wild thing

Stylist Kit Al­ida Bet­ti­son knows colour – and she’s not afraid to use it

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With its bold mix of colour, this home is a max­i­mal­ist’s dream.

It’s psy­che­delic ’70s meets Scandi in­dus­trial,” ex­plains in­te­rior and fash­ion stylist Kit Al­ida Bet­ti­son of her flam­boy­ant home in the hills sur­round­ing By­ron Bay, which she shares with her hus­band Odie and sons Ar­tie Cosmo, three, and Au­gust Mars, one. The fam­ily moved into the eclec­tic “big tin shed” in north­ern NSW in 2013, hav­ing built on the acreage that sur­rounds Bet­ti­son’s mother’s home. Mum and daugh­ter have an in­te­rior de­sign busi­ness, Al­ida And Miller, so are of­ten hop­ping be­tween their neigh­bour­ing spa­ces.

Bet­ti­son, who also runs her own vin­tage fash­ion store Al­ida Buffalo, says her sur­rounds, like trends, can change with the sea­sons. “The home is con­stantly evolv­ing and grow­ing with our fam­ily,” she says. “It also helps that my hus­band is a car­pen­ter, so if I get a crazy idea in the mid­dle of the night, he can bring it to life,” she laughs. The lat­est of those mid­night brain­waves is the sweet tim­ber break­fast nook that sits op­po­site the colour­ful kitchen. “We built the nook us­ing only $300 worth of ply­wood. The rest

SERV­ING SUG­GES­TION Bet­ti­son names the newly built break­fast nook as her favourite cor­ner of the home

LIGHT SHOW “I love the light in the liv­ing room,” Bet­ti­son says of the large pen­dant from the ’50s (above). “I love the sheer scale – it re­minds me of a retro UFO”

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