Interview with Meta, winner of our Decorate and Win competition for November. Meta has been so generous with her time and insights and has a gorgeous achievable style based on mixing new and old items, which work to create a lovely sense of warmth in her family home. Here, Mete shares her ideas and inspirations, and some gorgeous images of her family home via her friend Caitln Wilson.
LL: Have you always been interested in interior design?
M: My love for interior design started when I redesigned a flower shop. It was an old Victorian house that I had repainted inside and out. I completely changed the look of it and made it into a women’s and children’s boutique as well. I ran the shop for 5 years and I enjoyed coming up with displays and going to all the gift and apparel shows. Attending these shows, introduced me to all the amazing products out there, especially the children’s toys, clothing, and furniture.
LL:Where did you start with planning the kids rooms?
M: I look to a lot of books, magazines, and blogs for inspiration and then I think about the colors that I want to use. It is also important to incorporate the child’s interests. Sometimes I will start with one piece and work around it. For example, in my daughters room I really wanted to use the unikko marrimekko fabric for her curtains. It’s such a bold pattern. I had to keep the other patterns smaller, and keep one or more of the same colors in the marrimekko fabric.
LL: How long did it take you to put each room together?
M: I am a firm believer in living in your space before you start decorating. It’s important to see how you live in each space and how you want it to function. With each room it has been a gradual process that I keep adding onto like layers. I feel like you can always improve and build on each space as your children grow.
LL: Where did you find all the treasures?
M: I have a love for scouring thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets for unique pieces. Some of my favorite pieces are handed down from family.
LL: Do you have a favourite interior designer whose look you love?
M: I don’t really have one favorite designer. I love the books by Judith Wilson, which is a compilation of many designers. I really enjoy the Jeu de Paume books. Keep in mind these books are in Japanese. I look at them just for the pictures.
LL: Do you have a favourite fabric designer?
M: I use a lot of Orla Kiely patterns. I also love Plastisock, Josef Frank, and Marrimekko.
LL: What is your theory on storage?
M: Children want to be wherever you are so I like to have a small storage of toys in most rooms. For example, In our kitchen we have a play kitchen. When I am fixing dinner it is fun to watch my son pretend to fix dinner as well.
LL: What do you do with all the really unattractive toys the kids acquire?!
M: I keep them hidden in toy boxes or when they’re not looking I throw them away!
LL: Is the rest of your home just as gorgeous as the kids rooms?
M: Thank you! If you would like to see some more of my house here is a link to a feature my friend did on my house. http://caitlinwilsondesign.blogspot.com/2010/09/meretes-modern-home.html
M: Have fun! Enjoy what you’re doing and don’t worry too much about making mistakes or having everything match. Pick the things that you absolutely love and make it work.