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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

A sneak preview of the living room

My fears about the stripy rugs were unfounded. They are something I would have never chosen myself, but look great. Andrew summed it up saying, they add an element of playfulness and levity. The room has gone from somber and hardly used, to bright, inviting and we have been sitting here lounging, reading, talking, relaxing, listening to music, eating and playing with Jasper all weekend.

It isn’t quite finished. I still need to install the lights, hang art work and find some small tables . . . but, I absolutely love it.

I’ll post a source list soon. A big thanks to Diane Bergeron for helping me tie the various elements of my room together.

Living with books

My infatuation with the iPad has not decreased my devotion to books. Quite on the contrary, I am often surprised when I encounter a book-free home. Maybe that’s because one of my favourite occupations is to browse people’s bookshelves. It tells you so much about someone, as does their absence. Yet, stylish and functional living with books can be a challenge. Here are some wonderful examples of how this is done well.

Ceiling high bookshelves in the dining room of Diane Bergeron's warehouse home in Melbourne

Books are mixed with other objects in these shelves

The striking green curtain creates a dramatic effect

A colour coded library for the aesthete

A comfortable place to read is an essential part of a home library

Pierre Yovanovitch's modern and bright living room with library, Paris

Here the dining room table becomes a workspace and the books a conversation piece

Karl Lagerfeld in his stunning library

Image credits: Diane Bergeron, Living Inc via desiretodecorate, via iappreciatethat, chotda via flickr, bellevivir via splendidwillow, Pierre Yovanovitch via bellevivir, Karl Lagerfeld’s library via TheDBFiles