If you’d like some help re-decorating your home check out the services page to see which service works best for your needs!
When I went for the site visit I chose the wall colour with the rest of thehome.com.au team and then Haymes Paints got to work painting the entire room and ceiling – just seeing it with the furniture removed and a fresh coat of paint was amazing!
I selected a fresh contemporary look for the furniture from thehome.com.au. The previous pieces were chunky and way too big for the space (not to mention very dated and well worn). The TV was also not in an ideal position so I flipped it over to another wall that then allowed for much easier traffic flow through the room. I can’t decide what my favourite thing in the room is but I do love that we were able to display as many pictures of the family as possible on the floating shelf as family was clearly very important to the winners.
Images by Dara Tippapart via Adore Magazine.
For more details check out Adore Magazine and thehome.com.au.
Other exciting things that have happened this year:
Another year comes to a close but 2015 is shaping up to be even bigger, I’ve been working on three secret projects for the past few months and I haven’t been able to share anything just yet but in the New Year I will be able to reveal them one by one… One project has involved a bit of a facelift for the website and blog – I think you’ll really like it
I hope you all have a lovely, happy and safe Christmas and New Year wherever in the world you happen to be celebrating and I’ll be back in the New Year to share my exciting projects!
Usually the workshops are strictly business and focus on interior decorating but this time we wanted to do something fun for Christmas and making wreaths ended up being really therapeutic!! Here’s a peek at one of the wreaths we made in the class.
If you’re tempted to try your hand at wreath making I promise it’s not difficult to do! All you need is an afternoon to play + dodder vine (available at your local florist) that you twist together to make the wreath and then some floral wire to wire all the flowers in place. Easy! (hint: Australian natives are easier to work with as they’ll last longer).
Santa’s coming to a town near you!!!!!
To celebrate the silly season (my favourite season of all) I’m hosting two Christmas styling workshops. One with the uber talented DIY queen Jade from Havven and the other with my friends at Oaten’s in Casino.
Spots are limited with both workshops so that we can spend time teaching you how to make the floral and succulent wreaths and other DIY projects so if you’re interested please book in fast!
See all the details below.
BERRY, NSW – IL LOCALE – CHRISTMAS DIY DECORATING WORKSHOP WITH HAVVEN
Thursday 21st November
Come along and learn how to DIY a succulent Christmas wreath, a handmade rope bowl and hand printed tea towel with DIY Queen and Havven creator Jade Rennie and meeee! Ticket information here.
CASINO, NSW, 2470 – CHRISTMAS FLORAL STYLING WORKSHOP AT OATEN’S
Thursday 27th November – Friday 28th November 2014
A workshop packed full of fun activities with a Christmas twist. Come and learn how to style your table for Christmas lunch, how to put a gorgeous bunch of Christmas themed flowers together and more. For all the details contact Maree at Oaten’s.
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?
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!
My photographer Lisa from Wander & Scout + And A Day is such a gem, she goes above and beyond and is also just an all round awesome human.
There is now loads of colour in the home thanks to some beautiful pieces from Urban Road artworks, One Duck Two cushions, Kip & Co linen, Elson Home linen and Freedom accessories!
The pros shots will be up on the site shortly.
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.
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.