As editors, we usually prefer to stand behind the camera than in front of it. (Fact: Many of the MyDomaine Australia team are extremely camera shy!) While styling incredible spaces and directing shoots is all part of the day job, creating photo magic in our own homes is not so much. That said, this year we’re flipping the script. Starting today, we’ll be bringing you, our readers, what you’ve long been asking for—an unadulterated peek into the real-life homes of editors.
First off the rank is lifestyle editor Lauren Powell's airy Bondi Beach pad. Best described as feminine-meets-minimal, it features a mix of natural textures, pale woods, and lush greenery. And, just like its owner, is dressed in a chic monochromatic palette accented with ballet pink. We also sat down with Powell to quiz her on everything from her favorite piece of decor, to how she incorporates both low- and high-end brands for maximum styling impact. Keep scrolling for our Q&A.
MYDOMAINE AUSTRALIA: Where is the house located?
LP: It’s in Bondi Beach, just a couple of blocks back from the ocean.
MD: What do you love about the area?
LP: The thing I love most about living in Bondi is that it’s such an escape from the city. My office is in Sydney’s CBD, so it’s amazing to be able to retreat to a suburb that feels like a little beach town at the end of each day and on the weekends.
MD: How many years have you lived here?
LP: I’ve lived in the apartment for a year and a half—and hopefully many more to come!
MD: How would you describe the style of the home?
LP: I think it is best described as feminine-meets-minimal. I have primarily decorated with neutral-hued, natural textured furnishings with small hints of colour and brass details throughout.
MD: How many rooms does the apartment have?
LP: There are two bedrooms, a combined living and dining, and a small balcony—it’s compact to say the least!
MD: Do you have a favorite room in the house? And why?
LP: My favorite room would have to be the living-meets-dining area. Not only is it filled with all of my most-loved pieces of décor, but it is completely surrounded by nature—from palms to frangipani trees—which give the feeling of living somewhere completely tranquil and private. Coming from the country originally, it's something that means a lot to me.
My favorite items are the pieces of furniture my Dad has made for me—anything that reminds me of home is always welcome.
MD: What is your favorite piece of décor?
LP: Can I choose three?
1. Artwork: Last year, I did a shoot for MyDomaine with artists Vicki Lee and Ted O’Donnell (the creative geniuses behind Tovl) to celebrate their then-new collection, Night Rain. As soon as Vicki told me that my favorite work from the collection represented “that sudden and unexpected urge of love you feel inside for someone,” I knew instantly that I needed to own it.
2. Coffee table: My Dad is a carpenter by trade (and the handiest man I know) and ever since I can remember, he has made furniture for me—I remember vividly the orange and purple desk complete star-shaped drawer handles he made for me when I was in primary school. I put in a request a few months ago for a coffee table, and it’s exactly what I’d hope for, and more.
3. Cushion: The black-and-white cushion that lives on my couch is from the beautiful homewares store in my hometown of Narrandera called Juadine Interiors.
MD: What do you love most about this house?
LP: I love the location, I love that it feels completely like home, and I love that it feels like a nursery (I’m not sure I could fit another plant in!).