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Home Stories: Nick Georgalis

Ashley Feraude

Do you ever wonder which foods top chefs grab from the fridge at home for a midnight snack?

Or if race car drivers are safer than all Volvo and Saab drivers put together once they are on normal roads? Or, perhaps, what a man who builds for a living does to his own home?

That last pondering is precisely why I wanted to meet Nick Georgalis, Founder and Managing Director of Canberra Property Development Group, GEOCON. Although when I say, “builds for a living”, I really mean ‘transforms the Canberra skyline with more developments than I have pocket squares’.

Right from the handshake, it was clear that Nick is a man filled with confidence. Not just in himself or the achievements of his company, but in the unique position of Canberra as Australia’s most progressive and evolving city. He’s a man who believes in the rich fabric of our culture and—most importantly—in the unparalleled benefits of living here.

All this positivity started to rub off on me. As we made our way around the spacious open plan kitchen, living and dining areas, we started passionately discussing the new Kingston Arts Precinct development. A few minutes into that chat and I saw my opportunity to suggest exactly what kind of gallery should be placed in that location, right down to the entrance walkway. I did notice he wasn’t taking any notes, but perhaps he was going to speak to the investors about it straight after our meeting, so I assume there was no need. I hope they name the building after me.

Moving around the elegant and comfortably-styled family home, it became very apparent that his confidence was reflected in the design of the home—from the grand entrance, high lofts, large bedroom and office spaces, right up to the roof terrace.

And then it hit me; many of us question our taste and decisions around our homes—and that’s fine—but we should be more confident in our personal taste and gut instinct. Because confidence in design is as much about actually being able to make a decision as it is about accepting that not everything needs to be perfect. It’s an on-going process, so enjoy it.

To that point, while we were standing on Nick’s roof terrace discussing why he loves being among the ‘thick of Kingston life’ he pointed to some yellow weeds where plants once were and said, ‘Sorry about this sight, I’m really not a green thumb’. I suggested, ‘Succulents. What you need is a ton of succulents’. He didn’t take any notes that time either, but I’m sure they’ll be there next time I visit.

Before you go, I’d like to do a shout out to my friend Victor who has been taking the photos you’ve been enjoying with me for pretty much the duration of the series. He is moving on to spend more time on fashion photography and I’m going to miss working with him, all the humour involved in that and having someone to make fun of. But there we have it, so here’s to Victor and I hope he remembers me when he is working for Vogue.

 

 

 

 

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Photography: Victor Tawagi

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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