Name: Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd, Kibi the dog, and Denni the rabbit
Location: Victoria, Australia
Size: 72.51 square meters (780 square feet)
Years lived in: 5 years; Owned
I have been a longtime fan of the colorful, graphic prints and artwork created by Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd, the duo behind inaluxe. The couple originally met at art school in the '90s and then both worked in the music industry in Melbourne. In 2010, they made a move to the county town of Stawell near the Grampians National Park, about a three-hour drive from Melbourne. It is here that they bought their cute one-bedroom home situated on a large block with original old wooden sheds—perfect for housing all their art supplies.
Their home is cozy, with just the one bedroom and bathroom, yet it feels bright and spacious thanks to the clever layout of furniture, the paint colors, the curated collection of personal and decor items, and the colorful artworks created by the couple and other artists. Kristina and Jason are currently working on plans for an extension and renovation to provide them with more working and living space, so keep your eyes on their Instagram, as I'm sure we'll see how their home expands and evolves—as well as more of their fantastic art.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: An oddball blend of minimalism and collector-mania. Creative and personal.
Inspiration: Vintage, found objects, nature, music, art and various forms of modernism. The Bauhaus made a huge impression on us both way back in art school, and still inspires today.
Favorite Element: Hard to choose, but the large rambling backyard, which was little more than a few trees and grass when we bought the place, is one we both love. There’s a mature Lemon Scented Gum, which is one thing we always had on our list of wants in a home. It was meant to be! The property houses three structures with the earliest being built around 1900, and the last renovation (prior to us purchasing) in the 1970s. I think we felt a connection to the strange mix of decades, and thought it was perfect for us.
Biggest Challenge: Working and living in such a small space. After five years, we are closer to the bigger home we need. We currently have Cooper Scaife Architects in Hamilton working on a plan for extension and renovation of the existing house. All going well, this time next year, things will look quite different.
What Friends Say: “This looks great!” Everyone loves the giant Gum tree too. The first time they see it, the reaction is usually something like, “Oh my god, look at your tree! You’re so lucky.” We spend a lot of time on the deck, particularly in summer, as we don't have much room inside for entertaining, and this really opens up our options. It’s a great space when we have people over.
Biggest Embarrassment: Believing we bought a brick home, only to find it was weatherboard and had been poorly covered in brick. We’ve since then had the brick removed, and original weatherboard restored, and a new colorbond roof put on, to replace the old one they damaged. This is our first home, so you could say that was a giant learning curve. The bathroom and kitchen are in desperate need of renovation.
Proudest DIY: Being our first home, we haven’t been brave enough to embark on any full on DIY, but we built a brick paved area off the back deck ourselves, which we love. Next DIY is expanding this into paths through the garden. What was once just grass, dry earth and a few trees is now a landscaped garden. Planting out the garden, and seeing plants grow year after year has been a great pleasure for us both.
Biggest Indulgence: We love to buy art, music, books, vintage and handmade. I think the new renovation and extension will give us the room and freedom to really indulge.
Best Advice: Be yourself and enjoy your own style. There are no rules.
Dream Sources: Secondhand and vintage stores and markets mostly.
PAINT & COLORS
- Entry Hall: DULUX Limed White
- Lounge: DULUX Limed White
- Kitchen: DULUX Fair Bianca Half
- Kitchen cupboards: DULUX Night Sky
- Triangles on kitchen cupboards: DULUX Metallic Silver
- Bedroom walls: DULUX Fair Bianca Half
- Bedroom accent wall: DULUX Domino
- Bathroom: DULUX Fair Bianca Half
- All trim: DULUX Vivid White
- Shelf unit: Tana by TIDE
- Deer: 1962 Ledraplastic Bambi Jason’s parents gave him when he was born
- Vase: vintage via Pomonal Farmers Market
- Squirrel: vintage via Salvation Army op shop
- Unmarked large hand-glazed black and white vase: Savers Footscray
- Small German pitchers: vintage via Model No. 143
- Broad bowl: vintage via op shop
- Red planter: vintage, made in the USA
- White Murano vase: Hobart vintage store
- Leaf stem Japanese teapot: vintage via op shop
- Cargo basket: Abode Living
- Bench: Taka by TIDE
- Limited-edition Charlie Harper book (a recent indulgence): Ammo Books
- CD Shelves: IKEA
- Paintings: Kristina Sostarko for Inaluxe
- Framing: Bluewhippet art in Ararat
- Rug: Coda II by inaluxe available through Think Rugs
- Storage units: Stockholm by IKEA
- Floor lamp: vintage via The Pickers Market
- Coffee table: La Corona by TIDE
- Vase: J. Hammerton Lorne from 1976 via The Big Garage in Beaufort
- Table lamp: Line by Douglas & Bec
- Candlestick holders: Hemingway by Royal Doulton
- Three-seat signature sofa: Freedom Furniture
- Cushions: Monica Werner, Breeze of Anatolia on eBay
- Ceramics on the mantle: 5 Gardenias, Minky Moo, Lindform, Lehm + Celeste
- Art on main wall: Kristina Sostarko, Kasper Raglus, Krissy McLean, James Kirwan, Jeremy Miranda
- Table and chairs: IMG Nordic Dining Set via Make Your House A Home
- Rug: Coda by inaluxe via Think Rugs
- Large vase: John Eagle via Bluewhippet art
- Sideboard: vintage Stawell Salvation Army
- West German vase: Funky Koala
- Small black Japanese planter: West Footscray op shop
- Tall head vase: Atelier Stella
- White glass door shelves: IKEA
- White metal storage on casters: secondhand office furniture shop in West Footscray
- Tripod wood lamp: vintage from Jason’s parents
- Lady Face illustration: Jason Odd
- Fortune Favors The Brave letterpress print: Lilco
- Handsoap: Aesop
- Library filing system: vintage via Pickers Market Stawell
- Raku dot bowl: Lehm + Celeste
- West German vase: Savers West Footscray
- Portals painting: Kristina Sostarko
- Art over the fireplace: Krissy McLean, Jeremy Miranda, Katarina Scrbic (Kristina’s mum)
- Other art: Kristina Sostarko
- Bed: Freedom Furniture
- Bedding: Sheridan
- Woven cushion: Breeze of Anatolia on eBay
- Bookshelves: IKEA
- Wardrobe: Pax by IKEA
- Wooden stool: vintage Daylesford
- Artwork: Inaluxe
- Dresser: Rancho’s Vintage in Stawell
- Old wooden box on wall: from Kristina’s grandfather
- Wooden ladder: Inika in Stawell
- Towels: Sheridan
- Mirror: a gift from the family
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