Editor-In-Chief of Belle and judge on Channel Nine’s Logie-winning The Block, Neale Whitaker kindly took time out of his hectic schedule to chat to us about his interior inspiration, decorating don’ts and Domayne winter must-haves.
How would you define the style aesthetic of your home?
I like to think it’s a slightly more glamorous version of shabby chic! It’s a very real home, full of shared memories and favourite things that my partner and I have collected over the years.
When it comes to decorating, what inspires you?
Travel, art, a sense of heritage and tradition and the amazing Australian climate and light. I also love clever combinations of colour, texture, period and mood.
What colour palette have you incorporated into your decor?
Our house has a very neutral colour palette throughout, with tones of warm orange, deep red and brilliant green.
What are your most treasured decorating items?
A vintage, hand-woven Moroccan carpet from the 1970s, and the painting of my partner and me with our two beloved Weimaraners by Sydney artists Gillie and Marc.
What would be your top three ‘don’ts’ when it comes to decorating?
1. Don’t slavishly follow a trend
2. Don’t try to match everything
3. Don’t over-style; remember that less is almost invariably more!
Neale’s Domayne winter must-haves: