Cre­at­ing spa­ces that re­flect you

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - With Tracey Hordern

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.”

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