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Styling NO 4- 2014

Capturing the beauty within

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Styling Coty Farquhar


Butterflies, birds and botanicals… Let us fly on the wings of a bird or a butterfly and land on a leaf of a beautiful plant. The truth is, the beauty of this earth awakens the senses. We naturally want to capture all this beauty on film or in a painting, especially when you witness a magnificent moment of natural beauty. Our earth holds many treasures that gently touch our soul. Whist you’re reading this issue I would love for you to travel inwards to your heart and open the door wide to the abundance of beauty that your memories hold. Think of a time when you visited a romantic garden filled with scented flowers. Listen in your mind to the gentle sounds of birds singing and imagine watching a butterfly gracefully fly from flower to flower. Add a touch of your own imagination in here and imagine gently stepping onto the top of a beautiful butterfly or the soft feathers of a bird, choose the colours and the size of the wings you would like, and now see yourself ready to fly off to where ever your heart desires. It is in this state of heart, that beautiful creations are born. Artists, writers, designers and poets capture this moment. It is the inspiration mixed with imagination that has inspired many incredible works of art over the centuries. It is a privilege to share the work of all the artists that are featured in this issue of Styling. I was attracted to their work because of their honest and very personal expression of their own imagination. All the artists in this issue have been inspired in one way or another by nature, birds and butterflies. Let us all try to live each day from the heart and not from the mind … and as I upload this magazine with a full moon outside my window, relax, sit back and come fly with me on the wings of a bird through all the pages ahead. Xx Coty Farquhar


Inspiration for this issue of Styling magazine was from The Butterfly Waltz, sheet music cover and the beautiful feathered bird hat featured in the Birds of Paradise exhibition at MoMu Museum, Antwerp.


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Birds, Butterflies and Botanicals Keith Dyson-Smith - A Botanical Home & Garden Christian Schloe - Romantic Digital Art Living Naturally Artist -Kate MccGwire Cassandra C. Jones - Pink Flamingo Digital Art Sharon Santoni - My French Country Home - Frames & Flowers Shopping & On-line Treasures Lunch with the birds Artist - Catherine Nolin Botanical Graphics It’s a birds life in the Southern Highlands of N.S.W. Pinterest Inspiration Just because they’re so beautiful pages


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I am delighted to open this month’s issue with three little paintings that have been in our family for over a hundred years. My favourite is this one (as seen on the front cover). The sweet little moss bird’s nest sits on a lichen covered apple blossom branch. It is so very typical of my own garden here in The Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia. The artist, unknown, (I think she was a great Aunt) has painted these scenes up close, as if she was sitting up in the tree. Knowing my family well, she most probably did climb up there with her little sketch block and pencils.


Michelangelo’s ‘Moses’ sits comfortably amongst a blue and white collection.


Living in harmony The Country residence of Keith Dyson-Smith


Keith Dyson-Smith has spent many years in the interior decorating world importing fabrics to Australian for his company, Ascraft Fabrics. He has a trained eye for fine detail, an appreciation for art and beautiful things and a passion for decorating and gardening. Keith has always worked in a creative world and he was on the committee of the Australian National Interior Design Show and as chairman in the 1980’s. Twenty years ago he found a beautiful weekend retreat with a park like garden in the Southern Highlands, aptly named ‘Kings Cottage’ and it is just that, a hideaway cottage fit for a King.


Keith Dyson-Smith - View from a window overlooking an 80 year old English Oak.


Figurines, Papagano & Papagana from the Magic Flute.


Above:Venus with Golden Apple in the library and ‘Spring’ in the garden at Kings Cottage. Flowering Mollis Azalea and ‘Early Orange’ in the forground. Right: A collection of Majolica plates in a kitchen dresser.


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of quality are what inspire Keith Dyson-Smith. Eventually settling in the Southern Highlands has given Keith the opportunity to re-connect with his passion for gardening. “As a teenager, I was always involved in my mother’s garden, this I found to be very relaxing” says Keith. The style of Keith’s home is impressive and I was instantly captivated within his there are sofas and

by the lovely settings house. In every room French chairs, English comfortable armchairs

filled with tapestry cushions. The walls are filled with paintings, carved gilt mirrors and architectural elements. No matter where you stand in the house, the view in every direction is beautiful. His garden is occasionally open to the public to visit and it is here that he now spends most of his time tending the gorgeous “outdoor” rooms of his country garden. Both the interior of the house and the gardens are woven together beautifully and they work in perfect harmony.


Upholstered wall done in-house by John Horwarth, Keith’s partner.


Gilded Winged Caryatide console.


Established trees, including a large copper beech, an English oak and many other trees, surround the 1940’s weatherboard house. It is a botanical wonderland filled with every species you might expect in a country garden including wisteria, dogwood, roses, clematis and succulents all planted and placed in perfect harmony with his ornamentation and classical statues. “My garden design is a conceal and reveal process, visually rewarding to the viewer around every corner. The garden is the extension of the inside and it is designed for entertainment. I do it for other people just as much for myself ” says Keith. I first met Keith when I was with Vogue Living magazine in the 80’s. I often dropped in to his showroom at Ascraft Fabrics in Sydney. Ascraft started importing Indian cottons to Australian in the 1970’s and it was Ascraft Fabrics that first launched Colefax and Fowler fabrics to Australia. He also represented Fortuny, Edmond Petit, and many other old European fabric companies.

‘Abutilon’ Chinese Lantern flowers ready to open


It was in 1982 that Keith produced a collection of Australian botanical fabrics working with internationally renowned, Australian flower painter, Paul Jones. Keith hand picked flowers for ‘The Paul Jones Collection of Australian Wild Flowers’ chintzes and built the design from the ground up working with suitable shaped flowers for the fabric. “We had eight different patterns produced and printed in the UK and we were thrilled when the Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney decorated the entire hotel using our botanical fabric” says Keith. We also produced a toile fabric for the 1988 Australian Bicentennial designed by Pamela Griffiths, in conjunction with the Royal Australian Historical Society. Metres of The Bicentennial and The Paul Jones Collections are in the archives of The Powerhouse Museum, Australia. Keith’s involvement in the Australian design industry was immense. He was chairman for four years for the National Interior Design Show, which led the first events in Sydney showcasing the decorating businesses and designers of that time.


The Paul Jones Collection Left: Pages from the Paul Jones book. Above, ‘Banksia’ and ‘Flannel Flowers’ fabric.


Left:The central ‘enfilade’ room. This page, an unusual Staffordshire dog.


This page: ‘Alexander’, against the upholstered wall. Opposite page top: Regency chair in office. Below: 3rd Empire fabric on a French chair and a small statue in the garden.


Keith originally started his career in advertising with McCann Erickson. “I have always worked in a creative world, but it was when I started working with well known decorator, Leslie Walford that opened the doors for me to the world of interior design” says Keith. I managed his showroom in Double Bay and it was here spending so much time with Leslie Walford that I learnt about interiors, Leslie was so generous with his knowledge”, says Keith. I have always been fascinated and interested in textiles. “My mother had a great collection of fabrics including Persian designs, I can see some of them today” says Keith.


18th century Pastel Portrait (Duchess of Chichester) in the main living room. Right page: 18th Century oil of the Greek coat of arms. Far right: Red glazed Chinese vase. arms. Far right: Red glazed Chinese vase.


Keith’s furnishings are predominantly English and French, with a wonderful collection of fine rugs, paintings, and oriental porcelain. The personality of each room varies with his use of colour, fabrics and furnishings. There is a long light filled enfilade hallway connecting the original part of the house with the extension. Keith’s home has a feeling of warmth, livability, and quality; there is an elegance and a softness in the detailing of his home. Mirrors reflect the light throughout the house and his beautiful garden is viewed from every room. Next autumn, Keith’s garden ‘King’s Cottage’ and two other gardens in Kings Road, Moss Vale will be open to the public with Open Gardens Australia.


This page: Rosaa ‘Mutabilus’ Opposite: 18th Century Italian painted chairs around the kitchen table.


Cyclamen in Majolica stump planter. Opposite: ‘Athene’


20th Century Australian oil of art student in hangs on the wall in Keith’s office. Opposite top: Lead soldiers,Staffordshire dog. Bottom: Bronze dog and ‘Dido’ pet dog.


‘Mouth of Truth’ in lily pond.


Keith Dyson-Smith...driving Miss Dido


Cast iron horse in the classical manner in Keith’s office. Opposite page: Late 17th century chest in the main bedroom.


19th century Staffordshire bust ‘Madonna’. Opposite page: 19th century secrétaire à abattant in Keith’s office.


19th century European school Acadian Landscape with a collection of tea caddies and a French glazed fruit basket. Opposite page: Convex mirror and oval picture in the main bedroom.


A wonderful collection of lead soldiers and Greek vases in Keith’s office.


Neoclassical Wedgwood basalt urn. Opposite page: Dietes plant - Top right, Hercules in hedge window. Bottom left, ‘Hebe’ Cupbearer to Zeus and bottom right: Palladion Lion.


Palladian Lion. One of a pair stands guard in the front garden of Kings Cottage. March, 2015, Keith Dyson-Smith’s garden ‘King’s Cottage’ and two other gardens in Kings Road, Moss Vale will be open to the public with The Australian Open Garden Scheme.


YO U R INNER CHILD CHRISTIAN SCHLOE

Like all artists, you know them by their creations. Austrian surrealist artist, Christian Schloe wears his heart on his sleeve. His breathtaking digital art takes you on a journey to your inner world. His imagination is rare and I think it should be bottled, if only we could all have a dose of it each day. He takes you to a place where your childhood memories and dreams live, and where you inner child is waiting to play. His exquisite images display a romantic fantasy world where children fly on the wings of a bird or in a parachute of butterflies. The unique and beautiful titles of his work, such as Awakening, Lost in a Dream and Sailing the Universe all conjure a magical world. We await to see what Christian’s future work will bring, as he Photography Coty Farquhar gently stirs our emotions and brings our inner feelings to the fore through his art.


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Kate Kate MccGwire MccGwire There is no other artist in the world quite like Kate MccGwire. Her visual art is extraordinary. She has the ability to create unusual shaped objects that hold a loving & endearing energy. Her feathered sculptures are inspired by her connection with nature and her long held fascination with birds. Thousands of feathers pass through her hands as she creates. Kate’s work is on exhibition at the Birds of Paradise, Momu, Antwerp, The Wonder of Birds, Norwich Castle and at The Tourists, Felbrigg Hall. Her work Perihelion (seen here) was inspired by the hand-painted 18 th century Chinese wallpaper from one of the bedrooms at Felbrigg Hall.


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Kate MccGwire is an internationally renowned British sculptor whose practice probes the beauty i n h e r e n t i n d u a l i t y, employing natural materials to explore the play of opposites at an aesthetic, intellectual and visceral level. Growing up on the Norfolk Broads her connection with nature and fascination with birds was nurtured from an early age, with avian subjects and materials a recurring theme in her artwork. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2004 her uncanny sculptures have been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery (London), the Museum of Art and Design (New York) and most recently at the Natural History Museum.


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“I gather, collate, re-use, layer, peel, bur n, reveal, locate, question, duplicate, play and photograph” Kate MccGwire Kate MccGwire’s practice probes the beauty inherent in duality, exploring the play of opposites – at an aesthetic, intellectual and visceral level – that characterizes the way we conceive the world. She does this by appealing to our essential duality as human beings, to our senses and our reason, and by drawing on materials capable of embodying a dichotomous way of seeing, feeling and thinking. The finished work has a consistent ‘otherness’ to it that places it beyond our experience of the world, poised on a threshold between the parameters that define everyday reality.


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A collection of beautiful ribbon and flower borders from the Cooper-Hewitt collection.


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KAT E M C C G WI R E CURRENT & UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS B I R D S O F PA R A D I S E MoMu, Antwerp 19th March - 24th August 2014 ART AND ALCHEMY -The Myster y of Tr a n s f o r m a t i o n M u s e u m K u n s t p a l a s t ,   D ü s s e l d o r f  5th April-10th August 2014   C O A S T A L C U R R E N T S F E S T I V A L  S i t e s p e c i f i c i n s t a l l a t i o n  H a s t i n g s , U K  29th August-14th September THE TOURISTS Fe l b r i g g H a l l , N a t i o n a l Tr u s t 3rd May -31st October 2014   WONDER OF BIRDS Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery 24th May - 14th September 2014 M U S E E d e l a C H A S S E e t d e l a N AT U R E L e M a r a i s , P a r i s  21 October 2014-26 January 2015.


Birds of Paradise is a tribute to the elegance and refinement of feathers in fashion and art. From the ostrich feather accessories of the Belle Epoque, to the iconic swan down of Marlene Dietrich’s masterpiece coat, the exhibition touches on elements of sophistication, femininity, wealth, luxury, but also dark romanticism. Refined accessories with ostrich, pheasant and marabou feathers showcase the elegance of fashion at Belle Époque at the end of the 19th century. The roaring twenties were the true heydays of garment feathers, as they were used in accessories such as boas and hats for flappers. Gabrielle Chanel also used feathers for her motifs and in the embroidery for her creations and film costumes.The exhibition also sheds light on the craft of the plumassier and the diverse techniques of feather embroidery, with special thanks to Maison Lemarié of Paris, famous for his collaboration with fashion houses as Dior, Chanel, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton a.o. Alongside designs by Chanel, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Nina Ricci, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Ann Demeulemeester, British visual artist Kate MccGwire will display her works Gyre, Vex, Preen and Stifle in dialogue with the feathered fashion creations.


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“Just because ...” they’re so beautiful Abraham Munting Hand-coloured 1696 Botanical Prints


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How many pink flamingos can you see? Yes, pink flamingos. Artist, Cassandra C. Jones has beautifully styled and positioned thousands of pink flamingos to create the flower centers & petals of this magnificent wallpaper called Rara Avis.


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Artist, Cassandra C. Jones constructed this intricate botanical style wallpaper Rara Avis using literally thousands of compositions of still photographs of pink flamingos. Tightly woven flamingos birds form the shape of the each of the different flower varieties. The feathered tail of the bird repeated over and over form the petals, and the long neck of the bird in mirror image create the stamens. The many different tones of pink feathers placed together side by side, layer upon layer build the depth of colour for the flower. It is so realistic‌ and so very beautiful. You may need to spend a little time here on this page and meditate on this incredible art form.

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


S h a ro n ’ s f r e n c h c o u n t ry m i x Pur p le c l em ati s, Wh ite a n n a b el l e hy dr an gea Pin k wi l d s we et p eas Bishops weed pin k wa x flow er chamomile AND...G i b so n & ghet to Lo ok i n g very r e la x ed !


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Imagine a room where the carpets are covered with oversized flowers and the walls are filled with incredible vines weaving delicately from room to room. This is the what the botanical world of self-taught painter, Catherine Nolin life is like. Inspired by the Italian Renaissance and her love of colour, Catherine’s paintings of flowers are bold and unique. Her palate is rich with reinvented colours. A hint of red, orange and yellow graces the petals of one flower and gold, blues and pinks on another‌ and all these rare specimens that she paints so lovingly grow happily from the same botanical tree. It is her enchanted garden.

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It’s a birds life Garden & Bird Photography From the portfolio of Coty Farquhar


Styling Inspiration... House of Dior - Autumn-Winter 2014-15


The Styling & Set for the House of Dior Couture Autumn-Winter 2014-2015 Setting in the MusĂŠe Rodin gardens, Paris Paris - July 7th, 2014


Inspiration from Pinterest... Beautiful bird cages

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Inspiration from Pinterest... Beautiful bird cages

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“Just because ...” It’s simply too beautiful to not share... Anna Pavlova’s costume Designed by Leon Bakst for Swan Lake (1905)


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Too beautiful to not share Juju hat - Feathered headdress


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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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Styling Magazine Coty Farquhar

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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