Claire Delmar has an established residential and commercial interior styling consultancy business that is the culmination of over 18 years in publishing, styling across the spheres of fashion, interiors, food and art. Her consultancy business has also seen her design store concepts/window merchandising, style interior design books and cookbooks, advertising campaigns and TVC’s, along with being a creative for industry-leading retailers.
Upon completion of a Bachelor of Media, Claire commenced her creative career as a Fashion Stylist. After five years working on magazine titles at the forefront of the industry, she took her innovative vision to the world of interiors, including the role of Style Director for Home Beautiful magazine.
Keen to share her industry experience and explore the principles of design from an academic viewpoint, Claire accepted the senior position of Department Head of Advanced Diploma of Styling & Design Coordination at the Whitehouse School of Design.
Claire’s love for editorial work lured her back to the publishing sector, where she made her mark as Style Editor for Inside Out magazine. Driven by her passion to discover design, art and architecture in a broader global context, various freelance roles in London followed, including stand-out work for Elle Decoration and Living Etc magazines.
Returning to Australia with invaluable international insight, Claire’s ability to impart style across multiple design disciplines saw her expand her skills to the culinary world of Gourmet Traveller magazine and simultaneously develop new exciting conceptual work within the advertising industry.
In addition to her consultancy business, she has most recently moved into the art world creating ‘STILL’, an exhibition with photographer Felix Forest http://www.felixforest.com/2750904-still, inspired by 17th Century Dutch painters of still life that resonated with her style and unquestionably influence her blog work - The Palate Project www.clairedelmarblog.com
BLOG: THE PALATE PROJECT
I’m a food and interior stylist and when I planned to start a blog, I was seeking a contemporary way to combine both my passions without the limitations that are intrinsic when styling for others. I also have a teaching background and have noticed the recent influx of interest in becoming a stylist through social media, Instagram and workshops. Because of that, I decided to share with you what I love and enjoy about my job and hopefully inspire you to entertain a little more in a simple yet special way. I also hope the blog can be used as a reference point or a resource upon which to build your own creative ideas.
Throughout the coming months, I will use the blog as a vehicle to introduce not only the creative people that cross my path, but some of the behind-the-scenes information about what an interior and food stylist gets up to on a daily basis. I’m often bound by briefs, budgets and sometimes trends too, so I’m excited about the freedom of the blog and the ability to push my creativity.
The kitchen is, and has always been, the most important place in my home and sitting around the table with friends, sharing a great meal is hard to beat. My most cherished memories are of conversations had whilst enjoying beautiful food in comfortable surroundings - so don’t expect too much overly-styled or matching table settings. What you will see is exactly how I love to live. I hope that by sharing my approach and ideas on the blog, you will have the courage and confidence to style your own homes and tables, bring together family and friends and also create simple but considered food and entertaining concepts within your home.
I plan for the blog to lead me down an organic path and expect the ingredients and recipes to change as my garden and home elements (and props cupboard!) grow and adjust with the seasons. I love the unexpected and look forward to hearing your feedback and comments on how you like to entertain and spend time with friends and family because aren’t those special moments invaluable?