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April 2014 Interiors Article for the Argus newspaper

Back in April this year, I was asked to write a monthly column on interior styling and design advice for a long established Brighton newspaper ‘The Argus’ in a new addition called Women Actually.

Having been too busy to post said articles,  I now have a little backlog, so will post from April to July, then post monthly after the article is out. Watch this space…

Argus Interior Article April 14

A Most Curious Wedding Fair Hackney

Wow, it has taken me almost a week to catch my breath and catch up with myself after the AMCWF in London last weekend. So finally getting onto writing up a little blog post and sharing some of the talented event photographers snaps with you all.

This was my fist time exhibiting with A Most Curious Wedding Fair, and I was not dissapointed! What a wonderful creative fair, full of such lovely and interesting exhibitors, not to mention how kind and helpful Cat and Sara are, who organised it all and the venue Hackney Down Studios was the perfect backdrop.

As well as exhibiting at the fair, I had the privilege of ‘complete design control’ of the craft room there (for those that went, the first room on your right, past the pop up bar). I was thrilled when I arrived at the venue, with a van full of decor and props, and my wonderful assistant Amy, to find the craft room was even bigger and better than I imagined. With a large wooden stage to serve as a perfect backdrop to my decor. We quickly got to work hanging and styling, to complete a colourful backdrop of rosette wheels, paper streamers, retro flasks as vases (filled with pretty flowers from the lovely Elaine at Oriole and Thistle), complete with my newly painted pineapples, some vintage frames and plastic love hearts as props for photos.

If you attended the fair, I’m sure you would agree that there was such creative wonderful exhibitors there, for a full list check the website here A Most Curious Wedding Fair, but to mention a few that I was lucky enough to meet and admire, there was the fabulous Lemonade & Laughing Gas with their beautiful caravan, Lucy Says I Do with gorgeous stationary, Vagabond Couture with stunning feather headpieces, Muscat London, who won Bridal Next competition with his elegant bridal dresses, The Apothecary Bar and the creative crafters Ladyland and Noodles Doodles Creative… to name just  few!!

A Most Curious Wedding Fair Event Styling Jasmine Orchard Styling

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Photo credits as follows: Images 1, 4, 5- Jasmine Orchard Styling; Images 2, 3, 6, 9 by Roberta Matis; Images 7, 8 by Martina Capodanno

 

WIN 2 tickets to A Most Curious Wedding Fair 5th April 14

 

I, like I’m sure many others are, am stoked to be exhibiting this year at the one and only A Most Curious Wedding Fair on April 4th and 5th.

The cool, style savvy fair, will be held at Hackney Down Studios and is open Friday 4th for VIP and Press 6-9pm and Saturday 5th April from 10.30am to 5pm. There are sooo many interesting and talented exhibitors there, check them out on the Most Curious website exhibitors section. As well as an exclusively picked selection of exhibitors, there will be fashion shows with stunning, forward thinking fashion, food stalls, a bar and fab entertainment throughout the day.

And if that isn’t enough, there will also be a craft room, where two craft workshops will be held by Noodles Doodles Creative and This is Ladyland, and I have the privilege of styling this room with some of my crafty decor, all available as props for hire. Be sure to check it out!

I have two tickets for this fantastic fair up for grabs, on the Saturday 5th April. All you need to do for a chance to win these is pop over and like my facebook page, then pop me a message on there saying you would like to win the fair tickets. I will choose at random and let the winner know by the end of the week.

Hope to see you there! :)

Valentines Photo Shoot on Rock n Roll Bride

Cant hide my excitement that the one and only Kat from Rock n Roll Bride has shared mine and lovely photographer Sarah London’s Valentines Wedding shoot today.

We both knew that we wanted to collaborate on a Valentines inspired Wedding shoot, but with a less traditional feel and some quirky touches. Several brain-racking evenings later, I let my creative mind and hands loose on preparing hand made decor and sourcing wonderful props. After coming up with a ‘theme’ of Love Rocks, everything else grew from there… from a retro sweet trolley filled with Brighton Rocks and rock sweets, to massive carnival style Love letters, coloured paper heart streamers to hang over doors, gold geo bunting, oversized hearts to pin into hay bales and even a yellow, gold styled table setting. All set in a perfect Sussex working farm barn!

Most of the images are shown on Rock n Roll Bride here, and a fuller set will soon be added to my portfolio section of the website, but in the mean time, here’s a little selection to keep you going!

PS Happy Lovely Valentines!!

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Work Experience Intern

Hello!

I am looking for a part time assistant to preliminary work with me on a few jobs and at a prestigious wedding fair in London, with the opportunity to gain work experience on future weddings and styling jobs.

This position will start unpaid with potential to getting paid work and assisting full time on styling jobs. Currently, this is not regular work, which may suit somebody who just wants to help out on the odd job to gain extra experience and references.

The key dates that you will need to be available to help out on (so far) are for A Most Curious Wedding Fair @ Hackney Down Studios on April 4th and 5th, and for a wedding in East Grinstead August 22nd. Other dates and jobs to be negotiated, there may be some prop making that ideally you could contribute to making also.

The ideal person would have some interior design/ props/ styling experience or qualifications; be creative; social media savvy; live locally to Brighton; be flexible; have a driving licence and be willing to occasionally drive props and furnishings to venues (either in a hire car or van that I would pay for or you would get reimbursed if using your own vehicle). Currently, I do not need a regular assistant, though if things get really busy, then the role may involve more regular work, and possibly lead to a paid position.

Please contact me if interested and tell me specifically if you are able to fulfil the requirements listed- ie dates mentioned, experience, driving and live locally.

It would be great to meet anyone that meets these requirements and discuss with you in more detail some of the work and roles to get involved with.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Jasmine x

Fasting for charity- Typhoon Haiyan

I am slightly later than planned in writing this little blog post… due to a seriously manic few weeks planning and preparing for a shoot, then working on it all weekend, including a 17 hour day yesterday on shoot!

Anyway, last Monday I fasted for 24 hours to help raise money for the much needed Philippines Typhoon Haiyan appeal, through British Red Cross. It was relatively a small challenge, considering the scale of disaster that so many are facing over there, but it was a challenge for me none the less.

24 little hours… by 10am, stomach is grumbling and trying to avoid the kitchen. By midday, watching TV while I work as a distraction and every advert seems to be delicious looking xmas food ad’s- M&S the most tempting. Agh! By 2pm, off out the house to buy some more props and essentials for the shoot. Have to buy sweets, which means going in a food shop- sooo hungry now! By 6pm, almost forgotten about food  the last few hours, then as my body clock starts telling me it’s dinner time the hunger pangs return. by 8pm, my flatmate returns home and cooks dinner- food smells are the worst for temptation. 10pm, prepare for bed and drink herb tea to sooth my brain and stomach.

The next day I very much enjoyed my food!

Most importantly, I managed, with the generous help of friends and family, to raise £180 for the Typhoon Haiyan appeal, which is a lot more than I could afford to donate alone (joys of working for yourself with high Brighton rents and bills). This money will buy 10 tarpaulins to help make temporary shelters, six hygeine kits and 14 blankets. Thank you sooo much to everyone that has donated through my personal appeal or through their own! Even a small difference we can help to make is a difference. Here’s hoping all the supporting charities continue to raise money and support all those in need.

40th Birthday Party Event Styling

After a busy few months, I am now going to start up my blog post again, and what better way than to introduce you to a wonderful surprise 40th birthday soiree that I just finished styling…

Back in the summer, I styled a wedding for a wonderful couple at Ashdown Park Hotel with a rustic, enchanted forest feel. It was at this wedding that the brother of the groom saw my styling work and decided upon using my services to style the 40th birthday party for his wife. This is a truely romantic gesture, as his wife Sam knew only of a dinner planned at the beautiful venue of Horsted Place in Uckfield, and nothing of the added decor, balloons, sparklers and birthday cake and sweet trolley that her husband entrusted me with planning and styling.

What a fabulous gesture and what a fabulous job for me… given a chance to come up with a theme and ideas for styling a large dining table and room in this venue. We decided upon a colour scheme of black, white and gold with arrows and geometric patterns introduced subtly. We kept all the table decor simple and low, so as not to obstruct any view across the table. I finally got to showcase my retro, gold trolley as a cake/ sweet trolley for Sams fab cake (courtesy of choccywoccydoodah) and covered my vintage folding screen with some gold sequin fabric to enhance this look, finished off with twinkling fairy lights at the bottom of the trolley.

50 gold and white helium balloons tied with gold or black ribbons attached, and white lanterns with candles lining the pathway outside of the dining room windows, a vase of sparklers at the ready by the door (for after dinner) and the room was complete.

Final details included; bespoke luggage tags with gold ribbons, sent to each guest before the party, that would be staying at the hotel, bespoke child minding cards sent in gold envelopes to each guest that would need to make child minding arrangements in order to attend the party and bespoke name place cards for the dining table. All flowers from Viva Verde in Hove. All photos by the wonderful Sarah London Photography. Venue Horsted Place.

See all images from this event in Portfolio- Event Styling.

 

Creative Brides Wedding Fair- Scotney Castle

Wow, what a wonderful weekend just spent at the Creative Brides wedding fair in a large marquee at Scotney Castle in Kent.

This was not only a fair full of creativity, uniqueness and such friendly and talented exhibitors, this also happened to be my first fair as an exhibitor. I am so pleased to have found Creative Brides as Clair chose a great venue, a wonderful selection of exhibitors and because of this I was able to meet great people, both exhibiting there and attending couples or bride to be’s with their friends and families.

I have also learnt that a bit of tough competition is not as bad as you may initially think, it helps you to remember you need to constantly up your game and more than that, it is such a pleasure to talk to your competitors, who are usually much friendlier than you think.  To talk to somebody that has gone or is going through the same ups and downs and non stop work as you is refreshing, even those that are doing a very different business to you.

With two more fairs still to go in the next month (Belles Bridal Bizzare and Miss Vintage Wedding Affair), I now have my work cut out to make some quick last minute improvements to my stand and prepare myself for the next whirlwind of fairs and exhibitors!

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Tassel fun- make Tassel Wool Bunting!

So, on one of my many ventures to create something new and interesting, to use for future clients’ weddings and events, I ended up creating something both fun and easy making tassels which would then form some unusual bunting (of sorts)! On top of this, I finally used some of the bundles of wool and ribbon that I have been storing up for years, waiting until the perfect moment to make something with it.

I started by making each tassel individually… follow the instructions and images below, then simply tied each tassel to a length of string, trimmed off any excess wool/ ribbon and hang wherever you please!

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Step 1: Grab a book to the length that you want the tassels to be and a ball of wool (I used extra thick in these images)

Step 2: Wrap the wool around the book as many times as you want to create the right thickness then cut. (I had thick wool so only wrapped around about 12 times, I’d do more for thinner wool).

Step 3: Cut a new length of wool (about twice the length of your tassels), and thread it underneath the looped section at the top of the book (as in not the section where the wool was cut off.

Step 4: Wrap this wool through this section several times, looping it through the wool at the section of wool that will make the top of the tassel. Tie a knot at the top then trim any excess wool.

Step 5: At the other end of the book (where the loose strand of the end of wool hangs, push scissors through (one part, under the wool looped there, one part over them) and cut to create all loose cut ends.

Step 6: Pull a strand of wool from either side of the knotted part at the top of the tassel (this will form the loop to attach it something. Tie a loose knot at the top to create a loop of string (it can be un- knotted when you want to tie it to something).

Step 7: Just under the knot section at the top of the tassel, pulling all sections of wool tight, take a new length of wool and wrap several times tightly and then knot to secure and trim any excess wool from the knot.

Step 8: Tie to something. I made lots and made some party bunting!

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Pattern Love

Dots, stripes, chevrons, geometric, nature inspired… it’s hard to keep up with trending fashions, never mind figure out how to introduce such busy or dominating patterns into your home.

If, like me, you sit and drool over wonderful colours and patterns in magazines, books and my fave Pinterest, then surely at some point you too must have thought about how to introduce some of these wonderful shapes and colours into your house.

To mix and match or to keep to a theme? Personally, I like to mix and match a bit, but don’t go crazy- either mix patterns of a similar type or different patterns in similar colours. Use your eye, bring things into your home to try and see what works. PS… keep it simple elsewhere, a white or neutral coloured room with similar coloured bedding or sofas can take a splash of ‘wow pattern‘ in a rug/ throw or cushion. Dont use more than 2 colours (not including your neutral white/ grey/ cream background), you can use several different shades of them though.

Here’s a little taste of some pattern loves I have gathered from my own home (and a few rugs courtesy of my flatmates recent spend at Urban Outfitters).