Our latest interiors shoot has us thinking about what exactly defines a contemporary Australian interior style. To me Australians love an 'uncontrived' style - interiors that are relaxed, casual, forgiving and authentic, rather than formal and perfect. We are lovers of free flowing indoor/outdoor spaces flooded with natural light to suit our outdoorsy lifestyles and climate; and we capture our playful laid back and hard working attitudes, with pops of colour and high quality, yet casual style furniture. I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the beautiful girls over at Interiors Addict on this topic, so head on over for more, along with thoughts from the lovely Phoebe Founder of Sage x Clare.
To me there are a handful of stand-out brands who do 'Australian' so well and our interior shoot showcases a few of them:
A while back I put a call out on social media to you all requesting some nominations for Australian artists to feature in our lounge room. Although there were endless comments nominating a vast range of very talented artists, in the end, for me it was impossible to go past Leah's work. Her pieces depict local Australian environments in a beautifully contemporary style. She uses vibrant colours and organic shapes to capture the form and colours of native botanicals and environments. Her paintings often start with torn pieces of paper, which give her style a completely unique quality - one that I absolutely love. For me this piece - Summer Proteas - was impossible to pass up. It's vibrancy is incredible and hard to translate in photography, but trust me when I say that if you like Australian botanicals, the stunning clear colours of Leah's work will blow your mind in person.
Sage x Clare
If you love a relaxed bohemian Australian style as much as we do, it's impossible to go past Sage x Clare for textiles. Their pieces convey a casual playful tone with a high-end quality difficult to pass up. The two Sofie Velvet Sham cushions, the Mathilde Ric Rac blanket throw and the Henrietta Chain Stitch Cushion (pictured on the armchair) are all from the latest Sage x Clare Marais collection, available for pre-order now. We are loving their mix of pastels with deeper jewel tones - so on trend this season and working perfectly with Leah's artwork.
It's tough finding furniture with a beautiful style AND a high quality finish that also fits into budget, which is why we love Globe West so much and sell their furniture. They offer well made designs to suit our love of casual and laid back, high quality pieces. The Vittoria Iris sofa pictured here comes in many different configurations and is one of our all time favourites. Check out the Globe West Instagram feed for plenty of style inspiration using their stunning range. We sell Globewest products to clients across a Australia at great prices, so if you're in the market for a sofa or any other GlobeWest pieces, send me an email for a special quote - we'll look after you! They have showrooms on the West and East Coast, so we can also direct you to the one closest to you.
To me Barnaby Lane offers a quintessentially Australian take on beautiful furniture. Their designs are simple, humble, casual and high quality. This armchair is called The Kensington and really is so comfy. Plus they have plenty of other designs to admire.
Australian Designer pieces often cost more than mass produced furniture sold in our big outlet stores. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the budget but I always encourage my clients to select Australian designed pieces wherever possible, as their investment buys them an authentic, superior quality product that will last through the years. Australian designs are often bought to the market by hardworking Australian families who have invested vast amounts of time, craftsmanship and love into their offering, resulting in really well made, charmingly imperfect, one-off pieces. With each Australian designed product and brand comes a local story - much more relevant and meaningful than cheap, imported rip offs.