We'd like to introduce you to Kate Jansen...
Wow is definitely the word that comes to mind when we scroll Kate Jansen's instagram feed so it's no surprise she named her business @wowhaus.au. Her imaginative home is quite literally the dictionary definition of 'colour pop', exploding with curious collections and playfully blending old and new, seamlessly mixing beach vibes with a distinctly British flavour. Kate's sunny family home is in the Mornington Peninsular, not far from Melbourne if you're not a local! But the family moved from England five years ago, so there's signs of their travels wherever you look.
As an Artist, Kate brings colour to life with a contagious sense of joy, her current Palm Springs inspired collection is available at Greenhouse Interiors if you're curious!
Kate has a bit of a thing for lockers so we challenged her to create three different looks with one locker and of course, she did not disappoint.
Above: Kate's home studio and colourful painted staircase - as seen on Apartment Therapy - Natalie Jeffcott
Tell us a little about you…
I live in Mount Martha on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, my husband Deon and I moved here from London 5 years ago with our kiddies Jake and Jaz. Since then we added some fur babies to the family, Elliot the insecure Shitzu and Martha and Maggie, two pretty Ragdoll cats who actually don’t like each other very much!
I’m an Artist, I live for colour especially pink and coral and I'm forever painting or creating something. My husband always warns people ‘if you stand still long enough you’ll get painted!' My cushions are always styled on my couch in a certain way, I'm very particular about the details!
How would you describe your style in 3 words?
Eclectic, fun, vintage, creative and colourful! (That's four!)
What’s your inspiration?
I love Mr Jason Grants styling. I love Rachel castles colourful 70’s flower power inspired homewares. Mustard Made are pretty damn good too! What inspires me is architecture, from modern concrete to American mid century and 70’s-80’s Aussie beach style. I love meeting like minded creatives, there’s a lot of clever creatives on the Peninsula where we live. Oh and buying myself a bunch of fresh flowers, they just change a space - plus plants - I have so many In the main living area of my home!
What’s your idea of a perfect weekend?
Well, my husband works in our cafe all weekend so it’s mostly me and Jake hanging out on the weekend but I would say a Saturday eve is complete with a bottle of wine and great Netflix series!
Jake tends to collect stuff, a lot of stuff! He loves his precious stones, crazy glasses and dress up gear. He also has a special collection of cars so his room is really a very sentimental place. We adore his spotty bedding from More Than Ever.
Jazmin's room, the teen! The locker is great for her to keep her laptop and iPad in the locker there plus her favourite makeup and favourite perfume.
This is our sitting room/tv nook. This is the room where anything goes - books, framed prints, comfy bean bags, favourite little things collected from boot sales and charity shops.