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Authentic Autumn

An Authentic Australian Autumn “I see the turning of a leaf dancing in an autumn sun, and brilliant shades of crimson glowing when the day is done”. As Autumn approaches in Australia, instead of visions of pumpkin lattes and maple leaves, we start getting excited about the prospect of pulling out a long sleeved shirt and start to panic slightly about the end of summer weather warnings. As summer swings into autumn, the tones of chocolate brown, mustard ochre and caramel latte tones get absorbed into our clothing and home wares. Bloom We’d like to introduce autumn to you this year with the soft feathery details of pampas grass, artisan rattan light shades and a delicate mix of textures. With an eye for composition and balance, mixing textures is the perfect way to subtly introduce the autumn season with harsh surfaces symbolizing winter and the delicate finishes representing summer. We have introduced the textures of mirrored disco balls to add contrast to the soft neutral foliage. Experimentation is key with this look and play is essential. The bloom trend embraces fallen foliage such as palms and fronds instead of the classic maple leaf. For the ultimate DIY – grab a can of spray paint and coat that frond in glossy gold.   Farm House Getting into the more classical autumnal style, this look focuses on weekends spent in the country with cups of tea and homemade scones. Textures include jute rugs, leather ottomans and vintage suitcases. Like any country home, the farm house look is created through the art of layering (just as you would with your clothing during...

2018 – The Memorable Moments

“Lets do what we love, and do a lot of it” – Marc Jacobs As the year comes to a close, it’s the perfect opportunity to look back on 2018 and bring out the VM highlight reel. From Chinese New Year installations to Rainforest Play Spaces, an arcade extravaganza, Christmas decorations out of our ears and everything in-between. We’re excited to show you our favourite parts of 2018! One of our favourite play space activations for 2018 was Tree Top Play, a hinterland inspired sensory space for little ones to explore and experience. Including a tree house, distortion mirrors and hanging greenery rings hiding frogs and birds, the play space is the perfect location for interactive learning and fun. Read more on the blog, specifically about the incredible custom designed features of this space, here.   It almost feels like a whole year ago we completed this job, but during February, VM+ installed a stunning installation of red and gold fans and lanterns to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Two chandeliers hung in the two Australia Fair Shopping Centre voids, dripping with cherry blossom detailed fans, 2018 disks and lanterns with eye catching tassels. A traditional CNY dragon was also setup in the centre as a photo opportunity for visitors to the Gold Coast.   Our next memorable moment is the fun we had putting our visual merchandising hats on for B Lucky & Sons. We traveled to Melbourne and Brisbane to VM the incredible retro selection of prizes and memorabilia for the adult arcade bars. Shelves and cabinets within the arcade bars required visual merchandising so winners could choose their prizes,...

Tree Top Play – The new way for kids to enjoy shopping centres

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” – Mr. Rogers Tree Top Play is the newest play area designed by VM+ and installed at Robina Town Centre on the Gold Coast. Inspired by the rainforest which surrounds Robina to the West, Tree Top Play draws off the flora and fauna found in the mountainous region of the Gold Coast Hinterland. The play area was custom designed by VM+ to be a place of interactive learning and fun. The first eye-catching element in the tenancy draws your eye up into the canopy of the rainforest, where circular timber rings hang, overflowing with greenery, Edison bulb lighting, mirror disks and fairy lights. The effect is magical and immersive. The custom built cubby house includes leaf shaped climbing grips instead of a classic ladder, and a green slide bringing delight to the adventurous. Pebble cushions and log and stump cushions surround and spread in and around the cubby house providing comfort and security. The timber tic tac toe game varies from the original classic with a guest appearance from the local cockatoo and green tree frog. The swiveling cubes line up to provide more interactive play and memory learning skills. Sparking delight in children, the Green Tree Frog climbing wall sits at a perfect height for boys and girls to boulder along the mounted frog, completed with high quality hand-holds so children can practice their hand-eye coordination. A caterpillar play panel sits at the end of the walkway ready for little hands to explore each element but also allow multiple children to play at the same time. A “Can You Find Me”...

Rainforest Play Land

“Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning” Here at VM+ we are experts on creating unique and stand out play areas for children. Not just your average swing set with a table and chair, we take it to the next level…. This month VM+ transformed a vacant tenancy into a rainforest play land. At Robina Town Centre, VM+ took the task to transform a vacant tenancy to temporarily become an adventure land for children and a haven for parents to take a breather in-between shops. Focusing on creating a place of solitude away from the busy shopping areas, VM+ has created a rainforest oasis with bright green turf, vivid wall graphics and greenery and trees galore. Hanging greenery and vines from the ceiling was a very purposeful decision to add the sense of depth and create an even more immersive experience. From the view point of children, the ceiling will become a canopy, allowing minds to wander and activate their imaginations. It is the small touches that really transform the space to be a place of adventure. VM+ has added ‘ride on’ insects to the scene, enhancing the magical park atmosphere as lady birds and bees zoom around on the bark flooring path. Among the turf is a gross motor play gym, catering to toddlers and the younger generations so the whole family can get involved in this play area. Smooth edges and different textures make it an active learning space. Tables and chairs in bright colours and a tepee tent inspire essentials ingredients to childhood such as story-time learning and role-playing. In tribute to Australian wildlife, VM+...

I got it from my mama

“I got it from my mama”- will.i.am Mother’s Day is a wonderful excuse for us to celebrate the incredible women in our lives. In the world of visual merchandising, May is the perfect month to jazz up your shop front, window and shopping centre with themes hinting to these special people. We’re loving sweet picnic scenes, feminine florals, bright pom pom mania and delicate neutrals inspired by the ocean.   Hampton Hideaway  This style ranges from coastal Hampton vibes, to Byron Bay interiors and everything deluxe and neutral. Create a display with shades of coconut creams and Aegean blues. Focus on texture and height through hanging lanterns and layering linen throws and cushions. Head out to your local river park to pick up drift wood pieces or pop into our showroom to pick up some vine twirls; perfect for a coastal inspired arrangement.   Art Mania Is your mum a lawyer, fitness coach, stay-at-home mum or nurse? It doesn’t matter, because there is no denying that almost all women have a creative side (or can at least appreciate it). Tap into that energy through striking window displays featuring copious amounts of colour. Candy red, teal and violet will capture the attention of all and celebrate our art and craft mums who love to get their hands dirty. Using bright colour is a clever way to draw out a shade found in a single item being featured in a window, or just a way of capturing the attention of passers-by. Used in repetition, paper pom poms demand to be noticed, as does our delicious lollipop prop.   Picnic Play Who...

Hop to it… it’s Easter!

From the Easter bunny and chocolate egg hunts, to hot cross buns and Church on Sunday, there are many ways to celebrate Easter! We’ve put together our favourite elements of Easter. From shopping centre displays, to international VM designs and decorating ideas you can do at home. We also have beautiful props available to hire for your Easter events. We love putting on our thinking caps for unique activations in shopping centres for this time of the year. Featured below is one of our gorgeous trees, which has come alive with festoon lights and hanging eggs. By matching the ribbon in the trees to the tolic stools and the table arrangements, the pastel colour pallet creates harmony and balance. Little moss bunnies capture the Easter magic for little ones passing through the area.   Incorporating Easter into your venue doesn’t have to mean bunny rabbits and eggs. The gorgeous addition of market carts and bunting as seen here in a Pop Up event, oozes the comfort of pastel colours and florals. Soft, whimsical elements make up a rustic Easter display, inviting guests to relax into their surroundings. Foliage and cushions are key elements for softening the area and creating an inviting space. Other ways we love to subtly celebrate Easter is through flowers such as peonies, cherry blossoms and silver toned greenery like eucalyptus. Wreaths are the perfect way to express your seasonal support in an elegant and indirect way. Symbolizing growth and everlasting life, the oval wreath is a beautiful representation of life and perfect for your seasonal Easter display. Finish the wreath with a hessian or pastel...