A Sweet Spot in Melbourne
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Janel Laban
May 6, 2015
(Image credit: Aimee Jones)
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Here's the latest in our collaborative series curated by Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason of Aphrochic for Apartment Therapy. They handpick homes from around the world to share that capture the culture and style that they celebrate in their book, Remix: Decorating with Culture, Objects, and Soul.

Name: Caroline Khoo from Nectar and Stone and family
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Australian design produces some of our favorite interiors. Spaces from down under boast the perfect blend of modern style, vintage details and personalized pieces that all work together to tell the homeowner’s unique story. One of those stories belongs to Caroline Khoo, the mind behind Nectar and Stone, one of the internet’s most stylish confectionary boutiques.

(Image credit: Aimee Jones)

We first discovered her incredible work on Instagram, where her posts never failed to capture our attention. And while her pictures of colorful cupcakes and candies have caught the attention of many online, we wanted to go offline, to get a better look at the interesting life of a fashion designer who changed her focus to designer desserts. In her chic Melbourne home, we found Caroline spending time with her husband Nicholas and her two adorable little boys, Isaiah and Dimitri in her live/workspace.

Inside this warm, family-friendly space we see the same feminine whimsy that defines Caroline’s desserts. From fresh flowers and floral decor, to collections of pieces in her favorite shade of pink, the style of her space truly works. Grounded by neutral elements, like her Persian rug, the girliness of her accessories fits well within the streamlined aesthetic of the home, which is dotted with personal pieces like a painting from Cuba and vintage pieces handed down from grandmother to granddaughter. Finally, on the bookshelf, fashionable shoes and assorted accents point to this designer’s previous life in the fashion industry.

“LOVE” is posted on the door of Caroline’s home office, where she spends time dreaming up her heavenly desserts. This simple aphorism clearly defines the home, where adorable family photos and loving details are placed generously throughout the space. From stylish clothes to irresistible confections it’s clear that this Melbourne creative has carved out a pretty sweet life.

- Introduction written by Jeanine Hays and Brian Mason of Aphrochic

(Image credit: Aimee Jones)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: A minimalist at heart, in my home I like a fairly natural tone but add pieces of colour that also have sentimental value to me. I love natural light so lots of windows are important to me.

Inspiration: I love Scandinavian styling especially white and grey. Having previously worked in fashion I also find that I love small details and intricate delicate patterns which influence how my home looks.

Favorite Element: In my living room I love the shelf against the back wall. It holds some very special pieces to my heart and can constantly be updated.

Biggest Challenge: Finding furniture large enough to fit the corner space in our living room perfectly but still provide lots of floor space to move around and for the kids to play on.

What Friends Say: Friends love the nooks that I have throughout my home. We have lots of shelving around the home in clever spaces that otherwise wouldn’t be utilized.

Proudest DIY: Tearing out the mustard yellow carpet to discover beautiful Tasmanian oak hardwood underneath. We got them polished and they look amazing.

Biggest Indulgence: Our dining room table – it was custom made using Vic Ash many years ago.

Best Advice: Keeping things simple to only a few key colours and signature pieces. Finding the best arrangement in each room that keeps it spacious but accommodates for entertainment or kids.

How Do You Bring Culture Home: Because we like to keep our home to a minimal style, it allows us to have a constant and continuous change in our home. We like to evolve and stay on trend so neutral tones play an important aspect to how we can update the space.

Heirloom Pieces: An antique clock and pink glass water jug are family heirloom pieces that my mother gave to me when I married. They were from my grandmother and great-grandmother.

Original Art: My sister traveled to Cuba many years ago and purchased a handmade piece of artwork from one of the local artists who made this piece especially for me. My sister had to hand carry it the whole time through her travels which I am forever grateful for. I love the soulful feeling of the Cuban man playing music and each day it reminds me to enjoy life.

Resources

PAINT & COLORS

  • Dulux – Fair Bianca
  • SITTING ROOM
  • West Elm marble coffee table
  • Megan Hess and Lisa Messenger Books
  • Zakkia gold candle sticks
  • Misskellymadeintasmania faceted bowls
  • Bloombox Co fresh flowers
  • OFFICE

  • Ikea Shelving / Rug and Trestle Table
  • Miss Poppy Design Stationary and Print
  • Love Star Loves heart flower vases
  • Nectar and Stone Artwork
  • STUDIO

  • Ikea Kitchen and Grey Sofa
  • Custom wooden table built by my father
  • Tassel and Gaine pillows
  • Royal Albert Tea Set
  • Desserts / Chocolate Work – nectar and stone
  • Love Star Loves heart flower vases

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