The other day I was asked to describe my style. I know what Alida and Millers style is, basically what our clients are looking for, and then guiding them through the interior styling process, but then I realised that the reason why clients approach us is because they like our style.
This got me thinking, what is my style ? After quite a few hours of looking through books, magazines, photos of houses we have interior designed recently and the Internet, I realised that I have been greatly influence by the places I have lived or visited as a child. I grew up on the northern beaches, surrounded by that whole surf and beach culture of the seventies, and if we weren't holidaying at the beach, we were holiday at my mothers family farm in country Victoria. The home that my mother grew up in was a 100yr farm house, with wooden floor boards and 14 ft ceilings and with vintage and antique furnishings every where, and to this day I have a great love of old buildings with soring ceilings and old furniture. My second love would have to a beach house. My parents owned a holiday home at Nelsons Bay on the water on the east coast of NSW, and dotted all along the bay were these beautiful once brightly coloured fisherman's cottages bleached by the sun over the years and turning their exterior into soft pastels of blues, pinks, yellows and greens, sadly they have all been pulled down now, but my wonderful recall of these weather board and fibro homes still remain. Living in Byron Bay I am constantly reminded of my youth, with the farm and beach houses scattered around Byron and the hinterland, it brings back fantastic memories keeps me inspired, and constantly gives me exterior design ideas.
Farm and beach homes to me equal organised clutter and I love that relaxed lived in feel. Books are a must, and colour is really important, but I like my kitchens white. Modern Bo Ho look is a style that I defiantly learn towards. I think the seventies surf scene is what started that Bohemian feel with borrowing Granny's crochet blankets, velvet bed spreads from your mum and anything else you could scab of your relatives, but saying that I also like the sophisticated look of the Hampton's.
Industrial design is quite new in the interior design world, and I have come to appreciate that look
also, I think it steams back to the love of tall ceiling and old buildings, and the architecture of a room or building is a top priority.
So, my Style in a nut shell: Farm/ Beach/Vintage/Bo Ho/Hampton's/ Byron Bay/Industrial Design
You can never have to many styles.
The Hamptons Style
You Gotta have Books
My Take on Modern Bo HO
This room pretty well sums me up
A room that has Architectual features will always be a WOW