inspiration for your wardrobe, Styled By Jules is a fantastic online styling fashion service where Jules will select a bunch of new outfits for you and put it together in a look book, much like my mood boards for your home! The best bit is you can sit in your PJ’s and shop the fashionista look without having to leave the house.

 Jules asked me to style the brunch launch last Friday and I have to say, it was possibly the sweetest brunch I have ever styled and Jules was beyond happy with the finished result so mission accomplished me thinks!

A big thanks to for letting us borrow the gorgeous little white ceramic pieces, they finished off the table display perfectly!

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Emma x

Sunrise & The Morning Show Get A Refresh

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The Morning Show Set

After – The Morning Show Set

Last week the delightful  asked if I would be interested in helping her style the sets for Sunrise and The Morning Show. Of course I jumped at the chance! We went to to select some fun accessories to brighten up the sets and then snuck in early on Sunday morning to arrange everything on the shelves and add some colour to the sofa. My personal favourite is the rug, I think it just finishes off the set perfectly! What do you think of the new look?

Emma x

Melbourne Cup Styling

A few months ago the Keystone Group approached me asking if I’d be able to help them style their 11 venues across Sydney for Melbourne Cup. Naturally I jumped at the chance! I collaborated with a stylist friend of mine Marj Silva of  because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it alone, lucky for me Marj is a whizz stylist and not afraid to roll up her sleeves and help out without being asked. We also had great help from 8 other stylist friends of ours, we definitely couldn’t have done it without them!!!

Here’s a few pictures from in Surry Hills where I set up last Tuesday.  Approximately 65 toy horses were sprayed and glittered for the event and they are my favourite props, do you agree??

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Emma x

Rural Look Workshop – ROMA

Another full on week of travelling, decorating and styling!! I flew to Roma, Queensland last Friday for four days of decorating, styling and mood board creating at a very well stocked homewares store . I also managed to squeeze in a drive around the country side too where I stalked some gorgeous homes like below. It’s so so so dry out in Roma and so many families are affected by the drought so I really hope the drought breaks soon and brings some much needed rain.

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Roma, Queensland – so much beauty

I thoroughly enjoyed my time away, most of my extended family are in rural towns in Queensland and my Dad grew up in country NSW so I always love visiting the country. I learnt a lot while I was away and I thought I’d share a few of the little things I noticed really separates the country from the city. Living on cattle stations in isolated parts of the country does bring up different styling challenges (hence why I started e-decorating)!

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1. BORE WATER vs. TOWN WATER – Some farms use bore water for everything but drinking. This can stain your laundry because it comes straight from the ground so white bed linen is a big no no if you’re property uses bore water.

2.  ROADS – Unsealed streets in regional Queensland means red dirt and dust is constantly coming in through window seals and door cracks. No neutral floor coverings!

3. QUICK TRIP TO THE SHOPS – Found a table you like online, order it, wait weeks for it to arrive instead of collecting it from your local store in the city.

4. GARDENING – No rain since Australia Day (yes, 10 months). No use trying to start an established garden!

5. KID’S BEDROOM STYLING – Another observation I’ve made during my travels to run my decorating workshops is the amount of children families have in the country is pretty much double those in the city. It was in fact most unusual to come across someone who only had two children. Most had 4 or more – that’s a lot of extra rooms to decorate 😉

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Busy bees making gorgeous mood boards!

I’ve run out of weekends and spare time this year so no more travelling for me (for workshops anyway) until next year. I’m hoping to visit many more locations next year so if you’d like me to visit your town please leave a comment below with the town you live in so I can research visiting!

Emma x

Byron Workshop Wrap Up

I’ve just realised it’s been almost two weeks since I blogged. Naughty me! I have a good reason though, I’ve been travelling and working on some big proposals and client jobs so please forgive me.

Last week I travelled to one of my favourite holiday destinations, Byron Bay to run two decorating workshops with . It was a fun few days away and I met loads of lovely people at the workshops, even had my first male attendee!

Here’s a little snap shot of the workshop.

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Tomorrow I’m flying to Roma to run three more workshops over the weekend. Then a mad dash from the airport to start installing 11 venues across Sydney for Melbourne Cup. It’s going to be another huge week but lots of fun!

What do you have planned for Melbourne Cup?

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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