SIM­PLE LIFE

The founders of life­style la­bel Worn share their ex­pertly cu­rated fam­ily home

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In the picture-per­fect green hin­ter­land sur­round­ing By­ron Bay, you’ll find this sweet haven of timber and white, be­long­ing to Lia-belle King and Lotte James Barnes of life­style la­bel Worn. They share the ear­ly1900s former school­house, sit­u­ated on 22 acres of bush­land, with new baby Ophe­lia and dog Gray. The pair re­lo­cated their lives from In­done­sia in 2016 and have al­lowed their new sur­rounds to have an im­pact on their style – show­ing both where they’ve been and where they are. “We like it to be a har­mo­nious re­flec­tion of our per­sonal and lo­ca­tional jour­neys,” says King. “The in­te­rior has a dis­tinct coastal feel, but the Art Deco fur­ni­ture and an­tiques show the trav­els we’ve been on.”

The pale colour pal­ette and open lay­out give the space a sense of much-needed calm, con­sid­er­ing their busy busi­ness and new­born baby. “The prac­tice of wabi-sabi is an in­flu­ence,” says King, re­fer­ring to the Ja­panese term for find­ing beauty in the

mod­est and im­per­fect. “We like the space to be hum­ble but also ar­tis­ti­cally in­ter­est­ing. We try to keep our home open, with only a care­ful few con­sid­ered adorn­ments that are mean­ing­ful.”

Like any­one who shares a home, the cou­ple’s decor is a merg­ing of their in­di­vid­ual aes­thet­ics. “Lotte and I ac­tu­ally have very dif­fer­ent styles and fus­ing the two is some­times a chal­lenge,” says King. “In the end, we opt for a less-is-more ap­proach, work­ing with neu­tral tones to main­tain a calm base, and adding a few state­ment pieces of fur­ni­ture or art to bring an in­ter­est­ing lift to an oth­er­wise min­i­mal scheme.”

This min­i­mal­is­tic style com­bines per­fectly with their love of prac­ti­cal­ity. “Noth­ing we have in our home is there purely for the sake of dec­o­ra­tion,” says King. “Our home is the hub of our day-to-day growth and also a place for cre­ative out­let. Fur­ni­ture is al­ways ro­tat­ing and rooms are al­ways chang­ing. We love play­ing dress-up with new pieces we de­sign be­fore they head to the store.”

The con­scious­ness they bring to their home is also the cor­ner­stone of their much-loved busi­ness. “We pro­duce small runs of eth­i­cally

made chairs and ta­bles that are really unique in de­sign,” says King. “If you’re look­ing to in­vest in one or two pieces, we want peo­ple to choose con­sciously, and to choose a piece that’s spe­cial for how it was made, not just for how it looks.”

As well as be­ing sur­rounded by their own de­signs, the cou­ple get plenty of dec­o­rat­ing in­spi­ra­tion from In­sta­gram. “We do pre­fer one­off, an­tique, cus­tom or col­lected pieces, so pur­chas­ing di­rectly from col­lec­tors, crafts­men, de­sign­ers and artists is made easy thanks to mod­ern tech­nol­ogy,” says King. “At Worn, we also stock work by de­sign­ers and artists who we love and we make a con­scious ef­fort to sup­port busi­nesses owned and run ex­clu­sively by women.” Who run the world?

UP IN LIGHTS Made for their wed­ding, this “Ev­ery­thing for love” neon sign holds a spe­cial place in the cou­ple’s hearts

“OUR HOME IS HEAVILY IN­FLU­ENCED BY THE PRAC­TICE OF LIV­ING A CALM AND HOLIS­TIC LIFE”

STATE OF CALM Orig­i­nal hard­wood floor­boards com­bined with a white colour pal­ette gives the home a fresh, serene feel

“EACH PIECE IN OUR STORE IS SOME­THING WE’D PER­SON­ALLY CHOOSE TO HAVE IN OUR HOME”

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