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Styling NO 25 - 2016

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Styling Coty Farquhar

Dearest Friends and Readers, Each week I spend a good deal of time thinking, researching and working on stories for Styling Magazine. For example, I will create a story from scratch with the materials and props that I have, or I go in search of beautiful objects, gather and collect them and bring them all together in one place for a photo shoot. The pictures are then styled and I finish the story with the designed layout as you see here in Styling Magazine. I spend many hours talking with my family about how there is a neverending source of material that can fill a magazine. Our files are now overflowing with images from past stories as well, and I can always take a little bit from each one to create another story. For example, every home that has been photographed for Styling Magazine has a number of superb flower and garden shots that have never been used that could easily fill a large book.This is known as the law of leverage – a little photo shoot goes a long way. We can, and most certainly would like to take these stories further, to books and across all media, the possibilities are endless! In the past few months I have had the pleasure of spending time with some very talented people, photographing their homes and being fortunate to be in their creative spaces. Our conversations often lead onto other creative people or beautiful things for this magazine. It really is that simple how our stories come to us, it’s called the creative flow, to which, I have learnt to just follow. As the years go by, and as I grow a little older and hopefully a little wiser, I know it is ‘my job’ in this life to share the work of creative people. I have been surrounded by artists all of my life. I was incredibly fortunate to go to a school that believed that art was as important as mathematics and English. At school I was the Head of the Art Department and I naturally went straight to one of the best art schools in Sydney. I married an artist, a furniture craftsman. My two children (now in their 20’s) are artists and they both lead very creative lives.They have both grown up being a part of our furniture workshop and the styling and advertising studio. We run classes in our workshop on weekends for woodwork & restoration and my children often choose to spend their time there instead of doing other things. I live in an area that is filled with artists and I think we have all

somehow escaped the city to just create in peace. Many people often ask us (Andrew and I) if we ever stop working... Because, we are always busy. We both agree and have always said, we don’t see what we do as work, it is just a wonderful way to live each day, doing exactly what we love to do. I’m looking forward to sharing this new issue of Styling Magazine with you, it’s our 25th issue and we’re celebrating the world of textiles and fabrics. Oh my, what a rich and amazing subject it has been to work on. It’s the world where everything is created ‘by hand’ from just a single thread, a needle and of course a creative mind. We open the magazine with pages filled with the raw materials and the tools of the sewer and the textile artist. We are so happy to share the lovely home of linen collector, Miss Porter of Bowral, whose beautiful country bedroom features on our front cover. Dare I ask, who wouldn’t want to jump in to this luscious bed with those beautiful embroidered linen sheets and pillows for an afternoon nap? We are also thrilled to share with you incredible materials and objects found in the archives of the Rijks Museum in the Netherlands, a museum with a wonderful source of old world textiles and fabrics.Thank goodness for museums! I want to thank you all for visiting us again and to also welcome those of you who are new to Styling. You are terrific and you have given me the most wonderful platform to share my work and the creative work of others. Until next time, wishing you all a fabulous & creative month ahead. X x C o t y Fa r q u h a r

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In this issue

This issue is dedicated to Fabrics & Textiles —

The tools of the Trade Miss Porter of Bowral A Collection of Textiles Osborne & Little Iconic Advertising The Rijks Museum Creating your own online studio Indian Chintz Flowers The Dress Shoe Stuff of Legends - Let’s go Shopping Hand Made Silk flowers Designer Labels Vintage Theatre Costumes Caring for your Linens Inspirational Artist - Ann Carrington New Books we Love “Just because they’re so beautiful” pages

Tools of the Trade As we continue through 2016 to live & work by our new motto ”gentleness” we couldn’t think of a more suitable subject for Styling Magazine or a gentler way to spend the day, than sewing, knitting, crocheting or embroidering by hand. Slow down, take a break, pick up a pair of knitting needles & a ball of wool and just start knitting! Open your sewing basket & see how you feel. Are you inspired by all the tools inside? The needles & threads, the colourful cottons, the dress maker’s scissors and the crochet hooks. With just a piece of linen, a needle and thread and your imagination...something magical can be created, just like this extraordinary piece of crewel work table cloth featured here.

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knit one, pearl one...

crochet, to cut, to sew

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needles, pins, fabric, sampler, cross-stitch bobbins, buttons, linen, cloth, lawn, damask, tapestry, crewel, lacery, brocade, quilting, needlepoint, adornment, quilting

twine, yarn braid, banding

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lace, voile, ribbon, veil,

tatting, trimming, threadwork to tack embroidery to hem

Trimming tooling, braid, finery,

Scissors, mending, seaming, backstitching, tailoring

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One of the most important things we have in the world today is the collector, and none more so than textile & linen collector‌ Miss Porter of Bowral. For Miss Porter it is the pure love of hand embroidery that steers the search to find linen treasures and timeworn pieces that otherwise would be lost forever.

Miss Porter of Bowral has spent the greater part of her life collecting textiles. Be it the most exquisite antique French bed linen, colourful tapestries or a beautiful hand embroidered monogram on a worn out sheet, they are all sacred to her. Her rare finds are usually not for sale, although some are sold to make room for even more unique pieces. That’s the goal of a collector…to continue to search for the most marvellous things you can ever find. My dear friend, Miss Porter, is a collector and connoisseur of antique French linens and textiles. She sees herself as the caretaker of these treasures. “I want to keep these pieces intact so that future generations will be able to see the wonderful skills demonstrated on these stunning works of art. If I don’t buy them they are in danger of being cut up and repurposed. For example, it has been suggested that a stunning monogrammed tapestry pelmet, the likes of which I have never seen before, be cut up to make cushions. I prefer to keep things in the original state so the integrity of the piece is not compromised. I collect them to keep them safe.” says Miss Porter. It’s hard to find the words to describe Miss Porter’s world. Her home is a mix of the old and new and definitely has the defining character of a Southern Highlands home…romantic and relaxed.

Walking through the country garden, which is just overflowing with roses, salvias and dahlias to the back entrance of her original 1920’s dairy cottage instantly transports you to another world and a different time. Wilber, the toy poodle, who is quite the guard dog—until he is distracted by a flicker of light—greets me at the garden gate. Freshly washed linen is laid out on clothes racks drying in the sun and there is the smell of freshly baked cakes wafting from her kitchen (she is a brilliant cook). The kitchen, filled with all of today’s modern appliances, opens onto an enchanting living room decorated with elegant and refined furniture and a lovely mix of personal curiosities. It is a relaxed home with rooms dedicated to the storage and care of all her beautiful linen and textiles. An armoire that is filled with beautifully folded linen sheets and pillow shams has shelves lined with fabric because as Miss Porter says, “paper will attract silverfish”. Her textile studio is where she carefully and respectfully lays out her finds.

On the wall behind a large fabric covered worktable, I spy Miss Porter’s own beautiful tapestries. “I drew up and stitched my first tapestry when I was about seven, she says, I have always sewn, and I still do! I occasionally have to mend a small hole in a linen sheet and to do this I use linen thread that has been carefully pulled from an old linen sheet dedicated just for repairs. Modern cotton is shiny and it is hard to colour match, whereas the older linen is tougher and becomes almost invisible. Antique linen is very tightly woven compared with the linen of today and it is quite difficult to get even a fine needle through the cloth. I cannot imagine how they managed to create such stunning hand embroidered monograms with the needles they would have used in the late 1800’s.”

Miss Porter admires the work of the ‘restorer’ as much as the piece itself, as she points to a repair on some handmade l ac e edgi ng, where the stitches are so fine and delicate they resemble a spider’s web. “Look at this repair, this is incredible” she says. “Aside from the antique linen sheets that are for sale and the handful I have just to look at, all my linen is used. I have summer weight linen for the hot nights and heavier linen for the winter. Sleeping under antique linen is pure luxury – it is smooth, silky and buttery and the monograms are simply breathtaking.” “From time to time all my linen is pulled out and inspected, gently washed, ironed and put away again. Aside from loving to look at and feel the linen, it is important to make sure it is all in good order before being returned to the lavender filled armoire. Antique linen is very strong and durable that’s why you still see it in such great condition today – cotton doesn’t have the same durability.”

“When I am searching for linen and textiles, I now tend to look for the more unusual pieces that will compliment my collection. It is the hand stitching that I love most, so I firstly look at the monogram or the embroidery and if it affects me, then I have to have it – that’s all there is to it!” “Monogramming was a way to identify the family linen in the days when the whole village would bring out their linen to be washed by the travelling washer women. Each washer woman had their own blend of soap and the villagers would help to lay the sheets out in the fields to dry.” “The wealthier families would have their initials and family crest embroidered onto the finest linen (fil de lin) by the nuns or ladies who lived at the local convent. This linen formed part of a daughter’s dowry and when she married the armoire full of beautiful linen went with her. The armoire with all the linen were usually passed down and treasured by the daughters.” I asked Miss Porter…where could these linen sheets be found today? My armoire. The really good antique French linen sheets are getting very hard to find. I have a fabulous collection that you just don’t see together in one place! Sure, you can buy lots of linen sheets, but they are not the really good ones, I have them, she smiles! - CF

Collector and sometimes seller of vintag e oil paintings , antique French monog rammed linen and vintag e fabrics & textiles , and other things! Fo l l o w o n I n s t a g r a m M i s s Po r t e r o f B o w r a l




Nearly 50 years ago, Peter Osbor ne and Antony Little launched the first collection of hand-printed wallpapers from a small shop in London. Their aim was to establish a very particular image for Osborne & Little, so they started a unique and magical advertising campaign, designed in-house reflecting the creative and eclectic character of their designs. The advertisements were witty and whimsical with always a hint of surprise. Styling Magazine pays homage to these visionary textile artists, their team of photographers and all the behind-the-scene stylists whose talent and creativity went far beyond the imagination of most. The images they produced are universally known and still today continue to inspire many in the advertising and creative world. We have chosen just a few of our favorite images to share with you. Each image is unique and very c l e v e r. . . w h i c h o n e i s yo u r favourite?

A girlish pose on a Vespa evokes Audrey Hepburn in the 1953 movie ‘Roman Holiday’. Photography - Andrew Twort

SILK PLAIDS ‘The Cock o’ the North’, a famous painting of a Scottish chieftan brought up to date with the latest fashion in silk tartans. Photography - Charles Settrington (inset painting of the Duke of Gordon...a family ancestor)

WESSEX Genuine 1950’s hoovers were covered & housewives were dressed in Horrocks shirt waisters and frilly aprons for this retro collection. Photography - Charles Settrington




Museum Tre a s u re s Rijks Studio

Start creating your own masterpiece!

We have always had such admiration for museums, and we often feature objects from different museums throughout the year in Styling Magazine. They are a constant source of information and inspiration! Today, many of these museums are sharing their fabulous archives and making them available through their smart






Amsterdam, (European museum of the year - 2015), launched “Rijks Studio” in late 2012, sharing with everyone online over 200’000 artworks from their massive collection...and all presented in pin-sharp high-res imagery for you to zoom in on, to touch, to ‘like’ and to use in your own creations. Once you set up your own account with Rijks, the entire online

collection of images are available endless create









For those of you looking for inspiration for your work, look no further than through the vast library of extraordinary items: clip & crop into the finest of details, just as we have done here showcasing the flower design of this extraordinary 18th century embroidered silk wedding dress worn by Miss Helena Slicher. This dress is part of a display on right





exhibition, Fashion at the Rijks Museum. From 20th February to the 15th May 2016. w w w. r i j k s m u s e u m . c o m

Hand painted chintzes from India first appeared in Europe in the early 1600’s. Their brilliantly coloured motifs of exotic flowers and foliage, animals and birds, often adorned a Tree of Life. Four hundred years later, these  designs are still highly sort after today and continue to ignite the imaginations of decorators, textile  designers, printers and embroiderers. Rijks Museum’s collection of 18th century Indian interior and dress chintzes are extraordinary examples of beautiful designs that stand the test of time.

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18th Century Indian chintz bedspread with floral & botanical motif

Fine Details THE


We love the timeless style of vintage clothes, especially beautiful dress shoes & slippers. Handmade by artisans from a bygone era, these shoes, covered with silks & fine kid leather, detailed with ribbons, flowers and trimmings really are an object of beauty. We have found such inspiration from theses gorgeous 19th century “Dress Shoe� illustrations of T. Watson Grieg and the vintage chapeaux catalogues found at Rijks Museum. So we did a little digital designing & styling ourselves with this story and added a few of our own little touches to this collection of pretty shoes. Something to always remember when styling, blending gracious elements together always works!

Ladies’ Dress Shoes of the Nineteenth Century I l l u s t r a t i o n b y T. Wa t s o n G r e i g o f G l e n c a r s e Author of “Ladies” Old Fashioned Shoes” - - Chapeaux Illustrations - Rejks Museum




A new store located in Berrima Southern Highlands of NSW Australia

There’s a new, ver y chic and exotic store that has just opened in the Souther n Highlands...there is no website and not even an online shop, so you have to visit in person. Aptly named “Stuff of Legends”, it will literally take your breath away when you walk in. Tucked away in the Bell Gallery in Berrima, this gem of an emporium is filled with beautiful textiles, an eclectic mix of 19th & 20th century antiques and oneof-a-kind hand made objects from many different parts of the world. Everything is perfectly styled and displayed, with huge piles of fabulous Persian and oriental rugs next to European pieces. It’s one of those rare stores where you can still find something unique and very beautiful for your home. We know that you cannot all come to Australia, so we’re taking you there through this story. Come along with us for a visit to “Stuff of Legends” and let’s go shopping!

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Recently a collection of vintage couture gowns were auctioned off through Charles A Whittler Auction Co. Many of the items were beautiful with e xquisite detailing and fabrics, but it was the tiny designer’s tag hidden on the inside that caught my attention...the embroidered label of the maker. Hours upon hours of work goes into the detailing and making of a gar ment and the final element to be added is this little fabric tag. Sometimes the tag is as beautiful as the gown. As an artists signs his or her painting, so does the dress designer attach their label. It was to be most probably, the last and final stitch made to these gorgeous gar ments.


19th Century

Theatre Textile Treasures

Look what we found...and thank goodness we did! A collection of 19th century handmade theatre costumes made by Chas. H. Fox, Ltd, London. They had been tossedout at our local rubbish tip here in the Southern Highlands and I spotted them hanging on an old rack in the tip recycle store. Apparently they were found stored away in the attic of an old home nearby. Whose costumes were they? They’re all so skillfully made and hand-crafted with opulent coloured velvets, gold braiding & detailed with little ornate brass balls. They’re certainly well used too, so the show must have been a great success. I wish I knew more about these costumes, if anyone was to recognize them, please do let us know.



There is nothing more satisfying than a good washing day...especiall y in springtime, when your delicate laces , fine cottons and sheer fabrics dr y ever-so-gentl y in the frag rant breeze.

Tips & instr uctions for taking care of your linens from Miss Porter of Bowral

1. Always wash linens with French Savon de Marseilles soap, other soaps will rot the linen. 2. Always dry linens on a rack inside your home, away from insects in your garden 3. Iron when dry, then let the linen set and cool down for a couple of days before putting away. 4. Never use starch as moths, silverfish and bugs are attracted to it. 5. Fold and put away in a cupboard with dried lavender.

B e a u t i f u l i n s p i ra t i o n . . . We ’r e i n l o v e w i t h A N N C A R R I N G TO N ' S Bouquets of Flowers made with Silver Spoons

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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 . . . Te x t i l e & F a b r i c B e a u t y T H E C O S T U M E S & FA B R I C F L OW E R S Designed & Created by G a b r i e l a Ty l e s ov a

The Australian Ballet S L E E P I N G B E AU T Y

I n s p i ra t i o n c o m e s f r o m e v e r y w h e r e . . . P a t t e r n a n d Te x t i l e s A Collection of Colourful Cushions from One Kings Lane



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Styling Details... Beautiful Images from Styling Details


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Beautiful Books...

A dva nc ed S t yl e - Ol der & Wi ser b y A r i S et h C oh en With over 100,000 copies sold worldwide, Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen (powerHouse Books, 2012) set the standard for glamour, fashion, and beauty among the over-60 set in the world’s most stylish locales. Inspired by his grandmother’s unique sense of style and her indomitable spirit, Cohen set forth to capture the creativity and wisdom of seniors to show a positive and inspiring image of aging, igniting, in the words of New York Times Style editor Vanessa Friedman, “a movement."Cohen returns this spring with Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, a follow-up volume that features more senior street style and inspiration from around the globe. Taken over the past few years, the new volume includes some of the world’s bestdressed older gentlemen. Similar in format to the original, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser includes photographs taken in  Los Angeles, London, Cape Town, Rome, Florence, Tokyo, San Diego, Palm Springs, Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Stockholm, and Geneva. With a lifelong love of senior chic, Cohen has an eye for the most fabulous, put-together people who live by the creed: “Dress for the theater everyday of your life.” —Lynn Dell Cohen Available - April 26th 2016 - POWERHOUSE BOOKS

Desi gni ng L i f e’s Cel ebrat i ons b y DeJua n S t roud A fresh guide to entertaining, with a focus on tabletop and floral design, from celebrity event designer DeJuan Stroud. DeJuan Stroud is known for elegant weddings, celebrity events, and movie premieres, but his dream is to inspire and encourage everyone to bring flowers and beauty into their lives in an effortless way. In his first book, he presents seventeen at-home celebrations featuring spectacular tabletops, glorious centerpieces, and simple how-to floral projects. The party themes range widely from a Venetian-inspired birthday dinner party with dramatic ribbon poles to Christmas in the country using fruits, spices, and herbs, but each one emphasizes the joy of celebrating life’s day-to-day occasions.From conquering flower "stem fear" to learning how to map a table, Stroud demystifies the art of the tabletop, emphasizing above all his love of flowers, from the humble to the exotic. Readers will be inspired to create striking arrangements, set a beautiful table, and create decor for simple or grand occasions. - RIZZOLI

Beautiful Books...every stylist should have on their bookshelf!

In the Spirit of Bali - Isabella Ginanneschi The spiced aroma of frangipani, sweeping beaches, dramatic landscapes inhabited by beautiful people—these are the popular images of Bali, but the legendary island is also a magnet for celebrities, artists, and generations of intriguing eccentrics and intrepid explorers. Islands occupy a hallowed place in literature and mythology, and among islands Bali is the quintessence. Accepting the presence of the unseen spiritual universe is a hallmark of the island’s attitude. Featuring beautiful original photography

by Isabella Ginanneschi, In the Spirit of Bali includes a comprehensive guide to hotels, resorts, villas,

Flow ers - Ar t & Bouquets Be it a single delicate bud in a simple clear vase or an explosion of colorful blossoms, a brilliant bouquet accents an atmosphere and brightens the mood like nothing else. The beauty of flowers has inspired artists, designers, poets, and myriad other creators for centuries: the Dutch masters of the 1600s and impressionist painters from Manet to Van Gogh, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, botanical illustrator Georg Dionysius Ehret, even the inimitable Andy Warhol. Flowers: Art & Bouquetsshowcases a glorious profusion of floral images and interpretations across a spectrum of artistic media and time periods. Design writer Sixtine Dubly chronicles the evolution of floral design in this remarkable compendium, which also features stunning work by more than forty contemporary floral artists in London, Paris, and New Yo r k , f r o m m i n i m a l i s t t o elabor ate. This treasur y of gorgeous imagery blooms in resplendent color before the reader’s eyes. - Assouline

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Styling Magazine Coty Farquhar Founder & editor in chief of Styling magazine Coty Farquhar is a professional creative director, visual decorator, blogger and 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 in Sydney as Fashion Editor & 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 jour nalism, styling, designing & creating events. Coty has the rare and unique combination of journalistic 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 23 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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