An Interior Soul

Meet Kirsten Bookallil, interior & event stylist and one of my closest friends. Her working titles include Vogue Living to Harper’s Bazaar, she traveled the globe and still finds time to gut & renovate houses in between (including mine) and with immaculate taste. Creativity runs in the family – often inspired by her super famous artist uncle William Kentridge!!!

“Living near the water is such a luxury. I swim everyday in summer & in winter it relaxes me just looking at the ocean.”

“A few books that I’m reading bedside & Hermes boxes. A present that gives twice – I love the colour.”

“I love the history & shape of the bamboo chair, originally from the Raffles hotel in Singapore.”

“I love Tom Ford’s packaging maybe more than the fragrance. The Marni necklace & Julia Leigh book (my best friend’s sister who wrote the perfect novel in ‘Disquiet’) both make me happy.”

I lived in South Africa until I was 12 & this is a mix of things I’ve collected from there & on travels to America, Asia & Europe. Tokens are a nice way to remember a place.”

“Flowers are an extravagance & a necessity.”

“There aren’t many pieces I lust after but I’d wanted this Fortuny lamp for years.”

“The cat’s had a go at eating the poor stuffed budgie & the kids pat it all the time but it’s the perfect pet. No mess.”

“I love this apartment because of its size & scale, period features, great light from lots of windows & Redleaf pool.”

“We drove to Canberra to pick up Monte our Burmese cat. The best trip we’ve ever made.”

Kirsten’s boyfriend Nik Howe took these shots, though not a traditional photographer we gave him a new occupation for the day!


  1. Posted August 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    kirsten is as fabulous and beautiful as she is stylish and kind xxx

  2. Mandy
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    One of the most stylish and gorgeous people I have had the privilege of meeting!! Xx

  3. Posted August 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Completely concur on your synopsis!

  4. Posted August 30, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Great picks about a beautiful and stylish girl

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