Australian Homes

Juliette Arent Squadrito & Matthew Squadrito

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 5th December 2012

The Sydney home of interior designer Juliette Arent and husband, designer Matthew Squadrito! Artwork from left – print by Robert Jacks, and ‘Araluen VII’ landscape by Guy Maestri, sculpture by Sydey artist Anna-Wili Highfield. Sofa is the Gervasoni Ghost sofa, Coupe lamp by Oluce. Photo – Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Medical Stainless steel tables sit side by side under the window in the loungeroom. Photo - Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Loungeroom details – sculpture by Sydey artist Anna-Wili Highfield. Brass candlesticks – a vintage find. Photo – Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Juliette Arent Squadrito is the most effortlessly stylish person I think I have ever laid eyes on. I am sure she will cringe to read this, but she really does epitomise summery Sydney chic – on any given day you’ll find Juliette donning some kind of cult-label printed pant, Chanel ballet flats, the perfect brimmed fedora framing her trademark blonde bubble curls, and an oversized French rattan shopping basket, overflowing with all manner of organic goodies. The magic is, despite looking paparazzi perfect at all times, Juliette always appears completely casual, as if she’s just ‘thrown together’ her look in a matter of seconds. Now that’s what I call stylish. It is seriously impressive and borderline infuriating. :)

I realise all this wardrobe related nonsense may seem superfluous, but in actual fact, Juliette’s innate, relaxed sense of style is central to this story, as it carries through seamlessly to the two bedroom apartment she shares with Husband Matthew Squarito in Bondi Beach.

As I am sure many of you will know, Juliette is one half of Arent&Pyke, the much respected interior design studio of which she is co-founder alongside business partner Sarah Jane Pyke. Juliette’s husband Matthew Squadrito, meanwhile, is Creative Director of Squad Ink design / branding studio.

Juliette and Matthew have been in their small but perfectly proportioned Bondi Beach apartment for just over 2.5 years. Though this apartment is a rental, of course being an interior designer, Juliette has still managed to improve the look and feel of her sun drenched Bondi pad by making a few strategic changes! ‘We gave up the larger bedroom to make way for a dining room – Matthew makes really yummy food and we love having friends over for dinner, so a this was a must. The smaller room is completely fine to sleep in!!’ Simple genius right there.

Favourite items for Juliette include the Kilim rugs – purchased in Istanbul, and the Gervasoni Ghost sofa from Anibou, purchased five years and 2 apartments ago! ‘the sofa is huge and I am truly shocked it has squeezed in and out of our last 2 apartments!!’ says Juliette. Other treasured possessions include artworks by Guy Maestri paintings and the late David Band. ‘The large Guy Maestri painting was purchased in the first year of starting Arent&Pyke, and it always reminds me of that incredibly exciting time’ explains Julitte. ‘It is a truly joyous painting that I look at at admire every day’.

But what Juliette and Matthew treasure most since moving here is the amazing location, just a stone’s throw from iconic Bondi Beach. ‘I used to groan disapprovingly when people would say that ‘once you move to Bondi Beach, you never want to leave’. But it is absolutely true!’ says Juliette. ‘I am sand/saltwater kind of girl, and even though I’m not able to get down to the beach as much as I’d like… being in the locale and knowing that the ocean is only moments away has a calming effect. It does get busy in summer, but difficult parking is a small price to pay for living in an area that feels like you’re always on holiday!’

MASSIVE thankyou to Juliette for sharing her gorgeous apartment with us today! I MUST mention that Arent&Pyke have just launched their own seriously excellent blog! Entitled the ‘In/Out Design Blog‘, here you will find such a dense and pin-able range of inspiring interior imagery and coverage of local design happenings… it is well worth a visit – immediate bookmark material!

Armchair (found on the side of the road!) reconditioned and reupholstered in Juliette’s FAVOURITE fabric by EDIT. Large painting by Guy Maestri, small artwork by Louise Tuckwell. Vintage lamp in corner, Noguchi side table by Vitra. Photo - Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Large painting by Guy Maestri. Photo – Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Wider view of loungeroom. Artwork from left – ‘Tomorrow Morning’ (study) by David Band, yellow print by Robert Jacks, and ‘Araluen VII’ landscape by Guy Maestri, sculpture by Sydey artist Anna-Wili Highfield. Sofa is the Gervasoni Ghost sofa, Coupe lamp by Oluce. Photo – Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

‘Tomorrow Morning’ (study) by David Band. Photo – Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining room – Artwork, ‘Black Hill’ by Tim Summerton. Kilim purchased in Istanbul, lamp by Artemide. Photo – Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Hallway looking to dining room beyond. Photo - Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Loungeroom details. Photo – Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Loungeroom details – stunning picture perfect peonies (For Juliette’s birthday!) sit in a Dinosaur Designs vase. Jonathan Adler bowl. Photo – Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Bedroom! Work above bed by artist Katherine Green, vintage lamp, The Society bedlinen. Photo – Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 5th December 2012

27 comments

  • Jessamy 2 years ago

    Lots of great pieces mixed well.

  • Hayley 2 years ago

    Awesome place! I love that each piece is allowed to bask in it’s own glory. Not too over styled or crowded. A question – does anyone know the name of the pot plant in the lounge room? I want one!!

  • Miranda 2 years ago

    Ohhh Juliette, stunning – ofcourse!!! Was praying there’d be a little sneak peak of your wardrobe!! ;)
    Well done Lucy! And ‘Hayley’ the plant is the super ‘Fiddle Leaf Fig’ !

  • Gaz 2 years ago

    Hello! Ficus lyrata or fiddle leaf fig is the indoor plant featured. I have one growing indoors, they are beautiful trees, need indirect sunlight :-). Love the colourful paintings and patterns throughout this home!!

  • Lovely art & AWESOME armchair!

  • gemma 2 years ago

    beautiful!!

  • Kath W 2 years ago

    Beautiful Guy Maestri landscape.

  • Karen 2 years ago

    What an effortlessly charming pad!! Juliette – you must share where you found that concrete planter! I am in the midst of hunting one down for my fiddle leaf who is sadly residing in her original plastic pot.. x

  • ekougi 2 years ago

    Having lived in a one bedroom in Bondi I now see what I should have done with the place. Very inspirational.

  • Mel 2 years ago

    I love the side table/seats in the first pic….where would one find something like this?

  • Melissa 2 years ago

    Gorgeous – artwork is stunning :)

  • Diana 2 years ago

    SO beautiful and so reflective of their style! A great example of how to make your rental apartment your own.

  • Katherine 2 years ago

    I wonder did Juliette mention where in Istanbul she got that fabulous rug in the dining room? I’d love to buy something similar on my trip to Istanbul.

  • Caro 2 years ago

    This is a lovely, calm home. Things have room to be. Beautiful!

  • Marga 2 years ago

    Fresh and colorful I really like this space.

  • Vera 2 years ago

    beautiful. so light and fresh.
    Question – does anyone know where I can find that woven rug they have in the lounge room?
    I’m after something simple and natural looking like that for my dining room.

  • Sarah 2 years ago

    Hi Vera – I’ve seen something similar at Ikea. I love the look of it myself but found that it was too hard underfoot. Ended up finding a shag style rug which looks TERRIBLE but is so cosy!!

  • Hayley 2 years ago

    Thanks Miranda and Gaz, off to the nursery I go!! : )

  • Vera 2 years ago

    Thanks Sarah!!
    I’ll have a look but if that’s the case I’m back to looking for something neutral and woollen, kinder to the feet :)

  • Mary Anne P 2 years ago

    Love seeing how Juliette’s living space has evolved! I loved her other apartment too! The paintings are beautiful and add lots of interest and colour! I do have to agree with you Lucy – Juliette always looks stylish but in a cool and funky way! Thanks for the feature! x

  • The Hometrotter 2 years ago

    Awesome interior ! I love the modern artworks, the colourful armchair, and the sidetables in the bedroom !

  • Katrina 2 years ago

    lovely, simple and classical :-)

  • Marmalade 2 years ago

    Very clever use of the space, so many wonderful pieces and great use of colour and design but still not the remotest bit cluttered. I loooove that couch and the artwork, divine.

  • Lee 2 years ago

    Beautiful simplicity with a touch a pop. Love it…. especially the Tolomeo Mega floor lamp by Artemide… but I’m biased ;)

  • Amberly 2 years ago

    In awe. Beautiful. I love the mix of styles, I never knew what the next photo would hold!

  • Dannielle 12 months ago

    Highly revealing, look forwards to visiting again.

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