The Blogger’s Guide To Creating A Lustworthy Dream Interior

Spring has sprung! Hallelujah! After what seems like the longest Winter ever, we can finally fold up our electric blankets, open the windows and breathe a huge sigh of relief! And with all our new Springtime can-do momentum, the task of Spring cleaning lies at hand. And no we’re not talking about wardrobes (although we’ll get to that!) We’re talking ’bout getting rid of yesteryear’s doona and cushion duo your Mum handed you down, and welcoming a whole new interior to our pads!

But achieving our dream Vogue Living expectations on a Kmart budget might not be the plan we set out for. With help from our ever-stylish bloggers and artists, working towards an Insta-worthy home to brag to your siblings about is within our reach! Yay! Take a look inside Meohmygirl, Jasmine Dowling & Rachel Aust’s interior tour for tips on how to re-create their dream desk setups, to-die-for bedrooms and perfectly styled flat lays!

Charli Burrowes 

Tell us a little about yourself and your creative job/hobby

I’m a freelance photographer/artist. I specialise in still life (product/food/etc). I spend my days shooting for a bunch of lovely brands from around the world, like Fuji, Wallace Bishop and Westfield on a variety of photo projects (I just shot my first billboard actually! You can spot him on the Brissie’s ICB at the mo :’) I work with musicians as well on album artwork. I’m just about to hit up ye olde Europe to finish off my first exhibition pieces in a few lil’ studio spaces over there! Super exciting!

How would you describe your interior’s style?

Ohhh it’s a never ending battle between creative chaos and minimalism. In my studio space, I have an entire wall dedicated to props for styling food/still life shots & a giant wall I use for painting. The floor is forever covered in lighting chords, set pieces and props. In stark contrast to this, the yin to my cray yang, is my utterly empty (and oh so white) bedroom. I retreat here at the end of every day to edit ’til I pass out (usually around 3am) and sleep. I find the emptiness helps me switch off after a long day.

What is your room/home’s most distinctive aesthetic?

Definitely the view! I call it my ‘castle in the sky.’ I’m about 40 floors up & I overlook a lil’ of the city and the mountains. It’s a constant reminder to work hard- so I can look out and marvel at how damn nice the world is.

What’s your inspiration behind your room/home?

I guess it changes. But I always come back to white. Same with my clothes. I like everything to start with white; my life’s one big ol’ blank canvas. Everything that comes after your home and your clothes is just life. And you wanna be blank when life comes at you, so you can see all the beautiful marks it leaves on you.

Favourite colours, textures or room accessories to work with?

Love white. Everything- furniture, sheets, crockery, clothes- it’s all white. And (whenever possible) fluffy.

What desk accessories do you swear by?

A solid moleskin notebook for ideas + sketches, my Wacom tablet (for retouching) and a moodboard. Gotta have ideas up & in front of my eyeballs at all times.

What is the most important thing to remember when setting up a new place?

To have a small part of it you can look at that reminds you why you’re there.

What is your must have room essential for keeping the creative juices flowing?

It’d have to be my speakers. I need music during the day to keep me going.

How do you stay organised at home?

I don’t usually haha. But I have a beautiful assistant (bless you Carla) who made this bloody rad calendar/diary system for me. Now I get a small notification on my phone when I have to do things. Eg. Conference call. Editing deadline. Flights (I have definitely missed a few).

What’s your advice for de-cluttering your space?

Have you used it in the last month? If no, toss that.

What are your space-saving techniques for small rooms?

Ikea capsules. They let you stack and stack and stack and more importantly, see what is in the stacks.

@meohmygirl meohmygirl.com

 

Jasmine Dowling

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Tell us a little about yourself and your creative job/hobby.

My name is Jasmine Dowling, I am a 24-year-old from Brisbane Australia who works as a full-time creative under my own studio. I have been working full-time for myself for the last two and a half years creating lettering, artworks, running my own blog and online store as well as creating content for clients.

How would you describe your interior’s style?

It depends really on the room. In my bedroom I like to keep it really minimalistic with just the things I need to sleep where as in my home studio it is slightly chaotic (in the best way possible) with a lot of different artwork, textures, sketches and vases everywhere. Otherwise I like to keep the furnishing quite simple but adding texture with artwork and plant-life.

What is your room/home’s most distinctive aesthetic?

I think monochromatic with a whole lot of plants/flowers.

What’s your inspiration behind your room/home?

I am always inspired by art and fashion so for my home studio I always try surround myself with objects or imagery that I find.

Favourite colours, textures or room accessories to work with?

I love adding hints of a muted blush and greens like khaki at the moment. If I can get pillow or artworks with those colours in them I know they will always match back with my indoor plants or flowers for the week.

What desk accessories do you swear by?

Glass drink bottles to hold flowers, Metal Mesh from Bunnings for a mood board and empty candle holders for paint brushes.

What is your favourite room in your home and why?

Probably my home studio because it is where everything I love is. It always has the most flowers in it and is 100% me.

What is your must have room essential for keeping the creative juices flowing?

Music and plant-life. It brings so much energy back into the space.

How do you stay organised at home?

I would like to say that I do but due to my work I normally always have drying artworks all over the floor. But I do have big boxes that the originals go into once scanned, then I have a large open shelving unit to hold all my art prints and packaging.

  What’s your advice for de-cluttering your space?

I think it is just a matter of getting storage that suits your needs. I knew I needed some sort of storage on my desk that I could put all my receipts into for the month that was in easy reach so I would constantly be reminded to put them in there. My large open shelf unit was perfect for holding all my stock so I could easily see it all while keeping it organised and protected. I also always go through my space on a Sunday night and clear out anything that isn’t needed for the week ahead. It helps start the new week with a clear mind.

  What are your space-saving techniques for small rooms?

Use pretty packaging for storage. I always keep any pretty boxes I receive parcels in for my papers on my desk so they are out of sight but still improve the overall look of your room. Also think about adding height to your space. Whether that is a mood board that can sit above your desk with all your important notes or inspiration on it. It will help add height to your smaller space without creating chaos on your desk itself.

  Best tips for desk flat lays?

You must start with good lighting, so take note of how your room looks at different times of the day. Secondly add some plant-life, it can even make receipts look more impressive. Represent your actual desk, if that is minimal and organised to perfection – amazing, but if it isn’t (like mine) show the chaos.

@jasminedowling jasminedowling.com

 

Rachel Aust

Tell us a little about yourself and your creative job/hobby.

I own a training studio called Eat Run Lift in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, but my primary role is product and content development across my health and fitness blog (also called Eat Run Lift) and a range of other social media platforms.

How would you describe your interior’s style?

I personally would describe it as quiet, light and distinctly colourless.

What is your room/home’s most distinctive aesthetic?

It’s sheer lack of colour and complete intentional restraint.

What’s your inspiration behind your room/home?

I work from home, study from home, film at home, and just generally end up spending a lot of time there. I feel my most productive and creative when I have no visual clutter.

Favourite colours, textures or room accessories to work with?

Colours: Black, white, and grey

Textures: Because my home has a lot of large white tiles, tall white walls and glass, so I like to incorporate marble & (faux) fur

Accessories: Plants

What desk accessories do you swear by?

My multi-card reader, a drawer full of USBs and memory cards, an external hard drive, my planning notebook, a pen and a plant.

What is the most important thing to remember when setting up a new place?

Don’t rush out and buy a heap of new things, live with the basic requirements and add to your furnishings as you discover what you truly need or love.

What is your must have room essential for keeping the creative juices flowing?

No clutter!

How do you stay organised at home?

Daily cleaning, and each item has a place it belongs.

What’s your advice for de-cluttering your space?

If you’re starting from a lot and working your way to a little it’s easiest to do room by room in small amounts, I have a 60 Day Minimalism challenge over on my YouTube page and a whole playlist of Minimalism and decluttering videos. Over-purging can leave people feeling like they’re missing things and impulse shopping can be something they fall back on – leading to more clutter. Live intentionally and consider what you do and don’t need.

What are your space-saving techniques for small rooms?

Own less haha, and utilise smart storage options.

@rachelaust eatrunlift.me

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