Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Fabulous toys, great colours, such inspiration


As a stylist I have always been inspired by toys, especially antique toys. The mix of bright colours and patterns on old toys are just fabulous. I have often taken a toy or old doll to a meeting with my clients to show how certain colours will work together, it becomes part of the story board that I present when I show my design and ideas. I will take many things to my meetings, last night I had a meeting for a Debutante ball, I had a selection of flower samples, I also took along a beautiful pair of long kid cream gloves. I passed both the gloves and the flowers around the table. It just creates the mood and I find everyone has a better understanding of the style that I am offering.

The mix of colours on these two adorable little animals (below) is fantastic. What fun the makers must have when they are choosing the fabrics and creating. A little pink flower with a green centre on a turquoise horse. A lime green lama with green and blue flowers, pink ears and light blue for the tuft of hair.
If your ever lost for ideas go hunting for children's toys or old rag dolls, I'm sure you will be inspired.

Photographed at the home of Melissa Sti

Copyright 2009 - Coty Farquhar


  1. These photos made me smile! I love all the colors and I especially love your photos!You are such a great talent!

  2. Hello Coty, very nice pictures!!! About my post...if you look for in Google:
    "confetti di Sulmona", or "confetti" you can see many beautiful flowers with
    They have sugar, almond or chocolat...my confetti are 2 years old!
    Kisses from Italy

  3. Awesome photos! I especially like the spring tablescape!

  4. what planet did you say you were from??? unreal.. such talent...xooxxo Laura

  5. Hi Coty,
    I didnt realise you had a blog, my god I knew that you had the shop but not about you being a stylist. I love your pics.
    Love your blog & will be back to to visit often.

  6. Hi Coty.....what a pretty post! I love the colors of the toys too!... There is something so exciting about finding vintage toys. I have a whole book just on antique toys that I must get out and look at! Thank you for the reminder to be inspired by them! As always, just love your pics! ~Cheryl :)

  7. I just love Babar in his aeroplane! He looks so sweet.
    I also like to use toys as decoration. They are both fun and lovely.


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