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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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It still feels like the year has only just begun but Valentine’s Day is creeping up ever so quickly! Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one and if yes, what are you hoping for this year?

Emma x

How To: Refresh Your Sofa

New Cushions = Instant Facelift

New Cushions = Instant Facelift

Cushions above are available from

1. More is More – in my book, the less is more rule can never apply to cushions so pile them high!

2. Matchy Matchy No No – live a little and try mixing patterns. Keep one colour consistent in the patterns but mix it up with small scale prints and large bold patterns.

3. Texture is Everything – layer different textures for an instant luxurious feel. Linen with velvet is my favourite mix.

What’s your favourite brand of cushions?

Emma x

E-Look Project: Study

I haven’t shared any e-decorating mood boards in a while… Naughty me! Here’s one I finished a little while ago for a client in rural NSW who wanted to spruce up the study space she had carved out in her kitchen living area. I’m rather fond of it myself!

E-Look Mood Board

E-Look Mood Board

If you’d like help putting your home together, I can help no matter where you’d located in Australia. Email me to see how I can help.

Emma x

Armadillo & Co 2014 Range

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Armadillo & Co Designer Collection 2014

The new Designer Collection from rug supplier  has just been launched. The stunning range is available only through decorators and designers and features 51 colours to choose from in a variety of patterns so you can custom make a rug to suit your home. Such a brilliant idea!

Armadillo & Co Flatweave Wool Rug

Armadillo & Co Flatweave Wool Rug

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Armadillo & Co Kids Range 2014

If you could custom design your own rug what would you dream up?

If you’d like pricing information please email me for further details.

Emma x

 

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

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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