Photographed by Kris Paulsen
Oh Glory. Would you look at this home. Kelly is one of the most intrinsically stylish people I know and when teamed with the creativity of her husband Chris, who's trained in graphic design, you get a winning combo. This sweet little rental is filled with all things thrifted, second hand and curb side. Strictly colour coded and effortlessly hip, it's complete with hand crafted treasures from Kelly's online store Chief and Kewpie.
Who lives here?
My ridiculously handsome husband, Chris. Who happens to be a school teacher and also a drummer. I know right, I married up. Our 4 year old comedian of a son Noel, who has autism, which means he's smarter than anyone. In the world. Well, me at least.
Delicious, chubby Coco who is 2 (I'm pretending to love the age of 2....) who insists on wearing a "beautiful dress" the minute her eyes are open in the morning and who tells me my chin and glasses are beautiful. And me, Kel, the one with the beautiful chin.
What is your style ethos?
So my style ethos is this; anything goes! Maximum thrifted mirrors, maximum colour and maximum eras. One corner of my home will be totally 70's, where another might be 50's and who knows what's going on over there?
Who/what inspires your style?
I am inspired by the days of old. Some bold retro textile, some soft vintage tones, some clean sharp Aztec lines. The more the merrier.
Where is your favourite place to sit?
Nothing beats the couch with my best friend and a cuppa (or baileys) at the end of a hard day. We've put the kids to bed, we congratulate each other with a slap on the back and hit the lounge. We listen to our favourite tunes or watch an over-watched tv series on AppleTV quoting it all the way through.
Its a gentle slap on the back... Thought I should clear that up. It might even be a metaphorical slap on the back.
I LOVE to sit.
We. Have. Stairs. This means I try and gather up as many items as I can in the morning (bedrooms upstairs) and bring them down to our living space so as to avoid walking up them ever again. If I forget something or if the down stairs toilet is broken, it is with HEAVY sighs and huffing that I tantrum my way up them again.
How does the layout of your home affect the way you live/function within it?
Sadly we spend a lot of time away from home with appointments for Noel, preschool and life. When we are home we love our downstairs living space. It's tiny and we can all see each other. It has a safe paved backyard which is perfect for trampolineing, bikes and the odd bow and arrow hunt. It's tiny- but if you're a kid, it's a jungle, an ocean, a pirate ship or a place to play "booma" which is essentially handball renamed.
What are your future plans/dreams for your house?
Any tips for someone who might like to emulate your style (places to shop, key items colours etc)?
I obviously do a lot of shopping at op shops, I hand make a lot of my wall stuff and there are some lovely retro shops online. Gumtree is excellent. Yarn is your best friend. Got a wooden dining chair that's looking plain? Yarn bomb it.
What makes a house a home?
A solid family unit that operate and function out of unconditional love for each other.
The sounds of laughter rolling off the walls, along with the sounds of ASD meltdowns and the assurance that both of those things are safe here. Ok here.
Hall - Clock:eBay // Trunks:eBay // Dining and Lounge - Dining table:gumtree // Candle:Golden Skull // Rug:Fab Habitat //Buffet:hand me down // Mirrors:thrifted // Ottoman:Adairs // Antique fridge:heirloom. Coco's Room: Peacock bed head:eBay (find similar) // Dolls house:curb side // Rug:Urban Outfitters. Noel's Room - Cardboard moose:Typo // Blanket:thrifted // Cowboy cushion:custom made. Master bed - Rackets thrifted and hand woven by Chief and Kewpie // bedding: urban outfitters.