Meet Our Interior Stylist - Emily

Meet Emily, Interior Stylist at Valiant. Our resident art enthusiast brightens everyone's day with her optimism and sunny personality! She's one of our talented stylists responsible for creating captivating looks for our clients. Learn more about Emily and discover her tips on how to design stunning interior spaces.

What inspires you when you create designs?

I have always been fascinated by how people live and decorate their homes. Great living spaces don't come from a formula or recipe; they are a mix of labour and love. I feel fortunate to get a glimpse inside so many homes, and it is such a personal place where memories are made. It's essential to approach each home with sensitivity and understanding. I love that aspect of the job - it's so much more than just fluffing cushions and hanging art!

Furniture Selected by Emily and Styled by Samantha Washington

What is your recommendation when choosing décor items?

Consider choosing a piece that resonates with you. Something that you genuinely love and cannot part with. That's when your home will form its own personality and come together.

How do you balance beauty and function when creating designs?

Determine what the primary function of the space will be and then plan from there. Always try to let in as much natural light as possible and keep the flow open, then the form can follow on from there.

What was the most interesting project you worked on?

The most amazing property I styled was on the cliffs at Dover heights. The previous owners were selling their property because they didn't like how the house swayed in the wind!

Do you have a favourite space you like to design?

I love the living area. You can really have fun with it and create a story and emotion that sets the tone for the rest of the home. You can really demonstrate the potential of a home and how the space can be used. It's important buyers feel an emotional connection with the home.

What is your number one tip for interiors?

Art is a big part of my life and always will be. I recommend first selecting a statement piece that you resonate with, and then choosing your colour palette from there. I love how colour instantly shifts the mood of the space. The correlation between colour and emotion is incredibly important to me. If your home is older, make sure to research the architecture and era it was built in. You don't need to match the furniture. You could also choose certain pieces that nod to the era and style the house was built in (this can help you create a unique and unexpected style).

What do you love to do when you're not working?

After battling with Sydney traffic all week, I prefer to spend my weekend out of the car. I love to explore one of Sydney's spectacular coastlines on foot and check out the latest gallery exhibitions. I also like to wine and dine with my hubby (he's in the wine industry, so I like to lap up the perks when I can!). Follow Emily on Instagram!

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