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'Design has always been in my blood'

Anyone who knows me has heard me tell the story of when I moved out of home for the first time. I was about to start studying at Sint Lukas School of Arts in Brussels and needed to furnish my new apartment.

My mother gave me money for the things I needed and I came home with a chair. A Philippe Starck chair. “Where are the rest of the things? Pots, pans, a bed?” my mum asked? That was the beginning of a life-long obsession with contemporary furniture and a multi year journey that has spanned two continents.

This illustrates just how important design has always been in my life. Statement pieces that define a time in one’s life, an event or a deeply held appreciation of style are equally important elements when designing functional living spaces that continue to inspire as they also remind us of who we are.

Our home has become something of a local landmark, The Big Red House on the Hill. With its oversized picture windows, sprawling lawns and tranquil outdoor rooms surround a stunning outdoor living zone where a pool and firepit compete for attention year-round.

A large collection of furniture and art are at home in grand spaces that absorb light as they gaze on the majesty of surrounding bushland and the twinkling lights of Port Phillip Bay from wrap-around balconies that are hidden from the busy road view.  A large open-plan living with plenty of work zones on both levels tucked away leaves plenty of clear space to reflect and enjoy pieces that signify special moments in Ruth’s life and those of the family.

Oh, and I still have the chair!

And I still love it.

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