We recently had the pleasure of entertaining fashion and lifestyle influencer Jess Dempsey of WhatWouldKarlDo.com fame in our Fitzroy showroom.
Renowned for her edgy style and musings on motherhood, Jess is mid-reno herself and was happy to spend a few hours choosing some of her fave pieces to share – including suggestions for those hard-to-buy for bods on your Chrissy list – as well as answering our questions on her style, her space and creating her happy place…
How would you describe your interior style?
My interior style has evolved over the last few years. I used to be obsessed with all things Hamptons, but as I’ve been choosing pieces for my Edwardian home my style has become more ‘contemporary with a heritage twist’.
Which is your favourite space in your home, and why?
I love my study! It has a gorgeous Edwardian ceiling rose and leadlight windows. During our reno we’ll divide it into two zones – one will be an old-school library with dark timbers, my desk will sit in the middle, and the other side will be a practical, symmetrical homework hub for the kids.
Are you currently renovating – or re-decorating?
We’re right in the thick of renovating and extending our home and I’m super excited to see our dream home finally come to life. I’m also secretly over the moon to be getting my own bathroom so I won’t have to share with all the boys in my household anymore!
How often do you like to re-decorate/change accessories etc?
I love interiors as much as I love fashion and I’m a firm believer in refreshing interiors often – whenever you want a seasonal mini-makeover. I find I update the living room the most because it’s the space where we spend the most time, so it’s the first to look a little tired. I couldn’t take my hands off the Jazz Lamb Fur Cushions when I visited the showroom, they’re the most beautiful scatter cushions I’ve seen in ages…and they’re super soft too.
Where do you get your inspiration for interiors ideas?
I get my interiors inspo from Instagram, as well as from real homes for sale as I spend ages browsing The Weekly Review, Domain magazine and realestate.com to see what other people are doing. Whenever homes pop up for sale in my area, I take a sneak peek to see how they’ve renovated and styled their spaces.
What’s the best furniture/homewares purchase you’ve ever made, and why?
A fantastic sofa is always a great investment. We bought a corner sofa years ago and everyone loves it, although we all fight over the coveted corner spot. When we move in after the reno is done we’ll try to keep it, or maybe give it a new home in the upstairs kids’ retreat.
What do you like about Matt Blatt?
Whenever I walk into a Matt Blatt showroom, I find myself just standing still trying to decide where to start because there are so many eclectic pieces to take in. I love the fact you can always find something unique at Matt Blatt and that there’s a range of price points which means everyone can find something fab to inject personality into their personal space.
It’s pretty much impossible to wander into Matt Blatt without coming out with either a new investment furniture piece, a new fave designer or a bunch of accessories to spruce up any space.
Which is your favourite Matt Blatt product?
I fell instantly in love with the Sophie Velvet Sofa. I’d love to put it in my new office. I also adored a heap of cute accessories such as bookends or gold animals which I’ll pop in the kids’ rooms, in unexpected spots around the house or in Christmas stockings for friends, family and school teachers!
Check out Jess’ fave picks from her Fitzroy shopping trip…
Sophie Velvet 3-Seater Sofa
Pink, plush, retro, curvy and with a touch of glam gold, this velvet sofa is sublime – the perfect statement piece for any space
Queenie Velvet Chair
The design of this dining chair is super simple which makes the bold blue velvet upholstery pop – an easy way to transform a table into a talking point
Bone Inlay Chests
Where to start with Matt Blatt’s bone inlay range? The patterns are striking, the craftsmanship is traditional, the geometric and floral designs are divine, and the roomy drawers are super practical. What’s not to love?
I love the vintage vibe of these bookends, and the fact they tap into the Australiana trend – what a great Chrissy gift
Jinks Height Adjustable Balance Stool
I can’t decide whether to put one of these cute balance stools in my office, or in the kids’ playroom – or both. The more the merrier, right?
There are so many quirky animal accessories in my local Matt Blatt store it was tough to choose…I might just have to snag a few to pop under the tree for friends, family (and me) this Christmas
Vintage style prints
The retro vibe of these fashion and travel posters is bang on-trend, and the colour palettes are perfect for Summer
Soma Desk Lamp
Simple and streamlined, this lamp will make a fab feature on the desk in my new study. After all, they say every room needs a bit of black…
Jazz Lamb Fur Cushion
‘It’s hard to find great sofa cushions and this one’s pretty in pink, super soft and the ideal size. A great gift, but not sure I want to part with it…’
Boyd Kids’ Pig Chair
Made from hardy plastic, this kids’ chair is curvy, comfy and cute to boot. Too good not to share, it’ll be a firm favourite in my kids’ upstairs retreat’
Gemma the 8ft Giraffe
Where else would you mind a giant giraffe in-store? I’ve learnt to expect the unexpected when I visit Matt Blatt – it’s one of the reasons I keep coming back!