When it comes to houses – sanctuary can be anything you want it to be. Helen and Amanda have loads in common - both have designed their own homes, both have a couple of kids, and both have created their houses as their perfect sanctuary. But the truth is that their houses are actually the perfect example of chalk and cheese. They couldn’t be more different from one another, and that’s because these two women have a very different notion of what sanctuary is.
Amanda Mahoney – The Minimalist
The most obvious feature of Amanda’s house is that it is white and clutter-free. It is light, bright and airy, like a breath of fresh air. This house is all about storage, there is lots of it and all of Amanda’s possessions live behind closed cupboard doors.
To get the look of Amanda’s clean crisp home, keep your walls white and your floors pale. A neutral palette creates a calm and serene atmosphere. Lock all your clutter away and choose the pieces you leave out very carefully. Mix luxury with value; and old with new. Comfy sofas and crisp quality linen are a must. For a small house cut your windows and doors high to give the illusion of space, and allow lots of natural light to flood the rooms. Choose quality finishings in the kitchen and bathrooms but most importantly remember to relax and enjoy the sanctuary you have created.
Amanda Mahoney is an interior stylist.
Helen & Mitchell English
Helen and Mitchell’s home is full of objects thanks to Mitchell’s bowerbird antics, his business, and his artworks. The feel is relaxed and beachy, uprecious and colourful. For their type of sanctuary, put the music, on get cooking and invite some friends over. To get the relaxed look of Helen and Mitchell’s home, you need to mix up; personal artworks are placed with found objects from the beach. Handmade ceramics and classic furniture create colour and texture set on a backdrop of white washed walls and floors. Timber shutters create that tropical look and allow the breeze to flow through in summer. The main interior is open planned and the living room is situated near the kitchen to maximize on party potential.
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