A Stylist’s Chic Australian Apartment Has an Epic and Inspiring Art Gallery Wall
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Name: Jono Fleming, host of House of Style Podcast, and Ryan McGregor, interior designer
Location: Sydney, Australia
Size: 870 square feet
Type of Home: Apartment
Years lived in: 6 years, owned
Interior designer, editorial stylist, and podcast host Jono Fleming‘s home in Sydney, Australia, used to be minimally designed. He shares the two-bedroom apartment with his partner, interior designer Ryan McGregor. “The building was newly constructed in 2015 and I chose it due to the incredible attention to detail that was designed into it. Herringbone timber floors, exposed brick walls, classical cornices, it was filled with personality you don’t usually find in a new build,” explains Jono. “But the palette inside was blank enough for me to fill with art, props, and beautiful furniture to make it truly my own.”
Jono originally decorated the apartment with neutral tones and blush-colored accents, but the space has developed a more maximal vibe in the six years they’ve owned the home. “As I’ve grown as a designer, my style has evolved and I started to pick pieces that really reflected my sense of style, rather than what I thought I needed to choose. I try not to follow any rules now. Whilst I’ve saved for some beautiful designer pieces, I like to mix high and low; most of my artwork on my walls are by local Australian artists, people with smaller profiles whose art I just connected with,” Jono says. “Creating a beautiful, layered home doesn’t need to cost a fortune, it’s about finding the pieces that speak to you first.”
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Curated maximalism
Favorite Element: I love the gallery wall on the exposed brick wall framed by my devil’s ivy. I collected pieces over time and love to change it constantly. It’s filled with art by amazing local talent; most of my pieces are by Australian artisans and crafters. The apartment acts as a showcase of my favorite creatives and I love that I can share their work with a wider audience.
Biggest Challenge: Honestly, the biggest challenge for me was to find my personal style. When I first moved in, I had an image of what I wanted it to look like. I referenced lots of minimal, Scandinavian spaces, with minimal styling and soft blush tones. But over the years, and especially influenced by working for magazines, my knowledge of brands and artists expanded, and inevitably my style evolved. I started to inject color into my space slowly through artwork, or the stray decor piece, and from there it grew and grew and before I realized it, I had put together a home that truly felt like an expression of my creativity and personality.
Biggest Indulgence: My dream sofa was always the Valley from iconic Australian brand Jardan. What makes Jardan unique is that every single piece of furniture is made in Australia with sustainably sourced materials. The quality of the pieces is unmatched and the designs feel authentically Australian. To have these pieces is an investment so after saving the Valley sofa has finally made it home. With the soft oregano boucle fabric, generous curves and low profile, it sits perfectly against the vibrant gallery wall, acting as another piece of art in itself.
Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? Home for me doubles as a living space and a storage room. In the sense that as a stylist, I’m constantly using items from home as props in shoots for clients and brands. It’s an ever-changing turnstile at home, nothing stays in the same place too long. In my office, I have wall-to-wall shelves of color-coded props. Vases, plates, candles, rocks, you name it, I probably have some version of it at home! By changing the props around constantly, home always feels refreshed and it’s a great way to change the space and energy without spending money, except for new props…
What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? One of my favorite pieces we have at home is a small cafe table on the balcony. When we went into lockdown last year we found ourselves eating breakfast every day on the balcony; it was a small purchase but it has changed our everyday routine. Where the balcony used to be largely unused aside from plants, it now has a new function and we activated the space in such a simple way.
Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: The way I make the most out of my space is by using as many of the pieces I own as possible. There is not a cupboard for “special occasion” glasses or plates. Every day, even if it’s just me and Ryan at home, we use our “fancy” items. Whether it’s the crystal wine glasses I inherited from my grandmother or the hand-thrown plates I have from local markets, every single item is used to the fullest. It means nothing is sitting around collecting dust and everything has a use and a purpose. This way, every day can be a special occasion.
What’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Buy local and get thrifty! I love art, decor, and design, it’s an occupational hazard. But you can’t always afford big-ticket items for everything at home. I like to support local design and emerging designers to build a unique collection over time. The same goes with art and I like to scour thrift shops to find the right piece. The biggest advice I can give is to get things framed professionally. It can elevate even the oldest crinkled poster into something cherished and protected, and it’s worth the investment in the long run.
Split Pomegranate by Rachel Stevens — Palette by Jono Fleming
This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.
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