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10 Apps for Interior Stylists

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in blog | 2 comments

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Apps for Small Business

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?

Emma x

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NEW Rural Workshop: Oaten’s in Casino NSW

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

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Oaten’s Decorating Workshop


I’m extremely excited to announce that I will be hosting a decorating workshop in rural NSW this month. Oaten’s in Casino NSW has asked me to host a fabulous workshop and high tea in their store!

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).

Book tickets here. 

Emma x

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

VasesCardRing DishHerb MarkersChopping Boards

What are you spoiling Mum with this Mother’s Day?

Emma x

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Husbands vs Wives Interior Decorating

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in blog | 5 comments

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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! 

Emma x

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Tablescaping With Nest Designs

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

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Spring Lunch for The Home

One of my favourite things to style is the table. You can have so many different creative things happening on a table. It’s the easiest way to get your styling theme across too. I did this table last year for the Spring Lunch for The Home with my stylist friend Marj.

What do you need to execute tablescaping well?

1. Cutlery, Glassware and Dinnerware (kind of an obvious one!)

2. Napkins, Placemats & Coasters

3. Runners or Tablecloths – unless you have a gorgeous rustic timber table top you want to show off!

4. Centrepieces – but nothing too over the top, you want guests to be able to chat over the table

5. Hanging Objects – these always add a bit of drama to the table if you have the hanging space

6. Scented Candles – no table is complete without some nice candles!

7. Name cards – one of my favourite things to create for a beautiful table.

I’m going to be helping style a beautiful Long Lunch in the Blue Mountains in May and I can’t wait to pull together a fabulous table for the guests to explore. It’s all about creating a story on the table. You want guests to discover more about the decor as they sit down and start chatting.

If you’d like help pulling together a look for your next dinner party send me an email to see how I can help you achieve the ideal dinner party tablescape!

I’m so obsessed with tablescaping I created a special Pinterest page for my favourites!

Emma x

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