It takes our photographer a moment to recover when she walks into the Sydney home of stylist and mother of two Romi Weinberg...
We photograph beautiful homes all the time, but there’s something special about this light flooded home. Every object is thoughtfully curated, artistically styled and perfectly placed. There’s a beautiful white French vintage bed sourced off eBay, piles of Astier de Villatte ceramic plates, sweet timber toys and more. We spent the afternoon with the talented Weinberg and her adorable four-year-old daughter Tatum (her eldest daughter was at school) to get her top tips for decorating kids’ spaces, talk more about how motherhood has changed her life and get a tour of her spectacular abode…
What has motherhood taught you so far?
I think overall I would say I am far more selfless. Being a single mum (their dad lives overseas) means that I am constantly thinking about what’s in the girls’ best interests and putting their needs above my own. I’ve also definitely learnt not to sweat the small stuff. Life is busy and the kids will only be small for such a short time, I don’t want to waste a precious moment!
Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be a stylist?
I studied fashion design and then went on to work in all different aspects of the fashion industry for 10 years covering retail, design, sales and fashion PR. Once I got married I left the fashion industry and took a break for a while to start a family. It was after my wedding that I realised an enormous passion of mine in styling events/interior spaces and food. I have always been creative so this seemed like a natural path from the world of fashion.
How do you juggle your work commitments with being a mother?
Both my girls are at school so during school hours is when I get the most done. I’m also very much a night owl so after I’ve put them to sleep I usually manage to get a few hours in if need be. I also live a two minute drive from my parents. They are incredible with my kids and are an amazing support to me. If I need their help in picking up/dropping off or sleeping over or if I’ve got an early morning shoot they are always there for us.
Did your career change at all after the birth of your children?
Yes, as it opened up my styling realm to that of kids! From decorating nurseries, sourcing unique and stylish kids clothing to creating detailed birthday parties, my focus has certainly switched gears to this brand new world! It quickly became clear that I had a huge love for all things kids.
Would you describe yourself as an organised person?
When styling an event – absolutely! I plan things as far in advance as possible and like to have creative ideas sitting in my head to develop. I create a folder for every event I do with copious lists, ideas and sketches. I’ve usually got a plan of attack as to how I’m going to style everything on the day. I need to create a visual sketch of every element so that I have roughly mapped out the look and feel of the set up. I feel much calmer and in control that way!
Have you always been creative?
Yes I remember creating dolls outfits out of paper and stapling them together when I was about eight. I also used to dress up my friends and do their hair and makeup for pretend photoshoots! There was never a question that a creative life and career was the direction I’d go in. My happy place is when I’m making or creating.
How do you procrastinate?
Social media… the biggest time killer! I’ve recently started a work instagram account (@romistyles____ ) and I’m finding that fairly addictive! I have always loved Pinterest which is my life in boards. It’s literally how I begin every creative project or concept that’s in my head.