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After years of collaborating on several projects we have finally had the chance to sit down with our beautiful friend and extremely talented artist, Francesca Gnagnarella, to talk all about her simply AMAZING artwork.
Francesca is an Italian born, Australian contemporary abstract artist, who has been living and working in Perth since 2007. Her mind-blowing pieces incorporate bold brushstrokes and dripped paint together with the use of 23 Carat Gold leaf, which enriches the paintings with a unique luminosity and elegance.
Having exhibited in Paris, Rome, and now regularly in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, Francesca's pieces have been collected and sought after by numerous private and corporate collectors all over the world. We are extremely proud to have worked with her across many of our premium properties and now, showcase our styling amongst her phenomenal pieces for her upcoming exhibitions in Melbourne and Hong Kong later this year.
We had the chance to catch up with her earlier this week to pull apart her brain on how she creates such breathtaking pieces!
Can you tell us a little about your style?
I call my works ‘emotional landscapes’. They capture fleeting moments of memory with a vision that is emotional and intuitive, remembering a sunrise, looking at the earth and the sky in the sunshine or after rain; recalling the oranges, ochres and soft greys of a sunburnt desert; the clearest azure waters, the softest sand, the brightest sunsets.
I enjoy portraying the landscape in an inspiring manner to give a sense of uplifting familiarity, trying to capture the essence of a place, rather then reproducing it from photograph, through an exaggeration of colours, forms, and texture.
Where do you look to find your ideas and inspiration?
I am fortunate enough to live between the ocean and the river so I usually start my day walking my puppy on the rivershores surrounding my home. On my walks I can slow down, observe my environment, take in colours, patterns, textures to refuel on inspiration. And, most importantly, I can capture in my mind the light, which has a particularly vibrant quality here in Perth and is represented throughout my works with the use of 23 karat gold leaf, which has become my signature style.
Does your new collection differ from your past works?
In my new collection my colour palette has been mostly soft and subtle, with a delicate, lyrical quality in which hue against hue contrasts with smoothness, emulating the play of light triggered by the uncompromising sun on the landscape, represented in my works by the use of 23 karat gold leaf.
What is your favourite piece of artwork in your new collection and why?
‘Paradise island’ is my latest favourite (always a hard choice as I fall in love with every single piece once completed!) as I think it represents mostly what my latest collection is about. The style in this piece can be described as dreamlike, perhaps because it simply doesn’t exist outside of my imagination! While the reinterpreted scenery seems filtered through the rose-tinted lens of a lover’s gaze, always soft in focus, it has become my unique brand of romance that speaks also of that indistinct feeling of mystery, excitement and remoteness from the everyday that we all covet sometimes.
What colours do you like to work with most at the moment?
I usually work on more than one piece at the time, so that really helps me when I get ‘stuck’ on one but continue painting on other canvases. I most often can swing from rich and moody dark blues into soft pastels hues. Sometimes it’s just a mood, or the right moment that strikes the inspiration to use particular colour palettes instead of others. At times, I might have a particular piece in my studio for months before I know how to proceed with the next step of creation or to know when a piece is finished.
Any hints on what you have planned for the future?
I’m very excited to announce my first show in Melbourne in collaboration with Saatchi Art and The Other Art Fair which will be held in August and soon after I will be back in Hong Kong in September for my 9th show in the city.
For more on Francesca's beautiful artwork, please visit her website http://www.fragnagna.com.
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Architecturally designed and located in the heart of Perth's CBD on the iconic King Street, this industrial style apartment stuns with no end of character and charm! Surrounded by popular bars, restaurants and the busy Perth shopping precinct, this ultimate urban pad offers a lifestyle of convenience for anyone looking to be amongst the action.
As a boutique complex of loft apartments, this property oozes industrial style! With exposed ceilings, wooden floorboards and loads of glass throughout, this property had some amazing features to work with.
On this occasion we were lucky enough to work with some pretty spectacular artwork by local architect and artist, Stephen Lawrance. We coupled our dark contemporary furniture with his bright primary colours, to achieve a striking space which feels super stylish and sexy!
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Everyday we are out styling properties across Perth and boy, do we have our work cut out for us! No two homes are ever the same and this means we are constantly looking at key trends, tracking styles and working tirelessly to bring an innovative approach to every property we style.
In this video we take you behind the scenes with our creative minds Sara, Jes and Kirsten, to show you just how we style four apartments in four different ways.
Let's start off with Perth Style Co.'s absolutely favourite, Contemporary Luxe. This theme defines the Perth Style Co. brand! We are all about those sleek lines, dark timbers and deep tones which help to create an elegant, sophisticated space. To create this look, focus on luxury finishes and bold fabrics. Think brass, marble, glass, furs and velvets, create symmetry where possible and use abstract art to add a touch of personality.
Next is Urban. This theme is fun! We personally love this look for inner city apartments and funky hotspots around Perth. It is quite a masculine look so look to incorporate concrete elements, exposed brick, artwork with a photographic component and matt finishes. To get the vibe just right, the secret is a good manly smell so get spritzing your favourite masculine scent!
Another go-to favourite of ours is Coastal. Not to be confused with traditional Hamptons style, this look is fresh, relaxed and oh so Australian - maybe that is why it is such a favourite amongst the Perth Style Co. team! When creating this look at home, think Byron Bay, Bondi Icebergs, soft denims, indoor plants and loads of natural elements.
And finally, New Nordic which is a soft take on the traditional Scandi style. Jes is particularly good at nailing this look and we think it is down to her use of soft pastels, textured neutrals, soft florals and eucalyptus.
That is our four apartments in four different ways. Don't forget to let us know which style is your favourite and we hope you can take these pointers and have some fun in your own home!
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Generally speaking, we think there are two types of people in this world - those that relish in colour and those that find enjoyment in a more understated colour palette. Now, when it comes to the team at Perth Style Co, there is no denying that more often that not, we would find ourselves in the latter group so when it came to this stunning new build in funky Menora, we knew just what we wanted to achieve!
Now, when it comes to styling homes, a common misconception is that if there is no colour, there is no personality. Well, we are here to show you just how you can mix neutrals to create a look that is interesting, timeless and beyond beautiful!
This particular home in Menora has been totally transformed and is beyond impressive behind every corner. So it was very important that the styling did not compete with the property and instead, just supported the existing look and feel - that's why neutrals and naturals were the perfect choice!
Pair the right tones
Layering the right tones of fabrics and furnishings creates the perfect sense of warmth, space and light. So what is the trick? The key to achieving this is adding dimension and depth through different tones. There is so much variety out there - you'll be surprised how greys can be warm or cool, how taupe can give off undertones of pink or grey and how whites can range from icy to cream. All these variations will help you achieve totally different looks. If you're feeling slightly overwhelmed and don't know where to start, it's best to decide on a base colour and go from there.
Introduce texture
Without bold colour, texture is key to nailing a neutral colour palette. Mixing a range of different materials helps to create dimension, bring contract and draw the eye in a room. Think glass, leather, ceramics, linen, suede, velvets, wood or stone, and contemplate how each of these finishes will work with one another. This is key to creating the perfect balance of contrast!
Proportion & Balance
No matter what you are styling, size and shape always need to be considered in order to create a well proportioned and balanced room. Start by finding your focal point and go from there - this will help to dictate the scale of all the items in the room. For example, the focal point of this kitchen was the gorgeous island bench in stunning marble. To support this, we had to utilise a mix of furniture and accessories varying in size to ensure they do not overpower or compete with the feature bench. If you're struggling with balance and proportion, just remember less is more. It's better to achieve a stunning understated look than to dilute the overall impact with too much furniture or accessories.
Styling with neutrals really is about the perfect balance between texture, tone and proportion. When executed well, you can create a look that is high impact, whilst still fresh, elegant and timeless. What are your secrets to nailing a neutral palette?
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We are so thrilled to show you an insight into this wonderful custom build in North Perth.
Designed by Studio Halton and built by Vicore Construction, this home is something special! Filled with no end of natural light, beautiful voids and functional flow between living areas, this property was a pleasure to work with.
Styled with a contemporary elegant edge, we have used dark timbers and marble finishes throughout to add that touch of class!
Injecting colour through some pieces from the brand new A/W18 collection from our art supplier, Urban Road, we couldn't be more pleased with how this property has presented!
Check it out...
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Situated in one of Perth’s premier and most well-appointed suburbs, there are no end of amenities at your doorstop. With Claremont Quarter, Claremont pool, a fully equipped gym, golf course and train station only minutes down the road, The Pocket is perfect for those who want convenience but also quality from a builder who understands apartment style living.
Each apartment at The Pocket has been designed with a strong sense of space without compromising on style and appeal. With spacious open-plan living areas and beautifully proportioned bedrooms, these properties are set to exceed your expectations.
Watch our video below to find out how we styled this gorgeous display and hear our top tricks for utilising space in apartments.
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Many real estate agents would agree that lifestyle is one of the biggest factors selling property in today's market. This all comes down to buyer perception and emotion and that is where the Perth Style Co. team come in!
Property styling not only helps a home sell, but it often assists in moving the property in a timely manner. This is because property staging takes the guess work out.
Visual presentation captures the mind and ensures that the property is perceived in a positive way from the minute the home hits the net. Demonstrating to potential buyers just how the space can be used saves them thinking for themselves, deciphering how they will utilise unfurnished spaces.
Take this property in Hammond Park for example; a three bedroom villa listed by Brad Triplett of Realmark Central which we styled recently.
In it's vacant state, you can see the property has a great skeleton - quality wet areas with sizeable living areas and bedrooms. Yet, it is still difficult to imagine just how to best utilise the space available.
The Perth Style Co. team made some careful furniture selections and accessorised with high impact decorative items and soft furnishings to ensure this property is showcased to it's full potential, presenting a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Knowing the target demographic of this property would likely be a first home buyer or investor, it was important for us to include on-trend, sought-after brands and products which would capture the attention of potential buyers online, encouraging them to visit the property in reality.
And after just a few weeks this property has been snapped up by a lucky new owner! This is a great result for everyone involved and just goes to show that a good first impression leads to a lasting impression!
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When it comes to styling properties, artwork is one of our favourite ways of injecting life, soul and emotion into any home, therefore, there is no denying that Perth Style Co. and Australian owned and operated art supplier, Urban Road, are a match made in heaven!
Founded in 2010, Urban Road are known for their high-quality prints made accessible to everyday art-loving Australians and we simply can't get enough!
The PSC team were lucky enough to catch up with the lovely ladies of Urban Road to celebrate the launch of their new A/W18 collection, Continuum, and discuss all things style and inspiration.
Q. How do you describe Urban Road’s style?
A. Constantly evolving! Our customers needs and style preferences are so diverse, so we work hard to create and source artworks that will meet their design needs now, but will also stand the test of time.
Q. What can expect to see from the AW18 collection?
A. A little bit of everything, really! Its roots are found in retro-throwbacks and minimalism, but as it progresses you’ll see hints of abstract expressionism, beautifully detailed oil-paintings, colour photographic closeups of feathers and florals, and an edgy mini-collection of black and white photography. It’s pretty amazing, if we do say so ourselves!
Q. What colours/themes do you think will be trending for the new season?
A. Soft, muted colours are really going to be celebrated this season. I feel like geometric and minimal artworks are also really making a statement - layered shapes, textures, lines and forms.
Q. What is your favourite artwork in the new collection? Why?
A. Linda Llama is by far the Urban Road team favourite! We love the playfulness of it, but also just its composition and history. It has a story to tell, and is such a gorgeous statement piece.
Q. Has this new collection evolved compared to your last collections?
A. Yes, definitely. Each collection we really try to come back to the drawing board - drawing inspiration from current and emerging trends, throwbacks to artistic influences that have helped to shape modern styles, and trying to find creative ways of implementing colours and moods that we feel like our collection on the whole is lacking. Continuum is a little bit more of a throwback than anything we’ve released in the past - we really found inspiration in retro minimalism, and that was Suzie’s (our Founder) guiding light, so to speak. The rest of the collection just naturally evolved from there.
Q. Where do you look to find your ideas and inspiration?
A. Everywhere, really! Suzie is a bit of a genius in the way that she can find inspiration in the most unlikely places. Nature, architecture, movement and texture were big influences in our latest collection.
Q. Any hints on what’s to come from Urban Road in the near future?
A. Ooooh, good question! We’re working hard at the moment on Continuum part 2 which should be releasing in the next month or so. We can’t say much, but let’s just say we’ll be diving into some new options for adorning your walls with. We are so excited about it!
Keep your eyes peeled to see more of how the PSC team style using Urban Road's new Continuum collection in homes across Perth!
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We are constantly inundated with questions about how we achieve our signature look and feel throughout a different range of properties. Now, the most common misconception is that you have to be a professional stylist to ensure your property looks magazine worthy. Well, we are here to tell you that is not the case! In fact, we have drummed up our top five handy hits which can have a huge impact when it comes to styling your home. Simple, yet effective, these suggestions will have your home looking pristine in a heartbeat!
1. Hang artwork at eye level
A suggestion that might seem obvious to some, you'd be surprised how many people get it wrong! With the exception of gallery walls, we suggest the middle of your artwork hang at the average eye height at all times. At eye height, people can take in the full impact of the artwork, whilst ensuring the room scale is still being considered. Simple!
2. Use books in your favour
Books are something we all have lying around and a cost-effective solution to accessorising at home. They are perfect for layering and are a great way of adding height to your decorative accents. Whether asymmetrical or symmetrical, balance is key! Take a step back and look at what you're creating - your designer eye will know if you're nailing it.
3. Rugs are always better when they're bigger
Now, rugs are always a sticky point in any home, but we can't deny that a bigger rug TYPICALLY always is the answer! At Perth Style Co. we like to use the biggest rug the room can take to ensure that all the furniture fits ON the rug, not AROUND the rug - that's the key!
4. Take extra time to make your bed
Every stylist has their own approach to making a bed. Whether it's styling the linen with contrasting sheets, designer throws or feature cushions, it doesn't matter what you have in mind as long as it is complimentary to your actual sleeping requirements. Remember that bedding can change from season to season so look to our Instagram feed, Pinterest or your favourite homeware store for some inspo!
5. Pull furniture away from the wall
Try and give furniture room to breathe rather than automatically moving it right up against the walls. If you have space to do this, it is a great opportunity to create a sense of space and style. Even if you don’t have a big living room, you may find that if you consider that the sofa doesn’t have to be against a wall, there are other options for your furniture layout. Consider your sofa in the middle of the rooms which can break up open-plan areas really well.
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We are very excited to share this special project in collaboration with the wonderful Vernon Homes. A luxurious custom home built in the ever-popular Swanbourne, this family home features stunning marble and blonde timber elements which offer a warm, beachy vibe.
In this impressive property, we embraced navy tones and other deep blues to compliment the existing contemporary feel. Blues are warm, bold and sophisticated, helping to create a homely space which can be enjoyed year-round. We mixed them with monochromatic layers and textured neutrals to ensure our styling pops with a fresh, crisp look.
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