Hi There!

I'm Mel; Director & Interior Designer at mave Design, Stylist, Photographer (and all round dabbler in anything that requires a little creativity!)

 
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A little more about me…

I am passionate about wellness of mind, body and soul.

I love beautiful things that are hand made, discovered, curated or sustainably sourced.

I am mumma to two beautiful children and navigate this wild world with my beloved - and our newest family addition; Indie (Mini Groodle).

I am multi faceted - I love to work on just about anything visual; and thankfully seem to attract the most amazing clients I really enjoy working with.

I love to work with my clients to create beautiful spaces you want to be in, be it home or workplace. I believe every space has the potential to be something beautiful, and should be just that.

I want to continue to travel, explore, evolve, challenge the norm and stretch myself.

I believe music, sunshine, good food and laughter are the elixir of life.

 
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“WE ALL HAVE TWO LIVES. THE SECOND ONE STARTS

WHEN WE REALISE THAT WE ONLY HAVE ONE.”


TOM HIDDLESTON

I think humans are multi faceted by nature;

I embrace my nature

 
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I have been a Photographer for most of my professional life; I will always see and appreciate life in pictures. 

I am Director & Interior Designer of my own design & renovation company (we are small but mighty!) ; I see potential in every room I see. You can see more HERE

I am a mum; my greatest, most challenging & most rewarding role; we never actually knock off - ever (I'm reliably informed by my mum!)

I'm a maker & creator; I love to paint, write, craft and build lego (best perk of being a mum) and in my down time I design logos and branding for friends.

I'm social & outgoing - but I also love (and need) my peaceful alone time to recharge.

I am a Vedic Meditator; crystal & indoor plant collector (my hubby calls me a crazy plant lady)

I'm a foodie; I love good, wholesome food (and the treats too!) I love nothing more than sharing a delicious meal with those I love.

I am a singer. (Not a particularly brave one unless you've pulled up at the traffic lights next to me as I rarely sing in front of anyone…) but singing and listening to music makes me happy.

I had my perspective check in 2014 when diagnosed with a brain tumour. Safe to say it flipped everything I knew about life on its head. It’s true they say life can change in an instant - mine changed for the better; I’m thankful for my journey every single day.  

 

 
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It's been a colourful journey!

 
 

I grew up in Tassie and left the little isle for the big isle in pursuit of my dream to be a Photographer. I soon found myself working with some of Melbourne's finest. I spent the next 5 years obtaining my Diploma in Professional Photography, working alongside my mentors; shooting weddings and portraits and growing my passion until going out on my own 14 years ago as a freelance Photographer. Since then my most loved subjects are lifestyle shoots for service based entrepreneurs and small businesses with soul. I also love photographing as art from my travels.

I soon met my hubby and we bought our first home together; we renovated the entire house - and safe to say I was hooked. 2 children, 11 years and many projects later we continue to renovate for ourselves and our clients. A good renovation is the ultimate project in creativity and is absolutely addictive ;) Together we have founded Mave Design;  A company that consults on all things design, renovation and house related! We love what we do and are extremely passionate about it. Head on over and have a look.

On a more personal note; In 2014 I was diagnosed with a brain tumour and shortly after underwent (very successful) brain surgery. It changed my life. It slowed me down immensely. It made me realise what was important. I re-evaluated everything; most of all it made me wonder why we would do anything in our life that doesn't bring us great joy.  Our house became more than a project - it became my home; my haven for healing and being with those most important to me. I become acutely aware of how our environment can support us and help us grow.

Life became so much more precious to me and I'm grateful for every aspect of it. My home and family are my absolute north, I have amazing friends, I'm now bolder in the way I choose to live; the term 'success' changed it's meaning for me. I’m no longer afraid of ‘failure’ and see every challenge as an opportunity for growth. I'm focused on health and wellbeing and balancing all our craziness for happiness. I love my green juices, but I also love a glass of vino in the sunshine. Life should be a pursuit of pleasure - and I don't intend to waste a moment of it.

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I'm a mad skiier (extreme off piste) - I'm now 4 years post brain surgery and plan to get back to altitude soon (though maybe a little less extreme) I feel at home on a mountain, my mind is completely quiet when I ski.  I love the ocean and sand as well as the colour and movement of living in a vibrant city; I may also hug trees when I'm in nature... don't tell anyone ;)

I believe in kindness above all else. I'm playful, a little bit cheeky and curious about just about everything. Like all working mums, the juggle is real - and mostly it's less juggle - more ball drop! But I do the best I can everyday, and encourage others to do the same.  My work keeps me sane, my children provide my perspective.

I'm an imagineer, love to read, eat great food and love my friends. I continue to learn and evolve & believe we are all a work in progress. I choose real conversations over small talk. I love being around inspiring people, colour and movement - but I recharge alone. I will continue to stretch and grow and hope you'll join me on the journey.