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Influencer Maxine Wylde’s Playful Melbourne Apartment

Homes

So much has changed in the life of Melbourne content creator and influencer Maxine Wylde over the past three years. Since starting her fashion and style Instagram account in 2019, the 26-year-old has amassed 381,000 followers, with another 147,000 on TikTok, and she’s also bought her first home!

Maxine has spent countless hours sourcing distinctive furniture and decor for her new apartment, including many pieces made by up-and-coming local makers. Her colourful wardrobe is also proudly on display, serving as its own interior feature!

4th May, 2022

Inside Maxine’s dreamy apartment! Artwork by Anamarija Bacani, framing by Framing To A T. From left to right: Amphora Vase by Hattie Malloy x Nicole Lawrence. Twigge Messina by Marloe Marloe. Tile Vessel (Red) by Lucy Tolan. Kew Gardens Scented Candle by Aeyre Home. Jug and glasses from Fenton & Fenton. Ceci Head Vase in Blue with Gold X by Stefania Boemi from Fenton & Fenton. Daisy lamp from Qeebo. Curtains by DIY Blinds. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras

Maxine styled the home herself, drawing on her colourful personal style and university studies of interior design! Pink couch by Harbro Furniture. Blanket by Tekla, from Farfetch. Vintage lamp from CCSS furniture. Black vase on coffee table by Chlo Collective. Maxine wears Coral Nini Pant and Pink Long Holiday Shirt by Suku Home, Bralette by Dion Lee, Slippers by APPARIS. Curtains by DIY Blinds. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras

Vase from The Pot Project. Lumière Brass Oil Burner from Gingerfinch. Tavolo Morbido coffee table by Studio Mignone. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras

Credenza from Castorina & Co. Jug and glasses from Fenton & Fenton. Ceci Head Vase in Blue with Gold X by Stefania Boemi, from Fenton & Fenton. Daisy lamp from Qeebo. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras

Smooth Shelf/Console shelves by Nicole Lawrence. Pink plinth by Condo Objects. Ptolomeo bookshelf from Space Furniture. Alva (Bouclé) armchair by Sarah Ellison. Fluffy ottoman from CCSS furniture. Cushion by House of Hazar. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras

Pink couch by Harbro Furniture. Rug by Halcyon Lake. Credenza from Castorina & Co. Vintage lamp from Ccss furniture. Tavolo Morbido coffee table by Studio Mignone. Cushions and pot plant from The Pot Project. Curtains by DIY Blinds. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras

Maxine had the purple velvet dining chairs custom designed by Dowel Jones. The striking dining table is also a custom design by Chair Boi. Rug by Fenton & Fenton. Vase from The Pot Project. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras

 

The print on the wall is an old Bottega Veneta poster, framed by Framing To A T. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras

Bowl in Natural Poet’s Dream by Robert Gordon. Green and Pink Wave Border Plate, Pink Check Plates and White and Pink Scalloped Edge Placemat by In The Round House. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras

A look inside Maxine’s incredible closet! ‘I spend quite a bit of time in there planning and shooting outfits, I recently added the curtains which allows me to conceal all of the chaotic wardrobe contents and sit and think in there,’ she says. Wavy Rug by Pieces. Shoes by Tom Ford. Bag by Bottega Veneta. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras

The walls are lined with shelving for her extensive collection of shoes, bags, sunglasses and clothes. Curtains and wardrobe from Ikea. Emerald Green lamp/acrylic plinth by Studio Lixx. Mustard chair from Mood Objects. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras

The wardrobe takes up the whole second bedroom of Maxine’s apartment! Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras.

To say Maxine’s world is a wonderland of colour, would be an understatement! Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras

A quiet corner of her bedroom. Vintage blue Murano mushroom lamp from Curated Spaces. Pink Curvy Mirror by Gustaf Westman. Tall Console by P0LY Designs. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras

Artwork by Gel Bell. Bed head by Fenton & Fenton. Choc Quilt Cover Set by Suku Home. Wooden bedside table by TLD wood. Lamp by Misseu. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Editorial Styling – Annie Portelli. Assistant – Christina Karras

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 4th May 2022

‘I have taken the same approach I take when I build an outfit: start with my base colour, then match colours that either complement or contrast.’ 

The home of Maxine Wylde is a perfect reflection of her personal style: colourful, fashionable, and full of statement pieces!

The content creator and influencer is renowned for this distinct aesthetic, as shown on her Instagram and TikTok, where over 500,000 combined followers delight in her excitable energy and vibrant style. 

Maxine recently purchased this new apartment as a first home buyer, and has quickly transformed it into a colourful sanctuary. ‘I was really scared at the thought of moving out of home, but I thought it was the perfect time to inhabit my own space and create an environment that was just for me,’ she says. ‘I am a chaotic and creative person, and often love to have everything I’m working on laid out in front of me, so having my own private space to work has been amazing!’ 

Maxine has made no structural renovations to the apartment, but her personal style is clearly on show in the maximalist styling here, characterised by bold curving lines, plush seating, and coloured glass pieces. Her favourite items are the Chair Boi table designed based on a sketch she drew; the collection of artworks hung by Framing To A T; and the multi-coloured Pieces rug. ‘The Pieces rug in my wardrobe is one of the first pieces I bought for the space and it honestly makes me so happy every time I look at it!’ she enthuses! 

Naturally, Maxine’s love of fashion and colour has informed every aspect of her home interiors. ‘I have taken the same approach I take when I build an outfit: start with my base colour, then match colours that either complement or contrast,’ she explains. Other influences include mid-century modernism and vintage Italian furniture, which add to the overall eclectic and playful aesthetic.

Maxine also credits her distinctive style to her background studying interior design. ‘I think my love for interiors and general interest over the years has inspired me to look into custom furnishings, when I probably wouldn’t have thought to do that had I not had that interior background. I’m so glad I did, because I love my custom pieces so much!’

Maxine’s wardrobe is arguably its own feature of the interiors, where her many statement pieces sit proudly on display. For moments when a little more ‘zen’ is required, this space can be concealed via recently installed curtains. 

Whilst compact in size, this joyful, vibrant home punches well above its weight when it comes to personality. And, true to Maxine’s personal aesthetic, it’s the perfect mix of high-low styling, striking a careful balance between relatable likeability, and seriously glam credentials. 

Cute, colourful and brilliantly confident – this is Maxine’s world, we’re all just living in it!

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