March 2, 2011

PROFILE MAGAZINE - Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia 
Edited by Genine Howard, Written by Jessica Jane SammutLuxury means something different to every person you meet. To Victoria Millar-Wise, it is the freedom and ability to design and style your own life – to create your world as you want it, following your purpose and your true passions with clarity, consistency and congruency in the creation of your own ‘dream sanctuary’. Jessica Jane Sammut talks to Victoria about her life, loves and longings. 

Victoria Millar-Wise – a woman who has certainly lived a life. Lived a life of love and despair, joy and sadness, constant change and, finally, peace. A woman who has lived in 32 houses, to date, nine of which she renovated and four of which she designed from scratch. A woman with an inner strength as strong as an ox and an outlook as positive and warming as a ray of sunshine.  A woman who is the epitome of what a female role model should be – a true battler. 
Victoria was born in the ‘60s in Christchurch, New Zealand. She adored her parents who introduced her to building design through frequent travel around the stunning countryside of New Zealand’s South Island. 
When Victoria was 12 years old, her father passed away, and with him went the life she had known. It was all change as Victoria’s world began to alter at a rapid and unsettled pace, the innocence of her childhood disintegrating before her eyes. Victoria’s mother became involved with an abusive partner and it was only Victoria’s drive as a high-level athlete, plus her love for the soul-nourishing outdoors, that kept her sane. 
“I learnt to rely on myself and my peers. “Whereas a part of my world had closed down forever, another part of my world had opened up.”
At 18, Victoria was put on an aeroplane and arrived in Australia with only $90 in her pocket. Showing her tenacity and will, by the end of the week she was managing the kitchen of a suburban Sydney shopping centre cafe. At 20, she had her own food business and at 21, Victoria gave birth at home to her first and only child; her daughter arrived half an hour before the midwife, but Victoria embraced the moment with courage. 
Around this time, Victoria started to dabble more seriously in interior design, studying it at college while also raising her daughter. On completing her studies, Victoria undertook work experience with an interior designer, drawing up designs for a local country hotel with great success. What she saw as her first ‘real’ project was a raging success, and this marked the start of Victoria’s career. She progressed to become an award-winning interior designer in the middle and upper market for both residential and boutique commercial projects (such as luxury resorts), achieving coveted awards such as Designer of the Year for Contemporary Design in Western Australia in 2002, with her creations written about in magazines and newspapers all over the world.
While Victoria’s business was flying high, Victoria was suffering personally as her marriage was violent and abusive. 
“I could not go on in the relationship any more, and it was extremely sad. I was forced to end my marriage. The business was doing great but then the global financial crisis happened and things were looking bleak. I went off to Fraser Island and rested for five days ... I recognised I needed to get back to a simpler life.”
So Victoria stood up straight, puffed out her chest, held her head high and shifted direction, geographically, mentally and professionally.
“I loved running my interior design business, but it was time to let others benefit from my 18 years’ experience. I decided to write a book to encourage others to take control of their homes and their destinies – to live their lives and express their dreams and to find that beautiful, personal place inside of themselves.
“And in writing my book, I have not only had time to reflect and re-energise, I have also been lucky enough to meet the new love of my life and set up home on the Sunshine Coast.” 
And Victoria’s vision of sharing the knowledge learnt over a lifetime with others is fast becoming a reality. Her book Create Your Dream Sanctuary is published and Victoria is now in the process of adding an uplifting and inspiring seminar series to accompany the book, in addition to offering luxury retreats to teach people how they can “achieve brilliance in every aspect of their life”. 
“The Create Your Dream Sanctuary ethos is about following your soul purpose and your true passions with clarity, consistency and congruency,” Victoria explains.
“People don’t realise how important it is to create a sanctuary – to have the things we need; to organise our lives in a way that inspires us; to simplify our daily routines; to allow ourselves to be creative.”
I get a real sense Victoria is not only incredibly talented at what she does in interior design but also very intuitive and wise. And it is this extra facet which has given her the ability to break her specialism down so she can teach it. A true entrepreneur in my book; an entrepreneur spreading the love at that. And there can never be enough love in the world, right?     



February 24, 2011


Are you disorganised and slow to produce? Is you head feeling fuzzy? Do you have distracting internal chatter going on? Are your energy levels low and sluggish? How do you STOP these symptoms and more?

Well, here is how. Before you start you will need the following

  • A few uninterrupted hours
  • Inspiring background music 
  • 4 stackable filing trays
  • Labeler, Coloured Highlighters, Pen, Notebook (for ideas) Diary (to do)
  • Desk, chair, computer, prin...

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February 23, 2011


 by Victoria Millar-Wise MDIA

23rd February 2011

Christchurch New Zealand, my birthplace, the place where my ancestors rest is currently in a state of chaos and desertion. How could the place I spent New Years Eve, only 8 weeks earlier in a South Brighton home filled with laughter, love and connection amongst loving friends be thrown back into turmoil? Why had another earthquake happened and so violently this time, when the healing from the...

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Sibling Rivalry in the Home - lifestyle and decoration ideas to create harmony.

February 4, 2011

Focus on strengthening the friendships between your kids.

Have a daily ritual at dinner time of go around the table and saying one positive thing about each family member - something you have noticed about him or her that shines out, maybe a strength or a gift. By acknowledging them and thanking them with love and gratitude is to take the time to intentionally raise one another up in love.

You can also teach your kids to acknowledge their love for one another by sending them a beautiful thoug...

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Overcoming Sibling Rivalry To Create Love, Laughter & Connection In Your Home

February 4, 2011

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Create your dream home and lifestyle in 2011 - it is as easy as a vision.

December 29, 2010
I arrived in Australia as an 18 year old and all I had was $90. By 20yrs of age I had my own franchise business in Margaret River, by 30 yrs of age I had built a stunning dream home on a prime block of land in Yallingyup, by 40yrs of age I owned 2 investment properties and a beautiful home on the hill near the ocean in Perth and had a successful interior design business with 4 staff. 

I was always told I would fail by those I thought loved me and to give it up and go and get a real job - so ag...
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Discover the interior designer in you for only $29.95

December 27, 2010

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Discover the secrets to living your dream today!

November 8, 2010



Award winning interior designer & author Victoria Millar-Wise presents......

  • Create Your Dream Sanctuary - a holistic book on design & life styling
  • Create Your Dream Sanctuary - online product & trade directory
  • Create Your Dream Sanctuary 8 day seminars worldwide
  • Stunning furniture & decor accessories
  • Full Interior Design consulting services
  • Refurbishments for Resort & Hotel developments
  • Colour consultations
  • Decorating services & products

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Pre order your copy of Create Your Dream Sanctuary

October 31, 2010
For special bonuses and VIP membership register today for your signed copy of Create Your Dream Sanctuary.
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Discover the Designer in YOU! Bali Oct 11-18 NEWS FLASH

September 21, 2010
We are now staying for 3 mights at the Bvlgari Resort - the ultimate in luxury and succulent bliss. Come and join us for a 7 day Design and Life Styling Academy's series of master - classes. Register now
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Victoria Millar-Wise I am an award winning interior designer, author, inspirational speaker, healer and lifestyle design mentor with over 18 years experience. I have received coveted awards throughout my career with many divine homes created regularly feature in prestigious home magazine worldwide. My passion. To create stunning, inspiring and loving homes and retreats worldwide. My purpose. Do you ever wonder? Do you ever ask? What is your soul's purpose in life? Mine is to create dream sanctuary spaces and allow clarity and divinity to reign free -balance the masculine - harmonise the feminine the rest shall align........♥ My vision. To enlighten and allow healing on an ancestral level for myself, you, all creatures great and small and the earth. I have written a published book titled Create Your Dream Sanctuary which is a holistic design guide that inspires wealth, energy, love and success. I love inspiring people through speaking and seminars. The Create Your Dream Sanctuary Design and Life Styling Academy has gone from conception to ensure you stay connected with us on Facebook for updates. The purpose of the CYDS Design and Life Style Academy is to inspire others worldwide to design divine environments that create sanctuary in all areas of your life. Be sure to stay tuned to receive the latest updates: Victoria Millar-Wise mdia Director + Award Winning Interior Designer VMW Worldwide Designs Author + Public Speaker + Seminar Presenter Create Your Dream Sanctuary Mobile: +61 (0) 419 831 518 Skype : victoriamillarwise PO Box 9519 Pacific Paradise QLD 4564 www.MansInteriorMotives twitter VMWworldwide linkedin
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