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Inside The Designer's Studio

Either in magazines or on TV, you may have seen stylish photos of an interior designers' studio, decorators and stylists, all wonderful looking spaces where sparse furnishing and cleared and organised desks suggest elegant vibes and a relaxed atmosphere. Wonderful, aren't they? Well, if you wonder why your studio doesn't compare with that calm and tidy space (mine doesn't either if it makes you feel better), I strongly suggest you don't feel too bad about it. Could it be you're just quite busy? Could it be that to effectively run your creative business you do need all that stuff within reach? Well, I know I do!


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Depending on the kind of interiors' work you do, you most likely have a range of samples, swatches, off-cuts, brochures, clients files and more, all of them 100% necessary and possibly crowding your shelves, benches, tables and most of any available horizontal surface.





So, do I wish my studio to look like a well styled, possibly sparse yet trendy space that’s always Insta-worthy? Yes, of course I would, in theory. But in reality, I love every item I have around me! I’m truly grateful for all those samples that fill my shelves, drawers and cabinets, which allow me to touch, compare and feel every finish I'm planning to spec, offering my clients a true and honest approach to the materials. An honest, touch & feel experience.




To see up-close and personal what I have in my studio, hear how I work with my clients’ selections and deadlines, and how I run my practice, let me take you there, this September, as I present a LIVE workshop with Decor + Design, Australia’s no.1 Interiors trade event. Thanks to my film crew and a few well-placed cameras, I’ll be revealing how I deal with my clients' projects, from floorplans to the creation of external and internal palettes and ultimately the choice of finishes, whilst managing expectations. I will also share the different ways I present my documentation between my clients, builders and developers, as well as other ‘practical design’ tips that may be useful to you wheather you’re a veteran designer or just starting out. Importantly, also, I will discuss the positive ways I’ve adapted to the ever-changing world thanks to the COVID restrictions, and hopefully provide some positive ideas and encouragement, to help you continue your own successful design story during these interesting times.

My studio may not be as tidy and sparse as others are, I warn you, but I can assure you it'll be honest, 100% practical and inspiring for all those that wish to know more about how I run my successful Interiors Designer's Studio.






Because of COVID restrictions, Decor + Design is an online only experience this year, but a dedicated team from Decor + Design is currently putting together an exciting and wide range of creative talent from around the globe, for Seminars, Talks and Workshops, for insights, advice and inspiring design stories. I strongly encourage you to REGISTER now, as the line-up is truly impressive. Differently from other years, this time you'll be able to enjoy all of these workshops and presentations from the comfort of your own home or studio, no matter how neat or organised you are ;)





Yes! I know. Like all of you, I too will miss catching up in person with old friends and new colleagues, but supporting our Australian design Industry whilst staying up to date with all that’s on offer, is more important now than ever, and registering for Decor + Design 2020 is one way to do it. So, register now and also subscribe to their mailing list to stay up to date with all the exciting solutions that will allow to you to be part of this exciting Australian design event. I look forward to 'seeing' you all there!







James Treble is an ambassador for Planet Ark and firmly believes in sensible purchasing, recycling and creative re-purposing. James has three decades of accumulated experience in the Building Industry, Real Estate and Interior Design and regularly shares his knowledge and experience in adding value to properties through effective design & styling. Watch his free videos on YouTube, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram for more free information.

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