TDF Talks With Super Stylist, Jono Fleming

TDF Talks is back, baby! Our podcast has been on a hiatus for a while but boy, have we missed you guys! After a bit of a break, we couldn’t think of a better way to inaugurate our comeback than a conversation with the ever delightful, Jono Fleming.

From podcasting to interior design, editing the ‘Style’ section of Inside Out to food styling in the Italian Alps (!), Jono has worked in nearly every corner of the interiors biz. Or so he thought. When the pandemic hit last year and he was thinking of ways to pivot, he launched his own affordable art business to sell the vintage-inspired prints. Now with Palette by Jono Fleming added to his repertoire, the super stylist seems like an unstoppable force in the interiors world!

In this super fun chat, Jono shares everything about the grit, the glamour and the grind of building a creative career.

Lucy Feagins

Jono’s ‘curated maximalist’ apartment in Sydney! Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Lucy Feagins
25th of June 2021

Jono Fleming is the nicest guy in the room. Every. Single. Time. It’s actually his superpower! You can probably tell how much we love him from the amount of times we’ve featured his cheerful, sunny face on TDF (remember his maximalist Sydney apartment, or the penthouse he designed for his parents?).

This excellent energy is also probably one of the reasons he’s worked in nearly every corner of the industry. It’ll come as no surprise to learn that a successful freelance career does not come out of nowhere, there is serious work involved in forging the kind of multifaceted

Jono started things out in the traditional way, finishing an interior design degree and working as an in-house designer. After an unexpected setback inspired some soul-searching, he took a gig doing food prep and styling for chef Sylvia Colloca – which involved a trip to the Italian Alps to film her TV show.

Since then, Jono has been the Style editor at Inside Out, a stylist at Temple and Webster, co-hosted his own successful podcast (‘House of Style’ with friend Kerrie-Ann Jones) AND launched an affordable art business – all while sustaining a freelance styling career. There ain’t no rest for the wicked!

As you’ll hear, all of this comes down to bouncing back, saying ‘yes’ to unexpected opportunities, and having hobbies that don’t necessarily become your side hustle. But even with all that in mind,  just HOW did he forge such a vibrant, versatile career? You’ll just have to listen to find out…

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