This month we sat down with Di and Claire, the dynamic duo behind Twofold Projects . An Interior Styling business committed to enriching people’s lives with textures, objects, furniture and art!
Who are you and what do you do?
Twofold Projects is a partnership between friends Dianne Sweeney and Claire Cau-Cecile.
Essentially we share an aesthetic for enriching people's spaces with textures, objects, furniture and art.
We refer to ourselves as stylists and we work on a variety of projects both big and small. Some months we may be updating a small single room apartment, other times it's a quick make over for the sale of a property. We also work with architects and builders on complete new projects and renovations which can involve everything from interior fit outs, joinery specifications, liaising with landscape designers and often even furnishing the new home for the owners.
We love to incorporate vintage pieces into our jobs, whether it be a light fitting or an item of furniture, this special piece often sets the tone for the project.
Are you happy with your work/life balance?
Our work and life really do merge into one. As we do love the industry we work in, we would ideally like a little more time to concentrate on the work side, but as we also value our important roles as mothers (Claire has 2 young children, and Dianne has 4). We are fortunate that we can dictate our own hours and be available for our busy children. Claire also consults to a start up company called A Perfect Space, so there is lots of juggling that goes on and we support each other 100% like all good partnerships.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people.
Dianne doesn’t like talking about herself so I am going to say it would be that she is a great long distance runner and ran the New York Marathon in 2015 in an amazing time, and I pretty sure she didn’t even build up a sweat! She also used to kick some serious butt in the world of design and advertising before deciding to have 4 children in 6 years!
Claire was the original creator and co-fouder of the very successful Life InStyle Trade Fair (which is on in Melbourne this week), and established the first curated gift and homewares event in Australia, all whilst she was a young mum. She also has a beautiful voice and will break into song at any given opportunity!
What makes you want to get up and dance?
Claire always wants to get up and dance, most of our friends and family get a daily broadway show if they pop in! She is an amazing entertainer and always has a house full of guests, so I would say, being surrounded by her people, a glass of wine with friends, or a night at the theatre.
Dianne was more of a get up and do Step Reebok kind of gal back in the day, but now she’s more likely to be found with camera in hand taking pictures of everyone else dancing.
What are your favourite White & Co pieces?
Well the entire White & Co range is all very ‘us'. We love black and denim, but will mix it up with muted earthy tones like khaki, grey, tan and navy. White & Co has us completely covered with all the fabulous layered pieces that we wear day to day.
The Jac + Mooki range, Sundry for the weekend, and we both wear the gorgeous luxe linen tees under everything.
Claire loves the Sticks and Sparrow sunnies, while Di can’t get enough of the crazy comfortable Harper Skinny Capri Pants.
And we do love the Scarves, Claire would rock the blue and grey leopard print one, and Dianne the blue with grey stripe.
We often have to check what the other is wearing before we meet up as we tend to dress quite similarly!
We also have the Flax Mugs in our studio for our afternoon cuppa. They often get hauled off to last minute shoots as a prop!
Some of Two Fold Project's work...