Styling With Heather Nette King
Heather, tell us about your styling career.
I was an interiors obsessed PR and Marketing girl, and spent years working at Network Ten, and then in the beauty industry. When my family and I moved to Sydney over a decade ago I thought that as I was in the magazine capital of Australia I should back myself and give styling and writing a go. I worked for nothing, had a few very lucky breaks, and have been happily working for magazines and interiors clients ever since.
I’ve been the Melbourne Homes Editor on Sunday Life magazine for almost a decade. The privilege of going into people’s beautiful homes and interviewing them about how they live is something I’ll never take for granted.
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Professionally, I tend to fall in love with the style of whichever project I’m working on at the time – be it contemporary, mid-century, high-end, or vintage, etc. I think you need to do that in order to put passion into your work. At home, I love moody interiors – lots of strong colours, and mix of furniture from many (possibly too many) periods. And I love a lot of art and books in a home.
Tell us a bit about this project with Life Spaces Group.
This was a dream project from the start – getting a brief to fill an empty home could be daunting, but the Life Spaces Group collaboration with Auhaus Architects produced such a strong base to work from – the clever design and the beautiful mix of building materials, fixtures and fittings lead my choices for the furniture and accessories.
It’s in a beachside location, and could work equally well as a permanent home or a holiday house, but I tried to avoid many of the usual beachy interior clichés. Rather, I embellished the building’s existing monochrome and brass palette with some gentle greens and blues, as a nod to its beautiful surroundings.
What is your favourite space in the Courtyard House and why?
I’m utterly obsessed with the kitchen – the clever layout and great appliances speak for themselves – but oh the colour palette of black and brass! It’s striking, stunning, sexy… I could go on.