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!