Q&A with Kylie Hinds of Not Heidi
How would you describe your style?
A slightly eccentric, eclectic mash up of coastal, tribal, modern, vintage, gypsy and ethnic.
Who are you most influenced by when it comes to decorating your home?
Definitely my close friends. We all find ideas and share them and fall in love with them and fine tune them together….sometimes it’s hard to remember who even came up with the initial idea!
What is your favourite time of day in your home and where do you spend it?
We are really lucky that the house opens up to the north, so all day there is somewhere comfy to curl up in the sun. I move around all day so have about 5 favourite spots!
What are your favourite objects within your home?
I love all of our Indian mirrors and old doors. And my Indian cabinet from Lived In Coogee. It was too wide to fit behind my couch, and it was a bit sacrilegious, but I chopped it down with a chainsaw to fit in that space! I feel like it was always meant to be with me, even if it had to trim down!
What have you learned while designing and styling your home?
To sit on your plans for a while and allow yourself time to come up with ideas. Our plans got a lot better as the years went by than what we initially had planned for this house. I have learnt that space upwards is just as important as outwards. Get your ceiling heights as high as you can for each room and it can make all the difference to how spacious a room feels. Sometimes, bigger rooms are not necessarily better. We lost space in rooms by adding the courtyard, light wells and balconies in bedrooms, but all of those things add interest to the room itself. Styling wise, it is all trial and error and just have fun and don’t worry about matching things too much. A friend told me when I was about 20 that the only common theme you need to have when you buy something is that you love it. It will all come together on it’s own.
Finally, when people come to your house what is the thing that is most commented on? Is it the view or a piece of furniture, the backyard…?
It is not usually one thing. I think people are usually surprised in general that behind the modern exterior that is pretty plain, there is not an ultra modern interior. And then they usually start walking around to discover everything. I love that. It is exactly what I wanted.