All The World's A Stage... Including Your Home

The theatre is a wonderful place for a stylist like me. Aside from all the obvious appeal of the acting, drama, music, and dance, the set design offers so many ideas. I love to watch the sets change before my eyes: one minute the action's in a house, the next minute by the sea, but all on the same stage, I like to think of my home and shop in the same way, with each room providing the backdrop for my latest obsessions or ever-changing needs and wants. But while some of us revel in the though of frequent floor-to-ceiling transformations, other like to like to take a more low-risk approach by leaving the basics or the big-ticket items (the walls, carpets, light fixtures, furniture and window coverings) and changing the less permanent features when the styling urge takes over.

I also like to think of my home as a set, as I feel like then you loosen your restrictions on how you think a space should be laid out. Forget for a moment about your preconceived notions of design and play around with your layout and details, like a moving palette of inspiration. As an example, I like to think about I shoot I did for my book Bowerbird. In the second photo, you'll see the living room. It's set laid out to greet you as you enter, and the open-plan zone is marked out by the rug – here is the spot for relaxation & conversation. But then we did a reverso....

In the third photo, you see the room from another angle. The bed sits against the wall that made up the left-hand side of our living space you just saw, and you can see from the image that you have an entirely different look. Yes, this was for a photo shoot, but I think you can see the positives in feeling playful with your space and working with new formulas to try out your untested styling theories. I dare you....

FILED 07, Aug 2016

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  • SYDNEY SHOP & STUDIO 3.02 75 Mary Street St Peters NSW 2044
  • 02 9516 5643
  • MONDAY - FRIDAY 10AM-4pm OR BY APPOINTMENT