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Mt Lawley | Latin beat
Ambassador de Buenos Aires owner
Greg Baker opens up about his home
Your favourite feature of the apartme nt?
I’m really prou d of the EcoS ma rt fireplace.
I was distraught when I moved into an apartment
an d thought, “I can’t have a fi replace! ” When
I found out this one runs on bioethanol and
doesn’t need a chimney or flue, I was chuffed.
I’m not the only one that loves it either; everyone
gravitates to it.
How did you save on your re novations? Using
Dad, because he was free. What we saved o n the
co nstruction wo rk an d labo ur we spent on finishes.
Renovation advice? Save early o n i n the pro ject.
You’ll have to decide on things like tiles and
benchtops early but on ce the hou se is do ne, it
blends into the backgro un d. If you’ve saved you
can buy a really beautiful piece of furniture. I tell
clients that interiors are like a stage; you need a
supporting cast and a star. Not everyone can be
a star, but if you have a good supporting cast –
fo r example, simple but quality white tiles – the
fu rn iture can be the star. Save some of that ‘star’
budget for the end and buy a feature armchair or a
beautiful lamp – a piece yo u will really cherish an d
people will notice.
Your favourite design eras? Ea rly French art deco .
Art deco eventually became art for the masses but,
co mpared to what we u se today, the early things
were made from the most beautiful and unusual
materials – like shark skin cabinets. I also love
Danish modernist pieces.
STOCKISTS Amba ss ador de Buenos Aires (08) 9328 4683,
ambassadordesign.com.au Caroma 1300 227 662, caroma.com.
au EcoSmart Fire (02) 9997 3050, ecosmartfire.com IKEA Perth
(08) 9201 4532, ikea.com Zepel Fabrics (dressing room curtains)
1800 651 510, zepelfabric s .co m .au Timber Traders (08) 9418 3222,
in his bedroom. “When I worked as an
artist in London I used to visit the Victoria
and Albert Museum just to sit and paint
her. Then, four years ago, I visited a little
second-hand store in Beaufort Street and
saw a replica of the bust, made into a lamp.
I had to rescue her.”
The bedroom has been partially opened
up to the living area so the EcoSmart
fireplace can be enjoyed from both rooms.
A mirrored wall reflects light, while a
stretched canvas image of the SS France
creates a bedhead, flan ked by nickel-based
lamps from the Ambassador range. “When
I choose things for the store, I ask, ‘Would
I have it in my own home?’” Greg says.
“Everything I choose, regardless of era, is
a piece of good design. A perfect example
is the chunky chrome and Italian leather
chair in the lounge, influenced by the work
of Italian industrial designer Joe Colombo.”
Greg has turned the second bedroom
into a dressing room with the addition
of a curtain-covered clothes rail. In the
bathroom, shadow lines, white wall tiling
and a timber veneer vanity create a restful
feel. The old laundry was turned into a more
functional walk-through laundry-cum-
scullery with sleek white cabinetry. The
kitchen sees a box-shaped island bench,
built by Greg and clad in eco timber veneer,
around which guests gravitate. “Recently
the guys all came round for a beer and we
had a pizza production line set up here,”
Greg says. “It worked really well. It’s a real
entertaining kitchen and perfect for the
layout of a small apartment – I can have a
party and hide all the mess in the scullery.”
It is Greg’s boldness that has certainly
paid dividends in his unique new abode. “I
think living beautiful textures and natural
materials speak for themselves – wood,
leather, hide. If you keep your colours in a
simple theme, you can mix things up and
it can work. Be brave – many people are
overly worried and go the safe option.”
The bedroom features Greg’s prized bust of Isabelled’Aragon. The
mirrored wall from IKEA reflects light, while an image of the SS France
creates a BEDHEAD, flan ked by nickel-bas ed LAMPS from Ambassador.
“I think living beautiful textures and natural
materials speak for themselves – wood, leather,
hide. If you keep your colours in a simple theme,
you can mix things up and it can work”
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