At Home With Rebecca Elms


We love that our community includes such unique and inspiring mums and business owners, each navigating this challenging time in her own way. Hopefully reading these interviews has brought you some reassurance knowing that we really are in this together.

With Mother's Day on the horizon, we're wrapping up our little Q&A series by having a good ol' catch-up with the owner of Elms herself, Bec! 

Rebecca Elms
Image of Bec with her mum, Robyn
First off, how are you doing?
I am good. It was tough making the decision to close the doors of our retail store, but in saying that, I loved being at home with my daughter and husband. I've enjoyed the change of pace and the changes we have made to our “normal” lifestyle. I'm also really enjoying working and changing the way we do business. I hate the word “pivot” but I guess that is what we're doing. Thinking outside the box!
Now that we've reopened our doors, I'm feeling incredibly grateful.  
 
Tell us a little bit about your job and the work that you do.
I am the Founder and Head Buyer for Elms. Every day is different. At the moment I am spending most of my time on styling/design projects – that literally couldn’t have come at a better time. If I'm not sourcing and buying for clients, I'm updating and maintaining the website.
 
What’s one the challenges of “isolation parenting” you’re currently facing?
Trying to keep my daughter off her devices and her attention on more fulfilling things like Lego and puzzles!!! But we have come to a happy medium – where she is allowed to watch TV or her phone while building Lego hahahah!!!
 
What are you grateful for?
So many things. My little family, where we live, our health and time. I'm so grateful to have time to spend on things that I wouldn’t usually have time to do. The change of pace has been soooo good!
 
What does your morning routine look like these days?
I seem to wake early these days. I lay in bed until my daughter comes in for a morning cuddle. We all get up together, have breakfast and start the day.
 
What does self-care look like for you these days?
I love a walk or run, so having the time to do this has been great. I'm going to start at-home Pilates this week, so I am looking forward to that. I would love to be able to do this every day, but we will see how that goes. We have a rowing machine – so I'm loving the rowing at the moment too. But #1 above all is always a super hydrating face mask and some reality TV.
 
Three things that are keeping you uplifted or simply sane right now?
- Podcasts. I'm spending a lot of my time on our website or driving at the moment so I'm loving working while listening to a podcast.
- Seeing sections of our business grow, even while the doors of our bricks & mortar store closed. This has been so exciting and giving me high hopes for when this is all over.
- Coca Cola!!!
 
What's on your dream Mother's Day wish list? 
In a perfect world (after COVID-19), firstly would be to see my Mum in person, not on a screen. They are in self-isolation up the coast, so I haven’t seen her for a while and would love a big hug and a chat face-to-face.
Next would be an amazing spa date with a girlfriend at a hotel, so we could use all the facilities and just chill out for the day.
In terms of products from the store, I'm a little spoilt for choice really, but I think our Mother’s day hampers are great and a beautifully curated selection of our favourite items.
My top products would be: 
Addition Studio's Brass Essential Oil Burner 
Botanical Signature's Brightening Face Oil