Our High Summer shoot was a continuation from our Spring Summer campaign, showcasing our bestselling summer styles and new season favourites, in context of our outdoor lifestyle during the hot and sunny season. We were lucky enough to work with a great team of creatives, including our Stylist – Meghan Plowman, Photographer – Matt Biocich, and Exterior Stylist and Landscaper – Ascher Lindsay. The essence of the shoot was to capture that summery feel in a, natural and fresh way, using tropical plant shadows, natural textures and summer accessories for interest while set against one of Ascher Lindsay’s recently renovated properties. We’ve interviewed Meghan and Ascher to learn a little bit more about what they do and their tips and tricks for the summer season. Take a look at our new High Summer styles here.
COULD YOU START BY TELLING US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?
I have mostly been focussed on the arts since I was young. From fine art to ballet and film, I quickly realised it was my thing. I have a background in graphic design and interiors, and have been photographing for about 10 years. You’ll often find me photographing green things however I’m typically drawn to subjects that revolve around the home and how we live.
WHEN DID YOU BEGIN ART DIRECTING/STYLING?
After working in graphic design for a number of years, I shifted to interiors. I had countless product look books delivered to me and I realised I wanted to be working on the imagery I was seeing. I then jumped into the world of styling and that was 6 years ago.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF ART DIRECTING/STYLING?
Probably ever-evolving! Typically though, my work is quite natural in materials and colour yet refined design elements play a big role as a contrast.
WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION BEHIND THE STYLING FOR BETTS’ HIGH SUMMER SHOOT?
Generally I work with natural light and not much with direct sun. But I have come to love the very sharp and defined shadows created in full sun, so when the brief called for this I was excited to play with texture and objects to create some interesting shadow play and strong, minimal looks. I wanted to stay in line with an earthy and light palette that suggested heat and warm holiday destinations but also complemented the neutral colours and designs of the season line.
Featuring CHYNA our lace-up block heel sandal
Featuring TUMBLE our men’s huarache sandals (which will be re-stocked very soon)
WHAT ARE SOME KEY TIPS TO STYLING A HOME FOR SUMMER?
If you have an outdoor space, use it! Bring in extra chairs, add some shade options and hang a string of festoons.
HOW DO YOU CREATE THE PERFECT SUMMER FLATLAY?
Summer is different for everyone, so most importantly it has to include things you love. Things you take to the beach, summer memories in print, packing for a summer holiday or a picnic on the grass.
Featuring PEANUT our slip-on slides
Pick a surface in a texture or colour that reminds you of your Summer - could be anything from a beach towel, the outdoor deck or just a favourite piece of fabric like linen or a cotton skirt. My advice for any styling is make sure not to overcrowd it - arrange, play and have fun as you would and then remove just one item.
Featuring VICIOUS our stacked platform footbed slides
Add something fresh for some life, a glass of water with some lemon, a leaf branch or a cut up piece of fruit. Contrasting real with man-made can give an image some extra interest. Have fun and try not to make it perfect!
Featuring FORTRESS our stacked platform footbed sandals (which will be re-stocked very soon).
COULD YOU START BY TELLING US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?
My name is Ascher Lindsay. By day, I am the Managing Director and Landscape Designer of Ascher Smith Exterior Styling and Landscaping. My husband, Dylan, is our site Manager for the landscaping side of the business.
WHEN DID YOU BEGIN EXTERIOR STYLING AND LANDSCAPING?
Around 12 years ago I began my landscaping career as a landscaper in Broome where I gained the basis for my design qualifications. I developed severe Carpal tunnel in both wrists, to the point I could not work physically with my hands anymore and was told I should not Landscape anymore. I was so passionate about the industry and not ready to give it up, so I learnt the art of Landscape Design and soon found myself in love with the creative aspect of landscaping and the myriad of options nature has given us to create beautiful outdoor spaces.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT EXTERIOR STYLING AND LANDSCAPING?
I enjoy meeting new clients and solving their challenges. I love the fact that we literally change people’s lives and how they interact with their families in their new outdoor spaces.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF ASCHER SMITH EXTERIOR STYLING AND LANDSCAPING?
I'd say our style is mid-century modern, with a dash of industrial and throw in a little Scandinavian… Mostly I love designing with natural stone and timbers, steel and concrete, brass and copper because it allows me to mix my styles to suit individual clients and their homes. These elements are usually balanced with a crisp, minimal backdrop to make these materials a feature in my designs. The plants and furnishings are such an important finishing touch as they set the mood and style for each home and garden along with our client’s particular brief.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DESIGN OF THE BACKYARD FEATURED IN THE BETTS HIGH SUMMER SHOOT?
As the old garden was so dark and dreary, I wanted to create a fun, bright, fresh, lush functional outdoor space that resembles a ‘Beachy Bungalow’ style. The use of white concrete, timber, lush greenery is prominent throughout the design. Beach houses traditionally use natural materials and textures to create a beachy style so we recreated this with casual timber furnishings and hardwood tree trunk stools. These were then softened with neutral toned throw pillows and wool throws for cool evenings.
Featuring SAND DUNE our frayed slip-on slides
With the freshly painted white exterior walls and white concrete flooring, it allows the abundance of leafy foliage to really pop. The garden has a mix of exotics and natives throughout as it is exposed to full summer sun so all need to be tolerant of our summer heat. A large feature Cactus against the white wall makes a great statement and complements the ‘beachy bungalow’ home style.
WHAT ARE SOME KEY TIPS TO CREATING A GREAT OUTDOOR SPACE?
To follow your heart and not necessarily the trends. You have to create an outdoor space your clients will love and that is a part of them and their style because it’s what they are going to live with every day.
Keep the material palette timeless. Timeless design doesn’t pull from trends. In fact, timeless materials and décor resists these trends. Timeless design is quietly understated, simple and sophisticated. This style is one that is designed to be highly functional, yet not bland and boring. Your timeless style is subtle, adaptable and outlasts. It’s a style that belongs to both its space and its environment.
Whatever you choose, however, you can’t be too precious about your finishes in the living space of a beach house if you have family to consider. Kids are going to plonk down on the sofa with a wet cossie on, so make sure you can remove the covers or move the furniture into the sun to dry. Go with cane, rattan and natural timbers for your main furniture pieces to keep the look consistent.