Interior Stylist Steve Cordony and partner Michael Booth split their time between Sydney and Rosedale Farm in Orange, NSW. Almost 10 years after their first date, the pair reflect on their unique love.
No two people are the same. We all enter this world with our own unique set of quirks, nuances and can’t-be-replicated behaviours. Similarly, no two love stories are the same, either – when two adults come together, the bond the couple share is theirs and theirs only. That’s what makes it so special. In partnership with Georg Jensen, we’re speaking to well-known duos to find out more about their unique love. Following on from Gritty Pretty Founder & Editor-in-Chief Eleanor Pendleton and husband Mathew Wilson, today, we’re speaking to Interior Stylist Steve Cordony and partner Michael Booth.
It’s been a decade since Steve and Michael first crossed paths. Well, almost. “We met at a friends art gallery exhibition opening 10 years ago in March,” Steve tells Gritty Pretty. “We had a mutual friend in common who introduced us that evening.” The pair hit it off; Michael sent Steve a Facebook message, inviting him over for dinner not too long after. “[He] cooked me a home cooked meal – his famous (and one of three dishes he makes) lemon roast chicken. We sat on his terrace and talked for hours, and I remember driving home and wanting to call my best friend to debrief, but it was past midnight.”
On the second date, “Steve brought his best friend Sophie over for dinner,” Michael remembers. “While I cooked, she probed me for information. She must have thought I was relatively normal even though I was the owner of a burnt orange couch.”
Now, the pair divide their time between Sydney and Rosedale Farm – a property located minutes from Orange CBD in country New South Wales. With classic-meets-contemporary interiors in Steve’s signature style, the homestead makes for a luxurious-yet-cozy retreat. Steve and Michael purchased the estate in early 2017 and slowly but steadily turned it into what we see today on Rosedale Farm’s popular Instagram account. The project has strengthened their partnership and love, Michael says, “[and has also] brought laughter, tears, tantrums (mainly Steve), exhaustion and amazing new friendships.”
Over the course of a decade, a relationship is going to see it’s highs and lows – especially when there’s a home renovation involved. (Have you seen The Block?) However, Steve and Michael have always crossed life’s hurdles together. For Steve, Michael is his rock: “He sees me at my low points and loves me more than when I’m at my highs,” he says. “Michael is one of the most caring people I know. If someone is in need or going through a tough situation, he is the first one to drop everything and spring to action to help.”
In any relationship, it’s important to celebrate milestones; the pair have rung in plenty of birthdays and anniversaries with a timeless piece of jewellery. As Steve explains, “Jewellery is timeless, endless and representative of a moment in time that lasts forever – and if you’re lucky enough to find true love, you will know that these two go hand in hand.”
“We have been talking about getting matching rings to wear,” Michael tells Gritty Pretty. “As it’s 10 years this March, there is no better time to commemorate the moment than something beautiful that we both wear.”
What’s next for this stylish duo? With renovations of Rosedale Farm still underway, these two have a busy period ahead. In 10 years, perhaps they’ll be splitting their time between Australia and abroad (watch this space). In 20 years, Steve predicts they’ll be “sitting on the verandah, hand in hand enjoying the simple things in life.” That sounds pretty good to us.
Tell us, have you experienced Georg Jensen’s Fusion collection? What was the first item of jewellery that your partner bought you?