McMahons Point Tiny Home


‘I have to warn you, it is TINY’ interior designer  reiterated via email, prior to our shoot at her house in McMahons Point, Sydney. ‘Don’t worry!’ I said. ‘We are used to tiny spaces! It’ll be great.’

In truth, Karen’s deliciously cosy little pad is perhaps the tiniest we’ve ever photographed – this one stretched our camera lenses to their very limits! We hope we’ve done justice to this gorgeous, colourful and eclectic little house, and proven that it’s not the size of a space that counts – it’s how you use it!


22nd November, 2017

Ceramics collected by from op shops and flea markets. Photo – .

The living room features a blue velvet chair form Coco Republic, floor rug from  and sofa from Boyd Blue with fabric by . Photo – .

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Karen’s art wall combines a watercolour artwork, ‘Monkey’ by Sebastian Nash with others from op shops, while the cardboard art piece is by a graffiti artist and is framed in a modern Perspex box. Photo – .Photo – .

Asian vintage chinoises cabinet and horses, as well as Indian day bed used as seat, all from Orient House. The floor rug is from Cadry’s, the vintage brass lamps were found at the markets and have been upcycled with Freedom shell shades. The Artwork above desk is by Charles Blackman. Photo – .

The dining nook also showcases artwork: a white textured piece above lamp by Gwyneth Buckle, and pink Asian plates on the walls. A large Chinese urn and Thai roof piece sit on a side table from Orient House. Photo – .

The bedroom featured a custom bedhead, made from GP Baker fabric and cushions made using Schumacher fabric. Several of the artworks have been collected from flea markets, in white frame is a piece by  Antonia Perricone Mrljak, while chinese candle holder with porcupine African shades –are both from Orient House. The wall colour is Dulux ‘Beech Fern’. Photo – .

Tiny kitchen detail! Photo – .

Karen enjoying her lush garden. Photo – .

Photography – Nikki To.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 22nd November 2017

‘ perfectly appointed little workers cottage in McMahons Point Sydney is TINY. It is, however, a gorgeous and perfectly functional little house (and workspace too!) for Karen and her much-loved pup Oscar (a lhasa apso – shih tzu cross). Altogether, Karen has lived here for 12 years.

Both in her professional life and in her own home, Karen is drawn to bold colour, pattern, eclectic details, antiques and artefacts from Asia and the Middle East. Being an interior designer, she finds herself exposed to a constant stream of beautiful things (fabrics, art, furniture items, rugs and more!). The antique Chinese cabinet in her study is a much treasured piece – ‘I love chinoiserie detail and the simple lines of Chinese furniture’ she explains.

Karen is also a passionate art collector, and is particularly fond of painted portraits. ‘I admit to being slightly obsessed with art’ the designer says. ‘I feel right at home having it envelope me, adding it to every surface possible.’

Though her house is small in size, Karen explains that living in an older style home has allowed her to layer the rooms heavily with colour and texture, creating warmth and personality. ‘The house is very eclectic and boutique, a style that I adore’ she says. ‘I feel very attached to my home & can’t ever imagine relocating!’.

‘The house is full of colour and pattern and is ever evolving and changing. It is however usually only being added to, rarely do I subtract!’ – Karen Akers

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