Interiors // My Home: Sunday Mail Home and Life Magazine


I was really chuffed to be featured in last week's Sunday Mail's Home and Life magazine. To be honest, I was really nervous on the morning of its release! So while I was still in my PJ's my hubby took the dog for a walk to the local servo to get the paper. When he got home I nervously opened the magazine, totally surprised to see a full page feature with my face looking back at me! It was better than i could have hoped for. 

I almost didn't recognise myself with make up. I wondered what the other parents at school pick up thought of me with a full face of make up on! 

Knowing that my home would be featured in the paper I took the opportunity to give Max's room a little bit of love, and add a few little touches here and there.

So...come on in!

Above is a glimpse of our renovated living/kitchen area and this once awkward space at the end of our hallway, next to our kitchen. We were stumped as to what to do with this area. It's small and awkward. I didn't want to close in the space with bulky seating as this would have compromised our modest open plan living space. We chose to use it to display beautiful things and store all our bits and bobs like vases and candles. Love our Freedom Furniture buffet and Lumiere Art and Co print. It's an ever changing space with flowers and things I've collected on my travels. Just out of shot on the adjacent wall are hooks I hang bags and hats on. It's a good use of space while keeping the thoroughfare clear for my kids and crazy dog! Luggy basket by Olli Ella and blue gum from Fresh Stems at Tony and Marks


Here you can see part of our renovated living/kitchen space. The hanging baskets were an idea I got from local cafe, Pixie and the Hawk. I adored this idea and knew this would add a nice touch to the kitchen window. Hanging pots and flowers from Bunnings which hubby hooked up to hang just like so, outside the kitchen window. And of course, the yellow flowers matching in with my yellow floor pendant from Freedom (yes, I love my yellow!). Tolix stools from 1K Chairs, kitchen island bench made by my husband using recycled timber and powdercoated steel.


Max's room had a few little overdue touches added to his room. He chose these wall stickers himself which I love as it reflects his personality and the things he loves, like boats and fishing! Wall decals from The Lovely Wall Co, felt boats (on wall) and You're Ace cushion by Pony Rider from Home Supply, grey doona cover from Adairs, grey tasselled berber throw from Bungalow Living Bali.

I did this little make over while Max was at school and when he came home later that day he was super chuffed with his room which is why I do what I do, and why I love designing and styling kids rooms. They make the best clients! Stool from Adairs, Kids Only banner from Adairs at Harbour Town Adelaide


Lola's bedroom looking tidier than it normally does! She loves books and needing somewhere to store them I found this vintage book rack at the Salvo's for $4.25. Bargain! Style needn't be expensive. Gold cushion from Castle and Things, Stool from IKEA Adelaide, Lamp from Adairs, Wallpaper from Just Kids Wallpaper.


The much loved tram scroll is another vintage piece we absolutely love. It's an original 1950s tram scroll handed down to my hubby from his father. I know tram scrolls seem to have had their day but we never got this piece because it was on-trend, but for it's history and the fact it tells a story about an Adelaide that once was (trams were the main form of public transport in Adelaide back in the 50s).  My original Thonet bentwood chair was a bargain from gumtree for $20. Yep, that was a good day! Floor lamp from Freedom.


Q&A with the Sunday Mail Home and Life Magazine


Maria Angus



Work life/job/role...

Interior stylist specialising in children’s spaces at My Mini Abode, and Promotions Manager at BreastScreen SA.

Career highlights/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…

1920’s 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 X, Lizzy.

I love my home because...

It’s a reflection of who I am and what I love. It’s my sanctuary.

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 could be described as/is...

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 no matter what style it is. I try to follow my heart, not trends.

My first car was…

A second-hand Holden Gemini.

I like to listen to…

All kinds of music, anything from rock to dance but at the moment, Rudimental, Disclosure, Flume and Sticky Fingers are on high rotation. I also like to tickle my daughter to hear her squeaky little giggle. It’s the best sound in the world!

Recent purchase

A Freedom Furniture mug. I posted a photo of it to my Instagram and Freedom Furniture featured the image on their feed which was a thrill. And Adairs Kids quilt covers. I’m addicted.

I collect...

Cushions and baskets but not intentionally, it just happens!

Favourite room/ part of your home/ property…

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.

Describe 3 of your favourite items and why you love them

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 and personal.

Our original 1950s Adelaide tram scroll. My husband inherited this special piece from his father and it holds pride of place in our renovated open plan living area.

I couldn't live without...

My phone! And of course, my family.

When I get home at night, I …

Try and 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, enjoying lots of laughs. One of our favourite things to do when we have no plans and the sun is shining is relax on the deck with an antipasto platter, eating and drinking while watching our kids run around having fun.

Clean freak or messy Bessie?

Clean freak, without doubt.

On my wish list is...

A Jardan sofa.

When I'm home I like to cook...

Lots of salads in summer and comfort food in winter and a roast will usually feature on the weekends.

Fav café/restaurant/ bar

Peel Street Restaurant, with pre dinner drinks at Clever Little Tailor.

In my garden I have…

Lots of native varieties out the front, Sir Walter lawn and a veggie 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. Not sure what I was thinking!

Dream holiday destination

New York or anywhere warm with a pool and a swim up bar.

Something you want to do/achieve in the next 10 years?

I would love to be designing and styling children’s spaces full time.

My neighbours are...

Lovely and friendly! They collect our mail when we are away and we are often chatting to them over the fence on weekends.

If I could afford it I would live... (where, what suburb)

Near the beach, which is where we are headed next.

Home means...

Family, and where I can be myself surrounded by all the things that make me happy.