Learn se­crets of chang­ing de­signs

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

WHEN she is not busy cre­at­ing mu­sic, tele­vi­sion or chil­dren’s cloth­ing, Natalie Bass­ingth­waighte likes to un­wind at home with a bit of in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing.

The mother of two says she finds great plea­sure in playing around with the decor of her Ed­war­dian-style house in Mel­bourne.

“I move things around so of­ten,” she says.

“Friends that I haven’t seen in a cou­ple of months will come around and find that my son’s room is now my daugh­ter’s room or my of­fice is my lounge­room.

“Bed­heads are some­thing you can change eas­ily and you can do those things with a new quilt or cush­ion or pic­tures on the wall — you don’t have to buy new fur­ni­ture.

“Some­times I’m very neu­tral and min­i­mal­ist but I also don’t feel afraid of buy­ing pieces from dif­fer­ent eras and hav­ing them all in the one space.”

Her love of de­sign will bring her to Syd­ney next month as an am­bas­sador for the up­com­ing fam­ily and life­style fair One Fine Baby.

The event will be held in Eveleigh from Au­gust 12 to 14. Peo­ple can see the lat­est trends in fam­ily-fo­cused life­style and de­sign brands, in­clud­ing Bass­ingth­waighte’s chil­dren’s cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories line Chi Khi, which has now ex­panded to in­clude skin care prod­ucts.

“You get some of the best brands from Aus­tralia and from around the world and it’s a great day out for the kids too,” she says.

Bass­ingth­waighte will join other celebrity mums Car­rie Bick­more, Kate Ritchie, Michelle Bridges and Jules Se­bas­tian on the main stage to talk all things de­sign and share her se­crets to bal­anc­ing work and moth­er­hood. Find out more at one­finebaby.com.au

Natalie Bass­ingth­waighte in the lounge­room of her home. Pic­ture: Chris Groen­hout. Be­low: her son Hen­drix’s bed­room.

Bass­ingth­waighte’s chil­dren Harper, 5, and Hen­drix, 3.

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