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There is something quietly special about Leesa O’Reilly‘s teeny tiny St. Kilda apartment. It’s hard to pinpoint… but I think the closest description I can muster is that it kind of feels like an apartment in another country. Somewhere painfully cool and a little bohemian, like London or Paris or perhaps even Barcelona or something. I think it has to do with the tiny-ness, the artfully arranged creative clutter, the dinner parties one can imagine here with everyone perched on a different piece of furniture and plates balanced on their knees. You know?
PERHAPS the cool factor also has something to do with Leesa’s enviable creative career – she’s a prolific interiors and props stylist, having worked on publications including Vogue Living, Vogue Entertaining + Travel and Donna Hay magazine to name just a few. OF COURSE Leesa’s pad is full to the brim with beautiful artwork and home accessories – homewares and textiles from all her favourite local suppliers such as Megan Park and Third Drawer Down, plates and bowls that have graced the pages of many mags and cookbooks, and artwork by friends such as Marnie Gilder and David Band. ‘All of my ‘art’ is from or by friends – I’ve only just begun a collection of sorts’ says Leesa, ‘my first David Band screen print ‘Funny Valentine’ was being framed while these shots were taken – I can’t wait to pick it up!’.
One of Leesa’s favourite things about this gorgeous little apartment is being on the 1st floor, with huge windows that open wide – ‘I can look out at trees from every window – and I can sleep with them open in the summer!’ she says.
Leesa has been here for just 18 months but sadly, due to her ever-expanding prop hire and styling business, she’s already looking to move! Oh NO! She loves the St Kilda area though – ‘it’s a little haphazard’ she says ‘ not unlike myself!’. HA! I see no evidence of haphazardness Leesa!
Huge thank to Leesa for sharing her gorgeous home – another super inspiring rented space! If you love her home, chances are you’ll also love Leesa’s work – do pop over and check out her portfolio on the KHM website.