Our little black book of wedding tips

Friday, September 30, 2016

At Fenton & Fenton we love attending and ogling weddings online, especially when there is a Pinterest board involved and never ending flowers! To celebrate the launch of our new Bridal Registry webpage, we thought we would let you in on a few of our hot wedding tip-offs.

We love helping our brides put together the perfect registry and watching them compile the list of their dreams. Working with so many brides, we have had many of you ask what are our top event organising tip offs, so... we have put together a list from our little black book for you to get inspired and ogle.

The Decorations: For gorgeous decorations, event inspiration and hire, get in touch with Lenzo to create your perfect hens day or wedding. 

The Flowers: There is nothing better than the perfect bunch. Hi Petal work with local and seasonal botanic flowers to produce the most beautiful styled posies for any occasion. We loved watching what they put together for this amazing hens day, and their vibrant colours worked perfectly with our Sebel Pink Velvet Chair.

The Food:  Catering for the hens or wedding? We love the team at Cookes Catering and Events. They use seasonal, local and sustainable food, bringing farm to table and restaurant quality results to clients and events. They also have the best looking and delcious tasting desserts! 

The Photographer:  We adore wedding photographer Oli Sansom. Oli is one of Melbourne's most sought after photographers for a reason, his images are magical. We love going through his imaginative and artistic collection on his website. 

The Celebrant: Whether you are eloping, getting married, renewing your vows or having a civil commitment ceremony, we adore celebrant Lara Williams. Lara is a no-nonsense kind of lady. She has a natural gift of public speaking, using humour, language and style to perfectly hold the day together. Her attention to detail is exceptional.

The Presents: We are so happy to launch our new Bridal Registry page! At Fenton & Fenton we offer the most incredible collection that couples can choose from for their special day. From artwork to homewares and many lifestyle products, you can pick lots of things or a few stand out pieces to mark the occasion. Our team at Fenton and Fenton offer an incredible service to make your registry experience fun and easy. With beautiful registry cards, a personalised webpage and a dedicated staff member to assist you, we can't wait to help you compile your dream list. 

If you have an enquiry about starting a bridal registry,  please visit our bridal registry page or contact us at hello@fentonandfenton.com.au 



How to Mix and Match Pattern & Colour this Spring

Monday, September 26, 2016

Don’t be afraid to mix to the max this Spring and create a look that is entirely yours. At Fenton & Fenton we love pattern. We especially love mixing pattern on pattern; pairing shiny new pieces with vintage glamour, combining geometric prints with florals, brights with neutrals and feminine colours with masculine shapes. Offbeat combinations that draw your attention to a space get our tick.

1. Single out one colour to match and pull your look together, like we have done here with Watermelon Pink.

2. Play around with tonal variations of similar colours. We’re loving shades of blue, mauve and purple this Spring, accented with our favourite neutral, nude.

3. Have fun with scale and size. Here, we’ve mixed a bold large print to anchor the space, and layered it with a softer smaller print. The palette ties it all together.

4. Mix Stripes with Prints. At Fenton & Fenton we see a stripe as pretty much a neutral. Recreate a look like this with different stripes mixed with bold patterns and contrasting colours.

5. Mix an earthy palette with brights. If the base of your room is neutral and earthy, don’t be afraid to contrast this with a key piece of art or rug to make your room sing.

6. Layer your Art. Never try to make your art too matchy-matchy. We love mixing different styles, like abstract with still life, and positioning the pieces at different heights and depths. Don’t be afraid to put plants or decorative objects in front of your art for added interest. 

Shop our favourite artworks this Spring >

Love the block? Get their style

Monday, September 26, 2016

Last night on the The Block Fenton and Fenton's resident artist Megan Weston's artwork wowed judges with a feature piece in Julia and Sasha's room. Fenton & Fenton pieces have been featured across some marvellous rooms the last few weeks , get the recap on the judges thoughts last night and the look below!

Tensions ran high yesterday as the show reached the halfway mark on renovations. Dan and Carleen wowed judges by creating a contemporary art deco-styled living room with large open spaces. Using their bonus points the couple secured victory and a $10,00 prize for their budget, well done team!

"It's not the living/dining space I expected from Dan and Carleen," judge Neale Whitaker said. "It's got a very different vibe. It's actually feeling quite luxe and glamorous. They've taken the deco theme and turned up the dial. If you're a young professional and a very design savvy buyer then you're going to appreciate this.... to think just a few weeks ago I was criticising them for styling choices but look at this, even the candle is just right." 

Despite disagreements, Julia and Sasha finished second place and would have tied if Dan and Carleen had they not used their bonus points.  The highlight for us was Julia and Sasha's dining room and the grand resin and mirror artwork by the incredible Megan Weston.  

Recreate this look with our featured Marble Deco Console & a Megan Weston artwork. Photos from Inside Out Magaine. 

"I wanted to see an apartment that had references to art deco that was still a contemporary and luxurious apartment. I feel like I'm standing in that apartment now." The couple's city views through an expanded window, which came at the expense of compromising with their neighbours Kim and Chris, also didn't go unnoticed. "That big view that puts a whole new perspective on this space," Whitaker said.

Brighten up your room with one of these incredible Megan Weston pieces...

0. Brazil Aquamarine | 1. Pink Topaz | 2. Azure | 3. Burma Topaz | 4. Tanzanite & Linarite 1

To find more incredible artwork to transform your living spaces, visit our artwork collection online or in store today. 

Mix to the Max

Friday, September 23, 2016

Welcome spring with vibrant colour in geometric patterned rugs, silk carpets and towels lovingly created by Mr Fenton. These looks will instantly refresh bathrooms and living areas alike. Make the most of quirky, non-essential but delightful pieces in unlikely pockets of your home. Replicate these looks by creating a sunny nook in front of a window or consider a hallway, hidden corner or in front of a book-shelf. Our Afrika pendants teamed with Rattan Bar Cart have us in the mood for sundowners on the front porch. Don’t be afraid to mix to the max and create a look that is entirely yours. We love mixing pattern on pattern, vintage with new, geometric with floral, brights and neutrals and feminine colours with masculine shapes. Offbeat combinations that draw your attention to a space get our tick. Replicate this look by anchoring a space with two strong statement rugs. 

To get the look, be inspired by our Spring Collection Photoshoot

Chai Dhurrie  Rug |  Nektar Dhurrie RugLeather Dining Chair, Strapping | Mario Luca Giusti Ice Bucket | Woodrow Marble Dining Table

Rattan Bar Cart- Oval | A frika Pendant | Hedges Cushion | Original Vintage Art Deco Pretzel Cane |

 Nektar Dhurrie Rug

Turkish Pepa Dhurri e Rug

Say farewell to Winter and hello to Spring.

Shop the new Spring Collection at Fenton & Fenton 

Say Hello To Spring

Monday, September 19, 2016

Here is the inside word on spring decorating! Spring has sprung and we have a new collection to brighten your home. 

From a muted take on brights to bold hues, this season’s colour mantra is clear – the brighter, the better. Fenton & Fenton warmly welcomes Spring with a new collection of furniture, soft furnishings, rugs, lighting and art, designed to remind us of the joy that Spring brings. The collection plays homage to the changing of the seasons through a vibrant palette and mix of materials, promising that warmer days are near.   

In the transformative spirit of Spring we welcome fresh hues, modernist forms, saturated colours, natural textures, bold patterns, imaginative accessories and lively art by Australian talent Megan Grant, Kristen Daniels, Carly Williams & Helen McCullagh gracing our walls.

Geometric patterned rugs, silk carpets and towels lovingly created by Mr Fenton will instantly refresh bathrooms and living areas alike, and the stunning Woodrow collection of furniture and Afrika lighting have been designed to add interest to your existing look.

“The Spring edit is both elegant and playful, designed to help you enjoy a colourful, expressive life”, says Lucy Fenton. There’s intentionally a lot of colour, pattern and texture this Spring, designed to help you create powerful and invigorating living spaces that will take you from season to season.

For ideas to transform your home with seasonal accents, art and furniture visit http://www.fentonandfenton.com.au/spring-collection or pop into our Prahran store and courtyard during September.

Fenton Towels | Woodrow Hourglass Stump  

The Sign Hand Knotted Bengali Silk Carpet | Woodrow Marble BedsideBedouin Societe Linen  

Brass Crab | Cakebread Moonshine Purl CushionCakebread Pink Moon CushionStencil Floor LampWoodrow Marble Coffee TableTurkish Pepa Dhurrie Rug  

Auld Design Trio Sideboard | Leather Dining Chair, Strapping | Mario Luca Giusti Salad Bowl | Mario Luca Giusti Ice Bucket | Woodrow Marble Dining Table  

Say farewell to Winter and hello to Spring.

Love Fenton & Fenton x

Travelling with Lucy Fenton

Friday, September 16, 2016

Lucy Fenton established Fenton & Fenton inspired by her experiences backpacking around the globe. During her travels, Lucy was immersed in a wide variety of aesthetics which she brought home with her and reinterpreted through the filter of years surrounded by classical antiques and contemporary Australian style. Her adventures in the interiors’ space are an extension of her real world adventures, and the culmination of a rich and colourful journey through cultures home and abroad. We chat to Lucy about her most incredible travel moments and why travel is so important to her. 

Why is travel important to you?
I tend to get bogged down in the every day grind when I am at home Life is busy with work and kids so it’s important to stop and realise there is a whole world around us living very different lives to us, which is fascinating and presents so many opportunities for learning if approached with an open heart. Whenever I travel, no matter where I go, I find inspiration. Getting away from the madness and having time to think is so invigorating. I always come back from any trip bursting with new ideas.

What is the most underrated part of travel?
Being able to experience the best parts of other countries. Travel helps us appreciate how good life is at home. I have travelled all over the world and there is always something so comforting about coming home (despite the unpacking and washing). I am yet to find a city I would prefer to live in than Melbourne!

What are some of your go-to destinations for styie inspiration?
India is always my #1, the colours, culture and craftsmanship is amazing and even though it has its pitfalls and can be very difficult at times I always find my self wanting more. Morocco is a very close 2nd, the landscapes & textiles are breath taking and if it was a tad closer to Australia I would definitely visit more frequently!

What's your best travel memory?
This is a tough question...it’s a toss up between trekking through the foothills of the Himalayas, being proposed to in the Sahara Desert...but it is hard to go past our wedding in Bali. It was a small intimate wedding but it was spread over a few days nestled in the rice paddies of Cunggu and being in such a tranquil setting just made for a wonderfully relaxed vibe with our best friends! 

If you could only travel to one country for the rest of your life, which country and why?
An even harder question... but I would have to choose India. If it was not for India I probably never would have opened F&F and the people over there have contributed so much to what we do!

What's your best advice for travelling in style?
Be organized: book accommodation, transportation and flights well in advance so you can really enjoy the trip. I am a big advocate for
researching my accommodation as much as possible. It does not have to be the most expensive hotel, you just want something in a good location, with character and good service. Accommodation can make or break a trip, often a recommendation from a friend is best!


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

With the emergence of home renovation shows like The Block, House Rules and Grand Designs, buyers’ expectations are higher than ever! We recently styled this super cute Victorian terrace in Elm Grove, Richmond and worked with the client’s existing pieces to get the home ready for sale.

The Fenton & Fenton process differs from most styling companies. We recognise that buying a home is an emotional process for people because your home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make!

Our style aims to inspire buyers, making the house feel liveable and wonderful. To bring the same sense of wonder to your own property here are our top 5 tips for styling a property to wow buyers.

1. Freshen up the walls.
A fresh coat of paint can really work wonders in a tired space. It not only looks crisp and clean but it will give your house a nice new paint smell. Once freshly painted we can add some colour and life using artwork and rugs!

2. Bathroom bliss!
Always display fresh clean towels; Mr Fenton’s designer towels will add some colour and spunk to any bathroom, even if it is a bit outdated. Make sure everything is sparkly clean, you may even want to consider re-grouting old tiles.

3. Declutter.
Your buyers will go through every nook and cranny, including through your cupboards, wardrobes, garages etc. Make sure they are not overflowing, make the effort to do a thorough clean out both inside and out. The opp shop will be your best friend by the time your campaign kicks off!

4. Fresh flowers.
Get green! Pot plants, fresh flowers and indoor plants are particularly good as you won’t have to replace them each week. Also don't forget to get your outdoor area looking tip top. Mow the lawns, trim the hedges and hose down all areas.

5. Get F&F on board.
If preparing your home for sale is just all too overwhelming and your furniture is a bit all over the shop, give us a call and we can make a time to come and meet you and discuss your needs. We will be happy to work with your existing furniture wherever possible and then introduce some of our signature pieces to give your property the wow factor you need to get your buyers’ attention both online and in real life. Once we’ve worked our magic your house will be looking its best and you will have saved yourself a lot of stress. Styling your property well is proven to boost your sale price on auction day, so make sure you give your property the best chance.

See more photos from the newly styled property  and how to get the look below:

Outdoor Rug Marrakech Citrus | Four Seasons Outdoor Cushion by Basil Bangs |   

Woodrow Dining TableJai Vasicek Skullerful CushionHarlequin Teal Dhurrie RugMr Fentons Turkish Pepa CushionBone Inlay Hexagon Tray

 Cactus Medium | Four Seasons Outdoor Cushion by Basil BangsPop & Scott PotMalibu Dining Table

Moonwalker Painting by Diana MillerPink Knot Cushion | Cakebread Throw - Nightgarden |  Basket Weave CushionCakebread Pile High Cushion

Pink Knot Cushion | Porthole By Jai Vasicek | Genu Table Lamp | Jai Vasicek Skullerful Cushion    

Reindeer HideStencil Table Lamp

Don't forget to head to the listing from Marshall White- Hawthorn. If you would like to look through some other homes that we've styled, then head to our Property Styling Gallery.


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Prism Exhibition - Opening Night

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The Prism Exhibition showcasing Australian talent Jai Vasicek, Megan Weston and lighting by Christopher Boots; officially opened last Thursday night.

With an evening of live music by the vibrant duo Tobi Music, from Rutherford entertainment & bubbles by Bird in Hand, it was an excellent way to usher in the start of spring. The store looked incredible with Christopher's geometric lighting, Megan's bold new works inspired by minerals and natural elements and Jai's new abstract collection.

The launch was an overwhelming success so we thought we'd share some photos from the night....

Tobi Music from Rutherford Entertainment pumped out the enchanting tunes. The guitarist & double base duo created an incredible vibe in store. We wish we could have them in store everyday! For those who want to hear one of our favourite pieces listen to it below:

Tobi - Be My Baby / Crazy In Love from Rutherford Entertainment on Vimeo.

Together with the artists, we would love to thank Bird In Hand, CapiHaymes Paint, Tobi Music via Rutherford Entertainment and all our lovely clients who celebrated with us.

There is still a selection of artwork available (some of our personal favourites!) so make sure you check out the Prism Collection online.

There's plenty more photos of the evening, view them all in the gallery.

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Styling your home for sale

Monday, September 05, 2016

We recently styled this stunning Victorian residence in Balaclava, we worked with a combination of the clients existing pieces & a selection from our current range. With the addition of some of our signature texture and colour next to original features including marble open fireplaces, ornate ceiling roses and stained glass windows, the residence now has a new found modern elegance.

Property styling at 50 William Street, Balaclava from Fenton and Fenton on Vimeo.

Property styling before selling your home is essential. With the right furniture, artwork and of course layout any room can become a desirable space. We are happy to work with you and give advice on what should stay and what should go for the campaign.

By injecting some Fenton & Fenton style in this home we were able to accentuate the house’s incredible period features.

Here are our 3 top styling tips for the week:

- Don’t be afraid of colour
- Make sure the furniture is the right proportion for the space
- Add some life to the room, use a plant, flowers or some foliage from the garden

Mr Fenton Designer Dhurrie RugIcelandic SheepskinAbigail Ahern Greyhound LampWireframe CubeLeather Sling ChairJai Vasicek Skullerful CushionWoodrow Marble Coffee TableGuatemalan Stripe CushionTeak Side Table

Matilda SofaLeather Marlboro Chair, StrappingLeather Marlboro FootstoolBone Inlay TV UnitMr Fenton Dhurrie Rug|  Woodrow Tooth StumpWoodrow Dining TableBone Inlay TrayJai Vasicek Tea China CushionLeather Cushion

Bedouin Societe Linen |   Pom Pom Wool Blanket | Bone Inlay Hexagon Bedside TableSay Hola ArtworkChevron Dhurrie, Teal and White | Pixel Tree Cushion

Saq Qhurrie RugMr Fentons Turkish Pepa CushionFlat Leather Bed HeadStencil Table Lamp|   Bedouin Linen

Kristen Daniels Cotton Painting Guatemalan Huipil CushionWobbles RunnerI Love Desk Lamp

Pop & Scott PotsWire CactusBasil Bang Outdoor CushionOutdoor Rug Chevron BlueMalibu Dining Table with Marble TopZephyr Chair

Marble HandsBath Sheet, Fish Scale Greyscale Towel

Pink Knot CushionPink Dhurrie RugBedouin Societe Linen

Don't forget to head to the listing from Biggin & Scott Elsternwick. If you would like to look through some other homes that we've styled, then head to our Property Styling Gallery.


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