How does your own home define your individual style as an interior designer?
Kate Challis: Working on my own project was one of the most challenging and also rewarding projects I have done. The house has two primary functions neither one more important than the other. Firstly, the house was to act as a showroom, a place I could bring the clients to show them what can be achieved with some courage and boldness.
Equally important was the functional component: the house had to work with the ease as a family home for myself, my husband and our 10-year-old son. These two elements are really the heart of a great design: it is this seamless dance between aesthetics and functionality.
Gertrude Street draws upon the works of two preeminent Australian female artists, Margaret Preston (1875 – 1963) and Valerie Sparks (b. 1961) and their interest in native flora and fauna.