Auguste the girl


Meghan Malfatti is a gorgeous, sunny blonde with a peaceful disposition. I knew we'd be friends the first time we met a couple years ago. We had her on our Journal giving insight as an interior designer....She is so talented. Her interior spaces are effortless and 'perfectly-imperfect,' mixing vintage and bohemian pieces. They make you feel like you just landed in Byron Bay, AUS with surf-centered vibes. She has a sweet 8 month old baby girl, Auguste Alba Malfatti, whose blueberry blue eyes make you just melt! Below are some snips of advice/life stories that she is passing along to all you lovelies that are either about to have a mini or want a look into how she does it while being a business owner.

CL: Describe life as a new mommy

MM: New mommy life feels like nothing I could have imagined, yet I cannot imagine how my life would be without her now. I feel more complete and purposeful than I ever have before - it’s like falling in love all over again! The best part is that I have my little best friend with me all of the time. She’s half of myself and my most favorite person - it’s incredible! One of my friends said it best, “She’s our shared heartbeat”. I’m so in love.

Every day is a surprise, she literally does something new every week. One of my favorite things, which is surprising now because it was my most unfavorite a few months ago, is nursing. I hated it in the beginning because it was so painful, but something about overcoming the pain to do what I thought was best for my baby, turned out to be something that I really cherish. It’s an amazing bonding experience and I will definitely miss it when it’s over.

CL: Tell the story of how you picked her name and the inspiration behind its spelling.

MM: Auguste was named after my father-in-law, Agostino. We liked the translation to Auguste. We added the ‘e' on the end to give it a more feminine touch. I originally saw it spelled this way from the Australian brand, Auguste the Label. A year before my Auguste was born, my husband and I traveled to Australia and actually got to visit the boutique in Byron Bay. I’ve always loved how they spelled it. I even played off their hashtag #augustethelabel and started using #augustethegirl to tag any pictures I post of my daughter.

CL: You’re a mommy and business owner, how has it been balancing the two?

MM: I am so fortunate that I get to work from home with my baby. I thank God every day for such an amazing gift, because I know so many people do not have that opportunity. I’m so grateful that I get to spend every little moment and take in all of the ever changing experiences with Auguste.

Balance has always been a challenge for me. I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. Whenever I take on a project, I really dive in deep and commit long continuous hours to it without taking a break. I crawl into my creative cave and let my design brain go wild. It’s my own a geeky process of taking all of the scattered pieces to the puzzle, imagining fifty different ways of what the outcome could be and fitting in the details altogether to create a design that is thoughtful, functional, and pretty. It’s a process that does not fit well into the schedule of a baby that needs you most hours of the day (and night)… Needless to say, I have not felt as connected to my business since having the baby, but looking back now (8 months ago) I’ve accomplished much more than I thought I would have been able to do.

The great thing about having my own business is that I can work whenever I want (or have time to). Sometimes that’s 5 hours a day and sometimes I might only get 2 hours of work time in, but I’ve learned to not let it frustrate me. My business was my first baby, and I can’t neglect that. You just find a way to make it all work.

CL: Given that you are a designer, what inspired Auguste’s room? What’s your favorite aspects or special things to mention? Also what’s your favorite baby toy or accessory you couldn’t live without.

MM: The treehouse is a detached one bedroom garage apartment, which we are living in until our main house renovation is complete. I didn’t have much choice in the design direction of her room (aka corner of our bedroom), other than to play into what was already in the space. Luckily my design aesthetics lean towards mostly neutrals, so it was simple enough to add some organic baby decor. One of my favorite things are the botanical bibs hand painted by my friends at my baby shower, that I hung over a ladder that my cousin made.

Here are some pictures of her nursery taken by the one and only: Meagan Forbes

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