International Seminar Series 2018

The 2018 International Seminar Series, sponsored by Australian House & Garden, will be celebrating 15 years of design inspiration by bringing together an all-star line-up of international and Australian design experts.
This year we will focus on “Everyday Luxury” and delve into styling high-end interior design through the fundamental aspects of interior design, and how designers create their trademark aesthetic.
Decor + Design is thrilled to announce the 2018 keynote speaker and global design powerhouse, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who was recently named the world’s top interior designers by Architectural Digest.

How NOT to style a space


10:30am – 11:15am, 19th July 2018

Join renowned Sydney stylist Megan Morton for an entertaining, visual voyage into her inimitable interiors and spaces.

Megan creates atmospheres that make people obscenely happy. She has worked her ‘house-whispering’ magic for everyone from celebrities and magazines to her next door neighbours. Her work has been featured on the covers of glossy magazines all over the globe, including Elle Decoration UK, Vanity Fair, Vogue Living and Inside Out. She is also the author of four award-winning books.

Megan’s use of unconventional colour, eclectic pieces and strong imagery have made her a firm favourite with the fashion, food and art fraternity. Her latest enterprise The School is a globally reaching classroom that connects people with their passions.

This session will provide lashings of inspiration on how to create unique, uplifting and stylish spaces.



11:45am – 12:45pm, 19th July 2018

Victoria Redshaw is a Futurist at one of the UK’s leading Trend Forecasting agencies, Scarlet Opus. Her prescience as a Trend Forecaster is impressive, consistently providing accurate trend insights at Decor + Design. We are excited to welcome her back in 2018.

Join Victoria for a keynote seminar that will give you exclusive insights into the Macro Design Trends for 2019 and beyond.

Victoria will analyse and explain the international influences behind each trend and reveal the colours, patterns, materials, finishes and styles which will dominate room schemes and interiors products.

PANTONE COLOUR WORKSHOP 1: The Business of Colour

MARYANN WONG, Director of Sales & Marketing, Pantone APAC

3:00pm – 4:30pm, 19th July 2018

Globally, over 10 million designers and manufacturers work with Pantone® every day to select, communicate and approve colour in design. Given the vast universe of colours, how do you decide which ones are right for your project? Join Maryann for this fascinating insight into how the Pantone® colour systems can be applied, as well as methods to ensure you’ve got colour right from the ground up.

Maryann joined Pantone in 2003. She plays an essential role in the business expansion of PANTONE® Fashion, Home + Interiors Color System in the Asia Pacific region.

Her wealth of experience has enabled her to understand and cater to the needs of her customers.
Maryann’s exposure in the fashion business is comprehensive.

She started her career in apparel export; working for Mexx Consolidated (Far East) Ltd., the Gap (Far East) Ltd. and Simint SPA for Armani Exchange by Giorgio Armani.

She further pursued her career in the retail sectors in both clothing and eyewear as Brand Manager, marketing well-known brands such as “CLOSED” – casual & jeans wear, Vivienne Westwood, Krizia, United Colors of Benetton, Sisley in eyewear.

Maryann studied fashion and obtained her MBA from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Contemporary Classic Interiors


3:45pm – 4:30pm, 19th July 2018

Charlotte Coote is renowned for her seamless interiors that effortlessly meld classic and contemporary design. Inspired by extensive travel, research and flair, it’s a chic ‘new classicism’ that is timeless.

Interior design is in Charlotte’s blood, as she assisted her father, renowned interior designer John Coote, on large scale international projects throughout her 20s.

Charlotte then launched Coote & Co in 2007, opening a showroom in Armadale as well as developing an extensive private interior design business which has allowed her to leave her mark on some of the country’s most exclusive homes.

Join Charlotte in conversation with Robyn Holt, former Editor of Vogue Living and design aficionado. The duo will explore Charlotte’s inspirations, favourite recent projects and how to produce elegant design that stands the test of time.

How to Flackify! Create Lasting Impact With Colour

DAVID FLACK, FLACK STUDIOS (AUS), In Conversation with Lisa Green

10:30am – 11:15am, 20th July 2018

Melbourne-based interior architect David Flack has created a huge splash on the Australian design scene in a relatively short space of time.

With award-winning projects spanning residential, hospitality and commercial interiors, Flack Studios is renowned for bringing visions to life with an amazing use of colour and a collaborative approach.

From Ginger & Smart’s playfully polished flagship store to Melbourne restaurant Entrecôte’s artful chic, the Flack aesthetic is unmistakable – a design signature which has been described as “slightly bonkers nostalgic modernism”.

Join David Flack in conversation with Lisa Green, Editor in Chief of Australian House & Garden. We’ll uncover the technique behind some of his most memorable interiors and in particular how he uses colour for incredible lasting impact.

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Luxury Style Files


12:00pm – 1:00pm, 20th July 2018

Martyn Lawrence Bullard hardly needs an introduction. As one of the world’s most renowned interior designers, he is widely lauded for his trademark glamour and flair for the exotic. Curating sophisticated interiors for Hollywood A-listers and global glitterati, Martyn’s impressive mastery of a broad range of styles has garnered international acclaim.
Martyn’s work has appeared in over 4,000 publications worldwide. One of his more recent covers of Architectural Digest, featuring the homes of Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, was one of the publication’s best-selling issues of all time.

His A-list clientele include Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Ellen Pompeo, and Eva Mendes, to name but a few.

Beyond his exquisite residential portfolio, Martyn has also overseen the design of premier hospitality properties around the world, and was a lead cast member of the critically acclaimed Million Dollar Decorators on the Bravo Network.

This session is a must-attend for anyone in design industry, to be inspired by one of the world’s top interior designers. Don’t miss this session for unique, behind-the-scenes insights into some of Martyn’s most exclusive projects.

WORKSHOP: Creating Luxury That Lasts


1:00pm – 2:30pm, 20th July 2018

Deanne Jolly is known for her tenacity and refreshingly honest, straight-shooting personality – which is quite the contrast to her soft, classic and contemporary interior design style!

Without doubt one of the most successful contestants to come out of powerhouse franchise The Block, Dea and her former AFL ruckman husband Darren now manage their own design and construction company D + D Homes. They’ve smashed records with their renovations, including the original luxurious South Yarra renovation that netted them a windfall of almost $1 million at auction.

Dea prides herself on “knowing the market, and delivering high quality classic designs that last”, a life mantra which has proved successful over and over again.

Dea’s proven style creds and ability to engage an audience has seen her lend an expert hand to leading industry brands including Dulux, National Tiles, Linen & Moore, Coco Republic, Harvey Norman Domayne, Adairs, Miele and Dash & Albert.

Join Dea for this entertaining workshop on creating luxury that lasts. This is also a must-attend for anyone looking for insights into what the market really wants when it comes to interiors.

Designing Timeless Interiors

MIM FANNING, Mim Design (AUS), In Conversation with Lisa Green, Editor in Chief, AH&G

1:30pm – 2:15pm, 20th July 2018

Miriam (Mim) Fanning is the Founder & Managing Director of Mim Design, an award-winning Melbourne practice known for its creativity, high-end finishes and attention to detail. They produce unique and individual design results that also enhance lives.

Internationally recognised, Mim Design has spent more than 20 years curating a diverse portfolio spanning high-end residential, retail, hospitality and corporate projects. Mim Design’s spaces are sophisticated and polished, while still being a genuine reflection of the client or brand. The results are world class, award-winning and timeless.

Join Mim Fanning in conversation with Lisa Green, Editor-in-Chief of Australian House & Garden, for an inside look at the work and inspiration of one of Australia’s premier designers.

Practical Tips for Everyday Australian Luxury

JAMES TREBLE, Interior Design, Sky News Real Estate (AUS)

3:00pm – 3:40pm, 20th July 2018

The charming James Treble is an award-winning interior designer, TV presenter and writer with over twenty-five years’ experience in the building & design industry. James is a Renaissance man in the design world – a qualified real estate agent, kitchen and bathroom designer, as well as a qualified interior designer and a global traveller in design.

James currently appears on Network TEN’s The Living Room and is Co-Host of Sky News’ Real Estate Show as well as writing for various media including INSIDE OUT Magazine.

This seminar is designed to give you an arsenal of practical tips to understand and achieve ‘Everyday Australian Luxury’, without breaking the budget.

Join James as he creates mood boards and palettes to suit the everyday Luxury Style, and learn how to create a cohesive, stylish “contemporary Australian look” from outside the home right through to bathrooms and kitchens, flooring and finishes. James will also be shining a spotlight on the latest kitchen trends from Milan.

Whether you’re an experienced decorator or designer – or new to the field – this seminar promises to be hugely entertaining, informative and a great opportunity to get up close and personal with James, including a Q&A to deal with your own design dilemmas.

Australian Luxury with Greg Natale

GREG NATALE, Greg Natale Design (AUS), In Conversation with Lisa Green, Editor of AH&G

4:00pm – 4:40pm, 20th July 2018

Greg Natale is a multi-award winning interior designer who is known for his masterly use of pattern and colour, and his tailored, glamorous and sophisticated spaces.

Since the launch of Greg Natale Design in 2001, Greg has driven the creation of a new Australian interior; one which is unafraid of big, bold notes, while still being considered, intricate and measured.

Greg’s designs have been featured in numerous local and international publications and he has many awards to his name, including International Luxury Designer of the Year for 2016 at High Point Market.

Don’t miss this session with one of Australia’s most sought-after interior designers. It will be jam-packed with gorgeous visuals and Greg Natale’s inimitable flair.

In the words of Jonathan Adler, “Greg Natale definitely has ‘it’. His rooms are designed with such sureness that they look as if they were always meant to be.”

Creating Forever Homes


10:30am – 11:15am, 21st July 2018

There is a reason that Bonnie Hindmarsh, Erin Cayless and Lana Taylor have been called the ‘Renovation Queens’. Since starting Three Birds Renovations in 2014, the trio have caused a serious splash on the design scene by creating a series of ‘forever homes’ that buyers love.

With a style perhaps best described as ‘modern coastal with a hint of Hamptons’, Three Birds are empowering women with their unique combination of flair and business smarts. Each project is underpinned by their ethos of ‘building a life you love.’

Join Three Birds Renovations for insights into the process behind their favourite projects, keys to their success and a how-to on how to create ‘forever homes’ that stand the test of time.

PANTONE COLOUR WORKSHOP 2: Deciphering Colour Systems

MARYANN WONG, Director of Sales & Marketing, Pantone APAC

11:30am – 1:00pm, 21st July 2018

Colour Intelligence recently merged with SEAGA to bring Pantone® to a wider audience and help the design industry understand the business of colour. Colour is the most essential, fundamental ingredient of good design.

Join Maryann for this session in which she’ll break down how Pantone® works with the design industry and how to choose the best colour systems and applications for your design project.

Maryann joined Pantone in 2003. She plays an essential role in the business expansion of PANTONE® Fashion, Home + Interiors Color System in the Asia Pacific region.

Her wealth of experience has enabled her to understand and cater to the needs of her customers.
Maryann’s exposure in the fashion business is comprehensive.

She started her career in apparel export; working for Mexx Consolidated (Far East) Ltd., the Gap (Far East) Ltd. and Simint SPA for Armani Exchange by Giorgio Armani.

She further pursued her career in the retail sectors in both clothing and eyewear as Brand Manager, marketing well-known brands such as “CLOSED” – casual & jeans wear, Vivienne Westwood, Krizia, United Colors of Benetton, Sisley in eyewear.

Maryann studied fashion and obtained her MBA from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


MASSIMO SPERONI, In Conversation with Manuela Millan

12:00pm – 1:00pm 21st July 2018

Melbourne-based interior designer Massimo Speroni was born in Milan and prides himself on his Italian heritage.

His beautiful interiors are characterised by extraordinary attention to detail and lavish elegance. They possess an innate grandeur, without sacrificing comfort! His eponymous studio Massimo Interiors has furnished some of the most exclusive residences in Melbourne.

We’re delighted that Massimo Speroni was our ‘man on the ground’ at the 2018 Milan Furniture Fair (Salone del Mobile), gaining exclusive coverage on Kitchens and Bathrooms.

Massimo will be presenting a behind the scenes look at all the trends and standout pieces from this year, in conversation with Manuela Millan.
Manuela is an interior designer at Elenberg Fraser and the founder of Meanwhile in Melbourne, which has become a popular online destination for the design community.

With a finger on the pulse of the Melbourne design scene, Manuela’s curatorial eye brings the best of Melbourne design under one roof. Meanwhile in Melbourne features weekly interviews with local designers and makers, a calendar of design events, and the all-important directory of local furniture, lightning, art, fashion, accessories, and more.

This session will be the Ultimate Guide to Milan…unmissable for anyone in the design sector!

How to Ignite Your Design Business

CRYSTAL BAILEY, Founder of The Design Twins

1.30pm – 2.15pm, 21st July 2018

Crystal Bailey from The Design Twins and Catherine Heraghty from The Stables know what it takes to launch a successful design business.
Crystal is one of the founders of the Sydney design sensation the Design Twins, who have taken the design world by storm with their unique concrete creations. She has also styled for publications and collaborated with Barry Du Bois, Lisa Messenger, Darren Palmer, Shelley Craft and Three Birds Renovations.

Catherine Heraghty is the owner and Creative Director of The Stables. She creates lasting interiors with a sense of light and warmth. Her extensive portfolio features a soft and muted colour palette, with clean lines and natural light.

Both of these ladies have taken their love of design & style and transformed it into thriving businesses, with global reach on Instagram. Join Catherine and Crystal for this session to learn about their passionate entrepreneurial approach, inspirations, secrets to social media success and other insights into their rapid growth.

WORKSHOP: Designer Marketing on a DIY Budget

FRANCES COSWAY, White Pebble Interiors

2:00pm – 3:30pm, 21st July 2018

Frances Cosway is a highly accomplished interior designer, published author and speaker with a passion for creating beautiful homes people love to live in. She has over 15 years’ experience in renovating and building and specialises in helping clients design and build their “Forever Homes”.

Prior to studying interior design and establishing her business, White Pebble Interiors, Frances worked for 20 years in marketing communications in both Australia and Europe. She is marketing degree qualified and has held several senior positions such as Marketing Communications Director (Europe/Middle East/Africa) for various multinational organisations.

Frances has relied heavily on her marketing skills in developing her own business and has secured considerable media coverage for White Pebble Interiors in magazines like House and Garden, websites like The Interiors Addict and TV shows like Sky News Real Estate.

Join Frances in her interactive workshop as she shares invaluable tips on how to successfully market your design business without spending a fortune. Areas discussed will include branding, marketing communications, PR and digital marketing.