Home with heart
PAULA Bowen rarely wants her Northcote home to be “photo ready” — although she confesses that for our photo shoot, she put a few things away. What is immediately apparent when entering this home is how welcoming and “real” it feels — how elegance and style can so beautifully meet the practicalities of robust family life.
“We seem to have this view that you should be able to get a house out of the box on day one, which will be complete, perfect and finished,” Ms Bowen said. “I don’t think that reflects the evolving nature of our lives. While I think the idea of a photo-ready house is lovely, it’s not a realistic view.”
About seven years ago, Ms Bowen and her husband, Martin Breeze, started converting their rundown,