Loading...
Interviews & Faces

Q & A with Laura Hutchins (@beauhutchins)

MyDeal Team 28/10/2016

Every parent understands that they want to take a picture of their baby every second of every day, so that they can have a memory from that exact moment for the rest of their lives. It’s always hard to find a way of posting those precious moments on social media whilst keeping people engaged, but Laura Hutchins has found the perfect way to keep her friends and family updates with the latest pictures of her little one, as well as showcasing her talent all at once.

Her unique style and eye for style will have everyone in interior and fashion heaven, even if you don’t have a child of your own to test these looks on!

But don’t take our word for it, let Laura Hutchins work her magic!


 

 

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a 32 year old Graphic Designer and all round creative being. I love anything that allows me to get stuck into using my artistic side. I am happily married and live with my hubby, our persian cat Jack and, late last year we welcomed our first baby Beauden Kade. I find art and design a great a way to zone out and relax. Whether I’m designing on the computer or painting DIY projects at home, I always need a project. I’ve found taking photos of Beau is also something I could get creative with. All mummys love to take photos of their kids and the challenge for me was to continue to take lots of photos of Beau but in a way that kept people interested enough to keep following our feed. It’s been a great way to pictorially record him growing and changing.

What is the name of your blog?

You can follow me below at @beauhutchins on instagram

 

How did you get into blogging and what inspired you to start up your Instagram BeauHutchins?

I work for a large media company so I am surrounded by visual and written editorials, blogs, pictorials etc. every day. I’ve done a little writing before and photography as a hobby so I was keen to combine my interests and things that have inspired me into an Instagram feed. As I said before, as a mother we want to record every moment of our babies lives. They grow so fast.

So I wanted to take a million photos to capture every moment but I didn't want to just spam my friends and family so I began to try and photograph Beau in a way that fit into a cohesive theme for my instagram feed. It was a little bit of trial and error and it took a while to get to a point where I was happy with it. While I was focusing on how I took photographs I started to discover all of these amazing small businesses through Instagram. I purchased from a couple. Then a couple more. Fast forward to now, and Beau’s wardrobe is 80% small store items and his bedroom is almost completely decorated and styled with handmade pieces also from small stores. From all over the world but primarily Australia.

I love supporting the dream these mothers have and work so hard for and it’s still as exciting now as it was the very first time a store reposts my photos. The community of parents on instagram is amazingly supportive. The more active I became with my account, the more people I formed friendships with. It truly is an amazing platform and I’m incredibly grateful for the friendships and working relationships we have formed.

Tell us a bit more about what your social media/ blogs include…

@beauhutchins is now a mixture of fashion and childrens decor styling. It’s a lot of OOTD for baby boys because I found a real lack of things for boys in bricks and mortar retails stores. These is so much to find on Instagram, regular sales and a lot of opportunities to collaborate and work with businesses to help promote their clothing, accessories and decor items. When I started out a found a few other baby boys’ accounts that I liked their style of clothing and then followed them to find my way. Now, we are lucky enough to work with some great Australian brands to help promote their clothing and decor. I love challenging myself to laying out a good flatlay. And I’ve been practicing my stack lay skills but they’re a work in progress. The heart and should and the reason I started the page is Beau, so he is the star of the show first and foremost. Basically, if people choose to follow us, they will be able to find a direct link to the brands Beau wears as I always tag the stores in my photos. It makes it so much easier to purchase pieces you see and fall in love with.

Do you have any future plans for your blog for the next few years?

I haven't really thought ahead more than a few months to be honest. I want to keep it going because I think it will be a cute thing to add on to him when he gets older. If Instagram is still a thing by then. (I totally used to have Bebo and thought it was the greatest). First and foremost, we have just transitioned from stationary baby to very fast moving crawler. So I am trying to work out how to even keep him still for photos. I suppose my style will evolve as he grows and changes. I did consider starting a wordpress blog so I can review clothing and items and keep the photographs sorted so they are a little more easily accessible if people were interested in purchasing any of Beau’s OOTD. Not all small stores are created equally and some definitely offer products of far superior quality to others. Obviously I don’t want to be negative about anyone’s business, so I'd rather focus on the ones we have discovered who are really great quality. There are lots of really great ones. The trick is always finding them first.

We love Beau’s outfits!! What are some kids fashion trends we should look out for this summer?

Thank you. Again, we are very lucky to work with some amazingly talented small businesses who help dress him so well. I’m definitely not a fashion or style queen myself so I wouldn’t say I could pick trends. But in saying that, there are definitely some staple items. Distressed denim shorts or cutoffs are a must. There already distressed so it’s perfect for rough and tumble little boys. They can’t really ruin them and denim is such a hardy material it’s easy enough to clean up after a day of adventures. I am also loving the Adidas Originals Adilette Play Slides.

What are three pieces of décor for kids’ rooms that you would say work every time?

Art work. Definitely. There is so much out there to chose from and it’s very affordable. It’s an easy way to create a base for how you will theme your child’s bedroom. Lots of cushions and plush toys. They’re functional as well as readily available in a range of styles to suit whatever theme you can dream up. Mix up shapes, sizes and textures to keep it fun and interesting. Small shelf sitters would probably be my third. That is a broad one, there is a lot available eg: little wooden peg families, animal shapes, trees and mountains… the list goes on and on. But wooden decor is super popular and the smaller items are affordable and super cute. But if you’re really into taking photos these little pieces are great for selfies and flat lays too. As well as on hand for themed birthday party decorations.

You have to choose one interior style/ theme to stick with for the rest of your life, what would that be?

I tend to stick to monochromatic and simplistic. Mainly because it’s easy to mix it up if I get bored by throwing a few coloured cushions or throws about. A nice piece of art. It’s reasonably difficult to go wrong with this one so for someone like me that doesn’t have much knowledge when it comes to home styling, it works well.

 

**Note from Editor:

To achieve the monochrome style suggested above we suggest the following from our kids beds range 

Pu leather kids trundle bed above


Leave a comment:

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login here