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RUTH JOHNSON

Interior Stylist and Designer
After establishing a successful a catering company and styling events and parties for the who’s who, Ruth Johnson created The House with the Red Door, a design and styling consultancy based in Armadale, Melbourne. Her innovative mind and exceptional eye for design has led her to work with high-profile architects such as Simon Swaney and Billy Kud while managing pioneering projects including one of the first rammed earth beach houses on the Victorian coast, boutique hotel accommodation and restorations of rambling century old historic homesteads and vineyards. Her latest project is redeveloping the old Steiner School in Nicholson Street, Abbotsford.

The House with the Red Door is now in it’s sixteenth year of operation and things are only getting bigger…

Home is?
Armadale, Melbourne

What do you do?
Interior Stylist and Designer

What is your favourite design era and why?
We now have remarkable access to previous eras of design and are also fortunate to have websites and blogs such as the Future Laboratory who forecast future trends. It is always good to mix it up and choose from different mediums and different forms of inspiration to suit to the brief.

Favourite TV show…
I’m not so much of a TV fan however I do watch documentaries frequently. I highly recommended Bill Cunningham’s ‘New York’ and Diana Vreeland’s ‘The eye has to travel’

What are your top creative resources?
Nowness
Merci
Artdandy
La Croix
Franque
Share Design

What would be your dream creative project?
I’m looking forward to the opportunity of creating interesting boutique accommodation in Australia, something I think is currently lacking here. I’m still hunting for the next site, so in the meantime I’d settle for replenishing Raes at Wategos.  This divine hotel has been a much loved respite for myself and our family and friends for over the last 15 years – I’d love to get my hands on this jewel…

Who are your sources of inspiration in life and work?
As a visual person, I am inspired from the unusual to the extraordinary. It may be a buckle on a belt to a handle on some silver. I source from a plethora of fashion and interior books and magazines, especially the likes of Kate Spade for her expansive palette and Tom Ford for his supreme style and ability to lay his creativity across different fields. Travel is of course imperative to my eye, my senses and my soul. I would also say now that I have learnt to trust my instinct it has become a powerful tool.

I also love Instagram! You can follow me –  4thewickedlyfabulous

Coolest item in your home?
It’s too hard to choose just one…so my top two would have to be:

Hermes Attelage Flatware in silver with the divine stirrup handles.
I’m looking forward to purchasing the enormous serving spoon and fork on my next trip to Paris in September.

- The door handles on my studio converted from gardening tools purchased from Annie Smithers delicious Bistro Shop at Trentham.

What top five items do you have your eye on for your home this winter?

-       Tom Dixon super large candle to be released this June

-       Hermes double face plaid winter white cashmere throw

-       Rocky Mountain marshmallows from the US for fireside toasting

-       Jo Malone Tuberose bath oil

-       One of Todd Hunter‘s paintings from his exhibition in April at Scott Livesey Galleries

  • Everyone always comment on the amazing artwork you are able to source for clients and your own home. So tell us Who’s Your? art dealer?
  • Sophie from Gannon Galleries has the most wonderful plethora of art to choose from…the pieces I have used from her gallery never fail to impress.

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