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.
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If it wasn’t for the iPhone and some great apps, I wouldn’t be able to run my business from anywhere in the world. I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 apps that keep my business running. I’d love to hear what apps you use and love, I’m always on the look out for more!
1. Dropbox – it’s the easiest way for me to stay in touch with various freelancers that work for me – we sync folders and know what needs working on or what’s been completed.
2. Mail Chimp - I create my newsletters with Mail Chimp and the app lets me track how the newsletter is performing once I hit send.
3. Big Cartel Checkout - I often hold stalls at markets where I sell my cushions and other bits and pieces so this app lets me process payments using customers credit cards and means I don’t need to bother with cash or credit card machines.
4. Room Planner – this one is for the iPad and allows you to create floor plans very easily – great when trying to explain to clients how their new furniture will look.
5. Feedly – how I keep track of all my favourite blogs.
6. Pinterest – keeps me entertained when waiting for a client meeting!
7. Overgram – lets you write captions and add text on top of photos – great for social media images.
8. Xero – Best accounting software out. And the app allows me to invoice on the run.
9. Eventbrite Entry – when I host decorating workshops or shopping tours this app lets me tick off everyone as they arrive so I know who’s arrived and who’s late!
10. Producteev – a great task management app that I can share with freelancers.
What are your lifesaving apps?
Oaten’s and I have teamed up to show you how to decorate your living space, pull together all your inspirations, clippings and pinned pages you have collected over time and create a space you’ll love.
I will be showing you how to effortlessly put a look together, how to identify your style, plus general decorating 101 tips and tricks. You’ll walk away from the workshop with a mood board specifically created for a room in your home that you’d love to spruce up, and a head full of inspiration and ideas that can be put into action as soon as you get home.
WHEN // THURSDAY 29TH MAY, 9.30–12.30PM
LOCATION // OATEN’S, 150-152 CANTERBURY ST, CASINO NSW
COST // $149
INCLUDES // A scrumptious high tea will be served halfway during the workshop. You will receive $50 in-store credit at Oaten’s to be used on the day PLUS you will go home with a goodie bag valued at over $150!
BOOK // Ticket Purchase Information here.
All materials for the workshop are provided, but please bring along any photos of your home or floor plans to discuss your specific decorating concerns with me. PLACES ARE LIMITED (so that I is able to spend as much one-on-one time with each of you as possible).
Emma xRead More
What are you spoiling Mum with this Mother’s Day?
Okay, I won’t beat around the bush, decorating a house is usually a job women take on. I would say 98% of my clients are women.
This is how it goes when clients contact me……I liaise with wife via email. I meet with wife. I liaise some more with wife in her home. I put together a decorating scheme based on the brief I’m given at the time of meeting wife. I proudly send off the mood board to wife with a big smile on my face. Wife replies. Wife is over the moon with the mood boards and loves everything. Then guess who rears his head? Enter husband. For the first time (possibly ever), husband has an opinion on the lounge room and wants to make his own decorating wishes known.
This is a common problem I come across, wife likes one look, husband likes another and they haven’t discussed this before I’m invited in their home. Wife collects inspiration for how she wants her home to look. Husband isn’t consulted. Which results in me doing a re-design of the mood board (and also a bit of marriage counselling), submitting the new look and THEN getting on with the job of re-decorating.
Who else can relate to this? I know I’m not the only stylist who faces this problem and I bet there are loads of wives out there nodding along who have husbands who are happy to come home and sit on the 12 year old Ikea sofa that he had in his bachelor pad before you met, but as soon as he gets wind that the room is going to be brought into the 21st Century he needs to make his opinions known!