This week’s Spaces features an all around creative (even dance – see below!), and graphic designer / photographer, Kelly Ann Mount of The Flowerchild Dwelling. Like many other features, her workspace reflects her work and her style, so perfectly eclectic and vintage – it’s very much a flowerchild dwelling. Check it out!
Tell us about yourself as a creative.
I’m a graphic designer, sometimes-photographer, former dancer, film school graduate, and music enthusiast from sunny California. (phew!) I’m expressive, enthusiastic, and eclectic – and I love, love, love what I do. I’m a big dreamer with a long list of things that I want to do and experience in this life.
Describe your creative journey.
I’m pretty sure it all started the moment I could hold a paint brush and wear tap shoes. My childhood was filled to the brim with everything creative – and I expressed myself through a wide variety of mediums. I was a serious dancer and a cast member for children’s television from the time I was very little through my teen years. Whether it be through clothing (I used to change my outfit at least 3 times a day), collaging my walls, making home movies, or singing to my neighbors from my balcony at age 4 – I was all about expressing, creating, and performing. Being a film major in college was perfect for me, it was incredibly hands on and I still dream of working in film one day. My college years also brought a newfound love for graphic design, and I dove in head first. Mostly self-taught, I started working on design projects for my University’s Associated Student Body, as well as my own projects on the side. After I graduated, I decided to make it a real job, and I haven’t looked back. I started blogging years ago and it has brought me complete joy – I had no idea it would be such a huge and exciting part of my journey.
Share a little bit about your space.
It’s in the beginning stages! I don’t really have a budget for decorating, so I really just utilize what I have. It’s an eclectic jumble of thrift finds, family heirlooms, and pieces that were given to me. A family friend runs an antique business, so I receive random pieces from her all the time that are really amazing. (Like the giant metal piece above my desk) I think so far, this space already has character and I can’t wait to full make it my own. I’ve never been one to be matchy-matchy, I really love random colors, patterns, and furniture pieces thrown together. I need a space that is cozy, peaceful, and interesting. I also get ready for the day in this room, and I think being surrounded by my favorite accessories inspires me to create.
What’s your favorite thing about your space?
My record collection is pretty sacred to me. 🙂 I also really love my comfy armchair… it was a $30 thrift find – a total steal. I would love to have it reupholstered someday – but it’s in great condition and it keeps my back so happy during long hours of working at my computer. I’m currently restoring a vintage blue velvet loveseat and I think it’ll make the room even cozier – it will probably become my most favorite piece when it’s finished!
What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
I think having some sort of inspiration board or wall is really important – a place where you can throw together a bunch of rad/awesome/lovely/cool things. I’m an extremely visual person (as I’m sure all creatives are!) and it’s so nice to look up from my desk and see gorgeous photos and sweet notes from friends – it’s encouraging and motivating. Each photo, painting, card, or lovely thing you pin on a wall has some sort of meaning to you – however small – and that brings such joy and comfort to your space. I also think changing things up is important for creatives. I get bored and can become unmotivated when my workspace stays the same for too long. I’m constantly moving things around! By just moving one piece of furniture to the other side of a room or adding some plants and flowers, I can instantly refresh my surroundings.
Be sure to check out The Flowerchild Dwelling, where Kelly curates the best things – including perfectly thought out weekly music and music mixes!