Creating spaces that reflect you
MOST of us have a mentor, someone we admire and strive to emulate. For me, it’s style guru, interior designer and author Miv Watts. As the mother of actor Naomi Watts, Miv comes with lashings of glamorous connections, many of who are devoted clients.
Miv’s first book, Maverick Soul, is scheduled for publication in November. It highlights her personal style: eclectic, bohemian and free-spirited.
When not travelling, Miv is at home in the Byron Shire, or the south of France or New York, where her daughter Naomi is based. Home for Miv – wherever she is – features much-loved antiques blended with warm, decorative pieces collected from years of travel.
I ask Miv Watts to share her insights with Weekend readers on how to create a space that best reflects their own personal style.
“Don’t follow trends,” says Miv. “Nothing great was ever accomplished by following fads. And look, look, look. Take the time to see the finer details in anything that inspires you. For me, these inspirational pieces are more often than not well-worn and well-loved. But above all, when decorating any space, be true to yourself!”
When it comes to injecting glamour into the home without spending a fortune, Miv suggests seeking hand-crafted pieces when possible.
“I also suggest having at least one truly beautiful piece and then adding lots of colourful fresh flowers and cushions. I never have enough of either, and I always have one beautiful, inspiring painting from which to take inspiration.”