Interior stylist, photographer and founder of Bali Interiors
When you are passionate about what you do, you make sacrifices to accomplish your dreams.
Tell us your story – how did you get here?
It all started with me arriving in Bali over seven years ago, when Canggu was a sleepy, surfer town, and the development was only until Seminyak. I realised there was a gap in showcasing beautiful interiors and architecture in Bali. I started a little blog and an IG account: Bali Interiors. One thing led to another and now we have over a quarter of a million followers between our social media platforms, and we reach over 15 million people worldwide each month. It took, and still takes, a lot of work, sweat and tears.
The path to our success has not always been easy and smooth, but when you are passionate about what you do, you make sacrifices to accomplish your dreams. As the saying goes, “a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor”! But luckily for us, we live on a beautiful island where coconuts are abundant and beautiful beaches and jungles are there to recharge us whenever we need a new spark of inspiration.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I think my biggest accomplishment is not giving up. Owning a small business is hard work, it’s incredibly challenging, taxing and exhausting. But it’s also one of the most rewarding things I do. I love my job and I love my team right now, and it brings me joy to work with them everyday and create all the cool content and visit amazing places.
What impact have you made in Bali?
I would like to think that I’ve raised the bar on the expectation people have when it comes to interiors and architecture. When I came to Bali, the bar was very low, and everyone was happy to have the very basics. I think through our platform, we raise the calibre by showcasing what we think are the best and most beautiful interiors and architecture on the island, as well as shining a spotlight on interior designers, architects and developers.
What does the future look like for you?
I always have a million ideas so it could potentially look many different ways. But we want to grow the design community in Bali and make it a more established and proper community. There are many talented individuals and teams here, and they deserve to be showcased and also celebrated.
What do you love most about Bali?
I love the creativity that Bali has. I can never get bored in Bali. There is always something happening: a new cafe, new restaurant, a new sport, a new beautiful place to visit… It’s always bursting with creativity and I can’t get enough of it!
What do you do whenever you're struggling for inspiration?
Usually travelling and having time alone really recharges my batteries. The older I get the more time alone I need to gather my thoughts and centre myself.
Who is your Local Legend and why?
Can I name a few? I have a few friends that have become my Local Legends. Janine from Escape Haven is a friend, a mentor and my voice of reason. She inspires me daily to be a better person and a better business owner! Sophia from Indigo Kids, is the most outstanding human. She has the most incredible values and morals, and she inspires me to always be better. My friend Sara Franti is another Local Legend. Her tenacity, leadership skills and authenticity have raised me up to become a better and more authentic version of myself. And lastly my husband, that through thick and thin he is always there to listen to me, to support me through the most challenging times, and goes along with my crazy ideas, and helps make them happen.