If you’re looking for kitchen inspiration. Or art inspiration. Or fashion inspiration. Actually, if you’re looking for inspiration that spans across all forms of style, keep scrolling. Kym Rundle is the chic founder of communications agency Articulate, and she just so happens to have one of the most dreamy homes we’ve ever stepped into. She lives in a terrace house in Sydney’s Paddington with her son Hamish, 6, and husband Ben...
We first photographed Kym when her son Hamish was just a few weeks old. Looking back, she describes those early days of motherhood as a mix of “blurry preciousness, shock awe, exhaustion and love”. Yet those magical but chaotic days are behind her. Hamish started school this year, and this phase of motherhood, right now, is unquestionably her favourite. “I love the earnestness, the growing independence, the full-body hugs, the chats!” she says.
A former lawyer, Kym founded her company Articulate back in 2009 and specialises in the arts and cultural sectors (she holds post-graduate qualifications in both art history and strategic marketing and studied at The Sotheby’s Institute and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London). She’s also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a founding Board Director of Art Month Sydney; and a founding member of the MCA Australia Young Ambassadors program. Back in 2018, Kym also founded The Golden Mean, a content agency focused on the arts.
Here, we step into her beautiful home, get dressed up in some of our favourite looks from Oroton (how many handbags is acceptable to purchase each season? Because frankly, we want them all) and fall in love with the colour sage green (note the kitchen and this heavenly Oroton suit – it’s literally a match made in heaven).
Photography: Julie Adams | Hair and makeup: Jess Diez | Go to articulatepr.com.au
All clothing and accessories by Oroton | In association with Oroton
We first photographed you when Hamish was a little baby. If you could go back in time, to when you first became a mother, what advice would you give yourself?
Problems always seem better bigger than they are at the time.
What stage of motherhood has been your favourite?
I am so enamoured with watching Hamish grow into his own personality. He has a deep instinctive kindness, a mischievous sense of humour, joy for life and fierce loyalty that takes my breath away.
What stage of motherhood has been the most challenging?
For me, the toughest were the toddler years. I think there’s no accident children peak in cuteness at one of their most trying ages for parents! Whilst I look back at it with fondness, at the time I often felt overwhelmed and was railing on the inside against my loss of autonomy.
You recently renovated your kitchen – can you tell us about it?
I wanted the kitchen to feel calming and nurturing: a true escape from the outside world and with a nod to more traditional European kitchens. The kitchen and dining areas open up to a garden courtyard and the green cabinetry plays beautifully off the surrounding plants and the warm grey veining in the marble. We chose aged brass cabinetry and tapware from English Tapware Company and I was lucky enough to get counsel on the final detailing from my clever friend Caroline Choker of ACME.
What room in your home is your favourite and why?
The lounge in winter. Sitting by the fireplace in the colder months with my husband and Hamish, indulging my inner introvert: reading, puzzling, toasting marshmallows, listening to music.
Talk me through some of your favourite pieces in your home and why you love them?
Our 1950s Stilnovo lamp from Nicholas & Alistair in Melbourne was love at first sight. My oval travertine study desk from Tamsin Johnson’s store in Paddington. I love its heaviness (it took five strong men to carry it into the house) but it also has a refined femininity that makes it a pleasure to work from.