As founder of textiles and homewares brand The Print Society, Karen Johnston knows how to transform a dull piece of fabric into something vibrant and fabulous.
She has also worked her creative charm on her property at Como, having made the move from Sydney’s inner west to the south with her husband Adam and their six-year-old beagle, Cooper.
“I love the location — we’re really close to parks and the Georges River, which is great for Cooper,” Karen says.
“We sold our house in Enmore because we needed more space and knew we needed to look a little further out to get that.”
Karen says the house is quite old, but the large rooms and high ceilings sold them.
The couple spent the first nine months gutting the inside of the house, doing away with all the old timber panelling, installing new windows and doors, blackbutt flooring, and finally, a new kitchen and bathrooms.
“As soon as we saw the floorplan, we knew what we would do to open it up and put our own stamp on it,” she says. “
It also faces northeast, so we get beautiful light all day.
“The whole house is designed around entertaining, so we moved the kitchen closer to the centre of the house. Adam loves cooking — lucky me — but still wants to be part of the action.”
Currently, the couple are in the throes of renovating the exterior of the house and replaced the deck, and work is lined up for a new side courtyard and garage.
“The final item on the list is a dedicated studio for me, which I’m excited about,” she says.
Karen left behind a corporate career to follow her passion. Her plan is for The Print Society to become a certified B Corporation, which balances purpose and profit. In the meantime, she strives to minimise the environmental impact of the business.
Here are a few of Karen’s favourite items: