When I visit the homes of my style-savvy friends, you’ll often hear me asking: “where’s that from?” “who’s that by?” and cheekily, “can I have it?!” However, often the answer is: “some obscure shop” “some very expensive designer” and a resounding, “no you can not!” And I’m left envious and empty-handed.
So, it is for that reason I am loving the idea behind Artist Open House Fremantle’s (AOHF) upcoming Styled House. Part of the second annual AOHF event, which sees private homes exhibit Australian artworks for the public to buy, the Styled House takes this notion one step further. Gutting, repainting and refurnishing an entire two-bedroom home, everything, and I mean everything, will be for sale!
A collaboration between AOHF and stylist Jo Carmichael, it will be the first time an exhibition like this is held in Western Australia and it is all about changing the way we shop. “AOHF is primarily an event to showcase art,” explains AOHF founder and director Cathrina Read. “But we also felt artisans and designers could benefit from having their work seen in-situ; in a real residential environment, just like the artworks. So, the idea for the Styled House was an easy extension of the idea behind AOHF — showing homewares and furniture in a different environment.”
With AOHF aiming to make art more affordable and accessible to the general public. The same principle has been applied to the homewares and furniture in the Styled House, with Perth stylist Jo, hoping to prove that quality furnishings go hand in hand with original art. “The Styled House showcases options for well-crafted furniture, bespoke homewares, original art and striking colour; and proves how beautifully they all work together,” says Cathrina. “All the pieces have been carefully selected by Jo because they are custom-made, bespoke pieces. Many of our brands are local and most of the works are handmade.”
Not set up like a shop (there won’t be shelves lined with stock or overt price tags), instead the Styled House will have a strong, homey feel. But don’t worry, shopping will still be made easy! “The paintings can be bought much like in the other homes, and once sold, a painting will have a red sticker placed on the wall label and the buyer can collect upon the show’s closure. The ceramics will have prices stickers underneath and can be bought direct (meaning you can take them home with you immediately). The artisan furnishings will be labeled more discreetly; some items will be cash and carry (like the linen and plant pouches) and some items will be order only (for example the bed).”
AOHF will take place over one weekend (13-t0-15 November), with all homes, including the Styled House open at the same time in South Fremantale, WA. The Styled House is located at 3/342 South Tce, South Fremantle (entry off Scott St).
Photography by Jody D’arcy | Styling by Jo Carmichael