This week Kara Demmrich, one half of professional renovating duo Kyal & Kara, edits our new 2017: Collection 01, choosing her favourite products for their coastal home.
Z: Tell us a little about your background and how you have landed where you are now?
K: I actually studied physiotherapy at university whilst Kyal completed a carpentry apprenticeship, and went on to obtain his builders license. Kyal and I have always loved renovating and it’s always been a dream of ours to renovate full time.
We purchased our first home together when we were 20 and spent evenings after work and weekends transforming a tiny shack into a gorgeous family home (more pics our journal at kyalandkara.com). When The Block auditions opened in 2013, we saw it as an opportunity to do something we love full time for three months. Little did we know how much this would change our lives. Four years later plus A LOT of hard work, we’ve completed over 25 renovations and we’re now renovating for ourselves full time. In this time, we established a building business ‘Diverse Design & Construct.’ We’re also brand ambassadors for some amazing companies such as Beaumont Tiles and Bisley Workwear and work on Network Ten’s ‘The Living Room’ completing their Design Challenges.
Z: Tell us about your favourite project?
K: There’s something we love about every project we do. Our first home was such a labour of love, so it will always be special to us. Producing an online series for our latest renovation ‘Toowoon Bay Reno’ was a whole new experience and we’re looking forward to doing it all over again – sharing our current project ‘Long Jetty Reno.’
Z: You work with a lot of ceramics in the houses you renovate, what do you like about working with these products?
K: I adore ceramics in white, sandy and natural colours. They are such a great way to add warmth and texture to a space, they work well with our relaxed coastal style.
Z: What do you love about your top picks from our latest collection?
K: I love the sage colour of the Dimple Tray. It works so beautifully paired with native foliage, and complements the coastal colours in our home. I also love the subtle pattern in the snow Terrazzo Hooks – the bonus is, they’re practical!