Brighten up a white hallway with a pop of colour
A mix of old and new and a monochrome palette with pops of yellow 
define the Sydney home of stylist Amber Keller. Photography: Andy Lewis
Use natural light to your advantage
Amber says you don’t need to buy expensive flowers to decorate your home. Pick bunches of flowers or branches of green leaves from your garden. Photography: Andy Lewis
Amber Keller and family
Sydney stylist Amber Keller with her husband Matthew and daughters Amelie, 4, and Alessandra, 1. Photography: Andy Lewis

A stylist’s gorgeous home

Amber Keller is one of Australia’s leading food and interior stylist, so it’s no surprise that her beautiful home on Sydney’s lower North Shore shows off her strong sense of impeccable style. We just love her monochrome palette with bold splashes of yellows and blues! Amber invited us into her home and let us in on what inspires her.

Amber, can you tell us a little about your family and where you live?
I live in Greenwich, Sydney, with my husband Matthew and daughters Amelie, 4, and Alessandra, 1. The house we live in was built in the early 1940s. We liked it because it was unrenovated with a fabulous bay window in a quiet, leafy street. We were also drawn to the large block with its established garden and the garage had great appeal to me, providing me with somewhere to store all my props!

What changes have you made?
Since moving in four years ago, we have made only cosmetic changes to the 1970s renovation. Firstly we gave the house a coat of white paint and sanded and stained the floorboards. We then renovated the bathroom and kitchen. Our main goal was to retain hints of the forties style. We would also like to extend the kitchen and build
a second storey. It’s an ongoing project!

What is your decorating style?
My home is a mix of modern and vintage furniture. Family antiques and worldly boho-chic accessories are mingled with inexpensive things I have found at local markets, artwork collected on my travels and even my four-year-old’s drawings. I absolutely love using strong patterned prints on wallpaper throughout the house to create a bold statement. I also love to mix and match differentstyles and periods of furniture. I use white walls as a blank canvas adding colour and pattern through accessories, artwork and fabrics. I am currently mad about the colour yellow and have added splashes of it throughout the house. From lampshades to cushions, and even my front door. All of this can be easily changed with a coat of paint or replacing the covers or shades. An inexpensive and fun way to decorate your home without it being forever!

 

Inside Amber's home
These chairs were found on the street and re-covered with Florence Broadhurst fabric in ‘Aubrey’. Photography: Andy Lewis

 

Amber's bookshelf
Amber likes to arrange her books by colour for an interesting visual effect. Photography: Andy Lewis

 

Furniture pieces inside Amber's home
A 1930s French desk, a yellow chair and a vintage ceramic board add warm touches to her home. Photography: Andy Lewis
Amber's kitchen
Black bentwood chairs in the kitchen add a touch of French bistro. Photography: Andy Lewis
Bedroom
Florence Broadhurst wallpaper features in the master bedroom. Photography: Andy Lewis
Amber's bathroom
Amber’s daughter Amelie enjoys the Murobond ‘chalkboard’ paint in the kitchen.

 

Amber’s styling tips

  • I love using wallpaper but it is very expensive to decorate a whole room with it. Instead, choose one wall as a feature and just wallpaper that.
  • Try displaying a collection of ceramics using just a single colour palette.
  • You don’t need to buy expensive flowers to decorate your home. Pick bunches of flowers or branches of green leaves from your garden.
  • Create a wall of memories by hanging a collection of photos together. Use different sized frames randomly spaced.

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