Home with heart

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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,

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