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OK so my GIRL CRUSH on The Lowercase‘s Tessa Bautovich has now officially escalated into a HOUSE CRUSH. HOW seriously gorgeous is this home? Tres impressed. Of course it’s not just Tessa’s doing – her dashing and very talented designer hubbie Michael lives here too, and in fact it was he who painted the front door deep PINK! Just another shining example of creative teamwork at The Lowercase HQ!
The Lowercase team live and work from their light-filled Paddington terrace, mainly from opposite ends of their dining table, as pictured below! This hard working pair don’t even really stop work when you go around to photograph their house. They make entertaining chit chat from their desktops, inbetween talking to stockists on the phone, accepting couriers at the front door, and chasing their crazy cat off the kitchen bench. It’s all brilliantly inspiring and weirdly familiar to me (sans cat), and I have to say kind of reassuring to know that I’m not the only one trying to run some semblance of a ‘business’ from a messy dining table. (Actually, mine is much messier than theirs).
Tessa and Michael have lived in their cute 2 bedroom terrace house for just under 4 years, and somewhat depressingly, didn’t really need to do much at all when they moved in. (Groan). They did do a spot of painting – ‘a combination of Bramble, Heather Grey and the obligatory Antique White’ says Tessa. They also installed a couple of key statement pieces, such as the Nisse Strinning String cabinet system (available from Great Dane Furniture – could there be a more perfect shelving system for this space, seriously?) and the vintage ‘Engels’ sign. The fabulous pink painted front door and shutters are relatively recent additions – genius colour selection I must say, especially with the bluish-tinged exterior render of the house. Apart from these simple changes, Tessa and Michael have largely left their home untouched and uncluttered – an approach that works so effortlessly in this modest but bright, airy space.
I always ask people what they love most about their local neighbourhood, and Tessa’s response really made me smile. ‘Our local area seems to be creatively ‘contagious” she says! ‘We are luckily surrounded by a host of stylists, photographers and other creative agencies which is ideal for late-night brainstorming. ‘ What a sweet and very unique description of Paddington’s back streets. I’d never thought of it this way, but I guess surrounding yourself with likeminded creative people and businesses can only be a good thing for endless inspiration and motivation!
After a super busy time last year launching their brilliant little design studio and product range, Tessa and Michael have a lot more in store for 2011! For one thing, there’s a Bautovich bub on the way! Yippeee…! There will also be some gorgeous new Lowercase products launching in a couple of month’s time – do keep your eyes on The Lowercase website to keep up with their creative antics! You really need to keep you eye on these two. They’re seriously talented, outrageously good looking and ridiculously nice. Yep, the trifector. Watch this space!