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I.AM.GIA Founder Alana Pallister’s Byron Bay House

Interiors

Alana Pallister, founder of fashion label I.AM.GIA, was searching for a new home in Los Angeles when the pandemic hit in 2020. 

It wasn’t until returning to Byron Bay, where her family resides, that she serendipitously discovered what she was looking for—a light-filled, spacious home that backs onto a nature reserve, with the same Californian-feel she’d been seeking!

Alana spent the next two years managing her business remotely while working with stylist Kimberley Wiedermann, design consultant at Tigmi Trading, to style her home. 

Distinctive vintage pieces characterise the interiors, in keeping with Alana’s fashionable style.

12th December, 2022

Wabi barstools from Clo Studios. ‘Halcyon Days’ by Stuart Cantor print from Tigmi Trading. Emma Gale terracotta ceramics. Nick Morley ceramic. Travertine dumbbell from Addition Studios. Large shell bowl from Bodhi Living. Aged marble plate from Bodhi Living. Photo – Lynden Foss

Wabi barstools from Clo Studios. Emma Gale terracotta ceramics. Nick Morley ceramic. Travertine dumbbell from Addition Studios. Large shell bowl from Bodhi Living. Aged marble plate from Bodhi Living. Photo – Lynden Foss

Emma Gale terracotta ceramics. Nick Morley ceramic. Travertine dumbbell from Addition Studios. Aged marble plate from Bodhi Living. Photo – Lynden FossPhoto – Lynden Foss

Wabi barstools from Clo Studios. Emma Gale terracotta ceramics. Nick Morley ceramic. Travertine dumbbell from Addition Studios. Large shell bowl from Bodhi Living. Aged marble plate from Bodhi Living. Photo – Lynden Foss

Wabi barstools from Clo Studios. Large shell bowl from Bodhi Living. Aged marble plate from Bodhi Living. Photo – Lynden Foss

Paradis Oval dining table from En Gold. Franca dining chairs from Merci Maison. Wabi barstools from Clo Studios. ‘Halcyon Days’ by Stuart Cantor print from Tigmi Trading. Photo – Lynden Foss

Paradis Oval dining table from En Gold. Franca dining chairs from Merci Maison. 1860 Saint Mirror from MCM house. Half Half stone bowl from Addition Studio. Photo – Lynden Foss

De Sede DS-600 vintage sofa. Cappelen Dimyr No. 8 rug. Metafora coffee table in mix stone. Marco Santucci Geometric Plinth. Tigmi Travertine chess set. Dinosaur Designs vase from Bodhi Living. Vase and floral arrangements from The Flowerbar. Photo – Lynden Foss

White Totem ‘Norman Peter’ 2022 artwork by Arran Russell. Cappelen Dimyr No. 8 rug. Metafora coffee table in mix stone. Mario Bellini Le Bambole armchairs. Tigmi Travertine chess set. Dinosaur Designs vase from Bodhi Living. Vase and floral arrangements from The Flowerbar. Photo – Lynden Foss

Cappelen Dimyr No. 8 rug. Metafora coffee table in mix stone. Mario Bellini Le Bambole armchairs. Tigmi Travertine chess set.  Paradis Oval dining table from En Gold. Franca dining chairs from Merci Maison. Dinosaur Designs vase from Bodhi Living. Vase and floral arrangements from The Flowerbar. Photo – Lynden Foss

De Sede DS-600 vintage sofa.  Cappelen Dimyr No. 8 rug. Vivai del Sud vintage rattan mirror. Photo – Lynden Foss

Ettore Sottsass mirror. Photo – Lynden Foss

‘All Lives Matter’ artwork by MLAK. De Sede DS-1025 sofa. Maison Regain side console. Hein Meconopsis table lamp. Photo – Lynden Foss

Mano side table set in terracotta by Chaii Living. Raffia wall sconce large from Tigmi. Untitled 13 artwork by Daimon Downey from Tigmi. Photo – Lynden Foss

Custom shelving by Moku Collective. Clare Dubina artwork. Leo lamp from McMullin & Co. Nimes natural linen quilt covers from Linen House. Bonnie & Neil throw cushions. Photo – Lynden Foss

Photo – Lynden Foss

Baina towel from Tigmi. Photo – Lynden Foss

The guesthouse. Photo – Lynden Foss

COR Trio sofa from Tigmi. Vintage chrome armchairs. Artwork by Peace by Piece art. Photo – Lynden Foss

Vintage chrome armchairs. Artwork by Peace by Piece art. Photo – Lynden Foss

Raffia parasol pendant.  Daimon Downey print. Palma rattan side table from Bodhi Living. Arch Teak & Rattan wardrobe from Paradise Living. Photo – Lynden Foss

Baina towel from Tigmi. Photo – Lynden Foss

The California-style pool area! Photo – Lynden Foss

Amelia Barnes
Monday 12th December 2022

Alana Pallister calls the discovery of her Byron Bay home as ‘divine.’ She was originally looking for a space in Los Angeles, where her wildly popular fashion label I.AM.GIA is based, but the universe (mainly Covid) had other plans.

‘I wasn’t actively looking for a place here in Australia at the time, although my dream in LA was large light-filled windows and spacious living,’ says Alana. ‘I was online working at the time and the real estate ad on Domain popped up in my news feed. It was everything I had been looking for, so I reached out to the agent, and the rest is history.’

The property is incredibly private, located on a cul-de-sac and backing onto a significant nature reserve. ‘Being a nature lover and lover of animals, the national wildlife that sits in the trees out the back overlooking the home makes me feel as though I am off grid even though I am just 10 minutes from town,’ says Alana.

The home needed nothing structurally, just an overhaul of the styling to feel more in keeping with Alana’s fashionable taste, achieved with the help of stylist Kimberley Wiedermann, design consultant at Tigmi Trading.

Kim describes the vision; ‘Distinctive vintage pieces, mixed with contemporary, quirkiness, and just a tiny little sprinkle of Byron boho for good measure!’

The updated interior scheme is anchored by significant vintage pieces Alana has long admired, including a De Sede DS-600 and a De Sede DS-1025 sofa. ‘I am a sofa collector! I love how much an interesting sofa can transform a room,’ she says. 

Pops of colour have been introduced throughout, especially in the guest house featuring vintage orange chairs, modern art, and a pistachio COR Trio sofa.

Altogether the home feels relaxed and refined, without strictly adhering to the typical ‘Byron Bay aesthetic.’

‘The De Sede sofas provide comfort yet an elevated feel, as they are such iconic pieces, overlooking the NY loft-style windows which filter in the incredible light and views outdoors,’ says Kim.

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