Tactile details give this stylish Melbourne home a cosy edge.
From the outside, designer Marnie Goding’s Melbourne home looks simple and unassuming. But behind the oversized front door lies a gloriously renovated family space that’s as chic and classic as her muchloved fashion and accessories label, Elk.
Goding shares the home with her partner (in life and business) Adam Koniaras, their children Willow, six, and Ollie, two, plus their “furry child” Grover. With young kids running around, she loves the spacious feel of the home – and the large windows throughout. “The home is calm and warm, and has been designed to take advantage of the mountain views, which give a sense of airiness and freedom,” says Goding, who moved in almost three years ago. “We lived in a little townhouse for 15 years, tucked neatly beside our neighbours. This is the opposite and such a great change.”
Like the palette of Elk’s biannual collections, the shades Goding has used in the house are modern, muted
and designed with relaxation, rather than impact, in mind. “I’m drawn to colours, fabrics and textures that evoke comfort,” she says. “I think I’m the ultimate nester. Anything grey and fluffy and you have me hooked!” she laughs.
Running an international brand in the fast-paced world of fashion has made Goding not only value the downtime she has at home, but also the pieces she surrounds herself with. “My work has helped hone my eye and made me appreciate craftsmanship,” she explains. “It’s made me more considered, buying less of everything and questioning each purchase for need and quality.”
Her favourite pieces are those that have been collected, rather than just bought. “I have a drawing rescued from a sketchbook that my grandmother drew of her sister in 1932. It’s creased and discoloured but it’s one of my most treasured possessions,” says Goding, who cites 1stdibs (1stdibs.com) and Designstuff (designstuff.com.au) as favourite places to while away time online, and the Victorian stores Kyo (kyo.net.au) and Modern Times (moderntimes.com.au) as well as Muji (muji.com/au) for combing through in person. The true finds, though, often come from stumbling across something beautiful or unique while she’s on the road. “Most of my ideas probably come from travelling,” she says. “I’m lucky to go to places that are somewhat off the map and I love nothing more than rummaging through back rooms or shelves – that’s where you find the real treasures.”
Add an air of relaxation And refinement to your home with A mix of modern And mid-century-style pieces, Along with soft fabrics And interesting finds. Opt for A neutral colour scheme with metallic touches.
TOUCH OF GLASS Large windows increase the sense of space
A limited-edition work by Carla Fletcher brings a hint of Australiana to Ollie’s room (left)
LIGHT AND EASY Fluffy, comfortable fabrics and quality pieces dot the home
Cushions, $95 each, Lightly, lightly.com.au Buffet, $2,795, Organic Modernism, clickonfurniture.com.au Chair, $4,887, Jardan, jardan.com.au nathanjac.com.au Basket, $39, Olli Ella, olliella.com.au Bed, $549, Incy Interiors, incyinteriors.com.au
Toy, $350, Fenton & Fenton, fentonandfenton.com.au
Print, $750, Carla Fletcher, carlafletcher. bigcartel.com Mixer, $899, Kitchenaid, kitchenaid.com.au Chair, $490 for two, La Forma, retrojan.com.au
Floor lamp, $1,295, Coco Republic, cocorepublic. com.au Console, $1,700, Nathan + Jac,
Cushion, $170, Fenton & Fenton, fentonandfenton. com.au
Pendant light, $308, Lightly, lightly.com.au