Australian Homes

Dominique Brammah and Ashley Ryan

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 20th August 2014


The Sydney apartment of interior designer Dominique Brammah and her partner Ashley Ryan.  Joe sofa from MCM House, Edit silk cushion in Harlequin, old sewing storage box from Mitchell Road Antiques and ‘Bondi’ photographs by Luisa Brimble. Blanket is from Bemboka. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Loungeroom details.  Two Parker Armchairs picked up on GumTree and upholstered in Ikea striped black and white fabric.  Artwork from left – Jen Tyers ‘Tropical Garden 4’ from Edwina Corlette Gallery (Dominique’s latest acquisition!), and ‘Big Coral’ by Rachel Castle. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.


Looking from living room through to tiny dining room / kitchen.  The most amazing creation is Dominique’s sweet marble dining table – the base is a second hand find from Vinnies, with a custom cut carrara marble table top which Dominique got from Granite & Marble Works, Thonet No. 31 Fureau chairs, Marigold rug from Armadillo & Co., Fornasetti plate, candelabra in foreground from Mitchell Road Antiques. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Dining table details.  Tom Dixon Eclectic sugar brass bowl and teapot from dedece, copper cocktail shaker from Crate & Barrel (a recent purchase made in NYC), leaves and the most amazing poppies from Poho. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Dominique at home – wearing a gorgeous pair of borrowed Oscar de la Renta earrings – Oooh la la! Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

Today’s colourful space belongs to interior designer Dominique Brammah and her partner Ashley Ryan, who is studying physiotherapy.  Dominique and Ashley rent their sweet two bedroom apartment in Bondi, Sydney, and have been here only since March this year.  Despite having moved in less than 6 months ago, as is evident in these pics, Dominique already has the place looking ship shape! Bright and cheerful, the decor perfectly complements Dominique’s sunny temperament – she is the sweetest lass, and was such delightful company during our shoot!

Day to day, Dominique works at respected Sydney design firm Arent and Pyke, and though she doesn’t have quite the same budget as some of her amazing clients, she’s has pulled together the prettiest space with the perfect balance of investment pieces and second hand finds.  Amongst salvaged treasures from op shops and Mitchell Road Antiques, Dominique’s most impressive bargain is her dining table for two!  Constructed from a black steel table base picked up at St Vinnies, and a piece of carrara marble cut to size by a stonemason, it’s the perfect treatment for this tiny dining room.

Prior to moving here, Dominique had been living with friends in a big, beautiful share house just around the corner.  When she and Ash decided to move out together, they found themselves on a somewhat depressing hunt for a decent and affordable apartment in Bondi!  ‘Boy did we see some doozies’ recalls Dominique, recounting the long list of ‘dark, sad, underground, tiny, stuffy’ apartments they viewed before scoring this one!  ‘Although our place does have its quirks, it is bright, with lots of natural light, white walls and timber floorboards’ says Dominique, who was willing to compromise on some things, but not on natural light.  The location was also a major drawcard – ‘it’s well located, in the crap part of Bondi – not the romantic part where everyone is good looking and the beach is just a hop skip and a green smoothie away from your doorstep!’ Dominique says!  Before signing the lease, she had already measured up the space and drawn up a furniture plan to work out what she needed to buy and where everything was going to go.  Now that’s why an interior designer makes an excellent partner / housemate!

Before moving in, Dominique also exploited a few of her interior design trade connections, and bought her very first ‘grown up’ piece of furniture – the beautiful Joe sofa from MCM House.  She is also the biggest advocate for investing in Australian art, having saved her pennies to acquire much loved artworks over the years by local painters including Jen Tyers, Rachel Castle and Laura Jones.  ‘My Rachel Castle is a pretty special piece’ says Dominique. ‘It was purchased from Rachel’s first painting show at Koskela in 2012, and shortly after I started work at A&P. I begged the lovely chap at Koskela to let me pay it off in instalments and God love him, he must have known how much I wanted it and said yes. It really represents the enlightenment I felt at the time having found my dream job (vomit, but it’s true)’.

Amongst other precious treasures are the photographs over the sofa, taken by Dominique’s dear friend, Sydney photographer Luisa Brimble. ‘She traded these for some dollars towards her recently launched Alphabet Family Journal‘ recalls Dominique, who then gifted them to Ashley for their first anniversary. ‘The one of Bondi, for me, is about our first summer together. I love that big sky’ says Dominique.

When asked to describe her personal aesthetic, Dominique is thoughtful. ‘This is actually something we are asked about at work a lot – the idea of personal style’ she says. ‘People struggle to trust their gut instinct and say a lot things like “but how will I know if it will work? Will it go? etc”. But I have this general idea that if you love something passionately, if you have to have it, then it will work with everything else you already own and will own down the track’ she explains. ‘I don’t like the stuffery and the toffery of interior decoration. I like clean palettes, fresh tones, and the joy of patterns and prints. It is easy to really go for it in interior design. It is much harder practising restraint!’

To learn a little more about delightful Dominique, check out some of the projects she works on at amazing Arent&Pyke, and she also co-edits Arent&Pyke’s excellent In Out Blog (well worth a look!), and when she’s not FLAT OUT with all of that, she has a bit of a freelance floral habit which you can check out over here!  What a clever cookie.



 Dominique and Ashley’s living room. Custom designed bronze mirror coffee table made byEddie form Adam Stanfield Cabinetmaking. Parker armchairs from Gumtree with Ikea striped upholstery, custom Arent&Pyke cushions of Etro linen. Tripod lamp from Temperature Design. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.


Living room details.  Artwork – ‘Small Mixed Arrangement’ by Laura Jones. Chest is a tool box handmade by Dominique’s grandfather (inside it are the most perfectly made tiny little drawers). Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.


Dominique in her study / second bedroom.  Rug from Armadillo & Co., Tolomeo lamp pinched from Arent&Pyke, 3 little nesting timber boxes Dominique bought in Madrid and carted around Europe, Gorman ceramics and Hay folder.  Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.


Bedroom.  Rug from Armadillo & Co., ‘Place Temple (large)’ painting by Paul Connor, lamps from Ikea, bedlinen from Bemboka & Sheridan, bedside table – ‘By Lassen’ Frame boxes from Fred International. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Bedlinen is from Bemboka & Sheridan, bedside table – ‘By Lassen’ Frame boxes from Fred International. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Wardrobe inherited from Dominique’s boss, Juliette Arent, jars on top are from a junk shop, top by Aje. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 20th August 2014


  • Helen Edwards 2 years ago

    adore this home!

  • Paula 2 years ago

    How gorgeous! What thought and love has gone into this decorating! I too would have begged for installments on a Rachel Castle painting! Thank you for sharing.

  • Shireen 2 years ago

    What a fabulous home!! Such an inspiration x

  • Sarah 2 years ago

    So lovely and neatly put together. Totally agree the natural light is just necessary. thank you.

  • Mary Anne 2 years ago

    What a lovely fresh abode! Full of colour, personality and light! Beautiful touches here and there! xx

  • OWEN 2 years ago

    Would love to see the floor plan. cant beat timber and white walls

  • leah 2 years ago

    a beautiful home done by a beautiful girl and friend xx

  • Mieke 2 years ago

    I’d love to know where the woven lounge room rug came from!!
    Any ideas?

  • Littlekarstar 2 years ago

    Thanks for always putting up such gorgeous but real homes. Loving it particularly as we are in the middle of a Reno!

  • Rochelle 2 years ago

    Oh what a delightful home, perfection. What a talent Dominique is!

  • Mandy 2 years ago

    What a gorgeous, eclectic space, filled with so much treasure both precious and second hand. I love Dominique’s appreciation for original, Australian art too. I also had to mention the Arent&Pike creative blog is extraordinary: – what inspiration for a Wednesday! Thank you for sharing.

  • Thank you for sharing. Collecting pieces of artwork you love and a few good quality pieces will never go out of fashion and you will always be surrounded by beauty. I look forward to seeing more projects from Dominique.

  • Becca 2 years ago

    Mieke, i’m pretty sure that’s an ikea rug. We picked one up as a bargain – $89! And it’s rather large, too!

    Fab apartment! :)

  • Eddie 2 years ago

    Gorgeous, Colourful, Vibrant!
    Oh, and the apartment is nice too!

  • Sally 2 years ago

    Absolutely love everything about this place!
    The art work and textiles are all super beautiful!

  • Dominique 2 years ago

    Hello all and thank you for your gorgeous comments! Mieke, the rug in the living room is from Freedom (a winner and a bloody great price). Mandy, delighted to hear you love Arent&Pyke’s blog! And thank you to my 2 besties for your comments xxx

  • Ivy Brew 2 years ago

    ‘When I grow up I want a house like this!’ Ivy, 7

  • emily 2 years ago

    such gorgeous vignettes and bursts of color. lovely home.

  • nat 2 years ago

    Love this home tour Lucy, Dominque + Ashley – so much so we included it in our friday faves blogpost this week

  • Paula Norman 2 years ago

    Dominque – would love to know where your bed came from?

  • Julia 2 years ago

    I’d love to know where the bed came from too… it’s just what I’ve been looking for!

  • Dominique 2 years ago

    Hello Paula & Julia, our bed is from Freedom – it is called the Helsinki! And 7 year old Ivy, thank you little one! xx

  • Sarah 2 years ago

    Hi Dominique, did you restore and upholster the Parker chairs yourself or did you take them somewhere?

  • Rebecca 2 years ago

    Ooh, thanks for sharing. I do love seeing inside apartments (being an apartment-dweller myself).

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