Per­sonal relics and a creative touch make this fam­ily home come to life.

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Je­lena An­der­son has used her creative touch to in­ject some vi­brant per­son­al­ity into her colour­ful fam­ily home.

“WE WERE LIV­ING IN A SMALL UNIT when our sec­ond child ar­rived and, while we loved our unit and prob­a­bly could have sur­vived with two lit­tle boys, we knew a move was in­evitable at some point (read: boys!). Keen to stay in the same area, with its prox­im­ity to the bush, good schools, parks and close to our fam­ily and friends, we found our four-bed­room home that had been ren­o­vated ex­ten­sively by the pre­vi­ous own­ers about seven years be­fore.


De­spite it be­ing ren­o­vated, we were still keen to make a few changes and set about re­mov­ing car­pets from the boys’ bed­room (I strug­gle with the thought of car­pet and kids’ mess!), and up­dat­ing the floor­ing through­out. We wanted to re­fresh the in­te­rior and in­stall un­der­floor heat­ing and re­place the ex­ist­ing cherry-coloured hard­wood for more hard­wear­ing lam­i­nate. The oak colour we chose hides dirt, dust and mess like you wouldn’t be­lieve. As the kids are get­ting older and us­ing their rooms dif­fer­ently, and we also en­ter­tain more, Dar­ren and I are al­ways talk­ing about how we can im­prove the look and feel of our space.


I’d de­scribe the style of our home as eclec­tic, evolv­ing, un­pre­ten­tious, ca­sual, warm and happy. I like to get a sense of how we use a room be­fore dec­o­rat­ing, tak­ing into ac­count the all-im­por­tant light fac­tor. I take a lot of in­spi­ra­tion from home­wares mag­a­zines and In­sta­gram – there are so many ta­lented in­te­rior stylists, de­sign­ers and home­wares re­tail­ers.

I re­ally en­joy mix­ing things up a bit and mov­ing things around to change the mood – a sim­ple fur­ni­ture reshuf­fle can see the boys choos­ing to play board games more of­ten (be­cause I switched cof­fee tables around) or hud­dling to­gether with a good story (be­cause the sofa is bask­ing in the af­ter­noon sun). For us, home is dy­namic, in­ter­est­ing and a whole lot of fun.”

One of a kind

Je­lena painted the unique art­work above the sofa for her son Ruben’s first birth­day.

Pit­ter-pat­ter proof Oak lam­i­nate has been in­stalled through­out for prac­ti­cal­ity.

DE­TAIL Hot pots Mex­i­can Talav­era pots are a vi­brant ad­di­tion in the yard.

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