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Champagne Season – S/S Trends

“We like to see the glass half full. Preferably with champagne”.

Champagne season is upon us! Pop the bubbly, because as champagne season begins to arrive, so do the new season trends for spring. Keeping it fresh and creative, here at The Prop House we’re seeing Australian natives take over from the classic peony and jewel tones break through since the announcement of ultra violet becoming colour of the year.

Suspended florals

We love natives. Garlands of eucalyptus down tables or vases of proteas – natives are everywhere. Regardless of the variety, we love suspended florals. Suspended over tables, archways or marquees entryways; the thicker the foliage the better. Keep it pretty with proteas or herald summertime with the buttery yellow of our classic wattle. Alternatively, for more mood and ambience, focus on suspending deep forest greenery with black and gold accents. Integrate fairy lighting or luminescent bulbs into the display for the ultimate atmosphere.

Our ‘go to’ prop: the protea


Not-so-basic backgrounds

Did champagne season even happen if you didn’t take an Instaworthy shot? Create a ‘selfie experience’ with dazzling backdrops at the next spring racing event. From simple copper and floral arches to balloon installations, backdrops are statements that keep your event captured forever. Add custom signage with the event #hashtag to propel your event into the social media universe.


Our ‘go-to’ prop: foil backdrop 


Rich and Royal

Since the announcement of ultra violet becoming the colour of the year, we’re not surprised that jewel tones have been ready and waiting for champagne season. Ethereal and romantic, velvet is a cause for luxury and comfort. The oh-so-soft fabric is everywhere at the moment in mustard, sapphire, emerald and teal; pair with gold for even more luxe. Rest your feet on a velvet ottoman for the ideal afternoon at the races.


Our ‘go to’ prop: the velvet suite


Heavenly Havana

The growing trend of rattan furniture is rapidly increasing and will continue into spring and summer even more than it has already. With the flavour of Miami floating through all of the champagne soirees, hanging pendant lights remind us of a Byron getaway while tropical palms, driftwood furniture and white-wash peacock chairs take us to exotic beach side locations. Get dressed in your all-white attire and float away to the sounds of crashing waves and clicking cocktails.


Our ‘go to’ prop: bamboo luxe package

The Greenhouse

The vibrancy and freshness from greenery brings any event from ordinary to extraordinary. Bring ‘The Greenhouse’ alive through a minimalist timber gazebo structure as it acts as the perfect foundation for a themed or un-themed spring event. Let guests mingle among giant fiddle leaf figs and leather ottomans. The space will come alive with tropical tones of bright pink bougainvillea to really set the place apart. Don’t be afraid to drape, hang and bunch greenery into any pocket you can find to create an immersive greenhouse experience.

Our ‘go to’ prop: the fiddle leaf fig

Champagne season style icon: @lydiaemillen

Spring location envy: @byronbeachabodes

Drink of the month: @moetchandon










To get your champagne season started, contact us today for VM displays!

info@vmplus.com.au or call (07) 3217 4500

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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” sign hints to children to search for some of the animals found in the Australian rainforest such as a cockatoo, possum and frog. The animal plush toys lie hidden in among the canopy. Around the corner lies another surprise; four distortion mirrors hanging at a low height to warp, squeeze, shorten and stretch torsos. Laughter and surprise fills this corner of the tenancy.

Cognitive skill learning continues through the space with the barrier of a ‘fallen log’. The perfectly shaped structure allows children to tunnel through and climb over, developing their concentration skills through the fun of play. The timber tunnel lies on high quality synthetic turf, a stunning green which extends itself onto custom made ottomans – the perfect place for parents to sit and relax while their children explore.

The hand crafted timber rings overflow with vibrant greenery including pothos plants, ferns and rainforest vines. Around the cubby house, twinkling fairy lights drape through the leaves, creating a magical fire fly effect while bulb lighting creates depth and important lighting. As little people lie on the soft turf and gaze into the canopy, their reflection will bounce back at them from mirror disks which also act as a reflective surface for the glow of the hanging lights.

Placed in two areas of Robina Town Centre, VM Pods stand, brightly coloured and draped in complimentary greenery. Fun, double-sided cut outs were the perfect way to announce the new play space as kids pop their heads through to become a frog, cockatoo and possum.

Tree Top Play is located just outside of ‘The Kitchens” in Robina Town Centre.

For more information about how VM+ can redesign your vacant tenancy, email info@vmplus.com.au or call one of our designers on (07) 3555 8660.

View our children’s play space online gallery here.

For more of our VM fashion displays, view our gallery here.

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A training morning at VM+

One Thursday in June, the team of marketing managers from DEXUS joined us in The Prop House Showroom for a morning of visual merchandising to learn the theory and hands on approach to styling and visual merchandising display design.

Our course instructor Mark, started off the morning with a lecture on the principles of design and how to implement them into various areas such as fashion and homeware displays.

The group of 12 marketing managers then split into 3 teams and had their own chance to put their newly learnt theory into practice. Split into three categories, Christmas, homewares and fashion, the teams were asked to select items from a variety of props to create their own display worthy of a store front in 10 minutes.

The Christmas colour task required the team to pick from glitter and matte baubles, colourful monstera leaves, gold sequin flowers, rainbow swirls and red poinsettias. Each team worked with a green Christmas tree on a bright orange background, leaving the team to decide on complimentary colours and work with the situation.

During the fashion exercise, teams learnt how to dress a mannequin, select complimentary outfits, position mannequins and choose elements to surround the mannequins to tell a story.

The homewares challenge allowed teams to select items such as cushions, foliage, glassware, crockery and cutlery to design a consistent display. Teams had to choose a colour story based on the items and use the elements of design such as repetition, the rule of three, the pyramid principle and recognising balance (and that less is sometimes more).

The exercises not only challenged design skills, but leadership and teamwork. With four people per group and ten minutes to create each display, it was important for everyone to have a say, listen and move quickly to select which ideas worked together to create a harmonious display.

We had a fantastic morning and loved having the Dexus team in the showroom to learn the art of visual merchandising!

Interested in learning about visual merchandising? Contact one of our stylists today at info@vmplus.com.au or call (07) 3217 4500.

Learn more about our visual merchandising training course here.

Still need convincing? Read our blog on Why you should study VM.

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