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Stylist and interior designer Nancy Nasa layers textures and treasures onto a neutral palette to create a warm and sophisticated mood.
WHAT HAS INFORMED AND INSPIRED YOUR INTERIORS STYLE? Re ections of nature inspire me – a monochromatic palette of black, white, grey and brown in marble, stone and wood, often interspersed with shades of green, particularly in the form of plants. I often enliven this neutral palette with pops of colour, then use layering, tonal colours and texture to convey luxe and comfort. The nal result is a polished and sophisticated but intimate and homely interior. My style has evolved due to working in consumer marketing and research, focusing on brands, packaging and product development. I have a keen eye for presentation and draw inspiration from food, fashion, nature and many facets of design. I’ve also been inspired by my travels overseas and in particular, my sojourn in Paris. IS YOUR HOME A SANCTUARY OR DOES IT DOUBLE AS A WORK SPACE? It is both. The living area and master bedroom, characterised by soothing colours, are restful zones. The study, which doubles as my work space, is also part of my sanctuary as I often pull out a book to read for relaxation, with my son Lawrence playing by my side. WHAT INITIALLY APPEALED TO YOU ABOUT THE SPACE? DID IT REQUIRE SIGNIFICANT RENOVATIONS? The home is an Arnaud Wright-designed, 1930s English manor, featuring Arts and Crafts and art deco styles. The orientation of the home and the natural ow of the spaces were standout features. The fretwork in the entrance and the staircase leading up to double French doors on the mezzanine oor were a drawcard. The renovation was signi cant, in that the kitchen and bathrooms were gutted and remodelled with contemporary nishes, while the remainder of the house was refreshed, keeping the original architectural elements intact. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PIECES? The large artworks which were created by my husband and me. A unique piece is the drill bit encased in perspex that adds an industrial edge. WHERE DO YOU SPEND MOST TIME IN YOUR HOME? Being an avid reader and researcher, the study is my primary domain. I also love my
kitchen, as I am a bit of a foodie with a special interest in nutrition. IS THERE A PARTICULAR PERIOD OR STYLE THAT APPEALS TO YOU? I love the New York loft style. I am also drawn to Parisian-style apartments with their wall mouldings, statement replaces and parquet/herringbone wooden ooring that add instant character. WHAT COULDN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT? A large beside table and my books and magazines – a source of inspiration both professionally and personally. An integrated library is also high on my list. IF YOU D IDN’T L IVE IN M ELBOURNE, WHERE E LSE WOULD YOU L IVE? Being a Francophile, Paris, of course. Or Venice or Florence. WHICH DESIGNERS, ARCHITECTS OR INTERIOR DESIGNERS DO YOU ADMIRE? I resonate with Mim Design’s largely monochromatic palette, and I admire Fiona Lynch’s natural and organic aesthetic. Also the modern and seamless interiors created by Darren Palmer, and Greg Natale’s distinctive use of pattern. For classicists, Thomas Hamel and the late Stuart Rattle. Architecturally, I admire Robson Rak, Hecker Guthrie, Robert Mills and Lee Harper. Also Jonathan Adler, Philippe Starck, Marc Newson, Christian Liaigre and Piet Boon. And I love Joseph Dirand’s work, and the cutting-edge designs of Laurence Simoncini. Kit Kemp and Kelly Wearstler also inspire. WHO ARE SOME O F YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS AND DO YOU COLLECT ANYONE IN PARTICULAR? One of my favourites is the photography by Melbourne artist Imogen Hall. Her Out in the Blue hangs above our piano. I also love the work of landscape painter Hobie Porter, the waterscapes of Tamara Dean and Martine Emdur, and the works of Kate Bergin, John Olsen and Guy Maestri. WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON? My husband and I are currently looking for a new home to renovate. In the meantime, I am sourcing pieces for a client’s open-plan home. WHAT I S THE PHILOSOPHY B EHIND YOUR WORK? First and foremost, listen to the client, interpret what they are seeking and then adapt their vision to create an inviting, unique and comfortable home. I am a huge advocate of layering. Standout art, rugs, throws and cushions, interspersed with the client’s treasures render a home functional, intimate and inviting. myatelier.com.au