Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Style + Substance { Start Up Your Creative Business } Workshop || Bainbridge Island, W.A. || September 13, 2014

As some of you might have read, I'm going to be in Seattle to teach the Paint Like A Pro weekend workshop at Komedal Road Studio on Bainbridge Island, W.A on September 6-7, 2014. The following weekend on September 13, 2014 I'm going to teaching a second workshop called Style + Substance { Start Up Your Creative Business }.

This is a brand new workshop I've been working on for the past few months and takes all the key element of starting up an interiors business. The style section of the workshop focuses on styling vignettes and lifestyle shots, looking at colour palettes and helping people to identify their style. The substance section focuses on the practicalities of the business such as business management do's and don'ts, how to work out your burn rate, marketing on a shoe-string, setting up online and using social media to build your business.

I will be co-hosting this workshop with Liz Le Dorze, founder of Komedal Road and we are both so excited to share all our tips and advice to help you set up an amazing interiors business that you are truly passionate about and that has integrity and  longevity.

Scroll down to take a look at the workshop outline...
Date: Saturday September 13th, 2014

Time: 10am - 5pm

Location: Komedal Road Studio, Bainbridge Island, W.A.

Course Outline:

This workshop is split broadly speaking into two halves: - style + substance...

  • Gathering inspiration and fresh ideas and how to translate them into stunning images 
  • How to communicate your brand in an authentic and effective way 
  • Styling vignettes and lifestyle shots 
  • Using colour palettes to reflect your style 
  • Tips on interiors photography and practical advice 
  • Top 10 Must Have List for setting up a new interiors business 
  • Practical do's and don'ts for business management 
  • How to set up a website for services or e-commerce 
  • Marketing on a shoe-string 
  • Social media and how to use it effectively to promote your business 
During this one day workshop, we will be discussing all aspects of starting up a successful business from our own experience so you can learn from all our mistakes and we will share our top tips for success. Plus, you will be among others in exactly the same boat as you, something I wish that I had had before starting my business. We will cover a lot of material which is designed to give you a really good springboard for launching your own business.

The cost of this workshop is $235 per person and includes all materials for the workshop. Lunch, snacks and all refreshments are also included.

We recommend you bring a camera, ideally a DSLR but even an iphone would be suitable. We would also ask you to bring notepads etc so you can take notes if you wish.

To book your place, please click here. All payments are taken via PayPal, however, you do not need a PayPal account to pay for the workshop, there is an option to pay by credit card. You will receive a confirmation from PayPal and we will also email you directly from info@westegg.co.uk.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT - if you're booking this workshop and the Paint Like A Pro weekend workshop on September 6-7, 2014 you can click here to get over $150 off.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Renovation Project || Bedroom Before + After

I came across a stack of images last week from when we were renovating the cottage and since I haven't done a before and after in ages I thought it was about time.

When we bought the cottage, this is what our bedroom looked like...

The biggest problem was the floor, it was completely uneven to the point where it felt a little bit like you walking around one of those fun house rides at the fair. We saw builder after builder who told us to knock the whole thing down and start again; it was such a depressing time. Then we had a major breakthrough because the structural engineer I found recommended a builder who liked quirky projects and together they started working on a plan to restore the house.

The bad news was that the entire old part of the cottage had to be reinforced with a steel frame which meant everything had to be ripped out. Although we had to cover up the beams in the bedroom because of the new roof, we did manage to uncover the chimney successfully so it was a kind of trade off in the end. Ideally I would have liked to keep them but it just wasn't possible.

First we pulled the ceiling down to see what the roof looked like...

Some more bad news. You can see the original frame (painted white) and then a new frame tacked on top which occurred when the thatch was removed in the 1940s. Not the best way to do it apparently, but certainly the cheapest.

These two photos were taken in January 2013 when the roof had been replaced and the new wooden planks were laid. You can also see the chimney has been uncovered. Later my husband used a wire brush, actually 4 wire brushes, to remove the white coating.

This is the nearly finished room, the wiring is done, the plastering and 70% of the painting is done but the skirting boards and cladding still need sorting. We didn't have enough money in our budget to replace the UPVC window which I really hate, bur we will replace this one and the others eventually. Oh and still the stairs to go in.

So close now!! Skirting done, sockets done, painting all done. What you can't see is that there are still no stairs....

I took this photo late one night in October 2013. My neighbour Keith came round to help me put up the first roman blind I made. Keith put up most of the blinds and curtain poles in the house. The deal was usually dinner in exchange for a bit of labour. It suited us both very well as he can only cook a few things and I can only do a few DIY jobs.

I originally chose a light linen fabric but I was worried about the sunlight coming through so in the end I went for this beautiful Linwood fabric.

This is the bedroom now it's finished. Its not perfectly styled but this is exactly how it looks day in day out and I like that you get to see that reality.

Through the little green door is a second bedroom we use as a dressing room as obviously there is zero storage or places to put anything in here. I like that it is very simple and uncluttered. When we first moved in I took a nap late on a Friday afternoon and when I woke up, there was a soft breeze coming through the window and the baptist chapel (which is two doors down) were having their service and I could hear the choir singing. It was a really lovely moment.

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into our renovation project.
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