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20 questions with Vanessa Francis of Decor Happy

Interior decorator Vanessa Francis believes home should equal happiness - a mantra she strives to achieve with every client. Once a professional in human resources management, Vanessa left the field to pursue her true passion - interior design.

Vanessa's classic and timeless style is accented with playful uses of texture and pattern. There is an overall ease and comfort to her designs that's influenced by both traditional and contemporary styles. Founder of Vanessa Francis Design and the blog Decor Happy, Vanessa continues to grow in the industry, as she continues to transform "ugly duckling spaces into beautiful swans".

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Photography by Leah Kirin

1 If you could shadow any designer for a day, who would it be?
Vanessa Francis
I love the work of Victoria Hagan. Her portfolio is diverse and the spaces are timeless, beautiful and elegant. I would love to know the thought process behind her designs.

2 Where do you look for an obscure source of inspiration?
VF
Watching films from the 1940s to 1960s. I'm always hitting the pause button so that I can hone in on a piece of furniture, lighting or detail that would look current by simply tweaking it.

3 Favourite restaurant?
VF
My favourite local restaurant is La Toscana in Milton. The food is mouthwatering and the building, with its original stone walls, used to be a hotel dating back to the 1840s.

4 What’s your favourite room to decorate?
VF
I would have to say family rooms. It's the room where everyone gathers so making a comfortable and stylish space the whole family can enjoy gets me every time!

5 What’s your current paint colour obsession?
VF Im obsessed with anything light and airy at the moment. Painting some rooms in my house shades of cream, white and grey really changed the mood and feel of the house - I love it!

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