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Staying in: creative and set designer Christelle Scifo on making the most of your home interiors

Christelle Scifo has been keeping herself busy while self-isolating at home. “Running your own business even when business isn’t running, there’s always something to do,” says the Sydney-based creative, mentioning the unglamorous (but necessary) taxes, to updating her website as well as creating, styling and shooting still life images from her home. For her downtime, she has been baking, painting, cooking and doing still life drawing demonstrations. As a former dancer in Paris, she has also returned to her love of dance – “even if it’s in the living room!”

While as a freelancer she has always had an element of working from home, she is now enjoying the slower pace. “During this time there’s been bouts of uncertainty for sure, especially when spending too much time online or in front of the news,” says the French-Australian creative. “But when re-focusing in the moment, on the other hand it’s been a time and break for me mentally, emotionally and physically to breathe, re-evaluate and re-focus my energies and ideas within my personal life, wellbeing as well as my business and creative endeavours.”

Scifo’s tips on how she manages her WFH days

- “Start the day by writing a list in the morning with a coffee or beverage. I love a good list.”

- “Create a bit of a plan of those things you hope to accomplish in a day to revert back to and work through. It brings fulfillment to know you’re getting things done. “

- “I have been loving my morning walks by the sea and back in nature as well as workouts and dance classes getting me back in shape on mornings I'd normally be in traffic back from the flower markets or on jobs and shoots.”

Her tips on how to make the most of your home interiors, when staying at home

Scifo suggests putting up posters and art on the walls, “even if you create them yourself,” she says. “Curate a space for all of your favourite things, declutter and create storage options to create a clean and inspired space.”

It’s advice she’s taken herself too, re-arranging her own work space as well as her wardrobe, donating pieces that she no longer wears regularly. “I’m curating looks and pieces that bring my joy and inspiration, and free up my time to focus on other things.”

A quick way to freshen up your home is with fresh flowers, indoor plants and produce. “The easiest way to bring ambience to your home is to bring the outside in,” she says. “The simple task of setting a table with flowers and candlelight and in cooking a home-cooked meal for loved ones is by far the very best thing.”

Her skincare and beauty picks

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel and Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster 50+. I am living for all the serums by Dr Barbara Sturm, following my experience and introduction to her products in Paris,” mentioning Dr Barbara Sturm’s new Night Serum in particular.

“For my daily morning walks, Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 50+ Superscreen and Mecca Cosmetica To Save Body SPF 50+ Superscreen for neck and all over body.”

With makeup, she keeps it light with Mecca Cosmetica Weekend Skin Hydra Skin Tint “in shade Natural for a little colour and cover over the top, and Mecca Cosmetica Hydra Skin Tint and Illuminating Balm Duo in Rose and Tinted Lip De-Luscious with SPF 25 in Nude, and I’m good to go.”

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