Alana Pallister calls the discovery of her Byron Bay home as ‘divine.’ She was originally looking for a space in Los Angeles, where her wildly popular fashion label I.AM.GIA is based, but the universe (mainly Covid) had other plans.
‘I wasn’t actively looking for a place here in Australia at the time, although my dream in LA was large light-filled windows and spacious living,’ says Alana. ‘I was online working at the time and the real estate ad on Domain popped up in my news feed. It was everything I had been looking for, so I reached out to the agent, and the rest is history.’
The property is incredibly private, located on a cul-de-sac and backing onto a significant nature reserve. ‘Being a nature lover and lover of animals, the national wildlife that sits in the trees out the back overlooking the home makes me feel as though I am off grid even though I am just 10 minutes from town,’ says Alana.
The home needed nothing structurally, just an overhaul of the styling to feel more in keeping with Alana’s fashionable taste, achieved with the help of stylist Kimberley Wiedermann, design consultant at Tigmi Trading.
Kim describes the vision; ‘Distinctive vintage pieces, mixed with contemporary, quirkiness, and just a tiny little sprinkle of Byron boho for good measure!’
The updated interior scheme is anchored by significant vintage pieces Alana has long admired, including a De Sede DS-600 and a De Sede DS-1025 sofa. ‘I am a sofa collector! I love how much an interesting sofa can transform a room,’ she says.
Pops of colour have been introduced throughout, especially in the guest house featuring vintage orange chairs, modern art, and a pistachio COR Trio sofa.
Altogether the home feels relaxed and refined, without strictly adhering to the typical ‘Byron Bay aesthetic.’
‘The De Sede sofas provide comfort yet an elevated feel, as they are such iconic pieces, overlooking the NY loft-style windows which filter in the incredible light and views outdoors,’ says Kim.
The property, known as Kealani House, is now available to rent as holiday accommodation.