Melbourne-based Maree Petrousis has achieved what many dream of: turning a hobby into a business. And it all started, as so often happens, after making concrete planters for herself and then for friends and family. What’s more, she’s hit on a trend that doesn’t seem to be waning. Concrete is still a popular choice for kitchen bench tops, table tops and accessories.
Here, Maree talks a little about her creative life …
Tell us a bit about yourself. When and why did you begin exploring with the concrete?
My name is Maree. I’m a wife and mum of two little girls. My background is in retail, makeup artistry and now I’m working full-time in the banking industry.
I started experimenting with concrete four years ago, which was a little after I had my first child. It was as a hobby and a means to delve back into my creative side. Since then, I have worked hard to create a brand [Amelayna Designs] that is unique, high in quality and affordable and appealing to people who share my love and passion for home decor.
Can you share a bit about the creative process. How do you like to work?
I like to work in my home studio most nights of the week, when the kids are in bed and I have some time to myself.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by colour trends and unique abstract designs. But I also like to create designs I would be happy to display in my own home – be it bold colours, pastel colours or abstract designs. I like to create pieces that have a level of uniqueness.
Are there any new designs or styles you want to introduce?
I have recently launched two new designs. My Marble Luxx Planter, which is one of a kind and unique. It is inspired by monochrome colours black and white. I have also recently launched my new XL indoor pots which I’m very excited about.
What are some of your important tools of trade?
These would have to be good paint brushes and high quality paint.
Have you ever had a ‘who’d have thought’ moment? Explain.
‘Who’d have thought’ I would be running my own small business! I’m so proud of myself and where I’ve come with my products and brand since I started four years ago. I’m really excited to see what is in store for my business this year and for the future.
Thanks Maree! You can find Amelayna Designs on Etsy.
And we love Maree’s designs so much, we’re featuring a collection in the store. They’re a great complement to our Sprout Pencils.