The Sydney home of artist Felicia Aroney is Hamptons with a twist. Beautifully furnished, the walls are adorned with her own paintings and those of up and coming artists; while shelves and tables house photos and mementos. Stylish but homely, we had to take a peak inside her living room.
The two coffee tables act as the focal point of the living room; a practical place to rest a cup of tea, and also something to dress up. “They do have an important role in the room both functionally and atheistically,” says Felicia.
Bought from Lavender Hill Interiors (who she has partnered with on a series of fine art prints), Felicia stumbled upon the tables while on the hunt for some Hamptons-inspired pieces. “Incredibly, they have each been carved out of one piece of wood, so for me they are basically art. I love them because they are light enough to move around the house. I don’t like being restricted to one area. Depending on my mood or the light, my tables move with me.”
Placed on the coffee tables are a mix of sentimental items. Worry beads bought in Greece (“I honestly feel when I touch them I’m in the Mediterranean”); a pear ornament, part of a large collection; sterling silver shoes bought from a quaint little store in Sydney; and a cookbook written by Ralph Lauren’s wife Ricky, based on the gorgeous homes they have shared over the years.
When it comes to styling, Felicia recommends keeping things fresh and changing the aesthetic with your mood. “Treasure your coffee table as your own creative space. I don’t let my kids throw their things on there, it’s my sanctuary. Every week I change it up, I don’t necessarily buy new things, I just find little treasures around the house.”
Photography by Susan Papazian