The Whole Kit and Ca­boo­dle

An in­te­rior stylist turns an open-plan loft into a cozy fam­ily retreat.

Flea Market Décor - - Contents - BY KAREN WILHELMSEN

Myr­iad pat­terns and col­ors give an open floor plan plenty of vis­ual in­ter­est in an in­te­rior de­signer’s unique space.

The mak­ing of this in­dus­tri­al­style fam­ily home was truly a fam­ily af­fair. In­hab­ited by in­te­rior stylist Kit Al­ida Bet­ti­son, this big farm shed was built by her hus­band and fa­ther, and dec­o­rated by her and her mother, Mar­garet; they are both in­te­rior de­sign­ers for the firm Al­ida and Miller.

Lo­cated in Ban­ga­low, Aus­tralia, the 2,300-square­foot space was built five years ago to have a “loft­type feel with a Bo­hemian twist,” Kit says. “Af­ter liv­ing in the thick of it in the mid­dle of Syd­ney, I just love so much that our home is on a farm. I never get over look­ing out the win­dow and see­ing the beau­ti­ful view. I love how homey our house is; I just feel that is us.”


With a back­ground in fash­ion styling and vin­tage clothes, Kit used to style sets and homes as a free­lance stylist—which is where her love of in­te­rior de­sign blos­somed. “Peo­ple started hir­ing me on that alone, so it was a re­ally nat­u­ral and or­ganic tran­si­tion for me into in­te­rior de­sign,” she says.

Be­cause peo­ple took an in­ter­est in Kit’s unique sense of style, she joined her mother’s in­te­rior de­sign firm Al­ida and Miller, and has spent the last five years craft­ing ex­cep­tional spa­ces full of col­or­ful boho flair. When asked what she loves most about Bo­hemian style, Kit says it’s the col­ors. “I just love color. It makes me so happy … and the per­fect im­per­fec­tions,” she says.


Kit says she fre­quents flea mar­kets most week­ends with her fam­ily, al­ways on the hunt for stage props and other quirky vin­tage scores. And while she doesn’t have a lot of fam­ily heir­looms, she does have some of her mother’s hand-me-down fur­ni­ture that she con­sid­ers very spe­cial and will never part with. “She has great taste and had couches and things re­cov­ered in amaz­ing ma­te­ri­als, so they are spe­cial to me,” Kit says.

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