We’re Loving; STYLE TIPS, IDEAS AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR HOME

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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

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

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 after referring recliner reviews from the online site like Cuddly Home Advisors , 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!

Master bedroom

Kirsten’s most personal treasures are only on display in the master bedroom, making it the most intimate space in the house. A mainly neutral colour scheme was chosen to create a calming environment. A third bedroom has become the girls’ playroom, and contains all their toys.
To cap off the apartment is a verandah, with views over the courtyard. Kirsten has decked this out with a day bed and potted plants. “It’s great for thinking – and it has the benefit of being an outdoor space without any grass to cut,” she says. A few key touches, and it’s home.

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