Gill: Surf city limits
I have the master bedroom, which is as big as the apartment that I used to live in! I call myself the princess in the tower because I come upstairs and my bedroom is pretty much self-contained. There’s no television in the house so I spend most of my time reading, if I’m here. Reading books or surf blogs or watching surf videos! Or doing freelance work. I get up early during the week, about 6am. Twice a week I go to the pool and swim, usually with a few mates who I surf with and then we go straight from the pool to Babka for a pastry and a coffee just to cancel out the swim. My idea of a home is somewhere you can absolutely relax, unwind and sleep well. Aesthetics – just to have everything you love around you. My favourite thing in the world is my surfboard. I sleep with it at the end of the bed so it’s the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I see at night. The name for my surfboard is dame cinco, which means ‘high five’ in Spanish. I love that. I also love an illustration that my flatmate did of my friend Kate when we went to Mexico together. There’s Kate dressed in a traditional Mexican outfit which she pulls off, totally ‘Frida Kahlos’ it! And all my books – having worked in publishing for 11 years, books just mean so much to me I don’t know what I’d do without them.
Gill is the surf-obsessed mastermind behind Not Without My Do-Rag. Check out more photos of Gill’s bedroom over at the blog of our kindred UK-based counterpart Olivia Howitt: What’s in your bedroom (dedicated to photos and interviews with interesting bedroom inhabitants). As part of our Living not Decorating section, we’re happy to announce a UK-Australian exchange with What’s in your bedroom, sharing spaces from our cities in an ongoing collaboration.
All photos by Eugenia Lim (including two snaps of Gill’s wonderful artist housemate Leo Greenfield‘s home studio).
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