After 12 years of changes, Steph and Glenn’s late-1960s house in Sydney’s north-west is now colourful, quirky and much-loved.
Years of changes and lots of TLC have turned Steph and Glenn’s late-1960s house into a colourful and quirky oasis.
“GLENN AND I HAD BEEN to about 100 open house inspections when we came across this quite average one. Although where we were living with our three little girls was spacious, we were keen to move suburbs. From the outside it looked small but inside the house was really quite large. It had a great outlook over a golf course, was within walking distance of two schools and the layout was quirky, which I loved. However the textured wallpaper covering everything, including the ceilings, was far less appealing. But I had a strong feeling that this was the right house for us and I knew straightaway what I could do to it, so we made an offer in the driveway!
READY FOR AN UPDATE
The split-level house, built about 50 years ago, was in a fair condition when we moved in. But the interior decor was a complete disaster – that wallpaper had to go! We began tearing it down the first night we moved in. I’d put the kids to bed at 7pm and spend the next five hours removing wallpaper.
Over the next 12 months we tackled cosmetic changes, repainting the walls, replacing the dark wood panelling with
a more modern style, which we painted white, and recarpeting the bedrooms. After a year we were ready to make structural changes, and knocked down about six walls to create two large open-plan areas from the tiny separate kitchen, living and dining rooms. Six years ago we built the deck and last year replaced the back verandah.
Although we’d made budget changes – like painting the tiles – we lived with the original bathrooms until earlier this year when both were overhauled. Many happy hours were spent poring through magazines and online to design them! I included a laundry shute in the main one as nothing ruins a new bathroom more than a pile of filthy clothes!
MAKING MY MARK
I love all styles, except minimalism! I like clutter and things that remind me of someone or somewhere we have been. Inspiration comes from magazines, Pinterest, open homes and also Japan, where I lived for six years. Most of our furniture comes from eBay, Gumtree and garage sales – on Friday nights I’d map out the next morning’s garage sales (Glenn always feared my call, asking him to hook up the trailer!).
Pastels have always been a favourite with me, but I also like bold colours. Technically nothing matches but it all seems to come together in the chaos, like my mint green kitchen cupboard doors, replica Tolix stools and the pretty enamel cookware hanging up in the kitchen (which is too beautiful to actually use, I just love looking at it).
I’ve never lost my childish excitement about Christmas. We usually eat out on the deck and everyone contributes: Uncle Ron does the ham, my mum brings her delish Christmas cake and my mother-in-law makes her sherry trifle. We finish off with pool pony wrestles – I love the vibe of the day!“
READY TO HANG Round mirror, with leather strap, $19, from Kmart.
BLOW IT UP Luxe float swan in Gold, $99.95, from Sunnylife.