Each week we shine the spotlight on some of Australia’s best designers, artists and stylists and have them share with us what’s making them tick; anything from their favourite cafe and shop to their favourite book and musician. Today we chat to Tim Neve, the beach-loving stylist, author and fabric and wallpaper designer.
1. What is your favourite cafe?
In Newcastle, Suspension Espresso at Islington has the best coffee. So much so, it’s why I chose just around the corner to open my pop-up shop! It’s far from glam — in fact, it’s grunge — but the caffeine kick never fails to get my creative juices flowing each morning. I’m not the only one who loves it, be prepared to join the line outside the front door each morning.
2. What is your favourite book?
Styling wise, I can’t go past the wonderful Sibella Court’s book Etc. I remember when it came out and how it cemented for me that styling was more than just cushion fluffing. I honestly believe this book changed the format and tone of good interiors books, and it’s the reason I hunted down the same publisher (Murdoch Books) for mine.
3. What is your favourite shop?
I’m always on the hunt for the unique and one-off, so vintage and op-shops are a weekly outing. Newcastle also has a growing artisan markets scene — Hunt and Gather markets are amazing, with handcrafted homewares that are also bang-on trend. I also can’t stop myself from going inside a bargain $2 shop — you never know what little goodies you might find inside as future styling props!
4. What is your favourite homeware you own?
As a stylist my favourite changes constantly, as I am lucky enough to have in my possession a rotating treasure chest of wares and props. But at the moment it’s a cushion design from my debut range with Sparkk called Mermania, in a fresh coral colourway. It’s a watercolour scallop pattern that looks like the scales of a fish, or mermaid’s tail.
5. Who is your favourite musician?
The daily grind of styling can be stressful, with more often than not unrealistic deadlines and demanding clients. But it’s the pop tunes of Kylie that make sure I always have a smile on my face. I also love anything that helps to keep the mood upbeat and energy flowing, anything from the original ’80s to latest releases will do the trick for me. That being said, I can’t stand commercial radio for more than a few minutes, so the car radio is always tuned to the ever-soothing ABC Classic FM.