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Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

I feel so lucky to have found this gem of a person! Shelley joined Heatherly as our Sydney Showroom Manager after a highly acclaimed career as an Interior Designer in Dallas, Texas. Not only does she share my love of art and design, but also a passion for bringing clients bedroom dreams to life. Read on to find out more about this design dynamo….

After many years as an Interior Designer in Texas, you’ve recently joined the Heatherly Design team as the Sydney Showroom Manager. We’d love to hear about your work in The States.

After graduating from college and working ten years in real-estate, I shifted my focus to pursue a lifelong love for art and design. In 2011, I set out to launch my Interior eDesign Studio. I feel blessed that business took off fairly quickly and to date have worked with nearly 100 clients all around the world. In the midst of the eDesign studio launch and many projects in, I began home staging & styling and earned my certification along the way. In Dallas, I worked one on one with clients doing personal in-home consultations, styling, and staging while also managing my eDesign projects. It’s been a whirlwind yet very fulfilling experience for me to see a career in a field that I am so passionate about truly come to life.

Have you noticed a difference in style between American and Australian interiors?

Living in Sydney has been so rewarding and a place of inspiration for me. On a daily basis, I feel fortunate to grow and develop artistically while taking in the gorgeous architecture, the way of life and general sense of style here. Overall, I would say that the design world is very different here. I’ve noticed that Australian homes and design in general can be slightly more on the conservative side leaning towards a minimalistic (yet chic) look and on a much smaller scale size wise. I also see a lot of “stylish modesty” and play it safe proving a more structured look. American homes, in general, have more of a “freestyle” outlook and a “not so serious” design approach. Colour and pattern play is huge and for most designers is a must.

3. What do you see as the biggest trends coming through for 2017?

When it comes to colour, expect to see more of the earthy tones like terracotta, rust, burgundy, pale pinks, deep greens, mustard, camel-beige and even more dusky blues like denim. There will be a continuation of the Artisan-Global look which is great because these goods can easily be mixed with modern and even vintage furniture. We will see an increase in bringing nature into the home with more organic and natural materials such as plants, reclaimed wood, rattan, stone, cork and even some utility materials. I think there will be an increase in pattern play. We will see more contrasting mixes of florals, stripes, geometrics, mud cloth, kilim and batik prints while incorporating into a scheme. Regardless of your taste or style, I think individuality is most important today and for 2017. Blending in “some” of the latest looks into your home is key here so that the room doesn’t have an overly trendy feel, in doing so you will create and achieve your own authentic style.

Could you give our readers some tips on how to create the perfect bedroom?

To me creating a peaceful bedroom is most important and can do wonders for your state of mind. To do so, I would suggest starting with a paint colour or wallpaper that makes you happy. Next, select a stylish bedhead, side tables, natural fibre bedding, beautiful artwork, lighting, curtains, plush rug and a fur or cashmere coordinating throw to top the bed to polish off the space. Surrounding your room also with beautiful family photos, collected art, candles, flowers and patterned cushions will create an unexpected and organic feel.

And finally, what do you enjoy most about working with Heatherly Design?

There is so much I enjoy about working with Heatherly Design! I love the collaboration of people that I work with and being part of such a fashionable company.
Learning more about my client’s interior goals and needs is so important to me. I find it exciting to work one on one in helping achieve a vision together while providing a creative design solution.


Shelley in our Sydney Showroom

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