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My mother has forever been into sustainability so between my
mother and my stylist grandmother it's only natural my design practice
is one which honours the environment and respects Mother Nature.
It's all in the genes for Stylist and TAFE NSW teacher, Natalie
Coulter. A third generation stylist, whose passion was sparked in
childhood thanks to impromptu vignette sessions with her grandmother.
With a glamorous career working at Elle Magazine in New York City,
styling for interior magazines and representing the Reuse movement
with her business Belle
Flaneur; having been sponsored by Reverse Garbage, Australia's
largest reuse centre.
We asked Natalie to share her best style advice, here's her top tips:
Work with what you've got
You'd be surprised how many potentially eclectic style props you're
surrounded by without even noticing. Those old family heirlooms or old
wares you have stored up in the garage could look amazing paired with
I love to upcycle, my best inspiration comes from artists who can
create something beautiful from what would otherwise be churned into
landfill. Opposites attract in the style world, old with new, textured
with smooth, dark with light. Get creative.
Playing it safe is boring. Express yourself! I've thrown myself into
the Reuse movement. More recently I've dabbled in the Wabi Sabi style,
a celebration of beauty within imperfection. This is my next course of
study and will take to Japan and China to research the purity of this
Creativity on Tap
Every project should start with one part magic, one organisation. A
stylist's work always has aspects of chaos and surprise but planning
well and closely tracking your project will help you to avoid any
disasters. Some projects don't look as marvellous as you envisioned
but with great planning you will have the time to edit and refine your work.
We all have style
Style is such a personal expression. Most people just don't know
where to start to process, engage and put their creativity and style
into anything tangible. The eyes can be taught how to develop a
technique and the mind will remember. Then it's just a matter of
experimentation and practice.
Be your own trend compass
All stylists curate their inspiration from the world around them but
to develop your own, unique style you need to look within. Technique
is the ultimate foundation for your artistic expression. There are
design rules and principles for visual presentation. But once the
technical foundation has been established, follow your own style and
forget the ‘trends'.
Want to learn more from Natalie Coulter? If you're based in the
Northern Beaches, you can join Natalie at Sabi Studios 17 for an
intimate styling workshop > Book