I T ’ S O N LY nat­u­ral

Stylist and in­te­rior de­signer Nancy Nasa lay­ers tex­tures and trea­sures onto a neu­tral pal­ette to cre­ate a warm and so­phis­ti­cated mood.

Belle - - Library Right N Ow - Pho­to­graphs SHAN­NON MCGRATH

WHAT HAS IN­FORMED AND IN­SPIRED YOUR IN­TE­RI­ORS STYLE? Re ec­tions of na­ture in­spire me – a monochro­matic pal­ette of black, white, grey and brown in mar­ble, stone and wood, of­ten in­ter­spersed with shades of green, par­tic­u­larly in the form of plants. I of­ten en­liven this neu­tral pal­ette with pops of colour, then use lay­er­ing, tonal colours and tex­ture to con­vey luxe and com­fort. The nal re­sult is a pol­ished and so­phis­ti­cated but in­ti­mate and homely in­te­rior. My style has evolved due to work­ing in con­sumer mar­ket­ing and re­search, fo­cus­ing on brands, pack­ag­ing and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment. I have a keen eye for pre­sen­ta­tion and draw in­spi­ra­tion from food, fash­ion, na­ture and many facets of de­sign. I’ve also been in­spired by my trav­els over­seas and in par­tic­u­lar, my so­journ in Paris. IS YOUR HOME A SANC­TU­ARY OR DOES IT DOU­BLE AS A WORK SPACE? It is both. The liv­ing area and mas­ter bed­room, char­ac­terised by sooth­ing colours, are rest­ful zones. The study, which dou­bles as my work space, is also part of my sanc­tu­ary as I of­ten pull out a book to read for re­lax­ation, with my son Lawrence play­ing by my side. WHAT INI­TIALLY AP­PEALED TO YOU ABOUT THE SPACE? DID IT RE­QUIRE SIG­NIF­I­CANT REN­O­VA­TIONS? The home is an Ar­naud Wright-de­signed, 1930s English manor, fea­tur­ing Arts and Crafts and art deco styles. The ori­en­ta­tion of the home and the nat­u­ral ow of the spa­ces were stand­out fea­tures. The fret­work in the en­trance and the stair­case lead­ing up to dou­ble French doors on the mez­za­nine oor were a draw­card. The ren­o­va­tion was signi cant, in that the kitchen and bath­rooms were gut­ted and re­mod­elled with con­tem­po­rary nishes, while the re­main­der of the house was re­freshed, keep­ing the orig­i­nal ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments in­tact. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PIECES? The large art­works which were cre­ated by my hus­band and me. A unique piece is the drill bit en­cased in per­spex that adds an in­dus­trial edge. WHERE DO YOU SPEND MOST TIME IN YOUR HOME? Be­ing an avid reader and re­searcher, the study is my pri­mary domain. I also love my

kitchen, as I am a bit of a foodie with a spe­cial in­ter­est in nu­tri­tion. IS THERE A PAR­TIC­U­LAR PE­RIOD OR STYLE THAT AP­PEALS TO YOU? I love the New York loft style. I am also drawn to Parisian-style apart­ments with their wall mould­ings, state­ment re­places and par­quet/her­ring­bone wooden oor­ing that add in­stant char­ac­ter. WHAT COULDN’T YOU LIVE WITH­OUT? A large be­side ta­ble and my books and mag­a­zines – a source of in­spi­ra­tion both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally. An in­te­grated li­brary is also high on my list. IF YOU D IDN’T L IVE IN M ELBOURNE, WHERE E LSE WOULD YOU L IVE? Be­ing a Fran­cophile, Paris, of course. Or Venice or Florence. WHICH DE­SIGN­ERS, AR­CHI­TECTS OR IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN­ERS DO YOU AD­MIRE? I res­onate with Mim De­sign’s largely monochro­matic pal­ette, and I ad­mire Fiona Lynch’s nat­u­ral and or­ganic aes­thetic. Also the mod­ern and seam­less in­te­ri­ors cre­ated by Dar­ren Palmer, and Greg Natale’s dis­tinc­tive use of pat­tern. For clas­si­cists, Thomas Hamel and the late Stu­art Rat­tle. Ar­chi­tec­turally, I ad­mire Rob­son Rak, Hecker Guthrie, Robert Mills and Lee Harper. Also Jonathan Adler, Philippe Starck, Marc New­son, Chris­tian Li­ai­gre and Piet Boon. And I love Joseph Di­rand’s work, and the cut­ting-edge de­signs of Lau­rence Si­moncini. Kit Kemp and Kelly Wearstler also in­spire. WHO ARE SOME O F YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS AND DO YOU COL­LECT ANY­ONE IN PAR­TIC­U­LAR? One of my favourites is the pho­tog­ra­phy by Mel­bourne artist Imo­gen Hall. Her Out in the Blue hangs above our pi­ano. I also love the work of land­scape painter Ho­bie Porter, the wa­ter­scapes of Ta­mara Dean and Mar­tine Em­dur, and the works of Kate Ber­gin, John Olsen and Guy Maestri. WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU CUR­RENTLY WORK­ING ON? My hus­band and I are cur­rently look­ing for a new home to ren­o­vate. In the mean­time, I am sourc­ing pieces for a client’s open-plan home. WHAT I S THE PHI­LOS­O­PHY B EHIND YOUR WORK? First and fore­most, lis­ten to the client, in­ter­pret what they are seek­ing and then adapt their vi­sion to cre­ate an invit­ing, unique and com­fort­able home. I am a huge ad­vo­cate of lay­er­ing. Stand­out art, rugs, throws and cush­ions, in­ter­spersed with the client’s trea­sures ren­der a home func­tional, in­ti­mate and invit­ing. my­ate­lier.com.au

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