HUNTER GATHERER

SYD­NEY IN­TE­RI­ORS STYLIST KIRSTEN BOOKALLIL OPENS UP THE DOORS TO HER CALM AND COL­LECTED BONDI HOME

Real Living (Australia) - - HOMES -

THE LIFE OF AN IN­TE­RIOR STYLIST pro­vides plenty of beau­ti­ful new wares and ideas on creat­ing a home, but Kirsten Bookallil prefers adding lay­ers rather than over­haul­ing what al­ready ex­ists.

“I’m a mod­ern col­lec­tor,” the Syd­ney stylist says. “I like things pared back but I en­joy the mem­o­ries of me­men­toes. I en­joy look­ing around and see­ing my mem­o­ries and things that give me a sense of place.”

START­ING POINT When Kirsten moved to her cur­rent home in Bondi Beach with her two daugh­ters, Stella and Bronte, and Monte the cat in Septem­ber 2016, she wasn’t tempted to start again or cre­ate a new look. In­stead, she pre­ferred to work with her ex­ist­ing mix of an­tiques, mod­ern pieces, ac­ces­sories and art. “I’m ex­posed to lots of trends, but I’m less trend-driven for my­self,” she says. “When I come home I just want ev­ery­thing to be in or­der and have a place to lie down and feel com­fort­able.”

LESS IS MORE Kirsten does con­fess, how­ever, she is an avid sorter. “I hate cup­boards stuffed with items, so I con­tin­u­ously edit,” she says. “I like to have less but my chil­dren like more. They’ve got used to things dis­ap­pear­ing. I am prone to a lit­tle OCD but hav­ing kids has kicked it out of me a lit­tle.” Kirsten was en­ticed to live in the three-bed­room Fed­er­a­tion bun­ga­low mainly due to its lo­ca­tion. It’s two blocks from the beach and walk­ing dis­tance to the girls’ school. But the place also had a lovely feel too. It had been ren­o­vated 15 years ago and was in good con­di­tion, as the pre­vi­ous ten­ants had lived there for many years, treat­ing the place as a home.

HAPPY PLACE Kirsten is friends with the own­ers and they en­cour­aged her to do what was nec­es­sary to make the house some­where she was happy to be. Sub­se­quently, she has up­dated light fit­tings, painted the bed­room and hall­way, and re­placed the van­ity and mir­ror in the bath­room.

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