At home with Suzi Appel.

We’re At Home with photographer, Suzi Appel and her gorgeous Groodle, Dennis.

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We chat to Suzi Appel, freelance commercial photographer of Interiors, Lifestyle and Art.

 

Suzi’s images appear across various online and print publications in Melbourne and beyond.

 

Three words that best describe you?

Creative. Determined. Loyal.

 

What’s your ideal day?

  1. A morning beach walk, doing something creative whether it be a photography project or something at home. I do like being at home to re-energise. Then connecting with friends and/or family for a meal together.

What’s your favourite colour?

  1. It depends on the season. I do like autumnal colours but also colours of the ocean. I would say my colour palette is always more natural or muted. At the moment I would say blue. I have blue sheers in my bedroom so I guess that says something.

 

What is your most cherished possession?

  1. My coffee table that was my late Pa’s, a danish teak table.

Do you live in a house or apartment?

  1. A single level house.

 

What’s your favourite room and why?

  1. My bedroom even though it is quaint it is my space and it has north facing windows allowing the sun to filter in. During winter I will have an afternoon read or listen to a podcast in the sun here.

 

What are the 3 most important things that make your home feel like a home?

  1. A little bit of chaos, a dog inside with us, and a warm and inviting feeling to it.

What was your biggest splurge when designing your home?

  1. It’s been a work in progress with many changes over the years it is our first home after 19 years. We have done 3 renovations to this 1950’s weatherboard.I’d say the outside pool /spa area was our biggest splurge.

 

What lesson(s) did you learn when you designed your home?

  1. We have made mistakes along the way and I think one is allowing morning light for added warmth in colder months, such as highlight windows and skylights would have been good to add.

“I like to have things around me that represent my life – children’s art, photos, and things that have been handmade. Indoor plants to bring some of nature inside.”

— Suzi

What’s on your interiors wish list right now?

  1. A round or oval dining table, possibly Danish design or vintage.

 

What’s your interior style? Minimalist, over the top or somewhere in between? Colourful or neutral?

  1. I’d say I’m in-between. I like to have things around me that represent my life – children’s art, photos, and things that have been handmade, indoor plants to bring some of nature inside. I like colour but I would say a neutral palette and timber I always include.

 

When it comes to designing a home, what does your design process look like?

  1. I would research designs from the mid-century as they knew how to use light and open plan without being oversized in their rooms. I also like looking at small spaces for ideas as it’s well-considered. I like a modest feel to a home and so would look to that ideal. Using Pinterest is a way to bring looks together too.

What are your top 3 design/style tips for building or renovating a house?

  1. Have a budget. Do your research on the best people suited to you, to work with you. Be able to accept changes along the way.

 

You’re given a limited renovation budget; how would you spend it wisely to transform a home?

  1. Re-tiling bathrooms floors, and new kitchen benchtops.

 

What qualities do you look for when choosing materials, furniture and accessories in your designs?

 Longevity.

“The Curtains have created a softness we previously didn’t have to our living room, and the Shutters have enabled some privacy to our home office now we are here all the time in lockdown.”

— Suzi

Are you a Curtains, Blinds or Shutters person?

  1. Curtains! They soften a space and lets the breeze in making them move naturally.

 

What products did you choose from dollar curtains + blinds?

  1. Blockout Curtains in the living room, Sheers and Blockout in the bedroom, and Shutters in the home office/retreat.

 

How did our products transform your home?

  1. The Curtains have created a softness we previously didn’t have to our living room, and the Shutters have enabled some privacy to our home office now we are here all the time in lockdown.

Some people find it difficult to decide what to do with their windows. Any tips?

  1. Perhaps consider what you need first – blockout, warmth in a room, practicality in a bathroom for example. Where you live may also play a part as we are in a cold and hot climate so heating and colling were a large part of our decision.

How do you find inspiration?

  1. From homes I get to photograph, from the colours around us in nature and things that make me and my family feel happy.

 

What design project(s) are you working on at the moment?

  1. My print store online. It’s been a work in progress. Stay tuned!

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