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The latest episode of the What Next Now podcast series speaks to rising interior designer Sarah Yarrow, who combines success with a bohemian mindset.
Hosts Elissa Dowler and Tam Henry spoke to her at length about her background, her family, and what it was amid her journey that took this country girl to a blossoming career in interior design.
Having grown up in regional NSW with her mother and grandmother, Sarah was raised in a house with country aesthetics, but done with the utmost care and style. Hers was a house that was warm, while funded by little income; stylish without being too extravagant.
It was this homelife which has always inspired Sarah along her life’s journey. She began out of school, working in real estate, but after being bitten by the travel bug – and a significant period of time living and working in Europe and Asia – she returned to Australia to find her true calling.
When it comes to style, she described it as being heavily influenced by her upbringing.
“I grew up in regional NSW, so I definitely have a love for the country and open spaces,” she said. “So … a relaxed, ‘farmhouse’ style. Contemporary elements, a bit of rustic timber, and a space that makes you feel warm and is welcoming.”
The conversation also covered what Sarah thinks about shows like The Block, which has inspired scores of people all around the country to try their hand at interior design, and what role professional designers play in such a landscape.
The conversation also covered what Sarah thinks about shows like The Block, which has inspired scores of people all around the country to try their hand at interior design, and what role professional designers play in such a landscape..
To Sarah, there are two schools of thought when it comes to design – popularity versus sustainability. To her, having a DIY approach is fine, but employing the services of a professional allows them to come into the space with an objective point of view. And while it may be an attractive proposition to purchase what seems like bargain décor items manufactured in China, there is a lot to be said about objects that will stand the test of time.
“Nothing beats investing in those foundational pieces,” she said.
Also covered in the conversation were topics covering the importance of building professional relationships, how Sarah structures her work, and her approach to every new project, and the importance of daily routines to get you in the right headspace and promote mental and spiritual wellness.
What Next Now launched on Monday 12 August. This podcast featuring Sarah Yarrow is the latest of the first series of six to be released, designed to help listeners forge their career pathway to purpose and wealth. The show is aiming to help people discover what they want to do next so they can live the life they want to live.
Inspiring conversations about purpose, career and wealth, the podcasts are sponsored by DPN, an award-winning, professionally certified financial services and property investment company. DPN also operates Casa Capace, ‘homes to enable’ providing beautiful homes for disables Australians. For more information visit www.dpn.com.au