I’m Emma, co-founder of The Decorating School, stylist, and author. That’s a lot of hats to wear but when interior design is a life-long obsession, nothing but total immersion will do!
I love to generate ideas with my clients; brainstorming and dreaming until we create a unique vision which can belong only in their home. I work closely with my clients in a casual and relaxed manner to really draw out what their desires are for their space.
lover of the beautiful and the fluffy
I believe life is beautiful, and strive to being in beauty wherever I can. That manifest as eating way too much chocolate, buying more stationery than I need, and hoarding candles, coffee table books, and crystals, and building flower arrangements for every surface.
I love donkeys, never pack lightly, am a total book worm, and am addicted to instagram.
While I was working in my first job, many of my friends were moving out of home or buying their first property and coming to me for advice about how to decorate their homes. Before I knew it, I’d created a website and figured if there was enough demand in a capital city, surely those in remote or rural areas of Australia (or even busy professionals in metro areas) would be in need of an interior decorating service too so I launched my e-decorating service. This has ‘virtually’ taken me across the country decorating all sorts of homes from sheep and cattle stations, inner city apartments, family homes in leafy suburbs and even a few retail stores and commercial offices. I also host workshops in small country towns up and down the East Coast, teaching homeowners the principles of decorating. I always leave feeling so buoyed and inspired by the positive vibes of those interactions and have made a number of wonderful friends from these workshops.
In March 2017 I published my first book HOME – a timeless classic suitable for any coffee table or bookshelf, which is based on the design workshops I run across Australia. It’s a rather pretty book, if I may say so myself.
Home: The Elements of Decorating
A timeless fully illustrated classic which aims to break down the decorating process, unleashing your own talents to produce a beautifully curated home.
In 2013 I met fellow interior nerd Sonya Pala of EcoLuxe while I was hosting a shopping tour of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Sonya sat next to me on the tour bus and we got naturally got chatting about our shared love of design and interiors, and the workshops I was hosting in rural towns. Many coffee meetings later we’d dreamed up an online school teaching homeowners the principles of decorating and how to realistically achieve a beautifully decorated home. We got to work and in September 2015, launched The Decorating School. You can read more about that over here.
When I’m not working, I love to hang out with my puppy dog Alfie, and my four donkeys: Alice, Hazel, Will and Toby. They even make it into magazine shoots! Check out my instagram for pics of my fluffy friends.
I love to share my design insights and am a regular contributor to publications such as Domain.com.au (trends and video series), Adore Magazine (home tours, columnist), The Daily Telegraph (trends), The Life Creative (trends, blog posts), Inspired By This (home tours, trends), TheHome.com.au (styling and trends) and many more.
I’d love to work with you
I aim to exceed expectations in all of my projects: from magazine shoots, home decorating, working with real estate agents, coaching, working over the internet with far flung clients. I listen, I innovate, and use my expertise to deliver a result which is distinct and a source of pride.
I’d love to work with you to bring your home to life and create a welcoming, authentic space which is uniquely yours.