Handmade Xmas! A stylish guide to DIY gifts!

Mia Lake, Interior Designer Sydney

This year, our office decided to do Kris Kringle with a twist. We all had to create rather than consume. The gift had no price limit, but it had to be handmade.  

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The time, effort and love put into a DIY gift reflect how special the person you are creating it for is to you. It is a great way to express your emotions for a loved one, especially if you find it hard to put your emotions into words.

It’s also a great way to unleash your creativity and tap into the playful side of your personality. With the busyness of this time of the year it also a great excuse to take some time out for yourself. The whole creation process is also both rewarding and calming. Making something whether that means painting, creating craft, making music, cooking, sewing or building something is also a great outlet from our day- to-day lives so you may just find you uncover a new hobby in the process.

Want to have a go at a little Christmas DIY this weekend? See these inspiring ideas to get the creative juices flowing!

 Mia Lake

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Mia Lake
Mia Lake is the Interior Design Director at Vic Lake Architect (VLA). VLA is a family business specialising in high end residential homes and boutique multi residential developments. The collaboration between sophisticated architecture and considered interiors, VLA approaches their projects holistically and cohesively. Mia’s design journey began at Sydney’s The Whitehouse Institute of Design. She was awarded a yearlong scholarship to further her studies internationally at Accademia Italiana. That year in Florence, Italy was a major influence on her career and design style. Prior to VLA, Mia’s has been fortunate to work at two leading Sydney interior design practices, Arent&Pyke and Briony Fitzgerald Design, specialising in high end residential interior design and custom made furnture. A strong construction knowledge, understanding and love of craftsmanship, and sensitivity to the client’s practical needs are the key ingredients to a Mia’s successful design. Mia loves using luxurious natural materials, colour and layering textures. She believes injecting personality into spaces and surrounding yourself with objects that tell stories of your live, makes you happy and inspires. A well designed space can truly improve the way you live.