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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 doesn’t love to spend a Saturday with family in the park? Bring the outdoors, in with a park themed display featuring lush green astro turf and over-sized fiddle leaf figs. The tranquil feel of a picnic party will entice shoppers, as it’s been proven green spaces make people feel at ease and relaxed. Add pops of colour through bright butterflies, sea-side daisies and your choice of merchandise. Bring greenery into the picture through turf risers, flooring and the delicate draping of our moss or butterfly chandelier.


Feminine Florals

For the ultimate Mother’s Day display, incorporate flirty and fun florals! From peonies to hydrangeas, bougainvillea or orchids, we have many varieties of flora to add to your display. Use an archway to invite shoppers into your space, wrapping station or champagne bar. We personally love our cherry blossom tree, a divine way to fuse modern design with the traditional use of flowers on Mother’s Day. Visual merchandising doesn’t only mean window displays; at VM+ we also create floral photo booth setups, shopping centre activations and more!


View our previous Mother’s Day VM Displays here

Australia Fair


View our seasonal visual merchandising gallery here.

Feeling inspired? For more props, head to www.theprophouse.com.au

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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 try their hand at a number of lawn games or relax under the tepee tent.

Providing residences to the athletes and officials, retail outlets, recreation and dining opportunities as well as medical facilities, the Athletes’ Village is an integral part of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. With 70 nations joining the Games this year, The Prop House has taken on the rare and exciting opportunity to represent not only Brisbane’s event design industry, but Australia’s. The styling aims to offer guests a look into Australian life while they visit the Sunshine State.

Some spaces include the addition of props such as a giant angel fish, flocks of seagulls, and a stunning real sized fig tree, while a horse wagon and vintage saddles pay homage to our outback.

Jano Dawes, director of The Prop House is enthusiastic about the project stating, “I am thrilled that The Prop House has this amazing opportunity to create lasting memories for the athletes of the 2018 Commonwealth Games while in Queensland”.

“We are bringing the best of QLD and Australia to life for the athletes to enjoy. We are all about bright ceiling installations teamed with statement props to transform the unique spaces.”

Athletes capture time out on Instagram, as they enjoy the Village before the events begin: @tayqrobertson, @cam_mcevoy, @cate_campbell, @caityparkerr. 

The Prop House and their sister brand, VM+ work together to create vibrant display’s throughout Queensland and deliver excellence in corporate event styling, prop hire, visual merchandising and corporate Christmas displays.

 For more information, visit The Prop House website or call (07) 3217 4500.



Photographs by Don’t Say Cheese Photography.
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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 wool shearing coats to cashmere jumpers, it’s all about creature comforts. Neutrals are everything, and your wardrobe will be happy to see the sweet relief of summer brights when you curl into all the turtle necks and wool sweaters you can find.

Interiors: This trend is all about creating a comfy, relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Create a personalized gallery wall by using black and white family photos, freshen your bed linen with textures and if you haven’t already, introduce indoor plants. Keep to silver toned greenery such as patio olive trees and dried eucalyptus.

Our ‘go to’ prop: Louis Armchair Cream


Stranger Things

The Netflix series making its way from our lounge room to our closet; Stranger Things. Having just concluded their second season, the vibes of this trend are seeping into our everyday lives.

Fashion: Dark, mysterious, jungle vibes are what we’re feeling for this winter. Cosy up into op-shop finds in muted greens and dusty bomber jackets. You can’t go wrong with a rich emerald mini skirt and tights; match your finds to a classic pair of doc martens for a perfect cold weather combo. Without dipping our own toes back into 80’s nostalgia too much, we’re adopting key items such as caps, denim and shearling combos, trending the mysterious colour palette of the science-fiction show.

Interiors: With the sun setting earlier during the colder months, it’s a wonderful time to grace your interiors with darker hues. Paint a feature wall in Pantone’s ‘Dark Forest’ shade and embrace the beauty of rich and inky tones. Add life back into your home with a mix of greenery and flowers and welcome the 2018 colour of the year, Ultra Violet into your home through this trend, by mixing floral arrangements with a purple feature flower.

Our ‘go to’ prop: Luxe Gold Orbs and Tropical Monstera Leaves

Millennial Pink

It’s time we touched on the colour brushing everyone’s lips: millennial pink. Is it a salmon tone, a pastel peachy hue or a 90’s apricot hangover? D, All of the above.

Fashion: The Guardian states, “Millennial pink represents a kind of ironic prettiness, or post-prettiness. It’s a way to be pretty while retaining your intellectual detachment”. It’s a trend that captures modern feminism by straightforward placing and reclaiming this colour in everything from clothing to furniture. Find this statement colour everywhere; from coats to shoes but definitely in your kitchen.

Interiors: We blame Wes Anderson for the rise of Millennial Pink as it seeped from his 2014 film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. The pink trend is timeless and can be matched with most of your existing furnishings, match with burgundy for a masculine twist or rose gold to keep it girly. The frosty shades capture the ambiance of a previous life, and we love it! Style this pink in every way possible, it’s here to stay.

Our ‘go to’ prop: Pastel Pink Market Cart


The Rustic Classic

Our VM+ team trekked to the Sydney Gift Fair this month and were swept up into a collection of Autumnal native bouquets and dusty tones of the changing seasons. The tones of burnt chocolate and amber mix with muted army greens to create an Autumn heaven. We love the classic American maple leaf that captures quintessential Autumn, but what better way to cast our Australian style into the season than by our own collection of natives and sun-bleached bronze tones. By integrating native foliage into a display with rustic crates and Edison bulb lighting, an effective Autumn display is created.     

Our ‘go to’ prop: (COMING SOON) Burnt Chocolate Paper Ottoman 


A/W18 Fabric – VELVET

We couldn’t end this Autumn/ Winter Trend guide without sending out some love to our favourite fabric of the season – velvet. Seen throughout Prada accessories and international street styles, velvet has captured our attention. We love seeing it in all colours; mustard, burgundy, mint green and of course, pink. Wear it everywhere and anywhere, you have our full support to dip your toes or plunge your home into this fabric trend.


Read our 2018 Trend Forecast, and our blog on Ultra Violet: Pantone Colour of the Year.

For more inspiration, view our seasonal display gallery.

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