Katie and Charles fell in love with a 100-year-old restored Queenslander, the perfect house to complement Katie’s eclectic style.
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.
ROOM BY ROOM
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!
IN THE MIX
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.”
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.