Stylist Kara Rosenlund’s style secrets

The photographer, stylist, author, adventurer and homewares designer reveals a few of her favourite things
John Downs

We were thrilled to be invited into the wonderful home of Kara Rosenlund

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“My mantelpiece feels sentimental to me, as it’s home to all sorts of items and little treasures. Some are inexpensive, like the pebbles collected from the beach, whilst others – such as the old lantern found in Istanbul, or the antlers bought on the spur off the back of a deer stalker’s truck outside a pub in Scotland – remind me of my travels.”

“I just love everything about Africa; the light, the people, the vastness. I feel incredibly alive visiting”

Kara Rosenlund
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“Though I’d never collect new coral off the beach, this is a very old collection I’ve acquired. I love stumbling across discarded collections, there’s an intimacy to it and a sense of connection to the original owner.”

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“A kitchen is a creative, nurturing space, and that’s me. I love being in the kitchen cooking for friends and family. I collect vintage ‘kitchenalia’ because I like to cook with beautiful objects. They also feel good to hold as they’re made of real materials – timber, silver and bone.”

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“After travelling around Australia for my book Shelter: How Australians Live, I was inspired by the homes we unearthed, and launching the KR Lifestyle Collection was a way of continuing that conversation. It’s made from real materials by local craftspeople. This pompom tea cosy is a favourite.”

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“Our old Queenslander would have originally had a cast-iron tub – but as it had been lost along the way with previous owners, I sourced this one from a local salvage yard and had it re-enamelled. When I’m at home, a hot bath is my reward. A long soak recharges the batteries.”


If you love Kara’s style, take a look at our decorating trend videos Modern Wanderer and Coming Home.

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