Life and art become one in this couple’s creative home. Paul and Simon have curated a beautiful light filled space that feels modern, fresh and airy. With a keen eye for design and art, the couple have enjoyed adding to their amazing collection over the years, layering striking works by emerging artists with original mid-century furnishings. There is a definite gallery like feel to the living area, given a sense of warmth through a mix of natural textures and a neutral colour palette. Immaculate styling creates a sense of calm and order – a minimalist open plan kitchen with white stone surfaces and mirrored cabinetry cleverly adds an extra dimension of space and light. The island bench is our meeting place for this morning’s cup of Mariage Frères tea, brewed in a stunning Stelton tea pot. As Paul and I chat about his work and life passions, it becomes clear that his home is true reflection of his inspiring shift from the corporate to the creative world.
Floor to ceiling sheer drapes softly diffuse the light in the living room, showcasing Paul and Simon’s art collection including pieces by indigenous artist Rover Thomas and sculptor Clement Meadmore.
The silhouettes of two Poul Kjaerholm woven chairs add a relaxed yet refined touch to the space.
Simple white plinths showcase abstract minimalist sculptures by renowned artist Clement Meadmore.
The art of tea – Soft pastel ceramics by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott occupy a quiet corner in the living room alongside works by Simeon Nelson and Ute Barth.
A George Nelson floor lamp is perfectly placed to highlight its mid-century modern curves against the backdrop of a William Scott painting.
Designer comforts – An iconic moulded Eames chair, softly structured sofa, and patchwork hide rug embody enduring style.
Beautiful ceramics by Mark Young adorn the living room coffee table.
In the dining area, Arne Jacobsen Ant chairs complement the classic tulip shape of an Eero Saarinen marble table.
Paul’s favourite piece – An extraordinary Gemma Smith sculpture and playful Emily Floyd bunnies capture the artistic essence of the couple’s home.
Adding a vibrant pop of colour, a curvaceous Swan chair makes a designer statement in red.
The second bedroom has been converted into a quiet reading room, complete with a gallery wall of original prints from photographers Max Dupain, David Moore, Bill Hensen, Tracey Moffat, Alfredo Jaar, Jeff Carter, and Wolfgang Sievers.
Warm grey, neutrals, and white create an elegantly modern master bedroom with artworks by Allan Mitelman, Ed Ruscha, and Emma Van Leest.
The hallway entrance introduces guests to the couple’s collection with an eclectic mix of Australian artists including Tim Johnson, Peter Atkins, Andre Hemer, and Billy Benn.
Olive and lemon trees mix with lush tropical ferns in the mediterranean inspired garden.
Thank you for morning tea Paul and Simon – see you again soon !
Read my cuppa convo with Paul