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Information Session

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Always wanted to get in touch with your creative side?

Come find out more about our Nationally Accredited Certificate IV in Design CUV40311 courses.

We specialise our Certificate IV’s in:
– Colour & Design
– Graphic Design

Date: Thursday 11th June 2015
Time: 6 – 7pm

We’ll be talking about…
– What you will learn on the program
– Creating your assessment portfolio
– Meet an industry expert, Luke Burrell
– Student Q & A

Be inspired by our guest speakers:
– Donna Burrell, School Director
– Luke Burrell, Director Mezzanine Media
– Ana Saiao , Program Educator
– Julie Kosy, Past Student

RSVP: hello@hds.nsw.edu.au


INSPIRATION :: Furoshiki

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Furoshiki (風呂敷) a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods.

Originating from Japanese culture where it promotes caring for the environment and reducing waste; Furoshiki is the eco-friendly wrapping cloth.

Using techniques similar to origami, it can be used for gift wrapping, grocery shopping or simply as decor.

Why furoshiki? It is reusable and multipurpose. Each year billions of plastic bags end up as litter; reusable bags, such as, furoshiki can help reduce the impact to our environment. Its versatility allows you to wrap almost anything regardless of its shape or size.




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Image’s sourced via pinterest

Mothers Day 2015

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If you’ve left spoiling your mum on mother’s day to the last minute…it’s ok.

Here’s a few things that are happening around Parry St.

Hunter Design School:

All About Flowers Mother and Daughter Brunch

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Spend the day with your mum learning how to make a boxed floral arrangement using environmentally friendly techniques (no floral foam!). Kate from Two Wild Hands will guide you through traditional and inventive arrangement techniques, with a delicious brunch. Tools, vessel and flowers are provided, be creative with the vessel you bring, and feel free to bring along clippings from your own garden! Everything you make is yours to keep.

Click here to register

Mother’s Day Pop Up Shop’s

Local designers and artisan’s are popping up with their beautiful hand made gifts, cards and wrapping paper from 9.00 – 1.00pm

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Shop’s include:

Blessing & Honour

Mim Concepts

Tuga by KZ

Diana Bower Accessories 

Apothecary Artist 


Keep an eye on instagram and facebook for other surprise shops


Pappa Sven’s


Pappa Sven’s shop is open from 9.30 – 1.00 on Saturday, with an assortment of Swedish homewares and small gifts. Plus will have arrangement’s of flower’s by Little Wren.

Find Pappa Sven here



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Greg Natale will be in store from 12.00 – 2.00 to do a book signing of his newly released book “The Tailored Interior”. Books can be purchased in store now or on the day.

Find out more here


The Edwards

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Treat your mother’s to a lovely Edwards style brunch on Mother’s Day the 10th of may.  With every booking on the day will receive a complimentary glass of champagne and chocolate coated strawberries for Mother dear on arrival. Plus The Edwards would like to gift to you, and your mum (who we love) a little keepsake to capture and remember the day by offering an authentic vintage photo-booth experience.

The girls from Oh Fleur will also have flower arrangements available to purchase on the day.

Find out more here


Greg Natale is coming to insideout

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Greg Natale  is an award winning designer known for his use of bold colour and pattern and creating warm, layered, livable spaces.

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In his new book, The Tailored Interior, Greg offers a generous and unique view into the creative process, sharing his passions, experiences, advice and the philosophy behind his richly tailored, sophisticated style.

Be sure to secure your personally signed copy at his Newcastle book launch on the 9th May.

For more info :: insideout online or facebook 

Juliana Joins the Team at insideout

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Juliana L Martin, graduate from the Hunter Design School has now joined the team at insideout, located in Parry St Newcastle.

Juliana’s passion for interior design has seen her work with companies such as Space, King Furniture and other high-end interior decoration and furniture showrooms over the past 15 years.


Born in Brazil, Juliana has lived in different countries expanding her knowledge of different cultures and styles, whilst driving her passion for vintage objects, fabrics and interesting textures.

‘I always try to meet the clients needs and interior decoration expectations in a practical, efficient and friendly way.  Just returning to Newcastle after 12 months in Western Australia, I am now working as a design consultant for insideout in Newcastle, and have the pleasure of working with the most beautiful and friendly team Chris, Deborah and Liz.’

The team would for you to drop by and check out some of these new products.

Lazytime sofa by Camerich

CAMERICH lazytime modular

Ascot Parque Buffet.

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Drake Buffet

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insideout :: 192 Parry St Newcastle West



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Shibori Cushions by Ikat and Batik

Blue Shibori Silk Scarf by Amirama

Blue Shibori Clutch by AikoThreads

Indigo Dyed Zafu Meditation Cushion by Gretchie W

Minimalist blouse by dyeing2meetU

Shibori Dish Towel by Holli and Field

Blue Journal by Mettaville

Fold Over Clutch by Liduvina


Learn more about Shibori and give this beautiful Japanese dyeing technique a go for yourself at next Shibori Workshop.

Read  more here



Celebrating 60 years of the Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair

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Originally designed by legendary Arne Jacobsen in 1955, the Series 7 chair has been the single most poplar design piece in the history of Republic of Fritz Hansen. Through decades the strong, minimalist shape has stood the test of time. In fact, Republic of Fritz Hansen feels so strongly about the translatable nature of the original model, they have changed nothing about the design.
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Contrasts are the keyword in the 60th Anniversary Edition – it is all about contrast, both in materials, surfaces and colours. The two chairs has been created with a masculine or feminine perspective – as a deep dark blue shell with powder coated legs in a burnished look and a pale pink shell with gold-plated legs (24 kt). While the deep dark blue and the pale pink may contrast each other, they are also two colours that when combined, both display a calming and elegant look.

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Find out more at Cult Designs 




Miriam’s Story so far…

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When you meet Miriam, you experience an abundance of life, laughter and a passion for colour and design.

Here’s Miriam’s story so far….

Working as a visual merchandiser for 10 years and having a passion for interior styling, I started my own business ‘MimConcepts’ combining my two loves.

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I wanted to develop my skills further and gain more knowledge around design and colour, so I became apart of the HDS community and completed my Certificate IV in Design. Throughout the course, I learnt alot about why my designs were working (or why there weren’t not as successful as they could be) and the process for design. This made me to slow down and consider every creative choice I made, resulting in successful designs. This was made evident when I won the 2014 Achievement Award for Certificate IV in Design plus the Industry Design Award from local homewares store Me Me.

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When designing for myself I’m drawn to Scandinavian and Vintage styles, thus designing and producing a Scandinavian inspired tapestry weave for my major project. Weaving gave me the space to create something that was therapeutic and the opportunity to work with natural fibers.

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With a fresh understanding of the design process, I will now be producing and selling a range of my tapestry weaving’s on etsy. My first range is inspired by modern Scandinavian interiors with tones of pink, peach, grey and mint alongside contrasts of black and white.

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Check out Miriam’s etsy store here

Find out more about Mim Concepts here


Term Dates for 2015

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Term Dates for Certificate IV in Design :: Colour & Design, Diploma in Colour Consulting & Planning, Diploma in Interior Design & Styling


Induction night for all new students – Tuesday 3rd February 6.30 – 8pm

Term One  9th February – 27th March

Term Two  27th April – 19th June

Term Three  20th July – 11th September

Term Four  12th October – 27th November

Graduation Night – 11th December

Nicole’s Journey

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After working in Real Estate for many year I developed a strong interest in property and homes.  

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Always passionate about beautiful things for the home, I would scour through magazines reading every fine detail.  Falling in love with the homewares on each page of the magazine, I often wondered why I couldn’t find these locally and always dreamed of opening my own homewares shop.

After having my two boys and building my own home, I met Donna who told me all about the Hunter Design School.  I was immediately interested and decided to follow my dream and enrol in the Certificate of Colour and Design back in 2009.  I then continued on to complete Colour Planning and Consulting and Interior Design. During my 3rd year, as part of the Interior Design course, I set out my business plan and vision and established my business, Chrysalis Interiors.

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After a few years of consulting and styling, Chrysalis Interiors became Chrysalis Interiors and Homewares and I opened my first lifestyle retail shop in my home town of Redhead in March 2014. I was quite particular about what I wanted… no shopping centre or strip, just a cute little building I could transform.  Its funny actually,  as part of the Colour Planning course one of the projects was to draft a colour scheme for our own shop and if I look back at the picture now it is almost exact to what Chrysalis looks like.

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I currently stock a varied array of furniture, homewares including cushions, throws, artwork and home decor.  I have a small clothing range and also stock jewellery and accessories.  I strongly promote local designers, artists and craftspeople and have a number of unique products in my shop from local creatives.  I love the feedback that I get from my customers who are now coming from far and wide and spreading the word that Chrysalis is a great one stop shop for gifts and homewares.

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We also offer an interior design and styling service from the shopfront.  This, for me, is the most exciting part of the business as I am able to now source some amazing  products from large furniture pieces to cushions and lighting and help peoples vision for their home come alive.  The knowledge I gained  from my studies now assist me on a daily basis from colour placement and presentation in the shop to my interior design and consultancy business.

Chrysalis Interiors and Homewares is located at 1/18 Steel Street, Redhead and is open daily from 10am.  

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