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End of Financial Year Flashback ’18

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind” – C.S Lewis The last financial year has been a wonderful adventure of visual merchandising, theming, event styling, charity events, VIP nights, Christmas and so much more! We’ve released the first issue of our magazine, The Schmooze, opened up another interactive children play area and styled the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village… and that was just in the last 3 months! THE PROP HOUSE One of the highlights from this past year was taking on the task of styling the 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village. We inspired and dazzled guests with coloured lanterns and festoon lights to enhance the venue while themed props such as seagulls and beach balls reflected the surrounding landscape. We styled a dinner under the stars in Fish Lane and stepped into the past as we themed the iconic Les Bubbles for a 60th party. Hot off the tails of Game of Thrones, our most recent gala ball showcased a Fire & Ice theme to 630 guests. Main styling elements included a fire and ice inspired chandelier dripping from the ceiling, 6m tall inflatable flames, ice filled vases and floating candles. 2018 GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES FISH LANE CITY HALL LES BUBBLES STUDIO 54 FIRE & ICE VM+ From rainforest play spaces to shopping centre VM pods and countless Christmas trees with twinkling lights, we hit the ground running this year. Chinese New Year saw multitudes of red lanterns swarm the office as they made their way into chandelier creations. VM+ didn’t miss out on the Commonwealth Games excitement as they took the task...

Why Study Visual Merchandising?

Start Your Career in Visual Merchandising  It’s time to develop creative confidence. Whether you’re looking for a career change, creative outlet or have a keen business mind and looking to enhance customer engagement and sales, our VM course will provide skills to keep you up to date with the retail industry. WHY STUDY VM? If you have a creative bone waiting to dance, an eye for detail and mind full of imagination… We think you’re ready to join our visual merchandising course! We see people from all walks of life stroll through our doors – whether you’re ready to start your creative career, looking to enhance your retail business, or want to increase customer engagement as they walk past your market stall or window display. Learn all the theory behind visual merchandising but also how to apply these theories to tangible displays, tell a story and increase sales. – Attention store managers, marketing managers, shop assistants & creative business owners. Up-skill, add VM to your CV and bring brand-new skills, current trends and knowledge back into your shopping precinct. – Learn about the elements of design and implement them into your own displays – Get ready for a career change in design – Enjoy visual merchandising for a creative outlet – Learn hands-on skills and problem solve – Increase sales on your merchandise – Increase customer engagement, evoke emotion and customer store duration – Style and construct your own displays and arrangements from an collection of provided props and materials – Become a competitor with different and explosive eye-catching displays – Learn to understand your consumer, tell a story through...

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...

The Prop House Goes for Gold

The Prop House Goes for Gold, Styling the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Athletes’ Village. “The Commonwealth Games athletes’ village looks more like a luxury resort holiday rather than one of the most competitive sporting events in the world.” says The Courier Mail.  The team at The Prop House has been busy over the last few months, creating elaborate and beautiful installations for spectators and athletes to enjoy during their stay on the Gold Coast in the Athletes’ Village. With so much colour and excitement surrounding the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, The Prop House has been busy designing unique ways to celebrate the memorable event. Hosting over 6,600 athletes and officials during the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Athletes’ Village on the Gold Coast will welcome international visitors to the Games through an extraordinary compilation of Australian themed spaces, designed by The Prop House. The talented Brisbane based design team have drawn inspiration from our country’s iconic landscape to inspire and dazzle guests at the Athletes’ Village. Specialising in custom props and creative event styling, The Prop House aims to reignite imaginations through unique, Australian themed designs. From the reef to the rainforest, installations will reflect Australia’s recognizable scenery and aims to encourage travel towards various corners of the country. Some of the themed hubs include Rainforest, Reef, Sunset, Outback, Surf and Beach. The exterior of the buildings was not forgotten, as The Prop House styled colour onto every surface possible, hanging bright lanterns and festoon lighting throughout the Village. The poolside transformed into a retreat with beanbags, hammocks and cushions galore, while the green grass invites guests to...

Autumn/ Winter Trends 2018

“The best way to predict the future is to create it” Depending where you are, winter in Australia (specifically Queensland) isn’t quite the same as other places. Despite the lack of snow, we do all we can to ensure the cooler days last longer by filling ourselves with cups of tea or snuggling into that beanie around the weekend campfire. No matter how short our winters may be, we’re here to present you with our forecast of Autumn/ Winter trends for 2018. Earlier in the year we released our 2018 trend forecast and spoke about the 2018 Colour of the Year. We’ve returned again to dive into the crisp mornings of winter through cozy shearing jackets and reflect on the short days through the dark tones of forest green.   Mustard Magic If there is a perfect time to unleash your mustard crush, the time is now! Fashion: Bring mustard into your wardrobe as the key player in this trend through over-sized knits and denim. Feeling bold? Navy is the perfect partnership to go with this magnificent colour. Even corduroy is back in (pair with sleek black ankle booties for an updated look). A little pair of mustard socks popping over your black boots and onto your ankles to will transform any dull winter day. Interiors: From the bold couch to the casual throw, it’s easy to introduce mustard into your living space. Give your balcony a Moroccan feel with mustard pots, or sprawl on gorgeous velvet cushions. Our ‘go to’ prop: Wire Deer   Winter Comforts Fashion: Embrace all the textures this winter with ‘teddy bear’ comforts back in trend. From...

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...