A workshop with heart

With a sold out workshop and sponsorship from 18 local Perth businesses, this community project garden was ready for Sare and her boys to enjoy just before Christmas.

It’s stories like these, where creativity and the kindness of others combine, that leave us all feeling that little bit more inspired and motivated.

While the beginning of 2015 was an extraordinarily tough one for Sare and her boys, it finished with a gorgeous new garden made possible through Slightly Garden Obsessed’s Mon Palmer and her sheer determination to help.

After suffering at the hands of domestic violence for over a decade, a violent attack saw Sare lose an eye. With the offender now in jail, Sare was left to pick up the pieces.

Moving her boys in to a new home much smaller than the previous, Sare felt the courtyard was bare and barren and didn’t offer a space that could be used with her boys or when friends visited.

In stepped Mon, and to help Sare feel excited about her new place she gifted her with a garden design to show the potential of the outdoor space.

To bring the concept of the garden to life, Mon began a crowdfunding campaign ‘ Garden for Sare – which didn’t turn out as well as she had hoped. “As the campaign went on and even after it had finished, I had a lot of people contacting me wanting to donate, sponsor, support and give their time,” Mon said.

Taking them up on their offer, Mon’s project started to take shape. Not wanting to go out and ask businesses for furniture and finishing pieces for the space, the idea of creating a workshop was formed, with 100 percent of ticket sales going towards the installation of the garden.

On Sunday 10th January 2016, the Style For The Home Workshop was held at interior architect Lara Staunton’s beautiful Lahaus Creative Studio in Cottesloe.

Guests were told to bring their own house plans and photos of spaces they wanted help with, and were treated to 10-minute speed consults along with expert advice from interior designer, stylist and artist Bec Hutchinson, Urban Journey’s Alastair MacGregor, and of course Mon and Lara.

Bec covered fashion and interior fusion ‘ a how-to on deconstructing your personal fashion style and applying it to your interior identity. “I also spoke about thinking outside the box when creating connection and flow between the interior and exterior dynamic space, functionality, and blurring the boundaries,” Bec said.

Lara covered the four key principles that should be applied to all interiors, including using natural light as a decorative element; using classic elements to create beautiful and timeless interiors; using the natural environment as inspiration; and deconstructing the interior and understanding the transition between zones.

Any uncertainty about personal skill was put to rest with Mon’s advice. “Creativity is not always something you are born with, but it can definitely be learned by being open to new experiences, refining your ideas and listening to your intuition,” she said. “Your inner style is more about how you want to feel in a space and not necessarily what is on trend for the moment”.

Alastair tailored his presentation to cover something very unique ‘ Wabi Sabi ‘ a Japanese aesthetic concept that deals with the beauty of imperfection and involves impermanence, asymmetry and austerity. “Sare’s garden is a great example of looking at what is expected within a space and then finding a solution contrary to that,” Alistair said. “Tuning into our intuition and having faith in those design decisions can ease the paralysis that often comes from trying to live by someone else’s trends.”

Mon is now looking in to starting up a not-for-profit arm of her business in the hopes of helping other individuals and families in need in WA.


The local businesses that made it happen:
Slightly Garden Obsessed
Ellenby Tree Farm
Pandanus Gardens
Scent of Life Landscapes
Concrete Style
CC Electrical & Refrigeration
Urban Journey
Bec Hutchinson
Perth Window Decor
Perth Succulent Bowls
Mac and More Decor
Still Life
Milc Homewares
Morrison Clothing
Zindi Pots
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