A few weeks back I mentioned I got a new feature for xssat in the works, well, here it is, the first ever installment! xsstyle is a style profile of stylish people in their stylish homes, just like my street fashion hunts, I will aim to get a broad cross section of people and interiors for this feature.

For this first installment I’ve asked my good friends Grace and Hazim to let me into their cute cottage in Annadale, an up and coming suburb in Sydney’s inner west. Hazim is an art director by day and illustrator by night and Grace is an interior designer, so this really is the creative couple!

Hazim’s framed illustration and prints of Grace’s interior works

I started thinking about doing this feature quite a while ago, but approaching strangers on the street for photos is 1 thing, asking them to let me into their homes is another, so I’m starting with people I know. Hazim and I used to work for the same ad agency, he doesn’t talk much, he’s really most happy when given time and space to simply draw. When I met Grace I was amazed at how adorable the 2 were together and how much more Hazim comes out of his shell. The 2 lovelies tied the knot over a year ago, I attended and photographed the wedding. Grace’s outfit was stunning, the simple dress from Akira, the jeweled head wreath, the leather sandals, arh… that’s when you can tell the couple work in the creative industry.

xsstyle is more than fashion, it’s about how one’s style translates into clothes, interiors and one’s way of life. Style is life! Grace has always had a distinct style, I envy people with a distinct style. Going through Grace’s wardrobe I was really surprised at the small amount of clothes, every time we met up she was dressed great and I barely remember seeing repeat outfits. Grace firmly believes in quality over quantity, she invests in classic pieces that are versatile and will last, chatting with her really made me think about my shopping habits and I’m proud to say I haven’t bought any clothes for a whole 2 months! Quality, always think quality… woo uniqlo UK site ships to Australia…

A light lunch of cheese, ham, jams and fruits served on a George Jensen cheese board

Noodle, the couple’s cute cat

Grace and Hazim’s house really reflects their taste, simple good designs mixed with cutesy art and funky items. Everything worked together and at the same time it’s a livable space, it’s cozy, it’s not an art gallery because that’s the last place you would want your home to feel like. A photographer I met in New York told me he made his apartment as uncomfortable as he could, so he’d go out to take photos more often. Hmm… that’s a little extreme for me, I do like a cozy home and my creature comforts.

G+H also had a cool attic which contains Hazim’s study where he draws and creates til owl hours of the morning.

Awesome coffee table

Noodle’s bed stylishly perched on top of a Missoni cussion

Love those Marc by Marc Jacobs boots

And as always, the usual mini interview!

Grace
Occupation: Interior designer
Describe your style: Classic
Favourite fashion designers: Lover, United bamboo, Marc by Marc Jacobs (assercories & shoes only)
Favourite clothing stores: Blood orange, Via Alley and Incu.
Hazim
Occupation: Art Director
Describe your style: Jeans and t-shirts
Favourite fashion designers: APC, Vans
Favourite clothing stores: Incu, Via Alley, Somedays (Online – needsupply, blackbirdballard)

Did I mention Hazim’s a very talented illustrator? Please check out his folio here and H’s just done a series of limited edition fine art prints inspired by bands, animal collective, grizzly bear, dodos, modest mouse… yes… animal bands! Buy some prints here and feed the hungry zoo!

Now it’s time for me to curl up in the easy chair with a book and a cup of tea. Hope you’ve enjoyed the first installment of xsstyle, many more to come in the future.

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