Interior stylist Maria Angus shares her passion for decorating children’s rooms
The interior stylist of My Mini Abode shows us some of her home favourites
AGE 40 WORK LIFE
Interior stylist specialising in children’s spaces at My Mini Abode, and promotions manager at BreastScreen SA.
CAREER HIGHLIGHT/BEST KNOWN FOR
Working with eminent stylist Megan Morton on a kids’ feature published in a special Fete Kids magazine issue.
I’VE LIVED IN MY HOME FOR ... 10 years. MY HOME IS ...
A 1920s semi-detached bungalow a short walk from the city.
I LIVE WITH ...
My husband Lachy, my son Max, 6, my daughter Lola, 2, and our kelpie cross, Lizzy.
I LOVE MY HOME BECAUSE ...
It’s a reflection of who I am and what I love.
BUT I STILL NEED TO ...
Travel, and whenever I come home I appreciate it even more. I love travelling but I’m becoming more of a homebody the older I get.
MY DECORATING STYLE
Oh, I love so many styles, it’s hard to pin one down. If I love something I will make it work in my home.
A Freedom Furniture mug. I posted a photo of it to my Instagram and Freedom Furniture featured it on their feed. And Adairs Kids quilt covers.
I COLLECT ...
Cushions and baskets but not intentionally; it just happens.
It would have to be my kids’ bedrooms. I designed them myself and they were a labour of love. Now Max is older, he is part of the decision-making process when we make design updates, so his room really reflects his personality and the things he loves.
My new Olympus camera: I’m still very much learning how to use it but I love having a go. Max’s bed and our kitchen island bench: My husband designed and lovingly made them himself so it makes them so much more special. Our original 1950s Adelaide tram scroll: My husband inherited this special piece from his father and it holds pride of place in our living area.
I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT ...
My phone! And, of course, my family.
WHEN I GET HOME AT NIGHT, I ...
Try to juggle the dinner/ bath/bed routine with my sanity intact, then decompress from the day with a glass of wine and couch time.
AT WEEKENDS I LIKE TO ...
Catch up with family and friends over good food and wine.
CLEAN FREAK OR MESSY BESSIE?
Clean freak, without doubt.
WHEN I’M HOME, I LIKE TO COOK ...
Lots of salads in summer, comfort food in winter and a roast will usually feature on weekends.
Peel St restaurant and Clever Little Tailor.
IN MY GARDEN, I HAVE ...
Lots of native varieties out the front, Sir Walter (buffalo) lawn, a vegie patch out the back and a middle-aged dog that still likes to dig holes.
WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I WANTED TO BE ...
A dancer … I idolised Madonna and thought I could get to her by being her back-up dancer.
SOMETHING YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
I would love to be designing and styling children’s spaces full time.
DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION
New York or anywhere warm with a pool and a swim-up bar.
MY NEIGHBOURS ARE ...
Lovely and friendly.
IF I COULD AFFORD IT, I WOULD LIVE ...
Near the beach.
HOME MEANS ...
Family, and where I can be myself surrounded by all the things that make me happy.