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Oct042011

Vintage style ... Empirical Style

Life is too short for dull decor. Or so the duo behind Empirical Style, Steve and Helena Trupp believe. Take a look at their Sydney apartment. Too cool for school! Filing cabinet and locker storage, train station memorabilia, X-rays in the kitchen, drawers on the walls, leather chesterfields, toucans, vintage posters and porcelain birds complete with painted droppings. Quirky to the max and full of fun. If you click over to the website Aussie readers may just recognise Steve as one of the final three designers on the recently aired Top Design.

P.S. While you are on the site check out the online shop. Vintage style Edison light bulbs Aussie readers? Yes please. Please forgive me. As much as I want to embrace CFLs I go weak at the knees for a good old Edison. CFLs are sooooooo ugly.

Reader Comments (15)

So playful and fresh! I love that colorful and bold living room. Great design!
xo Allison
Spicer + Bank

4 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison Egan

wow!!! so much inspiration in one place - incredible! I like it!

4 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIva

Jo, their shop is fantastic! Love it. xx

4 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrismod

Encantadores carteles iluminados en la cocian, pero no me ha gustado nada lo de las radiografias. Sin dudar una casa especial.

4 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChic & Decó

Love the wall drawers! Totally up my alley :)

These playful designs just make me happy! I can't wait to check out the shop. xo

4 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

these are great unique touches! Love the xray stuff especially

4 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSupal

What a fun place! That King's Cross Station sign really makes that kitchen come alive. Has the feeling of a depot with the filing cabinets.

Always love the old wood floors and the huge mirror in the living space adds depth.

Live with what you love!

4 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commentersue

I really like this space. Great mix.
Oh, and those bird houses on the tree in the forest mural. Brilliant and so fun.

4 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAMR

Really enjoyed this - such an eclectic mix of things. I also love to see unexpected use of items, and this place is chock full of that.

4 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhomestilo

Me encantó!!! cuánto ingenio!! que buen sentido del humor! = )

4 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLas Ramonas

More true elegance than the 'white house'.

4 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

oregonbird, I really dig this apartment but I'm curious what makes xrays and drawers on a wall and a stack of filing cabinets elegant?

4 Oct 2011 | Registered CommenterKiM

Loved how unique this place is and seeing places where their owners don't take decorating so seriously. I am saving this photo because I loved the illusion of the floating bookshelves next to that huge mirror! Fantastic inspiration.

5 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commenterangelica

Really love this place, it is SO my style! I always love those contemporary chic and austere places in theory, but I would rather live in a place like this because it's stylish and warm. Feels like I could actually live there without feeling like my presence is going to ruin it!

7 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

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