An old Victorian home gets a complete overhaul with easy decorating ideas that don’t break the bank.
Greg Mallyon’s renovated Victorian home retains many original features and makes the most of its bush location.
“Living areas provide an element of surprise with white, bright open spaces.”
“THIS HOUSE WAS A DERELICT
100-year-old weatherboard home known by the local real estate agent as ‘The Rathouse’ in acknowledgement of the previous occupants. Even so, the block had beautiful bush views and lots of potential – Joseph and I bought the property a few years ago and, while it would have been cheaper to bulldoze and start afresh, we decided we wanted to keep the original house and whatever features that could be retained. To that end, the interior was completely gutted and the two surrounding acres cleared of overgrown blackberry bushes and weeds.
Most of the renovation was a DIY job with input from local tradies. The house is original Victorian with a ’70s addition at the rear of the house and we renovated so that the front rooms and hall are in dark and moody tones and the living areas provide an element of surprise with white, bright open spaces looking out onto expansive bush views.
AN ARTIST’S TOUCH
Decorating the house is a joint collaboration, with onsite supervision by Dingo. The main bedroom and guest bedroom were finished first so we could have at least two rooms that were comfortable and attractive – the rest of the house was a work in progress with months of the bathroom doubling as an impromptu kitchen. We had a concept that the house inside and out would follow a smart and simple black
and white scheme – the house was painted pink for decades so it was a controversial choice for the neighbours!
My studio used to be an old ratinfested garage and has had a total makeover. The entire interior, including ceiling and walls, was lined with pine planks and recycled timber for insulation and weatherproofing and recycled windows were cut into the corrugated iron walls to add light to what was a very dark space.
Our dining area opens on to the back deck, which has it’s own dining and lounge space with bush views. It also doubles as a herb garden so we have easy access to fresh ingredients. As for the garden, we started from scratch after we cleared all the weeds. It’s been two years of intense activity, with some outside areas and garden landscaping still in progress, but we’ve planted hundreds of shrubs, succulents, trees and annuals over that time. I’m looking forward to eventually expanding my studio to be bigger and better!”
Third time’s a charm Greg painted the floor in the living area black, then light grey, but he didn’t like either colour and finally repainted in a dark grey Porter’s Paint shade – Mineral.
Master of colour A fuzzy yellow throw from Freedom and perfectly colourcoordinated cushions bring warmth to the living room. LIVING ROOM
KITCHEN Good move
The kitchen was originally the toilet and laundry but was configured to take advantage of the amazing views.
LIVING ROOM Divide & conquer A screen separates the study from the living area and allows for air flow between the two rooms. Outside, the same screens are used for privacy.
DINING Bright idea Greg cleverly combined light fittings from Beacon Lighting and Freedom to get the look he wanted.