Interior Insight & Selling a Family Home: Nat Wheeler of Norsu Interiors
We source Scandinavian products that we love so it makes sense to be surrounded by them in our home.
The perfect duo – an experienced, highly esteemed property agent and a queen of interior style – Dan Wheeler of Marshall White and Nat Wheeler of Norsu Interiors are selling their much-loved family home at 11 Young Street, Glen Iris. Norsu Interiors is one of Melbourne’s finest interior stores, with an immaculate collection of items in a distinctive Scandinavian style. Nat took some time out with us to talk about family, style and the sale of their Glen Iris home.
For you, Nat, what makes a house a home?
Nat Wheeler: Without a doubt, it’s the memories shared in a space that make a house a home. During our time living at Young Street our family grew from two to four as we welcomed our babies Annabel (6) and Harvey (3) into the world. While being surrounded by ‘pretty things’ is important, it’s the times experienced with friends and family that makes it special to us.
How long has Norsu Interiors been in operation?
NW: After meeting Kristy Sadlier in 2011 at our local Mother’s Group, we not only shared the experience of becoming new mums, but we soon discovered a mutual admiration with Scandinavian design. In October 2014, we were extremely lucky to open our first bricks and mortar retail store in East Malvern and continuing the fun, we opened our second boutique last year in Hawthorn. It was not long after we decided to set up our own online store, and norsu.com.au was launched in September 2013.
Is Norsu Interiors a reflection of your personal taste?
NW: Our home has become a pseudo-showroom for Norsu. We source Scandinavian products that we love so it makes sense to be surrounded by them in our home. Whenever a new goodie lands, it’s a must to ‘try it out’ before selling it… Or this is what I tell myself anyway!
How would you describe your style when it comes to interior design?
NW: It goes without saying that we love Scandinavian design, however it’s not achievable or practical to maintain a minimalist look. We add pops of colour amongst the pastel tones and love to layer with lots of texture to create a family friendly space.
Your partner, Daniel, is a Marshall White agent. Does your combined expertise in property and design make it easier or harder to agree on design elements in your home?
NW: We both share an immense passion for interiors and property. Luckily for our marriage we have similar taste so it makes the selection process enjoyable. Having said this, Dan focuses on the garden and I’m in charge of styling and I’m secretly hoping this remains the case for our next adventure.
“The favourite feature of our home is the vaulted cathedral ceiling. Our north facing living room is always full of natural light, creating such positive vibe.”
What is your favourite part of your home?
NW: The favourite feature of our home is the vaulted cathedral ceiling. Our north facing living room is always full of natural light, creating such positive vibe. It’s certainly going to be missed and will be hard to beat.
Are you excited for the opportunity to redesign?
NW: Renovating is in our blood and while we’re sad to be leaving a home we adore so much, we’re excited about what the future holds for us. The thought of doing it again leaves me awake at night as I obsess over what’s next.
What are you most looking forward to in your new home?
NW: Trying new things. It’s time to be a little more adventurous in our design. We’re excited at the prospects of introducing accents of brass and steel, and experimenting with colour on the walls and different finishes in our cabinetry and on the floors.
Do you have any predictions/favourite trends at the moment or for the year ahead?
NW: In addition to our favourite palette of greys and pastels, we’re seeing an emergence of warmer earthy tones. The trend for indoor plants has continued at a rapid rate and we can’t source enough pots and greenery. Our customers are madly drawn to accessories such as tassels and pompoms and they’re adding depth to their interiors with linens and velvets textures.