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If there's one thing we LOVE around here, it's a home decorated boldly and with confidence. Such is the Bondi apartment of Sydney artist , his wife Grace Barnes-Horstmans and Dion's two teenage daughters Juna and Zaza, who split their time between here and their Mum's place in Byron Bay.
Dion and Grace have been here just 18 months, but have wasted no time in making the place their own. When they first took possession, all the walls were white. Dion's first priority was injecting colour into the space. From the dark, moody master bedroom and dining rooms to punchy orange in the living space, and sunny yellow in ZaZa's room, the palette is consistently bold, yet supremely sophisticated. Quite a feat! But Dion is good like that.
Dion's decisive creative vision and incredible way with colour should come as no surprise. After all, he is an incredible artist his own right. (You might recall our interview with him here!). I adore Dion's striking angular metal sculptures, which always seem ready to scuttle across the walls on which they are mounted. You'll spot many of these pieces throughout his apartment, as well as artworks by various other Australian artists, collected over many years.
'The artworks on the walls are our favourite things' says Dion. 'The primitive and ethnographic pieces scattered through our home are also pretty awesome. It’s been a life time love affair, we are collectors'. Alongside treasured antiques and collectibles, many contemporary artists are represented here, including , , , and indigenous artists such as to name a few.
Aside for a passion for art, Dion and Grace also have an impression collection of furniture and design pieces, both new and old. 'My favourite piece of furniture would be my bed!' says Dion enthusiastically. 'I designed and made it, formed ply with a beech veneer. It’s beautiful, really simple clean lines. I tried to create it so it looked like it hovered above the ground… not dissimilar to my ’64 pontiac!'.
Dion is a gregarious character - in many ways he is larger than life! He's a proud Dad and happy newly wedded husband, but he also treasures his alone time. 'I love everything about this apartment' he says. 'I love the high ceilings, there’s enough room to get away from every one. I love sitting in the living room listening to music, I love cooking with Gracie, I love my dark bedroom'. Mainly though, the drawcard of this apartment is the beach. 'Mostly I love that the Pacific Ocean is less than two blocks away, constantly beckoning for us to bathe in it' Dion says. Because really, no matter how beautiful your house is... nothing beats having the beach at the end of your street!