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Styling NO 5 - 2014

Capturing the beauty within

The Rose au s t r a l i a




2014 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.

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Coty Farquhar Inspiration for this issue is from the romantic rose painting of French artist Louis Leon Eugene Billotey  (1883 - 1940)

Dearest Readers, Recently I received an email from a woman from Guatemala asking me where did the particular taste that I reflect in my work come from? Was it inherited from my family? Well, I was asking myself the very same question the week her letter arrived. Many different things have influenced my style through my life...but I do know for sure that I was definitely inspired by my Mother. My Mother recently passed away and I am dedicating My Mother – JoanVeronica this issue to her and all the March 1930 – August 2014 beautiful things that she loved to have around her in her life. I believe that we inherit memories and mannerisms from our ancestors from many generations back and we carry these things in our genes forever. All my life I have been told that I resemble my aunties and my grandmothers...on both sides of my family and I know I have inherited many of my Mother’s ways. We all think alike and we are all attracted to the same things. I always found it to be a wonderful compliment to receive, as my aunts were and are all very creative and beautiful women to be around. The issue that was originally planned for this month was put on the shelf three weeks ago when my Mother died, and I decided to replace it with this new one. It has been a wonderful experience working on this issue as many memories have come back to me, some funny memories, some sad and some quite surprising. I have been packing away items of my Mothers into boxes this last fortnight and I found some treasured things that she kept from when we were children. I have a story in this issue featuring all our little baby dresses that she

lovingly handmade and embroidered. Amongst them I found a beautiful little white dress that she had never finished… the needle and thread are still sitting in a section of embroidery. I’m not sure who this dress was made for, I think her life just became so busy with so many children that she never found the time to finish it. I also found wrapped in tissue paper little bundles of ribbons and laces, and a little box with only one knitted baby bootie. I wonder what ever happened to the other bootie? It was obviously so very special to Mum for her to keep it for so long. I whispered to my Mother before she left this earth, that I would see her in my garden. It was the one place where she was the happiest and as she always said, “a garden is filled with so much beauty” Like so many people in the world, my Mother adored roses, and as I think back on my childhood, we had roses everywhere. Standard roses lined our driveway, romantic old fashioned roses were hand painted on glassware and on a very special breakfast tray that she brought into our bedrooms when we were home sick. Mum had a beautiful collection of hand painted rose teacups. It was very special to her and it was only ever used when her family & friends came to visit. I also remember having hand painted roses even on my hair ribbons…and yes, they perfectly matched the embroidered roses on my little dresses. Introduction to styling certainly started very early in my life! Thank you Mum for introducing me to such a wonderful world of beauty!

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Styling Magazine August - September 2014

In this issue

Embroidered Baby Dresses & Silk Flowers Roses and Angels Italian Artist -Guido Cacciapuoti & Roses from Yukinobu Fujino from Fleurs Trémolo A Familiar Friendship - Margaret Young-Whitford Everlasting Flowers - Tole Flowers in my Mother’s Garden Paper Roses Pinterest Inspiration Just because they’re so beautiful pages

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l ov e Ba b i e s d r e s s e s - ro s e b u d s - s i l k f l ow e r s - r i b b o n s

R e c e n t l y I f o u n d p a c k e d aw ay i n a c u p b o a r d a c o l l e c t i o n o f b a by d re s s e s t h at my m o t h e r l ov i n g ly h a n d m a d e a n d e m b r o i d e r e d m o r e t h a n f i f t y y e a r s a g o , a s we l l a s t wo m a g n i f i c e n t b o u q u e t s o f s i l k f l owe r s , o n e t h a t a d o r n e d h e r we d d i n g d r e s s a s t h e b u s t l e a n d t h e o t h e r ( s e e n h e r e ) t h a t s h e wo r e o n t o p o f h e r ve i l . E a c h p i e c e h a d b e e n h a n d s t i t c h e d & d e t a i l e d w i t h n u n ’s v e i l i n g , d e l i c a t e l a c e s , s a t i n , s i l k , r i b b o n s , vo i l e a n d f i n i s h e d w i t h t i n y e m b r o i d e r e d r o s e s . I a l s o f o u n d a little white dress that was never finished, still with the needle and cotton attached and the pencil markings for the design. Oh M u m , w h o i s g o i n g t o f i n i s h i t n ow ?

N e v e r f i n i s h e d, t h e l i t t l e b a b y d r e s s w i t h b lu e e m b ro i d e ry

C a r e f u l ly w r a p p e d, l i t t l e bu n d l e s o f l ac e a n d r i b b o n s

H a n d m a d e s i l k f l ow e r s t h at s at o n t h e bu s t l e o f m y m ot h e r ’ s w e d d i n g d r e s s

H a n d m a d e S I L K ro s e s t h at m y m ot h e r wo r e o n h e r v e i l

B a b y b o n n e t s a n d l i t t l e l ac e t r i m m e d sleeveless summer dresses.


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b o ot i e , c a r e f u l ly w r a p p e d i n t i s s u e pa p e r . I ’ m n ot s u r e w h at e v e r h a p p e n e d to t h e ot h e r o n e , b u t i t wa s o b v i o u s l y v e ry s p e c i a l f o r m y m ot h e r to keep all these years.

ro s e s & angels The Rose has always been a symbol of the Virgin Mary and our sacred heart. Of all the flowers in the world it is the one flower that can vibrate at a high frequency. It is said, that people have reported smelling the fragrance of the rose when communicating with Angels. They are expressions of spiritual joy and they represent our human soul. The rose was my Mother’s favourite flower and our house was always filled with them. Please, come and share with me through the following pages of this special issue dedicated to my Mother and to the rose, as I look back over years of loving memories of my Mother’s connection to this magnificent flower.

Guido Cacciapuoti (1892 - 1953)

Ladies with Ro s e s Two beautiful ladies sat on top of the mantlepiece in the living room of our family home. As a young girl in her twenties, my mother saved her hard ear ned money to buy two of these elegant figurines designed by Italian visual ar tist Guido Cacciapuoti. They are rare and collectible, they hold a special place in my hear t as they represent my Mother and her romantic view on life. The ladies all carry a basket filled with roses and Cacciapuoti always puts roses in their hair or on their gown. I went in search to find more of his designs on line and I have teamed his works with incredible roses from J a p a n e s e f l owe r a r t i s t Yu k i n o b u F u j i n o f r o m F l e u r s Trémolo 藤野幸信

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amiliar ffriendship

There are times through your life when you meet someone that is so familiar to you, and when you visit their home you feel like you have been there before. Interior and flower stylist, Margaret Young-Whitford reminds me in so many ways of my Mother. The way she quietly goes about her life caring for those that are close to her and the way she styles her beautiful home, filled with a romantic collection of treasured items very similar to my Mothers. We featured Margaret and her wedding flowers and garden last year in the November wedding issue of Styling magazine.

“ J u s t b e c a u s e . . .” T h e y ’r e s i m p l y t o b e a u t i f u l t o n o t s h a r e . . .

Five foot tall...A pair of 19th century tole flowers on a carved base. A n t i q u e s o f R i v e r O a k s , H o u s t o n , Te x a s

A 20th century pair of Neoclassical style faux marble & painted and parcel g ilt wood pedestals, with a tole flowers. H e r i t a g e A u c t i o n s , D a l l a s , Te x a s

Ever lasting Tole roses I we n t i n s e a r c h o f e v e r l a s t i n g o r n a m e n t a l r o s e s i n the gardens of the Souther n Highlands. I found g o r g e o u s c o b we b c ov e r e d t o l e r o s e s t h a t l o o k a s i f they had frozen in time. Golden ur ns sitting on top of s t o n e p i l l a r s a n d c l u s t e r s o f f l o we r s o n g a t e s a n d i n t h e g a r d e n o f my f r i e n d , S u z i e A n d e r s o n ’s h o m e , s i t s a l i t t l e c h i l d r e n ’s s w i n g c ov e r e d w i t h r e d a n d w h i t e climbing roses.

flowers IN MY mother’s Garden

“ J u s t b e c a u s e . . .” I t ’s s i m p l y t o b e a u t i f u l t o n o t s h a r e . . .

19th century gilt wood clock with roses and singing birds and a pair of English rosewood jardinieres with porcelain roses. A u c t i o n e d r e c e n t l y a t M a r c A r t h u r K o h n , Pa r i s

Paper roses A b e a u t i f u l m e m o r y o f m i n e i s , a s a l i t t l e g i r l my M o t h e r ta ught b e how t o ma ke p a p er ros e s. M y Fat h e r a l s o m ade m a ny thing s wit h p a p er t o o. We kep t a l l o u r bi r t h d ay a n d C h r ist m a s ca r d s , w r a p p i n g pa per s a n d crep e p a p er a n d i t wa s used to d res s o u r pa per d o l l s. I s p en t h o u r s u p on ho ur s desi gni ng a n d d res s i n g my d o l l s w i t h p a p er g own s, l it tl e hats a n d even p a p er h a nd ba g s. T h i s s t o r y i s s i m pl e, bu t b e au ti f ul , I l e a r n t t h at a l i t tl e i m a g i nat i o n , a p i e c e o f pa per and pie ce o f st r in g ca n go a ve r y l ong way.

“ J u s t b e c a u s e . . .” T h e y ’r e s i m p l y t o b e a u t i f u l t o n o t s h a r e . . . Gallerie des Modes et Costumes Français. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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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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