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Styling No.1 2012

Christmas & Celebrations

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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 ...

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A U S T R A L I A ISSUE NO. 1 2012

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


2012 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. 4

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Welcome to ‘Styling Christmas & Celebrating New Beginnings’, the very first issue of Styling by Coty Farquhar, AUSTRALIA. Life is such a journey, and I believe that you learn what you need to learn and see what you need to see. We can all look at the very same photograph and each see something completely different. That, I suppose, is the spice of life! We all have the ability to create. When I look at a garden it inspires me to photograph, when I look at clouds I see my childhood and where my world of imagination began, when I look at flowers my creativity goes wild. The effect of light changing throughout the day takes my mind to another place – where ‘beautiful’ is the only language, inspiration is endless and the world of creativity begins. I am so fortunate having a working life where I create every day. As a creative director, designer and a photographic stylist, I build a picture – either in a still life setting or in an event or celebration for everyone to share. And that’s what ‘Styling’ is all about. It’s not about ‘style’, it’s the essence of who we are, how we express ourselves and what we like to have around us in our everyday lives. Styling magazine also gives my clients and advertisers more opportunity to be part of my work. My language in this first issue is expressed through my styling and my images so there are few words. It has been an absolute labour of love and I do hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed putting it together. I have photographed these images over the years in my friends’ homes, my studio and at my work events here in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. Some of you will recognise a few stories from my blog, some will see them for the very first time. (I couldn’t decide on the cover, so I am showing you all four.) There are many more stories on the way in 2013, there is so much beauty around us all to capture and share. Wishing you a Wonderful Christmas and an Exciting and Creative New Year! Coty Farquhar


This 1st Issue of Styling by Coty Farquhar Magazine is dedicated to my one and only, Andrew and my two beautiful children, Thank you for believing in me. _________________________________ Thank you to Belinda Henwood for last minute editing and guidance.

Thank you to my beautiful friends for sharing your lovely homes with me, Christiane de Bievre, Jan Weeks, Susan & John Carter, Bridget & Marcial Cosyn, Fountaindale Grand Manor, Dirty Janes Emporium, Sandra Davies, Janet Barkell

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Celebrating Christmas & the Festive Season

The festive season is the time when we are all brimming with wonderful ideas to decorate our homes,to setting the dining table, cooking and creating special food, making beautiful decorations through to lighting up the Christmas tree, (indoor or out). It’s such a wonderful time to express ourselves with little touches here and there of who we are and what we love around us. Whether classic and traditional styling, or fun and relaxed, we have been buzzing like bees at Styling magazine for the last month to bring to you a selection of some of our own favorite stories, lovely homes & gardens, styling ideas and Christmas decorations that we have photographed and created throughout the year. Gather your angels, your tinsel, your baubles and more, and come along with us as through the next 100 pages as we celebrate our first ever festive issue. Enjoy!


Decorating with aged and loved objects A lovely old porcelain elephant becomes the perfect base for a Christmas tree tied on with lots of red ribbon, dolls that no longer played with are re-dressed and adorned with special Christmas decoations. Petticoats and little red skirts, golden bells on felt hats, carrying ornaments and dozens of baubles and tiny bags of festive treats.

Styling magazine Artist - December 2012

Catrin Welz-Stein

Each issue, Styling magazine will celebrate the work of an artist, and since Christmas is all about the world of fantasy and fairy tales we would like to introduce you to the beautiful work of graphic art designer Catrin Welzstein who captures in her art the surreal world quite often only ever seen in dreams. We have hand picked a few of our favorite pieces of Catrin’s work which you will find spread throughout the different stories in the magazine. Catrin Welzstein

Styling magazine keeps an eye on what’s coming up at online auctions around the globe.

Going, going, gone …

This beautiful rare late 17th-century English chinoiserie lacquer cabinet goes under the hammer on the 6 December 2012, at HAMPEL Auctioneers in Germany. No need to rush to the airport – you can do all your bidding online from the comfort of your own home. Yes, it does have quite a high starting price, but isn’t it beautiful? I just had to share it with you before she goes forever ... it would make the perfect gift for Christmas.


Wishing you a warm Christmas

In Australia we celebrate Christmas in Summer, which often makes for a very relaxed style of entertaining. Still traditional, but with an Aussie flavour. Fabulous summer fruits become part of our festive decorations with cherries, berries, grapes, plums and beautiful fruits that are in abundance. With such wonderful colours and shapes, why not replace the baubles with fruits or ... mix them all together.


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Petals There is nothing more perfect than a flower petal.

The way they curl at the tips, the softness, the colours, the aroma, the beauty, the delicateness, the shape, the tones, the petal!

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We love to play and we love to style and in our Styling Studio and we especially to love dress up! In this first issue we choose three vintage figurines as our models for our fashion pages ... and inspired by the roses of the Southern Highlands of NSW we created gowns made of petals for the beauty of flowers.

Inspiration is everywhere!



Finding treasures at Auctions

These beautiful obelisks Remind us of little Christmas Trees, A little touch of gold ribbon or holly and they’re a perfect decorations.

Images Courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers www.lesliehindman.com

& A Gilt Bronze Chinese Porcelain Elephant and a French barometer.

Golden gifts unique Christmas presents

Sourcing hand-crafted objects and searching for beautiful and precious objects is an important part of the job of a stylist, and with my husband who is a cabinetmaker and antique restorer, we both share the same passion for beautifully designed and handcrafted treasures. So often, we are just inspired by looking at the piece, rather than owning it. We have such admiration for the craftsmen and their amazing skills. Now it’s so easy to find wonderful items from all corners of the world. Here are just a few of our favourites, hand picked for this time of the year. A Continental terracotta and carved wood fountain.

Styling Magazine - Collections Stylish Collections – The Estate of David Stickelber

A Russian metal icon.

Images Courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers www.lesliehindman.com

Above, two Russian wood icons

A 1858 Russian silver, painted and enameled icon – Mother and Child

A Greek (Mount Athos) Gild Silver carved wood cross with coral inset.

There was an auction this year at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Illinois, of the Estate of the late David Stickelber from Kansas City. David Stickler was remembered as a stylish host and engaging philanthropist, who was one of the city’s leading performing and visual arts advocates. As the Kansas City Star said: ‘No account of Davis’s life would be complete without some mention of the many gatherings he hosted. Whether a formal dinner for one or many dignitaries or a Sunday supper in the kitchen with friends. No one entertained more beautifully than David.’

Above: An American Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver pitcher, an English Silver plate tea urn, a French tea strainer. Images Courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers www.lesliehindman.com

Styling Magazine - Gardens of the Southern Highlands

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Styling magazine have been capturing many of the Southern Highlands’

most beautiful gardens through the seasons. We are very excited to share with you in this first issue a small selection of some very private and special places created by some very passionate and creative garden lovers.

Spending time in the garden and entertaining outside through the festive season on our long hot days is what Australians love most. A gorgeous garden gazebo shaded by huge trees is the perfect place to entertain friends and friends. Country sophistication with crisp white linen and candlelight. A wonderful way to end a summer’s day.



Styling Magazine - At home - 2012

O ne Wom a n’s S tyl e The time spent styling our homes and our surroundings to reflect who we are is one of the most precious things. Creating a wonderful environment takes time and collecting beautiful things through your life is always rewarding. 8

Belgian event specialist Christiane de Bièvre, an Australian citizen and local Southern Highlands resident, has been working in the studios of Styling Magazine this year creating and designing some very exciting ideas, recipes and events with food and fragrances. We have so many exciting and wonderful stories to share with you, but for this first issue we invite you to the beautiful home of Christiane and her husband. writer, Francisco Gallego, in the historic town of Berrima. A home filled with love and a beautiful French style. Fragranced fine food is always on hand and always perfectly displayed, especially at this time of the year when Christiane spoils all her family and friends. 9










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Sweet Settings for Christmas


Bring out your family heirlooms for a soft and delicate table setting Catrin Welzstein




Decorating with Mother Earth


Sticks and twigs, marble and stone, shells and pine cones, antlers and bone. Decorations collected from our natural resources are often the most beautiful decorations of all. Away in a manger, straw and rush, gumnuts and berries, go to the bush or onto the beach and collect what you can to decorate for Christmas. shell ornaments and treasures from the sea, and give your home a fabulous natural festive theme. 39





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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without gold

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All the dolls come out to play at Christmas time. Old dolls and new dolls are dressed in tulle and tissue paper, with tinsel, ribbons and tin foil, and a final sprinkling of glitter and tiny golden beads. 60






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An organza and satin ribbon Christmas tree creates the unique centerpiece for a festive table set on a lovely old country verandah. Golden brown pears and little baby grapes add the final touch. Criss-cross long pieces of ribbons over your tablecloth for extra detail, and use the same ribbon to wrap all your special gifts. 72

Wishing you & your family a Wo n d e r f u l C h r i s t m a s a n d a fabulous Festive Season 75 Coty Farquhar

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