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Q&A With Vanessa Colyer Tay

- Styling Essentials 101

The Coco Republic Design School offers comprehensive design courses with flexible learning options for students of all expertise levels. Unleash your creative potential with Styling Essentials 101, starting this Thursday, February 7th.

An immersive and practical class for any interior and property stylists, or those wanting to advance with personal projects at home. You will learn how to source, assess and recommend products for interior styling projects with ease.

Styling Essentials 101 is headed by Vanessa Colyer Tay, a seasoned interior and editorial stylist for magazines including Inside Out, Home Beautiful, Vogue Living and Country Style. 

Read our Q&A with Vanessa below. She shares with us how she started in her career, her top tips for a styling job, and her predicted upcoming trends.


Vanessa Colyer Tay

Stylist & Teacher

A freelance stylist and teacher, Vanessa is best known for creating captivating imagery and bringing out the potential of a space and creating an aspirational ambience.


Q. How did you begin your career as a stylist?

A. My career started with an invigorating design course, followed by work experience and assisting other inspiring stylists until I landed my first full-time styling role.


Q. What are some of the challenges you've faced as a stylist?

A. Boot space, and storage. A stylist always needs more of both!


Q. What tips would you give to an intern on an editorial shoot or residential install?

A. Ask your head stylist what you should expect on the day, how you can help them and prepare accordingly. Being well prepared will get you one step closer to becoming an impressive intern who your head stylist recommends to others for work.

On the day wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes to protect flooring. Plan for the experience as though you are moving houses, a kit of delicious and healthy protein fuelled snacks can be a saviour on these days too!


Q. What are the three top interior trends for 2019?

A. My three trends would have to be

Terrazzo, Terrazzo, Terrazo!

Clam spaces that indulge in subtle hues, rounded edges and rich yet understated textures.

Smart small space living, think multi-purpose furniture and clever interior design that helps maximise the 'living' in a small space.


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