Australian House & Garden
LIFE & ST YLE
Nina Caple shares some firsts and favourite things.
“I ADORE THE FRESH SMELL IN THE AIR AFTER A BIG STORM.”
FIRST ADULT HOME? It was on The Esplanade in Elwood, Melbourne. It started out with bright blue aqua turf on the stairs and an indoor rockery, but had a lovely view of the red bridge on the Elwood Canal.
BUCKET-LIST DESTINATION? Greece! We were meant to head there last year.
DREAM RESTAURANT TABLE? Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark.
FAVOURITE DOWNTIME PURSUIT? A run through the Noosa National Park with my girlfriends. On Saturdays, that always ends with a swim at Noosa Main Beach, and a coffee and croissant from Sails.
FAVOURITE ARTISTS? Clara Adolphs, Tammy Kanat, Piet Raemdonck (1) and Ochre Lawson.
FAVOURITE DESIGNERS AND ARCHITECTS? Piet Boon (7) – his designs are so beautifully detailed and refined yet effortless and functional. Patricia Urquiola (2) – her work has spanned architecture, furniture and design and she continues to design emblematic pieces using forward-thinking materials.
I’M CURRENTLY READING... Vivid by Julia Green and Armelle Habib (5).
It’s a beautiful book celebrating the influence of colour in the world of design and our everyday lives. I think we could all do with a little more colour.
FAVOURITE FASHION LABELS? Ulla Johnson (9, 10) and Isabel Marant. Both brands have great summer layers that are totally suited to both the balmy climate and relaxed lifestyle in Queensland.
A HOMEWARE PIECE YOU COVET? Something by Den Holm (8) would look so great in our house.
NEXT MAJOR PURCHASE FOR THE HOME? A Baxter Piaf sofa (3).
I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT… My little blue Vespa (4). It’s invaluable for zipping around, parking at the beach, and gives you that holiday feeling.