There's something about Australia. Everyone who hails from there (ok, everyone I've met, and I have a very reliable sample set of two) is tall and beautiful and has a sort of relaxed goodwill, and as if that weren't enough, all their interiors are, seemingly, colorful and sundrenched and full of just the right mix of interesting things. Case in point: this Sydney home I spotted on SF Girl by Bay, which combines the new and the old and the nautical, and a whole lot of plants, for a uniquely laidback cool.
If I had to identify this place, I would say it's sort of like college dorm room meets surf shack, but in the best possible way. (Maybe the dorm room you wish you had in college meets surf shack). Stylist Jason Grant, who is responsible for this unique mix, combines disparate pieces in that seemingly effortless way that all decorators aspire to.
A key to the mix is adding just enough color — there are lots of interesting accents, but no single element becomes too overwhelming. The addition of texture, through antique pieces and macrame and greenery, contributes to the relaxed feel.
Jason is all about the mix of modern and antique pieces, and the kind of relaxed livability it communicates. The kind of look he's going for is something messier and warmer and more approachable than the perfectly polished interiors you're used to seeing in magazines. He says: "I’m not a fan of overstyled rooms — homes are made to be lived in."
See more photos of the space (and read more about Jason's approach to design) at Rue Magazine.
via SF Girl by Bay