studio news.

 24th August 2019

Site check on the Boorara Residence project at Oatley reveals things are coming along. Can't wait until we actully get inside and see it all the beautiful modern Hampton's feels coming together. 

 9th JULY 2019

We've locked in the most beautiful Dolomite marble slabs for our Twin Peaks House project. These pieces are from a particularly special block at CDK Stone, and will make up the island bench, back bench and splashback. Can't wait to see it in place.

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 24th April 2019

And so our Twin Peaks House project finally kicks off this week. It's a residential knockdown / New Build set on 233m2 with loads of inclusions, and has been in design development and DA approval for the best part of two years. More to come as that one gets out of the ground. 
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9th April 2019

Our most favourite project of the last 9 months is now complete. Luna Milan is the third and final addition to our Director, Sarah Bonett's tribe. Hopefully Luna will develop a love for sorting paint colours according to tonal value and editing through tile samples, just like her older sisters!

22nd January 2019

The Harrington House project is up and away. This one had its selections stripped back a little due to budget, which meant unforunately some of the statement interior inclusions had to go. The house will still be a decent size at 550 m2 with 4bd, kitchen with secondary appliances in the butlers, full size wine fridges, two living areas with fireplaces, a seperate dining, pool with water feature, gym, and 3 bath including an ensuite off the master with its own balcony. This house was designed by Adan Creative Designs.
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14th January 2019

Our latest Bella Vista project is getting off the ground and is currently having its Interior finishes and fixtures selected.


7th January 2019

Its a Happy New Year as many of the projects we we're working on in 2018 are taking shape. This investment property we specifyed the external and internal colours for is completed and prepares to have its tenants move in. The brief for this was for budget-friendly, hard-wearing, low maintenance Internal and External materials. We used joinery finishes from Polytec in Prime Oak and Notaio Walnut and Caesarstone in White Attica. Tiles were from a selection at TileArte. The External colours are Colorbond Monument for darker trims and driveway tint, Basalt for roof and gutters, Shale Grey for the entrance feature. Bricks are PGH in Blue Steel Flash.

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 20th December 2018

The last quarter of 2018 has seen us working across 4 projects. The #Harringtonhouse specifications have been handed in and is currently under construction. Our #BooraraResidence project in Oatley is well under way and we’ll hopefully have some progress pics in the New Year,  where the interiors will feature. Our #whitehouse project is a notable one for the last couple of months. It’s taken months of selections to get it fitting just right. The architect and I were really happy with where it was at once the selections were handed in, we’re now awaiting the builder selection before we can see construction kick off on that one in 2019. We’ve just recently amended the interior architecture on our #twinpeakshouse project, in order to work in some statement Qasair rangehoods that will sit proudly within a lightwell over the kitchen benchtop. This also meant revising some of the planning for appliances etc. We think it’s a worthwhile addition to the space. This project will continue to be planned and specified over the next couple of months into 2019, as demolition and construction will be underway first week of February. We’ve just been briefed by our new client for a project in Sydney’s North West, which will be in design stages in early 2019, as it’s currently having its slabs and framing done and that one will need to have all design selections confirmed.  

Starting a new Interior Design business has been as challenging as it was when I launched my freelance fashion styling company back in 2010, as this time around I'm juggling working from home with raising two tiny toddlers. The transition from my Styling business to working in Interior Design has presented it's own challenges that at times had me feeling like I was straddling the two industries, trying to balance where I was with where I wanted to be. But we got there! Thanks to all clients and suppliers for the support throughout what was a busy 2018. All the best for a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year.
Sarah


 8th November 2018

Hoorah for the 38 pages of specs completed for the WhiteHouse project we've been busy with. Full of Finishes and Fixtures that we are truly genuinely proud of, and that we would be thrilled to see in our own home's! 


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11th october 2018

Some quick hand sketches to communicate layout to the client for a new home on a 700sq.m. site at Sydney's Harrington Grove. This project came to me with a tender that was budget focused, with many of the appliances and PC items already selected. It involves my design direction for finishes and colours thoughout, to make the scheme work as cohesively as possible, from the front facade, through the house and out to the back alfresco area.


 3rd October 2018

We're really happy with the materials we put together for a client in Russia who is moving into their new home in Sydney once it's been built. Many of these styles, like the Superwhite stone and the Axolotl Slate smooth finish are items we like to use again and again. It's a beautiful thing when the architecture of the home guides the interior selections, and it all works in harmony.  Can't wait to see this project come to life.


21st September 2018

We're currently working on an end to end Interior design project for a new residential property to be built on an estate in Sydney's West. The client, from Russia, will be immegrating to Oz during the build, and for now, has been facilitating the whole design approval process via correspondance and a translator! In cases like this, quick hand sketches of certain perspectives or even joinery detail, rarely fail to communicate the idea.



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10th August 2018

The clients at our Oatley project have asked for craftsman and heritage features throughout the home. Despite it being a brand new build, they're keen to evoke a traditional Hampton's feel. It's so refreshing to be sourcing from suppliers of traditional plaster details, decorative timber and iron trims. With with a nod  to provincial style in the fixtures, hardware, and lighting- can't wait to see the build begin on this one.


20th July 2018

The scheme and joinery design for the Twin Peaks project.
To include: butlers pantry, custom spotted gum panelling, modern shaker style cabinetry, concealed appliances, stone bench, and a custom rangehood that climbs all the way up to an open skylight. This kitchen is 7metres long, which is a generous size for Sydney surrounding suburbs, so enough space to allow the materials to really pack some punch.


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2nd July 2018

We have just returned from a short R+R trip to beautiful Bali, where the time was spent day tripping, lying by the villa pool, and dining at as many of the fab new restaurants as possible. Bali's Interior Design is incredibly current, which was so unexpected. It was excellent to see just as many innovative techiniques used in finishes and applications of all the restaurants, bars, beach clubs, retail hotspots as in Australia- if not more on the pulse!
Had time to squeeze in a visit to Kunti II to look at some direct wholesalers for timber + leather  furniture artisans. Beautiful craftsmanship by the Indonesians.


 16th June 2018

Have just finished 3 loooooooong 12 hour days working as part of Cherie Barber's bootcamp crew at her Renovating for Profit seminars.  It was a chance for me to meet some like-minded renovators while fine-tuning the investment and Cosmetic/ Structural renovation skills. Always good to keep learning, and  to hear other perspective's on how to add value to a property. 
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6th June 2018

This week we've been specifying some materials for a Seniors Living Development in Blaxland, which is a group of six 2-3 bedroom townhouses. As always, the interior palette was guided by the architects' external material scheme and was carried through inside.

30th May 2018

It's a palette that's inspiring us right now. Pinky creamy hues, a rusty terracotta tone, and just the right balance of deep sagey greens and blues in the mix. This one is the beginnings of a Kitchen and living scheme.
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15th May 2018

I thought share my personal experience here about the New Build my husband and I have been planning for our family's dream home. In the work that we do, it's interesting to see how an experience can change from one project to the next. All of this experience helps to shape our knowledge as designers. 

After 14 painful months of limbo’ing in and out of Inner West Council, it looks like we finally have our plans approved for a new build via an S34 Agreement with Council and the Land + Environment Court.  We were aware of Leichhardt’s notorious tighter controls around heritage and conservation, which we also respect, but we weren’t quite prepared for just how outdated they would be around any kind of planning + development. It all started as an exciting project, and we were thrilled to be able to embark on a new build in Rozelle, as non-heritage listed properties on decent sized blocks in Balmain / Rozelle are hard to come by. Our site apparently had a lot of things going for it, as it had a wide frontage, both adjacent properties had high walls with no windows, there were little privacy issues, and the existing property was in terrible condition, worthy of a knockdown- but it had a pretty decent footprint.

We endured a 6 month long design stage with a Leichhardt Council experienced Architect we admired. We had more than half a dozen revisions, only to have Council immediately reject our first submission, and request we withdraw. We expected a bit of this banter so weren’t too phased and we withdrew our application.  We enlisted a property lawyer, and an expert planner who used to work for Leichhardt Council.  We then decided to mutally part ways with our architect. We found a new  Architect with Land + Environment Court experience, anticipating we would end up there. We revised our plans again, contracted another 3-4 consultants to substantiate our amendments, and were ready to resubmit to Council , 11 months after we started the process. Council responded by saying they required additional information. We obtained more information from our consultants and we resubmitted again. Our submission sat pending over a long and painful Christmas and Summer period while we waited for Council to do their site inspections, consultants reports, and their Notification period., anticiating the result.  Councils Building Surveyor said our plans were fine. Their engineer said our plans were fine. Their Landscape Assessment gets the all clear. There was no sign of the all-important Heritage response, when Council suddenly requested we Withdraw Our Application again. Deemed Refusal. They wanted us to amend the balcony on the front façade to become two separate small balconies off each bedroom (although the existing house has one large balcony). Delete the pool. Move the rainwater tank to external location. Some changes to first floor windows. We were still awaiting the heritage response for our dilapidated old cottage, that was built in 1983 and is not listed as a heritage item, but IS however in a heritage conservation area.
Many of our favourite new houses have a history of ending up in court, so we decide to Appeal our case and go straight to the Land Environment Court. Our Legal team prepared some very  paperwork with lots of terminology that I didn't understand.  We were hoping to avoid going to Court- to save all parties’costs, and prepare to amend our plans to address the changes to balconies and rainwater tank that Council requested. In the meantime, our Heritage response comes in, after 4 months, and it seems favourable. It says our design is neutral on heritage grounds, and doesn’t negatively impact the streetscape. We think we’re home free! Our team also agrees. So we await our confirmation, citing a probable Approval. But then Council's Heritage team decided to change their mind. They now wants the two new balconies to become only Juliette balconies- no roofs and no sides, (again- this is in place of the proper existing balcony, with roof and side that is there at the moment. As this balcony is the only perspective that captures our city views, we were so disappointed about this). They asked us to remove any ‘dark’ colours from the façade including charcoal awning and black window trims. Remove the sandstone cladding from front elevation and replace with dated render . Our team advises we should agree as it would mean our preferred design was now 95% approved, pool and all, except for those elements of the facade they’ve requested changes for. So we amend our plans again to some petite little balconie’s that are pretty (but pretty pointless), we swap our sandstone for render, happy that we get to clad the majority of the house in Scyon, and we enter what’s called an S34 Agreement= Approved.
We will think again before running the Inner West Coucil gauntlet... more updates on the home and its construction via Instagram @sarahbonettinteriors and @houseonhartley

Sarah

9th May 2018

More computer based design this week, applying finishes to our design and custom joinery via SketchUp. It's great to see it all come together in 3D. This is a great way to trial certain finishes together, as you can efficiently change colours and materials in different scenarios. It's also our favourite way to ensure the inside and outside are connected via their materials, when you can zoom around a model and see it all working together. 
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26th April 2018

We've spent most of the best part of a week working in SketchUp, one of our  favourite studio programs for CAD rendering. It's a really easy program to use when trialling ideas to scale, working out spatial planning as we go. Sometimes this will allow us to see how problems could be solved with a more desireable solution. 
The attached is for a 4br home in Sydney's Inner West
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12th April 2018

Bathroom MOOD. Some references we've collated for a project in Sydney's Inner West, which will involve the renovation / update of two bathrooms on seperate levels. The materials need to feel fresh and modern, but sit cohesively with the other existing rooms.
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10th April 2018

In beautiful leafy Lilyfield! This property had space for days! The styling package involved a full style as the property had just been developed and was going straight to market. Art selections, furniture and accessories were all chosen to give some personality to the existing creamy tone finishes.  

30th March 2018

A new partial style we decorated at Erskineville recently. Challenging becuause of the tight existing spaces which made navigating the furniture and spatial planning a bit tricky- but we got there in the end, and had a happy client!
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21st March 2018

S T Y L E
There's nothing more enjoyable than to edit, curate, finesse, rearrange, finetune- whatever you want to call making something look pretty. Or prettier than it was.
This house in Cremorne was styled for sale recently and it came up a winner.

6th March 2018

We're finding time to sketch and work on some projects with the building and maintaining of our materials library in between, which never seems to end. Here's a snippet of one we have been developing a scheme for, that begins with the kitchen and entertaining zone as the hub of the home, and it unwraps from there as you move throughout the space.
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23rd February 2018

No garments were harmed in this picture.
It's never a good thing when you're too spoilt for choice. A recent sourcing expedition for our clients at Austereo resulted in a really great campaign styling shoot.

19th February 2018

CURATED.
The mood board. Inspiration for a new design we're working on. Editing again and again is all part of refining the creative madness coming from all directions, as we are influenced by everything beautiful the world has to offer.

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15th February 2018

We're getting ready for some exciting new briefs, with some new materials deliveries from our favourite suppliers. We've got fresh new designer collection catalogues, materials swatch books and sample decks for the library- all just waiting to be used in our schemes.

10th February 2018

Just listed:  More beauty in the Inner West of Sydney. The styling for this property focussed on a Mid-Century inspired furniture  solution, tapping into the eclectic buzzy vibe of Summer Hill. Pops of colour were introduced via the accessories to keep the space feeling energetic and alive!


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6th February 2018

Part of arriving at a cohesive decorating scenario for this property in Rozelle, meant considering the property's flooring and it's traditional features. We worked with the timber elements throughout the home, and the beautiful natural skylights. We integrated modern furniture with  streamlined powdercoated legs and bases so the pieces would feel light and airy amongst the rest of the styling. We used colours that touched on the tropical oasis vibe outside the home, helping to bring the outdoors inside, as Australian homes do best.

Top images via Cobden + Hayson

2nd February 2018


Just listed: A property we styled in Sydney's Inner West, and it's such a great demographic to style for- modern, fresh, and eclectic. These propertie's are often sprinkled with heritage and have mostly good bones but are sometimes in need of the right finishes to bring them to life for the property sale campaign. Research shows that the right professional styling will add dollar value to the final sale price. Well worth the investment.
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30th January 2018

2018 has had us doing a lot more property styling work this year, which has been really rewarding. Property stylists take into account the layout of the home, working on spatial planning solutions to maximise the feeling of space and flow through the home for the sale campaign. We consider the home's strong points, and the agents' marketing requirements, and put this all together with a styling package for the property that is demographically neutral and buyer friendly.

23rd January 2018

This final finishes scheme was presented to a client at the end of 2017. The design concept had to feel cohesive across four levels within the home, but it also had to help to zone the spaces, even though the interior design was fairly open plan.

In the Interior Design process, once the materials are approved, it's then all costed, scheduled, and ordered, ironing out any issues with budgets, leadtimes and deliveries in the process along the way. It can feel a bit '2 steps forward, 1 step back' at times until we arrive at the final solution. This is all part of the challenge in getting it just right.

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5th January 2018

And so here we are again...

With the New Year comes fresh new goals. And we're not talking about the abstaining from anything, as anything in moderation is always key!

Along with learning languages , this year I'm hoping to set-up and launch a bit of a passion project I've been working on thats completely unrelated to Interiors and Styling. And because I don't want to jinx myself I won't mention it here until it's done!

I'd love to complete a bunch of Interior projects I've got plans for. Along with developing the property styling I've been doing.
I want to continue to prioritise regular clients, and to make time for new business.

I'd love to have our dream home's architectural plans approved  asap. I want to fully schedule the Finishes, Fixtures + Fittings fso we can build early next year and be in by Christmas (too ambitious!?!?)

I want to travel overseas mid-year. Flights are booked- so we're part way there!

And I'd love to make it along to see the ballet  twice this year, at least once of those occasions with my eldest daughter who I think would be over the moon.

Cheers to 2018!

Sarah


11th December 2017

The New Dwelling we're working on has been submitted into Council for approval.  It's been almost exactly one year since we began working on the Interior Architecture in this design. We've arrived at a brilliant solution that is architecturally beautiful, incredibly functional, and timeless. We're extremeley proud of the hard work so far, and we're looking forward to honing in on a beautiful materials scheme and specifying all the finishes and fixtures throughout the first part of 2018.  Exciting times ahead!
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22nd November 2017

The situation for today is materials everywhere in the studio!

Selections for our materials normally start with a huge shortlist of samples. From there we edit again and again, considering the product usage, product availability and the clients budget, tweaking the mateials scheme again and again until we arrive at a palette that works for aesthetics, performace, cost and importantly, for sustainability.

This client has function and aesthetics as top priority.

22nd October 2017

We've been a little occupied of late, so keeping up with the web updates and social media has unfortunately been on the backburner! Even finding the time to be inspired by International interior architecture often happens at night in front of the TV with a glass of wine...

The home studio has sprawled into the kitchen / dining area as the need to spread out plans and materials often means a reclocation of the work space is required!
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3rd October 2017

In this interior space, a feature wall in Taubmans Secret Passage sits alongside British Paints' Love Note. Windows are framed in metallic rods for sheer layered curtains.  Bamboo flooring provides for a sustainable and environmentally friendly flooring solution. An 18th centurry wingback chair upholstered in black velvet, and lighting inspired by Jason Miller's Modo chandelier complete the look.

16th August 2017

This week is all about getting a scheme that we've been working on signed off by the Client. After weeks of collecting imagery and inspiration, and then defining the emotional and practical needs of the Interior space, it's so satisfying to finally  be narrowing in on selections and booking in materials orders.

We've also been trying to tidy up the growing materials library. It's such a mammoth task trying to keep all the samples in order, so in an effort to have clean space and clean mind, we are culling the once-loved products and making way for new favourites.


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1st August 2017

Back into it! Feeling refreshed and inspired after a bit of hazy time immersed in the smoochiness of a newborn. With an active two year old also snatching potential work time, its been hard to do anything work-related. We've had some time to froth over some of the amazing furniture design from this years' Salone del Mobile in Milan, and its also just nice to have some down time to pour over books magazines and images on social sites. 

Today we developed a scheme with some new finishes and colours we're loving for a project coming up. Still loving the monochromatic bases but with this one calls for highlights of salmon pink, burgundy and deep teal.

Looking forward to being  inspired by Maison D'Objet Paris in September.

5th May 2017

There was so much beauty to come out of this years Salone Internazionale del Mobile fair in Milan.
Arrrgh the CC-Tapis Rugs!!! All beautifully handknotted by expert Tibetan artisans in Nepal...We loved the designs of Mae Engelgeer (left) and Patricia Urquiola (right).

Or there was the cursive 'Scribble' tables by Francesca Lanzavecchia for De Castelli that look like they're just dancing in space. Some of the best new Contemporary design.

(image borrowed from nytimes.com)

20th March 2017

We've been working on some new interior schemes for a project coming up thats due for submission.  It's for a 4 bedroom cottage in a Heritage Conservation Area in the Inner West of Sydney, and it needs to be modernised with warm tones. Then we're looking forward to developing the Interiors arm of my business and also designing the finishes, fixtures and fittings scheme for the new build we're working on.

Sarah

Posted: 24th january 2017

Returned to some fashion styling recently. I'm so, so lucky to get to work with such beautiful people like Candice Warner in my job. Always warm, always friendly, extremely professional. Last night was the Allan Border Medals 2017 event where David Warner won his second consectutive AB Medal. I worked on putting together a look for Candice that was bespoke, elegant and classic-ly red-carpet (or blue in this case, which is the 'new' red carpet!) Candice looked divine in her custom made gown by Talulah La Maison, jewels by Cerrone Jewellers, and accessories by Jimmy Choo. 

​Sarah

20th January 2017

Just wrapped a TVC and print shoot for the team at Triple M. Always a pleasure.


28th August 2014

My Summer styling tips and tricks that recently appeared on Missy Confidential’s website...

16th January 2017

For the last few months I’ve been working with an Australian Designer on a gown for Iron Woman /Model Candice Warner, to attend the Allan Border Medals 2017 with husband and Australian Cricket Vice Captain David Warner. We custom designed a beautiful panelled beaded frock with Talulah, in what would be one of the first red carpet gowns for the launch of their new bespoke line Talulah La Maison. The Allan Border Medals will be taking place on the 23rd January 2017. Gown is almost complete and in final alteration stages.
CAD Illustrations courtesy of Talulah La Maison

10th January 2017

We recently embarked on a $15k renovation to the inside and outside of a property in Sydney's Inner West, in order to achieve a higher rental return. The house had deteriorated over a number of years, and the state it was in became more apparent on closer inspection once we started ripping up carpet and opening cupboards. The budget was going to be seriously stretched! We discovered windows that didnt open, locks that didnt work, cupboards where the hinged doors just completley fell off. We filled a whole skipbin in softsoil landscaping alone! We had a tight deadline of 10 days, to get the place renovated, to have real estate photos done and to get the place listed for rent immediately, in order to advertise to target tenants suited to the property type- reclocations and uni students moving house in the month of January. 

For me professionally this year, we plan to launch head first into our interior design work, reasearching and planning where to take the business in the future. The Interior Design course I completed last year was part of a larger long-term plan for a career change or re-direction, something I've been thinking about for a long time when I decided that fashion styling wasn't so suited to career longeivity until retirement. Unfortunately, I kept putting off my Interior Studies as I was getting good work in freelance fashion styling, and so the idea kept being deferred for the better part of a decade. Interior Design has always felt like a natural evolution for me. It's an honest passion, and something I really enjoy. I still plan to style fashion and interiors as I have been doing, whilst I'm getting my Interiors work off the ground, building contacts and clients in a new industry - it will just be a shared focus for now.

On another note, my husband and I are preparing for our second baby's arrival in a  couple of months. I've learnt some  important lessons about work / life balance since having my first baby and returning to work within weeks, something I wouldnt recommend for a number of reasons! So I plan to put my family and my health first for a bit while I recover from the birth and adjust to a working life again with an energetic 28 month old and a newborn!

Cheers to 2017!
Sarah

11th November  2016

Today was spent shooting the new team for the SEA FM advertising material. Always a pleasure working with the Austereo crew and photographer Steve Baccon + co.

28th October 2016

Perfect weather and some stunning backdrops for a shoot for the marketing material for a new luxury residential developement by TOGA called The Hunter, and situated in Double Bay. I'm loving these kind of shoots at the moment which are feeding into my passion for the interiors world, and fusing it with my nostalgic love for fashion. And who doesn't love shooting poolside and feasting on the shoot props?

18th October  2016

Another recent Ben + Co shoot that I worked on with the team at Ipoh for Chifley Plaza and agency Maud.
 

16th September 2016

360 degree views of Sydney city at a night shoot for Chifley Plaza this week.

2nd September 2016

Recently released is the Chifley Plaza retailer feature that I worked on. The feature highlights the personal hobbies of the retailers' within the centre which included Art + sculpture collecting, a poker champion and a wine connosseur.
 

Posted: 18th august 2016

Popped back into the 2Day FM office to style the new Rove + Sam TVC for their B'day cash giveaway. Always a delight working with the Austereo team.

7th July 2016

A beautiful Interiors set we styled this week. Relaxed Australian materials and furnishings.
 

14th June 2016

Shooting more of my favourite kind of styling lately- objects that dont move! LOVE working on product styling shots recently. With a nice amount of time allocated to each shot, you can really focus on getting perfect results- objects that are beautifully aligned and nicely balanced, getting the lighting right etc...

8th June 2016

We've just wrapped work on a beautiful portrait series, dressing almost a dozen retailers for an in-centre publication.
 

12th May 2016

We're particularly proud of some new work that's just come out in the Chifley Ben + Co publication. The art/ styling direction for this was  much more simplified and raw than what I've worked on recently, so it felt good to be a part of something fresh. These images feature retailers' M.J Bale, Marina Rinaldi, Acquila, Leona Edmiston, Rodd + Gunn, Karen Gee.
Photography by Adam Bryce.
 

16th April 2016

We recently worked on the styling for a series of product images to be used in centre to promote the services avaible at Chifley Plaza. The 'Hands' series, conceptualised by Maud agency, demonstrates the services of the Cobbler, Pharmacist, Dry Cleaner, Travel Agency, and Hair Salon.  The images also ran in the centre's publication Ben + Co.
 

13th April 2016

It's been a while since I've posted, I haven't had a lot of desk time lately.

Just this week, I officially graduated from my Interior Design course, which is so relieving and exciting. Many long nights preparing schedules, surrounded by cutting swatches and sample boards, and sitting in front of a compter screen working on CAD designs. All of this got me this 'piece of paper', so it's so nice to be recognised for Interior Design, I'm so proud to have completed something I've wanted to do for almost a decade.

 

24th February 2016

This week we've been working on a product shoot for the Chifley Plaza Ben + Co publication. The images will also be used on display around the centre. LOVING working on some beautifully crafted, and really art-directed still life at the moment...
 

8th February 2016

Meetings, meetings, meetings! A couple of shopping centre catalogues, and more meetings!  We've also had a bit of time to go through four massive tubs of vintage (pre-2000!) Vogue Italia and Vogue Paris that we've had in storage. Still inspiring today.  
 

29th January 2016

I've just returned from a holiday at sea, with the last bit of my holidays spent cruising to New Caledonia. If you haven't 'cruised' before- as I hadn't - then don't diss it, just try it! SO good.
 
If you've made it this far, you've obviously seen my new website! It's much  more edited than the last one, and it's contents are more in line with where I'm at, creatively.
 
I'll continue to post, hopefully more often than previously.
 
Check in here when you get the chance!
Sarah

21st December 2015

What a year! It has been my most challenging to date, by far.
What have I learnt? That returning to work so early after having a baby is not recommended for a reason.  And  juggling a jerky baby with a freelance styling and design schedule is much harder when you don't exactly know what days you're needed and where, until the 11th hour!
 
On the upside- as a new mother, I've learnt to be even more efficient than I ever was, getting more done in half the time. As a worker this means I think I do a much better job than I did before, because my time is valuable and I use it productively. My decision-making is more considered and speedier. I'm patient, but not a push-over. I'm still fleeting but more focussed. I'm now ambidextrous, And I can also do more with one free hand (and a baby on my hip!). I think these personal life changes make for a better professional outcome, which is why I'm so thrilled to be working.
 
My 'Me' time is sporadic and so it's more precious than ever before. When i switch off, I'm really off! Off-line and off-mind! 
No more late night emails when I'm lying in bed (but there's more early morning emails now!) Everything in my life is a lot more split up and compartmentalised. It's so refreshing to feel so in control when I reflect on the year that's been,  especially after a few unsettled weeks with a newborn earlier in the year.
 
As a freelancer, you can never really predict what's ahead, and as a person who has always shamelessley 'micro-managed' every facet of her life, this can feel like you're strapped to the front of a freight-train speeding at 200km/h under the cloak of darkness.  Add to this the responsibilities of having a dependant, and you've got a scary outlook. But I'm so relieved  that I've made it to the other end of the year, and it's been another one doing exactly what I love. How lucky I am!
 
With my Interior Design studies completed part-way through this last year, my focus for 2016 will be to combine my Fashion and Interior knowledge together. I want to continue to style, but I want to work some more with product and homewares. I'm hoping to build contacts in the Interior Design arena, and continue to foster relationships with fashion clients. Fusing the two industries' is not a new concept. Fashion and Interiors do go hand-in-hand I think, so my immediate goal is to become more valuable and more broadly-skilled as a stylist- not restricted to working with beautiful clothes. I think in 2016, and epecially since the social media revolution, a Stylist (or any vocation for that matter) needs to be diverse and open-minded.
 
So here's to the New Year! I'll definitely be downing a drink. Looking forward to the next year to come.
 
 
 

15th December 2015

More product styling this week! Wrapping up the year with work on a catalogue for early next year.

18th September 2015

My work on a DDS catalogue recently had me building a product shot of bath mats with so much stuffing, it towered to almost a metre tall, resembling a pretty meaty bath mat burger!

25th August 2015

We worked on the campaign images for luxury brand Everyday Cashmere. The shoot was at Bankstown airport in a gorgeous private jet. Bright blue skies and a gorgeous sunset ensued, giving us the backdrop for the shots we needed

 14th August 2015

It's a wrap! For my Interior Design Diploma that is...
Around the time I went freelance as a stylist, I decided I wanted to extend on my Fashion Design knowledge by studying Interior Design. And I've just graduated from CATC Design School after 2 gruelling years learning the art of technical drawing, perspective sketching, the history of architecture and furniture design, plus loads of CAD programs like SketchUp, AutoCAD and the Artlantis rendering program. There were many late nights where I wanted to throw it all in, but it was all with the purpose to gain the knowledge I need for my long term goal, which will involve my passion for beautiful Interior spaces and a foray into the Interiors arena, eventually running my own Interior Design firm. Will have more info to come on this in the New Year.
All with a new baby in tow, it's made for a pretty mammoth year so far. Here's some examples of my work.
 

23rd April 2015

The Ben & Co publication I work on with the team at Ipoh and agency Maud is going from strength to strength each issue. This time, the theme for the fashion I sourced was 'Types of Leaders', assuming that different CEO's wear different styles of work attire, depending on their style of leadership. Fun project, and the resulting product shots are beautiful.

29th November 2014
 

As I sit here writing this with two days until the due date of my first baby, I'm looking forward to having a few months hiatus from my freelance styling  to spend time with the husband and newborn, just playing Mum for a bit and celebrating the gorgeous Sydney sunshine I look forward to every Summer.
 
Making the choice, after 14 years together, to finally take time out to have a baby this year was the biggest decision my husband and I have had to make. And if you're any type of freelancer, you'll understand exactly why.  Being freelance is a delicate balancing act of all sorts. My styling work is in a good place now, and the time is better than ever for us. I'm looking forward to being able to take time out, splitting my time between my work and baby duties. A couple of years ago this would not have been possible without losing some important regular clients. 
 
See you when I'm back at it part-way into 2015! It's been a good one!
 
 
Silhouettes by Olillia, sourced from Flikr

27th October 2014

I worked with client Helen Kaminski and their design agency again this season for their publication that they produce, which is all about hats and bags! The shoot mainly involves precision product styling, which I love because it can be challenging; harnessing the rim of the hats on fishing line so that they can suspend in the air from c-stands can be fun, as can using all different sized objects to stuff and prop up bags and hats...

17th October 2014

I was lucky enough to work on an Ipoh shopping centre publication recently. The publication this time had a strong racing theme and was a lot of fun to put together, as always!

17th September 2014

I travelled with the rest of the crew to Mollymook for the Everyday Cashmere website images. We shot at Rick Stein's beautiful Bannister's restaurant and were lucky enough to hang out in the penthouse for a couple of days. Amazing crew, great client and fab weather.
 

14th July 2014
 

I worked on a White Christmas tableware shoot for a magazine called Home Design, which sits in the Interior/ Architecture category. It was a bit of a new experience for me as I don’t get to do a lot of home wares styling in my job, and it quickly became one of the largest jobs I’ve done in terms of product and packaging (dozens of Wedgwood crystal items come in loads of packaging and bubble wrap!). Way more physically intensive than any fashion shoot I’ve done which mainly requires garment bags and suitcases. Made me appreciate an interior stylists job! I really enjoyed putting it all together and of course, working with my FAVE product photographer the legendary Philip Le Masurier
 

6th May 2014

My love for residential interiors specifically has always been there, but I’ve recently put this in to practise by studying for my Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration. I’m part way through my course, and within a short time, I’ll be qualified to specify for Interior projects, and equipped with the knowledge for interior styling. For me it seemed like a natural progression to build on from the fashion design knowledge I have from completing studies out of school.
 

15th April 2014

Shooting still-life set-up shots is one of my favourite things to do. It’s a concept I pushed for for years during my time as fashion editor at Cosmopolitan, where they preferred to shoot products as a single flat lay that they could deep etch and re-design on the page at leisure. I pitched set-up theme ideas to my editor on several occasions, but it apparently just didn’t suit the format/signature of that particular title. It’s great that as a freelancer, I’ve had opportunities to really develop my set-up product shot skills- it’s required from so many clients these days, especially with the move to online retail and publications.
This time I was working with Helen Kaminski’s hats and bags, styling all the product shots for their upcoming brand publication. It was a long 12 hour day, but was also fun and challenging because it all had to align so precisely in frame.

December 22nd 2013

What a way to end the year, with a cracker of a TVC prep and shoot production week, working on a new spot for Colgate Optic White toothpaste. The brief for this shoot was so exciting, requiring quite a bit of prep and several heavily accessorised day-to-night look changes, to be flashed over 30 seconds of air time. It was produced by the talented team at Collider, directed by Damon Cameron.
 
 

November 8th 2013

I've always loved working on fast fashion campaigns. The locations are always fun, and the sets quite heavily propped. The last location for Valleygirl was true to my personal style, a little bit ghetto and rough around the edges- the rooftop of an old warehouse building in Surry Hills was the perfect shoot spot. I've shot here twice but luckily it's still relatively undiscovered by Sydney's creative crews, so it's still a bit of a rare gem.

October 11th 2013

What do you get when you combine photographer Nick Scott,  gorgeous Californian model Megan Hawkins, and a superstar grooming team of Naomi McFadden and Kimberley Forbes? You get a cracker of a day and some pretty darn hot results. I styledhats from Akubra with a splashing of Gucci and Isabel Marant? For the most recent shoot for my blog www.modamaison.com we wanted to channel a Western lone star in something that was photographically quite raw and real. For the second story, we changed things up and went all Marianne Faithfull, putting Megan on a motorbike in retro threads.
 

May 20th 2013

Hush Communications contacted me in May asking me if I'd like to take part in a styling competition for one of their clients Ecco Shoes. The task was to choose two pairs of shoes, one from the Summer collection and one from the Winter and to style it up with outfits of our choice, direction for hair and make-up and set props/photo treatment. A total of 10 stylists took part, including some 'prominent' (or dominant!?!) high fashion stylists. We all got to work with the photographer Nicholas Samartis, make-up Allison Boyle, hair Keiren Street. I ended up winning the competition with $10,000 prize money in the pocket. Going straight towards home reno's, not designer threads

May 5th 2013

For the Temt Spring shoot, we shot at the most beautiful old house in Woollahra. It's apparently used mainly for dinner parties, with its grand dining area adjacent to the kitchen. Lots of history in this place! We brought in loads of faux flowers and literally covered the house with them to create an overgrown garden feel...
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March 22nd 2013

The rack of block colours and simple patterns for Sunday Life's columnists shoot with photographer Damien Bennett, where we shot Yumi Stynes, the hilarious Jane Caro, and the ever delightful Pat Ingram.

March 10th 2013

In an effort to find more time and as part of a New Years resolution to see more cultural exhibits, I attended the Powerhouse Museum's 'Love Lace' exhibition, curated by a friend of mine. I just love lace. I always have. Lace's in all their forms were displayed in many different mediums. Favorites' would have to have been the lace tea set, and hand-crocheted gloves, where the artist modeled them all on her left hand, whilst she worked with her right.

24th January 2013

We recently began product on the 3rd issue of WHITE magazine for Tony Bianco Shoes. WHITE is full of shoes of course, but also includes a good dose of beauty, health and fashion advice. I flew down to Melbourne to shoot their still-life product shots, and then back to Sydney to shoot the main with photographer Holly Blake. Tony Bianco's new Winter collection is a mix of touch boots in all forms chelsea, biker, knee-high and a gorgeous punchy mix of Winter's hot colours rust, pine and indigo.

 15th November 2012
 

Poster Magazine's 10th anniversary issue was recently released, with a fab launch party at Sdney's Park Hyatt. The cover, shot by Nicholas Samartis, features none other than the divine Marthe Wiggers on the cover.
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13th November 2012

It's not often that I get to work on men's stuff so I was happy recently when photographer Thomasz Machnik asked me to collaborate on a story with Remix magazine. We hired an old Merc, a bike and two male models to work suiting from the likes of M.J Bale and Ermenegildo Zenga.
For the styling, I was inspired by tailoring and the satorialist dress sense of polished Mailanese men at fashion week in particular.

1st September 2012

Marthe Wiggers, with IMG Australia, is a gorgeous new Australian/Dutch model. Super-young and such a pleasure to work with. We were able to launch Marthe on her first Australia cover for Poster magazine, before all the mainstream mags get a hold of her!
We shot this on a freezing cold winter's day a few weeks back. Marthe copped the entire breeze and the sea-spray, and never complained once. Certainly one to watch.

26th June 2012

I've been working with  Delta Goodrem again recently, helping
her out with appearances- jewellery and shoes plus some custom made pieces for The Voice. This woman is one of the busiest, hardest-working people I've ever met. Drive and ambition aplenty, her work ethic is admirable.

18th May 2012

I was lucky enough to shoot in the most beautifully decorated French-style house in Wahroongah for a fashion campaign recently. The gardens were untouched and wildy growing, and the interior rooms were a feast for the eyes!
 

29th January 2012

Beautiful French, Italian and Spanish lingerie were chosen for this lingerie story for Cream Magazine. Ilona (Chic Mgmt) has one of the most toned bodies in Sydney so was a natural choice for our lingerie story.
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19th January 2012

Norwegian model Lise flew into Sydney the day before our Rodeo Show Winter 2012 campaign shoot. Still jet-lagged, she battled the 3.30am call time and the drive to Bowral and managed to stay chirpy the whole time. This girl will be working like a demon during her stay, no doubt.

 15th January 2012

Photographer Gen Kay and I were lucky enough to get a day with 19 year-old Jess Gold (Maverick) in Melbourne before she jets back to NYC. One of the most down-to-earth girls I've worked with. We were shooting a mix of International and Australian designers for the inaugural issue of Tokyo based, Union magazine, which will launch in March 2012.

15th December 2011

The divine Delta Goodrem has been back in Oz for the last month and a bit following the Arias. I have been looking after her wardrobe whilst she's here.
Below left: in Woodford & Co, Natasha, Louis Vuitton and Elke at the Aria's rehearsals
Below right: in Michael Lo Sordo top and skirt, Mulberry bag, Gucci heels in her home town, Glenhaven.
Middle left: in Willow dress, Assad Mounser earrings (offtherunway.com.au), Maison Martin Margiela cuff, and Louboutin heels at the Cruising Yacht Club.
Middle right: in Willow jacket and skirt, Jan Logan jewellery, and Louboutin heels at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre.
Bottom left and middle: In Louis Vuitton leather lace dress and mary-jane heels and stud bracelets from Fall 11, and Bulgari rings, at the Louis Vuitton store launch with Yves Carcelle.
Bottom Right: In Hermes top, Rebecca Vallance skirt, Peeptoe heels and Rachel Gilbert blazer.
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20th September 2011
 

We flew to the Red Centre (Alice Springs) was the location for the last Jeanswest campaign I worked on with photographer Chris Searl and maquillage Nadine Monley.
 

10th June 2011

A shoot at Manly's army barracks with photographer Gianluca Santoro. This one's for Italian magazine, IKI. This is my fourth time working with model, Ilona Novacek, and she's definitely a favourite.
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8th May 2011

Working with photographer Nick Scott is one of my joys in life! I was lucky enough to work on the Sony VAIO project with Art Director Justine o'Donnell.
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31st March 2011

A recent shoot for Westfield Belconnen, involved 4am starts and the early morning chill in Canberra

19th December 2010

I've recently begun working as a contributor for Sunday Life magazine. I'll be contributing weekly with work towards the flat lay and main fashion styling, as well as feature stories. Very exciting move for me on my exit out of Cosmo, as it means I'll get to work with a wider range of brands. The circulation is huge which is some added pressure but all part of the job!

17th December 2010

Some behind-the-scene's shots from two shoots for Wish, with supermodel Iekeleine Stange. One of the best 'movers' I've ever worked with!
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12th December 2010

Talk About It campaign
I recently participated in the Cotton On's 'Talk About It' campaign as an ambassador with a bunch of other fun Australian's, to raise awareness for Beyond Blue and to target depression amongst youths via a t-shirt design. $10 from the sale of every $24.95 tee went to Beyond Blue.

6th December 2010

My last editorial shoot for Cosmopolitan mag, in the March 2011 issue. The theme was based around the Notebook movie. We shot in Bowral. In the rain. All day...
This marks the end of an era for my time at Cosmopolitan magazine. I've learnt a lot, but it's onwards and upwards to see what the future holds for me! I plan to work as a freelance stylist, working across fashion and Interior industrie's, doing hopefully a bit more product styling. I'm also planning to embark on my Interior Design studies, which I've been deferring for as long as the role at Cosmopolitan had been keeping me too busy for other things. Excited for what's ahead.
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