Located in the Hills District of Sydney, this French inspired new home has a rather large footprint (750 square metres) and is comprised of five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a wine cellar, home theatre, swimming pool and 10-car garage. “We were asked to create a luxurious home that was inspired by the apartments of Paris,” says the project’s interior designer Joumana Sukari of Sukari Design who worked alongside Ray Taouk of FLDC Architects to create the expansive house.
Juliet balconies, crystal chandeliers and a sweeping staircase with wrought iron balustrades are just some of the features that create that Parisian feel. And while the home’s owners (a family of five) wanted a timeless finish they were keen on mod cons too – the home has a lift, under-floor heating and the aforementioned home theatre.
Hardwood parquetry flooring features throughout the ground floor and the sweeping staircase treads are made from Thassos marble
A focal point of the home, the family room features a six-metre void punctuated by a series of statement glass doors and windows. “We designed three tall arched doors that lead onto a terrace and complemented them with three circular windows placed directly above which really lifts your eye to take in the full height of the ceiling,” says Joumana.
Created from slabs of Calacutta marble, the kitchen is another highlight and it’s both practical and pretty. “With a client who enjoys cooking, it was important to us that the function of the kitchen matched the aesthetics,” says Joumana who included a second sink on the kitchen island, double wall ovens and a large double fridge to this end. “We wanted to make sure the kitchen was not just a showpiece but a space that could be used daily with ease and practicality,” says Joumana.
Another rather covetable space, the home’s wine cellar was designed around a sandstone feature wall that is lit from the ground up. “Given the wine cellar opens on the modern home theatre, we wanted to add a contemporary touch with the furnishings by including a concrete table and mid-century style dining chairs and pendant,” says Joumana.
Wine cellarHome theatre
And with a thrilled client who loves the end result, Joumana found the project a deeply satisfying one. “Your home is your refuge. It is a place where so many family milestones are reached, so the most important thing for us is that our clients’ home is a true reflection of their vision.”
Calacatta marble features in the master bathroom tooBedroom
A delicious homemade curry made from an age-old curry paste recipe combined with coconut milk, mushrooms, zucchini, bok choy and prawns topped with fresh chilli and coriander leaves.
Clinical nutritionist and recipe creator Rosie Eyre says: “This is the most delicious curry. It is due to making the curry sauce from scratch. This does actually sound quite scary to do this. You have to trust me, it is so easy to make. This whole dish took me 22 minutes from start to finish. Meaning it is the most easy dish to whip together any day or night of the week. Make a big batch for meal prep and have throughout the week or freeze some and take out for later. The lovely thing about this dish is you do not need to stick to prawns; you can use just a selection of vegetables, tofu, chicken thigh, fish etc. Make it vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan or omnivore.”
For the curry paste: 1 small red onion, peeled and quartered 2 thumbs fresh turmeric or 1 tsp powder 4 thumbs of fresh ginger 1/2-1 whole red chilli (optional) 4 kaffir lime leaves 1 tsp curry powder 1 bunch coriander stalks (saves leaves to serve) 1 fresh lime, juiced 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp soy or tamari sauce
For the curry: 1 red onion, finely sliced 1 zucchini, sliced into half moons 150g mushrooms, sliced 400ml coconut milk (good quality brand) 1 bunch bok choy or Asian greens, roughly chopped (include stalks) 300g prawns (or tofu, chicken thigh (chopped into 2cm cubes), extra vegetables) 1 tbsp brown sugar/honey/coconut syrup 1 tbsp soy or tamari sauce
To serve: handful of coriander leaves 1 fresh lime 1 cup cooked rice/noodles or
Prep all of your ingredients first. In a food processor or blender add all of the curry paste ingredients and blitz until really smooth.
Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add a good drizzle of olive oil, once hot add onion and fry for 2-4 minutes until soft and fragrant. Turn heat down to medium heat.
Add curry paste and let it cook for 2-4 minutes until all ingredients are fragrant.
Add in mushrooms to pan and toss to coat in paste for 2 minutes.
Add coconut milk, stir well and bring to a simmering boil. Then add zucchini and cook for 1-to-2 minutes.
Add prawns (or protein of choice), 1 tbsp brown sugar and 1 tbsp soy sauce, stir well, bring to boil then down to a simmer until protein is cooked through. Stir through bok choy for 1-2 minutes until wilted.
Established in Sydney in 2013, blinq.art sells some of the world’s finest photographic art prints and after more than five years at Westfield Bondi Junction, the business has relocated its gallery to Paddington in an effort to better serve its customers. The business also has a busy online store that serves a dedicated fanbase across the globe.
blinq.art’s Paddington gallery
“Collecting art photography ought to be enjoyable, affordable and accessible. Whether in-store or online, we aim to provide a rich and cultural experience so that our customers can make an emotional connection with that special piece. In a way, we view ourselves as matchmakers for artworks and art appreciators,” says blinq.art director Laurent Rabot.
blinq.art challenges the traditional ways of art photography acquisition by curating an extensive and eclectic catalogue and making it available to the public at reasonable prices. Each artwork is printed on high-quality, archival grade photographic paper and custom-framed in Sydney. A choice of six signature frame finishes and up to seven sizes are available – all of which can be selected at the time of purchase.
California by Ludwig Favre available at Blinq.art
“We work with some of the most talented artists in the world and we take pride in producing superb quality prints,” says Laurent who works with more than 80 talents representing all walks of life. An artistic panel handpicks each photograph and ensures that the selection remains versatile and balanced.
The Long Horned Cow by Ian Thornberry available at Blinq.art
Online, blinq.art’s website is a great way of browsing through the entire collection. A live chat with an experienced gallerist is available also which significantly enhances the experience.
“Our fine art prints are the perfect addition to any private residence, luxurious office or cutting-edge hotel. They look elegant and trendy, and they can bring the finishing touch to any interior,” says Laurent.
Cuba III by Hélène Havard available at Blinq.art
Laurent’s top tips for choosing photographic art:
Consider forgoing the conveyor belt of cheaply-made wares and instead, opt for a couple of more timeless pieces to invest in – ones that really resonate with you and the character of your home.
Don’t follow trends. Get personal. Look for a piece that says something about you and it will outlast wavering fashions.
Choose a piece that suits the space you will hang it in. For example, if you have a large white wall, don’t hang a tiny little artwork as it will disappear in the background and seem out of place.
Interiors Addict readers are invited to visit the new gallery at 84 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW and to help celebrate the opening, blinq.art is offering a complimentary classic size artwork (valued at $118) with every purchased above $200. Just mention the promo code ‘arttoheart’. If you shop online, just call blinq.art with your reference number and preferred artwork and the complimentary classic size artwork will be added to your order.
We all want to know what’s going to be on trend in homewares over the next 12 months so I spoke to a retail store owner, an interior designer and an interior decorator for their predictions.
Recently returned to her Hobart gift and homewares store from the design fairs of Europe, Lucy Given attended many lectures on trends and design forecasts. She also visited some of London’s most iconic furniture showrooms, and says it was fascinating to see so many common elements in the products she is now seeing coming through from her suppliers and filtering into her retail store, LUC.
“Furniture (and decorating in general) is moving away from minimalism and more towards essentialism,” she says. “There’s generally a movement toward a richer, warmer colour palette, more masculine shapes and the use of more refined and luxurious materials; fine leather, marbles, darker timbers and brushed metals.”
In terms of the big trends in homewares for the next 12 months, Lucy sees them as three-fold: sourcing products made from unusual materials or using materials in a different way; a definite move towards sophistication with products full of character that offer a timeless elegance, and lastly, products that are playful, unorthodox or surprising. “There is a revival of optimism and a movement toward offering products that are daring or humorous.”
Lucy says Scandi is definitely not dead but it’s morphing and evolving into a more refined and elegant trend. “I believe what we will be seeing change in the future is the colour and materials palette that is used to define the Scandi look.”
Freedom Furniture interior decorator Jacinta Parry is seeing many of the same trends, with warmer tones and natural fibres and textures. While grey is still a popular colour for furniture, she says we’ll see less of it in the next 12 months. “We’ll also see it mixed with warmer tones such as taupes and subtle browns. Used correctly, these colours look fabulous together. Add some greenery and you have a beautiful warm and earthy space.”
Pic via Freedom Furniture
Velvet furniture is still going strong: “Moving forward, we’ll see different tones and textures introduced. Married back with bolder and deeper tones on the walls, it creates a wonderful moody rich feel to a room.”
Jacinta says another key trend in furniture is the use of natural fibres and textures including linen, wool, jute and cane. “Key colour trends will include earthy jewel tones, moss greens, mustards and aubergines,” she adds. “We’ll see a growing confidence in the use of colour in our homes with coloured walls, funky armchairs, homewares, wall art and hangings.”
Sydney interior designer Lynnne Bradley, of Lynne Bradley Interiors, is also recently back from Europe, where she saw rounded and irregular shapes popular in furniture, a revived popularity of brown furniture and antique pieces, and plenty of colour. “Coloured patterned textiles mixed in with coloured plains create energised soft furnishing schemes. Colours such as terracotta, coral and yellow offer a refreshing way to punctuate navy blue, pinks, greens and crisp whites.”
Project by Lynne Bradley Interiors, photo by Anson Smart
She has some tips on how to incorporate these new trends into our homes. “Think of seasonal styling such as using linen cushions and bed linen in the summer and rich velvets and weaves for the winter.
“Rugs are available in all shapes, sizes and prices and should be used to create comfort, layering and visual impact in a room. Placed under beds, positioning two contrasting designs side by side in a living area or installing a polypropylene outdoor rug is transformative. Don’t forget the power of the mirror and think brass framed and oval or an obscure shape.”
Interiors Addict is proud to be the media partner at the AGHA Melbourne Gift Fair next month, where you can look out for all these trends and more. I’ll be running a free Instagram masterclass on the Saturday and would love to see you there.
AGHA Melbourne Gift Fair | 3-7 August 2019 | Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) Doors 9-19. Registration is essential for free, fast-track entry. Don’t miss out! Register online.
From industrial styled tap ware to a gorgeous new two-toned round concrete basin and chic resin bathroom accessories, this month has been a big one for new bathroom wares.
IB Rubinette’s BOLD collection: This statement bathroom tap ware collection has a solid industrial vibe and features easy-grip wheel taps and an angled spout. The range is available in copper, rose-gold and black chrome and can be sourced in Australia at Paco Jaanson. From $600.
Nood Co. latest: The ‘Stepp Basin Circle’ is the first two-toned offering from Nood Co. and it’s available in 14 pastel concrete hues including ‘custard,’ ‘mint,’ ‘sky blue’ and ‘pastel peach.’ $890.
Nood Co. two-toned basin in ‘pastel peach’
In addition to some of the colours mentioned above, the brand has also welcomed a host of other new colours available across all of the brand’s 80 basins and furniture items. The brand has also introduced four new basin designs including the ‘Vesl’ (pictured below). From $830.
The Nood Co. ‘Vesl’ basin in clay (rectangle) and teal (square)
Victoria + Albert Taizu bath: Designed in collaborated with Hong Kong-based architect and product designer Steve Leung, the Taizu bath takes its name from a great Chinese emperor and has a beautiful, clean, circular shape. “I wanted to create an iconic bath that draws a connection between East and West, referencing the past with a view to the future,” says Steve.
“Taizu celebrates the Chinese wellness philosophy in a minimal and contemporary design, crafted in a one-of-a-kind material,” says Steve. From $7,400.
Beaumont Tiles ‘Maison’ range: A great way to inject the warmth of timber into your bathroom (without the moisture issues involved with using actual wood), this gorgeous plank style, timber look, matte tile is 1798mm long and is available in three colours – beech, cedar and noce. And in a rather clever move, no two tiles are the same which gives the look a real authenticity.
Beaumont Tiles ‘Maison’ tile in cedar
Beaumont Tiles ‘Maison’ tile in beech
United Products: Created in Melbourne, United Products has collaborated with notable Australian designers and architects to create a range of functional, design-led bathroom fittings with a clean, minimalist and understated feel.
Sustainability underpins the brand too – the entire United Products range is made from a combination of natural minerals and resins. And while the material is designed to last a lifetime, it can also be 100 per cent reused to create another United Product item when its lifetime comes to end.
United Products ‘Siren’ freestanding basin, $2,636.36 (ex GST)
A standout from the range is the ‘Siren’ freestanding basin (available in white, sand and sand grey) features a tall solid base with a beautifully curved basin. The United Products range starts from $900.
Kohler latest: Kohler’s elegantly simple ‘Purist’ basin tap ware collection is available in both wall-mount and hob-mount configurations and in a number of finishes including brushed bronze, rose gold, brushed nickel and polished chrome. From $615.
Kohler ‘Purist’ tap ware
Kohler’s polished chrome ‘Loure’ tap ware collection has a linear, almost two-dimensional aesthetic resulting in the tap’s water stream looking like an extension of the spout. The matching handles are simple blocks that float above the vanity surface. From $730.
Kohler ‘Loure’ collection tap ware
Kohler’s ‘Carillon’ basin collection has fine lines and contours and a subtle lift at its edges. It’s available in black or white and in both rectangular and round configurations. From $509.
Kohler ‘Carillon’ rectangular basin in black
Tina Frey ‘Water Bath’ bathroom collection at Oliver Thom: Available in Australia at Oliver Thom, Tina Frey’s ‘Water Bath’ collection features a bin, soap dish, soap dispenser, toothbrush holder, tissue box, lidded box and two different sized trays that are all handmade from white resin. The natural leather handles are a nice finishing touch. From $142.
Tina Frey ‘Water bath’ tissue box, $285
Tina Frey ‘Water bath’ soap dish, $142
Designed by architect David Boyle, ‘Five Gardens House’ was the overall winner of the recent New South Wales Architecture Awards’ Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) category and, with its undulating Sydney waterside location and design that drinks in the beautiful landscape, it’s easy to see why.
Front elevation. The opposite of ostentatious, the home really blends into the landscape.
Something about this home really strikes us as different. Perhaps it’s because, unlike a brand-new build, the project involved the modification and extension of an existing home – a process that often elicits interesting outcomes. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? And invent the architect did; Five Gardens House is a 1950’s suburban modernist house transformed into a vast collection of spaces and whimsical garden platforms.
Perched atop a headland in Sydney’s Middle Harbour, the house treats the landscape as the star – surrounding the home is a gorgeous mix of bushland, rock outcrops and water. Perhaps the highlight of the tri-level home, the home even reaches out into its environment and wraps around a eucalyptus tree in the back yard.
The home wraps around a large eucalyptus tree
The project’s name references the five gardens that surround the home – the new rooftop garden, the three existing gardens and the new aspect that takes in the fifth garden; a knoll. The home’s new rooftop garden sits on an elevated perch that projects from the abode’s original footprint and floats high above the site on delicate steel loops.
Internal and external stairs create a spiral circulation system connecting all of the levels and gardens while raw, robust materials complement the landscape. No doubt fabulous spaces to inhabit, the arched ceilings float above the living areas and capture the tree canopies of the adjacent reserve down to the harbour below.
I suspect you’d quickly forget you were living in the city inside these rooms. The ultimate in Australian indoor/outdoor living, this one-off home truly brings the outside in.
Now I don’t want to get off on the wrong foot with the Central Coast residents, because I can assure you I’ve always been a fan, but I have to be honest and say I never considered it as a particularly stylish place or a foodie destination. My recent weekend there with the family proved to me that things are starting to change and I’m happy to share more than a handful of places you must visit and eat at if you’re planning your next minibreak. Because let’s face it, it’s not exactly beach weather right now.
Norah Head Lighthouse
The Central Coast is a great option for our family. We live on the right side of Sydney for it to take no more than an hour to get there and it’s different enough to feel like you’ve really got away from it all and had a change of scene. Since Charlie came along, we haven’t been too keen on domestic breaks that involve flying. If you’re not going a long way or for a decent amount of time, it really doesn’t seem worth the hassle with a four year old and a baby. So the Central Coast is a no brainer and, after our most recent trip, I’m sure we will be back there again.
First off, where did we stay? We had two nights at Kyal and Kara Demmrich’s (of The Block fame) Airbnb (The Coastal Retreat at Toowoon Bay) which is effectively the most high spec, stylish, two-bed granny flat you’ve ever seen! It was gorgeous, well equipped and styled to perfection. Thoughtful touches like wine, cheese and chocolate went down a treat too!
Before we even got there however, we stopped in Gosford on the way up and had a delicious early lunch at The Bon Pavillion, a Sean Connolly restaurant which opened in the heart of town earlier this year. What a great start to the trip that was! I loved the dark and moody interior, the impressive staircase (come on, I’m an interiors person!) and the fact you could see into the kitchen where the action was.
Damian declared his steak to be the best he’d had all year and my chicken and prawn pie was mouthwatering. Sebastian polished off the fanciest fishfinger sandwich he’s ever had from the kid’s menu (nothing from a freezer box there, I assure you!) and we had a lovely relaxed meal with nice service. The less formal front of the venue was packed with locals enjoying brunch and coffee and you can even grab a takeout from another section. The Bon is a project of the John Singleton Group, run by Karina and Brian Barry, who also run Bells Of Killcare. Oh, how we used to love that place before we had kids (who aren’t allowed!).
En route to our Airbnb, Damian and the boys dropped me at Glow Beauty Space in Wamberal, which I already knew from Instagram! I mean, look at the place! The beautiful interior is by design duo Stewart + Highfield, who appear to be behind almost every cool space in the area! With a couple of hours of child-free pampering ahead of me, a glass of wine in hand, and lots of beautiful design details to look at, I was in heaven.
I had a pedicure and the Glow Facial (which included an eyebrow and lash tint) and left feeling like a new woman! The staff are all beautiful (inside and out) and make you feel so relaxed and looked after. I will be back, even if just as part of a day trip with a girlfriend. Best. Facial. Ever! Plenty of locals (clearly regulars) were enjoying getting their hair and makeup done for their nights out and the atmosphere was so relaxed and friendly. Owner Jade Pentony is all about incorporating beauty into the everyday, for busy women who want to enjoy these treatments but don’t have hours of time to spend. I hear you, Jade!
We spent a quiet night in at the Airbnb (yup, we have two young kids and the previous weekend had been spent in hospital with Charlie and a bad case of bronchiolitis so it was just what we needed!). We had a great sleep and the next day we were excited to explore some more. We took a drive though hip Long Jetty and can see why it’s being touted as the Newtown of the Central Coast.
We continued on to Avoca Beach where we had a beautiful lunch at Bombini. This is definitely somewhere we would have missed if we hadn’t been told about it, and I’m so glad we didn’t.
Situated on a leafy two acres in one of the Central Coast’s oldest homesteads, Bombini (Italian for bumblebee) by Cameron and Hayley Cansdell offers modern Italian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh produce selected from Australia and Italy. With a focus on sustainability, the property includes on-site vegetable gardens and we even saw chickens in the car park! We had traditional woodfired pizzas and, being in holiday mode (AKA greedy) couldn’t resist a side of wood roasted pumkin with gorgonzola, honey and walnuts. Well, you can imagine! Food coma! Seb enjoyed his pasta from the kid’s menu while Charlie happily made his way through the bread basket (although I’m sure bread that good is wasted on a baby!). We sat in a cosy, sunny corner of the covered veranda and could have sat there for hours, it just felt so relaxing and comfortable! The service was friendly and the kids were made to feel welcome too.
Clearly still hungry (ha!) we headed to The Fragrant Garden at Erina for ice cream (for Seb, of course). What a gorgeous little spot which has recently expanded to include the Bar Botanica garden café, a gelato kiosk by Mr Goaty and Distillery Botanica (they’re speaking my gin-loving language!) as well as the popular café and lovely gardens themselves. This place is worthy of a day trip all by itself too.
Oh, and the gelato was amazing but we couldn’t even finish half of it. Top marks for effort though.
We were so lucky with the weather and after all that food and sunshine another night on the couch was in order! The next day, after checking out of our little haven, we had a look at the stunning beach down the road (literally). Toowoon Bay itself is a cute little place too with a handful of cafes and shops. And then it was off to our last dining experience of the weekend, Saddles at Mount White. Run by the same couple as Bombini (and another John Singleton project), our expectations were high! What an amazing spot. It is literally half an hour from our house, just off the M1, but you could really be anywhere. Again, we’d never heard of it, but to be fair, we have been living in newborn land (how long can we use that excuse?) and it only opened a year ago.
There’s just something about being by water isn’t there, and eating by water is so relaxing, especially when it’s outside on a wraparound veranda. The inside area was super gorgeous too though, with a really luxe comfortable feel.
This trip really changed my ideas about the Central Coast and also made me realise it’s an awesome place to go in cold weather too. I might have to go back again without the boys to discover the shopping, which I didn’t really get a chance to touch on (too busy eating, frankly) but I’ve heard there are some real homewares gems!
With more than 500 entries across 12 award categories, the inaugural Design Files Design Awards have launched with aplomb and today we are bringing you some of the amazing shortlisted projects. Designed to recognise the best of Australian design, the awards are a little different to most given that they not only recognise our most talented architects and interior designers but furniture designers, craft practitioners, floral designers, textile designers, stylists and art directors too.
Looking at this shortlist, I think it would be safe to say that these highly sophisticated projects could compete on the world stage.
“There’s just an incredible breadth of creative work in the mix. These shortlists provide a succinct snapshot of the immense talent across Australia right now,” says The Design Files’ Lucy Feagins. And while there are some inspiring entries across all of the categories, today we’re bring you a round-up of the best shortlisted projects in the interior design category.
Shortlisted: ‘Sarah Cosentino and Felicity Slattery’s ‘Portsea Beach House’
“Interior design is one of Australia’s fastest growing and most dynamic design disciplines. Clever, unique and considered interiors are transformative, and contribute to a cultural identity which is uniquely Australian,” says Lucy of the interior design category that is judged across five distinct areas – originality, visual appeal, craftsmanship, functionality, sustainability and visionary thinking. Extra points will be awarded to projects with pro bono or community focussed outcomes, and/or projects limited by an unusually tiny budget.
I love that seamless curved detailing in Matt Woods Design’s ‘Perfect Storm’ project
Kate Challis’ ‘The Gertrude Project’ is a highly individual family home that blurs the distinction between art and design. The designer’s own residence, the project is heavily influenced by her love of art and draws upon the works of two prominent Australian female artists who both had a passion for native flora and fauna; Margaret Preston and Valerie Sparks.
Shortlisted: Kate Challis’ ‘The Gertrude Project’
Shortlisted: Kate Challis’ ‘The Gertrude Project’
Not your typical country house, Chelsea Hing’s ‘Yarra Valley House’ has a beautiful colour palette inspired by its location. The designer drew on the ghost greys of the surrounding eucalyptus trees, the washed out greens of the grapevines, the terracotta blush of the soil and the blackened bark of the trees. Rich terracotta’s, saddle tan leathers, polished plaster, slate, cedar and sandblasted timber combine to create the stunning home.
Shortlisted: Chelsea Hing’s ‘Yarra Valley House’
Chelsea Hing’s ‘Yarra Valley House’
Georgina Jeffries’ ‘The Victorian’ is home to an Aussie and his American wife who recently relocated from New York. An old inner-city Victorian terrace, Georgina reconfigured the floor plan, reconditioned the old and introduced touches of the new to create a delightful series of spaces.
A celebration of colour, Mardi Doherty’s ‘St Kilda Residence’ is a revamped 1920’s Californian Bungalow with a twist. One of the statement spaces is a bold red room, and there’s plenty of robust and daring materials used throughout including black steel, oversized terrazzo, marble, Corian, fluted glass and mosaic tiles.
The interior design category judges David Flack, Yasmine Ghoniem (Amber Road), and Adriana Hanna (Kennedy Nolan) have their work cut out for them before the winners are announced on Thursday September 19th in Melbourne.
While you may not have heard of her by name, you’ve no doubt come across the work of Sydney based interior stylist Kerrie-Ann Jones through her many fabulous covers for Real Living magazine. After a career in the music industry, Kerrie-Ann worked on interiors title Homes+ before a freelance stint that culminated in her landing her dream job in 2017, as the style editor of Real Living.
“I had just had my second child, but I didn’t want to let the opportunity go so I applied when my son was six months old. There was a new editor at the magazine, and I had to really jump through hoops to get the job! But I did and I’m so grateful to her and the team for choosing me,” says Kerrie-Ann who describes the job as a steep learning curve.
One of Kerrie-Ann’s Real Living covers. Photo by Maree Homer
“I learnt a lot during my time there. I loved styling the cover shoots each month, the decorating features and house stories. It really propelled me forward creatively and took my styling to the next level,” says Kerrie-Ann. Producing the cover each month was arguably her biggest task and it involved directing a rather large team including a photographer, videographer, creative director, model, hair and make-up, florist and several assistants. A big production to helm, the shoots also had very tight turnarounds.
“I had one to two weeks to produce each cover, from the initial concept to the shoot day. After each shoot I started creating the next shoot the following day, so I had to learn the ropes, very quickly!” says Kerrie-Ann.
Kerrie-Ann Jones. Photo by Alicia Taylor
The covers, intended as a source of inspiration for people decorating their own homes, unsurprisingly required the stylist to be ahead of the trend curve. “It made me become more acutely aware and open to inspiration sources. My eyes are always switched on and inspiration can hit me at any moment. It could be a seasonal colour palette, a flower that’s in season, lines and shapes, anything!” says Kerrie-Ann who finds art and fashion a constant inspiration.
Another one of Kerrie-Ann’s Real Living covers. Photo by Maree Homer
But the significant demands of the magazine world became difficult to manage with motherhood and, earlier this year, Kerrie-Ann decided to head back to the freelance world. “I love having more of a work/life balance now so I can spend more time with my children,” says Kerrie-Ann who now styles for several furniture and homewares brands as well as magazines, while running styling workshops too.
More of Kerrie-Ann’s work. Photo by Maree Homer
The next workshop is an Instagram photo styling session where Kerrie-Ann will impart her inside knowledge on how to create beautiful lifestyle and flatlay photos. “Writing the workshop notes has really unraveled how much I have learned about styling and I’m really looking forward to sharing all that information with people who, like me, have a genuine passion for styling,” says Kerrie-Ann. The workshop will cover basic design and photography principles, concept creation, shoot preparation and production plus post-production. There will be some practical styling stations set up too so you can style your own shots with Kerrie-Ann’s feedback.
Flatlay by Kerrie-Ann. Photo by Benito Martin
As for the next big thing in interiors, Kerrie-Ann has ear-marked a couple of trends – coloured glass vases and objects, and cobalt blue two of them. “I’m seeing cobalt blue everywhere recently, but I think only in small doses is best! Also, furniture with interesting and chunky shapes and the ancient Greek/Roman trend too with its Greek busts, statues and column motifs,” says Kerrie-Ann.
Styling by Kerrie-Ann. Photo by Benito Martin
With an eye to the future, the stylist has coffee table book aspirations and a general desire to spread the styling love. “I would love to continue being a source of interior styling inspiration with the work I produce. It’s been incredible to see photos of how people have used my styling as inspiration for decorating their homes. I’m now exploring other outlets to inspire, educate and connect with people who share my passion for styling and interiors. Watch this space!”
Kerrie-Anne’s next workshop is running in Sydney this Saturday July 20 from 10am – 12pm at La Porte Space in Rosebery. Tickets are $225 each.
Freedom have created a beautiful kids bedroom range and I was excited to host the launch event last week and see it for myself. The crowd of mummy bloggers who attended all loved the collections and I don’t think I was the only one thinking that a few pieces would be great for grownups too!
Star of the show is the Hideout bed (above), which at $999 for a king single made of solid oak, is great value. You can choose between the canopy cover shown or another tulle version, to complete the look ($250 each). It’s part of the Luca the Lion story, which features cushions, soft toys, throws, linen and more.
In fact, with the creation of these different ‘stories’ including Ella and Elephant, Dream Cloud and Lady Llama, Freedom have made it really easy for you walk in store and pick up everything you need to pull together a stylish and playful kids room.
I love the classic and not too kiddy vibe of the collections, meaning you can incorporate the style of the rest of your home into your kids’ rooms. It also means that the look you create will last several years. And by investing in quality big ticket items like beds, you can then easily change things up with new homewares and linen if you want to. The Bobbie bed above ($799) in king single would work just as well as a first ‘big girl bed’ as it would in a teenager’s bedroom.
As a mum of boys I loved that there were as many options for boys as girls, as well as plenty of great unisex pieces.
The beds deserve particular mention as they’re not only great value, but several incorporate that much-needed storage. The upholstered Andi bed (below) comes with drawers or a gas lift and in a choice of colours.
The Poppy bed (shown in timber, third image down) also comes with an optional trundle for sleepovers.