A Stylist and Artist’s Australian Home Is Full of Found Objects

published Oct 5, 2023

A Stylist and Artist’s Australian Home Is Full of Found Objects

published Oct 5, 2023
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“I love that our home has all its original character features from the ’60s without any major renovations done, aside from the kitchen, which luckily is quite tasteful,” describes artist and interior stylist Nicole Nelius of the 1171-square-foot house she shares with husband, Chris, and sons, 7-year-old Remy and 4-year-old August.

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“We love the wall of big, beautiful mid-century windows, which get beautiful indirect light all day long (my plants are happy here!). We don’t have to be precious about the floors or walls. It’s all very lived-in,” Nelius continues of their house, which is located in Austinmer, an hour south of Sydney on the South Coast of New South Wales.

“We love the separate studio at the back of the yard where I paint and visitors stay. The separate laundry room is a delight having come from apartment living in the big city. The garden has been so thoughtfully landscaped and has been surprising us with so much beauty every season of our first year here. We especially love the neighborhood, quiet street, the birds and wildlife, and the privacy this home offers.”



  • Office — Dulux “Spanish wine”
  • Primary bedroom — Dulux “Butter Ridge”



  • Sofa — MCM house
  • Armchair — Jardan
  • Flexure floor lamp — Few & Far, Thirroul
  • Rattan armchair — IKEA
  • Wooden stool/side table — Greg Hatton



  • Painting on shelves — Studio Pihan
  • Oil pastel artwork — Phoebe Stone
  • Flowerpot lamp — Cult
  • Small painting — Anh Nguyen
  • Brass utensils rack — The Society Inc.



  • Desk — Koala
  • Leather office chair — West Elm
  • Daybed — Handmade
  • Shelves — IKEA


  • Bunkbeds — IKEA
  • Duvet covers — Castle
  • Desk — Thrift store
  • Wall shelves — IKEA


Thanks, Nicole!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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