Styling the Silly Season
7 Quick Fire Styling Qs with
George & Smee
What colours would you recommend adding to (or instead of) the traditional ‘Red and Green’ theme?
Keep it Nordic with more muted tones showcasing raw timber, cane baskets, hardy greenery such as pine branches, timber wreaths, then add an abundance of candles and fake fur to give it a luxe look! Even babies breaths come back (yep that's happening!) could be cool for Xmas with hanging installations almost looking like snow.
If you could style any venue in Sydney this silly season, where would it be?
We love transforming warehouses and big empty spaces that are blank canvases. Beta Bar in Sydney has some amazing natural warehouse features that we could really compliment with our styling. We did a gorgeous product launch for Nivea there, but would love to go to town on that space for the silly season!!
Have you been to any Christmas parties that really stood out for you from a stylist’s perspective? If so, whose and where?
Yes one we styled for WEDSHED at Bangarra Dance Studio haha! ;) It was all about bringing the outdoors indoors, so there was an abundance of greenery hanging from the rafters with a huge grazing table overflowing with yummy produce and food all stacked over different layers in the centre of the room, making it a great focal point… I mean everyone likes to hang by the food don’t they!?
What are the current, most-interesting trends we’re likely to see this festive season when it comes to food and table styling?
Again the abundant and decadent grazing table isn’t going anywhere, they are becoming pieces of art! People love to see them overflowing with produce, flowers and props so this will continue into the festive season for sure!
Table arrangements are getting a bit more clever, so not just a vase of flowers, but more interesting floral structural shapes and designs… for the festive season we'll be adding seasonal fruit to the arrangements, gorgeous dried flowers and the metallic sprayed branches & leaves will no doubt still be a strong look.
It can be difficult to find affordable, non-tacky Christmas decorations. Where would you recommend shopping?
We have collected some total gems from thrift shops, markets and global antique shops over the years so let us style for you with these beauties : ) However believe it or not IKEA has brought out a nice Xmas collection this year, which is not your usual tacky (& bad for the universe) plastic, so worth checking out! Also get crafty and make your own wreath with foliage, sticks and even herbs like rosemary.
We also love to go foraging in nature for pieces that have fallen on the ground and will make amazing tree decorations or can be incorporated with foliage to make gorgeous table runners.
What will be your secret styling weapon this season (sorry – not so secret anymore)?
We’ll be sourcing and foraging for the most gorgeous natural branches to do cool installations with for all our awesome clients… nothing beats walking into a space and standing under a canopy of amazing greenery and woodland branches but we'll be taking it to the next level! Also the scent that creates is unreal and adds to the amazing ambience of the spaces! We’ll also be getting more creative with flowers, we love a painted floral arrangement and have been playing around with using mixed media within table displays also!
Lastly, candy canes or gingerbread men?
Gingerbread men all the way, YUM! We are ginger addicts!