3 May 2013
A stylist’s gorgeous home
Amber Keller is one of Australia’s leading food and interior stylist, so it’s no surprise that her beautiful home on Sydney’s lower North Shore shows off her strong sense of impeccable style. We just love her monochrome palette with bold splashes of yellows and blues! Amber invited us into her home and let us in on what inspires her.
Amber, can you tell us a little about your family and where you live?
I live in Greenwich, Sydney, with my husband Matthew and daughters Amelie, 4, and Alessandra, 1. The house we live in was built in the early 1940s. We liked it because it was unrenovated with a fabulous bay window in a quiet, leafy street. We were also drawn to the large block with its established garden and the garage had great appeal to me, providing me with somewhere to store all my props!
What changes have you made?
Since moving in four years ago, we have made only cosmetic changes to the 1970s renovation. Firstly we gave the house a coat of white paint and sanded and stained the floorboards. We then renovated the bathroom and kitchen. Our main goal was to retain hints of the forties style. We would also like to extend the kitchen and build
a second storey. It’s an ongoing project!
What is your decorating style?
My home is a mix of modern and vintage furniture. Family antiques and worldly boho-chic accessories are mingled with inexpensive things I have found at local markets, artwork collected on my travels and even my four-year-old’s drawings. I absolutely love using strong patterned prints on wallpaper throughout the house to create a bold statement. I also love to mix and match differentstyles and periods of furniture. I use white walls as a blank canvas adding colour and pattern through accessories, artwork and fabrics. I am currently mad about the colour yellow and have added splashes of it throughout the house. From lampshades to cushions, and even my front door. All of this can be easily changed with a coat of paint or replacing the covers or shades. An inexpensive and fun way to decorate your home without it being forever!
Amber’s styling tips
- I love using wallpaper but it is very expensive to decorate a whole room with it. Instead, choose one wall as a feature and just wallpaper that.
- Try displaying a collection of ceramics using just a single colour palette.
- You don’t need to buy expensive flowers to decorate your home. Pick bunches of flowers or branches of green leaves from your garden.
- Create a wall of memories by hanging a collection of photos together. Use different sized frames randomly spaced.