Many home owners find themselves dreaming of renovating after buying their first home, but since purchasing this Brunswick East property in 2017, artist Katie Eraser and partner Jay Longworth haven’t changed a thing!
The couple fell in love with the home’s period features (decorative ceilings that differ in every room, Victorian-era glass light fittings, leadlight windows, and ornate fireplaces), so they’ve made very few structural changes here, instead injecting their own personal style by filling the space with colourful artwork, distinctive furniture and collectibles.
Katie and Jay’s extensive art collection has been grouped by colour specifically for each room, forming a bold interior palette that evolves as you walk through the house. ‘Katie is a maximalist and loves colour, so we have left the walls white so that the artworks and brightly coloured furniture and ceramics can pop,’ Jay says.
Many of these paintings have been created by Katie herself in the home’s sunroom-turned-studio, including the portrait in the dining room of her and Jay. Most other works have been collected or traded from friends. ‘I love being around them and feel super inspired seeing them every day,’ says Katie. ‘They represent a collection of the community of people that we love and admire.’
Other key pieces adding to this home’s artful aesthetic are the rug designed by the Indigenous artist Gayle Napangardi Gibson, the rose velvet lounge, statement dark green Togo armchair, and Moroccan rug in the living room.
Like what you see? Katie’s exhibition The Imagined Attractions of Elsewhere opens tomorrow at Michael Reid Northern Beaches and runs until November 28. Head here for online purchases and details!