In The Days of Our Lives, we meet some fascinating and creative folk and take a look at what their typical day holds. Far from being about the mundane, it is a celebration of what it takes to juggle the day-to-day with big ideas, a successful business and a full home life. It’s about keeping all the balls in the air – what is important and what isn’t. It’s about (extra)ordinary moments that fill our every day.
This week I’d like to introduce you to a Georgia Ezra, a pocket-rocket interior architect who runs G.A.B.B.E, a multidisciplinary practice that takes a creative approach to interior design. If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Georgia also owns CAJA, an award winning Australian designed and manufactured furniture business, and blogs at 3 Hearts of Life. Oh, and did I mention that she also does trapeze?!
This is a day in Georgia’s life…
Georgia Ezra, Interior Architect
Each day differs from the other. However I like to start my day quite early, I try to get out for an early morning walk first thing just to free the mind. If not I would find myself going straight from the bedroom to the laptop!
If I find myself too busy to get out in the morning I will do my best to spend some time each day to do an activity whether meeting a friend for a pilates class/walk, or lunch, reading a magazine in the park or any way of giving myself some ‘time-out’!
I’m a massive foodie, so I need to structure my day around meals, this way I never go hungry and I always have energy to do the things I need to do. Some days I spend entirely indoors in the office, and other days I find myself on the road driving between meetings and manufacturers. The one thing I love about what I have created for myself is that each day is different which keeps things very interesting.
Running two varying companies allows for an incredible variation in day-to-day activities. For this reason it is hard to string down a typical 9 to 5 day… But here goes!
I try to fit some sort of physical activity into everyday. However, generally speaking I’m up at 7 am, pop on the walking gear and I take Bonnie out for a 40 minute walk.
Get dressed and prepare a fairly substantial breakfast, which I know will allow me to last until at least 12 or 1 because typically I am swamped with workload and meetings and I really don’t like feeling hungry.
A green smoothie, hot water with lemon and a massive bowl of gluten free muesli with a banana, or 3 pieces of rye toast with avocado, cottage cheese tomato and lemon is usually on the menu. I check over and reply to emails that have come through over night and finish up and race out the door to get into the office by 9 o’clock.
9.00 am -11.00 am
Today I have a meeting at 10 with a client and so I fit in a quick skype call with my tile manufacturer. My sister and I are close to launching ‘TILESOFEZRA’ – a custom designed range of intricate and decorative tiles, which draws direct influence from Morocco, Spain, France, Asia and Mexico.
I also run through my to do list for the day and any other important unanswered emails that tend to pop up throughout the morning.
I run off to a site meeting in Albert Park and meet the owners of Mon Amour – A new cheese,wine and meat store concept. We are installing the mirrored ceiling today and the contractor needs supervision on site to ensure the layout is as I had designed. I marvel in the mirror ceiling – totally excited for this interior to finish!
I finish up the meeting, grab a coffee and sushi and hop into the car onto my next site visit. Pok Pok Jnr in the Bourke Street – A sequel restaurant to Pok Pok (In the Docklands). The builder, client and I meet onsite to run through final joinery detailing.
2.00 -5.00 pm
Finally I’m back in the office, and if there aren’t any other meetings scheduled (like today) I love to use the afternoon to sit down and get some work done.
I start collating images and moodboard inspiration for a chicken shop I am designing in South Yarra. For research I love to flick through pages of books that illustrate colorful and vivid imagery, immerse myself in books about Spain, Italy, and Morocco…anything really that shows an authentic view of the culture and their way of life. I thoroughly enjoy imagery of the people and their methods to create interiors, to develop fabrics and textile designs, the way they make their food and of course native art.
I pull out all of my pens and copic textas and start designing.
Realizing I haven’t ticked number 1 off my to do list I grab my belongings and run off to my weekly 2 hr trapeze class (yes I am a trapeze artist ☺) which helps me end off the day with a big smile!