Chrissie Jef­fery

Country Style - - DECORATING -

Chrissie Jef­fery, CEO and founder of Syd­ney-based tex­tiles and in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing chain No Chintz, is known for her use of colour and pat­tern. She has es­tab­lished a name for her­self trans­form­ing white rooms into homes with de­signer flair, of­ten achieved with a clever se­lec­tion of cush­ions, fab­ric and rugs. She says an im­por­tant part of the process is tak­ing a wholis­tic ap­proach. “I’m wary of con­cen­trat­ing on one de­sign el­e­ment, such as colours for paint­ing walls, with­out con­sid­ered fab­ric choices, as it can lead to un­re­solv­able prob­lems with the whole look,” she says. Chrissie ad­vises peo­ple to con­sider if they are play­ing it too safe with neu­trals, such as li­nen and tau­pes. “Of­ten our clients have ended up with a room lack­ing char­ac­ter,” she says. “We love us­ing fab­ric en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.” As well as her ex­clu­sive range of fab­rics at No Chintz, Chrissie en­joys us­ing Bris­bane de­signer Anna Spiro’s new range. She says fab­ric can be a great way to give new life to an old piece of fur­ni­ture. “It’s im­por­tant to re­use ev­ery­thing that can be reused,” she says. “I hate throw­ing out fur­ni­ture.” A good way to con­sider colour is to study its use in his­toric build­ings. Chrissie says to take note of painted rooms and study why they have worked. Of­ten a pleas­ing look is about bal­ance. “If you use coloured walls for in­stant piz­zazz in a bed­room, make the win­dow fur­nish­ings and bed­ding white,” she says. “The colour of the walls gives in­ter­est and char­ac­ter at a rea­son­able cost.” At the mo­ment, she en­joys us­ing blue and grey. “The key to us­ing colour has been in ex­per­i­ment­ing on my­self and never be­ing prej­u­diced about colour,” Chrissie says. When white is re­quired, she likes Du­lux Nat­u­ral White or Porter’s Paints Old Church White. “I’m about com­fort and style so that’s my main goal in a room. I’m not good at buy­ing ev­ery­thing new for rooms. I do love clients who col­lect art and ob­jects and who own ‘mean­ing­ful stuff’: it’s so re­ward­ing to re­use things in dif­fer­ent ways.” (02) 9810 0078;

CLOCK­WISE, FROM TOP LEFT Chrissie Jef­frey, in her Potts Point apart­ment, loves to add piz­zazz with colour, such as this Maiden­hair green by Porter’s Paints. The art­work is by Chris Lan­glois, the chair from Jar­dan is cov­ered with Stripe fab­ric from Donghia, and the rug is from Robyn Cos­grove; the Haber­field house is a dec­o­rat­ing project fea­tur­ing a se­lec­tion of cush­ions from No Chintz; in the Haber­field house liv­ing room, the wall­pa­per is a spe­cial or­der from Sparkk, the chairs are cov­ered with Cashew Nut Love Ikat fab­ric in Or­ange, $99 a me­tre, from No Chintz, and the rug is Dash & Al­bert Birm­ing­ham Black, from $485, from Win­ton House. For stock­ist de­tails, see page 135.

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