I've always admired the subtle, spare work of modern masters like Tadao Ando, but when I was in architecture school, somehow every project turned into a riot of juxtaposed materials and unusual angles. The same goes for interior design: I give lip service to minimalism, but find myself irresistibly drawn to color and texture. But I think Lucy Fenton, the sylish Australian lady who lives above her homewares shop in Melbourne, has got my number. Her home manages to be simultaneously colorful and airy, interesting but not over-crowded. Let's take a look.
As a shop owner, Lucy has the luxury of trading things in her home for covetable items from the shop when she's feeling a change. And of course, I'm sure having beautiful wood floors and a ceiling higher than my two-story house doesn't hurt the airy vibe.
In Lucy's office, a huge wall of cards and clippings and two antique chairs upholstered in a suzani fabric bring a riot of color and pattern, but the white walls keep everything feeling tranquil. A geometric rug provides a nice contrast with the intricate ethnic patterns.
(Images: Felix Forest for HomeLife)