This Letterer’s Newtown Home is as Charming as Her Designs
Classic-meets-eclectic with a touch a quirk is how you could describe Kristy Reive’s Sydney abode. The talented stylist and letterer, who is also known as “Dandy Moon”, recently teamed up with Pottery Barn to bring her dream living room to life. The result? An interior space that is just as cool as her moniker.
Located in Sydney's inner western suburb of Newtown, which is known for its unrivalled music scene and endless strip of quirky boutiques, Reive’s home emulates the neighbourhood’s cool, eccentric vibes and is home to many of the items currently topping our wish-list. Scroll down to take a peek inside Reive’s enviable creative space.
MYDOMAINE: How would you describe your style?
KRISTY REIVE: My personal style is classic with a bit of quirk, and my interiors style is very much the same. I like to combine textural pieces such as faux fur, leather and embroidery with classic colours and shapes. I also like to display things I really love around the house like scarves in frames and vintage cameras in glass cloches.
MD: Has your style evolved over time?
KR: I feel like my style has evolved and simplified as I’ve grown older. I used to have every surface covered when I was younger, and thought the more accessories I had on display and the more things on the wall the better. Whereas now my walls are quite sparse with one or two feature artworks or some hats for interest. Everything else must also be really simple and clean.
MD: What’s your favourite item in your living area?
KR: It has to be the white faux fur stool—I just love anything textured, and it feels so soft on my feet!
MD: Apart from your living room, what’s your favourite room in your home?
KR: My bedroom—it’s such a nice space to relax and wind down. It also gets the best winter sun throughout the day so it’s the perfect place to read a book and chill out.
MD: Do you live with anyone? If yes, do you have similar tastes in interiors or do you have to compromise?
KR: I live with one of my really close girlfriends who I’ve known for 10 years. Luckily we have really similar tastes in interiors and our furniture and accessories work really well together. We both work in creative fields so the only compromise is putting up with each other’s projects taking over the living room for periods of time, but that’s a pretty good compromise!
MD: Do you like to decorate with plants?
KR: Well, now that I’ve learnt how to successfully keep plants alive indoors I love decorating with them. I live in an apartment so it's nice to bring the outdoors in. They add a sculptural focal point and calming element to any room.
MD: How do you prepare your home for the arrival of spring?
KR: I like to do a big spring clean, put all the blankets and the heater away and do a little re-arrange just to freshen things up. The positioning of the sun changes dramatically in our apartment seasonally, too, so I like to move the furniture placement around to capture the natural light.
MD: Do you feel most creative in a messy or tidy space?
KR: In a tidy space. I’m a little bit OCD, however my spaces usually start out tidy and end up messy.
MD: What time of the day are you most productive?
KR: I’m most creative in the mornings once I’ve gone for a walk and picked up a coffee, then I’m ready to create.
MD: How do you feel about mixing old with new?
KR: I love mixing the old with the new—it’s a great way to create a homely, lived-in feel. Plus, old things always tell a story, especially if it’s something random like a vintage fan found on the side of the road. They’re great conversation starters, too.
MD: Do you like to entertain at home?
KR: Sharing my space, food and wine with friends and creating a great entertaining atmosphere at home is one of my favourite things to do! I love setting the table—from napkins and place cards (anywhere I can add in calligraphy, I will) to fresh flowers and glassware. I’m all about the presentation of the table, and I usually leave the cooking to someone else. I also love to create music playlists, which I think is another important part of entertaining.
MD: Do you have a sentimental piece of furniture or decor in your home?
KR: I have one, but it’s actually at my dad’s house at the moment. It’s a really cute 1940s kids cash register and its baby blue. I love it because it still makes the bell sound when you open the money drawer even though it’s so old.
MD: What’s your interiors secret?
KR: Good lighting! Whether it's a statement pendant light or an elegant floor lamp, the right lighting can make all the difference to a space. Also, have touches of the things you love throughout your home and it will automatically be warm and personable.
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