Bronnie Masefau is a dedicated interior designer who loves to help people really make their homes an extension of themselves and their family. Her latest book is Inspiring Through Creative Design and available now. We were able to find out a little more about her and I’m sure you’ll agree her passion is palpable.
Hi Bronnie and welcome to Beauty and Lace, thanks for taking the time out to talk to us.
What made you decide to become an interior designer?
Early in life I could see the value that great design brought to a home. Assisting families to create the ideal backdrop for them to outlive their purpose is a powerful thing and the reason I chose this fabulous path.
You are an interior designer and homemaker, what inspired you to become an author?
After years of walking the journey with my clients I desired to take these learnings and put them into a format easily accessible by all. Through these books I hope to help families to put the heart back into their home and give a little inspiration along the way. If I can I will be a happy lady!
The latest book is ‘Inspiring Through Creative Design”, can you tell us a little about it?
The vision for ‘Inspiring through creative design’ is to give families the confidence to create and embrace their personal style.
How did you decide which of your project homes to feature in the book?
Most of the homes we work on, over time, find themselves in the pages of my books. However the projects featured in this book really chose me. Throughout the process of working with my clients and translating their passions into a blueprint these spaces showcased the very ‘Journey’ I was trying to capture in the pages of my new book.
Can you tell us a little about how you juggle being an author and business owner with wife and motherhood?
I wear all hats at once. It is being a wife and mother that inspires me to write and be the best business influencer I can be. Our children are involved in all that both Hubby and I do and we genuinely value their input. Having a supportive family and balanced home life allows me to live a life of purpose.
Have you got a favourite creative space that you designed?
I often say that all my projects are a little like children, there are no favourites!…However, I confess to enjoying immensely the work we have been doing with ‘Destiny rescue’. Seeing the impact that the Café and Hair Salon we designed has had on these amazing girls who have been rescued is priceless. It gives purpose to everything we do and have done.
Where do you find is the most inspiring place to create new spaces?
In the fullness of home life!…I have a studio set up at home and it is where I create my best works. Hearing the children chatter, Hubby singing a tune or two and the smell of a roast in the oven is what truly makes my heart sing and inspires me to be the best Interior designer I can be.
Do you have a favourite time of day for creativity?
First up in the morning, before the family wakes for the day and before my mind is captured by all that is scheduled is the most precious time for me. It is a kick-start to my day.
What do you think is the most important element of any new design project?
It is important from the get-go that we filter out the gimmicks and assist our clients in getting to their core values. Finding out what really makes their world tick is what will become the foundation to the entire project.
Can you tell us a little about Destiny Rescue, the reason you donate part of your book sales income and how you chose the charity?
Destiny Rescue is an amazing charity that is dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. When I first met Tony and Jenny Kirwan and learnt of their works I was overwhelmed with the task at hand, however hoped that they might be able to use my skills in some capacity to bring change to the lives of these courageous girls. Well, a seed was planted and months later Jenny called and asked if I would come over and design a café and Hair salon where the girls saved could be trained and given back their dignity. My hand was up in the air before I’d even known or processed the enormity of the project. We give as both a business and a family because we truly believe in the principle of giving. It has been a wonderful opportunity. I am humbled.
What’s next for Bronnie Masefau?
More books. More design adventures and hopefully more opportunities to give back!
What does being a woman mean to you?
Being a woman is one thing but being a woman of influence means you have the capacity to change your environment for good. Leaving a legacy for the generations to come. This is a purpose worth pursuing.
To find out more about Bronnie and to get your copy of Inspiring through Creative Design head over to her website at: www.bronniemasefau.com.au
Inspiring through Creative Design is availabe for $35 plus p&h.