Saturday, 16 March 2013

Styling your home

At the moment I’m getting ready to do a photo shoot for a home I’m working on and one thing I always do is take a look at the space and style it first. 

Simply by this I mean I take a look at each room and imagine it as a pictures or "vignettes" and which details will complete the look of the room. This may mean sourcing soft finishes like scatter cushions for the sofas, area rugs to the floor. To side and coffee tables and other horizontal surfaces I consider lamps and ornamental accessories. 

But for the day of the photo shoot I always bring fresh flowers and pot plants as these show that the space is lived in and cared for and that helps makes a house feel like a home.

If you are interested in  getting the decorator look and having your entire residence or as little as a single room styled, please don't hesitate to contact me on 0422 725 805 or by email to make an enquiry.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Almost Easter time already?

Can you believe that it’s almost Easter?  Not that it feels like it with this crazy hot March weather here in Melbourne.  The fast approaching Easter means my eldest son has almost completed his first term of school and my younger son has settled very naturally into three year old kindergarten.  It also means winter fashion is hitting the stores and it’s time to start thinking about making your home comfortable for winter.

For me it means getting cosy indoors with colour and texture.  Maybe it’s time to layer up and get some wallpapering done, an area rug, beautiful new scatter cushions for the sofa or bed, or lined curtains that physically insulate the room while adding visual softness to your windows.

Autumn is also a popular time to get stuck into D.I.Y. projects; hands up if you are about to get to work on some home maintenance or improvements?

So if you need some professional advice selecting your colours before you get the paint rollers out (or spend money on an expensive painter), or someone with talent and experience to source and supply new furnishings and accessories, or to design and supply new curtains, please contact me to discuss your project.

Regards, Sophie
0422 725 805

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Remembering your Yesterday

My Mother-in-law had a momentous birthday this week and has seen in another decade.  To help celebrate I have been searching for the ideal birthday gift for a significant milestone and it had me thinking about the passing of time, change of season (hello autumn, so glad to have you back again!), of creating lifelong memories, savouring them and remembering time gone by (especially the good times).  These thoughts led me to decide to arrange a photography portrait sitting for our small family spanning three generations plus one beloved geriatric dog, to try and capture this moment in our lives.

I strongly believe your home needs to reflect and showcase (in no particular order) your
  • ·         Personality
  • ·         History
  • ·         Hobbies/Interests and
  • ·         Family whether it be displaying special mementos, homemade gifts, art or through photos. 

A gallery in my kitchen.

In my case I have this wall in my kitchen dedicated to family photos and special pictures.  These are all in frames of different styles and sizes (collected over the years and more recently from op shops) placed randomly linked together by a similar theme of family and place as well as being painted a single colour; in this case black. 

Framed hand prints in the play room

Further to this; in the playroom I have a moment in time by framing a series of our hand prints in ascending order from baby through to daddy and in a colour that compliments the scheme of the room. I find it’s a playful way of adding interest to a bright and creative room.

Throughout my home, in a way that is natural to me, I have arranged and styled keepsakes that hold special memories alongside decorator items to help tell the story of me… and my family.

This brings me back to my Mother-in-law, who casually mentioned to me recently, in a stoic way, that her arthritis is playing up and she can no longer wear her wedding rings.  So for her birthday I also made this ring display in her favourite colours (shame its such a crummy photo), using Kaisercraft product (now I understand why scrap booking is so popular!) to rest on her bedside so these rings, that have seen decades of memories made, don’t end up tucked in a drawer or container out of sight to be forgotten.

Wedding ring holder with the caption "live fully, laugh loudly,
relax daily,love completely and enjoy the journey"

Oh and ....Happy birthday Carmel!