Wow, don’t I have a treat for you this week! Mel from Hugzilla, who is all kinds of awesome, has agreed to let us have a sneaky peak into her favourite space. Can I wet your appetite by sharing that Mel blogs about such topics as Parenting, Motherhood, and Kitchen Disasters, with handy etiquette guides for times like When Your Child Vomits in Public or advice for Making Peace with your Inner Looser When Everyone Else Wants to be a Winner.
Mel is pure gold, with her clever words and sharp wit, therefore it will come as no surprise to see her favourite space is as wonderful as she is. Grab a coffee, this one is amazing.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Oh god, the dreaded job interview question. It’s right up there with “What is your five year plan?”, because I don’t have an adequate answer and it makes me feel loose in my lower bowels. Here goes… I’m a late-30’s woman with a blog, a husband and a house in the suburbs. I also happen to have two children, whom I occasionally mention to embellish whatever inane anecdote I’m sharing with my readers, which I guess makes me a mummy blogger.
Tell us about your favourite space?
My favourite space is our previous home, the first house my husband and I bought together. It was a late-70’s weatherboard shack: a uniquely ugly explosion of beige, bottle green and mission brown. We were the only people who turned up to both open homes so we got it for a steal. I spent three years turning it into something less hideous and we had a massive turnout when we listed it: there was a frenzied bidding war and it sold the same day. We basically transformed that house from “over-looked ugly duckling” to “fierce-looking chick that everyone wants to date”.
What is it about this space that makes it your favourite space?
The fact that it was the first ever place I ever truly made my own. It felt like home. Gone were the ugly Fantastic sofas, hideous pine furniture and mismatching MDF flatpack I’d been lugging around for years: in their place was a carefully curated selection of garage sale buys, chain store chic and op shop finds. Eclectic meets mid-century meets suburban frugalista. The impetus to makeover the space was twofold: I was bored senseless as a stay-at-home mum and mildly embarrassed that my place still looked like a uni student illegally squatted there, even though I’d not cracked the spine on a textbook in over a decade.
What are your favourite items in this space?
My huge billboard posters, which are in every room of the house. I love how unique they are and they make everyone swoon – they are a huge talking point. My fear is that one day they’ll become a “thing” on Pinterest or The Block or whatever and everyone will get them, because I love that my place doesn’t look like a carbon copy of whatever’s trending on Apartment Therapy or Etsy. I’m also in love with my ever-growing addiction collection of op shop artwork and accessories.
How does this space make you feel?
Like a competent grown up who more-or-less has her shit together.
And happy. That too.
Isn’t is just the best! I love, love, love this space. It is exactly how I pictured Mel’s space to be. Cool, and funky with a sharp eye for detail.
How totally rad do you think Mel’s space is? If I looked at your favourite space today, what would it say about you?