At home Olli Ella’s Chloe Brook­man in her north coast idyll

Swap­ping busy Lon­don for breezy By­ron Bay was not a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion

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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.

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