THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS, NSW

G’day Australia!

Growing up south west of Sydney and returning for family visits is a reminder there’s no place like home. The towns of Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale and surrounding villages, is the region referred to as The Southern Highlands. The familiar countryside, green from weeks of rain, held a crisp scent and the sound of native birds filled eucalyptus trees. It is a beautiful place to escape for a weekend (or live).

The retail fabric of the main streets has changed over the years but the current lifestyle stores inspire the most stylish of country living. Suzy Anderson Home, Harry's On Green Lane and Dirty Jane Antiques, with adjoining chic coffee shops, are a must-stop to peruse exquisitely styled accessories in interior designed spaces. Take a styling idea by planting greenery in silver vessels and set in bookcases, oversized birdcages or on stacks of vintage books.

The region is also rich with wineries, olive groves and organically grown produce. Buy a bounty of locally made goods from a stable of farmers markets or book a NOSHtrekker food experience for a shortcut to taste the best cuisine, hear stories from the makers and learn through your tastebuds.

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STYLING AT SALONE DEL MOBILE

Ciao Tutti!

Attending design exhibitions, experiencing art installations and observing retail displays provides me with a lot of inspiration for interior and editorial styling. Books are a common theme and one of the most versatile accessories found in every interior stylists' toolkit.

At Salone del Mobile in Milan, there were many examples where books were styled to enhance the presentation of furniture. Art books were left open to unite a collection of objects on a surface, architecture books were selected so the cover would provide color to help connect with a rug, and graphic typography books were displayed in wire boxes, like small fencing, to fortify an outdoor theme.

Other companies displayed books with their spines facing into a bookcase or stacked them like organic brickwork to fill entire shelves. They added height and composition by raising plants or objects, created blocks of color, and were bound together with belts.

Most often the book jackets were removed to reveal the solid color, and texture, of the hardcover. Some books even had the entire cover removed. Styling with books can elevate your own collection of objects and create a focal point within a room. Think vertical or horizontal planes and hidden spaces. 

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MAISON ET OBJET 2017

Bonjour Paris!

Not all furniture trade fairs are created equal in size and display but Maison et Objet didn’t disappoint, exhibiting the latest trends in home furnishings, accessories and lifestyle products. It was a chance to preview new collections from the leading home brands and meet smaller artisans from across Europe. Design inspiration for interior styling, storefront merchandising and event decoration was plentiful, a small taste of the fabulousness, is shown on Instagram and here. 

Always looking to inject a little humor into interior design, a stand out was Lord Lou’s new Copycat Art Scratcher. It will have cats jumping and scratching for joy. “Still Life with Flowers in a Glass Vase" would be perfectly suited with Moooi Carpets Eden Queen by Marcel Wanders and the stylish kids furniture from Cybex Parents Collection. 

Pantone Color of The Year 2017, and various shades of green, was the standout color on most stands. Cactus and hanging plants replace the forever popular Ficus and succulents as the new ‘it’ plants - either real or faux. 

Other design highlights included elements of nature, jungle pattern, colored glass, luxe metallic accents, and handmade objects. 

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