At home with Anna Egberts.

We’re At Home with artist + graphic designer, Anna Egberts.

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We chat to Anna Egberts, mother, artist
and graphic designer.

 

Drawn to bright pops of colour and inspired daily by beautiful florals and foliage, Anna simply loves to create and paint.

Three words that best describe you?
Bright, a little quirky and creative.

 

What’s your ideal day?
Starting the day with a coffee and croissant with the family, followed by a visit to my favourite local florist for some pretty blooms. Then spending the rest of the day going for a road trip down the coast to a local brewery, stopping at some of our favourite beach stops along the way!


What’s your favourite colour?
PINK! I have a real thing for pink. It just makes me feel happy!

 

Do you live in a house or apartment?
House

 

What’s your favourite room and why?
Our front living room. We spend a lot of time as a family in this room. It gets the most amazing afternoon sunlight and in winter we always cosy up in front of the fire. Whenever I walk in it just feels like home.

What are the 3 most important things that make your home feel like a home?
1. Filling it with things which hold special memories to you
2. Colour – it creates such a warm inviting feeling
3. Let your home ‘grow’ with you.

 

What was your biggest splurge when designing your home?
I love collecting artwork. It is something which I have fallen in love with, and I love finding pieces which resonate with myself and my family.

 

What is your most cherished possession? 
My Nana’s old Chinese sewing cabinet. It reminds me of her every time I use and look at it.

“I love collecting artwork. It is something which I have fallen in love with, and I love finding pieces which resonate with myself and my family.”

— Anna

What lesson(s) did you learn when you designed your home?
To trust my instincts.

 

What’s on your interiors wish list right now?
I have always wished for a beautiful bone inlay chest of drawers. In grey and white. It would be such a statement piece in any room but also classic.

 

What’s your interior style? Minimalist, over the top or somewhere in between? Colourful or neutral?
I think I am somewhere in between! I do keep the ‘bones’ of the house reasonably classic and simple, but love to add colour in painting walls, homewares and linen!

 

When it comes to designing a home, what does your design process look like?
Research, inspiration and a good pro’s and con’s list! I also love a mood board. It helps me pull all my research and inspiration together to make sure it all flows well.

 

What are your top 3 design/style tips for building or renovating a house?

  1. Take your time deciding on products which are harder to change; like tiles and cabinetry. It’s super easy to change a wall colour… not so easy to change tiles or large kitchen cabinetry.
  2. Stick to your budget. Keep track of what you are spending, decide on the products which you would like to splurge on and keep it simple in other areas.
  3. Try to be inspired by other people but don’t copy them. You still want your home to reflect who you are, not what you see in a magazine.

You’re given a limited renovation budget; how would you spend it wisely to transform a home?
Paint! If your budget doesn’t allow for large renovations of kitchens/bathrooms paint can do wonders! You can paint cabinetry, tiles, flooring. I also love natural light as it can instantly change the feel of a home. Getting rid of any heavy Curtains or Blinds and encouraging natural like though beautiful and breezy light Sheers.

 

What’s the biggest interior design mistake you’ve ever made?
When we bought our house it had navy blue trims in the lounge room. Instead of sanding them back, we rushed and painted straight over them… and I have regretted it ever since. Constant touch ups!

 

What qualities do you look for when choosing materials, furniture and accessories in your designs?
I choose pieces (either new or second hand) which have character and make me feel happy. Not everything has to match. I think it’s nice to keep things interesting, that way there can never be too much of something.

 

Are you a Curtains, Blinds or Shutters person?
Inside I love beautiful Sheer Curtains  
with a simple Roller Blind underneath. From the inside, rooms always look so soft and beautiful, yet you get the privacy from the Curtains. Outside I do love an Awning! It can completely change the facade of a house. Practical too!

 

 

“I work as a full time professional Graphic Designer but I find my serenity is with a paintbrush in hand in a warm corner of our 60’s weatherboard.”

— Anna

What products did you choose from dollar curtains + blinds?
We added some cool black and white stripe Awnings to the front of our home.

 

How did our products transform your home? 
We have a 1950’s weatherboard home and the Awnings gave it more of a modern feel! We get so many compliments on them. I am so glad I trusted my gut and went with the black and white stripe.

 

Some people find it difficult to decide what to do with their windows. Any tips?
Trust the experts. They will know which product is best for your home. Also scroll their social media, website, Pinterest to be inspired by other projects.

How do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! Retail stores, window displays, magazines. I also find social media platforms provide great inspiration.

 

What design project(s) are you working on at the moment? 
We are actually planning a new build at the moment. I am knee deep in decision making for all our colour schemes, tiles, flooring, absolutely everything!

 

 

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