FINE ART

This fash­ion founder’s pas­sion: trans­form­ing her airy coastal home into a gallery filled with in­cred­i­ble paint­ings

ELLE (Australia) - - Contents - WORDS BY AMY STARR PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY KRISTINA SOLJO

A fash­ion founder’s gallery-wor­thy, paint­ing-filled home.

TO LOOK AT THE BLISS­FUL SIM­PLIC­ITY of Emily Ber­lach’s home, five min­utes from the beach on New South Wales’ pretty Cen­tral Coast, you would never know that she shares it with a chaotic ex­tended cast of char­ac­ters: hus­band Dave, three chil­dren, two dogs and two chooks. “I steer away from a fixed style in pref­er­ence of a more prac­ti­cal, ever-evolv­ing bower­bird ap­proach,” she ex­plains of her taste in decor. The house was built in the ‘70s, ap­par­ently by an artist, though the patina on the ex­te­rior walls and the well-es­tab­lished gar­dens make it look much older – as though it’s been there for gen­er­a­tions.

Like her house, Ber­lach’s fash­ion line Bo­hemian Traders is just as dy­namic. The brand re­leases eight col­lec­tions a year and has

re­cently ex­panded to in­clude Mis­ter Bo­hemian menswear and Lit­tle Bo­hemian kids-wear. “Our home in­spires us daily to cre­ate pieces that have a sense of his­tory and a bo­hemian sen­si­bil­ity. Our la­bel has a very con­ti­nen­tal feel, so is a con­tin­ual re­minder of our aim as a busi­ness: to pro­vide clas­sic Euro­pean cuts with a mod­ern bo­hemian style,” she says.

A sim­ple aes­thetic, of course, doesn’t have to mean bor­ing. While her colour pal­ette re­mains mostly con­sis­tent (“I’m hav­ing a love af­fair with peach and rust – we’ve just re­turned from Italy and its pal­ette is a huge in­spi­ra­tion for our col­lec­tions,” she says), there is plenty to take in, from the arched win­dows, to the sand­stone walls and her­ring­boned-tiled floor in the mas­ter bed­room.

“I’m hav­ing a love af­fair with peach and rust… Italy’s pal­ette is a huge in­spi­ra­tion”

“Rooms ram­ble off into dif­fer­ent cor­ners, each feel­ing like their own lit­tle sanc­tu­ary”

Then there’s the art. “I’m con­stantly in­spired by the of­fer­ing of amaz­ing Aussie tal­ent in the con­tem­po­rary art world. My most re­cent pur­chase is two pieces from Camille Or­mandy, an amaz­ing young tal­ent from a long line of enor­mous artis­tic tal­ent,” ex­plains Ber­lach. “And right now, I’m buy­ing lit­er­ally ev­ery­thing Emma Gale has to of­fer.”

The unique ar­chi­tec­ture means rooms ram­ble off into dif­fer­ent cor­ners, each feel­ing like their own lit­tle sanc­tu­ary. “The liv­ing spa­ces and mas­ter bed­room have fire­places, which makes them cosy in win­ter, while in sum­mer we open all the doors and win­dows to let the fresh coastal breeze blow through,” she says.

Like any fam­ily home fea­tur­ing three chil­dren, Ber­lach says the magic lies less in how it looks, and more in what hap­pens there. “It’s our refuge from the busy work days, and our con­sis­tent place of to­geth­er­ness. It’s of­ten a lit­tle di­shev­elled and al­ways filled with noise,” she laughs.

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