AE: Can you tell me a bit about yourself and how you ended up in interior styling and design?
JC: I have always been drawn to interiors, but my background is in product development and marketing. It wasn’t until my late 20s that I started considering interior design as a career. I began attending styling and design workshops and finally enrolled in a course at Design School, Melbourne.
AE: How did Lenvie Collective begin?
JC: While I was studying interior decoration, I assisted on brand photoshoots. I loved the process of styling for photography. The collaborative approach between client, photographer and stylist felt very familiar. I established a network within the industry and started taking on my own clients. The combination of studying design, plus hands on experience gave me the confidence to pursue styling as a career and launch Lenvie Collective.
AE: Lenvie Collective often features mid- to late- century references, where does this come from?
JC: I am drawn to the form and materials used in mid- to late-century design. Particularly from the 1970s. I find the craftsmanship and the history very special. I think spending time in other countries, particularly Europe and the UK, and seeing the way they incorporate mid-century into their interiors was very influential.
AE: In your opinion, what does art add to a home?
JC: For me, it makes a home. From your children’s drawings to pieces collected over the years, the art on your walls tell the story of who you are, and where you have been.
AE: What is your personal taste when it comes to art?
JC: It’s hard to pin down but I am often drawn to figurative pieces. I have Nunzio Miano, Henrik Godsk, Sidney Nolan and Tretchikoff pieces that fall into this category. I have some beautiful flea market finds of semi abstract landscapes by unknown artists from the 1970s.
AE: What design element could you not live without?
JC: It’s about finding that harmonious balance of materials, form, scale and colour. For instance, I am drawn to a warm palette but if this isn’t possible I will always offset a cooler palette with layers of highly textural furnishings. I try to incorporate a glossy surface somewhere in the mix. It’s all about balance.
AE: What is a good trick of the trade for our readers?
JC: It’s hard to go wrong if you draw from the palette of the art piece. I would stick to one colour from the piece and use that somewhere else within the room, like a cushion, sculpture, or rug. Vignettes are great for styling smaller scale pieces. You can make a lovely impact with a plinth, sculpture and a smaller art placement directly above.
Photo: Stephanie Rooney