Kate from Style Culture (@styleculture.ds) joined us this week, sharing a little about her business, her design influences and how she creates spaces that you will just love to be in. With a flair for modern retro styling, Kate tells us how to create a timeless room with antique pieces from various decades.
“My focus isn’t on design “rules” but rather improving functionality and giving clients an aesthetic they love.”
Share a little bit about yourself and your business?
I am a wife and mother to three boys. Wanting to have my career but still be a full time mother, I left my job as a decorator for Freedom Australia and started Style Culture. I love decorating, because I know how important it is to feel like the place you live is your home. Growing up in rental homes I had to think laterally to decorate my spaces. I always rearranged my furniture, changed how my room looked, and once I had it perfect that feeling of calmness and content was blissful. I love giving that to my clients.
What or who are your biggest influences?
I am always pouring through magazines, in particular Real Living, Home Beautiful and Inside Out. I love Australian design because I feel like it is very unique. We take little pieces from all over the world and reconstruct it into something that is uniquely us. The way we live is so different to the rest of the world, and so are our homes.
What trends are you loving at the moment?
I am loving the whimsy that is sneaking into my Instagram feed at the moment. From clothing to interiors, I feel like this is going to be a big movement. It has the essence of Hygge of making simple moments special, making a home comfortable and warm. I think also it holds onto innocence.
Organic and simplicity seem key to design today, and for my home these are elements we are always trying to bring into our space. Shopping ethically and small is also gaining so much momentum. This is exciting and I love nothing more than seeing small businesses succeed. It makes our communities strong and happy.
“Organic and simplicity seem key to design today, and for my home these are elements we are always trying to bring into our space.”
We love this mood board you have created, how would you describe this style?
The style of this room is laid back, a touch retro and edgy Tropical lounge room. To put it in context, this living room has warm white weatherboards running horizontally through out and absolutely to die for big fat floor boards.
Were you trying to work in a particular theme here?
Rather than a theme, I talked to the client about their lifestyle and their interests. They had a few retro pieces that they loved in other rooms so to keep continuity through the home we chose, together, pieces that have that fun retro vibe. They also didn’t want the space to look brand new, but rather contained pieces that they had collected. So to create that feel we went with a large Turkish style rug and pieces that looked like they could’ve been passed on through the family. A tip to get that lived in feel is picking pieces that don’t necessary come from the same era. For example in this room we have 60’s style lounges and arm chairs, paired with cane, which was having its hey day in the 80’s. Instantly that collector feel is invoked.
If you had to pick something, what is your favourite item in this room? Why?
I love how the artwork adds that element of instant moodiness. With all the negative space surrounding the furniture, that heaviness and moodiness of the art anchors the space and makes it feel so cosy.
“I love how the artwork adds that element of instant moodiness.”
Are there any absolute bargains here?
The Byron Bay Bar cart in black for $399 is an absolute bargain. Get two and you can use them for bedsides, keep your indoor plants on it so you can move them around or a home for your drinks. Its such an individual piece that no one else is going to have in their home.
Where is your favourite place to shop?
Personally, I am constantly trawling Facebook buy and sells, as well as Gum Tree. I love older furniture and as a general rule, the things I buy new are sofas and mattresses. I am more than partial to prewar era Wardrobes and storage units and I mix these pieces with modern elements like a concrete entertainment unit and a grey sofa. What happens is strike of balance between new and old, warm and cool. We love it.
What would you say has been your favourite find of all time?
For me it was a wardrobe and chest of drawer set. It was free, but in our tiny house we have no room for either piece. My poor husband was away for work and arrived home to these antique giants sitting in the middle of the lounge room because they were too heavy for me to move. It made out bedroom super cluttered, but once we renovate they will have a beautiful new home and work perfectly!
Kate, we just love your relaxed style. Here you have shown us how simplicity is key and how you can create a warm and inviting collector feel by carefully selecting elements from different eras and pairing these with new pieces. I know I’ll no longer overlook those older pieces of furniture which can bring so much character to a room. Thank you so much for sharing with us! We will definitely be keeping a close eye on your beautiful Instagram feed for inspiration.
Lounge Room Mood Board- Find this look!
Bar Cart; Byron Bay Hanging Chairs Bar Cart HERE
Media Console 203cm, West Elm HERE
Mathias Wood Frame Loveseat, West Elm HERE
Basket (side tables) Byron Bay Hanging Chairs HERE
Coffee Table, clients own, for similar try the Fifties Coffee table in walnut from Freedom HERE
Armchair, Freedom HERE
Find the prints at HERE
Elemental Prints: Night Canopy, Droplet, Dark Foliage 1, Dark Foliage 2, Highland, Windswept and Riley’s Sky