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At home with Black Mango’s Kylie Porter-Wright

Written by Steph Callow for The Advertiser - Sunday Mail. Posted here

Kylie & Marshall

At home with Kylie Porter-Wright, owner of Black Mango. Photo: Nick Clayton.

The owner of online homewares store Black Mango shows us around her idyllic Adelaide property, complete with a lust-worthy outdoor bath.

AGE 42

WORK LIFE

Own and run Black Mango online furniture and lighting store with my husband Daniel.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Being invited to the end of season launch of The Block last season and also receiving personal lovely messages from our happy customers every week.

 Home Entry

At home with Kylie Porter-Wright, owner of Black Mango. Photo: Nick Clayton.

I’VE LIVED IN MY HOME FOR …

Four years, although we occupied the land in a little transportable for seven years before that, which is now our studio.

MY HOME IS A …

A place to watch the seasons roll in and a space to gather together at the end of each day.

I LIVE WITH …

My husband Daniel, our three children Tamia (16), Marni (14) and Mack (12) and our gorgeous dog Marshal.

I LOVE MY HOME BECAUSE …

It is peaceful, it is a place that has space to breathe and areas to snuggle. When we pull in the driveway it feels like miles away from anywhere, although it is only 20 minutes to the beach and 20 to the city

Outdoor Bath

At home with Kylie Porter-Wright, owner of Black Mango. Photo: Nick Clayton.

BUT I STILL NEED TO …

Add some bookcases for all of our books and get some more art on the walls!

MY DECORATING STYLE …

Hmmmm, a little bit Hamptons, a little boho, a little country all thrown in the mix. We like natural tones with pops of colour. Fresh flowers are a must, whether it is a blossom branch from the garden or a big bunch from the local florist.

FAVOURITE PART OF YOUR HOME

As far as our family goes, hands down the kitchen/living area. I love that all five of us can be in here getting ready for the day without it being crowded. I also love the view from every window.

Kylie & Daniel with their 3 children 

At home with Kylie Porter-Wright, owner of Black Mango. Photo: Nick Clayton.

RECENT PURCHASE

A Hampton club chair from our current Black Mango range, a real fav! Outside of our store, it would be my huge vintage Webster dictionary found at a market for $5 (not as convenient as Google, but very, very cool)

I COLLECT …

Books, vintage finds, Black Mango pieces and can I say clothes?

 Lounge Setting

At home with Kylie Porter-Wright, owner of Black Mango. Photo: Nick Clayton.

HOME FAVOURITES

Apart from my husband, our 3 sweetheart children and our dog….

Photos — My parents bought me a Cannon for my 18th birthday and I have been hooked ever since. I remember watching my aunty capture moments and I would pour over her images, now I do the same.

Front door — We found it at Stepney Architectural Traders on Nelson St. It is over 200 years old and bought before the house was even drawn, we basically built the house around it. I adore its character and the energy it brings into our home on arrival.

Our dining table — Daniel made our table using the floor boards from the original homestead next door. I watched him crafting it with so much love and care. It seats 12 comfortably for dinner parties and also manages to feel like the perfect size for just the five of us.

 Kylie Porter-Write

At home with Kylie Porter-Wright, owner of Black Mango. Photo: Nick Clayton.

I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT…

My family, friends, music and Haighs’ lemon truffles!

WHEN I GET HOME AT NIGHT, I …

Do after school pick up, sports training, homework and dinner… We usually play a few rounds of Uno over some chatter, before retreating to the couch.

AT WEEKENDS I LIKE TO …

Start with a coffee in bed taking in the view, time outside, catch up with family and friends and easy Sunday nights ready for the week ahead.

 Dining Room

At home with Kylie Porter-Wright, owner of Black Mango. Photo: Nick Clayton.

MY FIRST CAR WAS …

A handed down yellow Lancer, I loved it, then a silver Escort, before I settled down with my true love — a beaten up Kombi van that I resprayed electric blue with my brother.

I LIKE TO LISTEN TO …

Lots of different tunes, from background beats to big loud sing along car ballads with my children. I like music that sets the tone for productivity and fun.

AT THE MOMENT I AM READING …

‘Daring & Disruptive’ by Lisa Messenger and any Home magazines I can get my hands on. Also my Nanushka books by Adelaide poet Nan Witcomb are a great source of comfort.

Kylie & Daniel's Backyard 

At home with Kylie Porter-Wright, owner of Black Mango. Photo: Nick Clayton.

CLEAN FREAK OR MESSY BESSIE?

Bit of both — I like to move our furniture around a lot and mix things up, I often set up a photo shoot and leave it like that for a while, creating a trail along the way.

ON MY WISH LIST IS …

A long family holiday next year and completing the list of jobs at home.

WHEN I’M HOME I LIKE TO COOK …

Daniel is definitely the top chef in our house and I like to make guest appearances every now and then! I am pretty casual, in charge of risotto, chicken enchiladas, the easy yummy weeknight dishes.

FAV CAFÉ/ RESTAURANT

Daniel goes to B3 coffee in Blackwood every morning with his cup and computer in hand. I frequent Joan’s Pantry for its gorgeous ambience, lovely coffee & food. We love Parisis’s on King William Rd and always enjoy heading to Brighton for ice-cream on summer nights.

IN MY GARDEN I HAVE …

Lots of native plants and trees endemic to the area. We have a gorgeous orchard full of delicious fruit trees, given and planted on birthdays as gifts to each other and from family.

WHEN I WAS A CHILD I WANTED TO BE …

I changed my mind everyday as a teenager and I love where I ended up, being a mum and creating and evolving with Black Mango.

 Tivoli Table Lamp

At home with Kylie Porter-Wright, owner of Black Mango. Photo: Nick Clayton.

FAVOURITE SA HOLIDAY SPOT

Top three: Carrickalinga, Middleton & Kangaroo Island, taking long walks on the beach and spending quality ‘hang out’ time with our children.

DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION

Daniel and I went to New Zealand for a short trip, stayed at Waiheke Island ‘researching’ food, wineries and the amazing NZ homes, it was a dream. We would really like to take the children and do a big trip around the mainland.

Kylie & Daniels Home 

At home with Kylie Porter-Wright, owner of Black Mango. Photo: Nick Clayton.

SOMETHING YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?

Building up Black Mango and being even more flexible in our work life than we already are, and to have mastered the art of truly being in every moment.

MY NEIGHBOURS ARE …

Awesome, we put a small gate in between our properties for easy catch ups and for our dogs to play together.

Kylie & Daniels Home 

At home with Kylie Porter-Wright, owner of Black Mango. Photo: Nick Clayton.

IF I COULD AFFORD IT I WOULD LIVE …

Brighton Esplanade, although staying put sounds pretty wonderful too.

HOME MEANS …

Belonging, happiness and unconditional love.

 

 

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