My favourite room

After a stint in Syd­ney, An Or­gan­ised Life founder Beck Wad­worth had a clean slate to re­dec­o­rate her new home – start­ing with the lounge

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Jes­sica-Belle Greer. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Wendy Fenwick.

Min­i­mal­ist in­spo from a sta­tionery queen

Thanks to a ca­reer de­voted to help­ing oth­ers stay on top of their busy lives, Beck Wad­worth was more than pre­pared for her move back to Auck­land after six years in Syd­ney. The founder of sta­tionery brand An Or­gan­ised Life now rents a home in Par­nell, Auck­land, where she lives with her long-term boyfriend, graphic de­signer Ja­son Do­man­cie. The cou­ple are grad­u­ally re­dec­o­rat­ing, start­ing with a lux­u­ri­ous yet func­tional lounge, which is not only a place to re­lax and gather with friends but An Or­gan­ised Life per­son­i­fied.

Tell us about your new home. When we moved back from Syd­ney, I wanted to find some­where we could both live and work from. The An Or­gan­ised Life ware­house is still based in Aus­tralia, so it’s just my­self work­ing on the brand in New Zealand. The Par­nell prop­erty is per­fect and it has wooden floors and white walls – my favourite!

How have you de­signed your liv­ing room? My gen­eral rule is to keep the space two-thirds light and one-third dark. I wanted white and off-white fur­ni­ture and opted for a St Clements oc­ca­sional chair with

mod­ern black edg­ing – this be­came a state­ment fea­ture in the space. To break up the white, I added in wooden de­tails and neu­tral tones through the cof­fee ta­ble, gold vase and tray, artwork and pic­ture frames. The cir­cu­lar mir­ror com­ple­ments the cor­ner of the room nicely (a great Kmart find!) and I broke up the shelv­ing with a mix­ture of dif­fer­ently sized vases and can­dles. I love to fin­ish off a room with green­ery too – it’s the one ‘colour’ I add.

What are your favourite pieces? The photo above the fire­place – Ja­son has a great eye when it comes to pho­tog­ra­phy and he took some in­cred­i­ble pho­tos when we es­caped to Italy and Paris this year. We de­cided we wanted to frame a bunch of his images be­cause they brought back spe­cial me­mories and are unique to us. I bought the frames from Coun­try Road.

Do you have any tips on how to keep your liv­ing area or­derly? 1) Less is more! 2) If you don’t need it, get rid of it. 3) Give ev­ery­thing a place and get cre­ative with stor­age so­lu­tions to keep the room tidy. 4) Stay on top of clean­ing and tidy­ing so that your home, fur­ni­ture and home­ware stay in good con­di­tion for longer.

You also work in fash­ion and con­trib­ute to Vogue Aus­tralia. Do you fol­low fash­ion trends as well as in­te­ri­ors? I love keep­ing up to date with both, but I never stray far from my core style, which is min­i­mal, un­der­stated and chic. I love a neu­tral colour pal­ette and pre­fer to play with tex­tures and fab­rics.

What’s next on your in­te­ri­ors list? I re­ally want to work on our home of­fice area – watch this space! •

When it comes to home­ware, do you save orsplurge? That’s an in­ter­est­ing ques­tion. To be hon­est, it’s all about thelook and feel to me. Fur­ni­ture wise, we are happy to in­vest in qual­ity pieces that last. How­ever, the ma­jor­ity of the smaller pieces in our home to date are not ex­pen­sive at all and still cre­ate the same luxe feel we want. I think it’s all about get­ting cre­ative, and stay­ing true to your styleand theme.

What are your favourite scents at the mo­ment?I’m ob­sessed with can­dles! I light one ev­erysin­gle morn­ing and usu­ally it’s the Lu­mira ‘Tonic of Gin’ or ‘Tuscan Fig’ (de­pend­ing on howI’m feel­ing). How­ever, I also have Dip­tyque andJo Malone Lon­don can­dles float­ing about.yhg

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