Real Living Magazine – Sangria and Sun (Christmas shoot)

Marie de Vera + Sarah Gonsalves – The Style Co.

A heady obsession with cake and sangria was the defining inspiration for this decadent, indulgent feast by Marie de Vera and Sarah Gonsalves and their team, who specialise in event and wedding styling and planning. “The cakes were our centrepieces – but we added Spanish flavour with rich florals against lots of greenery, berries, pomegranates, timber, crisp whites and a hint of gold,” Marie says. A rich, warm palette of reds, orange and hot pink cradle this inviting setting, which, Marie adds, “is supposed to look messy, much like our lunches at home after the first two courses.” Rather than have a “perfectly set” table, Marie liked the idea of casually stacked plates and cutlery, which, on top of the flowers and foliage, creates a plentiful and practical setting.

A beautiful Mess
“We wanted a look that reminded us of an indulgent outdoor lunch, away from the city, with friends, food and lots of sangria,” Marie says. Steering clear of casual dining, she also suggests clothing the outdoor table and using the “good” crockery.

Pass it on
For shared meals, don’t be afraid to layer your plates. Try an entree plate or bowl on top of the main plate with a patterned napkin in between. “It’s practical and adds fullness to the table,” Marie says. “And don’t be afraid to mismatch.”


Magazine: Real Living (Christmas edition 2014)
Photographer: Lauren Bamford
Venue: Corte, Port Melbourne

Interstate workshop dates announced!

The Business of Being Creative goes on the road – 1 day workshop with The Style Co.

We are stupidly excited to be holding our first interstate Creative Business workshops. We’re hitting Sydney and Brissy at this stage, here’s the deets:

Sydney: 18th January 2015
Brisbane: 1st February 2015

For all creatives and general misfits, those at start up phase, those ready to step up their game or those that just simply want to hang out with us for the day.

We know that being in the business of being creative is a tough gig, and we want let you in on some of the lessons we’ve learned; finding your magic and make a living out of doing it.

After ‘get to know you’s’ we head straight into the story behind The Style Co. and of course, the business of Business.

You may have the creative down pat, but we know the business side doesn’t always come so easily.

Marie & Sarah give you a backstage pass on what makes The Style Co. tick, how they’ve grown and run a profitable design business in a competitive landscape. They discuss brand, fees and charging your worth, finding your voice, getting the word out there, etc!

Then we feed you some lunchy goodness!

In the afternoon Marie and Sarah cover The Style Co’s design process. From the first meeting with the client to the concept creation and refining your ideas, to sourcing and producing product and the all important execution.

We finish off with open Q&A’s.

We’ve had an awesome time with our previous workshops and so have our attendees .. here’s what the wonderful folks from our last workshops had to say

So what happens now?

Book your spot here leave the rest to us!

Spots are limited so get in quick!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch or 03 9425 9797.

Looking forward to meeting you!

The Style Co. Ladies