March 27th, 2012

Just hanging out with four of the country’s top interior designers, as you do…

(L-R) Greg Natale, Jason Grant, Interiors Addict Jen, Thomas Hamel and Darren Palmer. 

I’ll tell you the story behind this shoot next month…

February 8th, 2012

I was going to write up the moderated panel discussion with Martyn Lawrence Bullard at decoration + design which I went to on Friday but then I realised it had been filmed, so why don’t you check it out for yourself? What a dapper looking panel! From left to right we have Thomas Hamel, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, moderator Robyn Holt, Marco Meneguzzi and Greg Natale.

January 30th, 2012

Can you give Louise her first foot in the door of the interiors industry?

Last week I met (well, virtually) design graduate and Interiors Addict fan Louise Reeves, who is desperately looking for her first break in the industry. Can you help?

Check out these pictures of a bachelor pad she decorated and styled for her friend. The girl has potential, right?!

The 23 year old, who graduated from the prestigious Design Centre Enmore in November, says: “My dream is to have my own business; a homewares and furniture store in Sydney that I could run my interior design service out of. I would also love to get into product design and design furniture. But right now I am looking for paid or unpaid work, anything to gain experience and get my foot in the door.

"I am more partial to the decoration side of interiors as opposed to construction so to work with likeminded people would be fantastic. I am really willing to do any kind of work in order to gain access to the industry and understand that I will have to work my way up from the bottom.”

Louise describes her style as eclectic, bold and modern. “I love to use a healthy dose of colour and pattern and believe that the best spaces can come about by taking risks and pushing boundaries. I am inspired by the elegance of Hollywood regency and vintage Art Deco decor and, in my travels to Sweden, by the beautiful simplicity of Scandinavian design.

"My favourite designers are Brendan Wong, Kelly Wearstler, Greg Natale, Thomas Hamel, Jonathan Adler, Burley Katon Halliday and Tom Dixon.”

She got off to a great start by winning a ticket to a seminar with Melinda Ashton Turner and Chelsea Hing at decoration + design later this week, in an Interiors Addict giveaway. If you can offer Louise any work experience, an internship, mentoring or assisting work, please email Jen at interiorsaddict@gmail.com

January 18th, 2012

Just announced: a superstar interiors event not to be missed!

An exclusive new event has just this minute been added to the lineup for decoration + design and I’d advise you book a ticket, fast!

International guest Martyn Lawrence Bullard, designer to the stars and a celebrity in his own right on the Million Dollar Decorators show, will join a panel alongside Australian design talent Thomas Hamel, Greg Natale and Marco Meneguzzi.

This moderated discussion will see the four design experts talk about how design will play on the international landscape of 2012. Moderated by Robyn Holt (judge on The Renovators and editor of Vogue Living for over a decade)this intimate panel discussion is not be missed.

Date: Friday 3 February 2012
Time: 8.45am for light morning tea & refreshments followed by panel discussion from 9.15am-10.15am
Venue: Sydney Exhibition Centre, Convention Parkside Ballroom, Level 1
Tickets: $49.50.

Click here to book your ticket now.

December 22nd, 2011

All Greg wants for Christmas is glam!

Interior Designer of the Year Greg Natale has some very… well.. NATALE items on his wishlist this year! Naturally, it’s all very luxe, glamorous and stylish.

1. A Kelly Wearstler brass kaleidoscope sculpture

2. A Waylande Gregory Ceramic Lamp in black and gold

3. A Jonathan Adler Bond cocktail table.

How very glamorous. We love!

November 21st, 2011

Greg Natale celebrates a decade in business

Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year 2011 Greg Natale is celebrating ten years of running his own business this week. What a year it’s been for Greg! Not only winning the top accolade, but a collaboration with Designer Rugs and an anniversary too. Congratulations to Greg, who I recently had the pleasure of meeting.

I asked him ten questions for ten years of Greg Natale Design and he kindly gave Interiors Addict readers an exclusive sneak peek behind the scenes of his latest project.

1. Tell me about how you got into the industry 10 years ago? I started Greg Natale Design after working for various design firms in Sydney for five years. I spent those years cutting my teeth in residential, retail and commercial firms. I decided to start Greg Natale becouse I had a clear vision of what I wanted to produce. I basically got to a point where I needed creative freedom and I am creative person so this is my outlet for expressing myself.

2. What was the interior design industry like then? I would say in the 19 years since I started my deisgn course, the general public has become a lot more design savvy and they see the value in design now. Apple really sums this up perfectly. In the last ten years the big difference has been the shift of moving from minimalism, the industry was entrenched in it. Don’t get me wrong, I love minimalism but it’s not right for every brief. So eclecticism become all the rage in the noughties.

3. What are the main differences these days? We really are now in the age of decoration where pattern, colour and personality are no longer dirty words. Minimalism is still very strong but it has more layers and contrast.

4. How does it feel to have been in business for a decade? It feels great, I am so happy to have survived! I have had an amazing decade and worked with a great team, great clients and amazing editors.

5. What have been the biggest challenges? At the beginning it was building a portfolio and understanding the business side of running a design firm, then the crash of 2008! It really affected commercial work but I have always kept the work varied and residential work has been strong.

6. What are you most proud of? Our large portfoilio of work, our collaboration with Designer Rugs and winning 2011 Belle Coco Republic Designer of the year which rounds off the year perfectly.

7. Has your style changed? How? Ten years ago I was already shifting to decoration but it will continue to change and evolve. My style now is richer and more layered. I think is down to what’s in vogue, bigger budgets and maturity.

8. What’s next for Greg Natale Design? A bigger office, a furniture range and a carpet range. I really want to do a fabric range and a hotel to bring everything together!

9. What do you think about all these home renovation/design shows? I think they’re great! As I have said to you before, more over celebrity chefs and fashion designers! It’s happening in the USA where interior designers like Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler have crossed into the mainstream

10. Do you think the general public is much more interested in, and capable of, creating a stylish home these days? For sure. The general public sees the value in design now so they buy great books and do research on great blogs like yours. The internet really has helped all of us become become more design savvy. It’s so easy for everyone to research now.


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November 5th, 2011

Launch day! Mr Jason’s Grant’s Murobond colours & Sibella Court’s new book, Nomad

What an exciting day out for Interiors Addict! Not only was it the launch of Mr Jason’s Grant’s new colours for Murobond, it was also our first meeting IN REAL LIFE. Very exciting and he was as delightful as I expected!

I went along to the launch at Murobond in Artarmon with my friend Emma Blomfield from Nest Designs. It was also great to meet Juliet Arent from Arent & Pyke and stylist Jane Frosh. Jason’s new colour range, aptly named Road Trip, is gorgeous and inspired by summer. I was excited to find the PERFECT teal in there called Deep Sea Dreaming.

Later on we went to the launch of Sibella Court’s new book, Nomad at her shop The Society Inc. As a massive fan of Etcetera, I can’t wait to get stuck into my (signed, of course) copy! There I bumped into Jason again (gee, stop stalking me!) and took a rather cute photo of him and Sibella together. Was also great to meet Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year Greg Natale, another Interiors Addict past interviewee.

It’s just too much interiors-related excitement for a girl. I need a sit down and a cup of tea…

PHOTOS: (From top to bottom) Sibella and Jason at the Nomad launch; Jason and I; the Road Trip paint colours; Emma, Jason and I.

You can check out Road trip here.

October 27th, 2011
ATTENTION! Superstar stylist line-up 
Want to learn from some seriously cool people from the styling and interior design industry? Last chance to register for an AMAZING colour workshop this Saturday featuring stylists Megan Morton and Jason Grant, interior designer (of the YEAR!) Greg Natale, Anne-Maree Sargeant from Belle Magazine and Terri Winter from top3 by design.
It’s happening at SupaCenta Moore Park, with sessions at 11am and 1pm, and you can register here.
I’m SO SAD I have plans and can’t make it, but you really should!

ATTENTION! Superstar stylist line-up 

Want to learn from some seriously cool people from the styling and interior design industry? Last chance to register for an AMAZING colour workshop this Saturday featuring stylists Megan Morton and Jason Grant, interior designer (of the YEAR!) Greg Natale, Anne-Maree Sargeant from Belle Magazine and Terri Winter from top3 by design.

It’s happening at SupaCenta Moore Park, with sessions at 11am and 1pm, and you can register here.

I’m SO SAD I have plans and can’t make it, but you really should!

October 21st, 2011
Former Interiors Addict interviewee Greg Natale has been shortlisted for Designer of the Year in the IDEA Awards and I’d love you to get behind him by voting. 
IDEA, the Interior Design Excellence Awards 2011, are run by the Australian Design Review.
"I feel honoured to be shortlisted long with my peers" said Greg. "It’s especially awesome to be shortlisted after winning 2011 Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year."
The prestigious awards showcase the best of Australian design. IDEA promotes and rewards recent work in interior design and product design across 14 different categories, as well as recognising emerging young talent and designers whose work demonstrates exemplary sustainable objectives.
The winners will be announced at the IDEA Gala Party at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts (ACCA) in Melbourne on 25 November.
Read my inteview with Greg and learn more about him and his work here.
You can vote for Greg  and see the other shortlisted designers here.

Former Interiors Addict interviewee Greg Natale has been shortlisted for Designer of the Year in the IDEA Awards and I’d love you to get behind him by voting. 

IDEA, the Interior Design Excellence Awards 2011, are run by the Australian Design Review.

"I feel honoured to be shortlisted long with my peers" said Greg. "It’s especially awesome to be shortlisted after winning 2011 Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year."

The prestigious awards showcase the best of Australian design. IDEA promotes and rewards recent work in interior design and product design across 14 different categories, as well as recognising emerging young talent and designers whose work demonstrates exemplary sustainable objectives.

The winners will be announced at the IDEA Gala Party at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts (ACCA) in Melbourne on 25 November.

Read my inteview with Greg and learn more about him and his work here.

You can vote for Greg  and see the other shortlisted designers here.

October 15th, 2011

Following yesterday’s interview with Darren Palmer, here’s a quick Q&A on what he hates in décor trends, his tips on getting it right yourself and who inspires him.

 

Q: What do people most commonly get wrong in their own homes?

A: I think one of the big mistakes people can make is to choose things that they like. What I mean by that is I often have people say I love this item, like a sofa or something, and I love this rug, and I really love this chair, but nothing seems to go together. The reason for that is you need to always start with the end in mind, have a focus, have a goal and have a concept or an idea to put into your interior before you even look at buying a single item. When you have an overview of what the finished outcome will be you can choose pieces that fit within the scheme, knowing that they will work before you get them home. And if you can’t, I can do that for you. The idea though is to start with the end in mind always, always, always. (Interiors Addict advises you to make yourself a mood board before you start, whether it’s a physical cut and stick or pin version, or using something online like Pinterest).

 

Q: Do you have any pet hates in other people’s home décor?

A: Feature walls. I speak about this from time to time and there are always exceptions to the rule but generally speaking you should avoid feature walls like the plague. Any design solution without a well thought out reason is probably not going to have the outcome that was intended. It’s great to make a statement, but like when you say something verbally, you need to think about what you saying before making any statement. Design needs rules.

 

Q: Who do you admire in Australian interior design and styling?

A: My mentor (who would probably prefer to remain nameless) is definitely number one. You’ve featured a few other people who I’m constantly inspired by in terms of what they manage to achieve, like Greg Natale and the amazing Sibella Court. That woman is a powerhouse. Every time we see each other I ask her how the world domination plans are going! My dear friend Stacey Kouros is a major talent (she was also on HomeMADE with me and WOW is she doing some great work). Steve Cordony from Belle Magazine is one super creative human too. I’m always amazed by how he brings things together and keeps pumping out new ideas.Gregory Mellor is very talented. He’s between South Africa and Australia now but I still think he’s one of the major design talents in the country.