The Armadillo & Co Journal

Décor Tips We Learnt
From Our Mothers

Mother’s Day is a time to honour the women who brought us into the world. This year, to celebrate, we asked some of our favourite creatives to share how their mothers have influenced their interior style and the lifelong lessons they inherited along the way.

Jodie Fried

Co-Founder of Armadillo & Co

The personality traits I inherited from my mother are my Virgo rising sensibility and love of sorting, ordering, cleaning and then doing it all over again!

This is my favourite photo of her because she is so young, happy and beautiful.

The one object my mother handed down to me that I treasure is a small hand-embroidered Nepalese rug (!) she bought on her travels in the 70’s.

I really wish I had kept the most beautiful bespoke childhood bedspread, which my mother painstakingly made by hand patchwork out of Liberty fabric.

If there was one interior lesson I learnt from my mum, it was not to clutter an interior – quality over quantity.

These days when it comes to decorating, I always question whether it brings me joy – if there is any doubt, then it is out!

 

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Natalie Walton

Author & Stylist

My mother’s style can be described as classic and feminine.

This is my favourite photo of her because she has always been resourceful. She lived in Poland until she was about 19, when it was still a communist country. She used to make her own clothes so she could look stylish even though she didn’t have access to the clothes that were available beyond the Iron Curtain.

My most vivid memory of our childhood home is the pink velvet sofa in the living room and flocked wallpaper in the dining room – and my Laura Ashley-inspired bedroom!

If there was one interior lesson I learnt from my mum, it was to keep my house tidy and in good order. We have quite different interior styles but my mum’s home has always been clean and tidy – and I feel most happy at home when my place is too.

These days when it comes to decorating, I always opt for less. I’m always trying to see how much I can distil a space down to its essence.

 

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Sarah Ellison

Stylist & Furniture Designer

The personality traits I inherited from my mother are empathy, patience, kindness and wilfulness.

My mother’s style can be described as unique, eclectic and personal, with a hint of the unexpected.

This is my favourite photo of her because it shows my mum’s dedication to being present with me as a child.

My teenage bedroom was covered in surf and grunge band posters. I had lime green sheets with a cobalt blue duvet and the walls were painted a soft lime green. The 90s were definitely not the most stylish decade!!

If there was one interior lesson I learnt from my mum, it was to add your personality and unique style. A home is created through the treasures you discover in life. It’s about playing, enjoying and having fun. It’s always evolving.

 

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Julia Hunter

CEO of Jenni Kayne

The personality trait I inherited from my mother is my career focus. She had a PhD in Chinese Linguistics from UC Berkeley and her passion for her work was something that I grew up not knowing was unusual.

My mother’s style can be described as simple and a bit masculine. For her wedding, my mom wore a white suit and her wedding ring was a simple gold band. I don’t even think it was deliberately masculine, she just preferred classic and nicely made pieces that were more like a uniform for work.

The one object my mother handed down to me that I treasure is her collection of The New York Times newspapers. She saved all the most significant issues and I love having a record of history that feels so unique.

I really wish I had kept a beautiful antique piano that I grew up playing.

These days when it comes to decorating, I always keep in mind that less is more. It’s so much more inspiring and peaceful to have a few special pieces in each room and then give them space to breathe and stand out.

 

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Kerrie-Ann Jones

Stylist

The personality traits I inherited from my mother are creativity, love of family and empathy.

This is my favourite photo of her because Mum looks so chic and beautiful. I can see features of my daughter in my mum’s face here too.

My teenage bedroom was pink and a mess! I loved to stick posters on my walls and always struggled to keep it tidy. I was a dancer, so there were always ballet shoes hung up somewhere. For my 16th birthday, Mum had some pink chiffon curtains made for my room. We both thought they looked fabulous!

When I first moved out of home, my mum told me that I could come back home whenever I wanted. I was 19 and excited for the adventures of adulthood. I think she was terrified!

If there was one interior lesson I learnt from my mum, it was that classic never dates.

 

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Christina Symes

Designer at We Are Triibe

My mother’s style can be described as smart and timeless – she makes considered purchases and has a keen eye for a bargain but always looks so fresh and put together. This also applies to the interiors of our family home; it’s a mix of sentimental antique furniture and timeless modern pieces that my parents have held onto for years.

My most vivid memory of our childhood home is being outdoors! Having green hair from swimming in the pool so much during summer, eating mangoes with my siblings, climbing trees and playing in our yard.

When I first moved out of home, my mum told me, “Remember to ring your mother.”

The one object my mother handed down to me that I treasure is a golden topaz ring – it was handed down to her by her auntie/godmother on her 21st birthday and it’s the one piece that extraordinarily makes me feel safe when I wear it.

If there was one interior lesson I learnt from my mum, it was to purchase with intent and for longevity. And always keep sparkling water in your fridge in case you spill red wine on your rug!

 

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Jessica d’Abadie

Designer at We Are Triibe

The personality traits I inherited from my mother are generosity and a tendency to always look at the positive things in life.

My mother’s style can be described as high quality, fundamentally functional, but also a bit playful. My mum is German so her practical side is evident – she had us in Birkenstock’s before they were cool.

The one object my mother handed down to me that I treasure is a Dutch Colonial vintage plantation armchair from Java, where I was born. The rattan on it had broken through over the years and my mum had it hand woven to repair it and gifted it to me as an engagement gift. I love it so much.

I really wish I had kept some old lamps that mum used to have. At the time, I think we all thought they were a bit daggy but now they feel a bit nostalgic to me.

If there was one interior lesson I learnt from my mum, it was to not buy into fads but to only buy pieces you really love and to keep them forever.

 

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