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Styling No.21

Capturing the beauty within

Fo o d styling with Sonali Ghosh from ‘Sug ar et al’

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Coty Farquhar

As the season of autumn arrives in Australia and nature starts to settle down for the colder months ahead, we are surrounded by the last of the summer fruits and the final dramatic display of colour for the year. We take our inspiration for this issue from the ancient Romans and the painted garden ‘Villa de la Livia‘, featured on the following pages of this issue. A beautiful summer house built underground for Livia, wife of Caesar Augustus. To immortalize the beauty and richness of the seasons, the walls of this room were painted as a landscape garden filled with poppies, roses, iris, acanthus, pomegranates, berries and fruits. They would rest in this room on the hottest months of the year with nature all around them. The talented unknown artist truly understood nature in all its detail, he has captured the light on the foliage and the gentle breeze blowing in the trees. You can almost hear the leaves rustling as the birds fly around and sit on branches. The walls are painted a mix of grays, soft blues and greens with strong dark shadows behind. He has certainly observed nature well. The stories in this issue celebrate the abundance of nature and the changing colours of the seasons. Our stylist this

month is Sonali Ghosh, you will see that she is also inspired by the fruits of the seasons (as seen on the front cover). Her photographs are like that of an 18th century painting and her recipes are definitely created straight from her heart. “My food are like my babies” Sonali says. I know you will love her work as much as I do and I’m sure she will be producing a cook book in the very near future. I have been exceptionally busy this month with a few large styling jobs as well as the magazine. One of the styled dinners that I am sharing with you in this issue was held in the two story gallery at Gibraltar Hotel last weekend. I had the best time outside foraging the Highlands for autumn berries, leaves and grasses and ‘real’ looking country apples plucked straight off the tree. I gathered flowers and exceptionally ripe and richly coloured fruits from the markets for this large banquet display. My inspiration, of course came from these paintings from ‘Villa de la Livia’. Thank you for visiting Styling magazine, and I hope you enjoy reading this new issue. Xx Coty Farquhar

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Styling Magazine March - April 2015

In this issue

Autumn Har vest 2015 The Painted Garden Villa de la Livia, Rome Sonali Ghosh - ‘Sugar et al’ Food Stylist, Photographer and Cook 18th Century Jewellery Designs at Sotheby’s Still Life Styling An Autumn Banquet at Gibraltar Hotel Christian Boian - Digital Artist Happy Easter - Cloche & Eggs Interior Designer Lars Bolander Home & Contents Auction Jeanne Lanvin Exhibition Wispy Grasses and Autumn landscapes Carved Angels in Wood Country Auctions in the Southern Highlands “Just because they’re so beautiful” pages

The Painted Garden Villa de la Livia , Rome

SONALI GHOSH Sugar et al A sweet styling treat

Chocolate Chai And Beetroot Cake

Prepare to be inspired by this story, both in your kitchen and in your life. I am very proud to introduce you to this month’s stylist, Sonali Ghosh, author of the food blog, ‘Sugar et al”. In no particular order, she is a food stylist, a baker, a writer, a self taught photographer, an artist, a recipe creator and a wife and mother of little twin boys. Sonali Ghosh grew up in the city of Kolkata, India, a place known for its fascinating share of Indian delicacies and gorgeous sweets. Her blog is only two years old and already her cauliflower recipe has been shared with millions on Huffington Post. It is my great pleasure to share her work with you. Sonali inspires me! Her sense of colour mixing and know-how is extraordinary, as is the composition of the food she prepares. Her styling is like an 18th century painting; she paints with her kitchen tools, vintage props and the most sumptuous mix of ingredients. Everything is planned out carefully as she sees the recipes she designs in her mind beforehand. She loves experimenting and she is not afraid to try new things. This is her artwork and her it’s her break away, as she calls it. She quietly cooks in her home kitchen in Sydney and writes in her blog about her experiences with food and living in a new land with many new ingredients. She shares her life with us growing up in

India, her dreams for her future and her new love of food styling and photography. Her personality emerges through the charm and beauty of the dishes she cooks and images she creates. I cannot wait to see what her future holds, definitely a cook book, maybe many. I know this woman has a very colourful, delicious and abundant future ahead. Her blog is empowering and it is definitely a baker’s delight!“When I cook I am transported to another world” says Sonali, and so are we! I have picked my favourite images, as well as some of her delightful postings from her blog and there are links to all of her recipes as well. I hope you too will be transported to another tummy rumbling, lip-smacking, scrumptious world.

Sugar et al

Lemon, Coconut and Strawberry Cake

“What I like about this cake is that it combines simple, every day flavors and turns them into something totally delicious and refreshing. The cake batter has been infused with lemon zest for a citrus flavor and mixed with desiccated coconut for texture. Sandwiched between the layers are strawberry jam and lemon Swiss meringue buttercream. Then it is frosted with more buttercream, covered in flaked coconut, topped with fresh strawberries and drizzled with strawberry sauce (made by diluting the jam itself) The cake is moist and soft with a crunch from the coconut and the flavours nicely balance each other out�

Aussie Summer Ice Tart for Australia Day

“I was not born is Australia. Neither was I raised here. I have not lived as many years in Australia as most of the people I know , but long enough to call it my home. My stay, memorable enough to take up a gigantic amount of hard disc space on my laptop, filling it with precious memories of little boys making sand castles at different beaches and eating apples from adopted trees. My experiences, promising enough to make me dream of a great future here. A place where I can envision my children turning into teenagers and us (my husband and me) retiring into a farm-life sort of scenario, raising chickens in our backyard and planting fields of strawberries and lavender. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? “ Sonali Ghosh

Sugar et al

“Long long ago I wanted to become a pastry chef. Perhaps I didn’t know the term but I knew I wanted to make sweet things all day, running around the kitchen with flour on my clothes and smelling very much of vanilla and chocolate”I imagined what it would be like to live in Paris and work in a lush patisserie. I pictured myself rising before the sun and baking bread, making choux pastry, separating hundreds of eggs and making the glossiest of Italian meringue. Garnishes would get my special attention and I would make sure every dessert looked pretty. The plates would go out to my customers with a smear (you know, the classic smear) of berry coulis, quenelles of the most exotic mousse and fancy dots of citrus curd. Then on top would be my prettiest chocolate curls or sugar decorations resembling art work. They would obviously have fancy names. Like ‘beauty and the beast’ and an all green dessert plate called ‘spring’. On the contrary, I joined a bank” Sonali Ghosh

Dark Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate and Cherry Buttercream.

“Summer blows my mind away...there is so much gorgeousness around, that I had to put it all together into one dessert� Sonali Ghosh

White Chocolate and Blueberry Rice Pudding

In India, where I grew up, drinking coconut water or cooking with freshly grated coconut is a way of life. People are equipped and ready to give themselves a arm workout when the need arises. Which is frequently. The grated version is used in curries, sweet dishes, rice and fillings while the milk (which is actually extracted by passing the grated coconut through a cheesecloth) finds its uses in many different dishes. Sonali Ghosh

Coconut Crepes with Yogurt, Mango and Palm Sugar Caramel

“I was told that rice pudding was the very first food I tasted when I started on solids as a baby. Which is totally acceptable since a) it is sweet and b) it has rice. Both of which I am extremely fond of. Starting with rice pudding is a ritual at home and making it on special occasions and birthdays is a tradition that my mother keeps up even today. Therefore, this pudding spells absolute comfort for me� Sonali Ghosh

White Chocolate And Blueberry Rice Pudding

“I had made these cream puffs for an after school treat. I am crazy for choux pastry! I thoroughly enjoy making it and almost always use the same batch to make cream puffs or profiteroles and eclairs at the same time and at home every one loves to eat 2 or 3 at a time�Sonali Ghosh

Cream Puffs With Orange Whipped Mascarpone

Ice Cream Cheesecake With Mixed Berry And Thyme

“This year I made a resolution. To do all the things I want to do...say the things that are on my mind and say it without worrying whether I will be judged. To spend time with the people I care about. To just be...to not hold back! To not restrict myself…my ideas or creativity. On the recipe development front, I have ventured into new areas last year and it worked. This year, I hope to do the same with my photography and writing. That is when we move forward, we grow...we out do ourselves. How about you all...did you make resolutions?” Sonali Ghosh

Butterscotch Cake With Orange sour Cream Glaze And Figs

I have been so busy this month that I hardly noticed that we have officially stepped into Autumn in Australia. The last I remember was longing for Summer, wanting to gorge in its bounty, planning so many stone fruit recipes. It came and went. Leaving me discontented like every year that I couldn’t do enough justice during its presence.

Beetroot And Feta Tart

“When I was a little girl, my mother would cook a beetroot stew. I am not sure if there was a recipe or her own creation but I didn’t quite like the look of it. Beetroot was cooked in the pressure cooker with other vegetables and the resulting colour wasn’t very appealing. The potatoes would turn orange, spinach looked black, the onions were lost somewhere and then we would stand facing the mirror with our tongues out after consuming it . Without a doubt it tasted delicious, but that colour! Today, I love beetroot. I love the way it stains my hands and my kitchen counter. I love the way it looks and tastes. I use this root vegetable to pack variety and nutrition into the meals I make for my children. I feel an irresistible urge to take out the camera every time I notice it’s powerful purplish existence in a dish. It has the natural ability to make food look vibrant and attractive”Sonali Ghosh

Growing up in the tropics, pineapple flavored sweets were a prominent part of my childhood. I don’t think I had ever spotted canned pineapple back then. Fresh pineapple was the way to go and despite the work involved, prepping the pineapple never seemed daunting to anyone as much as it is to me today. My mum’s favorite thing to make was a fresh pineapple chutney with a generous squeeze of lime and two big dried red chillies. The blend of sweet, sour and spicy flavors would make my palate dance. Sonali Ghosh

Pineapple And White Chocolate Mud Cake

Blackberry, Pistachio And Rose Semifreddo

“Let’s talk about colours! Or the absence of them. Can you imagine a world without colours? How boring would that be? Colours  contribute to  our visual experience. They help us to relate to  our environment. They stimulate imagination and creativity. One of the earliest and basic things we learnt as kids were to recognise and differenciate between colours. We painted the yellow sun, wanted to dive into the blue sea, ride the red bike and messed up the brown cake. Most of us loved it. Because it simplified our understanding of the big world around us and gave us our first powers. The power of choice! I can tell you how big and powerful I felt at 4 years when I was  allowed to choose the colour of my birthday dress” Sonali Ghosh

Ombre Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Tart (No Bake)

Sugar et al

Jewels on Paper FINE JEWELS 18 MARCH 2015


A collection of twenty three 18th century jewellery designs in pen and ink, went under the hammer at Sotheby’s London this month.The strong stylistic similarities of these drawings are to the known designs of Van der Cruycen

All images - Sotheby’s

FINE JEWELS 18 MARCH 2015 | LONDON www.sothebys.com


A dining experience inspired by a beautiful collection of still life fruit paintings and the autumn view from the gallery window was held at Gibraltar Hotel in Bowral last weekend. I created a candlelit banquet table setting for sixty five guests of the hotel. We gathered flowers and exceptionally ripe fruits with unbelievable colours from the local markets and went foraging in the Highlands for berries, grasses, vines and leaves. We topped off the setting with hundreds of peacock feathers from a local bird who had just conveniently dropped all his feathers and as nature is perfect in every way, everything naturally came together perfectly for the event.

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I always start with a good base or container when I’m styling and then I move on to the layering of colours and different shaped fruits. Finally topping with an assortment of delicate details that can only be added once the arrangements are in place on the table. These include berries, little fruits, flowers and tiny sprigs of leaves, which bring life and an added colour to the arrangement. It is my favourite part of the styling.

H a m p e l Auc t i o n s.

Extraordinary digital work of

Christian Boian

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Happy Easter Emu & duck eggs, pheasant & chook feathers. Dried straw, grass and rain forest moss & vines. Wee little flowers mixed all together ... arranged under a gorgeous glass cloche. Something a little different for your Easter display!

We’re watching the auction of the...

Pr ivate Collection of Inter ior designer

Lar s Bolander

Shopping the private collection of an interior design pioneer is a rare opportunity, but on March 21, 2015 the public will be able to acquire art and furniture beloved by Lars Bolander, one of Sweden’s foremost interior designers and an innovator of Swedish design in the United States. We have our own wish list that we featured here on the following pages, and everything seems to be very well priced...happy bidding!

Influenced by his diverse education and experiences, Mr. Bolander has developed a unique style all his own that has both a theatrical side and love of simplicity. “As a young boy g row i n g u p i t wa s my background and culture that influenced me,” said Mr. Bolander. “Later in life it was all of the traveling I did, seeing the world.” Recent trends in residential design have grown from clean, s u b d u e d a n d s u s t a i n a bl e motivations. Scandinavian design is known for a minimalism that alludes to functionality, born from the idea that beauty and function should be married and accessible. However, classical training in Scandinavian design is only one influence that has graced Mr. Bolander’s career and personal taste.

His collection is both coherent and varied, classic and fun. It includes traditional Swedish forms such as Gustavian chairs, a Gustavian settee and works by Swedish artist Dan Nygard. At the same time, much of his collection was amassed through worldwide travel and exploration. Many objects were found in unique locations with intriguing backgrounds and interesting stor ies. His European aesthetic is exemplified by a variety of furniture, decorative arts and works of art, evident in such objects as an unusual pair of terracotta busts of Moorish gentlemen and paintings by François Gall. Whimsical items inspired by a designer’s eye include architectural trompe l’oeil furniture and the signature silvered brass ram heads used in Mr. Bolander’s personal logo.

JEANNE LANVIN The Palais Galliera, in close collaboration with Alber Elbaz, artistic director of Lanvin, is honouring the oldest French fashion house still in business. This first Paris exhibition devoted to Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946) features over a hundred models from the amazing collections of the Palais Galliera and the Lanvin Heritage. Exhibition dates are from March 8th to August 23rd, 2015.

Mademoiselle Jeanne began her career as a milliner in 1885. In 1889, she opened a shop “Lanvin (Melle Jeanne) Modes” at 16 Rue Boissy d’Anglas, then in 1893 acquired her premises at 22 Rue du FaubourgSaint-Honoré. In 1897, she gave birth to her only daughter, Marguerite, who became her primary source of inspiration. In 1908, Jeanne Lanvin hit upon the new idea of children’s clothes. The following year, she opened the Young Ladies’ and Women’s department. That same year, she joined the Syndicat de la Couture, the designers’ union, and entered the closed world of French Fashion Houses.

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There followed a brides’ department, departments for lingerie and furs and, in the early 1920s, interior decoration and sport. In 1926, the entrepreneurial designer launched into men’s fashion. She also opened shops in Deauville, Biarritz, Barcelona, Buenos-Aires, Cannes, and Le Touquet… Inspired by the intense blue in frescoes by Fra Angelico, that same quattrocento blue became her favourite colour… In 1927, she celebrated her daughter Marguerite’s thirtieth birthday with the creation of the legendary perfume Arpège. The famous logo designed by Paul Iribe, depicting the couturière with Marguerite, is displayed on the round bottle created by Armand Rateau. The same logo is still featured on Lanvin creations to this day.

Jeanne Lanvin used travel diaries, swatches of ethnic fabrics and a vast library of art books to feed her curiosity and inspire her to create fabrics, patterns and exclusive colours. Jeanne Lanvin represents artistry in materials, embroidery, topstitches, twists, spirals, cut-outs – all the virtuosity of the couturière’s craft. It is classical French perfection, with very 18th century style dresses – slender bust, low waist, ample skirt – contrasting with the tubular line of Art Deco with its black and white geometrical patterns, the profusion of ribbons, cristals, beads, and silk tassels.

A capacity for hard work and an intuitive understanding of the modern world only partly explain the extraordinary success of this discreet woman. Alber Elbaz and the Palais Galliera invite you to an encounter with this great lady of haute couture, Jeanne Lanvin.

P h o t o g r a p h - J a m e s B o r t L a n v i n G a l l e r y P r e p a r a t i o n & d i s p l a y f o r t h e e x h i b i t i o n .




The Australian Countryside

Golden pastures wispy g rasses and the soft changing colour s of Autumn Photography - Coty Farquhar

Baby angels

Im m or ta l iz ed in wo od a re t he fa ces o f bea u t i fu l l i t t l e ba by a n g el s. R ecen tly, i n o ur wor ks h o p, a p a i r o f bea u t i fu l ly ca r ved ti mber b ed h e a ds a r r ive d fo r re s t o r ati on. T h e s e p i e c e s were a l m ost l ivi ng. Th e a n gel fa ces ca m e o u t fro m ever y s i de a nd ever y a n gl e. T hey were ca r ved i n t o t h e t o p o f t h e bed h ea d a nd a l s o ca r ved ju s t a bove wh ere yo u r p i l l ow wo u l d l ay. W hat wo nd er ful d rea m s th e ow n er mu s t h ave s l eep i n g u n d er suc h in credibl e b e a u ty.

The fa c e s of a l it t l e c a r ved woode n c he r ub, (t hi s page a nd t o p l eft ) fro m S how pl a ce, a nti qu e a n d des i gn centre, 1st Dibs.

Ma hogany ca r ve d a n g e l he a d s from Fa r quh a r s F u r n i ture a r c hi ves.

A collection of angels hea ds a nd a ngel ic fa ces from Hampel Auctions.

A col l ect i on of a n g el s h ea d s a n d a ng el i c fa ces from Hampel Auctions.

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Autumn country auctions One of the best places to be on an Autumn weekend is soaking up the atmosphere a t a c o u n t r y a u c t i o n . Yo u n e v e r k n o w w h a t you will be taking home at the end of the day! Especially at the Souther n Highlands’ auctions.

The Autumn Markets P h o t o g ra p h e d a t D i r t y Ja n e ’s E m p o r i u m C o u n t r y A u c t i o n s The Southern Highlands of NSW

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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

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Founder & editor in chief of Styling magazine Coty Farquhar is a professional creative d i re c t o r, v i s u a l d e c o r at o r, bl o g g e r a n d photographic stylist whose career began and grew within the Australian Vogue Stable of Magazines, Vogue Living, Vogue Enter taining Guide and Vogue Children, her magazine career culminating as Fashion & Beauty Editor of New Woman Magazine. With a passion for the visual ar ts, par ticularly photography, Coty carries with her more than 30 years experience in journalism, styling, designing & creating events. Coty has the rare and unique combination of jour nalistic experience, media, visual ar t and marketing in the fashion, food & wine, interiors, theatre and event industries. Coty has styled and photographed for many books, magazines, websites & adver tising campaigns. Coty has lived in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia for 21 years with her husband, cabinetmaker & restorer Andrew Farquhar of Farquhar’s Fur niture whose extraordinary work is housed in many famous Australian buildings & private homes.


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