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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)!

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 😉

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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

Glasslands teams up with Voyager Candles

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?!

Spring Event Pack

Spring Event Pack

Byron Workshop – 2 Weeks To Go

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.

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Workshop Outline:

Date: THURS 24th & FRIDAY 25th OCTOBER 

Time: Thursday 6pm-8pm. Friday 10am-12pm
Place: – 109 Johnson St. Byron Bay
Cost: $99 includes a $40 in-store voucher to use on the day.

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 [email protected].

Please note there will be no refunds once the ticket has been purchased.

Hope to see you there!

Emma x

Bargain Designer Cushions

One of my lovely clients had this gorgeous navy sofa custom made for her a little while ago. She purchased some beautiful cushions to match but has decided they don’t work with the rest of the room and is switching them out for something else. They’ve hardly been used and are excellent quality so if anyone would like to purchase these cushions for a bargain price see pricing info below and shoot me an email if you’d like them… I’m a little tempted!!! There are multiples of each cushion available too.

5 cushions on lounge

Pink Stripe Cushions – $70 (RRP $125)

Floral Designers Guild Cushion – $90 (RRP $185)

Yellow Stripe Cushion – $40 (RRP $75)

Navy Cushion – $40 (RRP $105)

OR the lot for $450 – B.A.R.G.A.I.N.

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Emma x

Palm Beach Project Quick Wrap Up

Thursday night was the big reveal of the & Nest Designs Palm Beach Project. Here are a few pictures of the finished apartment. Much better, more professional photos to come this week on Jen’s blog along with product information and a proper wrap up.  I just couldn’t wait to share! If you have any questions about where to buy any of the pieces please leave a comment below or email me. The apartment is now officially ready to take bookings so if you’d like to stay at the Palm Beach apartment you can book via .

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Lounge Room

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Kitchen

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Jen & I ready to welcome our guests!

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Second Bedroom

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Balcony Corner Styling

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Study Nook. Desk didn’t arrive in time…..

 

What do you think?!

Emma x

Palm Beach Project Update

It’s only a week away from being revealed! All the major furniture pieces are in place (besides the West Elm coffee table because it’s apparently disappeared into thin air…Not happy…) And all that’s left are last minute touch ups and placing all the pretty decor pieces around the apartment next week.

This apartment fit out has not been smooth sailing. There’s been drama after drama and we had from the 1st of August until the 26th of September to get it all finished and I’m proud to say we were able to stick to our deadline!

Here’s a little peek at the progress so far.

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Lounge Room – Before

Master Bedroom - Before

Master Bedroom – Before

Second Bedroom

Second Bedroom In Progress

Kitchen Progress

Kitchen In Progress

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom In Progress

Sofa In Place

Sofa In Place!

 

For more information about the project have a read of about what to consider when furnishing and decorating a holiday rental, it’s very different to furnishing an average residential property so if you’ve bought an investment property, before starting work give me a call to see if I can help.

Emma x

Look Workshops

Workshops - 2013

In case you missed the updates on and , I am hosting three more workshops before the end of the year – and more if I can physically fit them in!!! This year is fast running out of weeks.

Here are the important dates….

  • Thursday 24th OR Friday 25th October –  – Byron Bay, NSW
  • Saturday 2nd Nov OR Sunday 3rd Nov – – Roma, QLD
  • Saturday 30th Nov OR Sunday 1st Dec – – South Yarra, VIC

Here’s a little bit about what goes on at the workshops….

Come along and be inspired to turn your house into a home with me. In the two hour workshop you will learn how to turn all of your Pinterest pins, magazine cut outs and ideas flying around in your head into a succinct mood board to stick to as you decorate your home in your own time. 

In the workshops I’ll be sharing my top decorating tips and tricks and there will be plenty of question and answer time, mood board making and a fun afternoon 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. Feel free to bring along house plans and photos to ask me specific questions about your home. 

To book your ticket please email me for purchase information. Spaces are very limited and some sessions have sold out already so please be quick if you want to come along!

 

Emma x

Little Quarters Illustration & Giveaway

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Earlier this week I was introduced to this sweet online store called  after owner Sarah emailed me when she found out we both had a common love of skulls. Working in the online space I love finding new sites and exploring them and when I find one that is beautifully designed I always want to share it with others. This one was no exception.

Little Quarters

Sarah as passionate collector is a graphics designer with a background in fashion design, she’s worked with some big names in fashion but decided it was time to do something for herself and started Little Quarters. Travel is a huge influence on Sarah’s drawings and the recent passing of her sister encouraged her to follow her dreams and start the business. Here’s a little insight into Little Quarters and Sarah’s inspiration… Sarah is kindly offering one unframed print to a Nest blog reader so please comment below with the print you would most like in your house and why to enter the competition. Winner will be announced Friday 13th Sept.

1. Where did the illustration idea stem from?

“They say what you do when you’re procrastinating is what you should do as a career”. I have been so fortunate to figure this out for myself, although still working on achieving it as a career in Little Quarters. After uprooting and moving from Geelong, Victoria at the beginning of 2012, to Sydney, I fell naturally into concentrating on my own work and in particular my Illustrations, doing what I love most.

Having spent 18 amazing months in Sydney, surrounding myself with as much art as physically possible, I have now returned to Victoria to be with family due to the recent passing of my beautiful sister who lost her fight with leukemia. This sad time has concreted within me that life really is precious, and we should all spend our time doing exactly what we love and doing what makes us truly happy! 

2. You have a repeating skull theme happening, was that intentional?

 My current SKULL+BONES series was sparked by a trip to Mexico, and experiencing the Mexican celebrations of  (The Day of The Dead). The celebrations really opened my eyes to how we view skulls. I was fascinated by the amount of decorations made for this celebration and so it got me thinking about skulls as a graphic and symbol.
 
From the time you look at one of my skull illustrations, you don’t know if I have drawn a boy or a girl, a black man or a white women, someone who is gay, straight or whether they suffer from an illness, have a disability, have any scars, whether they are beautiful, ugly, rich or poor… You know nothing! Other than in its simplest form the skull is familiar. The simplistic connection we have and the beauty of knowing that it’s another human being, stripped back, with no judgment… And that’s beautiful. 

3. Are you self-taught or did you study?

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always drawn. I was always found happy with a pencil in my hand, and a colouring book under my arm. I studied graphic design at the Gordon TAFE, in Geelong, Victoria. However I have never studied traditional illustration so I am self-taught in that aspect. I’m finding my design and fashion background falls hand in hand with my illustration work. I’m really enjoying the journey of discovering new techniques within my illustrations as I progress.

 5. What is one thing you’d love to draw but never quite nailed?

Ahhh… tree’s, really realistic looking tree’s, and masculine men. Most of my men look a bit girly! With objects I’m not too familiar with, I try to research the objects I want to put into the artwork and study them and to see how I can best create the illustration. I try to create a realistic feel to my work, although still trying to master this. I am actually in the process of quoting a commission piece, of which my client is after a tree of life. I’m hoping the job goes ahead as I’m really looking forward to the challenge.

6. Any advice to other illustrators out there looking to create their own range like yours?

 Take that leap of faith and go for it. There are so many tools out there to help with starting up a small business.

It is hard work, and you do need to be dedicated, and have a real passion for it, but its so rewarding! It’s really exciting to see your work being enjoyed by others. It sounds cliché but life really is too short to not be doing what you love. I get to draw every day, and I love that! Whatever you find yourself drawn to, just have some fun with it! What have you got to loose?

 It also helps if you have an incredible partner who will make you late night cups of tea, when your working away on a piece and lends a hand with packaging illustrations for posting out to customers for you. My partner really is my backbone, he keeps me going, and we have heaps of fun at the same time.
Illustrations are only just the start for this talented illustrator so keep your eyes peeled! Follow Sarah on or .

Emma x

Trade Fair Insight

Equator Homewares Stand

Equator Homewares Stand

Each year there are several trade fairs held across the country. I usually attend all of the Sydney ones and the August Melbourne fairs. I flew down to Melbourne this year for the fairs to see what all of my suppliers have on offer for the second half of the year. It’s always a big few days but I really enjoy catching up with my suppliers and seeing the new ranges – lots of ooh’s and ahh’s! , a supplier of really lovely Hamptons style sofas, solid timber furniture and outdoor furniture interviewed me about my experience at the latest fairs and you can read about it . The blog post goes into detail about exactly how much effort is put into a trade fair stand together and boy it’s not easy!

The Palm Beach Project

It’s time to reveal an exciting new project I’ve been working on. If you’re a follower of or my page you’ll know that we’ve teamed up to style and decorate a holiday rental apartment in Palm Beach. You can read all about it on Jen’s blog and follow the progress of the project on both of our blogs. So far we’re at the planning and product ordering stage. The sofa will be ready in two weeks and there’s a truck load of furniture leaving Melbourne in a fortnight. I cannot wait to share more!

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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