Art

Miranda Skoczek

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 25th June 2014

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The St. Kilda apartment of Melbourne artist Miranda Skoczek.  Above – living room, with an eclectic collection of amazing pieces! Antique French candlesticks, African beaded crown, Aero Designs bookcase, Noguchi lamp, Polish icons, Andrew McKenzie perspex unit, and a healthy magazine collection! Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Photograph by Jacqui Stokdale, Fornasetti plate, Vintage Kosta Boda vase from Tarlo & Graham, and African beaded crown. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Miranda’s Living room.  Painting by Rhys Lee, sofa from Aero Designs, vintage concrete pot plant, pink Genevieve Levy cushion from Manon Bis, and other cushions from Scout House, blue rug from Loom, small rug is a vintage find, silk from India, Jielde lamp and Ercol love seat. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Victorian vase with a collection of Dinosaur Designs vessels and platter from Mud Australia, Balinese table, Panton chair in a limited edition colour, Moroccan cushion, and artwork on paper by Kirra Jamison. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Miranda Skoczek in her Melbourne home. Rhys Lee painting, Sofa from Aero Designs, vintage concrete pot plant, pink Genevieve Levy cushion from Manon Bis, and other cushions from Scout House. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

I CAN’T TELL YOU how long we have been hounding poor Miranda Skoczek about shooting her home.  I’m pretty sure it’s been a longer campaign than any other home we’ve ever chased!  A couple of months ago, our persistence eventually paid off, and we finally scheduled a time to shoot the beautiful art deco apartment Miranda shares with her son, Harper, in St. Kilda!

Miranda and Harper’s apartment is a rental, and they’ve been here just under two years.  The apartment block dates back to the 1930’s – which is evident in its generous proportions (they don’t build apartments like they used to!), and subtle details such as the ribbed glass internal doors, and original hardwood floorboards.  With two bedrooms, generous kitchen and living rooms but sadly no outdoor space, one of Miranda and Harper’s favourite things about this apartment is its proximity to the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, which is only a short walk away, and acts as their backyard.

Miranda is a character.  Her home, much like her artwork, is eclectic and colour  saturated, drawing on a myriad of cultural influences, from middle eastern textiles to modern Italian design, and everything inbetween.  ‘It’s really an interior testament to my love of combining stories and histories’ says Miranda. ‘Decades old rugs serve as platforms to sleek contemporary lines, contemporary Australian art hangs alongside antique folk art imagery. It’s an interior of opposites, old and new, expensive and inexpensive, a carnival of colour settled by key furniture pieces in white. It works because it’s never contrived or forced, every piece I own is because I love it, not because it’s fashion… although I do love fashion!’.

Since her early 20’s Miranda has developed a passion for collecting art and Modernist furniture.  ‘I place alot of importance on my home being my sanctuary, a space that inspires and nourishes me’ she says.  That said, Miranda can be quite an impulsive decorator!  When she sees something which speaks to her (see – giant gold urn in bedroom below!) she’s only too happy to forgo grocery shopping for a month in the interests of acquiring it!

Interestingly, only one of Miranda’s own paintings has found a home here, in her son Harper’s room.  However, the rest of the local art community is well represented!  Miranda’s fledgling art collection includes works by Rhys Lee, Kirra JamisonJacqui Stockdale and Leila Jeffreys, to name a few.  Amongst many treasured possessions, her Rhys Lee painting from 2004 is a firm favourite – ‘it was my 2nd significant art purchase, my first being another piece by Lee from 2000’ says Miranda. ‘Both I still look at today and am reminded how I suffered on Baked Beans for weeks in order to secure them!’

HUGE THANKS to Miranda (and Harper!) for sharing their gorgeous little pad with us today.  Finally!

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Miranda’s bedroom.  INSANELY incredible gold urn from Tarlo & Graham, Leila Jeffreys bird portrait, Moroccan wedding blanket from Gypsy River. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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View from hallway to Miranda’s son Harper’s room. Boucherite runner from Loom, and Afghani door hanging from Gypsy River. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Harper’s bedroom. Miranda Skoczek oil painting on linen. Iron bed from Scout House, Hay bedding, and Moroccan blanket from Paddo to Palmy. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.
TDF_Tennyson_St13649Harper’s bedroom. Ikea table and chair, and rug from Tabletonic. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Miranda’s tiny study nook at home.  Self portrait by Tom Dunn, mixed-media collage by Miranda Skoczek, Turkish ceramics and Aboriginal woven baskets. Various clippings and works in progress on the desk!  Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 25th June 2014

26 comments

  • Meg 2 years ago

    Beautiful lady, beautiful home

  • Suzanne 2 years ago

    Love, love, love this!! Such inspiring use of colour. I especially love Harper’s bedroom. Thanks so much for sharing xx

  • marianna 2 years ago

    I love all the rugs, just beautiful

  • laura 2 years ago

    Love this home so much!

  • Kylie 2 years ago

    So proud of this girl

  • Indra 2 years ago

    Loved seeing her home in a glossy home mag recently, but love seeing it from this whole different perspective even more! So much inspiration and colour!

  • Leah Bartholomew 2 years ago

    I have been waiting just as long for you to shoot it too! I love Miranda’s work and her home is as equally beautiful with all its interesting, unique pieces

  • Kirsty K 2 years ago

    This apartment is an absolute favourite of mine! The colour. The styling. Everything. Beautiful!!! <3

  • helen 2 years ago

    This house made me feel so happy!

  • Ali 2 years ago

    Love Miranda’s work and her beautiful spaces are just perfect! Thanks for the lovely story TDF!
    :)

  • Lisa 2 years ago

    Miranda your home is beautiful – no surprise there. A super talented, generous and gorgeous lady . Loved this post, impeccably put together by Lucy and her Team, great start to the day. xx

  • Barbara 2 years ago

    A home stuffed full of art & public gardens near by beets a McMansion any day. A gorgeous home indeed!

  • Miranda 2 years ago

    Perfect! Such a happy home, filled with art and colour – and GREAT to see some of Jacqui Stockdale’s beautiful work on The Design Files – more please!

  • Anastasia @ WFH 2 years ago

    Beautiful and sooo talented. Love the Wolf above kids bed. Gorgeous!

  • bec 2 years ago

    You are right when you say that – I lived in a 1920’s victorian house with embellished lights, stained glass and hard wood floors with a fireplace in each room. Now, a new white walled apartment. Its harder to add character with newer homes however thats where a master designer shines I guess.. Great post and congratulations on finally wearing her down! hehe. Bec – http://www.dancingthroughsunday.typepad.com

  • Sarah Sarna 2 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • Vic @ Cush & Nooks 2 years ago

    What a beautiful home, I love absolutely everything. Miranda is my no. 1 fave artist . Thanks for persevering Lucy :) x

  • Renee 2 years ago

    Lady Love x

  • Margie 2 years ago

    So lovely the way Miranda’s home echoes her work… Living in one of those paintings must be bliss!

  • Rachel kara 2 years ago

    Amazing everything! Especially amazing photos

  • Matt Cornell 2 years ago

    Well written piece and beautiful home. Thank you for sharing.

  • Monique Lovering 2 years ago

    Gorgeous mix of pieces, I particularly love the urn beside the bed!!!!! x

  • Ewa Skoczek 2 years ago

    Ewa Skoczek

    So very Proud of my girl! Thank you Lucy!

  • Mary 2 years ago

    Lovely. And we can feast on this home again over at Freunde Von Freunden today too.

  • SALLY SMITH 2 years ago

    love it ! and a great article Lucy !

  • Christina 2 years ago

    Hihi it is so funny about the “wolf” in Harpers room, somebody posted a comment about. I remember there was a discussion on IG when Miranda painted it and gave a sneak peek, somebody thought it was a whale, but it is in fact a RACOON!

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