What’s the room and who uses it?
It is my living/lounge room and my husband Hamish, my pooch Poncho and I use it – as well as our friends and family when they gather with us.
What do you do for a crust?
I am a freelance graphic designer, who has recently joined forces with my talented florist bestie Megan to form Mimi-Myrtle+Co. Together we style spaces for events, interiors and video / photo shoots, whilst also focusing separately on our own areas of expertise (design and flowers).
What goes on in the room?
We cosy up on the couch in winter, watch a movie, have a glass of red, read a book, do a little design or illustration work and hang out with family & friends. Then in summer, open up the windows and enjoy the sunshine and the hustle and bustle of the café life that is just a few steps away in our street.
Favourite piece in the room and why?
So hard to choose! Perhaps my ceramic ‘Floating Stone’ by Scottish artist Lotte Globb. As I just love her approach to art, we visited her studio on the top tip of Scotland, overlooking the ocean, when we were living there over six years ago. She creates these ‘floating stones’ – each one unique, and goes on several-day-long solo hikes around the highlands, documenting her journey and eating a simply divine diet of cheese, oatcakes, whisky and water! She then leaves her floating stones on a loch and photographs them, leaving them to be at one with nature and perhaps be discovered by a passer by one day. The floating stone is hanging perched upon my ‘sea crown’ that I collected on a Scottish beach. The two seem to go so well together, and remind me of the rugged, dramatic landscape that makes everyone want to drink whisky to keep warm!
Anything on your wish list that you would love to add to the space?
If I owned the house, I’d hand paint the Art Deco features already in the room, creating a wonderfully colourful (yet appropriately subtle) artwork to admire on the ceiling. Picture a colourful Mexican fiesta!
Describe the room in three words
Maximalist (but minimal for me!), luscious-oasis & eclectically-vibrant.
Why do you love this room?
I love the light, the calming greenery, and the way you can open all the doors in Summer, or close them in winter – but still see through the glass. I also love the detail in the ceiling and our recently purchased (on sale!) brown leather couch and ottoman. This room, connected to the dining / kitchen area and also the entrance hall, is the room we spend the most time in.
What’s one lovely memory you have whilst being in the room?
Dancing into the early hours of the morning on New Years Eve with our friends. Love a good lounge room dance floor!
This looks amazing!
Thanks Shanti. It is an amazingly beautiful space. Kate x