Home Beautiful editor Sarah Burman.

Home Beautiful editor Sarah Burman.

The votes are in for this year’s Beautiful Rooms competition! We caught up with recently appointed Home Beautiful editor Sarah Burman to talk style, inspiration and what she looked for in a winner when it came to judging this year’s competition, presented by Temple & Webster. Pick up the September issue of Home Beautiful, on stands now, or head to our website to check out this year’s amazing finalists and winners

Your favourite thing about working on Home Beautiful? Working with a bunch of really funny, smart, creative women (and the occasional bloke) for the past 11 years. We just laugh all day, and get to look at really beautiful things while we’re doing it.

The best style tip you’ve learned while working there? Have less stuff. It’s hard to see your style if you have too much clutter – I try to remember that tip every time I turn my focus to a new room.

This bedroom was a finalist in last year's Beautiful Rooms competition. Image – Nikole Ramsay.

This bedroom was a finalist in last year’s Beautiful Rooms competition. Image – Nikole Ramsay.

Who or what inspires you? I’m inspired by my colleagues every day, and I read lots of magazines, fashion, lifestyle, you name it. Also travel, film, our beautiful Aussie landscape.

How would you describe your personal approach to interior style? I do my research and I try to invest, not follow fads, but at the same time I’m always resisting being boring or too safe.

Trend you’re loving right now? I’m still in love with Japandi, which Home Beautiful forecasted last year and is still going strong. The clean lines, simple shapes and timber pieces mean you can still work in whatever colour is capturing your heart, which makes it just about perfect and gives it longevity, too.

Home Beautiful predicted the Japandi trend late last year. Image – Chris Warnes.

Home Beautiful predicted the Japandi trend late last year. Image – Chris Warnes.

Favourite room in your home? I love my living room most, not only because it’s where I spend them most time with my family, but because it’s where I’ve actually invested. My most recent purchase was a set of custom raw ply storage cubes. They look amazing and are the perfect size for our record collection, plus we use it to store the 17 million hideous toddler toys that my son uses daily.

Problem area of your home? The tiny study – we’re torn between building in a desk to best make use of the space, or purchasing a really special desk.

What makes a beautiful room? A beautiful room is one that you quite simply want to be in, which has had a lot of love and thought put into it. There’s no way to really define it beyond that.

Living room inspiration from a 2015 Beautiful Rooms finalists. Image – Jody Darcy.

Living room inspiration from a 2015 Beautiful Rooms finalists. Image – Jody Darcy.

What were you looking for when judging the Beautiful Rooms Competition for 2017? We wanted to see amazing rooms, but beyond that we looked for spaces where the owners have really taken the time to address what they need, and also made it reflect their style and their family. It doesn’t have to be overly expensive but it does have to be clever. All of the finalists were rooms that inspired us by showing us something we haven’t seen before.

Want to create your own beautiful room? Be inspired by the spaces of our Beautiful Rooms finalists, and shop their looks here.

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