THE FABRIC OF LIFE
Travel blogger Marina Amelchugova uses pieces from Sheridan’s latest collection to create a gorgeous European-inspired outdoor space at her Sydney home.
Does travel inspire how you live?
Most definitely. To travel is to be inspired, in every aspect of life – and this is particularly true when it comes to interiors. The cities I’ve visited and the cultures I’ve experienced have very much influenced how I style my home. I forge strong personal attachments to pieces I’ve picked up on my journeys. They become more than just beautiful items; they’re an extension of my memories. I love to mix quirky objects from overseas with the clean, modern Australian design of my home.
What are your favourite European trends of the moment?
My husband and I were married in Sicily last year, so the colour palette of the island will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve embraced the textures and tones of Sicily – natural stone, rustic wood and gorgeous ceramics. When it comes to furnishings, I’m inspired most by light, airy fabrics that transport me straight back to Santorini. I adore accessories and furnishings in earthy, eye-catching tones, and this season’s olive green and burnt orange pieces from Sheridan are my favourites.
I’ve transformed my outdoor area with bold, textured cushions and, taking my cue from greenery-packed homes I saw in Greece, I’ve filled my Sydney courtyard with lots of pots and succulents. I also have an enduring passion for Turkish textiles, so I was thrilled to get my hands on some of Sheridan’s gorgeous Turkish cotton towels – they’re wonderfully soft.
How do you create a sense of home when you’re away?
I pack light, but I do always take my Sheridan silk pillowcase with me. It helps me sleep easy wherever I am in the world. And when it comes to clothing, I won’t get on the plane without my favourite Sheridan beach sarong, which occupies so little room in my suitcase but will take me from the beach or boat to the bar.
“Linen and cotton are favourite fabrics of mine; I have fond memories of finding the most incredible, colourful beach towels at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.” Travel Blogger, Marina Amelchugova
LEFT TO RIGHT: Lena Woven Basket from $39.95, Cashmere Candle $39.95, Eastport Beach Sarong $59.95, Alena Throw in Carbon $229.95, Haden Cushion in Burnt Orange $59.95, Glenair Cushion in Pale Amber $59.95, Townsend Throw in Eucalyptus $149.95, Mia Antique Brass Platter from $49.95, Stela Brushed Aluminium Planter from $34.95. All from Sheridan.