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Kara Rosenlund is an Australian travel photographer, author, online and travelling shopkeeper as well as being an incredible interior stylist. Her charming timber Queenslander in Brisbane's Nundah is a reflection of her innate sense for adding heart and soul to homes. The world Kara has created in her original Brisbane workers cottage celebrates a sense of history and nostalgia while offering a new, contemporary way to live in an older style house. Above all Kara's home shows us how having a clear design and styling vision really can turn a home of humble proportions into a space worth celebrating. We are always in awe of Kara's distinctive aesthetic — at heart, she is a collector, and the spaces she decorates and inhabits always have a museum like quality to them. “don't be afraid to collect what you love” says Kara Rosenlund, “when you have your fingerprints on your rooms, they become so intimately yours and are filled with layers of stories about finding pieces and exciting travels” for proof of this lets take some inspiration from Kara's beautiful home itself.
This is a room for comfort, filled with bulging cushions and textured throws scattered about to make the space feel inviting and comfortable. All the lush textiles give a sense of opulence and the rooms original boards, all sanded back and painted white, create warmth. Kara favours natural fibres and textures for their primitive yet luxurious style. She is a big fan of hides used in throws and cushions throughout her home with abundance. All in gorgeous neutral tones of pale white through to buttery tan.
In the Kitchen Kara has utilised her signature neutral palette, layering collected ephemera and rustic details over soft white and grey tones. Collections of vintage breadboards, handcrafted ceramics and aged kitchen utensils are displayed en masse to great effect. An old rope pulley system can be seen hanging off the kitchen shelves in amongst the stacks of mismatched plates, bowls and collected kitchenalia all sought out from trips abroad, second hand stores and markets. “I find these objects so utilitarian in their design and materials — wood, porcelain, bone, ceramic, silver — yet so comforting and beautiful at the same time” she says.
The hallway is a central thoroughfare in this home, and is both well loved and well used! Objects tend to be styled at eye height so that all the little details can be taken in with ease during the rush of everyday life, whether it be sets of beads or sentimental photographs. A bench usually heaving with books offers Kara a great chance to play stylist and create awe inspiring vignettes with her photographs to greet her guests or welcome herself home.
Having always wanted a claw foot bath the chance to seek out a vintage cast iron one during the bathrooms renovation was a dream come true. The bathroom and its colour palette is very much inspired by Moroccan bath houses with clearly defined wet areas and the use of natural stone throughout. The stone creating a humbling and soothing tone in this room of rejuvenation.
The master bedroom is anchored by two architectural, paint and sculptural arched windows saved from a salvage yard and carted through every room of the house until finally resting as the piece de resistance in the bedroom! Again a room awash in a neutral palette drawn straight from nature itself. With quiet nods to Rosenlund's collecting passion.
The home is greatly connected with the outdoors, as is the predominant style of a Queenslander. With its big verandahs and richly furnished outside entertainment areas including a full dining table, antique chairs and a chest of draws this house really makes the most of these features. Low slung cane lounges provide many areas to enjoy the spoils of the Queensland climate. The outside spaces of this home are truly a continuation of the picture perfect indoors.