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Styling flowers - interiors - weddings - entertaining food & wine - costume design - celebrations - events table settings - decorating - gardens - interiors - vintage restoration - seasons - Australia - home - shopping arts - studios - seasons - artists - colours collecting - country living - children - toys fine art - auctions - sourcing & searching and everything creative ... w w w. c o t y f a r q u h a r . c o m

A U S T R A L I A Photography, Styling & Design Coty Farquhar

PUBLISHER Farquhars Pty Ltd ABN 003 522 683 P.O. Box 54 BOWRAL. N.S.W. 2576 AUSTRALIA


2013 COPYRIGHT FARQUHARS PTY LTD Design, Art Direction, Edited & Produced by Farquhars Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the publisher. All images are copyright to Coty Farquhar, Farquhars Pty Ltd. Editorial stories, links, marketing and promotional images throughout this magazine are linked accordingly to the website of the original source. This online magazine is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be resold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in a form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

Looking through this new issue of Styling magazine, I cannot believe how much fun and enjoyment I have had each day putting it together. I must admit I am exhausted, and I can’t lie to you, there is so much more work involved day to day than just putting the magazine together ...but it’s all worth it. I started on this issue with the intent of focusing on the richness of colour and how it effects our lives. As I looked more deeply into the stories that I had gathered, the magazine literally grew wings and took off as if it is running all by itself.     The direction and style of the stories changed if my magic, and each day I would get an idea for the magazine, and then almost instantly I would receive a message from someone, or the material would simply arrive on my desk, or appear in front of me.    One story lead to another, and every person and story somehow linked together. All the people featured in this issue had one thing in common - each experts in their field and all creative.  So was born the creative collective.   My dear friend & American artist, Harrison Howard (whom I featured on my blog in 2010), set the theme for this issue with his beautiful paintings and illustrations of whimsical chinoiserie scenes and his well known flower ladies. He opened a few more doors for me into the rich and fanciful world of chinoiserie.  We all need some fantasy in our lives! Styling magazine contributor, Christiane de Bièvre and I were admiring Harrison’s flower lady paintings and I asked her if she had any photographs of the event she created and directed for Hermès Paris back in 1987. She created an incredible event using ballerinas dressed as flowers dancing in the Botanical Gardens in Sydney.  I remembered hearing about this event when I was still with Vogue and the editors returned to the office raving about it & showing off their new scarves.  Christiane called me a couple of days later after searching through some old boxes of negatives cheering: “I found them, Coty and I am on my way to the studio now”.  My inner child started to sing when I saw what she had. I’m sure you will also agree with me when you read the story about the creation of this amazing and unique event.       This month’s stylist is colour guru, Melissa Stinson. She has recently returned to Australia with her four children after living overseas in Singapore and Canada. She shares her colorful home, her wardrobe and her eclectic collections that she has gathered from both here in Australia and around the world.    A creative collective comes in many dimensions.  I am thrilled to introduce to you to an Australian woman and spiritual teacher Ayisha Zaman of Diamond Body.  Her teachings are diverse and deep and she shares her thoughts and wisdom on how to tap into our heart and soul to help us have a more creative life.   Also in this issue, Andrew Farquhar shares the delicate restoration job on a gorgeous carved chinoiserie mirror that arrived at our workshop in many pieces. And, Styling Magazine explores more gorgeous gardens throughout the Southern Highlands.   I hope you enjoy this issue and I would love it if you shared Styling Magazine with your family and friends. Thank you all for your amazing support! Coty Farquhar

Styling is a reflection of our personality – our tastes, our power of observation, our own cultural upbringing and our talent for originality. Creativity is a fundamental human compulsion to invent or to compose. Take time each week to create your own ideas, however humble you may think they are. Look closely at the details in everything and notice the colours, the shapes and the deep inner feelings you have when you are attracted to something. Creative expression comes from the many objects we have around us in our lives, a bowl of flowers, a favourite teapot on a lovely table, a painting or a garden on a misty day. Creativity is inspired by the wonders of our universe. When you are in the right state of heart and soul, just like magic you can tap into the endless flow of universal creative energy and resources and inspiration comes straight to you. - Coty Farquhar

Styling magazine Artist - February 2013

Harrison Howard

In each issue Styling magazine celebrates the work of an artist and I am thrilled to introduce you to the wonderful and whimsical illustrations and work of American artist Harrison Howard. What a wonderful mind Harrison has! Look closely at each character and see what he has them doing. Riding on the back of a crab or sailing a yacht through a sea of flowers. When I look at his work as a creative director I imagine all the wonderful things that could be done with his creations. Just imagine how eye-catching these would be enlarged, giant size, and featured on a wall in a hip restaurant or in a beautiful boutique in Paris. I can also see them used as a backdrop for a television commercial or in live theatre. I think Harrison should also create a children’s book or animated television show and bring all these characters to life. Watch out Harrison, I’m sure you’re on your way to Hollywood and I hope to be sitting in the front row on opening night.


Chinoiserie is an artistic genre that encompasses all areas of art, architecture and other design that has been produced in the western hemisphere since the middle of the 16th century reflecting an imagined western concept of Chinese culture and art. Chinoiserie is a western phenomenon, and it does not entail anything that was originally produced in China or other parts of Asia. Especially during the 18th century the obsession with chinoiserie spread into almost every European country, and vast sums of money were spent on large scale chinoiserie architecture, paintings, murals, furniture and items ranging from textiles and ceramics to sculpture and small domestic goods. The distinction between genuine Chinese artifacts and European chinoiserie is central to the chinoiserie images that I paint, which are invented scenes, and which owe their source of inspiration mainly to western artists and designers and my own imagination. For centuries chinoiserie has been a widely embraced style intended as an amusing diversion, sometimes comical or lightly satirical, and sometimes utopian. In those respects my chinoserie images have aimed to adhere to the past, but I have taken the liberty of greatly extending the imagery to include motifs that I have not seen before and a color palette and manner of execution that is more 20th century than 18th century. There remains a lot of room for chinoiserie to be interpreted in completely new ways, and while it is not at the center of public artistic awareness such as impressionism or the pop art of the 1960’s, it is an artistic movement in itself that has endured in its popularity in literally every decade for the past 250 years. I never tire of chinoiserie as a theme, and each new painting seems an opportunity to open a new door. Harrison Howard    To  order  Prints  on  line  -­‐  click  here

Note: Also available in Australia from Rosemary Reed Interiors

Harrison Howard

The flower ladies

"ʺThe Flower  Ladies"ʺ,  as  I  call  them,  are  a  series  of  whimsical  watercolor  and   gouache  paintings,  which  have  have  grown  from  a  long  standing  interest  in   fashion  illustration,  children'ʹs  book  illustration  and,  of  course,  flowers.  I  do   not   regard   them   as   paintings   of   fairies,   fairy   art   or   fantasy   art.   I   prefer   to   think  of  them  as   fantasies  based  on  fashion  design.  They  are   the   product  of   numerous   other   influences   as   well,   including   many   of   the   things   surrounding  me  in  everyday  life,  and  extending  to  a  passion  for  many  areas   of   the   decorative   arts,   such   as   the   fanciful   Chinoiserie   designs   of   the   18th   century  Frenchman,  Jean  Pillement.  In   particular,  I  would   acknowledge   the   countless   other   artists   through   the   ages,   too   numerous   too   mention   here,   whose   work   has   electrified   my   imagination.   My   pictures   are   aimed   at   the   fundamental   pleasure   that   almost   all   of  us   take   in   imaginative   and   quirky   ideas.   My   paintings   are   for   all   people,   whatever   their   background,   who   share  a  common  delight  in  art  on  this  level.-­‐‑  Harrison  Howard



Christiane de Bièvre shares one of her most memorable events of the week-long celebration in Australia of the 150th anniversary of the founding of The House of Hermès Paris, as well as the 50th anniversary of the creation of the first Hermès scarf.

www.Christiane de Bièvre .com

Wild Rose

Over the last six months I have had the privilege of working beside Christiane de Bièvre. It is her birthday this month and it is a milestone birthday worthy of a celebration like this event that she created in 1987 for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the House of Hermès Paris, the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the first Hermès scarf as well as the Opening Celebration of the Flagship of Hermès in Australia. Christiane quite simply held the reins as creative director, where she married the design, the choreography, the technique, the cuisine and the dreams together to create this reality of what was a remarkable weeklong event in Sydney. Every little detail was created in her mind months before, and I’m so excited to share the genius of her work and ideas before it is lost forever. Hence, I know what a special opportunity it is for me to share her work through these photographs taken by French photographer Régis Lansac. Thank goodness she found these negatives that had been tucked away in a box for over 24 years. I asked both Christiane and her research assistant at the time, Yvonne Boekel, if they could give Styling magazine a run through of the amazing events of that week. The planning, the production, and the delicious stories behind the scenes.

Above: Christiane overseeing the arrival of the President of The House of Hermès Paris, Monsieur J.L. Dumas as he arrives in a horse and carriage with official guests. The flower ballerinas pose in the windows and welcome guests into the new Hermès Paris flagship boutique in Sydney. Below, The official Hermès Paris stationary and invitations to the week long events and a black and white photograph of Christiane with the Minister of Trade, John Dawkins.

Belgian born Christiane de Bièvre has had a diversified career in public relations, marketing communications and special events with a great interest in incorporating all forms of art in her unique way of creating her concepts. She disciplined herself throughout her career to promote products in which she believed in and she specialized in designing and producing major special events for national and multinational companies. Burson Marsteller Pty Ltd in Brussels, Belgium, became her main client for whom she created concepts with strong visibility and identity in Europe and beyond. Some of Christiane’s clients included Aisin Saki Europe, Armani, Mani and Sonia Rykell, Europe Sony World which included an event for 6’000 guests and Pepsi Cola Company where she created a four day fantasy spectacular event for 35’000 guests. Styling magazine will definitely be featuring this event in another issue soon. Arriving in Sydney in 1982, Christiane was first appointed as organizational consultant to help setting up Burson Marstellar’s Australian headquarters in Sydney, NSW. When she fulfilled her mission International Public Relations Pty Ltd, listed no.1 Australian PR company whose headquarters were located in Melbourne,Vic. appointed her senior special events consultant to create major concepts for national and international corporate companies.  In 1986 she founded her own creative design company named CdB & Associates Pty. Ltd. In 1987 she was approached by Patricia Galloway-Campbell, the then Managing Director of Hermès Paris in Australia to create a week-long celebrations concept for the 150th anniversary of Hermès Paris, the 50th anniversary of the creation in 1937 of the first Hermès scarf as a luxury fashion

The Pansy

accessory as well as incorporating an artistic concept for the launching of the Opening of Hermès’ Flagship Boutique headquarters in Sydney. After having received clear briefings from the then Managing Director Patricia Galloway-Campbell insisting on the fact that the Celebrations should be a truly unique and artistic “Celebration Week” Christiane set off to create the numerous events and realizes up to this day that without her enthusiasm, firm belief in the project, encouragement, understanding and full support received from her, it would have been an almost impossible task to turn the concept into a major success.  Firstly, the scarf proved to be an ideal vehicle for the celebrations insofar as it focused on a product which was easy to publicize as an art form as well as a fashion accessory item. The scarf was a tangible and a practical product with which the public could identify as a “work of art” and it therefore captured the imagination of the audiences throughout the entire week.     Christiane’s aim was to find the best artists she could to put all her ideas into production. “I love to lift events out of the ordinary. To do so one needs to work with true professionals who love to work as a team!” Christiane said.

“People such as Christiane de Bièvre are able to see outside the square her wonderful artistic expertise. Her knowledge of the history of the Arts, Music, Theatre, Production, all comes together and has done over the years with many of her major events both here in Australia and abroad” - Yvonne Boekel

The Thistle

The celebrations started with a gentle fashion floral dance which Meryl Tankard choreographed in the Rose Garden at the Botanical Gardens of Sydney where Australian fashion and luxury media members attended. The living flowers danced on the BRIDE de GALA twenty square Hermès scarf hand painted on canvas, then guests dined on an Australian indigenous dinner which was held in the Pavilion of the Rose garden. The living flowers were also real life displays for the front window of the Hermès boutique for the opening when the VIP guests arrived by horse and carriage. Trumpetists dressed in red costume with their French horns played hunting music whilst television and press were everywhere and the public stopped in amazement to watch this beautiful display as the ‘thistle’ ballerina greeted guests dancing on a 20 sqm hand-painted replica of the famous Hermès scarf Brides de Gala. Christiane said, “I soon realised that staging events became a speciality of mine because I firmly believe that it is, because events, whether they are small, prestigious, speaker-lunches with VIP guests, or huge circus-style promotions, bring clients and their publics together at an immensely valuable personal level. I see my role as first providing clients with a compulsive strategy – for sales boosting, awareness building, restoring images, or other purposes – and then making sure the right tools, which can range from simple press releases to events design to attract thousands of people, are prepared and used with skill” . I was determined to accept campaigns which involved an artistic contribution because I believe that business and art can be mutually beneficial, both create excitement.Artists should really be among the basic suppliers of PR campaigns and they must be chosen with the same care that goes into selecting writers, photographers, printers, etc. I have been in the event industry now for over 30 years and have loved every minute of it, although they are very long days, the results are amazing.

The Lily

Christiane asked Meryl Tankard, Australian ballet dancer and choreographer to produce “Living Flowers” ballerinas. She created the choreography and the floral c o s t u m e s w h i c h we r e inspired by J.J. Grandville’s 19th Century illustrations “Les Fleurs Animees” There was the Lily, Pansy, Wild Rose, Thistle and Carnation.

The Carnation Yvonne Boekel, (research and administrative assistant to Christiane writes:) Well, what can I say except ... What an Event it was! Christiane was approached by the House of Hermès Paris to bring to life an event with an aura of grandeur befitting the House of Hermès in Sydney. Once the seed was planted Christiane with her amazing ability to gather and source amazing Artists from all genres the project became into being. The concept of having such an event in the Botanical Gardens was born, now came the not so easy part how to approach the powers that be. Christiane was able to convince all parties involved that this project could be held with responsibility and high professionalism many meetings, sleepless nights and a yes agreed upon.

The Wild Rose

Now to work... S u c c e s s f u l m e e t i n g s b e t we e n Christiane and Meryl Tankard's Dance Company and what eventuated from these meetings became the talking point of this major event, Tankard's h i g h ly d r a m a t i c a p p r o a c h t o production was in the end result perfection. The animated ballet costumes which were inspired by the French flower illustrations by J.J. Grandville’s “Les Fleurs Animées in the 19th Century. Catering was provided by the Stripped Tent Cater ing Company, who amazingly produced an incredible menu. Watching them cooking over gas hot plates in conditions which would have proved impossible for many, again Christiane had provided excellence in an experience to be remembered by all who were involved in the catering side of such a magical event.

The Carnation

Guests were seated at the most stunning table settings, a gift of an Hermès Scarf which was draped over the back of the chair was well received and no doubt worn to today. - Yvonne Boekel

A little more exciting Hermès news... Be really quick, as this month on the 16th February there is an online auction at Le Brech & Associés - Paris, France with over 450 vintage scarves from the House o f Hermès going under the hammer. Thousands of people have already viewed the scarves online and are watching them closely. Styling magazine had a good look through the catalogue and we have picked out a few colourful and spectacular designs to share with you. Good luck bidding!

Launched in March 2011, the first auction of exclusive Hermès vintage scarves immediately met with great success. Collectors all over the world vied for the 400 presented scarves and prices have soared. The Brech & Associés has repeatedly beaten the world record in sales of squares, including a € 3,100 award to the exceptional square silk sabred 1940s cocks Bruyères representative and signed Xavier de Poret. For its fifth edition, February 16th, the sale will be exclusively live on the internet in order to meet the demand of international buyers. Among the 500 scarves presented, we retain the highly sought "Cats" Daphne Duchesne or "Roofs of Paris" by Dimitri Rybaltchenko and always a good selection of scarves exotic "Western Feathers" Kermit Oliver.

Click here - Artfact online Hermès scarf auction catalogue



Louis XV style gilt bronze turquoise porcelain candlestick - Doyle New York


Louis XV style gilt-bronze and porcelain mantle clock. Doyle New York


Sourcing chinoiserie and decorative objects on-line Leslie Hindman Auctioneers A German Singing Bird Cage Automaton

Hand painted and enameled porcelain Umbrella stands Louis J. Dianni, LLC

Dresden Porcelain Note Paper Rack Doyle New York Pair of 20th Century French Gilt-Metal Glass Goblets decorated with applied porcelain blossoms Doyle New York


Renascimento Snuff bottle

19th Chinese lacquered Bureau bookcase Doyle New York


Fanciful and whimsical

BOHEMIAN CRANBERRY GLASS & GILT COVERED URNS, PAIR pokals, with cranberry panels and gilt accents DuMouchelles Auctions


Chinoiserie decorated with courtly figures surrounded by flowering branches and pheasants.

Louis XV style gilt bronze turquoise floral encrusted potpourri and below painted side tables - Doyle New York

Chinoiserie decorated - Venetian style painted bedstead- Doyle New York

19th Century tea bowl covered with With rose medallion. Louis J. Dianni, LLC

Gracie Handpainted wallpapers

Handpainted Chinese scenic wallpaper on an 18th century style antiqued gold tea leaf ground.

Pair of Bohemain Style Gilt Cut Glass Pokals with paneled sides Doyle New York

Hardstone plant model in champleve enamel jardiniere, qing dynasty, The flowering plant with spinach jade leaves and blossoms Freeman's Estate: Furniture & Decorative Arts

Italian Rococo Style Painted and Parcel Gilt Console Onyx top of serpentine outline, above a pierced shell carved apron, raised on cabriole legs - Doyle New York

A diamond, ruby, emerald brooch. Auction - Briest Poulain F Tajan,Paris

Where do designers of perfume bottles & decorative objects get their inspiration from?

Lovely vintage

Snuff Bottles from the East Left: Exquisite inspiration 19th Century scent bottles - Sotheby’s Australia

Snuff bottles from Kaminski, Boston

This page: These snuff bottles all from 888 Auctions,Canada, and Chinoiserie fabric ‘Fern’ from Fromental

Colourful bottles that just make you want to

Sing... A mixed collection of coloured glass inkwells and paperweights of all shapes and sizes, with swirled designs, ribbed decoration, hexagonal, pyramid, diamond, square and round shapes all with little stoppers just as decorative as the bottle if not more. Inspiration comes from simple objects such as bottles. Now, since we don’t use ink anymore, what can we use these bottles for now? Maybe holders of pure essence or use them on your next table setting as little place card holders tied with a little ribbon. Up for bid at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, don’t worry if you miss these, there are many more out there waiting for a home.

Harrison Howard

Melissa Stinson She’s home Interior stylist and colour guru, Melissa Stinson, has her own very refined fashionforward style, which is innate, and Melissa’s language is colour and shape. In her home, which she shares with her four children, they’re surrounded by rich fabrics, patterns and stunning objects and collections from all around the world. I have known Melissa for over thirty years, as we both attended the same girls school in Sydney. Now returning home to Australia after living in Singapore and Canada, Melissa is extending her artistic eye, her passion and her energy into the beach side homes of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. It’s an astonishing achievement to be able to bring up four beautiful and creative children, live in different cultures and move from country to country whilst still keeping her feet firmly on the ground, not to mention taking with her the mammoth collection of her worldly and colourful possessions. It’s always such fun to be in the company of Melissa and her family and be in her beautifully decorated home that is filled with love and creative energy. When my own children were growing up they always wished to have a house just like Melissa’s.

In her home We asked Melissa to share with Styling magazine her love affair with colour and passion for collecting. What influences her designs and where she gets her daily dose of inspiration from to style both her home and herself so cleverly.



I grew up in country NSW and my mother and her friends were probably my greatest fashion influence. These beautifully dressed women would go shopping in Sydney and Melbourne and always looked amazingly elegant and glamorous for the races, the balls, dinner parties and even the daytime bridge luncheons.

Stylist - Melissa Stinson

My love affair with colour began at a very early age and continues to this day. For as long as I can remember I have been arranging, rearranging, sorting and organising everything and all things into colour themes. My first loves were colour pencils, rainbows and my pastel room dollhouse. That dollhouse, with its little rooms of pale yellow, soft blue, blush pink, gave me hours and hours of joy and I would often run home from school if Mum had had guests, so that I could check that their little children had not done too much damage to the interiors and I would happily spend my afternoon rearranging the furniture. My much loved dollhouse was in the corner of my room, at the foot of my bed and I was able to look at it with pleasure every night when I went to sleep. I loved our (I shared with my sister) little bedroom. My mother had made it a beautiful haven. My bed had a bright pink bedspread with a handmade quilt and circular cushion of a very funky 70s hot pink, pale pink and cream fabric. This room also had a wonderful walk in wardrobe, which I now recognise as tiny, but it was so special with all our clothes neatly hanging and our books and favourite things arranged on the shelves. And sometimes, we were even allowed to sleep in this magical place ... what bliss! I grew up in country NSW and my mother and her friends were probably my greatest fashion influence. These beautifully dressed women would go shopping in Sydney and Melbourne and always looked amazingly elegant and glamorous for the races, the balls, dinner parties and even the daytime bridge luncheons. I always loved the aftermath of these events when what everyone wore was greatly discussed. I believe that these chic women taught me that it was far better to be overdressed than underdressed, and I still to this day live by this mantra when I am unsure of what to wear. From my bedroom at home, to my room at boarding school, to my very own house; colour has always featured. Colour provides me with ideas and creativity and gives depth to shape and form. It makes me happy.

“I could never walk past the richly embroidered Chinese fabrics, the colorful tribal dhurries, the glorious peranakan porcelain, the vibrant silks and saris or the exquisitely carved Indian furniture and the a m a z i n g ly o r i g i n a l pieces I would find� - Melissa Stinson

What Influences Me? Probably the most wonderful thing about moving to a new country is the adventure of discovery. When I first moved to Singapore I wanted to attempt to maintain a more neutral colour palette. Of course, once I discovered the pleasures of Arab Street, Chinatown and Little India I knew this to be a lost cause. I realised that I was just meant to admire other people始s beautiful neutral interiors; for I could never walk past the richly embroidered Chinese fabrics, the colourful tribal dhurries, the glorious peranakan porcelain, the vibrant silks and saris or the exquisitely carved Indian furniture and the amazingly original pieces I would find. All those glorious colours and textures, all the different shapes and designs, all the intricacies and handiwork of the craftsmen are so beautiful to me. When I find that special piece, it just speaks to me and I can create a whole new room around it! I have been fortunate enough to live in many beautiful places; Paddington in Sydney, Bowral in country NSW, Singapore in Asia, Whistler in beautiful British Columbia, Canada and now Sunshine Beach in Queensland. I have moved from City to Country to City to Mountains to Beach! What I always take with me from every adventure is the beauty of each natural environment; all are highly individual and each has its own special colours and light. This is what influences my creativity and provides my soul with the nourishment to start designing a new interior.

I have been fortunate enough to live in many beautiful places; Paddington in Sydney, Bowral in country NSW, Singapore in Asia, Whistler in beautiful British Columbia, Canada and now Sunshine Beach in Queensland. I have moved from City to Country to City to Mountains to Beach!

As I look out my window while writing this, I can see the many shades of green in the trees below. Dark green leaves that, as they blow in the breeze, turn their soft sage green backs towards me. The emerald green palms with their beautiful golden stems that look like bolts of shot silk as they move back and forth. In gorgeous Whistler, it was that crisp white snow hanging on the dark green pines; the beauty and richness of the many shades of green and blue in Canada never failed to take my breath away. The beautiful exotic tropical flowers and the wildlife (geckos, lizards, monkeys) that were ever present on a daily basis in Singapore; the rich dark magentas and yellows. In Bowral it was definitely the flowers; from the beautiful crab apple blossom, to the rich array of pinks in my camellia bushes, to the soft yellows of the jonquils, to the gorgeous shades of violet/ purple of the hyacinths, lavender and wisteria; to my favourite, the passionflower that grew like a weed over my garage. I remember standing with Coty just staring in awe at this flower in our hand and enjoying the absolute beauty of nature. I find my influences all around me in sights, sounds and smells. I love people watching. I find I am inspired by other people始s style and creativity ... I think teenagers and the younger 20s are possibly the best fashion influence; they really make something their own, they put their own stamp on things, whether it is reinventing the 60s, 70s or 80s, they take an idea and put their own originality on it. This is possibly because they are trying to be different or don始t have much money, but I always love to see how they put things together on a daily level and I think there is much originality and inspiration in younger people.

How many people get to say that they love what they do? I feel so lucky that wherever I live, I get to meet amazing people and make special, inspiring friends who encourage my creativity. I get great pleasure from styling; whether it is interiors, fashion, personal, events or visual merchandising, I enjoy every aspect of my work and to be honest, do not consider it ʻworkʼ as such! My youngest daughter, Tatti, when in Kindergarten had to talk to the class about what their parentʼs job was. Her words were “My mummy goes shopping for people”, to which the teacher replied “I wish I had your motherʼs job”!


What inspires me? My children. They are my greatest fans, always encouraging me and I find so many ideas can come from them. I have always loved watching their creativity flourish. I have dragged them all around the world and yet, with every adventure, they get excited to see what environment I will create for them. They are amazing and their encouragement and creativity and wise words inspires me on a daily basis. They have become very used to coming home to find the whole house rearranged and I love listening to their praise, criticism and advice. All the kids have their own special chosen colours that they love; you will see it pop up in their room design, clothing and even their drink bottles. For Yasmin, it is aqua and orange; for Hamish, it is bright blue and green; for Jasper, it is red and blue; and for Tatiana, it is definitely pink, purple and green. I was so pleased to find them a really special gift for Christmas; a local artist (ledeke) creates beautiful sculptures from driftwood and handdyed and handspun wool felt. Each of the childrenʼs “sticks” reflect the childrenʼs individual personality and colours as they are all different shapes, features and their favourite colours. They love them and for me, finding beautiful objects that are original and gorgeous is what I do.

Stylist - Melissa Stinson

Stylist - Melissa Stinson

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Harrison Howard

Harrison Howard

Harrison Howard

Harrison Howard

Harrison Howard

Harrison Howard

Ayisha Zaman Diamond Body

“Without the exploration of the inner life, the worldly journey is incomplete. And without the worldly expression of the inner qualities of love, compassion, creativity and beauty, the spiritual journey is incomplete. It is when we merge the two, when the inner and outer are united that we turn suffering into joy, and we create a blissful life…for ourselves and for others.” – Ayisha Zaman

Ayisha Zaman, Designer of Diamond Body Healing and She is a teacher in the field of spirituality and consciousness. She has walked between worlds, marrying profound inner mystical teachings and spiritual principles into outer life, from a very young age. Successful across fields — as an athlete, economist, medical doctor, humanitarian, and spiritual healer and teacher — Ayisha holds deep experiential understanding of the body, mind and intellect, as well as the heart, soul and spirit. Founder and Director of Diamond Body

Copyright 2013 - All words and photographs are copyright to Diamond Body

“Becoming a Divine Human means learning how to cocreate a Divine life here on Earth. Living a congruent life implies that our body, mind, heart, and soul, all match our Spirit. When we agree to do this in a conscious way,we become an instrument for Divine Creation in its highest form”.  – Ayisha Zaman

What if we deeply understood that revealing the intrinsic wealth of the inner world bestows extrinsic wealth for ourselves and for others? What if we understood that when we make it a priority to grow in consciousness and heal our own pain and inner conflict, not only does our outer reality transform for the better, we also diminish pain and conflict for the collective? What if we were to understand the true place of divine love in our lives, that instead of it being a last resort, we made it a central point of reference? What if mindfulness, compassion, connectedness, and joy became our natural state of functioning? What if we allowed ourselves to become a living, breathing, walking, talking manifestation of loving presence? What if we learned to create a divine life, understanding how to use our bodies, minds, and hearts to express our soul’s unique purpose in the world as compassionate acts of beauty and service? What if we did this in a collaborative way? What if we realised our potential to be wealthy through all worlds?

Ayisha is the Founder and Director of Diamond Body, a global initiative dedicated to the evolution of consciousness through the integrated path of spiritual awakening and compassionate, creative, collaborative action. Ayisha works with highly motivated people committed to fully embodying divine love, and deeply passionate about expressing this through a life of health, joy, intimacy, beauty, creativity, compassion, and service. Ayisha is privileged to train inspiring individuals from all around the world working in a variety of spheres including writing, acting, music, visual arts, filmmaking, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, healthcare, politics and the law. Each shares a common objective to grow in consciousness, bringing a more loving approach to their lives and families, to their vocations, to their respective fields, and to the wider community. I have been blessed to have had amazing jobs, but this is the best job of all. I get to help people find the part of themselves that already knows the answers to their best life. I get to watch and support them as they learn how to live a life of great joy and fulfil their unique creative “Every single person on the planet has the potential for genius. Find your genius and bring it to life�

“When you give, give with an open heart, and with want for nothing in return. The soul wants to give unconditionally while the ego wants to withhold, or give with expectation of, or attachment to, what might be gained. Take note of these two competing urges within you. Bring them into balance before deciding what is right for you�

BlushingBlooms Pink gardens, blossoms and pretty settings in the Southern Highlands of NSW

Entertain and celebrate each day in style, the flowers in these gardens are exquisite so why not indulge and bring out some of your favourite pieces to the garden, remember that’s where the inspiration came from for these beautiful hand painted Late 19th century French Sèvres style gilt and bronze mounted porcelain centre bowl recently auctioned at Doyle, New York.

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A restoration job on this beautiful Chippendale style chinoiserie over-mantle mirror in the Farquhar workshop of the Southern Highlands.

Chinoiserie mirror restoration in our workshop

“As a conservator/restorer , I think one of the greatest compliments I can get on a job like this this one, is from the client when they say ; "I can't see what you have done to it"

This Ponderosa pine mirror frame was brought into my workshop by a very embarrassed removalist with a couple of large sections of frame under his arm and a bag of bits in his hand. All he said to me was  "please make it perfect again". I  took some time to assure him that all would be fine. This is some of the most enjoyable work for me as it stimulates and challenges me on so many levels. Firstly a jigsaw puzzle (three dimensional at that), with many small pieces and generally  bits missing . Then the challenge of correctly locating ,orienting  and then glueing what pieces still remain into place. This sets up yet other   challenges as how to clamp whist the glue sets. Patching ,selecting the right cut of timber for where bits are missing. Levelling the area where the patch is to be glued. Carving in the patch to blend with the original woodcarvers unique hand chiseling technique and making sure that the patch when re-carved  flows into the surrounding area.

Then comes the colouring and finishing. In this case it was a white wash/lime-wash with a wax finish. This has to be done being constantly mindful of the the end result ,that it looks as though it hasn't had major reparative surgery, when completed. Whilst I am carrying out any of this kind of work, it allows me to get up close and personal with the designer and craftsmans work. I find this constantly adds to my knowledge and skills base giving me an immense source of work satisfaction. As a conservator/restorer , I think one of the greatest compliments I can get on a job like this this one, is from the client when they say; "I can't see what you have done"

Chinoiserie in the gardens Of the Southern Highlands

One of the most satisfying parts of my job is exploring and photographing beautiful gardens. Kennerton Green in Mittagong in the Southern Highlands has been the home to two of my clients. Each one has put their mark on this historic property, but Marylyn Abbott, author and garden designer certainly influenced the style and design. I was first invited to her home in 1995 to help with the planning of her Christmas event and she then commissioned me to photograph the garden for one of her books. I have photographed in Kennerton Green over many years and throughout the seasons. The cover of this issue, which is one of my very favorite images was photographed at Kennerton Green. All these lovely garden statues, bird houses and objects have since been sold and removed. The beautiful heart shaped pond, filled with water lilies and iris is set in a woodland and was created in memory of Marylyns mother. This is a very special part of the garden and so loved by all the local birds.

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Coty Farquhar is a professional creative director, visual artist and photographic stylist whose career began and grew within the Australian...


Coty Farquhar is a professional creative director, visual artist and photographic stylist whose career began and grew within the Australian...