SH+O: Where did the idea for your business come from?
From a love of candles, and the want to find the perfect vanilla bean candle using natural, non toxic ingredients- that was minimal and stylish. From there, Maison Blanche was born.
SH+O: Where are you based?
Based in Sydney, Australia. We sell online, but focus more on supply to our wonderful stockists worldwide.
SH+O: Do you work from home?
The Maison Blanche factory & offices are 5 mins from my home. When I first started Maison Blanche, I was working out of a spare room in my apartment- to have a dedicated office space makes it a lot easier to have a clear separation between work and personal life.
SH+O: Where do you look for inspiration?
For fragrance, travel is my biggest inspiration. Trying to capture a memory or experience in a fragrance is a lot easier when you are immersed within it. For design, galleys and museums always activate my creativity and motivate me to create.
SH+O: Best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Head up, keep going.
SH+O: How do you start your day?
My amazing partner wakes me up at 6am with a coffee in bed and lets our dogs and cat in for a cuddle. While he gets ready for work, I go over my to-do list for the day in bed.
SH+O: How do you end your day?
I try to turn my phone and computer off at 7.30pm each night. I make sure to carve some time out each night to relax and spend time with my partner- even if it is just watching a movie together.
SH+O: How do you switch off from work? Can you?
I don’t think I ever really switch off, but the closest I get is what is going swimming with my 2 pugs at the beach.
SH+O: Are you strategic in business?
I try to be, and would like to be better at being strategic, but I lead with my heart and I focus more on the creative side of the business. I have the faith that if I create the best possible product I can, the business success will happen.
SH+O: Hardest business lesson you’ve learnt
Trust your gut. All the bad decisions I’ve made in business could have been avoided if I trusted my initial impression of the situation/ person / deal and said no, instead of going along with it because others think I’m being overly cautious.
SH+O: How does Source help your business?
Source helps me reach and connect with customers in New Zealand.
SH+O: What do you expect when you visit Source?
An eclectic mix of original well designed local and international objects for the home