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Thank you Inside Out Magazine for including me in your top 12 interiors trends for 2019

Vintage returns

“I think in 2019 there will be a return to vintage , handmade and bespoke items, steering away from mass produced and instead embracing special, unique pieces with a story”

Photo and styling Jason Grant

Aperol Spritz

There is something about all the pre-emptive spirit of the Christmas season, for me this comes alive in a beautiful table setting shared with friends and family. Luckily these festivities offer us plenty of opportunities to play host. Whether it’s an intimate gathering, or a whole Christmas affair. Here is my guide to ensure a fabulous festive table that all your friends will be talking about!

First, set the scene, I always like to have that WOW factor … a centre piece or central focus of your table creates interest, keep it light and rustic and let the general table fare speak for itself. This season I am loving dried palms leaves they create a sense of warmth with just enough interest.

Simplicity is key, keep things modest but make sure you have all that you need, I like a table that combines decorative elements but is functional also.

Choose your colour palette – white is always my foundation colour.  My home is a blank canvas, this allows me to add pops colours when decorating and entertaining. I can change the overall look and feel based on my mood or where I am drawing inspiration from.

A good host always has a great selection of practical and interesting glassware, make sure your bar cart is all stocked (and please avoid straws they are completely unnecessary!). To create attention, integrate vintage glassware and oversized wineglasses.

Decorations– for me Christmas doesn’t need to be over the top, a few carefully selected pieces will work on any table (decorations don’t just have to go on the tree!). Try accenting your Christmas table or each place setting with modern Christmas décor.

Now that you have your table looking fabulous, my final piece of advice to any host would be to greet your guests on arrival with a drink. For entertaining with friends and family, you can’t go past an Aperol Spritz. It’s easy to prepare, refreshingly delicious and for me, it compliments my style of decorating with that gorgeous pop of orange, helping to create my festive backdrop.
Preparing an Aperol Spritz is easy, fill a large wine glass with ice (the more the better), combine equal parts Prosecco and Aperol add a splash of soda then garnish with an orange wedge. Using the same equal parts recipe, you can pre-prepare carafes of Aperol spritz. Just add a half a cup of ice, pour and serve. Perfection!

Jason Grant
Drink Responsibly

Aperol Spritz

gift giving

“Every year I like to wrap my presents in a new way. This year I’ve kept the paper simple and added decorations and leaves. I’m also loving personalisation, it’s the perfect finishing touch to your gifts.”

“Being a stylist I never have just a traditional tree. This year I have a found frond and decorated it with beautiful native banksias which makes for a modern Australian tree. I still decorate it as you would a normal Christmas tree with a few of my favourite decorations.”

take a look here for some magic I created for Country Road this Christmas

Photography and Styling Jason Grant

 

Christmas wreath

Christmas doesn’t have to be about a lot of stuff

My style is simple relaxed but still with enough Christmas cheer

I don’t mind a little bit of DIY creativity

“Whether it’s for your front door or a decorative feature within the home, a wreath really says Christmas. I’ve decorated mine with banksia stems and a mix of metal and timber decorations.”

Read more about it on The Country Road Live with us Journal

christmas cheers

Tis the season! heres a little bar set up (with some of my favourites) that I created for Country Road

“A signature drink is my secret to a great soiree. For the festive season I have made a twist on a classic and created a Pomegranate Negroni.”

Pomegranate Negroni

I had this drink once at a party and have perfected it at home it’s  as easy as this…

Equal parts, Campari, Brookies dry Gin, Regal Rogue Rosso and a splash of pomegranate juice to your liking on a large ice cube  serve in a low glass with a wedge of orange and a pineapple leaf to garnish – cheers!

read more here on the Live Wirth us Journal

Photo and Styling Jason Grant

Jac + jack x mud

Jac + Jack have collaborated with Mud Australia for the most beautiful decorations for the season shop them here but be quick the are limited edition

Photos and styling Jason Grant 

choosing prints for your walls

I love having prints on the walls of my home! Im always adding and collecting to my collection.

Choosing prints for your home can be tricky so here are a few pro tips when selecting and hanging prints in your space.

  1. trust your instincts and your eyes buy what you love what you’re attracted to, then you will enjoy it on your wall.
  2. framing is everything (bad framing can ruin a great print) simple framing is best, I love timber, white or black frames ( but you can get creative with how they are mounted and other ways to display)
  3. think big often we are restricted by budget but believe me theres nothing worse than one tiny art work on a large wall, buy a bigger size or create a gallery style wall.
  4. use art to create a focal point, create and eye catching moment above your sofa, in your entrance hall, above a bed, above or on a side board or even at your desk.
  5. don’t be afraid to move your art around your home, try it in different places for a fresh update.
  6. Art doesn’t have to match your decor don’t be afraid to create a contrast, not everything needs to match in your home, it all works together if you love it!
  7. consult the experts in making your purchase.

All prints from Blinq Art

check below for individual details
Styling, production and Photos Jason Grant in partnership

‘Rainbow Umbrella’ by David Behar in white shadow frame

Leisure Class IV’ by Dash & Mari in a rosewood space box

‘Iconic Palm Springs II’ by Ludwig Favre in white framed artshot

‘Sommertag’ by Manuela Deigert in white framed art shot

‘King’s Portrait I’ by Gabi Guiard in black framed artshot

 ‘Bronte Baths‘ by Remy Gerega in black shadow frame

‘Wild Wild West 1’ by Francoise Gaujour in white shadow frame

Sophia

heres a little story about my dog Sophia

Just about everyone thinks the Boston terrier on my Murobond paint tin is Sophia, truth is I have had the paint collection way longer than I have had Sophia, I guess I manifested her right!

I have had Sophia for just over 5 years, she was rescued by a lady in Sale Victoria, she fell in love with Sophia (of course) but Sophia needed to be rehired as the other dogs didn’t like her ( yes she can be a diva and more into the humans) So I drove 9 hours from Sydney to collect her, as I stepped out of the car, Sophia ran across the yard and into my arms and straight into my heart!

PS loving the light in the studio

click here to view my entire paint collection with Murobond

 

tonight makes tomorrow

Sweet dreams as the sun sets, Tonight makes tomorrow…

My evening ritual includes my morning ritual (making the bed) there’s nothing  better than getting into a freshly made bed, its one of my favourite luxuries. In the evening (as my days are super busy) I try to have an hour before bed with no screens, usually a pod cast, I’m either on or off there’s not really an in between mode. Im a night owl so I usually stay up late, its often a time of thinking and ideas, I like the energy of the evening theres a sense of calm and creativeness different to the day, I like to get everything prepared for the next day, if this is a physical or even just a mental list (its always better to write things down) Im so not a morning person.

When Sheridan Australia  ask you to shoot something special you up the ante and call in someone who gets your crazy ideas

Organic, natural creativity over just styling 

Making magic with Jessie Prince 

We had a plan, but nothing over thought, threw some things in the car, found a nice spot, Jessie climbed a tree whilst I made the bed and we got the shot nothing too tortured!