Meet the Creatives: Em Pearman

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Meet Em! 

Em is a product and interior stylist, currently ticking the 34 - 39 year old box, living in Perth, Western Australia with her Hubby, Adam, 10 year old daughter, Ava and two cats, Walter & Wong. Em has been creating content for almost 2 years now has built a portfolio working with brands of all sizes, including YSL, Clinique, Salt & Pepper Home, Big W, Nivea, Olay, Daniel Wellington, Sheridan, Colette, Glasshouse, Stanley Rogers & Ecology Homewares. Em and her family are building their dream home, during which Em has become completely obsessed with tapware and fixtures!

Q&A with Em Pearman

How would you describe your creative style?
Minimal Monochrome.

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What kind of equipment do you use?
I use a camera & my Samsung S8 mobile for my photos. I have a great treasure trove of styling props, that includes things like chunks of marble, tiles, wooden trays & boards.

A few of my must have favourites for styling are:

  • an assortment of stationary items, including notebooks, washi tape, pens, desk accessories, assorted paper.
  • an assortment of ribbon
  • Fashion accessories - I love using unique, vintage jewellery pieces, pearls, chunky statement pieces, plus handbags & of course, fabulous stilettos!
  • Greenery, twigs, fresh flowers, cotton stems
  • home decor pieces

Can you tell us why you love styling in black and white?
My friends say that with my colourful personality, my love of black & white is to balance me out....Lol! I have always been drawn to Black, Grey & White tones. They remind me of old Hollywood glamour & my style icon, Coco Chanel. The mix is chic & stylish & gives a luxurious feel to any space.

Can you share a few of your favourite images you have created and tell us why you love them?

 This image was created was for a recent collaboration with Big W Australia. I love the gorgeous greenery with the grey & white tones. 

This image was created was for a recent collaboration with Big W Australia. I love the gorgeous greenery with the grey & white tones. 

 I love layering to create different dimensions in my flatlays. This shot using some of my favorite office pieces is a personal favorite of mine. 

I love layering to create different dimensions in my flatlays. This shot using some of my favorite office pieces is a personal favorite of mine. 

 The iconic Coco Chanel. What a fabulous, inspiration she is. 

The iconic Coco Chanel. What a fabulous, inspiration she is. 


Em's Top 3 tips to creating a flatlay?

1. Start with a good base. I create my flatlays on melamine sheets. I find the surface is nice & smooth, doesnt scratch or mark easily & is super easy to clean.

2. Move things around until the balance is right, if you feel one side is to heavy, try removing a piece or shuffle around the layout. Sometimes adding a pop of greenery or simply walking away for a few minutes to refocus can help.

3. Most importantly, practice & have fun. Join in on challenges, like the weekly ones at Creatively Squared. It is such a wonderful, supportive community & a great way to find inspiration & pick up tips from other creatives. I hope you enjoy this weeks challenge & I can't wait to see your gorgeous creations.

💖 Em xxx


Em is the guest host of our 'Black and White' themed photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Em's beautiful photos on her Instagram account @stilettos_and_bricks and visit her website stilettosbricks.com

 

Meet the Creatives: Dannii Burnett

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Meet Dannii!

Dannii is a small biz owner, wife, mama to a 17 month old little boy with another babe on the way. Dannii's creativity started with a love of fabrics and sewing beautiful garments for her brand @made_by_dannii.  After her son Oliver was born, Dannii started brand repping for other handmade and small business owners and her love for styling, flat laying and photography grew from there. Dannii uses her instagram account as a creative outlet and way to support other small businesses.

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Q&A with Dannii

How would you describe your creative style?
I have shifted styles over time to include more flatlays rather than lifestyle photography but I have always had a love for earthy tones, vintage collections and incorporating nature. I also do love to include a cup of tea, a sneaky pair of scissors, wicker or twine as a little trademark to my flatlays.

What kind of equipment do you use?
I use a mixture of my Nikon D3400 or my Iphone 8s to capture my photography whilst using lightroom to edit.

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Can you tell us why you love celebrating the seasons (this week's creative challenge theme)?
I love the theme Seasons as it incorporates all things nature with Autumn tones setting my earthy vibes and creativity. I have always been a huge supporter of @jemcreative as a fellow small biz brand on instagram and I just adore all of her botanical and seasoned inspired prints.

Can you share some of your favourite images you have created and tell us why you love them?

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This was a room style I have recently completed for Oliver and a recent online magazine. I adore this photo because it incorporates all of the small businesses I love to support. I especially love its unique style, earthy vibes and fun nature.

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Since becoming recently pregnant I love to capture my growing bump and include these milestones with my love to flatlay. You will notice a lot of my favourite items with the inclusion of the cup of tea, @jemcreative print, stationary, vintage scissors and wicker.

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This is a recent image and Creatively Squared entry I have done. I love the moodiness, texture and inclusion of my favourite styling pieces. It was inspired by the rainy, cold day we were having and I was able to enjoy the warm fire inside with a hot cuppa.


Dannii is the guest host of our 'Seasons' themed photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Dannii's beautiful photos on her Instagram account @dannii_and_ollie and shop her homemade garments for little ones at @made_by_dannii

Meet the Creatives: Tarnya Harper

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Meet Tarnya!

I'm a wife and mum and grew up on a farm in country NSW. I am currently taking time off as an Interior Designer, to stay at home and be a mum. To keep my creative mind busy I love to style, flatlay and photograph. I started brand repping for children's wear products with my daughter Florence, and have just recently started a little business styling and selling vintage style products (@vintagestyleco) Another big passion is nature, which I love to photograph when we travel and explore

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Q&A with Tarnya

How would you describe your creative style?
I would say I have a very eclectic style but first and foremost I love Vintage and most of my styling will generally have a vintage twist to it. I love balance, and will always try to use the 'rule of thirds' in both my styled and nature photography

What kind of equipment do you use?
I use a Nikon D300 DSLR to photogragh, and mostly photoshop to edit. We live in a small home, so I am often found rearranging furniture to style a shot, or covering the bed in products to do flatlay

Happy home

As you are hosting this week's creative challenge, can you tell us why you love the theme 'happy home'?
I absolutely love Suki McMaster and her work for the exact reason that it screams 'Happy', and coming from an Interior design background, making a house a 'Home' is everything!

Can you share a couple of your favourite images you have created and why you love them?

 I created this stacklay for a creatively squared entry and love all the layers, textures and patterns. I've never loved this colour as much as now, since having a daughter

I created this stacklay for a creatively squared entry and love all the layers, textures and patterns. I've never loved this colour as much as now, since having a daughter

 This image was created for an online baby boutique shop, and I love the mix of pastel tones and textures. i used some of my favourite props, Proteas, cane, macrame, and vintage chair

This image was created for an online baby boutique shop, and I love the mix of pastel tones and textures. i used some of my favourite props, Proteas, cane, macrame, and vintage chair

 This is a picture of my daughter Florence, when she was roughly 1 1/2. It was taken at one of our favourite parks and I love the depth of field, the colours tones and of course the subject matter!

This is a picture of my daughter Florence, when she was roughly 1 1/2. It was taken at one of our favourite parks and I love the depth of field, the colours tones and of course the subject matter!


Tarnya is the guest host of our 'Happy Home' themed photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Tarnya's beautiful photos on her Instagram account @vintagestyleco and more of her gorgeous daughter Florence at @one.little.harper

Meet the Creatives: Melinda Lee

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Meet Melinda!

Based in Pekalongan, Indonesia, Melinda is a product stylist/photographer and mum to two boys. Melinda loves taking pictures (especially creating flatlays) on her free time. After joining Instagram a couple years ago she was inspired by the other accounts and started experimenting with photography as a hobby. After a branded spotted her on Instagram and asked her to create some images for them, Melinda has started offering her serivces as a product stylist and photographer. Melinda has enjoyed working with brands and building her portfolio and is thirlled to be working in an area she is so passionate about.  Check #melsproductphotos on Instagram to see some of her work.

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Q&A with Melinda

How would you describe your creative style?
I love styling props, and flatlays! I love colors on my photos! Although sometimes I'm in the mood for monochromes too. I'm not a fan of simple, minimal flatlays. I can tell that my style is 'messy but nice to look at' flatlays. My color palettes are white and pink.

What kind of equipment do you use?
I use Sony mirrorless A5000 camera. For editing the photos, I use apps like Snapseed and PS Express. If I want to use certain mood for my photos, I use VSCO.

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As you are hosting this week's creative challenge, can you tell us why you love the theme 'emojis'?
Many of my viewers said that I created fun colorful flatlays. And I can associate the emojis theme this week with fun and a lot of fun of playing around with creative ideas.

Can you share a couple of your favourite images you have created and why you love them?

 I love how bright and colorful the image is. This is the kind of image that make me happy.

I love how bright and colorful the image is. This is the kind of image that make me happy.

 I love playing around with stationery. I think it makes a great flatlay prop! And I love using pink backdrop (as you can see on my Instagram feeds). I love how lovely and pink the image is!

I love playing around with stationery. I think it makes a great flatlay prop! And I love using pink backdrop (as you can see on my Instagram feeds). I love how lovely and pink the image is!

 I love the morning vibes of the image. The brightness of the natural light make it even better. As you know, I like using a cup of coffee/tea on my images

I love the morning vibes of the image. The brightness of the natural light make it even better. As you know, I like using a cup of coffee/tea on my images


Melinda is the guest host of our 'Emojis' themed photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Mel's beautiful photos on her Instagram account @m3linda_lee

Meet the Creatives: Karen Baker

Meet Karen!

Karen is a graphic designer who loves to take photographs, create styled images and is slightly obsessed with homewares and mid century furniture. She draws inspiration from the 1960’s and 1970’s and loves to explore, travelling with her husband is one of her favourite things to do. They often take weekend getaways to the countryside or beach and are known to track down a winery wherever they go! Karen has two tonkinese cats, Coco and Lolli who keep her on her toes! Definitely a morning person, but still need that coffee first thing! Karen's favourite time of the day is at sunset.... with a wine! Oh and she's always looking to add another plant to her greenery collection!!

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Q&A with Karen

How would you describe your creative style?
I would describe my style as fun and colourful with a mix of flat lays and styled interior pics. I like capturing my hand in the frame (usually with a coffee or beverage of some kind!) and using bright colours, pink is one of my favourites! I try to reflect my personality in my Instagram account, keeping it positive and playful! I like to draw on my travels, using items I have picked up along the way.

What kind of equipment do you use?
I use a Fujifilm X-T1 with 18-55 lens. I also own a 35mm lens, which I love, but find that the 18-55 is more versatile. For flat lay shots I use my tripod with a lateral arm, this allows me to capture my hands in the frame and it also produces a sharper shot. I also have my trusty step, which allows me to get up higher! Sometimes hubby gives me a helping hand! I often use the bed or a square board with fabric as a back drop for my flat lays. I only use my phone when I’m out and about. And I rely on natural light, it’s a must!

Can you tell us why you love the theme 'Coastal Colours'?
I love being at the beach, gazing out at the ocean, the salty air and relaxed vibes. It’s something I always look forward to, and fondly look back on!

Can you share some of your favourite images you have created and tell us why you love them?

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I love tropical themed pics and the pink and green combo is a favourite of mine!

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What can I say, I love my coffee! Normally my husband makes my morning coffee, but this particular morning I was left to my own devices...and I nailed not only 1 good coffee but two! Plus I just liked how this last minute flat lay turned out!

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I'm always planning my next holiday and this pic takes me back to holiday mode!


Karen is the guest host of our 'Coastal Colours' themed photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Karen's beautiful photos on her Instagram account @karenbakercreative

Meet the Creatives: Caroline Pears

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Meet Caroline!

Caroline Pears is a passionate photographer, adventurer and content creator. When she is not chasing around after 4 children, a rabbit, a cat and a husband or teaching, Caroline can be found outside exploring with a camera in hand. Caroline loves being outdoors especially near the sea and spends as many holidays and weekends as she can camping in with her family in their beautiful bell tent. Carolines idea of a great night out is sitting by a campfire enjoying a drink watching the sunset. When at home she can be found with a cup of tea in hand, faffing and creating flat lays, reading a good book or scrolling on Instagram.

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Q&A with Caroline

How would you describe your creative style?
I would describe my style as minimalistic, seasonal and slow living. Blue is my favourite colour and creeps into most of my images I strive to create calm images as an escapism from the chaos of real life.

What kind of equipment do you use?
Until recently I have used my I phone 6s to take the majority of my flat lay photos. i like to use the square photo function on the phone so I don’t have to crop the image after. However this year I invested in an Olympus OM-D. Although I am still teaching myself how to use it properly it’s fantastic and I find the tilting screen invaluable. When it comes to other equipment I use an old garden fence panel as my back drop and depending on the weather I either take photos outside of in front of my big bay window. All very high tech!!!

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Can you tell us why you love the theme 'White and Wood'?
If you follow me on Instagram you will know I have a very minimalistic approach to my photos. I create simple images with natural materials.

Can you share some of your favourite images you have created and tell us why you love them?

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I don’t often share photos of my interior but last year I embarked on a minimalist journey and de cluttered my house. It was so refreshing to have space on my shelves to faff. It is also a good representation of what I like books, music and plants.

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Peonies are the most glorious flower and need no faffing they stand out on their own. Simplicity personified.

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I am quite a shy person and even though sometimes I have an idea in my head about being more creative with my shots out in public. I feel uncomfortable if I think people are watching. Although over time I have adjusted and I absolutely love this shot. It combines my love of flowers and my favourite place, the beach.


Caroline is the guest host of our 'Wood and White' themed photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Carolines's beautiful photos on her Instagram account @pears39

Design with an environmental edge: Meet the jewellery creator delivering sustainability and season-less style

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Meet Anna!

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Anna Anagno is the founder and designer behind the eco-friendly brand One Happy Leaf. Anna lives in Perth, Australia with her husband and our elderly kink-tailed cat, “Kinky” (who often features in her Instagram stories). Anna works from her home studio space, alongside her production assistant who helps make and pack the jewellery orders.

Anna dreams of relocating to a small farm one day but in the meantime enjoys maintaining a large veggie patch with about nine fruit trees jammed into her suburban backyard. In her spare time Anna studies Italian language and goes ice-skating every week at the local ice arena.

Q&A with Anna

How would you describe your own personal creative style?
My own personal style is clean, fresh, bright with earthy tones.

What inspired you to start your own line of jewellery, accessories and homewares?
I started the business as I was frustrated by the lack of jewellery products available that were eco-friendly, modern and had a season-less style. I started making the pieces originally for myself to wear, but it quickly grew into a business as demand increased. While I didn’t consider myself particularly creative about five or so years ago when the business started, I can’t imagine working in anything else that doesn’t allow me to express my creativity through forms of art (and at this stage of my life, my art form is jewellery design).

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In honour of this week’s theme, can you tell us why you love the classic combination of 'White and Wood'?
There is something very earthy and grounding about incorporating wood into bright white spaces. While I love lots of white spaces and minimalism, I feel sometimes we can get lost in the emptiness of the style and the spaces can feel a little sterile. Adding woods and natural tones back into white spaces gives warmth and a feeling of homeliness.  

We think it’s great that you create sustainable handmade products, what are three of your favourite products from your collection?
Oh, hard question! Each and every one of my designs has a memory or a story associated with it. However, my favourite designs would have to be:

  Bubble necklace  - my best-selling necklace and also a personal favourite of mine. I love wearing it with a plain black t-shirt to dress-up a casual outfit.

Bubble necklace - my best-selling necklace and also a personal favourite of mine. I love wearing it with a plain black t-shirt to dress-up a casual outfit.

  Love bird necklace  - a cute design that has also been a top seller.

Love bird necklace - a cute design that has also been a top seller.

  Empress stud earrings  - these earrings are part of the latest ‘Empire’ collection. They incorporate bamboo and repurposed white acrylic that was destined for landfill.

Empress stud earrings - these earrings are part of the latest ‘Empire’ collection. They incorporate bamboo and repurposed white acrylic that was destined for landfill.

Tell us about your honourable mission to plant one million trees by 2023?
It’s a big, audacious goal to want to plant one million trees. But you know as the saying goes, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars”. I started my business because I wanted to prove that sustainability and style should be the norm, not the exception. I think businesses in today’s era have a responsibility to be more than just revenue-driven, so it was important to me to ensure that any business I created also had a positive effect on the people and the environment. It is for this reason that I decided that a tree should be planted to each order. This is done through various global organisations responsible for environmental conservation or for creating food crops in communities living within poverty. At the moment we are planting through Trees For The Future who plant trees in developing countries to end hunger, poverty and forest destruction.

 Image for One Happy Leaf by  @laboutiquedemelimelo  

Image for One Happy Leaf by @laboutiquedemelimelo 

What will you be looking for when you judge this weeks challenge?
I am so excited to see what the community creates; I am always blown away by the talent and the creative photographs. I will be looking for photos that are bright with clean lines, yet have a natural earthy feel that is inviting and homely. I would love to see plenty of natural items that have been foraged from gardens, bushlands or the coast.


Anna is the sponsor of our 'White and Wood' themed photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Anna's beautiful creations on her Instagram account @onehappyleaf and shop the collection online at onehappyleaf.com

Meet the Creatives: Kim Palmer

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Meet Kim!

Australian Shellharbour based creative takes fun beautiful (and relatable) snapshots of her daily life and adventures with her adorable family. Kim has 2 babies, a 3 year old girl named Holly (who inspired her instagram handle @the_hollytree) and her 6 month-old dreamboat Aiden. Kim is engaged to their daddy and is planning to get married some time in the next couple years. Kim has always loved being creative, from fine art drawing when she was younger and to now with her love of creative photography.

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Q&A with Kim

How would you describe your creative style?
Natural and very in the moment. I generally go with the flow. I do love my pops of colour. I find bright colours, even in the clothes I wear always change my mood.

What kind of equipment do you use?
I use a Canon M10 and every now and then my iPhone 8 Plus although I’m still getting use to using it for my photos.

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Can you tell us why you love the theme "Snapshots" you are hosting this week?
What I love about this theme is how it inspires people to capture moments. Or look back and enjoy a moment that has been and gone sometimes reliving the moment brings back all those feel good memories. And who doesn’t want that warm fuzzy feeling a snapshot can bring.

Can you share 3 of your favourite images you have created and tell us and why you love them

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So I rarely do black and white images but when every now and then I capture a moment I want to freeze and I feel black and white portraits do this. This particular one is the first real eye contact my son made when he was only a few weeks old. So it brings back those warm and fuzzy feelings.

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This photo is actually an old entry into one of Creatively Squared challenges from maybe a year ago and it’s one of my favourite of me and Holly. It’s that perfectly imperfect balance of motherhood when your trying to find the zen but your toddler would rather do her own thing. 😂

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I’m not 100% why I love it. It just makes me laugh. But I do love how much depth this portrait has as well.


Kim is the guest host of our 'Snapshots' photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Kim's beautiful photos on her Instagram account @the_hollytree

Meet the Creatives: Amy Shamblen

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Meet Amy!

Amy is a designer and photographer based in Akron, Ohio. Amy specialises in bright and colorful content creation. When she's not photographing, you can find Amy playing with her spunky pups or eating lots of popcorn.

Q&A with Amy Shamblen

How would you describe your creative style?
Uplifting, bubbly, and colorful with a slight twist of surrealism.

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What kind of equipment do you use?
I always use my trusty ol' Canon EOS 550D, typically with my 50mm prime lens and two monolights.

Can you tell us what you think about this week's creative challenge theme 'Eye candy'?
I'm all about fun visuals! I always love experimenting with candy and colorful props and I feel the Eye Candy theme is such a perfect fit.

Can you share some of your favourite images you have created and why you love them?

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I just really love donuts and was excited to make a word with them, haha.

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The cups were originally just going to be pink, but I decided to play around and try something different—it was fun experimenting with all the color schemes.

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I always love photographing with my little co-worker, Tokaj! His facial expressions make my day and I love capturing them.


Amy is the guest host of our 'Eye Candy' photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Amy's beautiful photos on her Instagram account @amyshamblen

Meet the Creatives: Chantelle Marsh

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Q&A with Chantelle Marsh

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Originally born in Australia, I have spent most of my life in New Zealand and am proud to call it home (it helps that we don't have any deadly creatures over here!) I have a very supportive husband, aka my own personal cheerleader, and am a stay at home mum to two of the sweetest and loudest boys the world has ever known (not even exaggerating).

We are the proud owners of a small slice of New Zealand, but you won't see photos of it on Instagram because we did the whole "buy the worst house on the best street" thing. And while I don't think it's the worst house by a long shot, let's just say that the previous owners had their own unique style of decorating the interior (think wallpaper, lots of wallpaper, everywhere).

Before kids I managed our local music shop (cds/DVDs) and LOVED it. I hate maths (Art and English were my jam at school), but I love knitting and baking, both of which do sometimes involve a bit of maths! I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, but trust that God has a plan for my life! I also use a lot of these !!!!!

How would you describe your creative style?
I'd describe my creative style as a bag of pick and mix lollies, it's a bit of everything, and while I might think of something I've created as a red lolly, someone else might see it as a banana lolly (eww). Not everything I do is going to be everybody's cup of tea, and that's ok beacause we're all unique right? And how boring would it be if we all did the same thing! I am mostly inspired by nature, and constantly think about what I could turn a few leaves into, but I also don't want to be confined to just one type of medium.

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What kind of equipment do you use?
A lot of foliage, and anything else that might tickle my fancy! Mostly things I can find in my garden, house, or collected on one of my walks around a local lake. Everything I arrange is done by hand, even the small fiddly bits, I find tweezers etc to be a bit of a nuisance. Now and then I will use my Canon 600D to take the shot, but most of the time my photos are taken with my trusty little iPhone 6s beacause it's much smaller, light weight, and easier to set up (as in - no set up!) Any editing is done on Snapseed.

Can you share a few of your favourite images you have created and tell us about them? 

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You can't tell from the photo, but the kakapo is probably the biggest piece that I've made out of foliage, and incredibly time consuming (close to three hours all up), and I just love him. My eldest son was going through a bird phase (and still loves them), so creating a bird out of leaves seemed a no brainer. Plus they're one of the cutest birds ever!

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I'm pretty sure I'm not the first person to have a wee crush in Raymond Reddington (not to be confused with having a thing for James Spader). This was the first time I'd tried to make an image of a person out of something other than sticks and florals and was a lot of fun to create!

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1This was the first time I had tried to create an image in the likeness of someone else (Banksy's "Life is Beautiful") and while there are flaws, I still love her!


Chantelle is the guest host of our 'Egg Hunt' photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Chantelle's beautiful photos on her Instagram account @minimarshmallows_mum

Meet the Creatives: Dani Barrois

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Meet Dani!

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Dani is a Sydney based creative stylist, photographer & pastel addict. Dani has a background in Graphic Design and works from her home studio to provides clients with creative content creation services. Dani specialise in natural light photography to create fresh images for brands and tell beautiful visual stories. When she is not in the studio you can usually find her by the sea, at the stables or off on an adventure with her sister.

Q&A with Dani Barrois

How would you describe your creative style?
When I am creating imagery I try not to focus on the technical side of taking the photo or making sure everything is perfectly aligned - what I try to capture is FEEL. When someone looks at one of my images I hope that it brings out an emotion, that my tribe feel like they are right there enjoying the product, or food or place with me. I think my creative style could best be described as bright, crisp & fun with a whole lot of pastels thrown in.

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What kind of photography equipment do you use?
Anything I have available at the time! I mostly shoot with my Pentax K3 & a 50mm lens, but I also love to whip out my iPhone 6s depending on what the situation is. I can’t live without my tripod with a boom as I use this to shoot all of my flatlays & stop motion content. I am also a natural light addict (lucky I live in Australia so we have this in abundance!) & I use foam white boards to reflect and manipulate the light. I usually use photoshop to edit my images but for Instagram I just make slight adjustments in Lightroom & VSCO on my phone.

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In honour of this week’s theme, tell us about how you apply the idea of Green Living to your life:
I always try to be conscious of what products I am purchasing and using, and how much wastage I am creating. Whenever I can, I try to walk and leave the car at home. I love to use organic chemical free products around my home as I am mindful that what goes down the sink ends up in the ocean & I’m loving some beautiful netted bags I picked up at the local market to collect my fruit and veg in when I go shopping to lower my plastic consumption. It just takes a few little tweaks to your everyday life to make it more green & sustainable. And any given day of the week you will find a bunch of greenery in apartment that usually pops up in my content!

What are some of your favourite images that you have created?

 The light! Working with hard shadows isn’t always easy & I love that this image just came to be in minutes after I noticed the afternoon light in my apartment was looking extra welcoming.

The light! Working with hard shadows isn’t always easy & I love that this image just came to be in minutes after I noticed the afternoon light in my apartment was looking extra welcoming.

 I just love the way my camera has picked up the detail of the chocolate sauce in this shot. Yum!

I just love the way my camera has picked up the detail of the chocolate sauce in this shot. Yum!

 I think when styling a scene we can often get caught up in focussing on what is in frame. I like how the product is the hero but the out of focus item set the scene of what is going on. I wanted to create a calming working space in the photo so have used the edge of my laptop, gold paperclips, my stapler and favourite beauty product all things that can be found on my desk but they aren’t at all the hero.

I think when styling a scene we can often get caught up in focussing on what is in frame. I like how the product is the hero but the out of focus item set the scene of what is going on. I wanted to create a calming working space in the photo so have used the edge of my laptop, gold paperclips, my stapler and favourite beauty product all things that can be found on my desk but they aren’t at all the hero.


Dani is the guest host of our 'Green Living' themed photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Dani's beautiful photos on her Instagram account @danibarrois and her personal portfolio danibarroisdesign.com



 

Meet the Creatives: Robin Zachary

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Our special guest this week has had an incredible creative career in photographic styling and art direction and lives in Chelsea, New York City. As well as living in a dream location, Robin Zachary has what most of us would likely consider the perfect job -  dreaming up ideas for photo shoots and scouring boutiques and markets for the perfect props. We had a chat with Robin to find out what it is like to work as a prop stylist and what her top table styling secrets are.

Q&A with Robin Zachary

Tell us a little about yourself Robin:
I have been artsy since I could hold a crayon and folklore has it that I sewed a pair of pants for my Barbie Doll at age two. I designed dresses for my father’s clothing company at age 6 and became known as the class artist, doing designs for school plays and yearbooks throughout Junior High and High School.

After college, I fell into magazine work and spent many years as a Creative Director, 9 at a national Bridal Magazine. That’s where I began and honed my photo styling skills working side-by-side with photographers and developing my eye for composition.

I started The Prop Styling Experience, a one-on-one custom-designed styling workshop in 2015 to teach others that creativity is human nature and styling careers are everywhere. You just have to find your niche and zero in on your style and I empower them to do so with creative exercises and education on business practices

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Robin, pictured here with her impressive prop collection

How would you describe your creative style?
An eclectic mix of everything that inspires me— muted colors, flowers and nature, modern and vintage home decor, travel, romance and an ability to be a design chameleon. I’m a good observer of what is going on trendwise and am adept at meeting a client where they are and giving them what they need. My instagram feed is not as cohesive as they say it should be because I have many interests and my style is so multi-dimensional so it’s hard to limit my expression to one thing in one color range.

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What does your career as a prop stylist involve?
What I love about my career is that it is different every day! At the start of every job whether for a food or product shoot for a magazine or social media, I would receive some kind of creative brief from the client with specifications on style or color palette. I might receive a wish list of props or I compile a list for them. Then I have to hunt things down which depending on how odd or out of season they are could involve a lot of time.

If it’s a food shoot, I rent dishes from a prop house or if they are shooting at my studio, everything I need is here. I could be making the food and styling or just doing prop styling. I spend a lot of time shopping either for clients or to stock my own personal prop closet which is filled to the brim with goodies like backdrops, fabrics, dishes, craft supplies, ribbons, papers, you name it! If I am teaching The Prop Styling Experience, everything we need is here!

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Can you tell us about some of your favourite props?
I love vintage kitchen tools, handmade ceramics, tinware and anything that belonged to my grandmother. She collected lots of beautiful tea cups and saucers and other pieces that I can’t even figure out what they were used for.

What kind of photography equipment do you use?
I have a Canon 80D with a 50mm lens and 60mm macro lens and the light at my studio is so brilliant that I rarely need to set up lighting. I use Photoshop for editing but I love the capabilities of my Samsung Galaxy camera so I often grab the phone for a quick snap and that is the photo that ends up on Instagram.

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In honour of this week’s theme, tell us about why you love styling tableware how you bring your table settings to life:
I’m the Contributing Home Design Editor for Bridal Guide Magazine and I get invited to preview of all the newest tableware launches from the major brands. This is what keeps me in the know on all the trends. When it comes time to style a shoot, I love playing around with non-conventional ways to compose the table. The photo is supposed to be fun and inspiring rather than a documentation of reality, so when you embrace that thought, anything can be found on the table like postcards and other papers, bottles, all kinds of decorative and strange objects.

The artists making handmade ceramics are blowing me away and I can’t have enough handmade pieces. Worn fabrics and flatware with patina add more personality to the table rather than stiff folded napkins. I like to place flowers, herbs and branches with berries on the plate or strewn about rather than the usual arrangement in a vessel. I really do not like setting everything in the “proper” place. I like to have fun with it!


Robin is the guest host of our  'On the Table' themed photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Robin's beautiful photos on her Instagram account @robinzachary and her personal portfolio robinzachary.com and business website thepropstylingexperience.com


Earthy Luxe: Meet the ceramic artist combining earthy raw materials with gold lustre

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Carla at work in her Melbourne studio.

Ceramic artist Carla Dinnage loves the feel of clay and creating new things. She is the sole-creator in her Melbourne studio and hand builds and coils all of her ceramics herself. When she's not working with clay and glaze she enjoys skiing, walking, Pilates and hanging out with her best friends, husband and kids. Carla has four beautiful children aged from 11-5 who always keep her on her toes. Carla's work is inspired by her passion for travel and her work is influenced by the time she has spend exploring Europe the Mexico and the Greek Islands. 

Q&A with Carla Dinnage

How would you describe your creative style?
Earthy lux. I like to combine raw material with lots of colours and my signature gold luster.

What inspired you to start your own line of ceramics?
I studies fine art ceramics at R.M.I.T over 20 years ago. After having a marketing career and then 4 children I found working from home was the best option for me. I started back at ceramics as a hobby and found I couldn’t stop. I had so many ideas and my creative juices were following. I then set up my Instagram account and shops started to contact me. The rest is history!

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In honour of this week’s theme, tell us about what you love about tabletop styling?
I personally love bright pops of  colour to make the table inviting and fun. There nothing better then having a colourful fun environment to get In t he mood for a great night.

What will you be looking for when you judge this week’s challenge entries?
I will be looking for a lot of texture and colour in the images. Beautiful fabrics and nice styling. I would also love a pop of gold!


You can find Carla on Instagam at @carladinnageceramics and shop the collection at carladinnage.com.au

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GET CREATIVE AND WIN SOME CARLA DINNAGE CERAMICS

Carla is sponsoring this week's 'On the Table' themed creative challenge and has generously provided these small bowls pictured above for her favourite entry. Find out how to participate below.
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Meet the Creatives: Marisa Young

Q&A with Marisa Young

Tell us a little about yourself Marisa:
I’m an Architect by profession but I’m currently taking time out since having my first child. My instagram is my creative outlet. I love faffing, styling and arranging things neatly...I find it very therapeutic and rewarding on so many levels.

More recently I have been photographing my daughter and sharing my journey since becoming a mother, all still arranged neatly of course which I am kind of addicted to. I probably flatlay and arrange my daughter more now than inanimate objects!

I am also a HUGE supporter of small business so I love using my creativity and feed to spread the love.

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Marisa and her daughter Eilionoir May

How would you describe your creative style?
Neat. Purposeful. Calm.

Through my architectural background, my eye is well trained to design principles such as composition, rule of thirds, balance and symmetry [or more appropriately asymmetry] so this is often reflected in my flatlays and photography. Even though my images may look simple, hours of thinking and planning go into each and every one of them.

Tell us about how you take your beautiful photos
I certainly don’t have a sophisticated photography setup, far from it! I long for a studio space of my own but for now I work with what I’ve got. Natural light and white walls are my best friends. All my flatlays are taken on my iPhone 6s and done on my daughter’s bedroom floor as it has the best light in our house.

I do use a mix of photos from my iPhone and my Canon DSLR. The more I experiment with the manual settings on my DSLR the more I use it and love using it. I use a very old Canon EOS 550D that I inherited from my father in law which reignited my love of photo taking. I am now desperate to upgrade to a better camera and further my photography. I do all my editing on my iPhone using VSCO and Snapseed...these apps are just so quick and easy to use!

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In honour of this week’s creative challenge theme, tell us about how you use letters to complement your creative picture making
Well if you follow along on my Instagram, you will know I’m a lover of using letters of all sorts in my styling. I love the mix of the bold nature of typography with pretty elements such as flowers and florals. I’m a little obsessed with my letterboards, an obvious epitome of letters. I purchased one from America years ago when no one locally was doing them yet. I now have three different ones. I just love a good quote on a letterboard. The monochrome boldness of them suits my personal aesthetic perfectly too, and they can also add a bit of personality and humour to an image as well as a talking point.

I have also recently completed a hand lettering workshop so I’m having fun playing around with my own hand lettering too.

What are some of your favourite images that you have created and why do you love them:

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This is one of my all time favourite flatlays. I love arranging things neatly, especially stationary, and this flatlay practically arranged itself. The colours, the arrangement, that peony bloom...everything just works. I also did this at one of my first ever flatlay workshops so I don’t think I will ever do another flatlay I am more proud of.

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This is one of my favourite pics [or flatlays] of my darling girl taken when she was 9 months old. I love her expression and her big brown eyes. I love the mix of the typography on her onesie with the florals of the headband and sheet. I love it.

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We are slowly renovating our little house and we recently completed a stage of the kitchen. It may be a simple image but it embodies a lot of hard work and the creation of a beautiful space which we now spend a lot of our family time. Obviously I had to have a letterboard in it too! It was at Christmas so I may have taken inspiration from a certain Christmas movie.


Marisa is the guest host of our  'Letters' themed photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Marisa's beautiful photos on her Instagram account @marisa.young

 

 




 

How Maiko Nagao is transforming words into meaningful art with each brushstroke

Our special guest this week is an inspiring illustrator who combines brush and ink to create striking monochrome art prints. Forging her own unique style, Maiko Nagao has mastered the art of expressive hand lettering and her art prints adorn the walls of houses all around the world. We had a chat with Maiko to find out what led her to follow her dreams of running her own creative business. 

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Q&A with Maiko Nagao

Tell us a little about yourself Maiko:
Hi! I was born in Chigasaki, Japan in a cute little surf town an hour away from Tokyo. When I was 6 my super adventurous parents bought a house in Vanuatu (an island in the South Pacific) via a fax machine! We left our family and friends and flew there not really knowing what to expect. All we knew was that it was a tropical island with no traffic lights and endless emerald coloured beaches.

 Maiko and her family enjoying life in Vanuatu

Maiko and her family enjoying life in Vanuatu

The next 2 years of my life was the best. We lived in a small house on a beach with a tin boat. We would fish for dinner and shared our house with wild chickens, pigeons, iguanas and more! We had no TV or toys. It was just me and my bro and a whole lot of tropical jungles and the sea to explore. I owe my creativity to those 2 years.

We moved to New Zealand after a family holiday here. We all instantly fell in love with this country I now call home - home with my gorgeous family and 2 year old son, Kaito. 'Kāi' means 'Ocean' and 'tō' means 'to soar' in Japanese. I can't believe I get to do what I love and run my business while staying home with him everyday!

How would you describe your creative style?
I'm always experimenting with new styles however I'm best known for my expressive brush lettering mainly in monochrome.

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What inspired/led you to start your own line of artwork?
I always loved doodling words and making them look pretty as a child. After graduating from Art School I was lucky enough to be offered a job as a designer/creative for a large advertising agency here in Auckland. This experience lead me to working for more multi national brands in London and Tokyo.

As much as I loved my job I knew my full creative potential wasn’t used up. Three years ago while pregnant with our lil' Kaito I fell back in love with lettering again. With the help of my super supportive family and friends I decided to pursue my dreams and create an online store full of my daily scribblings which I transformed into prints.

I believe words can inspire, motivate and transform your thoughts. If my lettering could create some sort of amazingness for people around the world, I would be one happy lady!

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In honour of this week’s creative challenge theme, tell us about about some different ways ‘letters’ are meaningful to you?
I'm a letter lover! Creating art with something as simple as letters and their amazing power to deeply evoke emotions and bring meaning, simply by changing the thickness or adding a flick to a letter. Now isn't that magic?
 

Can you share three of your favourite artworks that you have created and tell us why you love them?

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'And so the adventure begins' was also one of my first pieces. It still sits on my shelf and although there are so many pieces I've created where I cringe at the form, aesthetic or flow this is the one piece where I feel all the letters sit perfectly! Yay.

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Maiko Nagao x Burrow and Be Collaboration - I absolutely love love loved designing this piece with the amazingly talented and fellow #mumboss Burrow and Be. My son was only 6 months old at the time so I was able to wrap my son in 'love' everyday. So special!

'Wake up, kick ass, be kind, repeat' was one of my first pieces I doodled for the launch of my online store. I woke up to it every morning on my bed side and swear it kept me super pumped and motivated for the big launch!


You can see more of Maiko's beautiful artwork on her Instagram account: @maikonagao
Facebook Page: @maikonagaodesign and shop her collection online at maikonagao.com


Get creative and win some Maiko Nagao artworks

Maiko is sponsoring this week's 'Letters' themed creative challenge and has generously provided 3x $100 voucher for her favourite entries. Find out how to participate below.
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Meet the creative entrepreneur capturing emotion through timeless jewellery design

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Meet Kate!

 Kate Sutton, founder of Uberkate

Kate Sutton, founder of Uberkate

Kate Sutton is a creative entrepreneur and talented maker who puts her heart and soul into the jewellery designs that she crafts by hand. Kate loves helping families tell their stories through personalised heirlooms that they can treasure forever.

The founder of Uberkate has followed this passion for storytelling into a thriving business creating timeless keepsakes from her home studio in Sydney, Australia. Her supportive husband encouraged her to chase her dreams and now joins her in the running of their family business as well as the raising of their two beautiful children. Kate is an avid stand-up paddleboard fan and harbours a not-so-secret chocolate and ice cream addiction. 

In addition to launching her own line of jewellery, Kate is an ambassador for Global Sisters, an organisation that helps train women in Australia to create and craft from their own kitchen benches with the aim of improving their financial lives and those of their families. 


Q&A with Kate Sutton

How would you describe your own personal creative style?
My creative style evolves each season. I’m always drawn to the organic in my shapes and I love to make perfectly imperfect pieces. The last few years I have fallen head over heels for gemstones and sourcing them is one of my greatest passions. I don’t like fussy design, but I don’t shy away from working with large stones! I like to make a statement with my jewellery and I love that fact that no matter what size we are our jewellery always fits!

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What inspired/led you to start your own line of jewellery?
I was working as a TV producer at Channel 9 and doing jewellery on the side when I fell pregnant with my first baby. I created the Ubercircles (our signature personalised/ customised to your specs) design and wore them with my daughters name hand stamped on them when I was working and we were apart. The stylists at Channel 9 noticed them and soon a few on-air friends were wearing them, so I set up a website and before I knew it I had a business on my hands. I didn’t even know what the word entrepreneur was back then. This was 15 years ago and we have been crafting these circles for families worldwide ever since.

In honour of this week’s theme, can you tell us about what ‘Happy Hour’ means to you?
Happy hour for me is when my little family of four is all home and we are sitting around a delicious meal (even better if I didn’t make it) and we ask each other “what was your favourite part of the day”... I have a lovely glass of wine in my hand and I’m happy in my heart. My family is everything.

We think it’s great that you create sentimental heirlooms for families, what are three products from your collection that most inspire and delight you?
I still love and wear my Ubercircles whenever I travel and I’m away from my little gang. They anchor me and are a timeless design.

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I'm currently IN LOVE with our new Sea Marine Everyday Cocktail Rings. The colour is out of this world.

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The pieces that most inspire me are from the Living Collection. I hand carved the originals from wax to look like growing, living Vines.

What will you be looking for when you judge this week's challenge?
I will be looking for that heart flutter, an image that stops me in my tracks... not just for the beauty or composition, but for the story it tells.


Kate is the sponsor of our 'Happy Hour' themed photo challenge this week.
Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Kate's beautiful jewellery collection on her Instagram account @uberkatejewels and at her website uberkate.com.au

Meet the Creatives: Natasha Seager

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Meet Natasha!

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Hailing from Adelaide, South Australia, Natasha lives with her family, husband Col, kids Isaac and Ava as well as their 17-year-old cat Goldie. She spends her days creating content for Instagram account and for her clients from her home studio.

Natasha finds inspiration all around her and adores time spent with her family, travelling, reading, going to the movies and eating delicious food. Natasha's favourite time of year is summer and looks forward to being out and about in the sunshine and enjoying walks along the beach. She loves catching up with her girlfriends and sitting down for a cup of tea and a good chat too! 

Q&A with Natasha Seager

How would you describe your creative style?
My style is a little varied but always fairly simple and uncluttered. It always involves colour, flowers, spoons and tea. 

Tell us about the equipment you use to capture your beautiful images
I mainly use my iPhone 8plus (which I love! ) and I edit all my photos using the Instagram editing tools. I’m not overly technical and I find them simple and easy to use. I also only photograph using natural daylight up at my west facing kitchen window! 

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In honour of this week's theme, tell us about your favourite type of 'Happy Hour'
Sitting down with a cuppa and a book and switching off from the world  OR having a glass of bubbles, a cheese platter and a chat and a giggle with my girlfriends.

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These flowers were given to me by my florist friend as they were too old for her to use. I loved being able to recycle them and like the pink flowers and tea cup contrasting against the wooden backdrop, they are quite striking. 

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I love playing with icecream cones and creating them with using flowers, lollies, and fruit. They are very versatile and are a great prop. I like the simplicity of this photo. 

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This photo contains a few of my favourite props - my heart mug, a pink spoon, my Pantone cards and twine. Hearts are my favourite shape and I like creating them myself using ribbon, flowers and twine. I love pink and grey together too. 
 

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I love this Christmas photo as I really enjoy colour coordinating all the items that I’m styling. I also love the contrast between the spots, stripes and snowflakes. 


Natasha is the guest host of our 'Happy Hour' themed photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Natasha's beautiful photos on her Instagram account @natashainthecity

Meet the champion of independent creative designers, Maggie Pana from Kreo Home

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Q&A with Maggie Pana from Kreo Home

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Tell us a little about yourself Maggie:

It’s always so hard to talk about yourself…. Am I alone here? Haha… well here it goes…

  • Proud mum of two girls Helena & Dallas (basically mini versions of her).
  • Wife of Chris Pana (who constantly annoys the shit out of her).
  • Swears like a sailor.
  • Loves colour and quirk (but always dresses in black, white or grey?? That’s because her
  • mind is colourful!)
  • Age…. Let’s just not talk about that!
  • Loves the Grand Prix
  • Hates the word ‘cheers’ used in any other context than clinking glasses together!
  • Addicted to: Online shopping, Netflix and Smurfs Village game on IPhone.
  • Social media guru and totally obsessed with technology.
  • Loves a good party!
  • Adrenalin junkie – her list of jumping exercises includes: skydiving, rap jumping, bungee
  • jumping. Who knows what’s next!
  • Loves skiing!
  • Listens to trance.

How would you describe your own personal creative style?
I’m all about colour, quirk and a whole lot of edge! I like to break the rules in every aspect of creative style, whether it’s through bold colours, cheeky design or just plain simplicity. I change my style with the wind these days, but they do stay change is like a holiday right?

What led you to start your own homewares store?
China did! I was so over seeing cheap and nasty homewares wherever I turned. I would scan the internet for unusual décor from around the world (just imagine how much it cost me in postage!), locals markets etc.

So Kreo was born with a focus on Australian made/handmade products which evolved into a platform for Australian creatives. A one stop shop for all things with soul and passion.

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These days Kreo is heading more into the digital market, with helping our local creatives with their social media game through workshops, guest speaking, social media strategies and so much more.

In honour of this week’s theme, can you tell us about what ‘home’ means to you?
Home to me means warmth, love, memories and moments. I tend to buy art and décor which invokes emotion, memory and a moment. I do this as I love to walk around my home and feel or remember the moment/memories attached to those choice pieces. Sometimes you will laugh, sometimes cry, sometimes smile, these are just some of the feelings and memories that have shaped you.

We think it’s great that you celebrate unique and emerging designers, what are some products from your store that inspire and delight you?

That’s hard! I love everything! So I will go with three of our newest creatives that
joined Kreo.

 Frank Prints – I adore these prints! Love the fact that a statement can be made with simplicity, yet it has such a great effect and impact on people.

Frank Prints – I adore these prints! Love the fact that a statement can be made with simplicity, yet it has such a great effect and impact on people.

 The Commonfolk Collective – These candles not only smell divine, they offer a mindful message on their label. I love that!

The Commonfolk Collective – These candles not only smell divine, they offer a mindful message on their label. I love that!

 Burbia – Their postcode pride prints are awesome! I love that they can represent where you live or a place you have been. Perfect for this week's theme too!

Burbia – Their postcode pride prints are awesome! I love that they can represent where you live or a place you have been. Perfect for this week's theme too!

What will you be looking for when you judge this weeks challenge?
Beak the rules, dare to be different, show me your edge, attitude and what sets you apart from
the ‘same same’ style out there! I cannot wait to see what our awesome Instagram peeps are
going to come up with! Good luck to everyone!


Do you want to win some amazing goodies from Maggie's shop Kreo Home? Check out our latest creative challenge and style up a creative image inspired by your home!


You can connect with Maggie via her website kreohome.com.au
Or on Instagram: @kreohome and Facebook @kreohome
 

 

Meet the Creatives: Bettina Brent

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Meet Bettina!

Bettina is a creative property stylist who showcases her talent in her own home which has a beautiful clean aesthetic featuring pops of warm blush tones and natural fibres. Based in Melbourne, Bettina is married to a builder and helps design and style a lot of projects for their clients. She loves the challenge of balancing aesthetics with practicality and, as well as styling property, she enjoys helping small businesses to style beautiful images of their products. Bettina also has three beautiful children which has helped ignite her love of designing kids interiors. To get inspired, Bettina loves browsing her favourite accounts on Instagram where she enjoys images by other passionate home stylists, creatives and designers. 

In the lead up to this week's 'My Home' themed challenge, we had a chat to Bettina about her personal style and her take on the theme. 

How would you describe your personal creative style?
I’ve got a mix of styles, but I’m definitely influenced by mid-century and Danish design, with a Scandi neutral colour palette. I love second hand furniture to restore and reuse, put together with natural textures, throws, cushions and lots of indoor plants.

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Photo by Bettina Brent

What kind of photography equipment do you use? 
One day I’ll learn how to use my camera’s functions a bit more, but until then, I’ll keep using my phone. Living in Melbourne, it’s hard to always have good lighting, but I know which rooms and at what time of the day will work for the photo I have set up. I usually then just do a little brightening edit on Instagram, nothing fancy.

Have you got a camera that you want to use more often? Why not start with our blog post "Manual Photography Tips: How to get yo' ass off auto" by Photographer Leah Ladson

In honour of this week’s theme 'My Home', tell us about what home means to you? 
I’m basically a homebody. I love watching my husband cook on the weekends with a glass or two of wine, watching a movie with the kids curled up on the couch with some cosy throws. I love my Saturday night bath soaks, and sitting in my favourite corner of our bedroom reading interiors magazines. I love being surrounded by my indoor plant gang, and looking outside to the veggie patch we’ve created.

 My Bath. Photo by Bettina Brent

My Bath. Photo by Bettina Brent

 My kitchen, that doesn’t look like this after Mr Brent has cooked. Photo by Bettina Brent

My kitchen, that doesn’t look like this after Mr Brent has cooked. Photo by Bettina Brent

What are some of your favourite images that you have styled?

I love a flatlay and the cover of the last edition of Collective Hub, was perfect for my love of pink, paired with some of my favourite things – champagne in an antique glass, peonies and Byredo

 Photo by Bettina Brent

Photo by Bettina Brent

I adore my painted brick wall in my bedroom, neutral colours, my favourite cushions mixed with cheaper items from Kmart and BigW

 Photo by Bettina Brent

Photo by Bettina Brent

This is my favourite corner of my home - I love the light in here, my cosy couch, cushions, throws and plants

 Photo by Bettina Brent

Photo by Bettina Brent

Bettina will be sharing her favourite 'My Home' themed entries at @creativelysquared all week.
You can connect with her on Instagram and follow her account at @bettina_brent

Want to find out more about how to enter this week's styling challenge and how to win some amazing prizes from Kreo Home? Click here for all the entry details

Meet the creatives: Gina Gooi

 Picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram

Picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram

Meet Gina @_hello_g_ who is the host of our creative 'Hands in Frame' themed challenge this week and is based in Malaysia. Gina recently left her job to spend more quality time at home with her two wonderful kids. Besides styling flatlays at home, Gina also loves going to cafes and snapping pics of their interior, drinks and food.

We had a chat to Gina to find out more about how she creates her beautiful images.

How would you describe your creative style?
Flatlays with flowers, coffee, tea & desserts.Feminine pastel style with flowers, coffee, tea & desserts.

 Picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram

Picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram


What kind of photography equipment do you use? 
I use iPhone for my pics & edit with apps. I rarely use a camera unless I need to shoot for clients that require hi-res images.

What’s your best piece of advice to anyone who has never attempted a ‘hands in frame’ image?
If you are alone, try finding the best & most natural position to pose your hands. If you have someone with you, they could assist you by taking the shot standing behind you with the camera above you. Then you could have both hands in frame.

 Hands in frame picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram

Hands in frame picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram

 Hands in frame picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram

Hands in frame picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram

 Hands in frame picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram

Hands in frame picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram

Show us three of your favourite images that you have created!

 Eiffel Tower picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram

Eiffel Tower picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram

 Yogurt Bowl picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram

Yogurt Bowl picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram

 Flowers picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram

Flowers picture by Gina Gooi via @_hello_g_ on Instagram