Taubmans is one of my most used colour charts when I visit clients needing paint colour advice, and no, they didn’t pay me to say that. I find that their range of neutrals are the best on the market and their colour swatch book is pretty diverse compared to others. The other day I received their press release listing Taubmans ambassador Shaynna Blaze’s 10 Commandments of Colour and I found myself nodding along to all of them (not surprising considering how much I love Shaynna.) Here’s number one below and in my opinion, the single best piece of advice for those of you wanting to re-paint or select a new colour scheme but aren’t too sure where to start. You can see all 10 commandments on the Taubmans website.
Quite often when I visit new clients to discuss paint colours, they are too scared to take a risk with colour and end up choosing white everything – white walls, white skirting boards, white ceilings and white window trims – this is fine if you’re totally into that whole pristine white thing but you run the risk of looking a little too clinical – think dental surgery….! EKK! So Shaynna’s breaking the white wall mould and encouraging homeowners to take risks with colour.
Finally technology has caught up with some of the awesome things I’ve always wished for and Taubmans has created a ‘Paint Your Room’ tool where you can load an image of your room and it will virtually paint the walls (if only it would actually paint the walls…!!)
If you’d like more advice on colours for your home feel free to drop me an email to see how I can help you. I can help no matter where you’re located in Australia!
What’s the biggest struggle you face when trying to decide on paint colours?
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I’ve been working with a good friend of mine to get her new apartment fully furnished. I helped her with her first apartment and after moving into a more modern apartment she realised half of her old furniture no longer worked with the new place. So off we went to the shops!
After spending two Saturday afternoons selecting a new sofa, dining table, dining chairs, rugs and armchairs the house came together really nicely, then it was just a matter of picking out some finishing touches like art and cushions. We’re both very pleased with the final outcome and I went back last week to take some professional shots for my portfolio. Here is a behind the scenes look at the shoot. A big shout out to my assistant for the day Chris Carroll from The Life Creative – a fabulous styling assistant!
The pros shots will be up on the site shortly.
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It’s been a while since updates but Apartment 12A and Apartment 15 have been finished off ready for the summer holiday rentals. Exciting! Here’s a look at the mood board schemes I put together for Apartment 15. Apartment 12A is a one bedder where as Apartment 15 is the penthouse so quite a bit bigger and definitely needed some wow factor. I think the bold art from Urban Road has done that! The client loved the original Palm Beach apartment but wanted very much for these apartments to have their own identities too and I think together we’ve achieved that.
There’s an obvious coastal theme but with a heavy dose of neutral textures and tones to achieve a really relaxed and comfortable look.
Now to find the time to get back in and photograph them! They are fully booked on weekends until Autumn next year so finding time to get some professional photos done is going to be a challenge! You can book to stay at the apartments via Beach Stays.
I popped into Apartment 16 when I was there last and can report that it’s still just as fabulous as it was when I walked out last year. It’s so nice re-visiting projects and seeing them still looking great. You can see more of Apartment 16 in my portfolio.
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted any event styling work but it’s officially spring time which means new life, new starts and summer is on it’s way so perfect timing to share a baby shower I styled in July.
It was for a very good friend of mine who is expecting a little boy. It’s quite handy to know what the gender is purely for styling reasons
Here’s a little look at the Aztec themed baby shower in more detail.
A teepee table runner set the tone for the party table! This looks easier to do than it actually is. I made a potato stamp for the teepee shape and stamped them randomly down two metres of brown paper. It took forever and is quite fiddly but it looked so effective!
With the help from some friends I made tiny teepees from decorative paper, arrows from washi tape and balsa wood and we washi taped some cute $4 terracotta pots from Bunnings and planted some red and orange cacti.
Chevron cups with straws in a variety of colours. I added tiny tags that read “Oh Baby!”. So appropriate for sipping punch at an afternoon shower!
I had a friend cut some sweet teepees from blue perspex and I used brickies line from Bunnings in fluro orange to hang the bunting above the entry door.
Chevron napkins from the $2 shop topped the theme off nicely.
All in all it was a relatively inexpensive baby shower to pull together, it just required some time and patience – two things I don’t have a lot of
If you’d like help styling a baby shower just drop me an email to see how I can help you.
After many months of secret squirrel meetings I can finally reveal some seriously beautiful rugs I’ve co-designed with Urban Road. I thought I’d post up the professional shots taken last week on location in Casino in country NSW as well as a behind the scenes look at how a photoshoot like that comes together. *Hint* lots of organisation and lots of dedicated people – there’s no “I” in team!
Suzie the Director of Urban Road and I had a number of meetings to come up with the designs and colours for the rugs, and luckily we were headed in the same direction from day one. We wanted to create rugs in designs that haven’t been seen anywhere else before, for starters they are digital prints on rugs, not your regular flat weaves or polypropylene so they had to be special. We were inspired by Palm Springs and the California desert with many of the designs. (I’m actually heading to Palm Springs in just under a fortnight!!)
After a few changes here and there to colours and saturations we had our 9 rugs!! Last week we shot the catalogue and here’s some insight into just how big a production it is to shoot a few pictures for a catalogue.
We shot the rugs at the Oaten’s Casino store as we had access to ‘pods’ that were perfect little studios, the only problem was switching up the backdrops so the very talented Maree (pictured above in blue) bought some large pieces of plywood and painted them in all sorts of complimentary Taubmans paint colours. We then tacked them onto the walls and the wonders of Photoshop meant we didn’t have to paint the entire wall each time!
Each rug design required a whole new look, fortunately we had 4 pods to use as mini studio set ups so I got to work putting the sets together while the others were being photographed. It was a big shoot that required loads of organisation and dedication. We didn’t rest until the shots were absolutely perfect…I may have put my feet up at one stage
The Taubmans colours we used were Steeple Grey, Sugared Peach, Still Tidewater & Elegant Evening (my favourite!).
All of the above photos resulted in these stunning collection of professional shots….
Aren’t they beautiful!? I STILL can’t decide on a favourite design, one minute I’m in love with the leopards, the next the pink spliced stripe!
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what is involved in a photoshoot of this size! These beautiful rugs will make their debut at Life In Style on Thursday this week. They are available in 200 x 300cm – the ideal size that will suit most room sizes and will retail for $749.
If you’d like to pre-order a rug please pop your name down on the Urban Road website so you’re first to be notified.