Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Here are some recent Savvy Shopper pages I styled for the Sunday Age M Magazine...



Modern burgundy interior, styling by Heather Nette King, photo by Mike Baker, copyright Fairfax Media

Modern burgundy interior detail  styling by Heather Nette King, photo by Mike Baker, copyright Fairfax Media

Copper lights  styling by Heather Nette King, photo by Mike Baker, copyright Fairfax Media

Copper lights detail  styling by Heather Nette King, photo by Mike Baker, copyright Fairfax Media

Luxe leather interior  styling by Heather Nette King, photo by Mike Baker, copyright Fairfax Media
new pastel lounge styling by Heather Nette King, photo by Mike Baker, copyright Fairfax Media

Sporting style  styling by Heather Nette King, photo by Mike Baker, copyright Fairfax Media

Wedding presents! styling by Heather Nette King, photo by Mike Baker, copyright Fairfax Media

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year!

Inside Out Jan/Feb 2014.  Photo by Lisa Cohen, styling by me.


Inside Out Jan/Feb 2014.  Photo by Lisa Cohen, styling by me.

Happy New Year!  If you are like me you will have only just caught up on the last few issues of all of the great Australian homewares mags - what a luxury to actually read the articles rather than just quickly scanning the images and cover lines!

I got to relive my fab day at the home of Nareen Holloway - co-owner of Marmoset Found homewares.  That's her delicious home on the cover of Inside Out, and those are her and partner Indy's DIVINE kids seen growling ferociously at our photographer, lovely Lisa Cohen.

Also in this issue is my garden - styled up for entertaining three different ways.  It was the shoot that inspired me to paint our garden wall hot pink.  And I doubt I'll ever paint it back to that conservative deep blue that it was.  Thanks to incredible photographer Alicia Taylor for such a great day in the yard.
My backyard - how much do I love this pink wall!  Photo by Alicia Taylor, styling by me.

So I guess it is on with 2014.  January and February are already filling up with some really exciting work projects. Jem's and my little family is growing up so fast - Belle is entering year 11 and Alex is starting year 9 at a new school so things are certainly happening around here. I'm excited  - and hope you are looking forward to your new year as much as we all are.

hx



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

recent work...Bonnie & Neil's Summer 2013 South Pacific collection


Bonnie & Neil Summer 2013 Photo by Armelle Habib, Flowers by Katie Marx Flowers, styling by Heather Nette King

Bonnie & Neil Summer 2013 Photo by Armelle Habib, Flowers by Katie Marx Flowers, styling by Heather Nette King

Bonnie & Neil Summer 2013 Photo by Armelle Habib, Flowers by Katie Marx Flowers, styling by Heather Nette King


Bonnie & Neil Summer 2013 Photo by Armelle Habib, Flowers by Katie Marx Flowers, styling by Heather Nette King
 Back in the depths of our everlasting Melbourne winter (tell me I'm not exaggerating) I spent a gorgeous day with Bonnie & Neil, shooting their mouth-wateringly delicious Summer 2013 range, aptly named, South Pacific.

On hand was Phil from Katie Marx Flowers, who created the most divine floral and leaf garlands, and for a while there we almost forgot how cold it was outside!

Photos by Armelle Habib, styling by me.


Friday, October 25, 2013

The Old Manse House at Clunes makes the cover of Country Style!


Some stories I tell are more special than others - this one in particular holds a massive place in my heart.  You can read about my father-in-law Mick King and his wonderful partner Robin Morrissey's country home in the November 2013 Country Style.  It's our happy place, and that veranda you can see on the cover is somewhere that many hours are spent, many stories are told, and many corks are popped.  That's how Mick and Rob roll.

Photos by Lisa Cohen.  Story and styling by me.  With extreme thanks to Mick and Rob for sharing their latest adventure with us.  And to Emma Morrissey for her excellent assistance on the day.  And to Bissi and Dougal for being cute.

hx

Thursday, September 26, 2013

concrete, done pretty...

Concrete homewares - photography by Mike Baker, styling by Heather Nette King, copyright Fairfax Media
Here is my latest Savvy Shopper page, a round-up of all the gorgeous concrete and stone homewares on the scene at the moment. The concrete Ned stool by Darcy Clarke is actually the prototype, made of solid concrete, so thanks to all the muscle-men types who helped me move it around the set, and in and out of my car.  Send me your physio bills!

As usual, email me or comment below if you'd like to know where any of these lovely pieces can be bought.

hx


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

everybody needs good...

Photography by John Tsiavis, set styling by Heather Nette King 
Photography by John Tsiavis, set styling by Heather Nette King 

It was a slightly bizarre experience - being the prop stylist on a neighbours shoot when 750 years ago I spent a few years as the Neighbours publicist at Ten.  It seems the more things change...

This was an extremely fun shoot to work on with John Tsiavis and his team.  It's for the UK summer promotion for the show, and our client was my old Ten boss - the lovely Steph Bansemer-Brown, now with Freemantle Productions.

here are some out takes...
Beckie Littler - chief swan wrangler this time

starting to frame up

the set

re-inflating, and re-inflating and...
John shooting Beckie - who clearly has the worst job in the world...

yours truly, ready for home
Hx

Monday, September 23, 2013

Country Style October 2013 - my first CS cover!

I tried to write something cool about how chuffed I am that one of the images from the gardening deco shoot I did with the incredible photographer Lisa Cohen make the front cover of the October issue of Country Style, but nothing sounded right - so let's just say I am BEYOND THRILLED.

Thanks to Beckie Littler, who proved herself to be an excellent chook wrangler in addition to being a gun assistant, and also Lisa's gorgeous assistant Annette O'Brien.

The October issue of Country Style is on sale now.

hx





Monday, September 2, 2013

folio updates...

click on the link below to see my folio...
I have been adding a few little updates to my folio recently - and I'm endeavouring to pop some more new work up today  Please click here if you'd like to check it out...

hx

Thursday, August 15, 2013

a few recent Savvy Shopper pages for the Sunday Age...

Blue & green, Photo by Mike Baker Styling by Heather Nette Kin, copyright Fairfax Media

Gift wrap Photo by Mike Baker Styling by Heather Nette King Copyright Fairfax Media

Neo Tribal Photo by Mike Baker Styling by Heather Nette King Copyright Fairfax Media

Vivid Dining Room Photo by Mike Baker Styling By Heather Nette King Copy right Fairfax Media


A Reading Room of One's Own Photo by Mike Baker Styling by Heather Nette King Copyright fairfax Media

because I never seem to get around to posting these anymore, here is a round up of some recent Sunday Age M Magazine Savvy Shopper pages.  All photos by Mike Baker, all styling (and accompanying stories) by me and copyright is owned by Fairfax Media.  Email or call me for any product queries.

hx

Monday, July 15, 2013

gorgeous Melbourne home - John Tsiavis & Hamish Ewart

John Tsiavis and Hamish Ewart at home, photo by Armelle Habib, story and styling by Heather Nette King and copyright Fairfax Media 
John Tsiavis and Hamish Ewart at home, photo by Armelle Habib, story and styling by Heather Nette King and copyright Fairfax Media
In the past year I have had the extreme pleasure of working with the amazing photographer John Tsiavis (check out his portfolio of celebrity portraits here).  John's shoot are always high energy, super-fun and really creative.  He loves to push the boundaries and he gets as excited as I do about dreaming up concepts - and it never, ever, feels like work.  

A little while back Armelle and I got to shoot John and his partner Hamish in their fab Melbourne home.  They have so much cool stuff, collected individually over a lifetime, and during their 14 years together.  It was a great shoot - and not just because of the lentil soup and champagne.  Check it out above:

And, you can see the Masterchef shots I styled for John here and here - plus I am bursting to show some recent projects we have shot. Soon.

This story appeared in the Sunday Age / Sun Herald Sunday Life magazine.  Photos by Armelle Habib, story and styling by me, copyright owned by Fairfax Media.

hx

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

new Inside Out on sale today - featuring the gorgeous Poulier & Poulier home on the cover!

Lisa & Mark Poulier's home on the cover of Inside Out July/August 2013.
Photography by Armelle Habib story and styling by Heather Nette King

The new issue of Inside Out hits the stands today - featuring the swoon worthy home of Lisa and Mark Poulier and their family.  That's the living room on the cover, but my absolutely favourite room is the sitting room, with its dramatic black walls. This home is an excellent example of how to work a limited, almost monochromatic palette, whilst still achieving warmth, and a beautifully layered interior.

Lisa and Mark are the owners of wonderful Melbourne homewares brand, Poulier & Poulier.

Gorgeous photos by Armelle Habib, story and styling by me.
hx

Monday, June 3, 2013

gorgeous Melbourne home - Jane Hall's colourful sanctuary

Jane Hall's Melbourne home (page 1) Photo by Armelle Habib Story and styling by Heather Nette King copyright Fairfax Media

Jane Hall's Melbourne home (page 2) Photo by Armelle Habib Story and styling by Heather Nette King copyright Fairfax Media
Joyous decorating.  That's what I call this.  In her new home, my lovely friend Jane Hall has once again created a scrumptious living space filled with colour, humour, joy and personality.   And, as she says in the story,  “Our home is full of things that make Lu and I smile... I am a complete bower-bird – very attracted to colour – and this home has masses of open shelving which I had absolutely no trouble filling.” Yup, no trouble at all.  It's heaven.

hx

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Masterchef Australia 2013 - the publicity shoot



Masterchef Australia 2013 - Photography by John Tsiavis, set styling by Heather Nette King
All shoots should be this much crazy fun (already it seems I have forgotten the exhaustion, stress, excitement... - it's kinda like childbirth in that respect).

Together with the fab teams from Ten (led by Anthony McCarthy) and Shine (Nat Kaplan) , and headed by celebrity photographer extraordinary, John Tsiavis (and his gang of excellent assistants) we spent another full-on day in the studio creating the publicity stills for the new Masterchef series that starts on-air tonight.

We shot Matt, Gary and George on five different sets - three of which I'll show you here. No prizes for guessing which is my favourite - yes, it's the classic stuck-way-out-in-the-desert, tragically
 tired and rundown mexican cantina.  I can't tell you how rapt I was when the guys agreed to don the muscle shirts and diner-boy hats, and they really got into the spirit of things, particularly when we bought out the oversized can of yellow cheese sauce. Things got very messy.  And don't judge me  - but the sauce was actually delicious.  In a really wrong kind of way, that is.  Thanks to Trish Hunter for the loan of her amazing vintage caravan, and to my assistant slash nephew Henry-Jack for being all over it and knowing what I needed before I knew I needed it!  Oh and thanks to Annebelle my assistant slash daughter for whipping me up the ace menu board! And finally, ongoing apologies to Reuben for the death-sauce-in-the-eye incident - I am still having nightmares about it!

Here are some of the other sets:
Masterchef Australia 2013 Photography by John Tsiavis Set styling by Heather Nette King


Masterchef Australia 2013 Photography by John Tsiavis Set styling by Heather Nette King

And here is some behind the scenes action:


Henry-Jack and I standing in for the pre-light.  I am on my dad's original '50's Sleepy Hollow chair!

Don't judge it until you have tried it...
Excellent Henry-Jack making me a caravan shelf


And here are the shots, appearing in the press.
Hx

Monday, May 13, 2013

Paula Kilpatrick's Country Style..

Paula Kilpatrick at Tuppenny Farm
I think everyone who follows Paula Kilpatrick on instagram does a wistful little sigh when she posts those delightful early morning pics of the sheep, the alpacas and her gorgeous gang of dogs.  I know I do.  Paula has the perfect blend of city and country life, and her warmth and sense of humour make us all want to be her best friend. Again, I know I do!

I had the great pleasure of visiting Paula at Tuppenny Farm, near Heathcote,  a while back when Lisa Cohen and I covered it for Country Style.  The story appears in the May issue, which is on sale now.

Lisa and I shot another home for Country Style last week - one that is very close to my heart - so I can't wait to share that.

hx

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

gorgeous Melbourne home - Mish Lilley

food stylist Mish Lilley at home in Melbourne

I love it when grandeur meets modern-glam at full pelt!

Welcome to Mish and Ben Lilley's Melbourne home - once a stately, if a little stuffy, grand residence, these two have transformed it into a stately, yet powerfully cool family home.  How?  With a fabulous blend of colour confidence, individuality, wit and passion. There's loads of black and white - with the added kicker of hot orange, yellow and pink.  It is, quite simply, delicious!

Check our Mish's foodie adventures here:

This page appeared in The Sunday Age / Sun Herald Sunday Life magazine recently. Photos by Armelle Habib. story and styling by Heather Nette King, copyright owner by Fairfax Media.

hx