CONVERSATION: SARA CRAMPTON

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WE have been fans of Sara Crampton [nee Donaldson] and her timeless, minimalist sense of style for years.

Sara is the creative talent behind influential style blog Harper and Harley, which she started a decade ago, and now the buyer and director for online shopping destination, THE UNDONE.

Needless to say, we were humbled when this style icon chose us to create bespoke concrete vanities for her bathrooms when she renovates the bungalow-style home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, which she shares with her husband, Richard.

Here, Sara chats exclusively with Concrete Nation about her renovation, her design inspirations and why she opted to incorporate architectural concrete into her dream home.

As founder of minimalist fashion blog, Harper and Harley, you were one of the first bloggers in Australia. What sparked your passion for fashion and interiors?

Personal style transcends to all facets of your life. I’m very minimal in the clothes I choose to wear, and have an easy-to-wear approach to style, which also applies to the furniture and styling of our home.  I love working with a neutral palette and adding natural textures and warming elements to make sure it’s not too clinical. I love the idea of concrete as its smooth to touch but also has its own unique characteristics. 

You are also the director and buyer for The Undone. Can you tell us a little about this..

After seven or so years running my blog, I launched The UNDONE three years ago. It’s an online shopping destination for women where everything is curated with a minimalist and timeless outlook. For this reason, we don’t stock anything bright and colourful and instead we have an array of neutrals that are intended to all work back with each other and can be worn season after season after season. I’ve found that when you strip back colour, you’re more thoughtful with your purchases, you’re able to focus on design, fabrication, silhouette and the detail of a garment so much more, and less likely to discard after a couple of wears. 

You are about to renovate your home. Will it also have a minimalist aesthetic?

It has some beautiful characterises we’ll be keeping like ornate ceilings and to make them stand out - just like I would in my personal style. I believe a minimalist approach really makes these quieter details pop. We’ll be bringing more natural light into the home and create a nice balance with warm minimalism, so we’ll be using natural materials like timber and a palette of warm beige and whites. 

Is this your dream home?

We absolutely love the area as are really close to beautiful harbour beaches of Clontarf and Balgowlah Heights, less then 10 minutes drive from Manly and down the road from our local community of shops and cafes. I’m excited to put our personal stamp on the structure and design of the home. I can see us easily being here for the next 10 years, and if we moved it wouldn’t be too far. 

Who/what are your design inspirations for the renovation?

I’ve collected so many references, so my current moodboard  consists of:  micro cement walls a modern take on a traditional tadelakt approach, cement in white and warm beige, timber, matt black tapware and warm beige stone tiles like Travertine. My main objective is create a light filled liveable and warm yet minimal home. 

We are creating bespoke concrete vanities for your upcoming renovation. Why did you decide to incorporate architectural concrete into the home?

I love the seamless nature of concrete and how Concrete Nation are able to achieve this look and work with you on creating something bespoke. Concrete will give the bathrooms that minimal and modern aesthetic and then I’ll warm it up using accents of stone, timber and creating lots of natural light. That’s the vision anyway!

Can you share some of your go-to suppliers?

I’m currently still sourcing, but I love ABI Interiors tapware and I’m currently chatting to local Sydney micro cement experts, as I would love to incorporate this into our home. 

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