Interiors

One year after Daniella Gelman met her now husband, she moved from New York to Paris to complete her MBA.

The couple had always dreamed of setting up a creative workshop (in fact, it was something they discussed on their second date), and when they later became parents, suddenly it felt like their dream could turn into a reality. In 2016, luxury French baby brand Atelier Choux was created, inspired by the products they wanted to have for their son. "Like many first-time parents, we were very idealistic and wanted to design his nursery with our tastes in mind. We imagined a whimsical world inspired by the architecture we see on a daily basis in Paris – but adapted for kids," she reflects.

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Is there anything more inspirational than having a peek through the home of a celebrated interior designer? Working to their own brief and personal style, it's often the quickest way to dissect whether their aesthetic is on par with what you want for your own home. When it comes to Melissa Marshall, we can all undoubtedly agree that her classically-styled home is a reflection of her talent in more ways than one…

As a mother to two girls (with twins on the way!), her beautiful home is a lesson in both style and practicality. Tufted ottomans and textured stools are as useful for jumping as they are for sitting, while the perfectly made beds complete with coordinating linen are an invitation for play-time rumbles and family cuddles as well as a good night's sleep. "A home that can truly be lived in is a well-designed home.

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When I first stumbled upon hygge:liv, it was as if the universe had stepped in to tell me something.

I'd been spending far too long pondering how to give my living room a lift (such is the curse of a breastfeeding, couch-bound mother), but this desire to decorate was met with extreme guilt over consumption. I couldn't help but recognise that my very best keep-cup and canvas bag ways could be undone by a quick fix decor update.

While I'm not suggesting that all soft furnishings are made unsustainably, there's an unquestionable queasy feeling I receive when perusing the aisles and aisles of cushions at a mass-market store.

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Spend too much time in the home of interior and fashion stylist Kristin Rawson and you'll find yourself shopping online while you move from room to room. This girl knows how to edit and a visit to her spectacular home is like hanging out in your dream interior store. You want to buy everything. Located in Sydney's Northern Beaches, Rawson's abode is filled with a Scandi-meets-beachside mix of carefully curated pieces which she has collected over time...

"Make sure you think about purchasing for a lengthy time. Unlike fashion, homewares and furnishings set the tone of the lifestyle you wish to lead," says Rawson. Yet when it comes to fashion, she's not afraid of investing in a bold accessory (hello Gucci Princeton leather slippers). Read on to shop Rawson's look and also find out more about her interior tips, Mother's Day plans and her inspiring career.

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For Danish-born and LA-based designer Anine Bing, fashion and interiors are an extension of her own personal style and brand aesthetic. With two small children, Bianca, aged 6, and Benjamin, aged 4, a fashion empire (there are 8 Anine Bing stores around the world as well as a thriving online business) and a collection of fashion, accessories and even a newly-launched fragrance under her belt, things are understandably non-stop, which is why her home-life looks as tranquil as it is beautiful...

"My approach to interiors is unfussy and laid-back… I have two young kids and while I love good design, I also want it to feel like a warm, comfy home for them and all of us. I think what makes the happiest homes is a personal, lived-in feel. It isn't a museum gallery and doesn't have to feel perfect," explains Bing who recently underwent a huge renovation of her abode. The Spanish-style, LA home she shares with her husband Nico and children is a mixture of traditional and modern, with a lived-in feel that's reminiscent of one of her iconic leather jackets or lace slips, a notion which is as intentional as it is practical. Favouring "forever" pieces over disposable trends, Anine's approach to fashion can easily be translated to her choice in furniture and furnishings, where monochrome, marble and a hint of colour (hello, dreamy pink couch) feature throughout. We caught up with the inspiring designer, businesswoman and mother to talk about her recent home transformation, her debut fragrance Savage Rose Perfume Oil and how she juggles motherhood with an ever-growing lifestyle brand.

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Tulle angel wings. Paper chandeliers, laden with blossoms. Dragon capes, glittering crowns, garlands festooned with tassels and fringing. This is the magical world of Meredithe Stuart-Smith, founder of Meri Meri. It's a world of party and play, though its founder is surprisingly pragmatic."You know what they say about having your own business", she tell us. "You can work whatever 12 hours a day you want."

Indeed, beyond the confetti and confections, Meri Meri has survived two recessions, a digital revolution, multiple pivots, and some tough lessons. In its fledgling days as a greeting card company in the 80s, Meredithe recalls, "I was living in Los Angeles at the time and was selling my cards door to door. So many shops said: 'no one would ever buy these.'" 'Someone' did – Bergdorf Goodman placed an enormous order at her stand at a 1987 trade show, and Meri Meri was on its way.

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Building a business you adore, with your best friend by your side, as you make time to be present for your growing family ... Could it get any better than that?

If you ask Lauren Emerson and Genevieve Hewson – the founders of Sydney-based textile label Walter G – the answer is "no." While many would advise against starting a business with your closest friend from childhood, Lauren and Gem are living proof that it can be done – with a healthy dose of success and joy along the way.

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