“Our home is full of colour and sun­shine.”

Stephanie and Ju­lian could see the po­ten­tial of the char­ac­ter-filled Queens­lan­der-style home, which was in des­per­ate need of an up­date.

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with the warm feel of this 110-year-old cot­tage. We liked both the raised Queens­lan­der­style that I grew up with in Bris­bane, com­bined with the fire­places, high ceil­ings and old-time char­ac­ter of Lon­don, where we’d lived for five years.

A quick re­vamp

The house had great bones, but needed some im­me­di­ate love. So for three weeks be­fore we moved in, we painted the en­tire in­te­rior and ex­te­rior, re­placed all the floor­boards and laid a new deck out the front. Then, af­ter a year of liv­ing here, we ren­o­vated the master bath­room and en­suite. They needed mod­ernising and re­fresh­ing but it was im­por­tant to us that they re­tained the older style of the house.

When dec­o­rat­ing, I tend to go on gut in­stinct and fill rooms with what makes me happy, rather than what is prac­ti­cal. I was brought up on a wild pal­ette of colour which forms the back­bone of my style. Our home is full of bright colour and sun­shine – it’s very Aus­tralian, open and breezy. We spend a lot of time out­side on the deck with our ba­bies as it’s a great, safe place.

In fu­ture we’d like to jazz up the kitchen, which is very roomy but needs up­dat­ing. Our home is per­fect for now, al­though as our ba­bies grow up we may need to look at how we max­imise our out­door space.”


In and out With servery win­dows open­ing out from the kitchen, the deck is a much-used space. The colour­ful stools came from Matt Blatt.

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