Brisbane Interior Stylists: Q&A with Indigo Jungle


In this new column, I will be showcasing some of Brisbane’s creative folk, who work hard to create the things we all love – beautiful spaces.
Each week, I will be sharing some insight into the minds and lives of Brisbane designers, stylists, makers and creators.
I hope you will connect with them, their ideals and designs and be inspired to create or improve your own beautiful space.

Brisbane Interior Stylists: Q&A with Indigo Jungle

Indigo Jungle are a dynamic and spirited styling duo working on some amazing projects around town.  From suburban homes to hotels and bars, the Indigo Jungle girls add a real sense of warmth and personality to architectural spaces through carefully considered styling.

I had a fun day photographing some of their work and watching them weave in and out of what they do best, and what they love – styling and creating beautiful spaces!  Vanessa has design and organisational prowess and Caro adds the creative elements, ensuring balance in everything they do.

They were gracious enough to answer some of questions for me to share with you and see what goes on inside the minds of Indigo Jungle!
Tell us a bit about your backgrounds and how that led to styling?

Vanessa –  I have been a graphic designer for 15 years and now that my children are school aged and I have filled and styled two amazing homes, when Caro and I got chatting it seemed a natural progression to join forces.

Caro – I have a design (graphic and interior) and visual art background. Styling kind of just happened, I am a little bit obsessed with beautiful surroundings!!!

Brisbane Interior Stylists Indigo Jungle -  Stradbroke Shack.  Photo by Josh Thies
Brisbane Interior Stylists Indigo Jungle – Stradbroke Shack. Photo by Josh Thies

 

You both bring different skills to Indigo Jungle clients, how does your collaboration work as a duo?

V – I handle the day-to-day administration and client relations, and also act as visual support. There is a lot of laughing and we love what we do.

C – Our roles are a bit fluid from job to job, but I focus on the creative side and making sure the brief is met. We do laugh a lot, it’s a great way to keep our sanity! We understand each other and we seem to instinctively know what is needed to get where we need to take the project, a rare ease.

What do you love most about styling?
V – Having a tool kit!
C – I am incredibly grateful I can use my creativity in a spatial way. Everything I have done has led me to this!… and I do like wearing a butcher’s apron when I work.
Brisbane Interior Stylists Indigo Jungle - Ashgrove Residence.  Photo by Kate O'Sullivan
Brisbane Interior Stylists Indigo Jungle – Ashgrove Residence. Photo by Kate O’Sullivan

 

Is there a word or a phrase that would encapsulate Indigo Jungle’s style?

V – individual, heterogeneous, emotive, lively, easy.

C – Pink is what red looks like when it lets its hair down. – Tom Robbins

 

Brisbane Interior Stylists Indigo Jungle - Highgate hill home.  Photo via Indigo Jungle
Brisbane Interior Stylists Indigo Jungle – Highgate hill home. Photo via Indigo Jungle

 

What has been your most rewarding job for Indigo Jungle so far?
V – The ‘Ashgrove Literature Festival’ stage set. We were given 2 days notice. We themed, sourced, gathered, picked up, delivered, installed and styled a small stage area. It looked amazing and just proved to both of us that we are meant to be.

 

C – Seeing an idea realised is very satisfying, and sourcing can be a lot of fun too! Each job has brought something, but yes, the Ashgrove Festival was snappy and a lot of fun.

Is there a place or space in Brisbane that you absolutely adore or are inspired by?  

V – North Stradbroke Island for its natural beauty, abundant wildlife, earthy colour palette and the escape from city life.

C – The Gallery of Modern Art and The Qld Art Gallery have been a constant source of inspiration. I go there often when I need a creative boost. Walking around, experiencing art in a very considered environment works for me. I am reminded of all the possibilities, talent, energy and courage around us.


 

Thanks so much to Vanessa and Caro for being the guinea pigs in this new column.  I hope you have been inspired in some way.  Make sure you follow Indigo Jungle on their beautiful travels via their website, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Brisbane Interior Stylists Indigo Jungle - Dutch Courage Officers Mess bar.  Photo by Kate O'Sullivan
Brisbane Interior Stylists Indigo Jungle – Dutch Courage Officers Mess bar. Photo by Kate O’Sullivan

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