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Styling NO 3- 2014

Capturing the beauty within

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Styling details and inspiration - Samuel & Sons


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Styling Magazine April - May 2014 2014 - Em power i n g t h o s e t h at inspire a nd e n r ic h o u r wo rl d


W h a t i s a g i f t ? A gift can come in many forms, wrapped as a present or something that just happens to arrive into your life. It might be a person offering help or just a kind word, it could be box full of goodies from a wonderful old estate or it could be something quite horrible, but hidden underneath lie valuable life lessons for you to learn, probably one of the most treasured gifts ever to receive! The most precious things that I own were gifts from friends and family. Many of the stories in this issue have come to me as a gift. I received a letter last year from my friend and photographer, Andrew Lawson who introduced me to the beautiful work of Adrian Villeta who features as this months stylist and photographer. Thank you Andrew! Artist, Bernadette Smith, came to my studio sale last year, which lead to an invitation to her home. Her home, garden, artwork and her love of textiles lead to the theme of this issue‌ The Silk Road. Thank you Bernadette! Every month I have received a gift from Sharon Santoni, author of My French Country Home to share with you, photographs of her gorgeous garden flower arrangements that she creates each month with frames. Merci beaucoup Sharon!


What is important to me right now in my life is sharing, giving, health and happiness. This magazine is a gift from me to you, I hope it brings much joy into your life. Please feel free to share it with those you think might like to read it. People often ask me, how can you just give this magazine away, and never ask anything in return? Well, so many things come into my life as gifts. People walk into my life all the time, they open their homes to m e, t h e y s h a r e their lives and their private creative world. I believe these are chance encounters and are definitely a gift from the universe. My role as editor is simple, I want to s h a r e w i t h yo u those that inspire and enrich our world. Wishing you a wonderful and c re at i ve m o n t h . Xx Coty Farquhar Above - One of a pair of little girls pondering life. Found at Susy Porter’s store at Dirty Jane’s Emporium, Bowral.


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The Silk Road... The rich world of textiles.

Artist - Bernadette Smith - Country home and studio Romantic Portraitist & Stylist - Adrian Villeta White Camellia Flowers Artist - Abraxsis Der Jen - Chinese Ladies Mother Earth’s flower child - Minna Mercke Schmidt Auctions and Hunting online - Lights, Camera, Auction! Debbie Reynolds - The Auction Finale The beautiful sketches of Costume designer - Helen Rose Upholstery Fabrics and Trims - Provincial Upholstery Mister Finch Textile Art Sharon Santoni - My French Country Home - Garden Flowers Inspirational Books - One Man’s Folly Books we Love Pinterest Inspiration Just because they’re so beautiful pages


Connecting Pathways A n A u s t r a l i a n a r t i s t ’s l o v e o f t h e S i l k R o a d For the last 40 years, mother of three, and grandmother of six, Bernadette Smith has travelled each year along the rich and exotic pathway of the Silk road. The Silk road reaches from Central Asia, linking China in the east to Iran and the Mediterranean to the west. Then nor th to Russia and south to India and Afghanistan. Now celebrating her 80th year of her life, she is traveling around Uzbekistan,the last city of the Silk road. Her home pays homage to her travels and houses her eclectic finds and handmade textiles that she found at markets years ago B e r n a d e t t e ’s a r t w o r k i s i n s p i r e d b y h e r l o v e of arts, crafts and textiles and her life in t h e S o u t h e r n H i g h l a n d s o f N S W.


Dulcinea - The heroin of Man of Lemancha painted by Ber nadette Smith. Right, A pair of early Caledonia joystic k holder s in front of a F r e n c h c a r v e d m i r r o r.


I f i r s t m e t B e r n a d e t t e a t a we e k e n d s a l e t h a t I w a s h av i n g l a s t y e a r a t my s t u d i o. S h e b o u g h t my v i n t a g e L e o p a r d c o a t , ( s e e n o n t h e f o l l ow i n g p a g e ) . I s a i d t o h e r, I wo n d e r e d w h o m i g h t b u y t h i s c o a t , i f I e v e r n e e d i t a g a i n f o r p h o t o g r a p h y, c a n I p l e a s e b o r r ow i t b a c k f r o m y o u ? She replied, you should come and visit me at home Coty a n d I w i l l s h ow s o m e o t h e r i n t e r e s t i n g t h i n g s y o u m i g h t l i k e t o p h o t o g r a p h . T h e n e x t we e k , B e r n a d e t t e d r o p p e d i n t wo o f h e r s m a l l s c u l p t u r e s t o t h e s t u d i o, t h e s e a r e for you, she said! I w a s f i r s t ly ove r w h e l m e d a t h e r g e n e r o s i t y, t h e y we r e a m a z i n g ! A n d s o b e i t , I w a s i n t r i g u e d . T h e r e w a s s o m u c h m o r e t o t h i s wo m a n t h a t I n e e d e d t o s e e f o r my s e l f . I w a s i n v i t e d i n t o t o t h e wo r l d o f y e t a n o t h e r c r e a t i v e s o u l l i v i n g n e a r by. I a r r i ve d a t t h e b e a u t i f u l p r o p e r t y o f D r D av i d a n d B e r n a d e t t e S m i t h , I h av e d r i ve n p a s t i t s o m a ny t i m e s , b u t h av e never seen the house as it sits behind tall trees and hedges. The house sits on the highest hill in the distr ict ove r l o o k i n g t h e i r g o r g e o u s g a r d e n s. Bernadette and David found this house t we n t y y e a r s a g o. “ I t w a s derelict, it had been empty for six years and sadly fa l l i n g a p a r t � s a i d B e r n a d e t t e. We r e n ov a t e d the entire house and added extra rooms and then added a g a r d e n . D av i d i s passionate about the garden, especially his vegetables and h i s l aw n . W h e n I a r r i v e d I was g reeted with a wo n d er fu l ba g o f freshly picked mushrooms that D av i d h a d c o l l e c t e d f o r m e on his mor ning walk.


Bernadette has been painting for for ty year s, and more r e c e n t l y s t a r t e d s c u l p t u r e. I k n ow a h o m e s h o u l d r e f l e c t t h e ow n e r, and this home cer tainly does. Her creativity and style is reflected in every single room of the house. Eac h room is different, and each room tells of the stories of her travels. One of my favor ite rooms in their home is the dining room, which houses her collection of her blanc de chine G u a ny i n s t a t u e s . T h e l i g h t i s b e a u t i f u l , s o f t a n d s e r e n e. I t ’s a ve r y q u i e t r o o m a n d e l e g a n t ly d e c o r a t e d . A l a r g e painted Japanese screen fills one length of the room.


Ber nadette in her studio and a wonderful collection of vintage coats from Russia and hats from France and Austrlia hang on the ready for t h e g a r d e n a n d c o l d H i g h l a n d ’s d a y s .


I star ted painting 40 year s ago in t h e y e a r o f t h e wo m a n ! I h a d a n exhibition at the Sculpture C e n t r e a t T h e R o c k s i n S y d n e y, t h e n I we n t o f f t o G r e e c e and I h av e t r av e l l e d e v e r y y e a r s i n c e. I h av e a l w ay s b e e n p a s s i o n a t e a n d d r aw n t o t h e a r t s , c r a f t s a n d textiles and also the ceramics of I n d i a , Tu r k e y, C h i n a a n d J a p a n . “ M y m o t h e r w a s a l w ay s a g o o d s e w e r, I g r e w u p h a n d l i n g textiles and I think that was the beginning of it all” says B e r n a d e t t e. B e f o r e m ov i n g t o t h e S o u t h e r n Highlands Bernadette had an store in Sydney in various a n t i q u e c e n t r e s . T h e Wo l l a h r a G a l l e r i e s , T h e O l d A r k , B r o a d w ay a n d We n t wo r t h G a l l e r i e s . “ I wo u l d t r av e l e a c h y e a r t o f i n d i t e m s f o r my s t o r e. I n d i a w a s c e r t a i n l y o n e o f my f av o u r i t e countries to visit. ...I got a bit stuck on India, it is the most e x c i t i n g p l a c e, t h e u n e x p e c t e d n e s s o f i t , t h e c o l o u r, the textiles, the people ... the b e a u t i f u l p e o p l e, I h av e n ow b e e n b a c k f o u r t e e n t i m e s a n d I h ave t r avel l ed a l l over In d i a , my f av o r i t e p l a c e b e i n g B o m b ay n ow k n ow n a s Mumbai. I found so m a ny wo n d e r f u l a n d i n t e r e s t i n g things from there, especially textiles.


“My next trip is to Uzbekistan because it is the end of the s i l k r o a d a n d I h ave a l w ay s w a n t e d t o s e e t h e I s l a m i c a r c h i t e c t u r e. I ’ m s o l o o k i n g f o r w a r d t o t h i s t r i p a s i t n o t really a tour ist area. So muc h has c hanged in the all c o u n t r i e s t h a t I h av e t r av e l l e d t o a n d i t i s m u c h h a r d e r t o f i n d wo n d e r f u l t h i n g s t o d ay ” s ay s B e r n a d e t t e.


19th Century Chinese blue bird with an early Greek island plate. Background, Bur mese Buda sitting on a Chinese table.


"Who killed Anastasia" by Ber nadette Smith


A pair of Chinese Fo Lions, yellow Or refor s bowls on Japanese stands. Vietnamese leaf br ush p o t a n d r i g h t , b l u e I z n i k b o w l f r o m Tu r k e y. 19th centur y blue Bohemian glass from Poland.


I n B e r n a d e t t e ’s s t u d i o , t o p l e f t , p a i n t i n g o f ‘ T h e g i r l s a t t h e G y m ’ . B e r n a d e t t e ’s b e a d s t h a t s h e h a s s t r u n g.


19th Centur y Peking glass. Amber from Tibet.


Lacquered bed from Cochin Kerala with old embroidered cushions from Gujarat India. A pair of Chinese Budhas and a Phular i dowry piece f r o m P u n j a b, N o r t h I n d i a , h a n d m a d e b y t h e Grandmother of the bride.


Green Bohemian glass, circa 1860 and a French Lion candlestick Left page, A green fully upholstered Spanish c h a i r. O n e o f a p a i r o f 1 8 t h c e n t u r y C h i n e s e josstic k par rots (as seen on cover) found in a s h o p i n B e i j i n g t we n t y ye a r s a g o. B l u e g l a s s f r o m Belg ium, found in Poland and a collection of european glasses.


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Puerto Rican artist, photographer and romantic portraitist, Adrian Viletta has recently celebrated 30 years of work with an exhibition in the United States. His close friend, artist Gloria Vanderbilt curated the event and hand picked her favorite portraits from his vast portfolio of work. His beautiful garden is his studio and is the backdrop for many of his masterpieces. We asked Adrian where he gathers his inspiration - �my dreams, music and classical movies and I had an amazing grandmother and a beautiful mother who taught me to appreciate the beauty of style and encouraged me to be unique�


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“Adrián Villeta draws us into a sacred place where our spirit is restored by the beauty of his vision. Let yourself be drawn into these images, where you’ll find the heart of Adrián Villeta, and in so doing, discover a magical world…perhaps discover secrets about yourself ” Ms. Vanderbilt.


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Art is a language of emotion arising from personal experience. Throughout my 30-year career as a professional portraitist I have been driven by the desire to create in my work the beauty I envision in my dreams. There are two artists in particular who have had a major influence in my work. British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron's portraits seize with surprising sureness the personality and character of her sitters. Cameron’s photographs are more than records of appearance. Startling in their originality and intensity, her images reveal the very mind and soul of the individuals who sat before her camera. In a sense, Ms. Cameron was a Pre-Raphaelite. Her compositions aimed for the sense of the poetic and she was devoted to meticulous detail. Pre-Raphaelite artists, considered pioneers in the “cult of the beautiful,� created images of arresting women with sensuous features and mysterious, ethereal bearings. Executed in rich, vibrant colors, Pre-Raphaelite paintings are insistent in the realism of their details. The complex, highly personal symbolism found throughout the genre defies casual interpretation and is inextricably linked to the passions and personal fortunes of the creators and their models.


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American painter John Singer Sargent, whose paintings present a reality in itself, also influences my work. His elegant and incisive characterization is based on an in-depth analysis of various elements, such as light, color, and atmosphere, as well as an emphatic desire to highlight unique details, among them costume and accessories. Sargent’s skill lies in his ability to depict qualities in his sitters that draw the viewer into his portraits. He saw his role as that of an image-maker, one who specialized in capturing the unique personality of his male subjects, and emphasizing the innate elegance and splendor of his female subjects. In my portraits, the subject is welcomed in to the world I have created in order to accentuate their unique qualities. The first step in my creative process is a conversation with my sitters. I get to know them and seek to uncover what drives them, to reveal their aspirations and dreams. The second step is an immersive study of the portrait elements, such as tableau, mood, wardrobe, decorative props, and floral arrangements, so that they work in perfect harmony as a whole. Ultimately, the black-and-white photograph is printed on fiber paper matte c-print with a sepia tone and then hand painted in oil. My artwork combines painting and photography to create a romantic vision that captures the grace and elegance of a bygone era while celebrating the modern vir tues of strength, independence, and self confidence found in my subjects.


“My favorite images are the portraits shot here in my garden which have become a dream come true!!! Like Monet I have created a private garden allowing me the freedom and total control necessary to achieve my vision� Adrian Villeta


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My favorite flowers are gardenias, peonies and the Oriental hybrid lilies"Concador"


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The silk road


Imperial silks, satins, brocades and damasks, embroidery, trimmings and embellishment, gold, pearls, shells and precious stones were all traded on the Silk road. Ideas were shared, new contacts were made and different cultures connected. Trading of silk, spices, jewels and luxury goods brought a new richness to the world of design and decoration. Handmade textiles were traded from one person to another...each adding their own influence to the designs that we so love today. The Silk road has given so much joy to our lives, a road that has woven many creative souls and countries together. Here, on the next pages to follow, we celebrate the work of Chinese artist Abraxsis Der Jen and her wonderful portraits of stylized young woman dressed in lavish silk robes and decorated with delicate ornamentation. We went in search on-line to find similar trims, fabrics and decorations. The backdrop of our board is a 1920‘s Chinese silk shawl, decorated with embroidered flowers. Great design is, and always has been, a matter of mixing rich colours and beautiful hand made textiles together.

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M i n n a M e rc k e s c h m i d t Author, stylist and photographer Minna Mercke Schmidt, has a wonderful flair with flowers. She taps into the heart and soul of Sweden and shares with thousands of readers around the world her flower designs, her lovely sense of humour and her love of all things growing from the earth.


I have known Minna Mercke Schmidt almost since the day I started blogging seven years ago. Minna and her blog ‘Blomsterverkstad’, is well known for her beautifully styled photographs of flowers and the countryside of Sweden. It was a post by Minna, that she wrote about my own styling work that brought us together, this post only had two words “go now” and my website address and one of my photographs. This was one of the most wonderful gifts that I have ever received, as it was the opening of my own ‘silk’ road, a road and an introduction to many wonderful people. I knew there was something very special about Minna and those instincts were validated when she came to Australia with her family four years ago and to our home in Bowral for lunch. So now it’s my turn, I want to share my beautiful friend’s work with you. Minna and I became very good friends, we spoke often about our children, photography, styling and our plans for the future, she wanted to produce a book and I a magazine. We exchanged ideas and encouraged each other and I am thrilled to say that I have just received in our mailbox her third book, ‘DEKORERA’ DECORATE, Creative & Personal.


She treats every flower as if they were her own children, nurturing them gently and watching them grow.


Having left her office job as a sales representative and jumping head first into the world of flowers and photography, Minna’s world instantly changed. She was approached by many magazines for her photographs and she was featured on television programs showcasing her flower work and she is now one of the writers of a daily post for the Swedish magazine, SkÜna hem. Her life is busy, she is a mother of three, Emil, Ellen and little Elmer, (who she lovingly calls her personal assistant on her shoots). Minna has also just started renovations on a new house.


It is impossible to select my favourite photographs from Minna’s work because there are aspects of each image that I love. I am captured by the light, and the incredible mix of colour and detail of the flowers that she uses. Her backdrop for her styling is often her own potting shed, beautiful old glasshouses set in the countryside of Sweden. She blends r ustic objects with moss, bulbs, berries, twigs, acorns and grasses collected from the forests nearby. Her photographs are enhanced by the gorgeous wreaths and flower arrangements that she creates. Minna’s country style arrangements look very natural, it’s as if the flowers have just started to grow out and over the top of a teapot that was accidentally left out in the garden. She has created many fashionable flower trends and her style has been reproduced by florists and flower stylists all over the world.


Hours and hours of work go into the production of each of Minna’s beautiful images. First the flower arrangements are created, then a location is found and the styling begins and finally the photograph is taken. I find myself looking closely at each individual flower in her photographs, they all seem to have importance in their own way. Her images are left in your mind forever, I often think of Minna …and when I do I am taken straight to the countryside of Sweden. I can smell the crisp air and I can see all the interesting props in her wonderful studio, and I can see her walking through the countryside where all the little flowers call out to her and shout, pick me… pick me… and she hears their call. Thank you Minna for sharing your beautiful world with us.


“Nothing organized and things in place. No order, just beautiful corners everywhere. Here I work, and yes, it's a mess. But it's my mess. That I love. It's been a little turbulent in my life the last couple years, but I'm starting to find back to the core of it all. The important. Last week I have been so happy that I shed a tear or two. Of happiness and gratitude.There are so many people who all in their own way have helped me forward, and for them I am grateful. And happy that they at the same time has helped me to find back. Back to my mess.Where I like best. Hope you have the same people in your lives as happy I have in mine! And the hobby or work which may your hearts to throb with joy� Minna Mercke Schmidt


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DEBBIE REYNOLDS THE AUCTION FINALE VIVIEN LEIGH’S “SCARLETT O’HARA” LACE HAT, CHIFFON SCARF AND PEARL HAT PIN FROM GONE WITH THE WIND; GRACE KELLY’S “LINDA NORDLEY” SAFARI OUTFIT FROM MOGAMBO; GREGORY PECK’S “GENERAL DOUGLAS MacARTHUR” MILITARY JACKET AND SHIRT FROM MacARTHUR AND HARPO MARX’S SIGNATURE VINTAGE TOP HAT AND WIG HIGHLIGHT

PROFILES IN HISTORY

MAY 17-18, 2014


Lights Camera Auction This month of May, the Debbie Reynolds Auction Finale beg ins, it r uns over two days and bidding has already star ted on-line. Styling magazine has gone over the prog ram with a fine tooth comb. Not that we need anything, we just love it all. We have picked our favour ite items to share with you, the cameras, the costumes, the feathers and the dramatic details and all from Debbie Reynolds’ extensive collection of ‘Big Screen’ memorabilia... Happy Bidding!


Also in the auction are a selection of beautiful sketches by the Academy Award winner of best Costumes, Helen Rose. These pencil and India ink sketched designs were for Debbie Reynolds for the movie ‘The Tender Trap’. Helen Rose, (picture right in her workshop) is also well known for the design and making of the magnificent gown for Grace Kelly’s wedding in Monaco.


Above, Helen Rose and her workshop in MGM. She designed many of the costumes for Grace Kelly, including above (not in Auction)costumes for ‘High Society’.


Trim and Terrific


Many of the costumes created for movies today and in the past are made using upholstery and d e c o r a t o r f a b r i c s. T h ey ’r e a l s o trimmed with interior tassels and braids. We had a close look at some of the costumes from the Debbie Reynolds’ collection, (left, a ballet dress from the movie, American in Paris, MGM 1951) then we visited our local fabric and trimming house, Provincial Upholstery in the Southern Highlands, (also on-line) t o s e e i f we c o u l d m at c h t h e designs. I love going to an interior fabric house, especially a ‘traditional’ upholstery place, you know you find the real MacCoy. Provincial Upholster y had many vintage samples tucked away, and of course many sample books filled with new designs. Vintage passementerie are very hard to find now. Pieces don’t last long, they are used mainly for restoration and are now highly sor t after by collectors and designers. Stylists and costume makers... take note! If you happen to see any old braiding or tassels in your travels, pick them up quickly and keep them in your prop bag. They will be used again and again in all your styling.


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To o b e a u t i f u l t o n o t s h a r e . . . M i s t e r F i n c h Te x t i l e A r t

Making things has always been incredibly important to me and is often an amazing release to get it out of my system. It’s a joy to hunt for things for my work‌the lost, found and forgotten all have places in what I make. Most of my pieces use recycled materials, not only as an ethical statement, but I believe they add more authenticity and charm. A story sewn in, woven in.Velvet curtains from an old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress and a vintage apron become birds and beasts, looking for new owners and adventures to have. - M i s t e r F i n c h


My Framed French Country Flowers

F lower arrangement & photography Sharon Santoni M y Fre n ch C o u n t r y H o m e


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Inspirational Books One Man’s Folly The exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood By Julia Reed


Photography by Paul Costello and Rodney Collins When it comes to interiors style, antiques, and Southern vernacular architecture, Furlow Gatewood is a one-of-akind classic-this book presents his magical private enclave for the first time. Antiques expert Furlow Gatewood's highly per sonal property in Georgia, where he has meticulously restored his family's carriage house and added intimate dwellings and outbuildings-several rescued from demolition-has evolved over decades to become a sublime expression of stylish living. The structures exemplify various architectural traditionsfrom mid-nineteenth-century Gothic to Palladian.


He has collaborated with local craftsmen to create these follies and takes delight in designing the picturesque grounds and plantings and in devising comfortable areas for his beloved dogs and peacocks. A gifted designer and longtime associate of antiques dealer John Rosselli, Gatewood has a talent for discovering singular pieces with a poetic patina, composing custom paint finishes and subtle palettes, and knowing how to incorporate distinctive architectural elements. To accompany the book's atmospheric images, close friend Bunny Williams writes about the lessons she has learned from this master of discernment. Gatewood's seductive and hospitable Arcadian oasis, with its exquisite and timeless design, will have an enduring impact on the design community. Just released by Rizzoli Publishing - Buy on Amazon

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Styling - The Silk Road To o b e a u t i f u l t o n o t s h a r e Christian de Laubadere


Styling - The Silk Road To o b e a u t i f u l t o n o t s h a r e Christian de Laubadere

Christian de Laudable began living and working in Shanghai in 2001. The series of 137 paintings displayed in the Hotel Setai (Miami) and the most recent 21 paintings shown in Shanghai are a reflection of Christian's fascination with the sophistication and sensuality of women, past and present. He paints on paper and canvas using lead pencils, smoke and charcoal as well as printed and embroidered fabric selected from China and France.


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