Elegant interiors and rental apartments
Can elegant interiors and rental apartments coexist? Contributing real living stylist Kirsten Bookallil proves it’s possible. People know about her for her great styling aesthetic which doesn’t forgo comfort or function. It follows, then, that the apartment where she lives, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, is at once a functional family home while retaining Kirsten’s refined decorating sensibilities.
Living stylist and housing furniture
“We love the hacienda style of the building, and internally, it’s like a house but has the character of an apartment,” says Kirsten, who rents the space with her partner Nik and daughters Stella and Bronte. The spacious home features charming quirks such as pretty Laura Ashley wallpaper papered over a bathroom wall, low-lying windowsills, elegant tables and chairs with colorful sofas and several tiny rooms – perfect for extra storage.
Stylish magic and Transform spaces in the house
Painted throughout in Dulux “Whisper White”, the apartment’s neutral palette and clean lines prove an ideal canvas upon which to weave some stylish magic. Although restricted in making major changes, Kirsten has employed a few tricks to transform the space into her home. Clusters of photographs and paintings lean on shelves above the fireplace in the living room, which avoids the need to make unnecessary nail holes in the walls; set it up with sofas and recliners. Many of them are by Kirsten’s uncle, acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge, which brings a highly personal touch to the space. “Artwork to us is emotive rather than just there for the aesthetic; they’re gifts from friends and family,” Kirsten says.
Sylist building interior
But it’s the home office/dining room that proves the piece de resistance. It successfully shows that one room can be used for two different activities. For example, Kirsten bought several best recliners
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, which can be used as working chairs, or for doing excercise, for relaxing purpose, or even sleeping. Large, work-oriented moodboards easily morph into wall art when the room is used for dining, and the desk doubles as the dining table that it is!
Furniture Industrial Vintage
Industrial history of the building
Adriane enlisted the help of her good friend and building designer Bohdan Kuzyk because he understood what she was trying to create. “I wanted the second storey to reflect the industrial history of the building while still being clearly a new addition,” Adriane explains. She incorporated recycled timber and building materials, rusted iron and black corrugated iron to achieve this result. “From the outside the upper storey looks a bit like a shipping container dropped on the roof,” she laughs. As well as saving money, second-hand materials come with their own history. Using recycled products also reduces the impact on the environment, which Adriane has kept in mind throughout the renovations.
Kitchen Facilities in house
General feeling of space and light of the building
Adriane has created a relaxing, calm space using a soft palette of neutrals in chalky textures. “I like using a limited palette of natural colours with just an occasional small area of strong colour, such as table and chair set, reclining chairs, the blackboard wall off the kitchen. I wanted to keep the general feeling of space and light,” she explains. Adriane loves to use limewash on the walls. “It looks a bit more aged and gives a sense of depth to the colour and space. A solid colour would look wrong in this building,” she says.
Adriane is currently collecting a mix of recycled floorboards for the bathroom and Lucy’s bedroom. She also found some rusty perforated metal sheets, originally used for drying hops in an old brewery nearby. “I’m going to use them as balustrades on the balconies,” she says. “I imagine the guys that once worked here in the coathanger factory would have got their beer from that brewery.”
The space is constantly evolving and Adriane still has plenty of jobs on her to-do list. “I expect by the time the renovation is finished I’ll either be ready to do more with it or start another one,” she says. “Maybe it’s just another creative outlet for me – I don’t think you really clock off as a painter, builder or cook. I’m always creating something.”
French furniture brand Gautier
French furniture brand Gautier is proudly different from its competition in the growing UK home furnishings sector. Gautier is famous for recliners, sleeper sofas, and luxurious table sets. For over 50 years the family –owned business has designed and manufactured unique and stylish contemporary furniture ranges for their discerning customers around the world. And almost uniquely within the furniture market, Gautier continues to design and manufacture in France, at its triple ISO-accredited factories in The Vendee. It is this commitment to stylish French living that gives Gautier’s stunning products the unique look and feel that consumers find so appealing.
In the UK, the brand has exciting plans for expansion. At the centre of these plans is the rollout of its highly successful franchise store concept, which has already grown to 100 Gautier shops globally since its launch in 2005. There is a beautiful flagship store established in London and additional targeted locations have been pinpointed throughout the UK. All will showcase the signature furniture collections, which offer modular solutions for childrens’ bedrooms, adult bedrooms, living and dining rooms. With a comprehensive UK marketing plan and soon-to-be-launched new cutting edge UK website, Gautier offer all the tools required in order for its growing network of franchisees to enjoy commercial success.