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fat, you can’t deal with it. It makes you feel like crap, so I get
it. At the moment, there’s so little positive stuff happening,
I don’t think there’s any harm in adding something beautiful
to the world.
It must be great when clients find you through Instagram,
because they already have such a clear idea about
what your aesthetic is. Do people ever ask you to style
something, but you just go ‘ugh’ at what they want?
All the time. I think because we’re so busy now, I can turn
away brides who want mason jars and vintage doilies,
because that’s just not our style. The people who follow us
are the people who love [lifestyle magazine] Kinfolk, who
love table gatherings. At the moment, all of our brides and
even our corporate clients like [Pottery Barn owners] Williams
Sonoma want the aesthetic they’ve seen on our feed. It’s nice
to be in that position.
You mentioned mason jars and doilies – is there anything
else you think is just overdone or makes you cringe?
Chevron is not good. Burlap – I can’t do it. I can’t even
be around it, it irks me. Vintage things drive me nuts.
Floral, teacups, mismatched... it’s not my thing. We go
for organic, misshapen, things that are handmade. I’d
rather just have a naked candle.
How would you describe your style?
Understated, sophisticated, natural and organic. Rather
than mass-produced things, I’d rather go for linens that are
handmade by Mr Draper – he’s just a single guy living in
Melbourne with his beautiful dog, and stitches them one
by one. Or Kim Wallace Ceramics – she hand-makes all her
plates. I’d much prefer that than just popping over to Myer
and grabbing a whole wad of stuff.
You work with Kinfolk magazine, which has a similar feel.
How did you get involved with them?
A friend in Sydney, Luisa Brimble, who’s quite an esteemed
photographer over there, saw my Instagram. She told me she
was the Kinfolk representative in Sydney and asked if I’d like
to help style an event over there. Of course, I said yes! On
the evening, I realised Perth didn’t have anything like that, no
meeting point for creatives. Everyone was very protective of
intellectual property and didn’t want to share anything.
I knew that bringing something like Kinfolk to Perth would
be good, I just had a feeling. But our first event only sold one
ticket. I nearly died. The following year we did long-table
dinners, and we sold out in the first three hours.
Why the turnaround?
I think Perth was craving connection. That’s why we find
long-table dinners work, because they force you to talk to
the person next to you.
How would you describe the Perth creative community?
We’re like an infant Melbourne, we’re not even an embryo
anymore! We’re getting there, we’re growing really rapidly.
You know how they grow so fast in that toddler stage?
Perth’s going places. It’s really cool.
“Styling is really underrated... It looks glorious, but if you don’t leave a wedding or
an event feeling like you’ve got gross food under your fingernails and wine in your
hair and shit all over you, then you haven’t styled an event properly.”
An image Stacey styled for Slow Living
RIGHT Her product styling for Sydney
interiors company Living in Coogee.
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