Julia Green is known for her fabulous use of colour and as the design powerhouse behind Greenhouse Interiors, which has become a leading destination for boutique textiles, homewares, fine art and interior styling services.
We’re delighted that Julia will be bringing her eye for design to the 2019 Decor + Design show, speaking as part of the Australian House & Garden International Seminar Series.
The theme of the 2019 program is the ‘Global Village’ of design and while we love to take style notes from far-flung places, Julia professes to finding inspiration much closer to home. She kindly took time from her super busy schedule and allowed us to delve a little deeper…
How would you define your own design style/aesthetic?
I think my style is playful, relaxed, maximalist, a touch boho, and always colourful.
You’ve worked on interesting projects across Australia and have global reach. Who are your favourite interior designers?
My fave interior designer in Australia is Jessica Bettenay of Resident Avenue. I love her sense of relaxed but sophisticated style, and the sense of surprise she often invokes with her colour combinations, considered textures and interior choices. As much as I love a vast array of design and OS influence I find the down to earth nature of our design here in Aus resonates the most with me.
What’s the most-read book on your shelf?
I haven’t read a book in 10 years, other than a trashy novel once a year on boxing day. I have an enviable collection of interior books (like it’s taken over my entire lounge) and threaten every year to binge on them all, but as yet, have not opened the pages to read one of them. I used them as props on shoots each week, does that count?
If you had to choose just one, what piece of your furniture or home would define your personality?
That’s like asking me to pick a fave child..! I have several. Let’s start with my sofa. It’s vintage denim with the softest leather subtle arms. It’s Australian made, and is super stylish in the most relaxed of ways. I also love my Christopher Boots crystal, circular light that sits over my bed. It is a statement piece without being over the top, and the first thing I see when I pull up in my drive each night…its soft glow peaks out and reminds me I am home. I love pieces that carry meaning and symbolism.
If you could live in anyone’s house, whose would it be?
My own. It’s a sanctuary that matters to me. It may sound corny, but I don’t want to live in other people’s curations. I like the feeling I get from my own. Home (to me) is about a feeling, not about the stuff. Bigger is not better. Money does not equal style. Creating meaningful spaces for those I love is what makes a home special.
You’ll be speaking at the 2019 Decor + Design in July this year! What else is in on the agenda for you this year?
This year has flown by already. I am about to embark upon a big trip to Spain and Morocco, where I will host an interior tour with 12 women designed to celebrate the love of colour. I have some exciting campaigns to shoot, a million homes to decorate, and book to write, but most importantly, a life to live. I have spent almost a decade working seven days a week, and it’s time to slow down. Famous last words, but it’s high on my priority list.
Julia Green might be trying to slow down but she’s still found time to take part of the Australian House & Garden International Seminar Series at Decor + Design! Greenhouse Interiors will also be exhibiting as part of Australia’s No.1 Interiors Trade Event. Register now to see them at Stand K43, plus book to hear Julia speak on her specialist subject of ‘Clever Colourways’ on Saturday 20th July at Melbourne Exhibition Centre.