To all the aspiring decorators and stylists out there, I’m going to let you in on a little secret….. Photographing your work is the key to marketing yourself and your business properly. It’s something I know I need to make time for in my business even though it’s a job I don’t get paid for as it’s purely for my own portfolio.
I’ll often almost finish a project with a client but perhaps their budget won’t allow for us to finish it all at once or they pack up and sell the home before it’s truly complete so photographing every single project I do is pretty impossible. But when a project is completed I always ensure I make time to take photos of it so I can show it off to potential clients to show the variety of styles I’m capable of, get the work featured in a magazine or blog and post it up on social media to share with my followers a peek into all the hard work I’ve put in to design the space.
One job I photographed a few months ago got it’s debut on one of my favourite blogs, Inspired By This in the US. I’m a tiny bit obsessed with US design blogs and websites so when the lovely ladies at IBT approached me asking if I had any projects that hadn’t been seen yet I knew this apartment in Mosman would be right up their alley.
So I guess you can say, making time to photograph that job definitely paid off!
Follow the link to check out the entire project.
Towards the end of last year I had a call from Elicia Murray, journalist for domain.com.au who wanted to know all about e-decorating and how the whole process works. Considering I am designing e-decorating mood boards for clients day in day out, I know the e-decorating world back to front and forget that some people don’t really know what e-decorating means.
Elicia interviewed me and one of my e-decorating clients Colleen. Colleen came to me with her floor plans for a brand new home she was building in Melbourne. She was stumped on the furniture placement and what to buy in advance for her house so that once the builders were finished she’d be able to move right on in with her family. I put together a plan for her and as soon as the builders were finished she was able to move in with very little hassle. It’s always a bit trickier for me to design a house without seeing any photos of what it might look like but once we’d made final furniture decisions and Colleen was able to get access to the house to wander through and imagine the pieces in place and also take measurements so we could ensure the items would fit nicely.
To read more about how I work remotely with clients to help bring their home to life and to hear about Colleen’s experience with eDecorating jump over to Domain.
As a buyer for TheHome.com.au my job is to source art for the online store and pick out new trends. Then, as a decorator I’m always looking at art for clients. I’m not sure that one full working day passes by without me looking at artworks.
Most of my clients aren’t after high end gallery artworks, they just want something that will brighten up their walls, fit within their budget and last at least 5-10 years. I have my go-to art suppliers (some are wholesalers, others are emerging artists and others are online retailers) so I select from a pretty broad supplier and price range. I thought I’d do a quick round up of some of the trends I keep seeing as I do my client sourcing….
There’s something magical about a hand drawn piece of art. UK artist Erin Petson is one super talented lady, if you’re into the sketchy art look take a look at her collection, I bet you’ll find one you’re drawn to. She also does seriously cute pet portraits too.
I love a dark and moody piece that dominates on an otherwise plain wall. I think that’s why I fell in love with Shaynna Blaze’s collection for Urban Road instantly. Shaynna’s collection is a mix of colour and fun interspersed with deep moody colour palettes. I find these pieces the most versatile as the colour palette tends to go with a broad range of furniture and decor than other art mediums.
I have a bit of a girl crush on Kara Rosenlund, I would swap my life for hers in a heart beat, she travels Australia taking the most exquisite photos of landscapes and just generally pretty things. How beautiful are her photographic prints?! If anyone is taking notes for Christmas yet, this one is high on my wish list.
Colour Colour Colour
I flit between loving colour and vibrance to wanting no colour at all and only using natural texture to tell a story in a client’s home. One artist who does COLOUR so well is, Prudence Caroline, I’ve followed her work for a while and she has an incredible knack for splashing colour around effortlessly. How fab would that piece look hanging in an entrance way greeting your guests?!
What are you loving in the art world right now?
So many of my clients come to me after weeks (or months) of hunting for furniture, trying various paint samples on the walls yet never making a decision or they’ve just given up entirely because it all got too hard.
This is EXACTLY why Sonya and I created The Decorating School, to inspire and empower homeowners (and renters) to confidently tackle their decorating projects and learn the fundamental decorating principles we use daily in our design projects. With a little planning and thought out purchases you can enjoy the process and love coming home to your magazine worthy house.
If this sounds like something you’d like to learn more about jump on over to www.thedecoratingschool.com or shoot me an email email@example.com
Early bird pricing of AUD $347 will be until midnight Saturday, after that the course returns to full price at $397. Course is fully refundable if you sign up and find it’s not for you. We also hold weekly Q&A sessions on Facebook where you’ll be able to share your progress or ask Sonya and I any burning decorating questions relating to your home (free advice!)
Course starts Feb 14th, pop it on your Valentine’s Day wishlist!
Confession time….. I seriously hate painting walls with a passion. To me it’s quite possibly the most tedious task you could ever ask me to do. This probably has a lot to do with my levels of patience but painting is just not a task for me. Taubman’s recently sent me a pretty cool kit that could persuade me to pull out the paint brushes this Easter Long Weekend though..
Did you know that the top 3 reasons people don’t paint their rooms are:
1. Lack of Time
2. Not knowing where to start
3. Wanting to do something more fun (umm yes, guilty over here)
The most interesting thing I found from Taubman’s paint survey is that 77% of respondents are keen to change the way their home looks. And 65% of people would be motivated to finally get started on their painting projects if they could also convince their mates to lend a hand. I definitely agree here, if I had some buddies to rope in I’d probably be more likely to get started on painting.
So Taubman’s has made it their mission to make this Easter your “paint party long weekend”, enlist the help of some friends and invite them over to make a party out of your re-painting project. Sounds like a much better way to get the job done to me!
Do you have a paint project you’ve been putting off? I’d love to hear your excuses about why you haven’t started yet (it might make me feel better about my bedroom that needs repainting!)
I’m heading back up to Oaten’s Casino NSW April 16-18th to run some more super fun decorating workshops, teaching homeowners all about the principles of decorating, how to get started on the re-decorating process and how to pull it all together without losing your mind in the process.
This time I’ll also be spending more time one-on-one with clients wanting more detailed advice about their renovation or re-decorating plans.
For all ticket and workshop information email firstname.lastname@example.org or head to the website to book online.
Hope to see you there!
I had the pleasure of working with photographer Jacqui Turk a few weeks back to shoot a series of nursery set ups for Incy Interiors and their brand new cot and change table range “teeny“. Jacqui took some sneaky snaps while I wasn’t watching so I thought I’d share what things look like before you get the final shot. Hint: a lot of lifting, crafting and re-arranging!
This was quite possibly one of my favourite shoots because everything was just so darn cute! And also the Incy team are so awesome to work with (they had no hesitation jumping in and painting walls either!).
Follow the link to the Incy website to see the gorgeous little girl’s nursery. The mini clouds I made are just too cute!
The end of last year has all blurred into one giant panic to get to the finish line and complete as many client mood boards as possible so that my clients could have their brand new rooms finished in time for Christmas and the season of entertaining. Here’s a little look at a few mood boards I finished off before the silly season began!
If you’d like some help re-decorating your home check out the services page to see which service works best for your needs!
A couple of months ago thehome.com.au held a competition to find Australia’s Ugliest Living Room… After sifting through hundreds of submissions we found the ugliest… The home belonged to a couple who have been struggling to pay off their mortgage for the last 17 years and were so ashamed of how their living room looked they stopped inviting friends over years ago. Their very kind son nominated them and prayed that his parents would win. I can honestly say they were the most deserving winners. It’s not necessarily a title you would want to be the proud owners of but if you check out the pictures below I think you’ll agree that it’s worth it!
When I went for the site visit I chose the wall colour with the rest of thehome.com.au team and then Haymes Paints got to work painting the entire room and ceiling – just seeing it with the furniture removed and a fresh coat of paint was amazing!
I selected a fresh contemporary look for the furniture from thehome.com.au. The previous pieces were chunky and way too big for the space (not to mention very dated and well worn). The TV was also not in an ideal position so I flipped it over to another wall that then allowed for much easier traffic flow through the room. I can’t decide what my favourite thing in the room is but I do love that we were able to display as many pictures of the family as possible on the floating shelf as family was clearly very important to the winners.
Images by Dara Tippapart via Adore Magazine.
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 Incy Interiors 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 Adore Magazine.
- Battled my serious phobia of public speaking and spoke five days in a row at Reed Gift Fair 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 Houzz Contributor – 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 here.
- 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 Havven 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 Havven creator Jade Rennie and meeee! Ticket information here.
CASINO, NSW, 2470 – CHRISTMAS FLORAL STYLING WORKSHOP AT OATEN’S
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 contact Maree at Oaten’s.