Looking at her bright, mid-century inspired style, it seems that childhood trips to Palm Springs have made quite the impression on Melbourne-based artist and stylist Kate Jansen. “I would accompany my father to the US on business trips and was lucky enough to visit Palm Springs each time we went. It was then that my obsession began!” says Kate who grey up in the south of England but emigrated to Australia seven years ago with her Aussie husband. She now lives in a gorgeous Mornington Peninsula home that is a fabulous complement to her art; and today we’re lucky enough to take a tour.
Built in 1971, the home was a typical red brick number but that changed when Kate, Deon and their children Jazmin and Jake arrived! “When we moved in, I painted the whole house white, including the floorboards and the brickwork outside,” says Kate who also retiled the three bathrooms and kitchen and changed the window dressings and carpet before injecting her own colourful aesthetic.
“What sold this house to me was the high-pitched timber ceiling in the main living area – it’s definitely a talking point as you walk through the bright yellow front door! I also had two very large paper lantern pendant lights installed,” says Kate. The garden was transformed too with the installation of artificial grass, an outdoor shower and a plethora of palms and large tropical leaf plants.
With a graphic artistic style, it’s no surprise to hear that Kate originally trained as an illustrator before working in London for many years; the city where she has spent most of her life. Kate works with acrylic paint and her pieces typically include swimming pools, patio furniture and palm trees; all designed to create a holiday vibe.
“It’s fun, bold and colourful with a Palm Springs meets Miami feel and an Aussie sort of a twist. I use lots of pinks and always palm trees as I have an obsession with them! I get inspiration from all around – I live near the beach and I see the ocean every day too.”
Kate works from home inside a pink studio that was once the home’s garage before she had the roller door replaced with a window and French doors installed. Of her art, how does she view her current success? “I have held a paintbrush for as long as I can remember and I love to hear that my art makes people happy!”
Photography: Sally Goodall