HAPPY PLACE

FUN AND FUNC­TION GO HAND IN HAND IN THIS DE­SIGNER’S COLOUR­FUL ABODE

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Rachel Cas­tle’s an­ti­min­i­mal­ist home sparks joy.

ARTIST AND DE­SIGNER RACHEL CAS­TLE

equates her cheer­ful four-be­d­room, three-bath­room North­bridge prop­erty to a com­fort­able pair of jeans – “it’s big, baggy and easy to live in”.

Cas­tle and her hus­band, Daz, first fell in love with the 1930s res­i­dence for its neat, level back­yard (a rar­ity on Syd­ney’s hilly lower North Shore) com­plete with a size­able frangi­pani tree. It’s an area that re­tained promi­nence when the cou­ple de­cided to ren­o­vate the down­stairs space sev­eral years ago, adding floor-to-ceil­ing black steel-framed win­dows and doors that open out onto the re­newed out­door deck­ing.

The in­side was also trans­formed into a flow­ing liv­ing, din­ing and kitchen space that the fam­ily – in­clud­ing teenagers Cleo and Lu­cas and beloved sausage dog Syd­ney – spend the most time in.

“It’s like a com­fort­able pair of jeans… big, baggy and easy to live in”

The cus­tom Ben Sibley din­ing ta­ble, which has been with the fam­ily through sev­eral dif­fer­ent houses, acts as the cen­tre­piece that gath­ers the house­hold each day. “It has been wit­ness to the good, the bad, and all of my hus­band’s amaz­ing food,” says Cas­tle. “I work long hours so our one house rule is fam­ily din­ner to­gether from Sun­day to Thurs­day, no ex­cep­tions.”

An easy pal­ette of wood, white and black pro­vides a go-with-any­thing base that al­lows Cas­tle’s fer­vent love of colour to flour­ish. Like her whim­si­cal name­sake home­wares brand, Cas­tle, the cre­ative favours eclec­tic, bright decor to add life to any room – and doesn’t dis­crim­i­nate when it comes to se­lect­ing new trea­sures. “If I fall in love with it, it can come home with me,” she ex­plains. “Whether I am drawn to the colour, craft or tex­ture, it all fits to­gether be­cause they’re things that I love.”

“A go-with-any­thing base al­lows Cas­tle’s love of colour to flour­ish”

Each corner show­cases Cas­tle’s imag­i­na­tive flair, with books stacked along­side sprawl­ing plants, “way too many” cush­ions and her lat­est in­te­ri­ors ob­ses­sion, hand-thrown pot­tery. The walls dis­play eye-catch­ing art­works that are en­tirely unique, yet uni­form in their ap­peal to the de­signer. “I ob­vi­ously grav­i­tate to­wards colour, but I also ap­pre­ci­ate form and sim­ple shapes,” she ex­plains. “I was wor­ried the vin­tage Bernard Ville­mot poster would be too brown with the wooden floors, but the minute that hand­some man was on the liv­ing room wall, I fell in love in­stantly and he had to live with us.”

With a more-is-more men­tal­ity, Cas­tle shuns the ever-per­va­sive min­i­mal­ist trend. “Noth­ing is too pre­cious in our home – lots of stuff ev­ery­where means noth­ing ever feels out of place, even when it’s a pigsty!” she says with a laugh.

“Noth­ing is too pre­cious in our home – lots of stuff ev­ery­where means noth­ing ever feels out of place”

Pops of pink brighten Cas­tle’s home, from her art­works (be­low left) to a pretty door in her stu­dio

Cas­tle’s acrylic art­works and pa­per sculp­tures are scat­tered in nooks through­out her home

Cute round vel­vet Cas­tle cush­ions add tex­ture to the sleek Ben Sibley din­ing ta­ble

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