New Guest Blog – NYC Intern with Nat Turnbull (+ Confetti System giveaway!)

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 26th March 2012

This week Melbourne creative Nat Turnbull recounts her recent trip to New York, interning with cult design studios CONFETTI SYSTEM and FREDERICKS & MAE.

Nat Turnbull is a dear pal of ours here at TDF – she assists us occasionally, and was one of our fabulous ‘polka dot girls’ at The Design Files Open House last year.

We are always SO impressed with Nat’s clever ideas, energy and incredible DRIVE – she’s one of those super creative girls with many, many projects on the go at any one time.  She makes gorgeous necklaces with friend Elise Wilken under the name WITU – (you might have seen them at Monkhouse or on Michi Girl last month), she’s Beci Orpin‘s on-and-off assistant, and she also works with Clea Cregan at Miniscapes… talk about get-up-and-go!

As if that wasn’t an impressive enough list, just last month Nat was in NYC undertaking two AMAZING INTERNSHIPS with cult design studios CONFETTI SYSTEM and FREDERICKS & MAE !!!

YES.  I am not joking.  Nat’s hipster cred is, clearly, off the charts.  I think she might have to retire at 26 the way she’s going.  Or become an accountant or something (no disrespect to accountants!  I LOVE my accountant.)

Anyway we are SO excited this week to share a week with Nat on the Guest Blog as she shares a little New York diary, recounting her experiences at Confetti System (making amazing oversized pinatas and party decorations for Elle magazine fashionistas) and Fredericks & Mae (making horse hair tassels and custom wings and incredible decorative arrows).  It is so amazing to get a special peek inside both these studios, and hear Nat’s funny stories about having to eat Turkey sandwiches (‘American people love turkey, it’s so weird?!?’ she says!).

ALSO we are a bit excited to have a fabulous giveaway to accompany Nat’s NYC Intern diary this week.  Third Drawer Down are the Australian distributor for both Confetti System and Fredericks and Mae products, and have very generously offered a giveaway to accompany Nat’s guest blog. One lucky reader will win a Confetti System handmade multicoloured garland, valued at $165.00. (pictured below)

Confetti System multicoloured garland from Third Drawer Down

To be in the running, simply leave a comment on any of Nat’s Guest Blog posts between now and 10.00pm this Thursday.  A winner will be drawn at random and announced on Friday!

Massive thanks to NAT for her fab Guest Blog this week, and to Third Drawer Down for the giveaway!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 26th March 2012


  • josette 5 years ago

    It’s like a grown ups ode to pom poms, I’d love to see this hanging in my room.

  • Melissa 5 years ago

    Wow, this garland is absolutely gorgeous!

  • moira 5 years ago

    I have been coveting this garland for a while now… absolutely love it!

  • suzy 5 years ago

    Beautiful garland! I’m looking forward to the guest posts.

  • bella 5 years ago

    This garland would be just the thing for my birthday drinks party coming up!!

  • Johanna 5 years ago

    Garland – LOVE!!!!

  • jacqui 5 years ago

    Giveaway garland!? are you kidding me? Most brilliant giveaway ever!

  • Alisha 5 years ago

    This garland is stunning! And totally jealous of Nat’s internships!

  • Hayley 5 years ago

    This guest blog is such a refreshing change and inspiration. As a styling assistant, it’s nice to read about other people’s journey and challenges in trying to hit the big time! And it sounds like Nat just hit it! Well done.

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    Absolutely adore Confetti System!

  • Heidik 5 years ago

    Amazing!!! Love their stuff. It would be perfect for my next party!

  • Phoebe 5 years ago

    This garland would make my room party central. I want it.

  • Katherine 5 years ago

    I’ve been eyeing this for a while!!

  • Elizabeth Geddes 5 years ago

    ga-ga-ga-garland. yes thanks.

  • Andria Norvelis 5 years ago

    LOVE IT!!!! Please be mine :)

  • Gabriela 5 years ago

    i’ve always thought this is the best garland in town and around!

  • saneia 5 years ago

    such an inspiring and industrious internship – i don’t think you’re sleeping Natalie!

  • Carmen 5 years ago

    Fun and frivolous, whimsical and quirky, something we all must have..!

  • rowie 5 years ago

    Third Draw Down is the best shop in Melbourne! I cant believe they stock Confetti System! SWOON.

  • Emma 5 years ago

    Nat, what a hard worker! A lovely creative soul.

  • Mel 5 years ago

    Would brighten up any room

  • Bec 5 years ago

    Love love love! Gimmie please :)

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