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 22nd, 2012

Stylists out in force for ercol launch at Temperature Design

It was a full house at the launch of iconic British furniture brand ercol into Australia at Temperature Design in Sydney tonight.

Interior stylists were out in force, including Glen Proebstel, Jason Grant, Kirsten Bookallil, Darren Palmer and Stacey Kouros.

Top Design judge Amanda Talbot MC’d proceedings and ercol managing director Nick Garratt flew in from the UK.

Some timeless pieces were on disaply, including the well known butterfly chair and Studio lounge (which was designed when Elvis was at the height of his fame!). Old classics continue to be popular and have been given a modern twist with on trend colours like orange. These simple, gorgeous designs, with some pieces by Sir Terence Conran, certainly caused a stir.

(Interiors Addict, Mr Jason Grant and Kirsten Bookallil)

(Interiors Addict and Glen Proebstel)

February 21st, 2012

Bit of a teaser for Mr Jason Grant’s THIRD paint collection for Murobond! Cute trademark dog!

February 20th, 2012

Murobond colour workshops with stylist Melinda Ashton Turner

One of my favourite paint companies has announced some fab sounding colour workshops for the next few months, headed up by Melinda Ashton Turner. Not only does she have an uber impressive career as a stylist, she recently started her own blog all about colour, so who better?

Using paint can be one of the cheapest and easiest ways to create the most dramatic effects in a room but there’s so much choice, many people don’t know where to start. Either that or they play it safe with one of the countless off-whites out there. In recent years people have gone crazy for the feature wall, but interiors folk remain divided on whether it’s a must-have or a big no-no that has fallen out of fashion. What do you think?

Anyway, if you’d like to learn more from someone with heaps of experience, you should try one of these workshops. They’re for a maximum of eight people so spaces get snapped up fast. The workshops aren’t just generic talks about paint and colour schemes so you can expect to learn a lot and take away a healthy dose of inspiration. Choose from:

  • Creating a colour palette
  • Injecting colour
  • Proportion of colour
  • Tonal colour schemes.

Find out more and book here.

After originally training as an interior designer, Melinda forged a successful career as an interior stylist and art director and recently returned to Sydney after 11 years in the UK. Her high profile career has seen her work on publications including Vogue Living, Homes & Gardens (UK), Elle Decoration, Living Etc and Belle. She has worked on advertising campaigns for the likes of Jo Malone and Harrods.

Murobond stocks paint ranges by our favourite Mr Jason Grant (who is currently working on his latest colours and promises to show us soon!) and Sibella Court’s The Society Inc range.

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December 21st, 2011

All MJG wants for Christmas…

I asked Mr Jason Grant what he hopes to find under the Christmas tree on Saturday. The question is, has he been naughty or nice?

1. Anything from jac + jack’s summer collection

2. Books from Oscar and Friends

3. Bottles from absolut and bubbles from Laurent Perrier or Veuve Clicquot (get them delivered from here).

4. A timber Vedel Bird from Great Dane Furniture.

 

And here’s a lovely little Christmas vignette by MJG himself! Taken for Real Living. Photography by Maree Homer.

December 1st, 2011

You heard it here FIRST! Mr Jason Grant is making Officeworks cool!

Just look at this beautiful styling work by Mr Jason Grant in his latest collaboration… with Officeworks! Doesn’t it look divine? He’s styled the store’s entire summer range, in which he has his own collection for the first time. How exciting. These photos are typical of Jason’s mismatched, retro, colourful, relaxed vibe, seen regularly in Australia’s top interiors magazines.

Check it all out at the Officeworks website. I know what I’ll be picking up when I next stock up on clipboards… Just like cushions, a girl can never have too much stationery ;)

Love your work, MJG!

Read my previous interviews with former Real Living style director Jason here and here and check out his revamped website here.

Are you a fan of Interiors Addict on Facebook yet?

November 21st, 2011

Wanna meet Mr Jason Grant on Wednesday?

Your luck is in! Mr Jason Grant happens to be one of our favourite stylists and Kartell one of our fave furniture and homewares stores. And of course we LOVE a discount! On Wednesday night (6-10pm, 23 November 2011) you can meet MJG at Kartell’s flagship Westfield Bondi Junction store, enjoy 20% off everything and even ask him for his top tips. What’s not to like, I ask you?! More details here.

November 10th, 2011

Jane Frosh, styling events with personality

Jane Frosh has worked as an event producer for more the a decade but it’s the styling aspect of events that really gets her excited and it’s led her into interior styling work too.

When you think event styling you might think dodgy chair covers and centrepieces, things that make Jane shudder. “I style an event as you would your lounge room, or the cover of an interiors magazine. Individual, quirky, on trend. It seemed a natural progression to move from event styling into the interior styling industry. At present, I manage to do both, and consequently launched the company show.pony.”

Jane runs show.pony with her business partner, a designer. “I like to call our company a collaboration, as we often pull in a team of experts in their niche industry, whether it be amazing floral designers or high end technical experts. We set ourselves apart from the crowd by doing things a little bit left of centre. show.pony will not pitch a time worn theme (I refuse to even use the word ‘theme’), rather we will create bespoke, quirky events to suit both our client and their end purpose. No ‘James Bond’ here!” (Oh good, because that sounds like the kind of ‘organised fun’ that Interiors Addict HATES!).

The three main elements of her work she loves are:

  • The pre-production stage. “The buzz of creating a concept and then building storyboards to pitch to a client. Seeing the look of joy on their faces as they fall in love with what we are proposing. It is such a rush!”

  • Prop sourcing. “I always have my eye out looking for interesting props and tools. I have many favourite haunts that I visit weekly just in case!”

  • Seeing the concept come together on the day of the show. “Having the time to walk around, tweaking, positioning, ‘dressing‘ the event. Seeing your storyboard come to life. What could be better than that?”

Jane says there’s no point spending hundreds or thousands on an event which looks the same as three events held last week. “Clients need to have the ability to inject their own personality into their event but need help to do it stylishly and cleverly. Our aim is for the guests to leave saying ‘That was amazing. I have never seen anything like that before’. And that end result often does not come down to budget. It comes down to an events team with an innovative, creative nature. We like to offer ‘new eyes to a tired industry’.”

There’s no denying living in the Blue Mountains with three children has influenced Jane’s own home style. “We have French doors off every room in our house, and at any stage during the day, there is at least one of those doors open and at least one child, dog or chook wandering through the house! My style is not pristine, not minimalist and not designer. It can’t be! My style at home revolves around our lifestyle. It’s a little bit vintage industrial, quite whimsical and filled with objects that reflect the personality of my family. I think that is important.” And Jane’s home is soon to feature in the February issue of Country Style, in case you needed any further proof of how stylish this lady is.

She adds: “I am constantly moving things around at home, creating vignettes, painting walls or furniture. It’s fun and it keeps the space alive. I tend to follow my one rule ‘make it pop with colour and then ground it with nature’. It’s a good one to remember. It helps control your space. For example, a gorgeous, sunny yellow metal chair works perfectly when pared back with a rustic wooden table. The contrast grounds both pieces.”

Jane loves French farmhouse, monochrome and pops of yellow and isn’t one to follow trends, although, as a stylist, she thinks it’s important to research them all and be across what’s hot.

Her favourite fellow stylists? The “amazing” Megan Morton, Mr Jason Grant (for his “fabulous” use of colour) and Lynda Gardener (“she has an amazing sense of style; incredibly feminine with a masculine edge. I love that.”) She also admires Glen Proebstel. “He is the ‘king of beds’ and the master of deep, moody tones.” And then there’s American Kelly Wearstler, whose books Jane finds a great reference in regards colour, pattern and using metallics.”

You can like show.pony on Facebook here.

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.