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Welcome to La Boudoir Dada

“La Boudoir Dada” are the private rooms of the mesmerising Melwitz Folino. Like all interesting people, she cannot be easily categorised: she is an artist, illustrator, teacher and a muse in the truest sense of the word.

Her tiny studio/apartment’s physical location is a leafy part of inner city Melbourne and its temporal one is the beginning of the 21st century, but as soon as you open the door you are transported to another time and place. Each of the rooms of La Boudoir Dada (including the kitchen) is layered with Melwitz’s work: drawings, collage, model dresses, paintings, illustrations, as well as textiles, books and unique pieces of furniture such as the 19th century velvet covered card table originally owned by a brothel where the ladies of the night played cards between clients.

The Boudoir Dada is a feast for the eyes and pays tributes to the times and people who inspire Melwitz. Her own work references fashion designers, artists, writers and muses throughout the ages such as Giovanni Boldini, Kees van Dongen, Countess de Castiglioni, Dora Maar, Yves Saint Laurent, Madame Vionnet, Elsa Schiaparelli, Isabel Toledo, Jean Patou, Frida Kahlo and Anita Ekberg. Mel is the embodiment of what she passionately believes: that fashion is art and should not be relegated to mere function or be seen as frivolous. This is perhaps why she chose to call her apartment La Boudoir Dada, as the Dada movement was against the grand masculine pre-20th century tradition of art and celebrated the ephemera. Melwitz and her boudoir is a celebration of the senses, of beauty, of texture, of history and of ideas.

She is one of the most productive and engaging artists I know and the Boudoir Dada is so rich that I have divided the tour into two stunning posts: one the living/studio and kitchen area and the other the bedroom and bathroom.

So, Meine Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentlemen! Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to La Boudoir Dada.

Styling Melwtiz Folino; Photography Kate Challis (me) and Emilie Smith

Wooden Floors: The wonders of herringbone and chevron boards

When it comes to flooring nothing beats the look, feel and practicality of wood. I have always loved really old floorboards that are worn and full of character. Herringbone and chevron designs are particularly beautiful: elegant and simple. The pattern adds texture and creates visual interest. Here is a selection of both old and new versions of these lovely floorboards.

Dinder House in Somerset designed by Studio Ilse via Decoholic

via Pinterest

Nate Berkus and Brian Atwood’s Milan home Photographed by Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Wolfgang Behnken’s German home photographed for Elle Decor Italia via Peek of Perfection

Photograph by the Sisters Agency via Sanctuary 

B&B Italia via Door Sixteen

via Sanctuary

Nina Bergsten’s Swedish home photographed for Residence Magazine via Let Me Be Inspired

Photographed for  Marie Claire Maison via European Chic

via Room of Creativity

Caroline Delaudes Parisian home photographed for Interior Magasinet via The Style Files

via Pinterest

via NordbyDesign Studio

Sydney Home of Nellie Tilley

The Sydney home of interior designer Nellie Tilley is featured in the current edition of Australian Vogue Living (March/April 2012). It’s a glamorous renovation of a 1890s terrace house which is home to Nellie and her three sons, aged 9, 8 and 6. There are plenty of casual spaces for the family to relax and, at the same time for the boys to be boys. The coffee table, for example, is an old metal boiler table which not only looks great but is indestructible. I love that it is a true liveable home, filled with mirrors, chandeliers, art, antiques and bespoke furniture. Family homes these days so often lack soul and beauty and instead opt for practicality and function when, in fact, these can co-exist.

My favourite shot is, without a doubt, the dining room with its 19th century hand-painted table, diamond-buttoned lilac chairs, the Empire table in the corner, the huge antique-style mirror and 19th century Genovese chandelier.

via Vogue Living March/April 2012