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.

Australian House & Garden - - Decorating - In­spired by Sheri­dan ⁄ Styled by Marina Amelchugova

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.

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