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Home Stories: Larissa Hrstic

Ashley Feraude

From reading this series, you’ve probably picked up that I have an obsession with people who work from home, or whose home is entwined with their work.

Before visiting Larissa’s floral studio at her Griffith home, I thought my fascination with self-employed creative types was because I found the idea of everyone going to work at the same time, then returning at the same time…a little odd. We get stuck in traffic, wait in lunchtime queues and miss the opening hours of places that close just when we finish work.

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But actually, my interest in those who defy the typical 9 – 5 routine stems from something greater than that (please cue dramatic music). It’s actually about freedom. Yes—freedom to dictate your own schedule, and to personalise your workplace the way you personalise your home, to make it a reflection of you and the people you work with.

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From the moment I walked from Larissa’s home into her studio, I felt like I got to know her before we even conversed. Her space was filled with walls of mismatched glass jars, baskets, a classic bicycle, a massive workbench, wall art, sketches and large tubs full of flowers that are the epitome of nature showing-off in spectacular style.

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As she showed me around, I became a spectator—soaking up her relaxed, soft, vintage yet thoughtfully-curated styling. With the golden sunlight softly shining though hazy window panes onto the petal-littered floor, it felt like as though we’d stepped into a Frankie Magazine shoot. But we hadn’t…this was a genuine experience and true reflection of her aesthetic extended from her home, into her workplace.

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Unsurprisingly, Larissa didn’t start her career aspiring to be a florist, and instead dabbled in arty subjects. An accidental internship with a florist in her early 20s was the lightbulb moment that set her on the course to become one of Canberra’s most in-demand florists.

Gold scissors from Kikki K, $12.95.

Get the look: Gold scissors from Kikki K, $12.95.

I had a similar moment when I was six and announced to my parents that I wanted to be a night-time bus driver. Oddly, they didn’t let me pursue my childhood dream and made me study Psychology instead (…and just as well, or you’d be reading a series of articles on my favourite route from Tuggers to Belco).

I know many of you read these stories to gain inspiration for your homes, or perhaps to laugh at my unusual prose and use of grammar. But I’m quietly hoping you might be inspired to do something creative with your office too.

Even if we don’t have the option of working from home, why not get creative with your corporate workspace? Bring in your favourite framed print or that display cup set you’ve always liked and, while you’re at it, give Garry a succulent to cheer up his new stand-up desk.

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Get the look: Crystal Crush Tray from The Cool Hunter, $379.

You have the freedom to start this. People will notice, then follow and next thing you know you have a workplace with personality and a style that works.

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Get the look: Speedy coloured bowl set from top 3 by Design, $261.


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Get the look: Milano linen tablecloth in grey from Bed Bath ‘N Table, $119.


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Pastel Candle from Pepe's Paperie, $29.99.

Get the look: Pastel Candle from Pepe’s Paperie, $29.99.



Read all of Ashley’s Home Stories series here and read about Canberra Centre’s new homeware haven here.

Home Stories is brought to you in partnership with Canberra Centre

Photography by Amy Dobos


Ashley Feraude

Ashley Feraude is a creative consultant, music producer and man-about-town. Under his Sound Technique agency, he provides award-winning consultancy services ranging from branding design, creative content development and event music direction for events and hospitality venues. Under the alias Magnifik, he produces award-winning original music filled with electronic soul and performs melodic DJ sets at numerous night spots, events and festivals. And if that wasn’t enough, Ashley is also the author of this insightful interior design editorial series. So is he suffering from split personality disorder and has an obsession over pointy awards? Not really...he just loves design, music and getting an insight into people’s personalities. Plus he likes being really busy. More about the Author

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