A little while ago I had the pleasure of welcoming Sydney stylist/photographer team Warnes and Walton, into my home for a very interesting day. The duo were on a quick jaunt to Queensland in search of interesting interiors to photograph.
And I must say that I was delighted that they chose my home as one of them.
I have to say that it was such an interesting and educational experience having my interior ‘styled’ by someone else as opposed to doing it myself. It really is quite therapeutic having fresh eyes coming into your home to give it a bit of a shakeup or just put a slightly different slant on things.
From the moment Natalie Walton arrived, I was fascinated by the way she quietly and methodically went from room to room, finding various items that in some cases I had even forgotten I had. Area rugs were swapped around in order to create a lighter more summery feel for the photo in my ‘Sitting Room’ area, some artwork was changed around, an old vintage Peacock chair left over from my Babalou project was dragged out of the garage, and the overall look of the interior was pared back a little.
Natalie, who is an accomplished writer, blogger, and interior stylist, whose work has appeared in everything from Elle Decoration UK, Australia’s Harpers Bazaar, Real Living, to House and Garden, knew exactly the mood she was going for. An understated, casual, eclectic vibe which really captured the essence of my home and garden, and I think a quintessentially Australian/Queensland style.
Her friendly colleague, photographer Chris Warnes, who has worked extensively throughout Australia and North America, made me feel so at ease and comfortable, in front of the camera. The beautiful photos that they produced of my home, are testament to their collectively discerning eye and talent, and obviously how well they work together.
I also loved that I learnt new terminology (for me anyway) about setting up a shot. There is always one particular ‘hero’ that a photo should encapsulate. Being the collector that I am, I find myself often fighting the ‘maximalist’ from within. I could sometimes be accused of having too many ‘heroes’ in one room. Alas, it is sometimes just as difficult to edit as it is to add!!
Natalie and Chris have put together a lovely feature and we were very pleased to see that it made the cover of the autumn issue of Queensland Homes magazine which is out now.
We all spent a lovely day together, and Natalie who was at the time many weeks pregnant, just a few days later got on a plane and flew to L.A to interview Kelly Wearstler for Australian Harpers Bazaar!
Now that’s what I call motivation!!!