Christie Whelan Browne
At home with This Wrong Girl actor gets it right
She might play vacuous, over-the-top Nikki in The Wrong Girl, but Melburnian actor Christie Whelan Brown is much more a home girl who is getting things right.
Christie and husband Rohan Browne renovated their first property five years ago, creating a calm oasis in their otherwise busy worlds.
“In this industry you’re always in a state of high energy, especially on stage, so this is where I can reboot. Everyone who comes over here says the same thing. It feels warm and homely,” she says.
“I never thought I would be able to feel as comfortable and relaxed anywhere but my family home that I grew up in, but Rohan and I have managed to create that in our own home.”
That said, Christie does admit the happy couple have very different interior design preferences. While she prefers a neutral palette and clean lines, Rohan likes splashes of colour.
“The green bar stools were his idea and they are a bone of contention. He thought there was too much white space in the house saying ‘I feel like I’m living in a hospital’ — but they’ll be gone soon.”
One thing they can both appreciate is the natural light that floods through the property. Aside from updating the kitchen and putting down new floorboards, the original back wall was knocked out to make way for bi-fold doors, which now open up to a back deck with planter boxes and a barbecue.
Christie and Rohan bought five years ago and, while ile it’s their first home, it won’t be their forever home.
“We were just trying to break into the market as itt was peaking, and it was feeling like an impossibility,” she says.
“This is our first home, but I don’t think we can make ake any more additions to it, and that includes a baby and da a dog (to be called Piggy). At some point, we will have to move on.”
It doesn’t work but I just love the look of an open fireplace. I light candles around it so the idea of a flame is there. We have the TV mounted above it on the wall.
I always like to have candles through the house. I have 100 half burnt ones, so Rohan’s forbidden me from buying any more unless I use the ones I already have.