Decorating a rented apartment can be hard when you have restrictions you need to go by. This week I interviewed RMIT fashion student Emma Hillman, who finds a way to decorate her minimal space with sweet scented candles, pops of colour and animal souvenirs from her travels.
CollegeDormista: Your apartment walls are white but you chose to add pops of colour here and there. Why did you decide to do that?
Emma Hillman: I wanted to keep my large furniture white so it wouldn’t be mismatched. That way my space could be minimal and I could add colour to it.
CD: How has your personal style of clothing influenced your interior space?
EH: I don’t like wearing black at all. I really like wearing colours because they make me feel happy and bright. I try to bring that into my space but it also depends on the mood I am feeling.
CF: Talking about colours, you have a lot of red and pinks…
EH: Yes! I have lots of pink accessories at the moment. They tend to pop up. I buy little things here and there and I put them altogether. I guess those colours stand out and I don’t even know it!
CF: Who are your favourite fashion designers? Maybe that can determine the colour choices?
EH: I use to be a big fan of Gorman; they have some cool prints. I also really like Dries Van Noten for his mix of colours and layering, as well as the colour choices by Yves Saint Laurent and Lavin. I’ve actually also looked into Dries Van Noten’s interior. I love his house. He has so many collectables from around the world like Indian rugs and handmade furnishings. It’s really cool!
CF: Where is your favourite place to shop for your interior decorating?
EH: I mainly shop at Ikea and Typo. Ikea because its affordable and minimal and Typo I like to add quirky, craft and colourful accessories.
CF: What is your must have item that you have right now in your space?
EH: Candles! They smell nice and they set the mood when I’m stressed out or when I need to study.
CF: What is your favourite candle fragrance?
EH: Its always Vanilla but I put Jasmine on when I need to study or wake me up. In winter, I love Gingerbread. I buy them from a specialist candle maker in South Australia.
CF: You also have a number of souvenirs. Where did you collect those?
EH: When I went traveling last year, I tried to get something from every country I went to. I have clogs from Amsterdam. And I have lots of owls. Owls were my favourite animals in high school. I’ve collected owl souvenirs from Venice, Paris, Adelaide and Melbourne. This lion and candle is from china while this turtle is from Broome.