Design and style has been my passion for as long as I can remember. By the time I was 15 I'd taught myself how to screen print and headed off to University to study painting, print making and art history. But then the world of magazines beckoned. In the early days I worked as an interiors stylist for well-known titles such as BBC Good Homes, Ideal Home and Living Etc, as well as Ikea magazine. I was thrown in at the deep end, creating anything from kids rooms to kitchens, either on location or in studios, where I'd work closely with set designers. Having to work to such tight deadlines was often daunting, but somehow everything always came together in the end.
When I moved to Melbourne, Australia 11 years ago I worked as a 'stager' which involved styling clients homes ready to sell. (Presentation is always key to getting the highest price at auction). During this time I started to pick up freelance styling work with Australian House & Garden magazine and Country Style.
Soon after I was taken on as the 'girl about town' for Real Living magazine and got to meet all sorts of lovely, creative people. I worked almost exclusively for Real Living as their Melbourne style editor for over 5 years, creating decorating features, shopping pages, make-overs and house stories.
Alongside all the styling I also write, and was given a travel assignment to Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory. The photographer and I were put to the test, travelling to remote camp sites and visiting aboriginal settlements. My writing skills also came in handy when I was asked to interview contestants on the renovation programme The Block. I turned these interviews in to features for Real Living, which covered the 2012 series. I now regularly contribute to interiors magazines and newspapers.
I've also worked with some well known Australian companies such as Molmic, Dulux, Globewest, Habbot Studios and Make Me Iconic, which involved coming up with concepts + lifestyle images to promote their brands. The lifestyle shots I styled for Make Me Iconic ended up on the front cover of both Australian Real Living and UK based Living Etc - Natasha, the creator, was understandably blown away by such far-reaching coverage.
Another enjoyable job involved choosing outdoor furniture and accessories for Phillip Johnson's award winning garden design at the annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden show. (He's now a gold medal winner at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.)
I'm always surprised and delighted by the diverse requests I receive - I was approached to style a wedding a while back. I didn't let the fact that I'd never worked as a wedding planner put me off. My brief involved organising the catering, wedding cake, furniture hire, decorations, flowers, favours and of the course the overall look of the day. The result was a simple, beautiful, relaxed affair in a serene white and green colour palette - the bride was pleased as punch!
As a stylist I wear a lot of hats - dedicated props gatherer, organiser, list writer, box packer, painter and decorator, artist, cleaner, location scout, booker of van drivers + photographers + models, plus kiddie + pet wrangler on shoots.....the list goes on. I also find myself in all sorts of unusual situations, such as the time when I was packing up props at a location house quite late one evening, and the owner's husband walked in to find me sat on his bedroom floor, surrounded by bubble wrap and boxes - he knew nothing about the shoot and the look on his face said it all!
Over the last 4 years I've been regularly asked to decorate private clients homes, helping them in every aspect of the design process. This involves coming up with mood boards, sourcing furniture, rugs, accessories, lighting, soft furnishings, fabric and paint colours, plus taking my clients on shopping trips to trade showrooms. I also book + over-see trades, such as tilers, electricians, painters, upholsterers, cabinet makers and kitchen installers. I really enjoy helping people create a home they can be proud of. One of my favourite moments is when a client sees their finished room for the first time. One lovely lady was so happy she cried! That made all the hard work worth-while.
To date I've been in charge of the re-design of living rooms, dining rooms, master bedrooms, kids rooms, hallways, bathrooms, laundries and kitchens in both inner city homes and beach houses.
My aim is to make interior decorating fun, affordable and effortless. I know how good it feels to live in a beautiful home that reflects your style, but I also know that getting there can be over-whelming, time-consuming and expensive. If you need help finding that perfect piece, or advice on how to pull together a room scheme get in touch and I'll help you fall in love with your home all over again.
I'm now offering an affordable custom e-decorating package. So you can have the benefit of my expertise where ever you live.
For only £250 you'll receive a design presentation including a mood board and shopping list all tailored to your specific requests (and without having to leave the comfort of your home.) Paint colours, fabric swatches, soft furnishings and furniture suggestions will be included in the package, along with advise on how to style and decorate your space. Send me an email with your requirements and let's get started on your custom interior e-decorating project!
As I'm now back in the UK, home consultations are currently available to residents in Gloucestershire. Hourly rates apply. For more info email me at firstname.lastname@example.org