What are your three essential features to creating a memorable event?
1. The initial impact when you walk in the room must fully embrace all of the senses.
2. Fragrance, colour and sound are essential.
3. The theme or story for the occasion should have an element of surprise.
Biggest challenge to date?
The Big Group recently collaborated with an international event company on a royal wedding in the Middle East. The logistics, food, styling, staff, transport, culture, religion, weather and the remote location all created a colossal task for everyone to work together and cooperate, however we were able to pull it off successfully.
You and Bruce are both visually creative. How do you agree to the same look and style of an important event or project?
We both have a similar style yet bring different strengths to each occasion; Bruce is more about the big picture and I tend to focus on the detail.
A cost-effective way to brighten a home and make an impression would be…
Place fresh flowers in each room. Fresh flowers are a simple, beautiful and elegant way to change the look of a space. Alternating cushions and moving them around to different rooms is also another trick of mine, while scented candles will always make a space feel intimate and special.
You have an incredible eye for detail and unique pieces. Where/how do you source your venues?
Bruce and I are always on the lookout for exclusive spaces. When we find one we love we follow up with the owners to see if we can access the space to host an extraordinary party. A number of privately owned premises including contemporary galleries, distinctive retail stores and disused building sites also contact us offering exclusivity of their space.
My favourite place to escape for some downtime and why?
I love to travel to Thailand however other highlights include Mexico and India – for colour, movement and that unique sense of vavoom!