I love a beautiful warehouse conversion and this week I’m thrilled to be visiting Timbermill in Sydney’s inner western suburb of Marrickville. Timbermill is a custom furniture and hire business owned by Tom Coles and Sally Taylor. Tom turned his hobby creating timber furniture into the thriving business it is today while Sally, with her design background, perfectly creates the on trend custom pieces and manages the event rental part of the business.
Tom and Sally are lucky enough to have two warehouse spaces across the road from each other. “We opened the workshop about three and a half years ago,” says Sally “and quickly ran out of space!” Now a second space across the road functions as an office, showroom and home of the hire furniture. While the workshop is full of tools, wood and furniture pieces, the showroom is an oasis of calm. Clean white walls, beautiful timber furniture and plants make for a truly inspiring space. Sally tells me it was originally an old car workshop and that they had to do lots of work to create the space they have today. “There was a fair bit of car memorabilia and clutter,” says Sally “and I wanted something light and bright that felt airy and fresh.”
The racks displaying the hire furniture, custom-built for the space, are filled to the brim with beautiful wooden trestle tables, feature bars, chairs and props. I love that the table tops are so beautiful you wouldn’t even need a tablecloth. There’s even twinkly festoon lights and a super cute “get peggy with it” peg board for hire. You could create an entire wedding space just with pieces from Timbermill and it all goes together so beautifully!
The Timbermill showroom has hosted a variety of special events, workshops, launches and even a wedding! There’s a custom-built wooden bar and kitchen in the space as well as a fantastic industrial vibe. Sally tells me that they are so busy that they haven’t been hosting many events lately but that the warehouse will be turning into a party space one night again soon when she and Tom celebrate their engagement.
Sally tells me that Marrickville is the perfect spot as it’s only 15-20 minutes from the city, and being part of an industrial area means they can get many of the things they need locally. I ask Sally what her favourite part of the space is and she tells me she loves the bright, airy office where she works most days and where her two Jack Russell terriers make themselves at home. “It’s great to have a lovely clean space to work in away from the dust of the workshop,” says Sally “I love coming here to work everyday!”
Ms Chinoiserie Says: In such an inspiring light airy space surrounded by beautifully hand crafted furniture, I think I’d want to go to work every day too!
About Amelia Waddell of Make Your Day Wedding Styling: I’m a wedding stylist and proud store owner who loves to chat weddings with everyone and anyone! I love to talk shop with other business owners (particularly over some chocolate cake!) and am the first to try and have a sticky beak behind the scenes of any event. My free time is spent ‘investigating’ new cafes, stores and events.
Baker Boys Band has been getting parties started with great music for a long time, and their experience and professionalism shows in the music they play and their ability to draw people onto the dance floor who swear they ‘never dance’. Not only does our choice of music set the tone for the reception and the processional, it also gets the party started and keeps the celebration going into the wee hours. Choose from a trio to a 12 piece band with a repertoire ranging from the classics to the latest hits, and your wedding guests will have time of their lives showing off their latest dance moves! Paul, the manager of the band takes us through the Baker Boys Band story.
Please describe the wedding services you offer?
The Baker Boys Band offers unlimited entertainment options for all aspects of the perfect wedding day. From sublime Classical Ceremony String Quartets, a super chilled Jazz Trio to compliment your outdoor Canapés, followed by a supercharged party band for the Reception, Baker Boys delivers high-energy music including fist-pumping classics and the latest Top 40 hits, squarely aimed at filling the dance floor with unforgettable experiences!
How long has it been since you formed as a Band?
The Baker Boys were established 12 years ago, playing to the University crowds at Irish Pubs and Clubs around Town.
We were all studying music at the time and already knew a heap of party covers material, plus it was a good excuse to hang with our mates and meet new people. The overwhelming success of our humble little Pub Band sparked a number of bookings for private parties and local festivals, so we embraced the demand and the rest is history.
Are there core members who always play at each function?
Baker Boys have core members that perform regularly, determined by the Band size or configuration the client requests.
If we particularly love the line-up we see at the Showcase evening, are we able to book that exact Band?
Absolutely! Our showcase presents the opportunity to road test our talented Lead Singers, whom offer a wide variety of performance styles, character and sounds.
Baker Boys Band configurations are totally customisable and we encourage our clients to attend showcases, nominate their favourite Male &/or Female Lead Singers who’ll be accompanied by their preferred musicians. Availability and limitations apply during peak seasons.
When a bridal couple books you for their Wedding, how do we know who will be part of the line-up on the night?
Showcases are the best platform to experience a live Band, but it’s no biggie if you can’t attend. Based on information supplied by the client about their favourite music styles, artists or genres, our Consultants will perfectly match the most suitable Band configuration for their special day, supported by visual examples and repertoire lists.
How long does the Band play on the night? Is that time able to be extended?
The booking duration is completely flexible, however our best value package is based on a 5 hour function. Obviously we cannot perform continuously over this time as we generally think of our playing time as being divided into 4 x 45min sets, spread out over the 5 hours. A popular option for extensions is to graduate the entertainment by adding a Jazz Trio for Canapés, followed by a 5 or 7 piece Band for the Reception.
Are you able to advise the couple with their choice of music – both for Ceremony and Reception?
We offer a comprehensive planning service to discuss everything music related. We even help clients schedule their Reception and plan out the Band sets and formalities.
If the Couple choose Ceremony music that is not in your repertoire, are you able to accommodate this?
Our Classical Strings option offers a huge catalogue of arrangements, whilst our Acoustic Duo can perform specific requests for the traditional Ceremony elements such as the Processional, Signing of Register and Recessional.
How do you ensure that there will be a good mix of music throughout the reception – from dinner to dancing?
From the moment we initiate contact with the client, we investigate preferred music styles, artists, genres and eras to customize a huge pallet of material. Our first performance set highlights the band’s versatility in playing chilled Jazz, RnB and Ballads, before launching into a series of epic dance sets featuring upbeat party classics and top 40 to ignite the dance floor.
We pride ourselves on being able to read the crowd and play accordingly. However we love direction and super approachable, so don’t hold back – if we know them, we’ll play them 🙂
You play mostly in Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane, and around the world. Are you also available to play in Australian country areas?
You bet! In fact almost 25% of our clients prefer to party in the Country. Yee-haw!
What is the process of booking and working with you?
From the initial stages of a clients enquiry we mail our free Demo CD and provide quote options for all elements of their special day, including 24/7 access to our unique online Band Planner. Our Band member whom initiates the client’s consultation will happily offer expert advice throughout the whole planning process, including regular updates and reminders.
What are you able to do to assist the smooth flow of a Wedding Day?
Achieving the perfect balance between food, formalities and fabulous music is potentially the most important consideration when planning the perfect Reception. We’re happy to assist in drafting successful schedule options and collaborate with the Venue to ensure the celebration builds momentum.
Is being a musician the best fun, or is there a lot of hard work behind the scenes?
The single biggest common thread shared by our musicians is the professionalism, dedication and enjoyment when performing our craft. Musicians spend countless hours of practice, rehearsals and gigs over many years to earn compliments like “you sound amazing and make it look so easy!” It’s not all about instant gratification, but people sharing their appreciation of music is always welcome and a well-deserved pat on the back. We love our job!
Is there a particular connection between people on the dance floor and a live band (as distinct from a DJ)?
We actually work with DJ’s frequently and appreciate what they bring to the dance floor. Naturally a live band oozes charisma and provides an animated experience, with raw energy and physical interaction. We thrive off connecting with a captive audience and always aim to deliver the best possible experience.
What do you love about your chosen profession?
I play drums in the Band and love the fact that us drummers can play super quiet in a club or thunderously loud at festivals. Drums are without doubt the most physically demanding instrument, not to mention the process of lumping our gear around. Haa!
But seriously, being a professional musician as my chosen career is a labour of love, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
How do you celebrate the end of a working week?
Catch-up with friends and family or go check out some fresh live music. I’d recommend everyone to get out there and support your local music scene; it’ll automatically make you heaps cooler. Hehe.
Thank you Paul for sharing the Baker Boys Band story. Professional, fun and guaranteed to inspire the John Travolta moves hidden inside you. To find out more about the Baker Boys Band visit the website.
At Christopher Saban, the one day that we want everything to look and be perfect is your wedding day. The decor, flowers and styling need to be just right – and so too does the advice that you receive along the way! For your wedding day to be one you will always remember, here are my top three things that I wish all my clients knew:
1. Have a meeting with a wedding planner before you start organising everything; they can help you create a planning schedule so that you do things at a pace and in an order that will be less stressful and helps you to not end up wasting time or money.
2. Do a draft guest list so you have an idea of the guest numbers before you book a venue for the reception. It sounds obvious, but I often hear my couples’ frustration when they come to me with a venue booking that doesn’t accommodate the number of all the friends and extended family.
3. Make sure you leave some room in your budget for and last minute additions you might want or unexpected expenses in the last few weeks before the big day. Things like sandalwood fans for the ladies to keep cool at the ceremony, a gift from Tiffany & Co for the MC or last minute alterations for the bridesmaids’ dresses can often occur at the last moment, so it’s peace of mind to have a little extra to play with.
Ms Chinoiserie Says: Unexpected expenses always pop up; it’s a great idea to leave a little extra in the budget so it doesn’t become stressful!
About Christopher Saban: Christopher Saban Events is a boutique event planning and styling company based in Sydney, Australia. With over 15 years experience in the luxury hospitality industry, we have planned and designed both social and corporate events with celebrity and private clients in Sydney, Melbourne, Hunter Valley, Southern Highlands and Bali.