By now, you would know RMIT Style Guru Jessica-Anne: a soon-to-be graduate of journalism and owner of CrownedByFlowers. But have you ever thought what her living space looks like? She admits her bedroom is somewhat like her office. It’s a studio space where her creativity flows in order to make her flower crowns; a backdrop she uses to photograph her beauty blog tutorials; and a study area to complete her journalism assignments and to practice Japanese. Here I interview Jess to find out more about her multi-purpose bedroom.
CollegeDormista: Your vanity seems like a crucial part of your room. Why so? Do you spend a lot of time in this space?
Jessica-Anne Lyons: As a beauty blogger, I’ve accumulated a ridiculous amount of makeup products and I keep them all on my vanity so they’re in easy reach when I’m getting ready or shooting beauty tutorials for my blog, Taken By Surprise. My vanity is definitely a big part of my getting ready routine; I have clothes in the drawers, my makeup set out on the bench, flower crowns bordering my mirror so it’s easy to pick one to wear with my outfit, and of course a clock so I can keep an eye on the time in the morning! On an average day, it takes me about 15-20 minutes to get my hair and makeup done.
CD: How has your personal style of clothing influenced your interior space?
JL: My style is always changing; sometimes I’ll wear a really girly outfit such as dress and a flower crown, while other times I’m quite minimalistic and will stick to black skinny jeans and a collared shirt. Since my outfits are always changing, so is my room’s décor. I’m forever changing it up!
CD: Would you say your make up has influenced your personal style therefore your interior space too?
JL: Sort of. I love wearing winged eyeliner with a bold lip, which is quite a simple but polished look, so my outfits usually reflect that kind of style. I get dressed before I apply any makeup, so normally my outfit dictates what products I use and not the other way around. But my outfits are usually really colorful and I love mixing prints, so I find my room tends to be a big mishmash of styles too.
CD: Does anyone/anything influence how you decorate your bedroom?
JL: When it comes to my room décor, I find the way I decorate it is pretty all over the place to be honest! But since I started making flower crowns, my room has taken on a bit of a Mexican fiesta look with all of the sombreros, flowers and pompom cushions.
CD: Where is your favourite place to shop for interior decorating?
JL: I love all of the “gift” ranges that are released around Christmas time. For example, I bought a bunch of adorable pastel coloured candles from Sportsgirl, which have now burnt out and I use them as lip-gloss holders. Typo also has amazing room décor things like paper lanterns and pencil holders (I use mine as a makeup brush holder). I also recently discovered Daiso and bought a bunch of adorable baskets to store things on my vanity.
CD: What is your must have item in your space right now?
JL: I absolutely love my full-length mirror/jewelry cabinet. My best friends gave it to me for my 19th birthday and it’s amazing for getting ready because I can see my entire outfit in the mirror and keep my jewelry organized in it. I also hang my favourite outfits on it for some extra fashion inspiration. I think it’s such a good idea–especially if you’ve treated yourself to a new piece–to have it somewhere where you can admire and enjoy it.
CD: You spend a lot of time in your room doing your blog posts and beauty tutorials. Would you say your room is somewhat like your office? Where all your ideas come together?
JL: Definitely, I shoot almost all of my posts in my room using the natural light that comes in through my window. I also write up most of my posts at my desk, which is complete with a big red office chair, so I guess it is very office-like!
CD: Your room is covered with loads of colour from flower crowns, sombreros and magazine cut outs. How important are these colours to you?
JL: I like to immerse myself in things that inspire me and recently, colour has really been inspiring me. I think that by having a mentally inspiring workspace, the ideas flow better than if I was in a minimalist white room.