Home again The per­fect re­treat wasn’t far away for this fam­ily



When talk­ing real es­tate, prox­im­ity to water is of­ten at the top of the list and for many years Jane and her hus­band, Ja­son, loved their home that sat on the banks of Bris­bane’s river. Things changed though with the ar­rival of daugh­ters Annabel and Rosie, now 10 and eight. “The yard wasn’t fenced, so I of­ten wor­ried about them wan­der­ing down to the river with­out us,” ex­plains Jane. “Dur­ing the 2011 floods there was also a real risk our house would be in­un­dated, so we moved all our fur­ni­ture from the ground floor to the up­per level. For­tu­nately, the water didn’t make it in­side, but for me it tainted the ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing on the river.” As luck would have it, a house came up for sale on the same street, a lit­tle fur­ther back from the water, yet still boast­ing views of the river, some­thing the cou­ple was keen to keep. “We went and had a look and were sold,” says Jane. “It meant we were still by the river, but at a com­fort­able dis­tance.” Mov­ing in over Christ­mas 2014, the ex­pan­sive pool and kitchen were an in­stant hit, and with what she de­scribes as a “big, beige blank can­vas”, Jane be­gan dream­ing of changes that would make the home dis­tinctly theirs. Ren­o­vated by the pre­vi­ous own­ers who laid great neu­tral foun­da­tions, it was just fin­ish­ing touches such as fur­ni­ture, light­ing and win­dow dressings that needed re­work­ing. And the tim­ing was per­fect: the cou­ple were ready to up­grade all the fur­ni­ture they’d had since their chil­dren were born. En­list­ing the ex­per­tise of Melinda Boundy of Melinda Boundy De­sign, the brief was for a com­fort­able fam­ily home with a time­less colour pal­ette, filled with in­ter­est­ing pieces and a hint of glam­our. “I’d never used an in­te­rior de­signer be­fore, but be­cause I like a lot of dif­fer­ent styles I wanted guid­ance to keep the over­all look co­he­sive,” says Jane. “Melinda was won­der­ful in steer­ing me in the right di­rec­tion.” Key changes included beautiful tim­ber join­ery in the girls’ bed­rooms and an up­stairs cor­ner clev­erly trans­formed into an in­ti­mate library area to house the fam­ily’s ex­ten­sive book col­lec­tion. The darker tones here were car­ried through to the main bed­room, pro­vid­ing a moody back­drop for a cus­tom up­hol­stered bed and tim­ber side ta­bles. “One of the ad­van­tages in work­ing with Melinda was her abil­ity to source pieces of fur­ni­ture you don’t see ev­ery day,” says Jane. “I re­mem­ber the day af­ter all the new fur­nish­ings were in­stalled I stepped back and thought, ‘Oh my good­ness, it’s all so nice.’” With the bulk of their time in spring and sum­mer spent out­doors, the al­fresco area around the pool was also beau­ti­fully fur­nished to cre­ate an out­door room, filled with chic cane fur­ni­ture topped with Tommy Ba­hama cush­ions and over­sized pots of lush palms. Now, four years af­ter they made the move, the cou­ple has no re­grets. “At this point in our lives this house re­ally suits us,” says Jane. “It’s just easy. An added ben­e­fit of stay­ing on the same street is that my sis­ter, Emma, and her fam­ily live on the street, too, just four houses down.” Mak­ing this home truly a fam­ily one.

LIV­ING ROOM “The dark navy cabi­net paired with gold ac­cents is not some­thing I would have thought of my­self,” says Jane of this piece (top left) cho­sen by in­te­rior de­signer Melinda. “But I like that it brings a glam­orous el­e­ment to the ca­sual liv­ing room.” Melinda sourced the draw­ers from Re­gency Dis­tri­bu­tion, the gold tray and de­canters from Boyd Blue and the ta­ble lamp from Bloom­ing­dales. The re­laxed clas­sic lines of Hud­son so­fas from Molmic were a time­less choice for the room (op­po­site), with re­mov­able cus­tom slip cov­ers per­fect for a fam­ily with young chil­dren and fluffy couch-lov­ing dog. To com­ple­ment the grey, throw cush­ions in Du­ralee fab­ric pick up the blue tones that fea­ture through­out the room. Jane’s love of plants is also ev­i­dent with beautiful or­chids im­bu­ing el­e­gance and a touch of green­ery to table­tops, while a he­li­co­nia adds a trop­i­cal flavour.

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