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Belle Magazine Article

November 2014

After what feels like a lifetime of producing countless articles for Belle magazine I am filled with gratitude for their acknowledgment of my contribution over the years. As Belle's original interior design consultant, my journey with the magazine allowed me to meet a wonderful range of talented designers, architects, artisans and artists as well as owners of interesting homes here and overseas. It also enabled me to work with some extraordinary belle editors, photographers, writers, art editors, and sub-editors. It was also delightful to have Jean Wright, who started working with me so many years ago, and is Belle's senior design consultant, interview me for the article.


Brunch with Simon Marnie, ABC Radio 702

29 June 2014

My interview with Simon Marnie (ABC 702) for his ‘Brunch with’ series at the end of June was one of the most enjoyable experiences. Not having met Simon, I did not know what to expect. He started recording as he wandered down the path heading for my front door, negotiating his way through my green, overgrown jungle, describing his experience of the tall ginger, tall ferns, lush greenery, bromeliads with their brilliant splashes colour — of purple, vivid pink, bright reds and yellows — past my herb garden and then there he was knocking on my front door, greeting me with a big smile. We walked through my home as he interviewed me. We laughed a lot as I talked about my life and my home and the history contained between the walls. Our half an hour interview was over all too quickly.


Honoured to be Awarded the Order of Australia Medal on the Queen's Birthday 2014

9 June 2014

I have been truly humbled and honoured by having been awarded the OAM for service to interior design, Australia and writing. I am so passionate and in love with the work I do that the fact I have been recognised for my “contribution to Australia‚Äôs Cultural development” is an amazing gift.


11th Congress of the International Colour Association (AIC) 2009

University of NSW, 27 September - 2 October 2009

‘The Role Australian Home Magazines Have Played in Colour and Design Education’
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Babette Hayes was part of the Organising Committee for the 11th Congress of the International Colour Association (AIC) which took place in Sydney in 2009. Babette presented a paper The Role Australian Home Magazines Have Played in Colour and Design Education at the Congress.

The Congress was an exciting and stimulating one with 180 papers presented and 80 poster presentations from 30 countries around the world across the full spectrum of colour studies. Eighty percent of those presenting were International representatives. It was a forum for specialists to share the latest findings from their colour research, an opportunity to promote greater dialogue between people working in different disciplines and for delegates to broaden their understanding of colour.

There were two symposia with themes approached from the perspective of the arts and the sciences:

  • ‘Good’ colours, ‘bad’ colours, humanity and the environment
  • Appearance: phenomena and measurement

It was an inspiring coming together of leading colour researchers and experts in their fields.


‘What Goes Around Comes Around’: Babette Hayes Celebrates Four Decades of Involvement in the World of Interior Design and Magazine Styling

Mosman Art Gallery, 16 June 2009 — 6pm for 6:30pm start
Corner of Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Road, Mosman NSW

Be inspired by the past as we currently look to the 60s and 70s and increasingly appreciate those iconic designers who set the foundations for what we enjoy now with a contemporary approach. Enjoy a kaleidoscope of colour and design spanning Babette's 50 years of styling as featured in Home Journal, Belle, Vogue Living and House & Garden as well as her iconic book Australian Style, where such luminaries as Marion Hall Best, Florence Broadhurst, Neville Gruzman and Harry Seidler are featured.


The Cutting Edge: FGI International Conference

Powerhouse Museum, 15-18 November 2007
Harris Street, Ultimo NSW

Babette Hayes has been invited to address the conference on Saturday evening, 17 November on Florence Broadhurst — Reinventing the Brand for a Contemporary Market.

Florence Broadhurst was a revolutionary artist and wall paper designer. A fascination with her colourful life and outstanding designs has led to a worldwide revival of the Florence Broadhurst brand. This session reveals the many lives of this extraordinary Australian, the far-reaching influences of her designs and how the company, Signature Prints, has established the Florence Broadhurst global brand.

Other guest speakers include Helen Lennie, General Manager Signature Prints; David Lennie, CEO Signature Prints; Helen O'Neill, author of Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret and Extraordinary Lives.


Design Industry Forum

South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, 20 June 2007

Babette addressed design students at the Lidcombe College of TAFE's Design Industry Forum showing the range of her design work from the 1960s to the present day and her knowledge of the interior design industry.


NSW Department of Education and Training's Technology Education K-8: Design in Practice

Liverpool Girls High School, 12 June 2007

Babette visited Liverpool Girls High School where year 7 students (200 wonderful girls) gathered to hear her presentation for the NSW Department of Education and Training's Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics project: Technology Education K-8: Design in practice. The presentation about the principles of interior design and related opportunities aimed to enhance the teaching of the design through practice-based professional collaboration in the Science and Technology syllabuses.


Fabulous Florence: the life and designs of Florence Broadhurst

NSW Parliament House, 2 April 2007

Babette with Helen and David Lennie of Signature Prints gave a presentation for the Opera Foundation Society, which showed a range of design concepts that incorporated design trends and wallpapers over the past decades as well as contemporary applications.


Boral Roofing Annual Colour and Design Forum

Sydney, 5 December 2006
Melbourne, 7 December 2006
Brisbane, 8 December 2006

Babette Hayes gave presentations on design and colour directions in the built environment and product aesthetics for architects, designers, colour consultants, builders, developers, town planners and regulators.


Hunters Hill Trust Christmas Cocktail Party

Hunters Hill, 29 November 2006

Babette Hayes gave a talk for the Hunters Hill Trust on the importance of learning from our forefathers, involving children and passing on family "stories", how people lived 40, 60 and 100 years ago.


Room Magic

Citigate Sebel Hotel, 28-29 October 2006

“Babette's work on the slides was amazing. The exercises were interesting.”
—Louise Kensington, Interior Decorator

“Thank you for the opportunity to attend your Room Magic workshop which I enjoyed immensely. Your passion and energy for interior design and decoration is an inspiration. Thank you again for expressing your knowledge and passion with me at your workshop.”
—Shirley Gavin, Interior Decorator and TAFE Interiors Teacher

“I wanted to thank you for such a wonderful weekend. So much information to take in, it's great to look back over my notes. I didn't look at your notes in the folder, until Wednesday, I was savouring it, not wanting the journey to end, but of course, it hasn't ended, it is just beginning or should I say, continuing!”
—Kerrey Williams, Interior Decorator and TAFE Interiors teacher

What did you learn?

“The link between relaxation and design and how to let yourself go when we were working with the collection of fabrics.”
—Jamie Hall, Architect

“That there are ‘No Rules’ with creative design and it's ok to take risks.”
—Ann Maxwell, Interior Decorator


‘Up and Running’ Interior Design and Decoration Conference

Nepean Arts and Design Centre, Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, 29 November 2006

Babette Hayes gave a presentation to the Neapean Arts and Design Centre for Western Sydney Institute of TAFE Advanced Diploma of Interior Design and Diploma of Interior Decoration students.

“I just wanted to simply express my appreciation for your contribution to the conference. I am so grateful and all the feedback I got from the students is very positive as they all have been very appreciative of your presentation. We all found you and your work very exciting and very inspirational.”
—Joanna Nestoroski, Interior Design Coordinator, Neapean Arts & Design Centre, WSI TAFE Kingswood Campus


Breaking New Ground in Styling — From the 60s Onwards

Citigate Sebel Hotel, 27 September 2006

Australia's first stylist, Babette Hayes is recognised for her ground breaking work in magazine styling and her committment to raising standards of interior photography. This seminar showed an extensive range of images illustrating the work Babette has produced over the years for Home Journal, Belle, House & Garden, Vogue Living, The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend and Domain home.


‘Styling is About Design, Balance and Spontaneity’

The Powerhouse Museum, 2 September 2006

Babette Hayes' one day seminar for the Colour Society of Australia explored how we respond to images, spaces, and colour. Participants were taught to meditate to tune in to their creativity. They experienced what it is like to walk through a variety of spaces and understand why and how we are affected by our environments on all levels — the physical involving all the senses, the emotional, the mental and the spiritual. The qualities that are essential for professionals such as designers, architects, colour consultants, teachers and home makers were discussed such as the need for respect, understanding, clear communication, a sense of fun, flexibility among many.


The Joys (and Tribulations) of Working with Lewis Morley

The Art Gallery of NSW, 16 August 2006

Babette Hayes has known Lewis Morley since she was 15 and studying at art school. When Babette started working she was asked to style some pages for English House and Garden and asked Lewis Morley to do the photography. Babette Hayes is a well known interior designer and stylist for magazines in Australia and internationally. Lewis Morley, whose photographic career spans more than five decades is one of Australia's best known and ‘famous’ photographers, known particularly for his iconic image of Christine Keeler in London in the 1960s.

Babette Hayes' talk was in association with the Art Gallery of New South Wales Lewis Morley Exhibition and the Sydney Design 06 launched by the Powerhouse Museum. View PDF


Florence High Tea

The Powerhouse Museum, 13 August 2006

As part of the Sydney Design 06, 10th International Design Festival produced by the Powerhouse Museum, Babette Hayes and author Helen O'Neill discussed Florence Broadhurst and her work. View PDF