Rhonda's modern boho, cozy and clean aesthetic is a great example of a good style that anyone can learn from. Her use of colour and texture is always on point and she never fails to incorporate small details that make her pieces feel like they have a history of their own.
Her home is a place of warmth and comfort, where you can settle in for hours. The space isn't pretentious but rather filled with personal touches that tell a story.
What we love most about her is that she is able to present her wonderful sense of style clearly and effectively. Her posts inspire LOTS of people with great ideas for decor, colour, textiles and furniture.
Let's get to know Rhonda on a deeper level.
1. How did you get into creating home-styling content?
I created my Instagram account in 2020 during Covid lockdowns, and quickly realized my passion for interior styling and content creation!
I love being able to tell a story through a photo or video, and I think home decor is such a great way to express yourself. Before @styledby.rhonda was born, I found myself always posting photos of my home on my personal Instagram, and decided a home decor account was something I wanted to create!
And what first started out as a hobby, has grown into so much more today. This platform has introduced me to so many amazing people and allows me the opportunity to work with incredible brands like Fleur & Co. I am so grateful to be part of such a positive & supportive community that inspires me every day!
2. What spot in your home do you feel most comfortable in, and why?
Comfort is one of the most important things for me when styling a space, but the day I created my hammock room it was taken to a whole new level! The hammock room is such a source of calm and comfort for me, I really can't put it into words. Laying in the hammock with a cozy blanket, surrounded by plants, and candles, and listening to soft music or reading a book ... let's just say it's where the stress goes to die :) it's also where my Papasan chair and layered floor cushions live, a few more of my fave spots to relax!
3. What advice would you give to a first-time home styler?
A few things for sure. :)
Most importantly, create a home that is your safe space, and brings you happiness. Does it need to always be filled with the newest trends? Absolutely not!
Create something that is authentically you, and makes you not want to leave the house! Also, be kind to yourself if your home is a work in progress (mine sure is!). It's true what they say, creating a home takes time, so really try to enjoy all parts of the journey (ok, maybe not ALL but most lol), it will make the process so much better.
Lastly, I would say to create moments anywhere you can. This was my biggest home goal for 2022 (along with adding more plants!), and I really have never loved our home more.
Here are some ways you can create moments in your home:
1. Add a floor cushion or two to a space you love to be surrounded by.
2. Put up a collage wall in your favourite colour palette (there are some really great collage kits out there that make this so easy!)
3. Put together a plant bench or table with your favourite plant babies, and create a vision board that sparks inspiration and creativity.
Find moments that are right for you, and have fun with them!
4. How did you first develop your love of plants?
One thing you may not know about me is that I used to be a plant killer! :)
I couldn't keep anything alive other than a few succulents that I didn't even really like and would have preferred dead LOL. It was during lockdowns that I realized I wanted to give it an honest shot and work on my plant skills, and I made it my goal to replace every fake plant in our home (which was a lot!) with a real one. It's been a journey that has definitely resulted in a few goners (it happens to us all lol), but I'm proud to say I have surpassed that goal and it has been so rewarding.
Plant care has honestly become one of my favourite forms of self-care, I love to throw on some chill music on a Sunday afternoon, pour myself a cup of coffee and take care of my planties!
5. What is your favourite plant and why?
I have a few favourites for different reasons.
I would say my all-time fave is the heartleaf philodendron, the way they trail just gets me! Plus, they are super low maintenance, grow quickly and keep getting more beautiful as time goes on. They are also amazing for shelf styling (anyone who follows me knows I love a good shelfie!), or in a macrame hanger in a window or corner.
Another favourite of mine is the burgundy rubber tree. I love the deep colour of their leaves, and I find they really add depth to a lighter space.
Last but not least, would be the Monstera. Their leaves are so interesting, and they're fun to capture in photos and videos because they always steal the show!
6. What is your best plant-care tip?
If you don't own a moisture meter, you need to! Overwatering can be the culprit of so many sad plants, and the meter really helps you gauge when your baby needs a drink.
Although the top of the soil may seem dry, it could be retaining water at the roots, in which case adding more could be harmful to the plant.
Another thing I would say is don't be afraid to keep your plants in nursery pots! I like to place nursery pots into decorative ones as a lot of planters don't have drainage holes, so this will allow your plant to get the drainage it needs and the outer pot will catch any access water :) it also makes it easier to switch up the pot if you're looking for a change.
Lastly, don't forget to fertilize (your babies will thank you), and mist and dust those leaves often!