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Photography, Styling & Design Coty Farquhar


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


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Styling is the essence of who we are, how we express ourselves and what we like to have around us in our everyday lives. It’s everything from a small still life setting in our homes to a large event or celebration. Styling magazine has grown out of Coty Farquhar’s highly successful Styling blogs which have attracted around 1 million readers from all over the world. Coty has taken many of the photographs in friends’ homes, in her studio and at work events in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. At Styling we honour artistry and traditional skills and all the elements of the magazine – the ideas, the images, the words, the people involved – are about creative collaboration.

Issue No.1 - January 2013 Welcome to ‘Styling White & New Beginnings’, the first issue of 2013 Styling by Coty Farquhar, AUSTRALIA. The Styling team is growing, from just me to now four. When I was fashion and beauty editor at New Woman, new recruit, Belinda Henwood came on board as features editor. Belinda was squeezed into my fashion department beside my mounds of clothes and cosmetics, and she retaliated with piles of paper and books. We’d bounce off each other and occasionally collaborate, and Belinda regaled me with tales of the Southern Highlands where she grew up in a family of collectors, artists and writers – and where she returned to live eight years ago. She says that working with me on Styling is also a coming home, returning to this creative family. Belinda joins Styling magazine this month along with Christiane de Bièvre whose home featured in my last issue, and also my husband Andrew Farquhar joins the team and writes about the making of a pair of Linnell style display cabinets. Each month Andrew will bring news from the Farquhar Furniture workshop on cabinet making, restoration and some stories on tools of the trade. I hope you enjoy this issue of Styling, the first issue of 2013

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year. May all your dreams and secret wishes come true for you. Coty Farquhar

This issue of Styling by Coty Farquhar Magazine is dedicated to a dear friend of ours who passed away recently, who lived each and everyday creatively and shared his passion for art with our family. You will be missed!


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This White issue is about new beginnings, a new magazine and we wish for beautiful and positive white light for the new year. While we use all colours in styling, this issue captures white across the elements of our lives. Connect to your heart and let your imagination flow. Intuitively we have included swans, a symbol of creativity, throughout the issue: white porcelain swans, swans in the snow, drawings of swans and furniture inspired by swans. Wherever there is white there is light. From sea shells to flowers, wedding dresses to fresh snow, hand-made furniture to melt-in the-mouth meringue and traditional crafts to country homes. Our guest stylist for January is Appley Hoare our artist is Emma Pfeiffer, and our inspiration comes from all over the world.

A beautiful white horse hair bird’s nest cradles the tiny buds and the clematis flower.





Styling magazine Artist - January 2013


Each issue, Styling magazine celebrates the work of an artist, and since this issue is about White and New Beginnings we would like to introduce you to the beautiful work of Emma Pfeiffer We have hand picked a few of our favorite works of Emma’s which you will find spread throughout the different stories in the magazine. Emma’s family’s country home also features in this issue. We asked Emma what was ahead for her as she starts a new chapter in her young life.

‘New beginnings are exciting for everybody. They give you a sense of a new chapter and new opportunities.’ Raised and educated in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales (NSW), Emma Pfeiffer is about to embark on a new and exciting chapter in life. With school and an amazing 12 months of intense travel and work behind her, Emma is looking forward to her new beginning as a student at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Emma grew up in an environment that was perfect for a creative young child, who loved writing letters to the fairies and building them houses under the fairy tree. ‘I love animals and my childhood home was like a recreation of the Hundred Acre Wood in Winnie the Pooh,’ says Emma. ‘Over the years we had chooks, horses, a donkey, goats, rabbits, ducks and much-loved family dogs. Mum got used to finding rabbit kittens under the cushions resting on the sofa or hens laying eggs in the laundry basket.’ Emma spent most of her holidays at her grandfather’s sheep property on the Monaro plains and her grandmother’s family property in north-western NSW where they grow cotton and have large-scale farming. Here Emma and her sister Harriet delighted in covering themselves in mud while playing in the river, mustering cattle or lazing under the orange trees eating the best-ever oranges. Since the age of eight, Emma has travelled to a number of developing countries and has witnessed life from many perspectives. After visiting Africa with her family in 2008, she returned in 2012 to work in Kenya where she met and worked with a diverse range of people from the very wealthy to the very poor. She has travelled several times to the Middle East, where she has taken tea with the Bedouin tribal elders in Petra and snorkeled in the Strait of Hormuz. It’s this broad range of experience which has inspired some of her creative works on life and culture. ‘I think the thing about me is that I don’t have any set style, but my innate style is very fluid, fast and expressed with a lot of colour. For Styling magazine, I have chosen a combination of watercolour, pen and liquid graphite.


eaSourcing shells treasures on the internet

The Victorians celebrated the seaside, both as a popular holiday escape and a destination for natural history enthusiasts. It became an inspiration for their creative work, whether in the decorative arts or literature. A pair of 19th Century Isabelline seashell flower displays recently auctioned at Auctioned at Balclis Auction House, Barcelona,


A pair of Victorian shellwork dioramas of great complexity and delicacy, each depicting a campagna shaped urn containing an arrangement of flowers, leaves and berries and incorporating humming birds and green beetles. Auctioned at MALLETT www.mallettantiques.com

Vintage flowers

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Above, 19th Century French table clocks with little automated birds, animated scenes and songs and Auctioned at Balclis Auction House, Barcelona,

Two 19th Century automaton and song French bird cages sitting on a little flowered branch Auctioned at Balclis Auction House, Barcelona,

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 high admiration for 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 favorites finds.

Auctioned by CHRISTIE’S in London in 2009, The Manolo March Collection from Son Galceran, Mallorca had a large and very beautiful collection of Spanish Shellwork with flowers, sea shells, little figurines and miniature ships all under glass domes with mahogany bases. www.christies.com

A Stylist must have vintage flowers, shells and if you can find one ... a little French bird cage.

The Carmel Doll Shop shares the late John Darcy Noble’s collection of shellwork, antique dolls and toys.

A treasure trove of beautiful shellwork including these Victorian shellwork dolls are part of a collection owned by the late John Darcy Noble. These have been documented on a website by the Carmel Doll Shop in Pacific Grove, California Click here to visit

John Darcy Noble was a leading museum curator at The Museum of the City of New York. He wrote many books on toys, particularly dolls. His collections are rare and magical. Born in 1923 in London, he began to collect old toys when he was six years old, by 10year of age he had a large collection. The Carmel Doll Shop have a special tribute to John Darcy Noble with wonderful photographs of his collections. Click here to visit

All these images are from The Carmen Doll Shop and are part of the tribute to John Darcy Noble.

Victorian shellwork and hand-made flowers have been an inspiration for this issue of Styling magazine.

On the following pages, Styling magazine showcases some wonderful hand-made pieces of shellwork and some magnificent vintage flowers sourced from wedding gowns in the 1950s and earlier. We love the fine details of the tiniest flowers that were used as backup to the beautiful large handmade roses that took pride of place. Look closely at the rolled edges of the satin flowers and the perfectly cut edges of the leaves. It’s all in the details


Styling magazine created two arrangements using a collection of new and vintage flowers and some waxed buds all cut from unused hats and dresses, we also made a few little shell flowers. We found two fluted alabaster lamp bases and removed the old cords from the centre, this gave us the perfect little hole to secure the thin wire stems of the flowers.




A crown made of little waxed buds Annie Elizabeth - Australia 1925

These Victorian-inspired ribbon flowers are so simple and quick to make. We have used white cotton ribbon and you could try them in pink, cream or any colours of the rainbow. The thicker the ribbon, the larger the petals and the length of the ribbon and the tightness of the knots determine the shape of the flowers.

Country at Heart APPLEY HOARE Always in search of the rare, unusual and authentic

Appley Hoare took her magazine styling background in a new direction in the 1980s when she introduced country French antiques to Sydney along with a completely fresh approach to styling and selling. Appley showed us authentic, unrestored provincial furniture and beautiful French linens, taught us that the beauty is in the detail and she complemented those extraordinary white pieces with unusual and unexpected objects. She made the butcher’s block a domestic kitchen must-have. As well as being considered the stylist in Sydney, Appley became a source for other stylists. In Coty’s early days at Vogue Living, she saw Appley as an inspiration. While we miss her and her beautiful store here in Australia, we are thankful that we can still reach her online. www.appleyhoare.com

Appley was obsessed with collecting antiques at an early age and while studying at the Sorbonne in Paris would spend hours scouring the flea markets. It was almost inevitable that she would open an antique business and she has now been dealing in Antique Country Furniture, mainly French but also Swedish, Italian and Spanish  for over 20 years.


For me its all about the texture of old weathered wood and the beauty of faded, crumbling paint. Appley Hoare


Cloyne is a green oasis nestling on the treeless Monaro plains at Bunyan in southern New South Wales. First settled in 1832, all that remains of those early days is one stone barn. The white weatherboard house that stands today was built in the 1930s when the land was subdivided and the original stone dwellings were demolished.

Our January artist Emma Pfeiffer’s portrait of her grandmother Judith

In 1963 the Pfeiffer family bought Cloyne where they grazed fat lambs and sheep for wool as well as producing lucerne hay. In response to drought in the 1970s, Judith Pfeiffer decided to turn their then worthless stock into food and busily cooked up pies, curries and stews which she marketed as frozen meals. From nearby snowfields and holiday beach towns as well as Australia’s capital Canberra, the business expanded and Judith Pfieffer’s Country Cookery was born. More drought prompted the enterprising Judith to start yet another business – this time mail-order old fashioned roses and cottage garden perennials. Her nursery now forms part of the Cloyne garden.

An embossed and handpainted tin Australian coat of arms was salvaged from an old bank in Sydney and now hangs on the dining room wall at Cloyne.

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Styling magazine From the Archives - Styling & Photographing Children

Styling children

This photo shoot was designed and created in the 1980s for a catalogue for a babywear and children’s boutique. It was photographed in the studio using a wonderful hand-painted backdrop which we sourced from a theatre company and then found some vintage props. If you are painting your own background use soft and mottled colours. Choose a couple of strong statement pieces, like the carousel horse and the Victorian pram, and have some smaller props on hand.You’ll find that children respond naturally in front of the camera when they see the beautiful items you’ve found. Plan ahead, think about how the clothes and fabrics will move and then work quickly. They always say that you should never work with children and animals but we love it!

White through the seasons

An old Southern Highlands’ dairy became a beautiful home for a family.

In the Farquhar workshop

Coty and  Andrew’s  young  children  inspect  the  Linnell  style  cabinets  in  the  Farquhar’s  workshop.

Andrew Farquhar - Traditional Furniture Maker & Restorer Styling Magazine - Furniture

Andrew Farquhar’s Linnell style cabinets

One of Sydney’s leading interior designers approached me to make a pair of display cabinets for the master bedroom of one of his clients who was building a grand home overlooking Sydney Harbour. The designer sent me initial conceptual sketches showing the relationship and proportion the cabinets would have to the architectural elements in the bedroom. The style was chosen from a book of designs and pieces by leading 18th century furniture makers William and John Linnell.

With the sketches, overall dimensions and a verbal brief, I started work on a full-size technical drawings. I always do full-size drawings prior to starting construction. Quite often I will take the drawings to the client’s home and attach them to the wall so that we can both make comments, check details and proportions, and the relationship to other major influences in the surroundings. The main elements of the cabinets were the fluted columns and the Vitruvian scroll work on the bottom cabinet, and the very large and flowing swan neck cornice dominating the top cabinets. I needed to redraw the cornice a couple of times to meet the designer’s requirements. With the drawing completed I could start making the cabinets. Knowing that they were to be hand painted with a decorative finish, they were constructed from a combination of solid timber and MDF (medium-density fibreboard). The cabinets would house the client’s rare porcelain collection so I installed lighting in the underside of the cornice and concealed strip lighting behind the door frames to draw attention to the pieces. When the woodwork was finished the cabinets were taken to a master painter to complete the designer’s vision.

Coty and  Andrew’s  youngest  daughter  Rebecca  looking  for  the  little  kitten  in  the    Linnell  style  cabinets  in  the  Farquhar’s  workshop. Can  you  spot  the  kitten?

A seaside inspired tablescape

Styling magazine has discovered Ercan Esmek, a fabulous new chef who has just opened the Fleur-de-Lys patisserie in Moss Vale in the Southern Highlands, just down the street from our studio. We invited him to make something for our white issue and he created a delicious white chocolate mud cake covered in featherweight meringue fingers.It’s great for us in the Highlands but not so good for those overseas.

Banana DetoxDelight Christiane de Bièvre uses essential oil crystals in her recipes for wellbeing

The Citrus Medley blend contains agave tequilana (blue agave) powder, mandarin, bergamot, lemon, orange and Ylang Ylang essential oil (EO) crystals Mandarin EO crystals are a light antispasmodic and digestive tonic and stimulates the gallbladder Bergamot EO crystals are a powerful anti-bacterial and antidepressant Lemon EO crystals repair the liver and regulates the heart beat Orange EO crystals are a powerful relaxant, anticoagulant , antitumoral and circulatory stimulant Ylang Ylang EO crystals are ideal after drinking increased amounts of alcohol, such as Christmas and new year celebrations. Its fragrant influence balances male–female energies, enhances spiritual attunement, combats anger, combats low self-esteem, and increases focusing of thoughts and filters out negative energy. It restores confidence and peace.

Banana Detox Delight Serves 4 4 ripe bananas 500 ml chilled organic rice milk 16 pinches of Citrus Medley essential oil crystals for cooking 4 egg whites 4 pinches Ylang Ylang essential oil crystals Peel and cut 4 ripe bananas in small pieces, put them in a blender and add 500 ml chilled organic rice milk. Add 16 pinches of Citrus Medley essential oil crystals. Mix together. Pour the banana mixture into glasses. Whip 4 egg whites until firm, adding 4 pinches of Ylang Ylang essential oil crystals while whipping. Pour egg whites onto the banana mixture and gently fold in with a spoon.

‘just because’ Styling magazine shares these wonderful works with you, a Shell Grotto, Irish crochet and Ernst Haeckel’s Art Forms of Nature.

Many thousands of shells adorn the walls of the mysterious and magical Shell Grotto at Grotto Hill, Margate, Kent The Shell Grotto website

Ernst Haeckel (1834– 1919) was a German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist who described and named thousands of new species and mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms. His Kunstforme der Natur (Art Forms of Nature) is a book of 100 lithographic and autotype prints of various organisms, many of which were first described by Haeckel himself. It was influential in early 20 th century art, architecture and design including the work of Hans Christiansen and Émile Gallé.

Irish crochet lace Lace has always been a part of the Irish needlework tradition and often a way for women to help support their families during times of economic hardship. Then their tools of trade were simply fine steel crochet hooks and balls of cotton or linen. The work begins with an outline of the pattern on a piece of cloth and then each motif is crocheted separately, using cotton or linen cord for volume and shaping. The finished motifs are then basted (sewn with a loose stitch for temporary tacking) onto a cloth in the shape of the pattern and are joined using chains and picots. The basting stitch is removed when all the motifs are together forming one piece of lace.

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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...