It’s a wrap! My trip to Oaten’s Workshop in Casino NSW was a whirlwind trip but boy did I pack a lot in! It was a half day of decorating 101 tips and tricks followed by high tea and mood board making. We all had a wonderful time, I was lucky enough to meet some fabulous ladies looking for new inspiration for their homes or some advice for their new builds. I can’t wait to come back in September for a Spring Time Decorating Blitz, I will have just returned from a fortnight in LA, San Fran and Palm Springs so I’ll be full of ideas and inspiration.
If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in a Nest Workshop, I begin by outlining my styling rules and decorating tips, then move on to how to actually get started properly on the decoration of your house. It’s easy to move in, do a bit here and there and then before you know it you’ve been in the house two years and you still have moving boxes lining the hallway. I show you how to kick your own butt into gear and get your rooms finished off properly. It’s always a load of fun and great girls day out with your friends, or meeting new ones as often happens!
I will be posting more information about the September workshop for Casino closer to the date. There are also a few other workshops in the pipeline so keep an eye on the workshop page on my website for all the details.
ps. if you are a retailer in a country town and wanting to offer a fun day for your customers please shoot me an email to discuss how we can work together.Read More
If you’ve been following the blog for a little while, you will know that I teamed up with Interiors Addict last year to fit out and style “Apartment 16″ a beautiful two bedroom holiday apartment in iconic Palm Beach, an hour and a half from Sydney’s CBD. The apartment has enjoyed back to back bookings since it’s refurbishment and now I’ve been asked back to fit out a few others in the building.
Apartment 12A, along with another one or two apartments in the block will be undergoing a little facelift in the coming weeks, new paint, new flooring and possibly even re-working the doors to the balcony to make space for an outdoor lounge.
It’s important that the apartments share some common elements so there will be some pieces repeated in Apartment 12A where possible. It’s also vital that the pieces are durable, stain resistant and hardwearing. Serviced apartments need to work twice as hard as a residential home so we can’t have precious decorative pieces in the apartment as they’ll be ruined in no time. The client and I are also really cautious of appearing too “beachy” with the decor, a relaxed Hamptons feel is the look we are aiming for, something calming to come home to after a day at the beach.
Here’s a collage of pictures of how Apartment 12A looks at the moment. It’s going to take some loving to make it look just as fabulous as Apartment 16!
Ps. if you’d like a little holiday to Palm Beach, the Illuka Resort is available to rent for short-stays – an ideal weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of Sydney! For booking information click here.
Emma xRead More
Marj from Decor Project and I have been secretly working on a big retail store design job together for the past few weeks and I can now share where we’re up to with the project. Kristy from Incy Interiors had been hunting around for a shop in Sydney for some time, after a few months of searching the perfect spot was found and soon the first Incy Interiors Sydney store will open it’s doors. We are still in the stages of submitting plans but here’s a little look at some of the drawings that are shaping up to be a pretty awesome looking store.
We have gone with an industrial Hamptons feel with lots of black, grey and white throughout the store. We’ve incorporated some chalkboard paint, copper patina finishes and oak timber flooring. It’s all the finishes my dream house would have so I’ll have to try not to move straight in when it’s done!
When putting our design concepts together we had to be mindful that the Incy Interiors furniture would be doing most of the talking in the space and the finishes and fixtures around them had to do them justice. Their furniture ranges are really beautiful so it’s important that each piece of furniture has plenty of room around it so customers entering the store instantly know it’s a furniture store.
As with all projects we’ve stumbled upon certain issues here and there and no doubt there’s still more to come but they can’t be helped and you just have to find another way through! It’s a bit like renovating a house, you never know what you’re working with until you start doing some digging.
As the project progresses I’ll be sharing more and hopefully soon I’ll have some photos of work starting in the store. We still have a long way to come but we’re hoping to move quickly once plans are approved!
Emma xRead More
I was recently introduced to the Jimmy Cricket range of wallpapers seen above - seriously that watermelon wallpaper is AWESOME so if you are one of my clients, look out, I might force this on you and your child in the near future.
I’m so glad that wallpaper is a trend that hasn’t died down, it adds so much to a room, it’s like a giant piece of art for your child’s bedroom wall and when they come in patterns like the ones above why would you deny your child such an awesome piece of art on their wall?! So I thought I’d share my top tips for selecting wallpaper for children’s bedrooms.
Picking the Wallpaper
Wallpaper is obviously a pretty permanent piece of art for their room so you really only get one go at getting it right. If you’re feeling brave have fun with it and go with a geometric pattern, a fluro pop or a fruit salad feature. If you’re worried that your child will out grow unicorns in a few years go for a softer colourway like mint, peach or lemon in a more classic pattern like a stripe, clouds or birds – these will last through transitional stages and if you get it right they’ll still love it into their teens!
Wallpaper The Whole Room?
Painted feature walls are slowly becoming a thing of the past but wallpaper feature walls are still hot to trot. Obviously this also comes down to your budget but I think wallpapering one wall can look just as fabulous as the whole room. Use the longest flattest wall in the bedroom as the wall that the bed rests against, that’s the wall you want to wallpaper so you’re framing the bed nicely and creating symmetry in the room. It should also be the first wall you notice as you enter the room, no point wallpapering the wall the door is on, you’ll never see it!
How Do I Wallpaper It?
My last piece of advice for wallpapering a kids room is to hire a professional to hang the wallpaper. I have attempted wallpaper hanging once in my life and I have sworn I’ll never do I again. It’s worth paying someone else to do it properly as gluing and sticking paper especially patterned paper is now my idea of what Chinese torture would be like and you’ll never get it perfect so do it properly the first time and pay someone else to do it.
Any other tips you can share from your wallpapering experiences?
Confession time, I don’t read much. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good novel, I just never make the time to read one. Running a small business and working part-time as a buyer and stylist for an online store means down-time is rather rare for me and I don’t work the usual 9-5, it’s more like 9-5 then 5-9. For me, I am such a visual person that I find reading a bit annoying and frustrating, just show me the picture so I can understand what you mean! I learn by looking, not by reading. Which brings me to the point of this post, my very first boss in the interiors industry Bronwyn Poole (founder of Touch Interiors & Complete Pad), sent me a link to her latest blog post all about how she ‘healed’ the Cremorne home she shared with her husband and three children to work with what was already there. It’s a three part blog post so you’ll need a cuppa ready before you click through but it’s honestly one of the most powerful blog posts about interior decorating that I’ve read in a long time, possibly ever.
In the posts Bron describes how she opted to work with the space she had available to ‘heal’ the space rather than undertake a massive renovation upon moving in. This is something I’m fascinated with, I love houses with character and soul. I can appreciate the simplicity of a minimalist modern home but I could never live in one. What I love most about my job is getting a peek inside a whole range of houses from narrow terraces built in the 1800’s to brand new $1 million builds. But it’s the older houses who have had various people over their lifetime love them outside and in that I am most interested in.. Each new owner brings new perspectives to the house so over time the house has various stories to tell of bygone eras…If walls could talk, I would certainly be listening.
One of my favourite things to do is to walk around certain suburbs and look at the houses, it’s always the older houses with established gardens that I want to knock on the door and ask to be shown around….. The other fascinating thing is how over time older houses have evolved. I am actually not a fan of open plan living, I much prefer to have things like kitchen, living and dining separate. This is something Bron faced with her home, how to do an older house justice yet heal the spaces within the home that weren’t quite working for her and her young family. There are many photos to accompany the blog so you can see exactly what I mean as you read through.
I will stop my essay here, but I really encourage you to click through and read about Bron’s journey, it’s opened my eyes to think about how I approach entering a new space to decorate with a little more awareness. I’m working on a project now that is very appropriate for this new way of thinking and I will share more about it when I can.