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Scandinavian Wallpaper & Decor owner Ann-Louise shares her style secrets
How did you get into the wallpaper business? “When we bought the house and I
wanted wallpaper, I found some locally, but it wasn’t me. I couldn’t find anything
fresh, so I stopped my social work career and went into design. I sourced a company
in Sweden and said to them that I wanted to bring in their papers. They said: ‘Go for
it.’ There was no planning. I just started it.”
Favourite piece in your home? “The dining table is from Sweden and it belonged to
my best friend. We spent years sitting around it and having cups of coffee in her kitchen.
When I left she was so upset she gave me the table – she gave me our memories. So,
that is important – everything needs to have a history, and heritage is important.”
Why the muted palette? “Colours are muted – that is important. It is calm. Gentle.
I don’t use colour, if I did it would be burnt orange. Whitewashed walls with burnt
orange sofas – that’s what I like. Plus a few paintings with a little burnt orange in them.”
Next phase? “I love my oak pieces – and I know it is a current trend – but I am over
it. I want whitewash. And I have already spoken to a painter who will do it for me. I
really want to go back to whitewashing – everything!”
CONTACTS Scandinavian Wallpaper & Decor (08) 9387 1549, wallpaperdecor.com.au .
CLOCKWISE from below The white-painted bathroom is given an organic
edge thanks to an Emosa handtufted woollen mat, from Scandinavian Wallpaper
& Decor; this is Ann-Louise’s favourite spot in the home – outside in the garden
on her swing chair with a cup of tea (we love the use of white sand throughout
the garden, coupled with mauve and white flowers); Ann-Louise and George
on the verandah, where dinner guests love to mingle during summer.
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