Child-friendly yet com­fort­able for adults, this art-filled home is for ev­ery­one.

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Af­ter a speedy up­date, the ter­race of keen art col­lec­tor Kirsty is the per­fect fit for her young brood.

“WE MOVED INTO THIS small, two-bed­room ter­race a week be­fore our third baby was due. Davo and I loved its lo­ca­tion – close to good schools, great restau­rants and wine bars, and not far from Bondi Beach, where we’d pre­vi­ously lived. It needed a bit of work, so over four days we re­placed old shelv­ing and wardrobes with new built-ins, con­verted a linen cup­board into a cot room, painted it and the bed­rooms, re­placed the up­stairs car­pet and, fi­nally, ripped out a wall-length of kitchen shelv­ing. We haven’t re­painted any­where else, as it makes sense to wait un­til we are past the “smeary fin­gers” stage – but I’m con­stantly fan­ta­sis­ing about adding colour to those white walls!


My ap­proach to decor is cur­rently led by bud­get and what’s child-friendly, but I think I as­pire to a mildly bo­hemian ver­sion of mid-century mod­ern! While dec­o­rat­ing mag­a­zines and In­sta­gram

pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion for fur­ni­ture I’d like when the chil­dren are older, I re­ally love art, so I’ve mainly bought lovely pieces for the walls, plus nice fur­nish­ings and ac­ces­sories for the chil­dren’s rooms. Re­cently we in­stalled a Sonos mu­sic sys­tem through­out the house, which has drawn the fo­cus away from the tele­vi­sion and into which­ever room has mu­sic play­ing, which is fab­u­lous.

The house is in­cred­i­bly light and, with the fam­ily area look­ing out onto the deck and trop­i­cal gar­den, it feels like we’re out­side. The boys love be­ing able to see out so much, and of­ten point out the aero­planes and moon at night.

Even­tu­ally we’d like to move one of the bed­room walls to re­turn the ter­race to its orig­i­nal three bed­rooms, ren­o­vate the kitchen and buy “adult” couches. But for now we’re en­joy­ing the play­ful feel of our home – it’s child-friendly yet com­fort­able for adults, as we’re not drown­ing in kids’ para­pher­na­lia.”


Green screen The fam­ily love the trop­i­cal style of their gar­den.


Colour through art Works like this huge paint­ing by Ja­cob Lo­gos add life to neu­tral walls through­out the house.


Cheap and cheer­ful Yellow metal stools give the kitchen a happy pop of colour.

KITCHEN In the kid zone Kirsty’s home has lots of child­friendly fur­ni­ture, like this Jolanda cof­fee ta­ble from In­te­rior Se­crets.

DE­TAIL Hang it up The boys like to clip their arty cre­ations here. Dig­nitet cur­tain wire from Ikea.

BATH­ROOM Cre­at­ing space A wall-hung van­ity and large mir­ror make this room seem big­ger.

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