SOPHIE + KATIE + KITIYA
Editorial assistance by Madeleine Dore.
Picture this: One of Melbourne’s most adored crafters meets the delightful Assistant Editor of frankie magazine and a savvy young business student and the three decide to share a home. If what you would expect to see is an oasis of kitsch and cool, then you are not wrong, except that whatever drool-worthy interior you were imagining cannot compare to the adorable reality of this share house, newly occupied by Kit, Sophie and Katie.
With Kit enjoying a granny flat out the back and Sophie and Katie in the main home, this home has a retro aesthetic, a hint of a jungle vibe, and plenty of personal flair of three rad ladies who enjoy sipping tea and getting crafty.
WHO LIVES HERE?
Sophie: I’m a 29-year-old editor and writer, currently working as the Assistant Editor and Online Ed at frankie magazine. I’ve been living in Melbourne since I was a tiny tot, so this city is well and truly home for me! When I’m not being a massive word nerd I go to a lot of gigs, dabble in making things (I’m part of a monthly craft group with some friends), and perve on dogs in local parks. And on the streets. I perve on dogs everywhere, really. I should really just get a dog.
Katie: I am 28 and moved to Melbourne from Sydney about three months ago – a major life change that has been a long time coming. I'm halfway through a business degree and work part-time at an online start up who create an online magazine for the very niche male luxury watches (random I know!). I am a yoga nut and walk absolutely everywhere – about 2 hours every day to and from work to explore. I love getting outside and going to see gigs and experiencing the new, which is why I moved.
Kit: I'm 31-years-old and half Greek, half Thai but born in New Zealand. I've lived in a lot of different countries and cities, but for the past two years have called Melbourne my home. I freelance as a prop and installation designer and artist. When I'm not making things in my studio (which is around the corner from our house) I'm usually out on an adventure with my boyfriend Matt, hanging with friends in the sun with some kind of tropical beverage, op shopping or visiting markets, riding my bike, or re-decorating my bedroom.
HOW DID YOU ALL COME TO LIVE IN THE HOUSE?
It was a case of the stars aligning and excellent timing, really! Katie was moving from Sydney to Melbourne and needed to find somewhere to live, Sophie was on the hunt for a new Northside home and Kit’s lease was about to run out. All of us had the same boxes to tick for what we wanted in a house, so it was a bit of a no-brainer to move in together.
As for how we know each other, Kit is the mutual connection. A couple of years back, when they were both still living in Sydney, she and Katie worked together at Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Then Kit moved to Melbourne and Sophie interviewed her about her crafting for frankie – and they pretty quickly became good friends!
DOES THE HOUSE HAVE A NAME?
It’s not something we advertise, but between the three of us our house is known as the Destiny’s Child Mansion. When we first decided to move in together we had grand visions of a trio of rad ladies and endless Beyoncé on the stereo. There hasn’t been a lot of Bey yet, but we’re halfway there.
IF THE HOUSE WERE A PERSON, WHAT WOULD THEY BE LIKE?
Judging by our sizeable stash, it would definitely be a tea drinker! Probably a pretty chill lady in her early 30s who enjoys pottering around, cooking, gardening, getting crafty and just generally being legendary. She’d always be there if someone needed a hug or some thoughtful life advice; maybe she’s somebody’s older sister.
AS SUCH STYLISH AND CREATIVE INDIVIDUALS, HOW DO YOU NEGOTIATE THE OVERALL AESTHETIC OF THE HOME?
Luckily, we all have pretty similar taste when it comes to decorating. Katie moved down from Sydney with a pretty light load, whereas Kit and Sophie came armed with literally boxes of knick knacks and trinkets. Once all the furniture was in place we spent an evening carefully placing all our bits around the house – there were many important decisions to make!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN A SHARE HOUSE?
Sophie: I was a tiny bit apprehensive before moving into our current house because I haven’t been in a share house for about five years. It’s been so great, though! Being adults with full-time jobs, everything just runs a bit smoother, and it’s really nice to come home after a tiring day to find the girls pottering around or cooking in the kitchen. We all have quite a bit of alone time, but can also pop our heads into each other’s rooms for a chat if we feel like some company – or need some advice on clothing or boys.
Kit: I like the fact that you can be as independent and autonomous as you want but that there’s always a friendly face just down the hall when you need company. I also like that home sharing gives you the opportunity to live in really amazing suburbs and in really beautiful homes that you might not be able to afford if you were living on your own.
Katie: I love that you can always come home to another face and, usually in our house, a cup of tea. There’s always someone around to talk to and it just makes life more interesting, meeting their friends and their friends of friends and the circle just grows.
CAN YOU SHARE ANY PET PEEVES, OR WHAT MIGHT DRIVE YOU A LITTLE NUTS ABOUT SHARING A HOME?
Sophie: I’m first to admit that I can be a bit anal with cleaning and stuff, but while it’s been an issue in the past, I think we’re all on the same wavelength in this house.
Kit: There’s always going to be the odd housemate here and there that you just don’t click with or who just doesn’t have the same habits and living expectations as you do, which can make living together a little difficult. On the opposite end of that though, it could broaden your mind and make you see things from a different perspective, so there is a silver lining!
Katie: Only the usual, that you’ve got to make sure you pick up after yourself and not make too much of a mess but, to be honest, it’s probably a good thing as it makes you tidy by default!
HOW DO YOU ORGANISE THE CLEANING AND COOKING?
We’re a pretty tidy bunch by nature, so we tend to clean up after ourselves as we go. The rest of the time we wing it, really – each of us will clean or take out the bins or replace housey items as needed. So far that’s working pretty well, with everyone pulling their weight equally.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF LIVING IN THE HOUSE SO FAR?
Sophie: We've had a few nights where we’ve all convened in the kitchen and talked through each of our current life crises. They’ve been completely unplanned – like a spontaneous therapy session – but they’ve made me feel so warm and fuzzy about living in a house where we’re all so comfortable and really care about each other. There’s no shame, loads of support and we’re all good mates, which is pretty rare and great.
Kit: We haven't been in the house for that long but the best bit so far is definitely having two of my best friends just down the hall so I can hang out with them whenever I want!
Katie: Going to bed one night in the early days when we'd just moved in and waking up the next morning to the whole place decorated and "trinketed" to the max! The creative little elves I live with had stayed up for hours tinkering away with all their things. It was truly like waking up on Christmas morning to the best present.