At home Olli Ella’s Chloe Brookman in her north coast idyll
Swapping busy London for breezy Byron Bay was not a difficult decision
Happily ensconced in a 1970s bungalow on the top of a hill overlooking Byron Bay, homewares retailer Chloe Brookman has created a bohoinspired home for her family.
She co-founded Olli Ella in 2009 with her sister Olivia in London, focusing on nursery furniture. Prior to that, the sisters studied design and art history opening a small gallery in the heart of London, specialising in 20th century works. But their focus shifted to furniture design when they designed and made a nursing chair for Chloe when she was expecting her first child.
Now living on the far north coast of NSW, Chloe says she loves being able to run a business remotely now.
“I’m originally from London, but have lived all over,” says Chloe. “We have a joke in my family that the longest I spend in any one place is five years, which isn’t too far from the truth.
“Our move to Byron Bay was prompted by the idea of slowing down a bit, giving our kids a more relaxed upbringing.”
Chloe and husband Charlie renovated their current property all while juggling a business and caring for young children.
“Charlie and I have loved renovating our new home — it’s such a creative process,” she says. “It’s intense, especially with a young family but we both think it’s important that the kids have seen us build the house — and we’ve had fun doing it too.”
Atlas rug Inspired by my honeymoon with Charlie to Morocco and the Atlas Mountains, I love this rug for sentimental reasons but also because no matter how much dirt or spills end up on it, it always hides it!
Mat with tassels It’s actually a vintage donkey saddle bag from Turkey. But I collected this little treasure from one of my favourite flea markets in Balmain.
Blanket This blanket was handwoven in Indonesia. It was given to me by one of best friends
Cactus painting This is by my favourite artist, Kate Jarman. I love her use of colour. A girl can never have too many cactuses.
Ottoman This pouf was picked up on my honeymoon. It was the very first piece of furniture that Charlie and I bought as a married couple.
Jar of feathers Arlo knows that I love birds and fallen feathers and so every time he finds one he gives it to me with the cutest smile on his face.
Stick with yarn I wove this from a stick that Arlo picked up on a beach walk. It’s special also because I made it the day before Nell was born.