Sam and Xanthe's light-filled apartment sits above the family's seafood restaurant / photographs by Luisa Brimble / story by Nicole Thomas / featured in Spaces volume two by frankie magazine(available to purchase on the website with free postage Australia-wide)
In the midst of this moving house palaver, I've found myself flicking through magazines and seeking inspiration online. There's some beautiful houses out there and whilst I tend to bypass the brand new, I keep returning to the worn yet loved abodes of those who aren't afraid of a little chipped paint. There's a lot to be said for homes created with a good dose of foresight and imagination.
When the team at frankie magazine contacted me about promoting their new book spaces: volume two, I was more than happy to oblige. Whilst I tend to steer clear of interior magazines these days, I was impressed by the real homes chosen by the frankie team, not to mention the fact that quite a few families were featured; families who have decorated with verve and colour.
Sam and Xanthe's unique living quarters is just around the corner from me (I featured their restaurant in this post). A little excerpt of their story:
Sam and Xanthe haven’t only redone the restaurant, but have also worked their magic on the residence upstairs. Several yearsago, Sam’s sister had lived there with her baby, but it hadn’t been occupied since. About a month before they moved in, Sam had his birthday party in the restaurant and took all his friends upstairs for a look. “I remember them saying, ‘Wow, it’s a nice spot but it needs a lot of work!’”
Fixing things up is no big deal for Sam and Xanthe. “From being in TV, especially in the art department, your basic job is probably 80 per cent furniture removalist and 20 per cent creative,” says Sam. “You go in there and clear things out, set things up and make everything look spick and span pretty quickly.”
By consolidating their office into one spot, they had room for two bedrooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors open onto a spacious deck, and flood each room with light. Besides replacing the carpets and repainting, the only real challenge of moving in was reducing their “stuff” – an occupational hazard of working with props. They managed to ditch most of it, but have held onto some memorable remnants, including a giant mobile phone from one of their first shoots together. It now sits in their office.
In their bedroom, everything has its spot, including a floral crown Xanthe wore on her wedding day. The costume designer she was working with at the time had collected paper flowers from vintage stores, and the delicate piece she made now dangles from the mirror. Another favourite belonging is a framed piece above the bed that reads “Happy Happy Joy Joy”, in honour of their shared loved for Ren & Stimpy.
The second bedroom will be a nursery for Sam and Xanthe’s soon-to-be-born baby. The room also has its fair share of treasures, including Sam’s old white bassinet. “It’s in the exact same space as it was when I was a baby,” he says. “Mum and Dad brought me here after I was born. This whole building is home to me.”
frankie magazine is giving away two copies of Spaces volume two. To enter, simply tell me what you love most about the space you call home. The comments that resonate most will win. Open to Australian residents only. Winner announced in this post on Wednesday November 12th at 8pm.
Comments are closed. The winners are: pheasant - you got me with "home is easy on the senses" and Unknown/Emma - I'm so inspired by the community you have created. Email your postal address to jodiclairewilson @ yahoo.com.au and I'll make sure you get your book asap x