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The Journey of building our forever home

The Journey of building our forever home

Contemporary Melbourne | House of the week

This weeks home tour is a contemporary home located in Melbourne. Originally an 1920's art deco home it's been renovated in a classic contemporary style with beautiful high ceilings, loads of natural light and stunning art

Who lives here 

Rebecca (interior consultant - instagram @becshnider ),  Braham (Management Consultant) , Twins Romy & Blake 22, and Berry 12

Style of home and location 

Contemporary style, Melbourne

Timeline of build 

The house was renovated in two stages -  The first renovation which included adding on two bedrooms, ensures, study area and laundry was done 5 years ago and the kitchen and downstairs media room was done 2 years ago.

How would you describe your interior design style and where did you get your inspiration for your beautiful home?

I wouldn’t categorise myself with a particular style, but i love white walls then adding warmth, colour and texture through furnishings and artwork to create a cosy feel.

For inspiration I devour my magazines, instagram and my huge selected of coffee table books that I’ve collected over the years and that’s always being updated. I also get lots of inspiration when I travel

Tell us about your renovation - what did you change?

In the original renovation we added on a teenagers retreat, study area and laundry to accommodate our older twins. We added in some cabinetry throughout the house and painted the house white as it was quite dark.

More recently we added  a new kitchen and 2 skylights as the kitchen is south facing and needed a boost of natural light throughout the day.

Best tips when renovating? 

• Live in the house first to get a feel for it.
• Do as much as you can to add in natural light
• Don’t be afraid to add colour and texture.
• Do your research thoroughly before starting any work as to minimise variations and costly mistakes.

Whats your favourite thing about living here?

Probably our favourite thing is being in a smaller house now while it still has everything we need.  It also quiet in our street and the kids can play out the front with the neighbours every night. Even all our dogs are out there playing together! Its also in great proximity to the city.

Your home features lot's of beautiful artwork - can you recommend some great places to source art? 

NKN gallery, Irving Laffner,Edwina Corlette, Fenton and Fenton and almost every artist now is on Instagram too.

Photography - Derek Swalwell  and Lauren Bamford


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