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Jason Grant – Interior Stylist and Author

Jason Grant – Interior Stylist and Author Book 01

Mr Jason Grant is a Sydney-based interior stylist and author who has worked with many Australian and international magazines including Inside Out, Belle, House and Garden, Real Living, Vogue Living, Australian Country Style, Gourmet Traveler, Elle Decoration and Living etc.

I think I would have met Jason at least 10-12 years ago. Like most Melbournian creative people, we tend to go to the same work parties and events and mix and work with the same crew…

Jason moved to Sydney around 4 or so years ago now and it’s been great to watch his career take off and branch out in new directions.

Jason has recently published his first book with with Hardie Grant Books “A Place called Home” and is working hard on the second.

He has collaborated with numerous major brands, and has produced a signature paint collection with Australian paint company – Murobond as well as an exclusive stationery line for Officeworks. Jason has also recently started writing for his own “At Home” column for The Sunday Telegraph and Herald Sun.

I flicked Jason a few questions to answer whilst he was on the road in Melbourne recently. Jason was kind enough to come back to me with a few answers below in-between visiting furniture and interiors stores and madly sourcing items for his next shoot.

You can follow Jason’s stylist adventures on his daily blog, or like most visual people – he is super active on Instagram – so you can keep up to speed with the latest interior trends, colours, must have items, bargains or just snaps of his daily inspiration.

All images from ‘A place called home’ – thanks to James Geer.

Jason Grant – Interior Stylist and Author Book 02

Jason Grant – Interior Stylist and Author

Q & A:

1) At what age did you start as an interior stylist/did you always want to be a stylist/what would you be doing if you weren’t a stylist?

In my early 20′s – I hadn’t really ever planned to be a stylist – I had met a and worked with a few…. I was given a lucky break and gave it a go and there was no turning back.

2) Did you study within the creative/design space/or just learn on the job/teach yourself? Who were some of your greatest creative influences during this time? (photographers/furniture designers/stylists/architects or other)

I never studied to be a stylist – I guess it came naturally early on… I worked with a number of great photographers such as Lucas Allen and learnt a lot from him on shoots (he’s a great photographer that equally has a great stylists eye)

3) How would you describe your creative style, and do you feel it has changed over the years as you’ve grown as an artist/stylist?

My style is relaxed and causal, fun and not too serious. It’s definitely not contrived or over styled. I have enjoyed the journey and working on my first book was an interesting process to showcase and work out what my style is.

4) What is your favourite subject matter to shoot/work on? Do you have an all time favourite photo or job that you’ve styled for (or object that you’ve sourced)? If so – what is it of/is there a story behind it?

My favourite project has definetly been working on book 1… As a stylist you often work for others, so working on your own project is the best.

5) What do you love most about your job/and what is the key to great design?

I love that I get to do what I love. I work hard but really enjoy it. The blur between work and play is sometimes hard to define but i wouldnt have it any other way.

6) So you’ve just published your first book…. How did this inspiration/goal come about?

How long did the project take? Where is it available to buy? Is this the start of many books, or published works to come?

It is hopefully the first of many. It’s the ultimate to have your own book. It’s something that I have wanted to do for a while now. The planning of the books was some time in the making, but the production was rather quick.

The book is available in most book stores, a number of homewares and giftshops, online also including signed copies are also available from my website

7) You’ve worked with many well known clients over the years – what have been some of the more interesting jobs/projects that you’ve worked on?

I really enjoy most jobs … Large jobs for clients like Freedom are very enjoyable as they are a collaboration from start to finish.

8) As a creative person – who and what inspires you?

I am inspired by the world of fashion and by nature … People like Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Sass and Bide…

9) Having been lucky enough to visit many beautiful homes over the years – has there been a stand out location or house/interior that you’ve shot or worked in over the years?

I just visited Byron Bay recently for the first time for a working holiday. I loved it and will return there again soon for a proper holiday.

10) What next – any other interesting projects (work or personal) …?

Book 2 is in the pipeline and several more I hope …