One of Australia’s most well-known interior stylists, Jason Grant (more affectionately known as Mr Jason Grant), has quite the impressive portfolio. Over the past 15 years, his work has appeared in countless Australian and international magazines, he’s collaborated with brands on his own product, paint and tile collections – all the while publishing three books! When Jason made the leap from Bondi Beach to Byron Bay last year, we knew we had to take a peek at his new digs… but we let him settle in first.
Read on for our chat with Jason + the full home tour!
Hi! I’m Jason Grant.
…or to many, Mr Jason Grant. I live in the coastal town of Byron Bay with my Boston Terrier, Sophia, in a massive warehouse space that is equal parts work, home + creative studio.
How would you describe your style? Has it changed over time?
My style to the core is me: relaxed, laid back, comfortable and creative. I always love to mix the old with new, vintage with modern. I’m fortunate that my home lends itself to complete creative expression. I’m constantly mixing and editing – I love moving things around to make new combinations and creative moments.
How did you approach designing your current home?
I think when you move into a new space, it’s great to have an overall plan and strategy, but it’s best to take your time and inhabit the space first before making any dramatic changes. It’s really important to get a feel for how you live and use the space. My space is very open-plan, which can be difficult to navigate at first. I gravitated towards where things naturally belong – carving out creative zones was key to making the space work and feel like home.
You moved from your beloved Bondi to Byron Bay. Why the big change?
I’ve always loved Byron Bay – it’s a magical place. I used to visit regularly (while living in Bondi, Sydney) and had always dreamt of making the move. I woke up one day and just decided to made it happen. I still head to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or wherever work calls, but for now Byron is home base. I love living here as it has all the conveniences of a big city but in a smaller place (and slower pace!). I get to have an active social life but also enjoy the peace + quiet, and best of all we live just 5 minutes away from the nearest beach.
With the move I really wanted to focus on my creativity and to cut out the things that weren’t working for me. The sea/tree change has given me a renewed vigor for work and life — not really a slow down, but a new focused point of view. Here I think I actually work harder, but smarter, and I’m fueled by all if the creative energy around me.
What are your top 3 tips for those designing or updating their own spaces?
1. Know your own style so that you only buy what you love. Also, buy the best you can so that the pieces have longevity. Remember, your home is your space so it should look and feel exactly how you want it to. I like to view home as a collection, a work in progress that’s always evolving, never a series of makeovers but a reflection of me.
2. Know what to invest in, where to splurge and where to save . Foundation pieces, like a sofa, floor rugs, art, dining table + bed are worth investing in. Smaller pieces don’t require the same level of investment, some of my most favourite pieces are inexpensive. Buying, selecting and collecting meaningful items over time is key to making your space feel like a home, and one that reflects your own personality + style. I love a considered space but that doesn’t mean it needs to feel stiff and polished, I like home to feel relaxed, playful and not too serious. Home is for living.
3. Let go of perfection. Get creative, have fun and enjoy creating your own space. I really enjoy thinking outside the box, I guess it’s part of what I do and I love it, but for me I believe decorating all comes down to finding confidence and letting go of the notion that things in your home need to be “perfect”.
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