We had a blast hosting the marvellous Melissa Tkautz, actress and Real Housewives of Sydney star, in our Balgowlah showroom this month. A Northern Beaches native and fan of eclectic style, we chatted all things interiors and asked her to pick her fave 10 pieces from our latest collections…
Describe your personal interior style…
I’d call my style ‘modern tribal’, which stems from a mix between my husband’s African heritage and culture, and the Sydney coastal lifestyle. I like to mix tribal accent pieces with a fairly neutral colour scheme of black, white, grey and dark timbers, but I’m not obsessed with sticking to a single style…I prefer each space to have its own personality and I think it’s fun to mix things up from season to season to avoid becoming bored.
Your favourite space at home?
Definitely the living zone because it’s where we spend most of our time together as a family. It’s a cosy, relaxed space and the place where most of our memories are made.
How often do you re-decorate?
Every couple of years I’ll make some major furniture changes – I like to invest in timeless pieces for big ticket items – and then I change cushions, rugs, plants and accessories more often depending on the styles in stores, the seasons…and what I fall in love with!
Your favourite furniture purchase?
At the moment I’m loving my new Indu Chevron Bone Inlay Chest of Drawers (see below). It’s such as statement piece, I love that it was hand-crafted using techniques which have been passed down from previous generations – and it looks fab with my modern tribal style.
Why Matt Blatt?
I love that it’s such a beautiful, vibrant space. Every showroom is packed with a range of different styles and the quirky accessories are so much fun – and great for an easy update or gorgeous gift. I feel like everyone can find something to suit their interior style at Matt Blatt – there’s so much here, how could you not?
Check out Melissa’s trending 10:
Indu Chevron Bone Inlay Chest of Drawers
“I’ve fallen in love with this piece, which is the ideal reflection of my modern tribal style”
Houston 3.5-seater Sofa
“The perfect piece for the living room – with space for the entire family in go-with-everything grey”
Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair – Replica
“An icon for a reason, it’s both retro and timeless and would fit into virtually any interior”
Boomer Table Lamp
“A fab find to inject a touch of glam to a bedroom or luxe living space”
Pia Bedside Table
“Fresh, feminine and hand-crafted – what more could a girl want?”
Sienna Queen Bed
“The only piece you need to transform your bedroom into an opulent boudoir”
Ulysses the Unicorn Seat
“I couldn’t resist indulging my inner child with this fun find. Life’s serious enough – furniture shouldn’t be!”
United Strangers Captain June 3-seater Sofa
Rhino Secret Bowl
“Everyone on my Chrissy list will be getting this quirky rhino bowl this year – it’s such a stylish spot to stash trinkets & treasures”
“How cute are these bold and bright hand-embroidered cushions? They scream summer to me and the playful pom-poms are a fun detail”