At BWA HQ we were so flippen excited to meet up with Lucy Feagins, Founder and Editor of The Design Files.
The Design Files is out of this world AMAZING! It showcases the best in design, from interiors, furniture, kids, food to gardens and events. Oh where do I even begin!
Lucy and her trusty editorial assistant Lisa are woman to watch in this industry. We hope you are as inspired by them as much as we are here at BWA HQ. Read on for our fantastic interview with Lucy and click HERE for your daily dose of design inspo!
Firstly tell us a little about your career path, and how The Design Files was born?
I originally studied Creative Arts at Melbourne University, then once I graduated moved into the film and television industry where I worked as a set dresser. It was during my time as a set dresser where I found myself constantly exposed to great local design and creatives while out sourcing products, and this prompted me to start a blog. At first this started as a side project, used to document my latest discoveries or people that inspired me. Originally it was read by a handful of readers, but soon snowballed into the site you see today! I have since left the film industry and now work full-time on TDF, and I also employ an editorial assistant. The site is now more of a broad online publication rather than a blog, as we have weekly and monthly columns, guest contributors, produce photo shoots and create our own original daily content that we publish daily.
Could you give our readers your top three tips to refreshing their space?
1. It is really good for the energy of a space to move the furniture around regularly. It can make a room look entirely new, even though it has the same things did before!
2. Textiles usually present the cheapest easiest way to add some colour. Throws, different bedlinen and cushions can be changed seasonally.
3. Introducing colour in unexpected ways such as painting an internal door, door frame or free standing furniture is a cost effective way to liven up a space
What’s your favourite room in the house?
The living room is probably my favourite room because my two favourite pieces of furniture are in there. The Nook couch by Jardan was as an investment piece, but worth every penny, and our Diesis marble coffee table is the only grown up piece of furniture I own!
Who do you look to for inspiration?
Australian architects and interior designers. Kennedy Nolan and Hecker Guthrie are two favourites, I love checking our their new projects on their websites.
How would you describe your own aesthetic?
Quirky with lots of pops of colour.
What has been your best career moment to date?
Conceiving and launching our annual pop-up event The Design Files Open House! TDF Open House is an offline extension of The Design Files in the real world! Every year we source a beautiful Australian residential home, empty it out, and then fill and dress with are favourite homewares, furniture and art that we have featured on the blog. We then open the doors to house and invite the public to visit the space where everything in the house is for sale, except the house! This year we will be taking the event to Melbourne in November and to Sydney for the first time in December. We are super excited!
Your favourite e-tailers for homewares?
Safari Living for tableware, Space for designer furniture, and Abode for the best bedlinen.
Finally, if you could have breakfast with anyone, alive or dead who would it be and why?
Miranda Kerr, because she would make a killer green smoothie!
Thanks TDF Ladies, congrats on your amazing success so far!!