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The Style File…with the Real Dads of Melbourne

We turned our Richmond showroom into a playroom when we hosted the unreal Real Dads of Melbourne, their stylish son Reid and darling Daschund Ernest on a recent shopping spree.

Known for breaking down stereotypes and doing so in serious style, Jarrad and Michael Duggan-Tierney have a passion for fashion – including interiors – so we had a chat to them about their style inspo and then asked them to pick their ‘top 10’ pieces from Matt Blatt. How much fun is that?

How would you describe your personal style?

Our personal style is definitely eclectic. We don’t subscribe to a single style – we love formal, luxe, colour and texture – the lot!

What space are you shopping for right now?

We recently moved house, and we’re having a ball as we have more rooms to furnish, which gives us more reasons to shop! We’ve already changed up the lighting, added fresh wall colours and replaced some of the fittings and fixtures. We love our new bedroom as it’s large enough to include a small sitting area which is something new for us, and while it’s still a work in progress, we’re having a lot of fun decking it out.

How often do you re-decorate?

We’re constantly re-decorating and changing accessories to suit the season, whether it’s cushions, wall prints, throw rugs or just quirky accessories to add personality. We move things around a lot, so the answer to this question would have to be ‘always’. Our home will never be ‘done’.

What’s the best furniture or homewares purchase you’ve ever made – and why?

It would have to be our antique drinks cabinet. While we’ve only had it for seven years, we’d love to know the story of its previous lives – we bet it’s seen a lot!

How long have you been coming to Matt Blatt?

We’ve been Matt Blatt fans since we furnished one of our first apartments in the early 2000s. We keep coming back because every time we visit there’s something fresh to fall in love with.

1. Replica Marcel Skygarden Luminaire

‘We’ve always loved this light, and having admired it for more than a decade, we’re over the moon to finally have it hanging above our kitchen table.’

2. Jaque Terrazzo Tables

‘We chose the coordinating coffee table and console table because both have their own unique pattern and composition, but they coordinate beautifully as a set – and they’re child-friendly!’

3. Divano Sofa Bed

‘We’re keen entertainers and hosts, so having an option for last-minute sleepovers which as stylish as it is comfy makes this one a no-brainer for us. It’s also the perfect pick when kids come for a sleepover.’

4. Chloe 3-Seater Sofa

‘This sofa screams luxe to us. It’s plush, a little bit posh and the colour of the velvet is just divine. A fab feature to take centre stage in any space.

5. United Strangers Armchairs

‘We love the vintage vibe of these United Strangers armchairs. They look a little lived in and you can tell they’ll only improve with age….’

6. Mara Velvet Lounge Chair

‘This was hands down one of Reid’s favourites when we visited Matt Blatt – the only problem was getting him up when it was time to go’

7. Golden Goanna

‘This was just one of the quirky, playful accessories we had fun with at Matt Blatt. They make great gifts and are an easy way to inject a bit of personality and an element of surprise into any space.’

8. United Strangers Brownsville Sofa with Chaise

‘This sofa is so roomy we could invite the whole neighbourhood. In the meantime, there’s plenty of room for the three of us…plus pooch of course.’

9. Bone inlay trinket boxes

“Matt Blatt’s bone inlay collection is just beautiful and these trinket boxes area an easy way to bring a bit back home and stash your bits and bobs in style. Reckon a few of our nearest and dearest might score these under the Chrissy tree. Wait and see!’

10. Marcella Velvet Sofa and Armchair

Our pampered pooch Ernest liked this range as much as we did. We love the luxe look of velvet and the jewel-toned colour range will instantly lift any living space.”

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