This month we are happy to “introduce” you to the gorgeous Emma-Rose/Em-Rose/Em of @emmarosedesign . Interior stylist and qualified colour consultant with an insta feed dripping in modern boho styling, her use of texture, colour and layering is sure to impress.
Here’s what Em had to say:
My style is:
I like a mix of styles. I tend to blend a few together, as my style is forever growing and taste is forever changing. I would say my style is a mix of Boho/Palm springs/Aztec is that even a thing? Ha-ha. I guess design/style can be whatever you make it!
I find inspiration:
In my day to day life- Tv shows, Magazines, Pinterest, Instagram even down to Product labels and packaging. My brain is forever taking everything in and thinking… what can I make, renovate or change up next.
I use colour to:
Add life to a space, there’s so many beautiful colour combos out there. I love seeing people’s personality come out through colour in their homes. Colour makes me happy.
Form or Function. Why?:
Ahhh the great debate!
I would have to say, I’m most probably more of a ‘Form over function’ kinda gal. Here’s a little example for you- Even to my husband’s disgust- I would much prefer an empty pretty basket on a shelf that looks good, over a clock that my husband would actually use. And why… because I love pretty things, and want the home to look like a display home ha-ha. Sorry husband, and thank you for putting up with me.
Styling advice I live by:
You can never have too many plants! A bit of texture can completely transform a room i.e- rugs, cushions, throws. It’s okay to experiment with colour.
Top home styling tips:
You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. It’s okay to let your creative differences go wild!
Top tips for buying the perfect rug:
Be sure to measure the space first. The most common mistake when buying a rug is that people go too small. If it’s a high traffic area for example the dining room, kitchen or lounge, look for longevity by choosing something with a bit of a pattern or two tone. If you’re looking for a rug to complete your bedroom or study (which is less of a traffic area) I find opting for a lighter option works well in these spaces.
What is your go to Six Fourteen Rug?:
It’s very hard to choose, but I love the Mullumbimby range. Such a large variety of colours and sizes, which would suit any space.
One of the most exciting things about becoming a new parent is that you get to design your baby's nursery - a special space for your little one to dream, grow and spend plenty of time with mum and dad.
Creating a baby's room from scratch can be overwhelming - you might have so many nursery theme ideas and no idea where to start - SO we caught up with local Interior Stylist, Emma-rose Hopper, to show us how to simplify the process whilst creating a magical and inviting baby's room.
Over to you Emma-rose!
Hello! First of all let me start off by saying if you're reading this and you're an expecting or new mumma or daddy, congrats!
I’d love to share with you a few little tips that I hope you'll find helpful to creating a nursery.
1. Pick a Colour palette - don't be afraid to introduce colour!
For my baby boys room I opted for an unusual mix... A Toy Story theme with modern/boho accents. I managed to pull off this unusual combo. We installed white VJ board, which is an affordable way to jazz up the walls. We opted for half high, so we could bring in a bright colour above. It’s amazing how much a lick of paint can completely transform any space! The best thing about this is we can always change the colour above as the baby grows older.
I always say, don't be afraid to use colour! It can completely transform a space. If you're not sold, use a softer palette or when in doubt, go neutral.
If your renting, try using wall decals. There are so many affordable and stylish options out there! Try Miss Pie Designs or Little Rae Prints for sweet styles.
2. Create a mood board
Creating a mood board is a great way to start pulling together your nursery theme ideas. Try piecing items together (digitally) to see if you're on track towards your desired theme. It’s important to ensure all of the items relate and ensure you're happy with them all as a whole!
3. Comfort for mum!
A top must have for me was a comfortable nursing spot. Let’s be honest, if you're anything like me (especially the first few months), I spent a lot of time in my rocking chair... we became well acquainted. It’s so important to have a comfortable nursing spot, so make sure you choose this wisely. I also made sure to have a side table with a lamp or touch lamp for those late night and early morning stints.
In this image, rug from Rugtastic, Chair by Adairs, Wall Hanging by Freedom, Moon Cushion by Iron and Cub.
4. Budget and Shop Around.
Have a budget in mind! Make sure you get the big ticket items out of the way first. I like to look around for the most affordable option, and not just buy the first (for e.g.) change table I see. By doing this, it means I have more money to spend on other things!!
There’s so many second-hand bargains out there. I purchased an old, outdated cabinet for the nursery, and with a lick of paint it looks better than ever. Don't be scared to try this. Recycling furniture is one of the best ways you can be environmentally friendly.
I was also very lucky that my talented dad made the cot for my cousin when she had her baby years ago. And, again, with a few coats of paint we transformed a dark timber cot, to a new modern one. It’s so rewarding turning something old into something new.
Sleepy Eyes by Pretty in Pine, wooden toys by Happy Go Ducky, wooden letters by CMC Gold
5. Style it!
Put on some good music, and fluff around! Group your decor items together, try them in different spots in the room- on a dresser, on the side table, until you're happy.
One of my favourite things in the nursery is the herbs racks I purchased from Ikea and used as bookshelves. The best thing about these are that I can do a shelf shuffle as little or as often as I like. Also, hot tip - a great way to organise items or hide ugly pieces is to use baskets. These are cheap and are much better to look at than clutter or items that you need but don't match your scheme.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this read and can take something away from it! If you haven't tried doing a mood board, you can do this with any decor projects you have in the future. Have fun and happy decorating!
Emma-rose Hooper is a Gold-Coast Interior Stylist with 14 years of experience, along with a passion for renovating, styling & design. She is also a new mum, so we asked her to share the process behind decorating her son's beautiful nursery. If you'd like to see what else Emma-rose can do, be sure to check her out on Instagram @emmarosedesign or at www.emma-rosedesign.com
If you're anything like me, I've been sitting on the floor doing my makeup in front of my wardrobe mirror for years.
I use to spend a lot of time perfecting my make up routine. Now that I’m a mum and time is of the essence, I wanted to create a space where I could place all my make up products for a quicker and easier routine.
I don’t have a lot of make up, I do however- purchase make up of a higher quality and just opt for the basics.
I’ve custom made this ‘Beauty bar’ for under $130 and kept it pretty minimal using a small stool, piece of ply, 2 legs, VJ board, hooks, wall light and a mirror.
I wanted something simple, stylish and most of all ‘budget friendly’.
We had some dead space in our master bedroom which I convinced the husband to let me have for my Beauty bar.
So, I purchased and painted the VJ board in Taubmans Miss Universe and with my dads help he cut it down to size (and the ply as well). We then screwed the legs to the ply,
he made a small cleat for the shelf, we then installed the VJ above.
I also opted for an Ikea plug in wall light, so we didn’t require an electrician.
Once the mirror, hooks and wall light were up, I then dressed it with my go to products and accessories.
HEKTAR Wall/clamp spotlight, beige $24.99
KVASP Hook, brass-colour $2.99 pack of 3
KYRRE Stool, birch $19.99
Oval Wall mirror $20
Claymark 235 x 19mm x 1.2m Premium Grade Dressed Pine Sheet $21
Adoored 40 x 710mm Black Metal Round Leg Furniture $5 each
Easycraft EasyVJ 900 x 1200 x 9mm Primed MDF Interior Wall Linings $32
All in all I'm pretty happy with my lil Beauty bar.
Feel free to Instagram DM me @emmarosedesign if you have any questions or if you attempt something similar. I’d love to see!
Happy DIYing xx
I recently came across the natural, environmentally friendly, plant based range of cleaning products from ‘Tri Nature’. I was drawn to these products for a few of the following reasons- Eco friendly, Sustainability & No animal testing. I'm trying to take more initiative when purchasing household items and cleaning product alternatives, Not only by trying to be more conscious with (dare I say it) the amount of homewares and cleaning products I buy (and use) but also by supporting earth friendly Australian made business’s.
So what does it mean when a cleaning product says its plant based? (And why should I give two hoots!?) - Well, to use cleaning products classed as ‘plant based’ means the ingredients are not as chemically created as standard household cleaners. The Tri Nature range prides themselves on no harsh mineral acids or chlorine like other products of its type. With the use of gentle chemistry and fully recyclable bottles and packaging.
Further benefits about this unique range of products include- affordability, being environmentally friendly, quality along with assistance in having a clean home without the chemicals. All major wins in my books!
Tri Nature Product benefits:
A couple of my ‘go-to’ products include the Optimate Floor cleaner, Super Multi purpose cleaner, Excel Bathroom cleaner, Sphagnum Moss disinfectant Spray and Go and don't forget the puppy love K9 Dog Shampoo.
It’s hard to choose a favourite product, but I apply the Multi Purpose cleaner daily. It’s super easy to use, removes grease and grime from a variety of surfaces, performs well and creates a spotless finish! All ‘must haves’ for a sparkling clean instargam post, I mean, home!! Ha-ha! ! Most cleaners are designed to leave a pleasant smell, but I find a lot of the commercial ones abit on the nose and too overpowering which is why I cant pass up the divine fresh Eucalyptus smell when using this product.
The ‘Excel Bathroom cleaner’ is great for removing dirt and hard soap scum. (Because… yuck! Soap scum is, just as the name sounds- Scummy and gross!)
The ‘Optimate Floor cleaner’ is a fresh, herbal concentrate which can be used for both general floor cleaning & outdoor area cleaning. Not only is the natural aroma easy on the nose but it is highly recommended for delicate floors and lifting contamination.
‘Sphagnum Moss disinfectant Spray and Go’ is (just as labelled) gentle yet powerful. It specialises in hard surface cleaning and best of all… smells of spearmint and musk!! I absolutely love this smell.
Doggy wash! We cant forget our beautiful fur babies! The ‘K9 Pro Dog shampoo’ removes dirt, cleans and deodorises most of all leaves our baby boy smelling as fresh as a daisy (well smelling like a beautiful mix of Tangerine, Ginseng & Rosemary) also leaving Jacki boi with a shiny thick coat and as cuddly as ever!
I found other cleaning products acted more as a lubricant, reducing effectiveness and just shifted the grime around. I recommend Tri Naures products as they get the job done while doing their bit for our planet. Not only is Tri Nature a plant based product, but also highly suggested for removing dirt and grime but most importantly, it also leaves the house sparkling clean and smelling super fresh!!
Check out Tri Natures full range here: https://trinature.com/
Designers We Love:
Emma-rose shares her storyAt Flooring Xtra we work with many clever interior designers across the country and love doing so. We recently had a chat to Gold Coast designer Emma-rose Bergervoet about her business, designer tips and favourite Flooring Xtra products. Her business, Emma-rose Design, is multifaceted with several services offered. “I offer in-home interior design advice including colour schemes for interiors and exteriors, renovations, inspiration and styling”. Without a doubt, she’s one busy designer!
Emma-rose is very passionate about the industry, having been interested in interiors from a very young age. “My dad has been a builder for 40 years. Growing up I went along to jobs with him and became very interested in the industry. From a very early age I would always be changing my bedroom around, saving my pocket money for furniture, homewares and new bedspreads.” After finishing school, design studies and cutting her teeth under a builder, Emma-rose launched her own business. When we asked her what she loved most about her job, she had trouble narrowing it down to just one thing. “I love the whole process. From the initial consultation, finding out what people love and incorporating this in the design. I love the planning and the reveal, the look on people’s faces when it’s all complete.”
Importantly, Emma-rose takes a holistic approach to working with her client’s and their needs, with a focus on the client’s needs and parameters as a starting point. “I love the process of turning something average into something beautiful and seeing people happy with the end result”. We were keen to discover where she finds her inspiration for her projects. “If it’s a client’s home, I draw from their personal needs, likes and daily requirements, if it’s a house renovation for immediate sale I consider the resale value and create a suitable palette from there.”
Low maintenance artificial grass (available in selected Flooring Xtra stores)
When prompted Emma-rose for her favourite new interior trends hitting the shops and magazines, she was quick to respond.
“My favourite thing at the moment is vinyl plank and having a dual toned kitchen. Having the under bench cupboards in a simple, plain light colour and the overhead cupboards in a timber look to match the vinyl floors. Personally I like it when things match, it also makes the kitchen feel homely and adds a bit of interest.” But she’s also keen not to dismiss following your heart and choosing something you love regardless of trends. “If you’re selecting for your forever home/dream home then of course go with your personal favourite, you don’t always have to follow a trend, start your own.”
Emma-rose has utilised flooring Xtra products for several of her projects, including carpet, underlay and vinyl plank.
“The vinyl plank is my favourite product at the moment and there is so many reasons why – there are 8 colours in the range, its modern, easy installation, looks great, very affordable and easy to maintain.” With all of the colours on offer, we asked her for any tips on selecting the right tone. “Keep in mind that if you’re renovating for on-sell then stick with a mid-to-light colour scheme, it makes the home feel lighter and larger.” But, as Emma-rose mentions above, if it’s a home for you, the rules need not apply so stringently.
Emma-rose has used our Fast Fit LVP plank in Scrubbed Oak, featured in this image.
Fast Fit LVP plank in Scrubbed Oak
We asked the busy designer what we can expect next from her. “I have a couple of things in the pipeline which I will reveal over the next few months.” Not one to be idle, she lastly mentions; “I’m also on the hunt for my next personal home renovation!” We can’t wait to see the pictures…
To see more of Emma-rose’s work, or to get in touch with the designer, you can contact her below.
Facebook & Instagram @emmarosedesign