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The Power of the Flower
Styling Magazine No.23 2015

My world is Flowers!

 I'm late again… for one of my very favourite gatherings on the internet.
A monthly party hosted by Marsha Harris at Splenderosa

and this months's theme is … 

Flowers and Fashion 
How flowers inspire us?



Hi Everyone,

What a way to start off the year, the first issue of Styling is running late! Hmmmm
It will be on-line tomorrow… and thank goodness. It has been such a busy couple of weeks (actually months) for me and as life is life… well, something  had to give.  

Today is the second Tuesday of the month and it's time for the monthly BIO blogging party.
Each month, I join a group of  fabulous women from around the world, and we discuss and share a common theme.

 A couple of weeks ago, I was asked by our host, Marsha Harris of Splenderosa to create the theme for this month's party.

So, after much consideration, my theme is... What would our world be like if we were to barter for our existence? What would your skills be? (Also, with no electricity)
Bartering is a system of exchange by which goods and services are directly exchanged.

How would you survive day to day?
What would you do and what skills would you use?
Andrew (my husband) and I often talk about keeping traditional skills alive. To be honest, I'm sure I would rely on Andrew for everything straight away, because he still uses traditional skills and tools most days with his cabinet making and restoration. He loves nothing more than chopping wood, building with timber, leatherwork, gardening and growing vegetables. Although, looking at our vegetable patch right now, I don't think our food would last longer than a week. I would have to be creative to find a way to survive on just rhubarb and chives.

There is a trend today spreading across the world for everyone to return to a more natural way of living, I would love it, but, I would so miss my computer and of course all of you!

Seriously, what would you trade? Would you sew, I would! I always loved sewing when I was younger. I think I would like to make hats as well. But, I would need stronger glasses now to thread the needle.

Would you cook and trade your food, jams, produce, eggs?
I don't think I would survive very long by trading my magazine…it just wouldn't be a part of my world anymore without the internet!

Would it change your life? I know it would change mine.
Would you teach, would you write, would you exchange your professional skills for food? and what would they be worth? It really makes you think, doesn't it?.

Would you hate it, would you love it?

I think I would like to start mixing natural remedies. Growing and finding wonderful herbs and flowers and creating essences for health and beautiful perfumes.  I think it would such a beautiful way to spend the day. Plus, it would be certainly worth trading.  

I have been asked by many clients and friends over the years if I could create their daughter's weddings. So, I'm sure that I would do that as well, so, I would need to grow lots and lots of different flowers.  

Yes, I would be a 'flower lady'… I'm sure you all know how much I love flowers. 

I do hope everyone in the group enjoyed this theme, I can't wait to see what all the other girls would be trading, it should be fun. See here. 
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

And, don't forget to come back tomorrow, the new issue of Styling magazine will be online.  
As I wrote on my Facebook page yesterday, "I think 2015 is the year when…it will happen when it is meant to happen! Gone are the days of the stressful deadlines. YaaaY! 

x Coty

All, these gorgeous images of flowers are from my Flower Styling Pinterest Board!



 Pradasphere: a special exhibition that traces the 
multivalent obsessions of one of the 
world’s most iconic brands, housed in a 
custom-built structure covering the entire roof of Pier 4, Central.
with dramatic views across the harbour to Kowloon. 
Debuted in London in May 2014, 
the exhibition traces the multivalent obsessions
 of one of the world’s most iconic brands.

The exhibition will be open to the public from November 19th to December 5th, 2014.

And… the best part… the set up, installation and the styling of the exhibition.

Tarun Tahiliani and the Singh Twins - India Fashion Week 2014

A perfect combination - Tarun Tahiliani and artists, the Singh twins 

 October  2014 Wills India Fashion Week 

Indian Fashion Designer Tarun Tahiliani designs have been inspired 
by the beautiful art work of the Singh twins for his most recent show, and we love it!

The fabrics, the stage, the set and all!
It's colourful and filled with to the brim with the energy of life!  

The backdrop of the stage has tall banners showcasing the collage style paintings of the Singh twins. The catwalk is painted a bright pink and is trimmed with painted flowers... fabulous styling!

The wonderful mix of colours combined with details of the Singh sister's paintings all bound together in one garment… is a joy to see!

Styling Heaven… Enjoy

Tarun Tahilliani with Amrit and Rabindra Singh - 2014 India Fashion Week


Karen Knorr - Perfectly poised and magical!

A view into the creative mind of Karen Knorr

We all need a little bit of magic in our day.

Valentino… Table settings and object d'art

One of the joys of editing and working in magazines is reviewing new books.
 Every so often a book arrives that is simply breathtaking. 


This gorgeous new book, published by Assouline, arriving in a couple of weeks (28th October) is an invitation into the refined world and graceful living of Valentino Gavavani.  The remarkable collection of table settings and objets d’art housed in his five residences, in Gstaad, London, Rome, New York, and Paris, as well as on his yacht, evoke the grandeur in which he lives and are presented in this first-ever edition with photographs by Oberto Gili and introduction by AndrĂ© Leon Talley Recipes by Mr. Garavani’s personal chefs are also included and bring readers one step closer to discovering his extraordinary surroundings.

All these delicious images - Oberto Gili  
Published by Assouline.
To pre-order the book click here

A Space Within - Like Mother like daughter

This week the Southern Highlands of NSW is buzzing!  - So much is happening in our area right now, it is one of the busiest times of the year... especially in the art world.  Galleries are open everywhere with new work and art shows and events are filling our usually empty community halls for the next month.  This week artists everywhere are getting their work ready for viewing as the Southern Highlands Arts Festival kicks off.  

One of the prettiest villages in the Southern Highlands is Burrawang, a little town about an hour and half from Sydney. This week five women from the country are arriving with their work to exhibit at one the Highland's tiniest galleries, the Old Post Office Gallery, owned by artists, Geoff and Jeanne Skinner.  Jeanne wrote a wonderful story for me last year for Styling magazine, July 2013 about "Allowing the Creative Flow within to Emerge".

Like mother, like daughter - This week, Jeanne has cleared all the existing artwork off the walls and handed the keys of the gallery over to her daughter, artist Kristen Skinner.  Kristen and four of her good friends, all artists, are coming together as a group for the first time to exhibit their work in an show called "A Space Within".

Artists - Kristen Skinner, Alex Wegner, Rosie Windsor, Rebecca Tapscott and Christine Dixon

I asked Kristen to share what this exhibition  "A Space Within" means to her.

Everyday life swirls around us like a chaotic, task filled avalanche of to-do lists. For women there is also an emotional to do list that can become an all consuming labour of love...for family, for paid work, for home.  That is not to say that these tasks cannot be fulfilling in some ways or are not completed with a sense of gratitude and giving; however, I know for myself as a creative person, there is another space, the space within that can be curiously put to the bottom of the priority list - so far down in fact that for seven years since the birth of my beautiful daughter I had barely given it the time of day.

This space is a sacred place, a powerful place. Was I to be put on a desert island tomorrow with the barest of essentials (and in my case, art supplies!) I know I could keep myself entertained and stimulated for years by just going to the space within. The fascinating part is that even when this place is ignored — even for years — and then you make it a priority again, its richness has not diminished; the calibre of ideas is still there. Perhaps the technical skills to communicate the ideas are a bit rusty but of course once you make the space the priority, then the skills are practised and come to fruition again.

So to our group show The Space Within, in which women connected by friendship and profession have decided to create with a deadline and show, in order to reactivate that sacred space that has always been within us. Many attended art school in our youth, whilst others waited until retirement to activate the creative space that was always within. We all work in a contemporary style and use all sorts of media. We are professionals with a high personal standard for presenting our work and look forward to people visiting The Old Post Office Gallery and enjoying the creative places we have gone to  in order to create beauty and meaning and fun for our audience of gallery visitors.