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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.