Enter Erika’s world and you’ll find it adorned with treasures that transcend mere possessions. Her home, a sanctuary of stories, holds a collection as diverse as the experiences that shaped her.

How long have you lived in your home and what do you love about it?
I have lived in my Collingwood apartment for 10 years, which is both hard to believe and also the reason why I love it: this place has witnessed so much. I’ve grown and shared so many memories and experiences within these literal four walls: as an open plan studio everything is on show.

 

What role does furniture play in your life?
For me furniture is another chance to tell a story: about what you care about, about your personal style, about your values, your preferences, your appreciation for design, craftsmanship and how things come together. And of course how things can make us feel.

 

What is your approach to decorating your space?

Go slowly, and with your gut. Don’t buy what everyone else is buying, or what Instagram tells you is cool. Go with what makes you feel inspired and happy.

 

Favourite coffee table book?

I have so, so many. If I look across to the Oblique Bookshelf which showcases the covers I care about, I can see Eames, McSweeneys, Be Here Now, The Copy Book, The Complete Poems of Christopher Robin, Pretty Iconic, Donald Judd Writings, and Dinner at the Long Table. Just to name a few.

Can you talk us through some of your favourite pieces in your home and where they came from?

It’s honestly the mix of things: I love that my bed is simply a mattress in the middle of the room. The rug was sent over by a friend from the markets in Istanbul. I have a 1980’s black velvet Tatlin Sofa by Edra, an architect’s desk gifted to me by my old housemate who was a photographer, several dining table chairs my father refurbished and reupholstered, and several beautiful artworks, including the main piece by Melbourne artist Doug Bennett. The dining table is an old monastery window – of which I broke the inset glass when I moved in: my Dad suggested using an old shower screen, which I thought was crazy, but it ended up doubling the size and works so well. There are several other pieces, mostly from Smith Street Bazaar, Nicholas & Alistair, and Castorina & Co, of which I loved spending most weekends when I first moved to Collingwood, dreaming of pieces I thought I would never own. I’ve really grown fond of the Brillo desk lamp and I also have so many things: which my friend lovingly calls useless junk: trinkets and things collected during my travels here and overseas.

 

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Old & new, European influence, grounded in stories.

Least favourite interiors trend?

Anything that reaches critical mass on Instagram, a stack of fashion coffee table books or colour coordinated bookshelves, houses with no personal ‘things’, and rose gold anything.

Best meal you’ve had in Melbourne?
Eeeeeeeee…Breakfast: Sun Hands in Carlton, Pub: Marquis of Lorne, Wine Bar: Napier Quarter or recently, Manze in North Melbourne, Fancy: Sunda or Enter via Laundry.

"I love this weird ceramic bowl made by a bricklayer called Bob from Fish Creek, that I had to go back for. Pointless stuff like that. Or perhaps the ‘Fluffhorse’ sculpture that I bought in Austin, Texas and had to take in ‘carry on’ around America for two months until I returned home.”

House or apartment?
Beach house. City apartment.

Online or IRL Shopping?

Find what you love IRL and continue to get it online.

New or Vintage?

Vintage. Find the stories.

Paper notes or digital?

Paper for personal. Digital for work.

Night or morning?

Morning routine. Night time spontaneity. If I had to choose, mornings.

Pattern or plain?

Plain. I think there’s so much beauty in simplicity. Less is more.

What’s the point of being you, if being you is nothing new? Also, let someone love you.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?