Life & Style

At home and in the studio, with a talented Mayfield artist

Where to start with Kristy Elley… the lovely lady on the left.

There’s so much to love about this gorgeous little ball of energy, that I am afraid something will be missed. So let’s make a start with her beautiful art and gallery, otherwise known as helloHOLT.

Relocating to Mayfield from the Hunter Valley some five years ago, her life as an artist has been a lifetime in the works. Upon moving to Newcastle Kristy turned her attention to the foodie scene opening her own and much-loved café however, it was art that always had her heart.

More recognised in the past for her art in the Hunter Valley, on finding the George Street Mayfield property it doubled beautifully as a home and art studio/gallery space, with Kristy saying,

“I don’t really operate on hours or anchor myself down to a time as such. Usually when I am creating the studio front door is ajar, and I find people are quite happy to pop in just wanting to have a chat,” curious we presume to find out what’s happening behind the dark Dulux Domino exterior walls of this little suburban Mayfield house.

Kristy describes her style of art as being semi-abstract and quite loose in its technique. She works mostly with a limited palate of blacks, whites and greys, but incorporates colour trends, putting into practice her qualifications from the International School of Colour and Design (ISCD). Most recently, Kristy has released a range of limited edition illustrations, that can now be purchased through her website.

Whilst originally the plan was to only feature Kristy and her art, a quick peek behind the gallery doors revealed a nirvana of art, beautiful homely pieces and quirky items that we just couldn’t resist. Very obligingly Kristy invited us into her home introducing us to her wife Tanille and Frankie the pup.

Tanille and Kristy met very randomly on Anzac Day in 2014, a story they still have a laugh about. Perhaps more destiny than chance the couple have been inseparable since. In the time they’ve been together they’ve created a beautiful home, and soon business (more news on that to come soon, but for now, take a peek at And recently made it official, eloping to a quiet little country town in New Zealand.

Tanille says whilst the wedding happened all so quickly it was amazing, and there wasn’t a detail missed. They had an amazing photographer (Jodie C Photography), makeup artist (Paige Best), celebrant, personal chef, and stunning white tuxedos made by Gail from Stitches in Mayfield to perfectly complement their ultra-chic style.

To share their fabulous news with friends and family Kristy and Tanille mailed out 50 postcards from the little town’s post office/newsagent/fruit shop, of a picture they’d had taken on Stockton Beach prior to getting hitched. Two long weeks later, and many nervous drinks around the pool bar in Bali where they were honeymooning, the text messages and phone calls started rolling in. Of course with smiles, love and congratulations.

The love and friendship between Kristy and Tanille is just beautiful, and is scattered all over the home with quirky little messages appearing in the most delightful of places. Being an artist it's no surprise that their home is also filled with stunning pieces, with much of the vast collection being a tribute to their time and travels together.

The couple's most precious piece is in the hallway, a wall hanging which was purchased at Uluru, above. This spectacular piece makes an immediate impact as soon as you enter their home.

Each of the bedrooms feature statement pieces, injecting character into every corner of the home.

What was once a barber shop back in the day, is today a very beautiful and resourcefully furnished home. Upcycled and pre-loved items mingle faultlessly amongst a selection of more carefully selected statement pieces. However it’s these fun loving flexitarians* that bring the most life, laughter and light to their home, and Frankie the pup who kind of rules the roost.