A homely modern house in Melbourne



Carla Fletcher’s Koala artwork crossed my cyber path again. After seeing it in the Brooklyn home of an Australian couple, I incidentally bumped into it again, this time in a Melbourne house, hence I decided to show you today that home. There are some similarities compared to the previous interior: the above mentioned artworks, Eames chairs, and Australian residents. However the style and general ambiance is very different.

This beautiful contemporary house in the inner-city of Melbourne, Australia used to be an old pub, but nowadays it is the four-bedroom family home of Elise Elliot, a television and newspaper journalist; her husband Tom, host of 3AW’s Drive program; their daughter Ava, and Goldie, Blackie and Nemo the goldfish.

Although the interior is thoroughly modern, it is still very welcoming, friendly and homey. Thanks to the various works of art in the house, each room has a strong, specific character.



Design classic Tolix stools give a slightly industrial edge to the smooth and sophisticated kitchen. The bench top is made from polished concrete, as well as the floor, which is stain and scratch free. Timeless and balanced ambiance:



A stainless-steel splashback shimmers against the dark tones of the cabinetry and living area. The huge glass doors opening onto the deck and garden enhance the dramatic look. When the doors are open the kitchen is doubled in size and made for entertaining:



The chic large-scale Le Blanc artwork works well in this cosy space. It is an original from Letitia Morris Gallery and adds a lively graphic detail to an otherwise empty corner. The ‘Sabrina’ sofa and the chess-like side tables are from Zuster, while the lamp is from Space Furniture:



An inventive seating nook with a garden view corporate into the floor-to-ceiling library serves as an innovative reading corner. The dark shelves allow the colourful book spines to become a feature, while a vista of revitalising green comes through from the fern garden outside the window:



There is a suspended walkway leading to the master bedroom. The couple has a personal connection to the evocative piece by David Bromley, that offers a gentle wash of color:



Being a journalist means a lot of “homework”, so Elise needed a home office where she can focus deeply. Serene white is the perfect environment for her, where only the little accessories bring some personality to the minimal look:melbourne-home-1


The aforementioned koala artwork by Carla Fletcher echoes the tones of the dining area: it embodies perfectly its overall look. A circular ‘Stella’ table from Zuster is a nice match for the iconic and curved Eames DSW chairs (see them in the next post!):melbourne-home-2


The home has a northerly orientation, offering plenty of light and spectacular views day and night. The freestanding Moda ‘Ellipsis’ bath adds an inviting curve to the ensuite and makes the most of a beautifully oversized window. Black electric shutters provide extra privacy here:



Ava’s room is not a a typical “pinkified” little girls’ room! Elise was tired of that style so she decided to buy a unique mural from Anthropologie and now Ava’s wall has a “Faraway Tree”. The detailed and colorful mural is smartly paired with very light, soothing neutral furnishing to avoid the “too much” effect. The in-built storage of the bed stashes the favorite toys, books and trinkets close to hand:



The ‘Acapulco’ chairs from Amor Y Locura fit nicely in the garden:


Source, Photography: Derek Swalwell

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