The Whole Kit and Caboodle
An interior stylist turns an open-plan loft into a cozy family retreat.
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 FLYING COLORS
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.