Photos + Words: Xiaohan Shen
We’ve profiled Georgia’s career as a stylist and her involvement with The Girls and Boys Brigade of Surry Hills. When Nadia and I went to interview Georgia at her place, I fell in love with it so much, I asked if I could go again to photograph her house. There’s something incredibly warm about her place, the mismatch furniture, the record player gently tinkling, the half painted blue sun room, it was homely, gentle and eclectic, like Georgia.
Georgia bought her house in Marrickville after she settled back in Sydney, she’s slowly renovating the house herself, fixing it bit by bit, she’s not doing anything major, the house doesn’t need it anyway. What I love most about Georgia’s house are all the things she’s collected over the years, definitely not things you can just hire an interior decorator to buy, let alone from any one shop. For example, the American flag in the entrance hallway, Georgia picked it up in Miami for $1 for a styling job, then never parted ways with it, even though it’s a odd fit. That’s just the thing though, all the odd bits add up to so much personality and charm. Another great item in the house is a painting by indigenous artist, Daniel Boyd, who’s represented by Roslyn Oxley. The vibrant couch in the sun room is a bit of an eye catcher, the fabric is by Romance Was Born, Georgia bought the fabric off the designers and had the couch covered. All the beautiful vases of hydrangeas dotted around the house all come from the garden.
Georgia’s house is a comfortable oasis, the kind that leaves enough room for creativity to flow and breath.
Don’t forget to take a look at Georgia’s favourite local Marrickville spots at the bottom of the post!
Georgia’s favourite local spots
Breakfast spot: Black Star Bakery
Lunch spot: Runcible Spoon
Dinner spot: Old Thanh Huong
Coffee: Golden Cobra headquarters (coffee on the house when you buy a bag) or Alchemy Coffee (they don’t sell food just coffee)
Bar: Young Henry’s Newtown and Hartsyard Bar
Grocer: Banana Joe’s Foodworks (the best grocery ever!)
Butcher: Urban Food Market
Bottle shop: Camperdown Cellars
Florist: The Flower Room
Book store: Berkelouw Books and cafe
Clothing store: Salvo’s (on Princes Highway, it’s great for vintage finds!), Pretty Dog and Pigeon Ground Records and CLothing
Homeware store: Mitre 10 or Bunnings Alexandria