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Studio Tour: Hello Miss May

by Lauren Chorpening Day

I love how Instagram has connected the design world from every corner. Every day I scroll through my feed and see work from countless designers and creatives from all over the globe. Hello Miss May is a favorite of those accounts. May Leong of Hello Miss May is based in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia. Her colorful and playful illustrations and styling instantly caught my eye when I first stumbled upon her work on Instagram.

Hello Miss May doesn’t just create beautiful things for social media — this creative company run by May conceptualizes and executes photo shoots for companies such as Oreos, Pokey Sticks and Happy Socks to name a few. May also sells greeting cards, pins and brooches designed with her signature illustration style. May has successfully turned her side business into full-time work, giving her the need for a studio space.

May’s studio is located in her Surry Hills home. The space was originally a lounge or living room area, but she was able to make the dining room act as a dual-purpose spot for both living and dining. “I call my space, ‘The Weekend Studio’ as it gives me the chill-out kind of feeling,” May shares. “I used to work part-time at the geekiest (and somehow, coolest) tech store in the world, and I never had the weekends off. Now, I have seven days in a week all to myself, to do whatever I want to do in the studio.”

Her creative space is an eclectic mix of colors, modern style, vintage pieces and Hello Miss May inventory and props. “Friends think I have way too much stuff in my house (and they probably think I have a tendency to hoard), but I see myself as a collector, appreciating the cute and the colorful.” The studio is exactly as it should be for May: inspiring, creative and practical for this talented designer and stylist. –Lauren

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May Leong in her colorful, inspiring studio space.
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The living-room-turned-studio, called The Weekend Studio, is a combination of an office, inventory supply room, walk-in mood-board, and photo set.
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The studio has a bit of a mod-vibe about it. "I adore the 60s and am obsessed with Twiggy and anything from the Mad Men era," May says.
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May's props and decorations are one and the same. She styles with the things she naturally gravitates towards, making her collection of things attractive for displaying in the studio.
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"My most prized possession is the little portable Sony television which my #instagramhusband, Leon Korobacz, found on the street one day," May shares.
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Hello Miss May's greeting cards and prints casually hang out with a portrait of James Dean.
Studio Tour: Hello Miss May | Design*Sponge
May is able to set up the studio in any way that works best for her. Since the space is in her home, rearranging or grabbing extra furniture from other rooms is easy when needed.
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May's flat lays are always cute and pretty. Her sets almost always include fresh flowers and food. This peek into May's studio shows how much can be produced in a small space.
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The mint bicycle is a Hello Miss May signature piece. It fits perfectly in her vintage-inspired photos.
Studio Tour: Hello Miss May | Design*Sponge
Hello Miss May turns everyday things into magical, gorgeous works.

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