This fashion founder’s passion: transforming her airy coastal home into a gallery filled with incredible paintings
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.
Table, $549, CASTLE ROAD INTERIORS, zanui.com.au
Pendant light, $349, LUCCI DÈCOR, beaconlighting.com.au