DKO Architecture interior designer Brad Preston’s Home Truths

Brad Preston, senior interior designer at DKO Architecture.

Brad Preston is a senior interior designer at DKO Architecture.

Where do you live?

In an apartment in St Kilda with my partner, Jared, and cavoodle, Domino. We bought it about two years ago but are on the lookout for something a bit larger.

What do you love most about your home?

The location. St Kilda has such an eclectic mix of people and I love being close to the beach. We are spoiled for cafes, restaurants and bars, and are lucky to have an amazing view to the city.

Have you changed anything?

I am constantly wanting to upgrade or change things, which I think drives my very patient partner mad. The first thing we did when we moved in was install soft, sheer, off-white linen curtains. I love the diffused light they create. And we recently painted the walls a light grey for a little more depth.

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One more thing you’d change?

The bathroom tiles are a little beige for my taste. I would love to replace them with a more neutral grey. And the bedrooms have a beautiful wool loop carpet but, again, a bit beige. Unfortunately, both of these are currently in the too-hard basket.

Most memorable home you’ve lived in?

A studio loft apartment in Sydney. It was double height with a huge window on one whole wall, so although it was tiny, it felt spacious. The bedroom was on a mezzanine floor, accessed by a really tight, wrought-iron spiral staircase. I lost count of the number of times I slipped or knocked and bruised myself on those stairs.

Are you a keen or reluctant property buyer?

I would say too keen. I always enter an inspection and immediately see the potential and get really excited. I am lucky my partner is more reluctant and sensible.

Highlights of your property journey?

After years of renting, it’s being able to make changes and create a space that feels like a home.

A Mt Martha property designed by DKO Architecture. Brad Preston worked as a designer on the project. Photo: DKO Architecture

The lowlights?

Defects and maintenance. Having to spend the whole day at home waiting for someone to come over to fix a problem.

Best property advice you’ve heard?

Bigger isn’t always better.

Worst property advice you’ve heard?

That buying any property is better than not buying at all. Buying property successfully takes time and thought.

Tips for homebuyers?

Be conscious of natural light and room orientation. Ideally, the living spaces will face north or east to get sun in the morning and day, and bedrooms will face east to get the morning sun. South-facing living spaces can get very cold in winter as they won’t get any direct sunlight, while anything facing west will get very strong, sometimes blinding, afternoon sun.

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