Sunday, 18 January 2015

Pure & simple

Crumpled linens. Greywashed floorboards. Buttery leather. The Avalon apartment Sasha and Nathan White call home is a complete retreat from the outside world  - and just the kind of place we’d love to return home to after a hot summer’s day. In fact, on the day of our shoot it took all our self-control not to run off with everything in their perfectly petite apartment – if they hadn’t been looking, we probably would have tried to prise their amazing floorboards from the floor.

Nathan, Sasha and their two daughters, Oak Louise and Selah Grace. Image via Mr & Mrs White Instagram.

The creative couple, who own bespoke furniture and textiles company Mr & Mrs White (no prize for guessing how they came up with the name) share a love for simple yet beautifully crafted design. It’s an approach that runs through their work and home – aside from a covetable grey couch from Bo Concept, all the apartment’s cabinetry and furniture was built by hand by Nathan, a boat builder turned carpenter, while the cushions and accessories are all graphic-designer-turned-textiles-queen Sasha’s own work.

Awash in soothing natural tones and textures, the space has a distinct Scandinavian vibe. Although it’s small, it’s definitely not suffocating – thanks to the gorgeous pale greys, whites and natural oak, it has a lightness and brightness to it that our photos don’t do justice!

“Because our home is quaint in size I try to keep the styling and decorating really clean,” says Sasha of the style-saturated sanctuary she’s created. “I prefer to let the furniture items speak for themselves – an oak chair with a leather cushion, a sheepskin thrown on the couch and a copper side table.” Scroll down to see for yourselves... 

The comfiest couch we ever did see.

 The simple yet stylish living area.

Living area details.

Those floorboards!

 Copper side table love.

Living area/entrance details.

Detail from Selah's room.

The living area (spot the goldfish bowl!).

The Whites have mastered stylish essentials, such as this amazing baby bassinet in their bedroom.

 Even  the entrance is divine.

Couch close-up, with Mr & Mrs White navy leather cushions and Icelandic sheepskin. 

If you, like us, want to pack your bags and move right in, you’re in luck: no, they’re not looking for housemates, but Sasha and Nathan sell their handcrafted wares here and at their Brookvale showroom. We have our eye on the navy leather cushions (navy leather! We’re in heaven) and silver-flecked cowhide cushions. And the copper side tables. And the oak dining table… 

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