A fabulous day at
Grand Designs Live
While I didn’t get to meet Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs UK fame,
I met so many interesting people and spent time talking with them about their
diverse range of products and services.
Leanne from Chair Candy told me all about how they specialise in one off statement pieces and
custom make all of the furniture and create the textiles.
With around 200 artists who contribute to their library there’s quite a range to choose from,
or you can bring in your own artwork.
Why not see how creative you can be and go to their website Chair Candy and select a chair and
fabric and see what designs you come up with.
There’s a competition on at the moment and you never know – you might be the winner.
These sheets feel fabulous!
David & Belinda from In The Sac have 100% pure linen bed sheets in two weights.
A heavier weight for the fitted sheet and then a lighter weight to lay over your body.
When washed, they dry faster than cotton and by drying on a clothes line gravity will
do the work that an iron would. The colour range is stunning and while I’m a white sheets
person, the aqua and green are perfect summer bed colours.
The feel of these sheets is absolute luxury but without the luxury price tag.
Here I am with Carlinea Williamson, Director of Reno Exchange
Reno exchange is an online marketplace that connects consumers who are looking for product on the
internet, with retailers in their area – such a great idea! At the moment they have 25,000 different
renovation products from 400 retailers across Australia and the business is growing every day,
last month over 250,000 people logged onto their website.
I can understand why – just think of all the time and energy you’ll save
by not having to run all over town looking for products.
Shaynna Blaze of “Selling Houses Australia” spoke on Decorating for Kids.
I asked Shaynna what was her favourite of all the children’s rooms she has worked on.
She told me it was her daughters and how she created a fantasy land for a total of only $70.
By cutting tortured willlow and then hanging it in the bedroom, then lining it all with bud lights
and adding a tulle canopy over the bed, she creating a room for a little girls imagination
to run away with the fairies.
I spoke with Susan from Mirror Your TV which transforms your TV into a mirror
with a click of the remote. They’re either retrofit or they provide the entire tv unit using a
slimline tv . Treated glass is then put over the tv allowing the light from the tv to shine through
giving you an undistorted image.
A selection of frames are available or you can provide your own.
Now decorating around enormous televisions won’t be the headache it used to be!
Casey Simms is a student at the Whitehouse Institute of Design & a finalist in
Rooms by Design at Grand Designs Live.
After I spoke with Casey I met up with Luke Tipene the Program Coordinator of Interior Design
at the Whitehouse Institute of Design & we talked about the history of the school.
Established for 25 years and known specifically for fashion for the first 20, they then branched
out to add Interior Design to their syllabus, offering a Bachelor of Design.
This is a three year course where you specialise in either Interior Design or Fashion
and when you complete your studies you have a strong background and sense of experience
in that chosen area.
An alumni of successful and well respected designers makes The Whitehouse Institute
an instantly recognised name in the world of design.
The above 3 images are from Cafe Lighting a supplier that The Style Project purchases from.
Their stand was buzzing with people wanting to look at the stylish yet affordable items they
stock with everything today’s decorator is looking for.
My favourite product of theirs is a
black sateen button ottoman, featured this month on my Products page.
Full interviews of the people I spoke with will be available to listen to at The Style Project
in the coming weeks once editing is completed.
You may recognise her from “House Rules” earlier in the year.
Michelle was an absolute delight and has such energy about her.
She told me how she wakes up every day in the
most beautiful home she could ever ask for. Following the show she and Steve
had a well deserved break and now she’s busy with several projects.
Michelle is working with Masters and Pickawall
& also as a styling assistant for an online shopping home wares retailer.
This was without a doubt my favourite episode of the Grand Designs series.
This London water town was converted into a single dwelling and it’s amazing!
While I didn’t see Kevin at Sydney’s Grand Designs Live, here he is with the full episode.
Some rather predictable music to finish off this week
I spent this afternoon at the most amazing top floor, waterfront apartment in Neutral Bay.
In the coming weeks I will blog about this amazing building.
A bit of a teaser – it was built in Point Point and then moved by barge to Neutral Bay.
My jaw was on the floor when I first saw it!
Wishing you a fabulous week ahead
Yours in Style – Kim x
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