Pascale Gomes-McNabb on What Makes a Home

Pascale Gomes-McNabb
Pascale wears BASSIKE shirt dress, $495, wool pleated pants, $495, longerline belt, $220, leather hiker sandals, $550, and her own jewellery.

Photography by NICOLE BENTLEY
Styling by KARLA CLARKE

Here’s what makes a home a home.

Taking a bold leap into a new career, Pascale Gomes-McNabb pursued her love of design. Now she is one of Australia’s most stylish and in-demand architects.

There is unmistakable joy to be found in creating a home and Pascale knows it. Though she cut her teeth owning and running some of Australia’s hottest restaurants, a decade ago she turned her attention to architecture. It was a courageous move, and the career change paid off. She quickly made a name for herself as the arbiter of restaurant interior style, designing Melbourne’s Cumulus Inc. and Sydney’s Monopole, among others.

Pascale seeks to balance eclecticism with enduring style in everything she does. “You have to create and design spaces for a better way of living. Optimism in my line of work is hugely important.” As is attention to detail; “Great design is an amalgamation of many components, never just one thing.” 

You have to create and design spaces for a better way of living. Optimism in my line of work is hugely important.

She brings a sense of energy into her own home through considered decor. “Art is crucially important. It can transform and even help create the illusion of more space. The other thing I think every stylish home needs is a good rug.” Where possible, she encourages blurring the lines between indoors and out because, she says, “engagement with nature is crucial.” In other words, invest in house plants.

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