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sneak peek: neryl walker

by Amy Azzarito

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artist and illustrator neryl walker (you might have seen her work on bloom cosmetics and on bare escentuals ‘buxom lips’!) along with art director husband tim live with their formerly stray cat marvin in an old jewish/italian neighborhood in melbourne, australia. they are both drawn to all things vintage and worn – things with a past. (it’s a family joke that even their cat is second-hand!) they’ve just moved from an apartment into a house which they’ve been filling with artwork made by themselves or friends (the vintage sign artwork on the patio above was made by tim). {thanks neryl, tim and marvin!} -amy a

[Our house was built in the early ’50s but was the victim of a bad ’70s make-over. The entire house had been wallpapered with beige stripes and bad florals, white carpet through-out, ugly tiles and nasty curtains. We knew it had potential and have slowly peeled back the layers to reveal it’s former self. It has some great features like interior wrought iron work and concealed lighting, and as soon as we saw the original pink and green bathroom we knew it was the house for us!]

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The gold bamboo wallpaper is one of the few things we kept from the ’70s reno. The ‘Danger’ painting is one of mine. The cowhide patchwork rug is from a secondhand store.

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We both love music and play in garage rock band, Pretty Green.  The bowling lamp base and shade were bought separately in the East Village and they look great together. The mannequin hand and the letter ‘N’ were presents from Tim.

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We have been collecting old mirrors from thrift stores.  I especially love the etched glass ones.  The vases and bowls are mostly vintage.  The Majestic lamp was bought at Chelsea market in New York and bought back to Australia as hand luggage.

CLICK HERE for the rest of Neryl’s sneak peek after the jump!

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This is what we affectionately call our ‘crap art’ wall.  Most paintings have been picked up at thrift stores or on the side of the road. We also love vintage typography – the giant ‘O’ was found at an auto swap meet and is from an old battery sign.

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This is part of my studio. I found this shelving unit at an auction and re-painted it.  It houses all sorts of vintage stuff, reference, travel souvenirs, etc.  The Texas Rangerette and a red Schwinn bike were shipped back from one of Tim’s visit’s the United States. The paintings up top are mine.

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The day-bed is a vintage Australian design, re-upholstered.  The black chair is by Australian mid-century designer, Grant Featherston.

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This red lamp was found in Sydney and shipped back to Melbourne (it is yet to be re-wired). The map and black chair were found in a thrift store.

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The chair on the left is one of a pair that my Nanna owned.  The collection of art includes work by local artists, friends, Tim and myself. The little music prints are by Jim Flora. The vintage love extends to our instruments too.

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We fell in love with the pink and green bathroom and knew this was the house for us!  It’s rare to find a bathroom so original, complete with green vitrolite tiles, pink terrazzo and fish etched glass.  The pink stool even came with it.

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