Katie and Charles fell in love with a 100-year-old re­stored Queens­lan­der, the per­fect house to com­ple­ment Katie’s eclec­tic style.

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A ren­o­vated Queens­lan­der gets a glam­orous update with Katie’s eclec­tic mid-cen­tury/mod­ern coun­try style.

“MY PART­NER, CHARLES, AND I were rent­ing a beau­ti­ful Art Deco cot­tage in Ke­dron, about 8km north of the Bris­bane CBD, when we started look­ing to buy our first home to­gether. We love homes with char­ac­ter and orig­i­nal fea­tures, and our search was tak­ing us fur­ther and fur­ther out of in­ner-city Bris­bane. My cousin, Trudy, lives in Day­boro, a small coun­try town about 45-min­utes’ drive north-west of Bris­bane, in an old Queens­lan­der ren­o­vated by lo­cal build­ing com­pany Her­itage Lane Homes. When I saw it, I knew I wanted a sim­i­lar ren­o­vated Queens­lan­der as our for­ever home.


At the end of last year, this home came up for sale in the same area. It was built about 100 years ago in East Bris­bane, and it was pur­chased then moved to Day­boro and ren­o­vated in 2016 by Her­itage Lane Homes. On a whim, Charles and I came to look at it and we loved it from the get-go. When it was ren­o­vated, the builders added an ex­tra

out­door liv­ing area, as well as a but­ler’s pantry, pow­der room, mud room and mod­ern coun­try kitchen. Most of the orig­i­nal win­dows were pre­served, the doors are all orig­i­nal (and in some places im­per­fect), and lit­tle de­tails, like the era-ap­pro­pri­ate win­dow latches, have been added. The tim­ber floor­ing is orig­i­nal and freshly pol­ished. The house has all-new wiring, elec­tri­cal, plumb­ing, paint and bath­rooms, so we didn’t have to do any ren­o­vat­ing, but we still have a charm­ing Fed­er­a­tion-style home.


The kitchen is the hub of our home. Even if we aren’t cook­ing, it is where we catch up at the end of the day, chat about work, and feed the cats and give them cud­dles. Also, our bed­room is so cosy and as the weather gets cooler, I am spend­ing more and more time in this room. Though I love cre­at­ing vi­gnettes through­out the house, I try to keep the bed­room un­clut­tered so we al­ways have a peace­ful sanc­tu­ary. But my favourite space is the liv­ing­din­ing area. It brings me joy to see our din­ing ta­ble full with loved ones, or to be loung­ing with friends in the liv­ing room. My favourite piece has to be our green vel­vet sofa. I lusted af­ter it for al­most a year be­fore buy­ing it. The colour goes per­fectly with the green glass in the win­dows and is re­flected well in all our in­door plants. It lifts the room and makes it in­stantly glam­orous!


My style re­ally suits our house: it’s eclec­tic, vin­tage and mod­ern coun­try with clean mid-cen­tury mod­ern lines. Our home is a cu­rated mix of old and new, func­tional and beau­ti­ful items. Lots of pieces are sal­vaged from op shops, vin­tage stores, Gumtree and even the side of the road and the tip. My favourite stores at the mo­ment are Kmart, Ikea and West Elm, and I get in­spi­ra­tion from Pin­ter­est, but a lot of it comes from just buy­ing pieces I love.

I think it’s im­por­tant to al­low your aes­thetic to evolve over time. You don’t need to have your home per­fect from the day you move in – so much of the joy for me is in the hunt for the per­fect pieces. Mix­ing de­sign styles makes a home whim­si­cal and in­ter­est­ing.”

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The bright and airy open-plan liv­ing-din­ing space is Katie’s favourite. The state­ment green vel­vet sofa is from Ikea. Up­cy­cled ot­tomans are re­uphol­stered in sim­ple grey linen.

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