Space In­va­sion

Jenn Low, founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Wan­der­lust + Co, fills her home with trea­sures as quirky as her jew­ellery cre­ations. By Em­mi­lyn Yeoh. Pho­tographed by Aaron Lee.

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It’s bright and early on a Fri­day morn­ing, and Jenn Low, the cre­ative pow­er­house be­hind jew­ellery brand Wan­der­lust + Co, has just com­pleted her morn­ing yoga rit­ual, and is softly sing­ing a lul­laby to her seven-month-old daugh­ter, Olivia Hua El­liott. Break­ing into fits of gig­gles, Olivia ex­tends her tiny arm out to say hello as I en­ter the room, a rather un­ex­pected wel­come from a young baby. “Olivia is very chill and calm. I’m not sure if she picked that up from me, but I did do a lot of yoga when I was preg­nant! We’ve even brought her out to the movies once, and she did not make a sound through­out,” Jenn laughs, while Olivia looks un­fazed. Liv­ing in a cosy en­clave in Bangsar with her hus­band Luke El­liott, co-founder and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Catcha Group, the cou­ple’s vi­sion for their home is, as she puts it, “lots of nat­u­ral light, love, and a com­fort­able space for friends and fam­ily to hang out in.” Mak­ing the choice to start the in­te­rior de­sign and fur­nish­ing process from scratch came nat­u­rally for Jenn, who once worked with a home­ware com­pany in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia. “Pour­ing out dif­fer­ent ideas and com­bin­ing them into some­thing func­tional is what I en­joy do­ing. The process of ap­proach­ing a blank can­vas, and us­ing the fi­nal vis­ual out­come to make a state­ment gives me im­mense sat­is­fac­tion,” Jenn says.

Fur­nished with a con­tem­po­rary dé­cor that is dom­i­nated by a neu­tral pal­ette and ac­cented with items ac­quired through­out the cou­ple’s ex­ten­sive trav­els, a tour around the apart­ment quickly of­fers a glimpse into the se­cret world of Jenn and Luke. Case in point: a Harry Pot­ter-in­spired leather trunk from Halo Liv­ing, a trans­par­ent Kelly Hop­pen bub­ble chair, stacks of books about well-be­ing and mind­ful­ness, a cute Hermès stor­age box from the Eques­trian col­lec­tion, and vi­brant, trop­i­cal-print wing­back chairs.

“A home should al­ways tell a story. It’s all about your take on in­te­rior de­sign to cre­ate that stylish yet prac­ti­cal liv­ing space. When I first walked into this apart­ment, the open space just spoke to me. Luke and I saw it as an op­por­tu­nity to put all our favourite things in this space, and make it home,” says Jenn, who cites in­te­rior de­signer Kit Kemp’s dis­tinc­tive style and quirk­i­ness as her in­spi­ra­tion.

As for adding a touch of char­ac­ter to a space, Jenn’s ad­vice is to be ran­dom and have fun. “I like to start safe for key fur­nish­ing pieces, and then take it fur­ther with ac­cent light­ing and other smaller el­e­ments. In the din­ing room, I worked with an elec­tri­cian on wiring, and just string­ing it on-the-go dur­ing the in­stal­la­tion process. It is cool, on-trend, and lights up the room, which is ex­actly what I need!” she says.

Jenn Low with daugh­ter Olivia in the din­ing room

A wall ded­i­cated to Robert Ryan’s laser-cut prints

Metal trunk from Halo Liv­ing in the bed­room is sur­rounded by knick­knacks from the cou­ple’s trav­els

A vin­tage bar cart for cock­tail emer­gen­cies

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