Over the weekend I was very fortunate to interview artist, fabric designer and founder of ClothFabric, Julie Paterson. Observing Julies creative process in her leafy Blue Mountains studio was a real treat, and I can promise you there is a very exciting post and my first vlog on its way! To tide us all over until the editing is complete, I’m sharing some quick snaps that we took of Julie’s home that she shares with her partner Amanda.
Upon walking in the front door, it’s clear that Julie and Amanda take great pride in this home and love to express their creative, down to earth spirit in every nook and cranny. Venturing across a random assortment of cleverly styled and layered floor rugs, the eye is guided throughout the open plan living area. Retro furnishings and timber details house an assortment of curious personal collections.
An Australian map and globe hints at Julie and Amanda’s adventurous spirit. The couple are planning many upcoming trips in a prized new vintage caravan, which we had a lot of fun with trying to help reverse up the narrow driveway. If only I’d thought to get a picture of that…
Their kitchen is admirable for being such a great example of working modestly with what you have. The lack of storage which would normally be perceived as a flaw in kitchen design, has become an unapologetic and quirky feature piled high with literally everything but the kitchen sink. I for one, was curious and pleased to see what crockery, pots and pans belonged to this home. Note the cheeky use of rope pull handles on the drawers and cupboards.
Situated just off the main living area, the visual journey continues with an eclectic gathering of artworks adorning the bedroom walls. Hung in a french hang style on one side and a bit more higgledy-piggledy on the other, the room becomes an intimate gallery. The floor, walls and ceiling are painted a soft white which opens up the space and allows for their collections to be shown to full potential. Taking pride of place on the bed is one of Amanda’s rescued blankets, which she collects from second hand stores. Julie tells me with humour that Amanda has amassed quite an extensive collection which you will notice throughout the home.
Completing the picture is an iconic Australian rickety screen back door. What’s not to like about the local map painted by Julie on red fibro, complete with gum leaves all over the ground?