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