Deb Meyer and Gillian Chesterfield with our lovely  group of inspired ladies.

Deb Meyer and Gillian Chesterfield with our lovely group of inspired ladies.

This weekend we welcomed Deb Meyer and Gillian Chesterfield from Home StagingToowoomba to Studio fifty-three for their ‘Style Your Home’ workshop. They were joined by twelve ladies eager to learn and be inspired to style their own homes.

Introductions

Marissa has a small entryway and didn't know what to do in it. I think she nailed it. A mirror to reflect light and make the space appear bigger, and special pieces to make a beautiful and inviting entry statement.

Marissa has a small entryway and didn’t know what to do in it. I think she nailed it. A mirror to reflect light and make the space appear bigger, and special pieces to make a beautiful and inviting entry statement.

We started the workshop by going around the table and finding out what everyone wanted out of the workshop and if anyone had a specific problem they would like addressed. The answers were everything from not knowing where to start in a dated country 1990’s house,  a problem with a small entryway, and not knowing how to hang groupings of photos. Throughout the afternoon Deb and Gillian addressed these problems and came up with solutions.

Style Your Home

After the introductions, Deb and Gillian launched into a power point presentation which covered –

  • How to assess your house and rooms
  • Function
  • Flow
  • Room sizes
  • Light sources
  • Focal Points
  • Colour
  • Components of a room
  • How to create a vignette
  • Tool Kit
  • Resources

What is a Vignette?

Gillian Chesterfield swapping accessories to completely alter the look of a vignette

Gillian Chesterfield swapping accessories to completely alter the look of a vignette

Deb Meyer explaining basic components of a vignette

Deb Meyer explaining basic components of a vignette

Not everyone knows what this French word actually means. A vignette is essentially a unique visual short story. It’s told through using an arrangement of smaller objects gathered together to tell a tale that is only yours. It can be as simple or as grand as you like; a pile of seashells in different sizes gathered from a distant seaside trip laid out on a shelf, a stack of treasured books, a beautiful scented candle, the Champagne cork from a special bottle, or a grouping like the girls put together on Sunday.

Interactive activity

An idea to display a mask

An idea to display a mask

Everyone was invited to bring along an item that they love, but have trouble displaying.

Margarita brought along an antique mask that had been in her family for many years but was never sure how to display it. She was given several different options from including it in a vignette, hanging it on a small nib wall or displaying on a stand alone stand.

Nat brought a beautiful antique dough bowl and was

Nat added a few key pieces and now is happy displaying with her beautiful antique dough bowl.

Nat added a few key pieces and now is happy displaying with her beautiful antique dough bowl.

after some inspiration on how to display it. The girls suggested she make a display inside of it.  When she got home that is exactly what she did.

Lacking in Confidence

Looking around the table at these stylish women, I remember thinking that they all presented themselves really well, yet it appeared they lived in homes that obviously didn’t reflect their style.

These are some of reasons that they stated why this was so.  They hadn’t decorated while their children were young  (they are now adults) and still haven’t got around to it and now have grand children, or they know its time for a reno but have no idea  where to start. Whatever reasons they had, I think lacking confidence in their own style is what was holding them back.

After the afternoon of practical advice everyone left feeling totally inspired and couldn’t wait to get home and put into practice some of what they learnt in the workshop.

Thank you for the photos ladies, you did an amazing job. A+

If you would like to do this workshop in the future, go to the contact on the website and leave us a message. CONTACT US HERE

Beautiful vignette by Nat

Beautiful vignette by Nat

Testimonials

Was a really inspiring afternoon thanks Deb and Gill. Took home lots of tips and ideas. Thanks to you Karen for hosting.
 Thanks for a very interesting and fun afternoon

Thanks so much Deb, Gill and Karen. Lots of ideas – just have to put them into practice

Thank you Deb, Gill and Karen for a great afternoon. Learnt lots

Great afternoon. Feeling very inspired.

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