Q&A WITH STYLIST CLAIRE DELMAR

We stumbled across Claire Delmar’s name while admiring her work in the glossy pages of an interior magazine. Her compositions stood out as simultaneously beautiful in their simplicity and telling in their story-like quality.

We were immediately attracted to Claire’s moody, earthy and elegant style, and later to her impeccable attention to detail and tireless drive for perfection.

We revealed our Raglan Street project last month and this month it has been a pleasure to sit down with Claire, who brought her aptitude for colours and textures and eye for beautiful artwork and ceramics to Raglan’s shoot day. Here she talks inspiration, trends and life lessons.

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WHICH THREE WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU?

Fast, Focused and Food obsessed.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

I knew I wanted to do something creative from a very early age. My passions were art and textiles and after completing a Bachelor of Media I coincidently ended up in publishing as a Fashion Stylist. My mother is very creative so I grew up surrounded by her creativity in the kitchen and her eye for detail which was expressed through our home renovations.

 WHAT DID YOU DO TO EARN YOUR FIRST PAY PACKET?

I worked at a pasta shop but fainted a few weeks into my first shifts so it wasn’t a great start!

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WHAT'S THE BEST LIFE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNT ALONG THE WAY?

That if you are having a hard time remember tomorrow is always a new day. Don’t let something get you down or stress you out too much because after a decent sleep it’s a fresh start and new perspective, and almost always, it isn’t as bad as you may have thought.

WHAT'S YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT?

When I hear my children making each other laugh. Happiness is my biggest goal in life and I feel both my kids have a love for life, and each other, which makes me so proud.

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WHO INSPIRES YOU?

My beautiful Mum. She’s my muse and has always supported my creative work even though she comes from a background of science and my father from medicine.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST VICE?

Food! I’m always talking or thinking about my next meal before I’ve finished the one I’m eating. I need to live more in the now and enjoy what’s in front of me. I coordinate my days around meals and if I’m sourcing I make sure I end up near a great cafe. My mum is an amazing cook and it’s something she has instilled in all her girls.

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DO YOU FOLLOW TRENDS OR ARE YOU A TRENDSETTER?

I tend not to follow trends but rather create from the space the project or client inhabit. It’s part of why I’ve enjoyed moving away from fashion. Interiors cross over many styles depending on the history of the space and I love that a building tells its own story and it isn’t just focusing on keeping up or following the latest trend.

WHAT DREAM DO YOU STILL WANT TO FULFIL?

I wish I had more time to travel with my children but apart from that I love what I do so I’m fulfilled through my career aspirations. I’m curious as to where it will all lead but have no specific end goal. For now I just hope to continue enjoying that every day is different, exciting and challenging. Challenge fuels my creative drive.

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH AKD?

The AKD team. I’m at a stage in life where it’s all about the people and the collaborations that inspire me. I don’t want to be spending time away from my children unless it’s valued so I try and work with people that make me laugh and are as passionate about design as I am.

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Images 1 - 2 via Claire Delmar / Image 3 - 6 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MEGAN MORTON AND SHARYN CAIRNS

As an interior designer I’m constantly asked what is the best part of my job.

Is it the thrill of a blank canvas and the world of possibility at the start of a new project? Is it scouring the globe for the perfect fabrics, furnishings, accessories and artwork? Is it the joy of meeting incredible clients and seeing the smiles on their faces as their dream home comes to life? Is it discovering emerging new designers and commissioning them to create one-off pieces? Or is it simply being immersed in beautiful things each and every day?

It is, of course, all of these things. But for me, the absolute best part of my job is at the end of a project when all of the months, or sometimes years, of hard work have paid off and the dream has become a reality. And nothing captures this special moment better than an all-star photoshoot!

We love collaborating with fellow creatives and we couldn’t think of a more talented duo to style and capture not one, but two of our most beloved projects that we recently completed after more than two years work, over a befitting two-day shoot.

As one of Australia’s most celebrated stylists, Megan Morton needs no introduction. We knew her signature style would perfectly match our design aesthetic – classic with a touch of clever and sometimes quirky detail. It was magic to see Megan’s passion for styling come to life right in front of our eyes. Her well thought-out selection of props, flowers and improvised arrangements led our clients to go on to purchase several of the pieces she had chosen for the photoshoot! Megan is renowned for her serious approach to dressing a bed and even though she patiently tried to teach me, it came as no surprise that I should definitely stick to my day job! 

Megan Morton and Alex having a well-deserved rest and ‘talking shop’ in the tasting room at Stanley Avenue.

Megan Morton and Alex having a well-deserved rest and ‘talking shop’ in the tasting room at Stanley Avenue.

We have long pored over the beyond beautiful images of Sharyn Cairns in our beloved Vogue Living and Belle magazines each month and were ecstatic that she was willing and able to work with us for our two day shoot. What we love most about Sharyn’s photography is the way she perfectly captures mood, texture and space – all qualities that we place extreme importance on when we design our spaces. Her experience and eye for detail and is reflected in the final results and we can’t wait to share the two project albums with you soon so watch this space . . . 

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   Sharyn Cairns shooting the master ensuite at Stanley Avenue

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   Sharyn Cairns and Alex on all fours checking the shot. It’s all in a day’s work! 

Sharyn Cairns and Alex on all fours checking the shot. It’s all in a day’s work! 

We loved the opportunity of working with these two incredible women who share a love of interiors like we do and we look forward to working with them again in the future. Meanwhile we will be following (stalking!) them closely on social media and our favourite publications, and will continue to draw inspiration from their work.

It really was the best two days ever! I love my job! 

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design