BROOKE

It’s no sur­prise Brooke and her fam­ily love their bright, light Queens­lan­der. The flow, space and colour­ful, stylish in­te­rior feel laid-back and lush all year round.

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The stylish in­te­ri­ors of Brooke and An­drew’s in­ner-city Bris­bane home are filled with light, colour and pat­tern.

“JOHN AND I HAD BEEN LIV­ING in a worker’s cot­tage for a few years when we found this house. What I re­ally liked when I first saw it was the size and lay­out – the space and flow of a Queens­lan­der was re­ally ap­peal­ing. This is the third home we’ve owned and it has five bed­rooms, three bath­rooms and a home the­atre that now dou­bles as the kids’ play­room in the base­ment.

A big part of the draw for us was the neigh­bour­hood. It’s in a fan­tas­tic in­ner-city sub­urb and is leafy, green and quiet; it has bike paths and great cafes, and it’s only an eight-minute drive to the city, where we work. John and I grew up in re­gional Queens­land but we love this area of the city and I can see us stay­ing put here for a while.

GREAT CON­DI­TION

The pre­vi­ous own­ers ren­o­vated not long be­fore we bought the house, so ev­ery­thing was in good con­di­tion and we’ve not had to do any ma­jor struc­tural ren­o­va­tions. We did get the ex­te­rior painted to freshen it up and we ex­tended the back deck to cre­ate a more gen­er­ous out­door liv­ing area. I love how bright and fresh this space now feels; it’s made our home seem so much big­ger.

A few years ago we gave the in­te­rior a re­fresh. The kitchen lay­out is great, so we just up­dated the cabi­net doors and re­placed the bench­top and splash­back. It was sim­i­lar for the bath­rooms – they just had a light cos­metic over­haul, with

new van­i­ties and tap­ware. The kids’ bed­rooms were re­dec­o­rated and we in­vested in a few foun­da­tion pieces for the liv­ing room and chose a blue and white theme for it.

CHANG­ING COLOURS

Blue and white is still a favourite colour com­bi­na­tion but af­ter a few years of liv­ing with it I felt an urge to in­tro­duce more colour and pat­tern. I had a few ideas about how I wanted to achieve this and one day I was pass­ing Rylo In­te­ri­ors in East Bris­bane and liked what I saw in the shopfront. It’s run by Lau­ren, an in­te­rior de­signer, and her builder hus­band Ryan. Work­shop­ping my ideas with her helped me build the con­fi­dence to re­ally em­brace colour and pat­tern. It was love at first sight when Lau­ren showed me the beau­ti­ful wall­pa­per we now have in our liv­ing area. A state­ment wall­pa­per is the per­fect way to add colour and life to

any liv­ing area; it has huge im­pact and means there’s just no need for smaller dec­o­ra­tive pieces and knick-knacks.

I’ll ad­mit I was a lit­tle ner­vous about putting up wall­pa­per with such a bold print, but then I fig­ured that if we didn’t like it we could al­ways re­move it or paint over it. It’s good to keep that sort of thing in per­spec­tive.

FIN­ISH­ING TOUCHES

I like clean lines and a crisp white base, so any colour ac­cents pop and it’s easy to change the look of a room by in­tro­duc­ing a few new pieces. You could say our home is Hamp­ton­sin­spired, with added colour!

When it comes to home­wares,

I know I can walk into White Ha­vana in Cherm­side and Style My Home in New­stead and spot some­thing I’ll love. On­line, I like to browse the web­sites for SquareFox and Adairs. There are so many amaz­ing stores out there, in­clud­ing a couple I’ve spot­ted over­seas, but I like to do my re­search and make sure any­thing I’m con­sid­er­ing buy­ing is a good fit for our home and life­style.

PER­FECT FIT

Our block of land is 658 square me­tres, which is quite big for this part of the city. We in­her­ited the pool – and I think our kids are pretty happy we did since they’re in there al­most every day! We have just enough yard space for it to pro­vide ev­ery­thing we need. There’s grass for the kids to play on and room for a tram­po­line.

It’s a won­der­ful home for a young fam­ily. Hav­ing the bed­rooms and liv­ing zones on the same level works very well for us. There’s loads of space and plenty of stor­age. Plus ev­ery­thing is very easy to main­tain. I love the open, airy feel of Queens­lan­der-style homes and that a sum­mery, ‘holiday at home’ feel­ing is not dif­fi­cult to achieve.”

“I like clean lines and a crisp white base, so any colour ac­cents pop.”

Fresh paint Du­lux Limed White Half on the walls con­trasts with Du­lux Lex­i­con on the trim. An old steel rail­ing was re­placed with a cus­tom tim­ber balustrade.

A pedestal ta­ble from Meizai cre­ates a fo­cal point in the foyer.

Play­ful pink Brooke had these Ikea bar stools cus­tomised with a “cheap and cheer­ful” fab­ric she found on­line. In­golf bar stool with back rest, $75, from Ikea.

Ac­cent colours A mix of cush­ions, in­clud­ing some cus­tom-made, add colour and pat­tern to the neu­tral sofa. The rug is from Bayliss. The wo­ven stor­age tub is from Flamingo Road.

Bright de­light A pen­dant light from Milly + Eu­gene hangs above the din­ing ta­ble and chairs, both from Rylo In­te­ri­ors.

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