This Graphic Designer Styles Her Home Like Her Closet
Minimal, monochrome, and always understated.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 6:54 AM
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Bed Threads founder Genevieve Rosen-Biller takes us inside the homes of Australia’s top designers and creatives.
Talisa Sutton lives a blindingly visual life. The graphic designer and editor spends her days juggling creative work at Badlands, the branding studio and fashion website she cofounded with her husband, Rohan. Her pared-back style amalgamates Scandi-chic, French-girl effortlessness, and relaxed Australiana, which is coincidentally how we’d describe her home, too.
With aesthetic acumen like hers, it no surprise that her home is an oasis where whitewashed walls create a backdrop for Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs and linear drawings. Since leaving the hustle and bustle of city life for a family-friendly suburb, Talisa, Rohan, and 5-month-old daughter Lúa Rain have established roots in a new garden-floor apartment that’s soaked in golden sunlight. We couldn’t think of a better place to slow down a bit.
How does your creative side influence who you are?
I’m one of those people who finds it hard to switch off; my mind is always whirring away and coming up with new ideas. I feel very lucky I get to put some of those ideas into practice through our business. Both my husband and I love to keep challenging ourselves creatively, and I think this is definitely a big part of who we both are.
How did you know this was the space for you?
The ceilings and natural light were what initially drew me in. I knew I wanted something with an Art Deco character, and this apartment is very charming. It’s also northeast facing, which gives us the most beautiful light in the morning.
Did you do any renovations after moving in?
Almost every room had different floorboards due to the building being quite old, so that was the main thing we wanted to fix. We stripped them back and had them sanded and painted white to freshen the place up. We also painted all the walls and ceilings, removed the skirting boards, and put in all new light fittings. I would love to one day renovate the kitchen and bathroom.
Does your home reflect your personal style?
It’s a mixture of Scandinavian minimalism and relaxed, coastal style, which almost mirrors how I dress. I love simple and tailored items, but with relaxed denim and casual T-shirts in the mix. You’ll also find me in a sundress and loose linen pieces in the summer.
What was the thought process behind your decor choices?
I wanted our home to be a mixture of new and vintage pieces, with objects we have collected both locally and on our travels mixed through. It was important for us to feel like it reflected our style (we’re both minimalists at heart) without feeling too stark or gallery-like.
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