Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Shannon Fricke's Workshop

Well, what a whirlwind, action-packed weekend! Shannon Fricke's 'How to Decorate' workshop was crammed full of insight into interior decorating and now my brain is crammed full of ideas and overloaded with information!

Basically it was all about discovering 'your story' - what you like, what makes you tick, what inspires you - so you could then translate that into an interior design 'story'.

This is where moodboards came in and we indulged ourselves in the boxes and baskets of buttons, shells, fabrics, wallpapers, stones, feathers etc that Shannon supplied and, using the things we had brought along that inspire us, as well as magazine clippings, we set about creating our own moodboards with a particular room or space in mind.

Sounds easy? Well, I can tell you, I got flummoxed. Tried to cram too many things onto it. Couldn't work out what I liked the most and what to cull. Couldn't work out my base story (ie the main theme - be it a certain colour or a certain style) or what could be perfect highlights and accessories (ie how to layer). I decided to stick to our main living area and my moodboard ended up looking like this (below) which didn't look nearly as good as some of the others (many of whom had clearly mucked around with moodboards before and created works of art).

Shannon's take on it was the pale greys and whites could be my main theme - say with the grey on the bottom right as a wall colour - and the bolder greens and turquoises as accent colours. She said I tended towards angular, geometric shapes ie the mid-century chair in the middle and the chair and painting in the bottom-middle image - which is pretty true. She told us how it was all about learning to read what exactly it is you like about an object or a picture. It may not be the overall image; it could just be the soft curves of a stone rather than its colour, or the mix of patterns in a room rather than the individual pieces of furniture.

In the end, I decided it was far better to look up and away from the clutter. And this is what was above: colourful bunting created from strips of fabric cuttings tied onto hessian-type fabric that was strung across the ceiling beams and stunning, simple light fittings that are over-sized light globes - not designer as they looked, but bought from any old lighting shop, so says Shannon.

We also learnt a bit about colour and textiles and to remember that you're creating something for you and your family to live in and no one else. That it has to reflect you and your family and not be a replica of someone else's house. It was a great bunch of girls (yes, 14 of us) who all liked blues, greens and whites and the chance to escape domestic life!

I'm afraid I didn't take too many other photos, though, as I was too engrossed and these were only taken on my phone. But you can check out Shannon's blog and website for more and for a better look at her little, cute work cottage in Bangalow. She has already posted some pictures of the workshop as well - but thankfully none of me!

That's all for now!


  1. It sounds like a wonderful workshop. Well done on your mood board Jane. I had to create one for my first assignment and it took me a long time to get it to a point that I was happy with it. xx

  2. Sounds like you had a womderful time and came back full of ideas and inspiration! Bet you can't wait to get to put some of them to use! I Hope you took notes so you don't forget it all!
    The mood board looks lovely.
    X Briohny.

  3. It looks like you had heaps of fun and I can just imagine the terrific energy and chatter in the studio with 14 of you altogether.
    You've inspired me to step away from blogland and get cracking with the moodboard above my desk which I cleared yesterday in anticipation of a new 'story'...thank you.
    x Felicity

  4. That sounds awesome, you must have been completely inspired even with the overload of information......
    If nothing else its a great way of seeing how to create a mood board and you can now focus on mayb trying one on your own for another room in your home.....Although its one of those things to be prepared for a lot of mess when creating.....
    I love that you just looked up..... too cute

  5. Oh, what a blast! So glad you had a great time at the workshop with Shannon, Jane!

  6. Hey Jane, just thought I would let you know the coffee table was an old design from Freedom....
    I know I have looked into something similar for other people and clients and this is all we could find in Oz now...
    Hope it helps.....

  7. Sounds like a great time! I love that pennant banner too. First time to your blog also! Have a great day.

  8. Ooh, fun project and a great time! Just posted a mood board over at my blog, seems we are one the same design wave!!

  9. Wow, sounds fantastic! Love your colour scheme. I agree with Shannon - make it your own, not like everyone else. Thanks for sharing what you did with us. Hope your having a great week. Michelle

  10. Hi Jane,
    You make me want to be back in Bangalow with Shannon. I went to the March workshop and it was such a lovely day. Isn't she the best!! Sounds like you had fun.

  11. Wow, lovely initiative! I would love to have such a workshop here in Holland. I'm a bit jealeous;-)


    Lise M


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