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Why this Auckland creative is fearless when it comes to her interior style

This Auckland creative is not afraid to mix things up with clashing of colours and texture. We get to know Sarah Kavali and find out what inspires her unique interior style

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Why this Auckland creative is fearless when it comes to her interior style

Sarah Kavali is inspired on a daily basis by her work as a creative director, which means her home is in a constant state of style evolution. I’m always shifting furniture around and moving objects – much to my husband Daniel’s delight!” she laughs. “I’m always recomposing rooms and spaces in my quest for visual harmony.”

Home for the couple is the iconic Mayfair building in Parnell, Auckland. Completed in 1929, it acts as a platform for Kavali to flex her creative ideas. “It has such character and flair,” she says of the two-bedroom apartment. “The high stud, curved ceilings, sash windows and timber architraves give it atmosphere. I love being able to mix heritage and history with modern décor.

“I’m attracted to items with a strong sense of personality and I like pairing these pieces in a way that’s a little bit offbeat. At the same time, I’m drawn to subtle symmetries and strong grounding pieces of furniture that provide the perfect playground for the little pieces that add the pops of ‘wow’.”

Kavali dares to be different by using spirited hues for eye-popping impact. “I’m not afraid to try something new for a few days, then rearrange it if it’s not working. Sometimes I really enjoy seeing a bit of a clash of colour and texture; something a little bit unexpected, but equally interesting and engaging.”

Creating a look that reflects her style both personally and professionally is important to her, as the apartment does double duty as her workspace and home. “I love working from here. I shift from the studio to the lounge, whether it’s the couch or the dining table, or perhaps pore over work laid out on the floor. I’m lucky enough to be in my dream job, where work doesn’t feel like work. It’s a lifestyle.”

Words by: Leanne Moore/Cave. Photography by: Helen Bankers.

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