Happy New Year! That summer break totally flew past didn’t it?!
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.
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?
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?
Okay, okay, not everything there is an Australian Native but you get the picture 😉
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!
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!
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?
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??
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.
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)!
City vs Country
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 😉
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!
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.
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?
Earlier this week I came home to a pretty surprise in my letterbox! Fiona from had dropped off a beautiful . Glasslands has teamed up with (my favourite candle brand!) and created these little spring gift packs ideal as centrepieces whilst entertaining this silly season! I think they make great Christmas presents don’t you?!
I’m so excited to be travelling up to Byron for the second time this year. This time it’s to run a decorating workshop with where we are going to discuss the general rules for decorating your home, how to turn all your Pinterest pins and magazine cut outs into a reality and then we’ll cut and paste like little kids to make your dream room! Lots of people have already booked in to finish designing and styling their new builds or renovations so I’m looking forward to seeing their plans and pictures.
Date: THURS 24th & FRIDAY 25th OCTOBER
Wine and cheese on Thursday evening or cake and coffee on Friday PLUS a $40 voucher to be used in-store on the day (voucher not redeemable for cash).
A little bit about the workshop…..
Come along and be inspired to turn your house into a home!
The workshop will run for two hours, where I will be sharing my top decorating tips and tricks, there will be plenty of question and answer time, mood board making and a fun outing chatting with friends and making new friends too. You will leave the workshop with a head full of ideas and a mood board to follow at home that will give you the confidence to decorate and style your home yourself.
Please feel free to bring along floor plans and photos of your home to ask me questions about at the workshop.
All materials will be provided but feel free to bring any inspirational material of your own.
To book your ticket please email Sherry at .
Please note there will be no refunds once the ticket has been purchased.
Hope to see you there!