Me & Country Style…

images @Ness Lockyer 2015

Me & country style go way back.  I have long loved country style the style and Country Style the magazine, for many, many years. Actually, since I was very small. I used to draw houses that have the same facade as Our Old Lady has now. It’s always been in me and the love it grew even stronger as I grew up and moved into my own space.

The simple, un-fussed over look suited me to a T. The thought that I could put ticking and check together with linens, old stoneware alongside new ceramics was a wonderful concept in my eyes. I’ve always wanted to have a home where you can feel like you belong there, like part of our family. Country style allowed that sense of freedom.

I can’t pin point any one certain style to say “this is what I follow”. I have never been a follower and I seem to gravitate always to timeless pieces, palettes and pieces. Never following trends. I collect what I love and add it to the ongoing mix. It seems to work. Industrial, Provincial, relaxed, modern country, Hampton’s and farm house are terms that come to mind of what I love…but it’s elements from these that I take, not a whole collection…you know?

Australian Country Style helped me in the early days. Fresh out of my parent’s home, Mic and I moved into a three bedroom granny flat and it was this magazine, along with the now ceased American “Country Home”, that became my go to’s. I have every issue I bought and loved the lifestyle they both depicted within their pages. I could get lost among the stories, always wanted my own country life, adding post-it note bookmarks to the pages for reference.

So when I was first asked by Country Style to be in their magazine, I was blown away…completely! Ever since that first story in the June 2012 issue, Marley & Lockyer has popped up in various pages and editorials since then and I am humbled to have such amazing support from them.

This months issue is a stunning Christmas issue with lots of people I know and respect and admire. I was asked to make a ceramic and porcelain wreath for this issue. It’s on page 66 alongside some incredibly talented Women from various creative styles…you must check it out!

©Marley&Lockyer 2015

I was even more surprised when I flicked a few more pages along a found one of my French Embroidered Plates featured in a recipe…that’s it with the cake on it.

This is definitely another issue to save for sure.

I’m super proud of my ceramic and porcelain wreath – The Forever Wreath

©Marley & Lockyer 2015

I had a little play about with it in our kitchen the other day, to try out this years ‘look’. I’m going for a more natural theme this year…ticking, linen and natural colours…with lot’s of white, of course.

Easy, casual, light and airy. I’m making a wreath for us to keep…which is rare that I ever get a real piece of my work, just the duds that don’t make it- ha!. I’m thinking i’m going to add sprigs of green and a big satin bow…or I might keep it simple like this one. What do you think?

If you would like one of your own Forever Wreath, please visit

…it’s not just for Christmas.

~Ness xx



Comments (13)

  • My last couple of comments haven’t gone through, but I’ll try again today! 🙂 I love the wreath just the way it is! But, a little color added now and again in a sprig and bow would be just as pretty! That’s the nice thing about a piece like that, it give you choices!

    • Yes! Adding greenery makes it pop even more. I have used it on the table to hold candles with fresh flowers too. You can do heaps with it xx

  • Well done Ness, well deserved recognition!

    • Thanks Fiona. It’s been brilliant xx

  • So cool, I recognised the name of course.

  • I’m a huge fan of Country Style myself! I just love the wreath as well – whenever I’m reading and I see one of your pieces I say to myself “Ooh, there’s something from Marley and Lockyer!” x

    • Naw. You are a sweetheart, Naomi!

      Ness xx

  • Greetings! I have been following your blog for several years and wanted to share that your products, photography, styling, and presentation are simply gorgeous. Such a delight to read and thank you for sharing your talents as you do.

    • Hi JoanMarie,
      Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment. Hope to ‘see’ you here again soon xx

  • A wonderful home, cosy and elegant, Kind Regards, Dora

    • thank you so much xx

  • I like the wreath as it is, but I’d still like to see what else you can do with it!

    • There is lot’s more you can do. Add some real greenery to it, lights, make it a center piece for candles…..


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