If you’re a total home décor addict like myself, you would have likely come across Moore Creative on Instagram. I’ve been stalki… I mean, a fan, of Anna’s since I discovered her stunning feed shortly after I started Middletree over four years ago. This incredibly talented renovator, stylist and mum of three has become quite the authority on the home décor scene. With almost 30,000 followers, countless high profile collaborations and a 10-page feature in Homes Plus magazine under her belt, Anna knows a thing or two when it comes to designing and decorating your home.
We’re taking 5 to get to know a little more about Anna as part of our new #babesbehindthegram series, and she will also be sharing her Top 5 Tips to spruce up your space on a budget (spoiler: they're super-easy DIY's and mostly 100% free!).
Were you always interested in styling, décor and design or is this a passion that you found yourself drawn to more recently?
“I’ve always had an interest in Interior Design and Styling, but my passion really grew when we started renovating our second home. I found the whole process really fun! I’d spend hours scrolling Pinterest looking for inspiration and researching the latest products that I could potentially use in my home. I loved the process so much that I enrolled myself in a Diploma of Interior Design, which I recently completed.”
What advice do you have for people who are looking to pursue a career in Interior Design – where would be a good place to start?
“I’d say go for it! Interior Design is such a rewarding career path. You get to use your creative skills to create a space that you can be proud of. If you are looking to pursue a career in Interior Design, the first thing I’d suggest is to research some courses - there are lots around! Short courses are a great place to start, then if you really love it, you can move into a more in-depth course. I completed my study online which fit in really well with my lifestyle and caring for three young kids.”
As a mum of three, renovating a house, studying, working and running a blog, what is your best #mumlife hack to getting everything done in a day?
“I’m not naturally an organised person, but I’ve gotten better over the years. To keep myself on track each day, I write a list of what needs to be done and tick them off as I go. I know I am probably not going to get everything done but ticking things off makes you feel like you are being productive.”
How do you relax and unwind? Do you have a regular self-care routine?
“To relax and unwind, I love to read magazines on my deck. My favourites are Home Beautiful and Adore. If I’m feeling a little stressed or overwhelmed, I love to go for a walk. It really works wonders for clearing your head.”
What are some of your favourite accounts to follow on Instagram?
“One of my favourites is @frontporchproperties. Rachael is a builder and a good one at that! She builds and renovates American style homes with so much detail. She shares the ins and outs and gives hints and tips along the way. Another is @kyalandkara. I get so much inspiration from their renovations. Their coastal style is something that I really love and am drawn to. Their renovation series is so great to watch, allowing you to follow their journey.
ANNA’S TOP 5 TIPS FOR DECORATING YOUR HOME ON A BUDGET
How often have you heard people say that they can’t afford to decorate their house? The truth is, you don’t need to spend a lot of money - if any - to make your house feel more like a home.
While some chain stores are super cheap for homewares these days, it’s kinda nice to have some personal items and pieces that are unique to your family and home. Anna from Moore Creative has been kind enough to share her Top 5 Tips for Decorating on a Budget, which are mostly simple DIY's and best of all, free!
“This is one of the most recent pieces that I put together for my coffee table. All you need is some nice glass jars (think used coffee jars or search your pantry, you might have some stashed away waiting for a fabulous project like this). If you don’t have any you can buy some from Kmart, The Reject Shop or IKEA for a small price, then head down to the beach and start collecting things such as sand and shells – it’s also a great way to get the kids involved!
You can also use the jars for other things such as filling the bottom with sand and adding in an air plant, soaps and cotton buds for the bathroom, or having one for your Washing Powder and another for wooden pegs, for example, and pop them in your laundry. The sky really is the limit.”
“Driftwood is one of my obsessions. Everyone thinks I am so weird when I come home from holidays or a day at the beach with a bag full of driftwood. My husband just doesn’t get how cool it really is!
I love to use it to decorate, either using a big, chunky piece on its own or by grouping pieces together to create a real abstract statement. One day when I’ve got a beautiful outdoor area I plan on making a driftwood succulent table decoration. So while you’re at the beach collecting shells for the jars, keep an eye out for some nice pieces of driftwood for your next project."
[You can find Anna’s DIY Driftwood + Cuttlefish Wall Hanging Tutorial HERE]
“If you’re a keen Instagram follower of mine, you’ve probably noticed by now that I love to decorate with books! I have used material covered ones in the kids rooms on their bookshelves or I rip the front cover off and stack them up for a layered look on a coffee table or bookshelf.
If you don’t have any old books lying around to use, then head to your local op-shop. I have picked up some for free or have paid around 50c for them. Gumtree is another good place to find old books for free.”
“Ditch the expensive flower arrangements and head out to your very own garden or the local park to take some clippings of greenery. I am so lucky to be surrounded by holiday houses with great gardens that run wild, so technically I am helping them out by trimming their bushes!
Greenery tends to last a really long time too if you remember to change the water regularly. I love to use big leaves from palm trees or gumtree leaves. Have a look around your place, I am sure you will find something you can use for a dining centre piece.”
WORK WITH WHAT YOU’VE GOT
“Now this one is very general, I know, but let me explain. Don’t think that just because you have it shoved in a cupboard, that means it shouldn’t be on display.
Things like cookbooks or magazines look great stacked up with a plant on top. For a kitchen shelf, you could stack your dinner set or display some of your favourite kitchen pieces to make an eye-catching statement. Trendy handbags or shoes can be used on display in your bedroom or on hooks at your front door. And why not display them?! After all, you have spent money on them and they deserve to be seen!
So if you feel like a change or want to decorate a new part of your home, be inspired to look around at what you've got first before you hit the shops (and your bank account!). Millions of dollars are spent each year on homewares; imagine how much money gets wasted when that item is thrown out a few months later because it’s no longer on trend (or one of the kids have broken it?!) You'll thank me later!”
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