Three Interiors Experts On The Easy Updates To Make To Your Home This Season

Quarters in need of a refresh? Our tastemakers share easy styling hacks – and their pick of new-season pieces – that will help elevate any space

By Elle McClure

Pictured: DINOSAUR DESIGNS Bowl and Vase; SMEG Blender and Coffee Machine; MARIMEKKO Mug; MAISON BALZAC Bowl. Katherine wears: CAMILLA & MARC dress; ALIAS MAE Heels; AJE Earrings.

Our homes are a constant source of joy and inspiration – and with our personal spaces doubling as movie theatres, conference centres, classrooms and wine bars lately, we’ve found a revitalised appreciation for the comforts they offer. With Spring upon us, there’s no better time to find some fresh inspiration, throw open your doors and let the light in. But where to start? We tapped three of the country’s foremost tastemakers for their expertise in elevating every corner of your home – from the kitchen to the bedroom.

THE SPACE: Kitchen
THE TASTEMAKER: Katherine Sabbath (pictured above)

A beloved baker and cookbook author, Sabbath’s cake creations are like edible works of art, so we knew her kitchen expertise would help inject even the most monotonous home-cooked meals with some panache. For Sabbath, the kitchen is her workspace, but it’s important that it remain a source of joy and creativity. “Styling my home allows me to create a relaxing and creatively enriching space for not only myself but the people I love,” she tells us.

KITCHENAID Appliances; LE CREUSET Mug and Espresso Mug.
Cookware from LE CREUSET.

If the kitchen is where the action happens at your place, you’ll need powerful appliances and happiness-inducing cookware at the ready. Sabbath’s golden rule is: “Invest in well-designed everyday appliances.” Those from Smeg, Le Creuset and KitchenAid fit the bill, and Smeg’s ‘Sicily is my love’ collection – designed by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (below) – is an especially fun addition to any kitchen.

“Invest in well-designed everyday appliances.”

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SMEG Appliances; IITTALA Glasses; VILLEROY & BOCH Bowls.

Of course if you’re not quite ready to commit to a statement appliance, you can easily mix in colourful and/or patterned decor. Maison Balzac, Marrimekko and Dinosaur Designs (also part of our Mindfully Made collection) should be your first stop – their punchy pieces will be the talking point next time you invite friends over (or even just sit down for a family meal). “Combining form and function in the kitchen means thinking practically, but having fun with interesting shapes and colours,” says Sabbath. Her dream kitchen? “Is stylish but easy to clean, with space to create the happiest of messes.” Bon appetit!

Styling tip: Don’t underestimate an everyday essential that can double as sculptural art, such as a beautiful kettle, fruit bowl, vase or kitchen mixer.

SMEG

SMF03DGAU Dolce & Gabbana Stand Mixer

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DINOSAUR DESIGNS

Large Pebble Vase in Shell Pink

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KITCHENAID

KFP0919 9-Cup Food Processor in Almond Cream

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MAISON BALZAC

Pomponette Bowl in White with Black Dots

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Pictured: TOM DIXON Candles; GEORG JENSEN Pot with Saucer; DINOSAUR DESIGNS Bowls; Various Books. Steve wears: POLITIX Jacket; NUDIE JEANS Jeans; PS By PAUL SMITH Shoes.

THE SPACE: Living and Dining
THE TASTEMAKER: Steve Cordony

One of Australia’s foremost interior stylists, we trusted Cordony to cast his well-honed eye over our new-season pieces, and help make the living room your favourite spot in the house. Often the heart of the home, the living and dining rooms are the place to both relax in comfort and enjoy the company of loved ones. It’s something Cordony holds especially true: “A space can be perfectly styled but if it doesn’t have soul it won’t feel complete,” he says.

LAGUIOLE BY JEAN DUBOST Cutlery
Set; IITTALA Tumblers and Bowl (with flowers); GORDON RAMSAY BY ROYAL DOULTON Plates and Bowl.
ROYAL DOULTON Plates, Mugs, Bowls and Serving Dishes; IITTALA Glasses; DAVID JONES COLLECTION Tablecloth and Cutlery Set.

When it comes to dining out(side) in these warmer months, Cordony is looking to dinnerware in soft, fresh hues. “Use contrasting pastels to create a playful and relaxed table setting, perfect for outdoor entertaining,” he suggests. On his wishlist? Royal Doulton plates, bowls and serveware, Iittala glasses, plus finishing touches from Laguiole by Jean Dubost and David Jones Collection (as seen above).

NACHTMANN Glasses; RALPH LAUREN HOME Bar Tools and Round Tray.

“Place chic barware or crystal glassware on a statement tray.”

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Of course, no home entertaining set-up would be complete without a well-stocked bar, and new-release glassware from Georg Jensen, Tom Dixon (both Exclusively Yours at David Jones), Nachtmann and Ralph Lauren Home will elevate even the most average of cocktail-making attempts. As Cordony says, “A bar is not only functional, it can be styled for a special moment, too.” His no-fail entertaining hack? “Simply place chic barware or crystal glassware on a statement tray.” Cheers to that!

Styling tip: Play with interesting shapes and patterned dinnerware to create a unique tablescape.

IITTALA

Kastehelmi Tumbler Set of 2 in Linen

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RALPH LAUREN HOME

Wyatt Round Tray

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THAMES AND HUDSON

Design Lives Here by Penny Craswell

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MAISON BALZAC

CouCou Glasses Set of 2 in Pink

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Pictured: COUNTRY ROAD Bedding (part of our Mindfully Made collection); GEORG JENSEN Bowl; IITTALA Vase. Hayley wears: JAC + JACK Dress; WITTNER Heels.

THE SPACE: Bedroom
THE TASTEMAKER: Hayley Bonham

Stylist, entrepreneur and now a hotelier, Bonham has recently been working on creating a luxury retreat tucked away in Queensland’s Noosa hinterland, which is set to open this year. So who better to help you craft an oasis in your own home?

HUGO BOSS Duvet Cover, Sheets and Pillowcases; GEORG JENSEN Pots and Saucers.
COTTON HOUSE Quilt Cover and Pillowcases; DINOSAUR DESIGNS Vase and Bowl.

“The bedroom is the sanctuary of the home,” says Bonham. Her approach to making it a place you want to spend time in, even as the weather outside warms up? “With the change of season, I love to transform the bedroom into a space that’s light, bright and airy.”

“When dressed in matching pillows and a beautiful throw, the bed always looks elegant.”

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Belgian linen bedding by SHERIDAN (also part of our Mindfully Made collection).

While the first thing that might come to mind for Spring is an all-white palette of linens, you can still get that same light and airy feel with on-trend tonal colours. “For summer, beautiful organic textures and natural, earthy colours feel fresh,” says Bonham. Whatever your approach (or colour palette), layers of decadent bedding and elegant finishing touches can help make the bedroom one of the most stylish rooms of the home.

Styling tip: Furniture at different heights helps draw the eye around the room.

SHERIDAN

Abbotson Queen Tailored Bedcover

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TOM DIXON

Bash Tray in Gold

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DYSON

HP04 Pure Hot + Cool Purifying Fan Heater in White/Silver

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COUNTRY ROAD

Cesa Medium Storage Basket

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Want to see more of Katherine, Steve and Hayley’s styling hacks and must-have items? Find them in the Spring issue of Jones Home.