Two sisters with impeccable taste: Meet Read & Hall
We love house perving. There. Now. We've said it. We admit it. We love a good interiors gawk, taking a look at people's style, where they love, and how they style things. If you've not come across the two sisters behind Read & Hall - you really should check them out (and their renovated homes - one an old church steeped in history, the other a lovely warm bungalow - swooning!). Oh and did we mention their Airbnbs? We will get to that!
Effortless style, relaxed, curated homes - that are both lived in, loved and ridiculously stylish. To celebrate the launch of Little Tienda Home - we asked them to each choose a quilt and share a little about who they are. Read on!
Who are Read & Hall? We are sisters Emma Read and Sarah Hall who found ourselves living in the same town, Willunga SA. We love playing around with our houses and found an audience of like-minded people on instagram. We turned our holiday shack at Marion Bay on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula into holiday accommodation My Sister & The Sea in 2018 and we had so much fun making it, it turned into a successful business that allowed us to leave our day jobs as a social worker and a solicitor. It all took on a life of its own and then other people sought us out to work on their projects. It’s really been an unintentional but totally fun and very welcome career trajectory.
How would you describe your style? Eclectic, sometimes vintage, sometimes modern pieces gathered together is what we love. Making spaces a reflection of their owners is something we are passionate about. Avoiding trends and sameness and having items that reflect what you love, and that this is always changing, giving yourself the freedom to let your interiors change as you grow and evolve, it’s intensely personal.
Two sisters with impeccable taste, how did you find yourself in interiors? Hey thanks! Interiors have always been in the background throughout our other careers, we love real estate and playing about with our homes. We saw a window out of our jobs and we took the leap!
Most treasured piece in your home?
Sarah: My Baltic pine king size bed that we made from two Swedish single beds, it’s one of a kind and I love that we came up with the idea because we didn’t want to waste such good wood.
Emma: It’s a whole room we built out the back of our house when we were renovating, as a separate rumpus room that I have now commandeered so that I can use for myself anyway that I want. While my house is filled with things, I like this space feeling big and spacious.
Tell us about your AirBnBs: My Sister & The Sea is our white weatherboard cottage in Marion Bay on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, an old kit home from Sweden that sleeps six. It has European oil paintings, French linen, and vintage treasures but still with barefoot beach shack vibes. We bought this place together six years ago and used it together for family holidays and parental escape weekends. In 2018 we turned it into an Airbnb after posting photos of it on Instagram and getting asked ‘can we stay here?’
Love & Mutiny is our pink 1950s shack on the beach - also on the Yorke Peninsula but at Chinaman Wells, two hours from Adelaide. It’s got the same vintage charm, we had fun designing the colourful interiors, the views of sunset/ sunrise/ moonrise are incredible, and one of the reasons we bought the shack in 2019. It sleeps four.
Why did you choose this Little Tienda quilt?
Emma: Because I really love a warmer palette and this quilt is simple and modern yet made in a traditional way. I love an Indian kantha quilt!
Sarah: I love that you can get different looks from each side of the quilt, the floral looks so pretty on my bed and the green (I love this particular shade of green so much!) looks crisper, more simple. The hot pink binding makes the quilt look modern.
How will you use it? Well we’ve been talking about this because we keep finding so many uses for them, they’re so generous in size. On our beds, layered over a couch which we love the look of, taken to the beach as a blanket, folded up in a stack, movie nights over our laps.
What do you love about it? We love the generous sizing, the beautiful hand stitching, it feels lightweight yet feels like such thick heavy quality, and that they look contemporary.
The Little Tienda Home quilt collection is available online now.
For your chance to win a Little Tienda quilt + INARTISAN dining chair - head here!