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in storage. "Every now and then, we bring
pieces out and rotate them," she says.
One constant, however, is the sweeping
view across the Swan River and city
skyline from the open-plan living area.
Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows lead
onto a marble-tiled balcony with glass
balustrades that maximise the view. Inside,
light bounces off glossy wooden floorboards
and red Persian rugs -- eight in total. Why
so many? "More is more as far as I'm
concerned," the owner laughs.
Cinnamon-coloured settees and bold
striped sofas in textiles from Warwick
Fabrics add to the rich, textured look. Toning
down the opulence are organic forms in
natural materials. One of the most inventive
sculptures is a swan made from discarded
palm leaves on the dining table. "It is an
absolute feat of the imagination," says the
owner. "I never would have read into the
discarded palm frond this sort of exquisite
shape." Also scattered through the living
area are works by esteemed Australian
ceramicist Pippin Drysdale. "She has a lovely
eye for colour," says the owner.
In the master bedroom, soft, latte-
coloured walls and charcoal-coloured carpet
create a more intimate atmosphere. Works
include paintings by two-time Archibald
prize winner Bryan Westwood and
illustrious artists Ray Crooke, Arthur Boyd
and Charles Blackman.
However, the owner's most cherished
piece is an oil painting by Douglas Watson,
one of the youngest official war artists of
the Second World War. Set in a thick, gilded
frame, the portrait of a forlorn-looking
woman dates to a period after the artist
returned from duty.
"I just adore this lady," says the owner.
"I call her my 'belle Watson' because she is
"I adore this lady. I call her my 'belle Watson' because she's so reflective
and melancholic... completely removed from her environment."
The main bedroom is a heady mix of Chinese style and Australian art. To the right, an opening leads into an ensuite and walk-in robe.
Artworks are by two-time Archibald Prize-winner Bryan Westwood (hanging on either side of the bed), along with Ray Crooke,
Arthur Boyd and Charles Blackman. BELOW Chinese-inspired pieces on the bedside cabinet.
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