ANNA SPIRO

Country Style - - FASHION -

IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER, 39

This ac­claimed Bris­bane-based de­signer loves to push bound­aries with pat­tern and print.

Your de­sign style is wonderfully eclec­tic. Are you drawn to colour and print in your wardrobe as well? Ab­so­lutely. My very best friend So­phie Trevethan of Fly­ing Paloma makes a lot of my clothes, in par­tic­u­lar the long skirts I wear. We of­ten make them out of hav in beau­ti­ful beau­ti­ful old fur­nish­ing fab­rics.i love hav­ing be­spoke pieces that no­body else has. What’s the se­cret to mix­ing pat­tern and print? Con­trast. I think clash­ing is the key. What in­spires you cre­atively? Dif­fer­ence. I’m in­spired by things that are out­side the box. I never want to be run-of-the-mill. Also, colour pal­ettes in na­ture; the beach in par­tic­u­lar. Do you dress dif­fer­ently on the week­end? At work I wear my beau­ti­ful skirts with plain coloured knit tops and al­ways in­ter­est­ing flat shoes, and I love an­tique brooches and ban­gles. I def­i­nitely tone things down on the week­end — I tend to wear jeans, Con­verse and T-shirts. What are you cov­et­ing right now? A Blazé Mi­lano blazer in pale pink linen. I adore their blaz­ers with their sig­na­ture half moon pock­ets. How do you fin­ish an out­fit? I love brooches and ban­gles and beau­ti­ful an­tique rings. And I col­lect straw beach hats, mostly Axel Mano, as we go to the beach nearly ev­ery week­end. Any favourite on­line stores? Well, I do love Moda Operandi and Matches Fash­ion, but I’ve re­cently come across The Modist. They have fab­u­lous things that are a bit dif­fer­ent to the norm so, of course, I love what they are do­ing! What’s in your beauty cup­board? I use a mix... I love Thalgo and Payot for beauty prod­ucts, Chanel make-up mixed with YSL lip­sticks, and I love rose hip oil. But I do be­lieve beauty is a re­sult of look­ing af­ter your in­sides, so I watch what I eat, drink lots of wa­ter and have a daily dose of ap­ple cider vine­gar. What do you love for your home? The work of UK artist Lucy Augé and the di­vine scallop raf­fia lamp­shades Matilda Goad is mak­ing. Also my fel­low de­signer, Ade­laide Bragg, has just brought out a new lamp base col­lec­tion, Bragg and Co, and I can’t wait to use them. What are you work­ing on now? We’ve just de­signed the new day spa at Hal­cyon House. It’s an ex­ten­sion of the ho­tel and will fea­ture a lot of Anna Spiro Tex­tiles. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit blackand­spiro. com.au or an­naspiro­tex­tiles.com.au

The lounge room in Anna’s home; look­ing over a se­lec­tion of fab­rics from her Anna Spiro col­lec­tion. FAC­ING PAGE Anna’s eclec­tic pat­terns and prints — “con­trast and clash­ing is the key”.

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