Mood boards are my best friend! I’m a visual person, so when starting a project, I will create a mood board for each individual room. This way I can put together the colour scheme and all the pieces I need before purchasing. I also make sure I have the room dimensions handy. I don’t want to be selecting pieces that are too big or too small for the space. Another priority is to take some time to think about the room’s intended purpose. I consider how I plan to use it day in day out and I prioritise functionality.
I try to find my inspiration everywhere. For the best inspo I spend hours scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram, flicking through magazines or visiting homeware stores. I also love to pull colours from nature to bring the outside in. I have so many favourite designers! If I had to choose a few, I would say: Three Birds Renovations for their unique designs, Alisa & Lysandra for some beautiful luxe interiors, Kyal & Kara for a hint of coastal styling and Mon Palmer for her gorgeous landscaping.
Hands down: building our own home. It was definitely the hardest but best thing I’ve ever done. Designing everything from scratch was a dream come true for me, from drawing the façade and creating the layout to picking all the finishes, it was all so much fun! I feel very lucky that we were able to do it ourselves. We learnt so much that we can hopefully use for many more builds to come.
Planning is key! I know that is probably the most obvious and overused reply, but we found it to be the most important part of the process. Take time to research products and finishes and order samples when you can. Sometimes a product can look completely different online than it does in real life. Secondly, don’t be too phased by trends. Find some great timeless pieces and don’t worry about whether it is ‘on trend’. Lastly, don’t forget to have fun with it. You want your space to be a reflection of yourself and to be filled with things you love.
I am about to start studying Building Design. No rest for the wicked! I am very excited to expand my knowledge of the building industry and hope to one day have my own interior and building design business. Oh, and I also want to build or renovate a few more houses. But I’ll take some time to recover from this one first!