With $200k from Al­lianz’s ‘Be In­spired To Win’ com­pe­ti­tion in their pock­ets, com­bin­ing one cou­ple’s di­verse dec­o­rat­ing tastes is a chal­lenge

With a newly built house and $200k from Al­lianz’s ‘Be In­spired To Win’ com­pe­ti­tion, this fam­ily needs ex­pert ad­vice to cre­ate their dream home


the story so far

Dutch-born Franky and his fi­ancée Josephine have re­cently moved into their newly built four-bed­room house near Rom­sey, Victoria, with their five-month-old daugh­ter Victoria. Franky’s four-year-old daugh­ter Zoe from his pre­vi­ous mar­riage also lives with them some­times. While the cou­ple found the process of choos­ing the fix­tures and fin­ishes for their home quite en­joy­able, Josephine ad­mits there was “a bit of ar­gu­ing and a lot of com­pro­mise” as they have dif­fer­ent tastes when it comes to in­te­ri­ors. Franky has a fond­ness for Dutch/Scan­di­na­vian de­sign with the odd retro or vin­tage piece and a splash of colour, while she prefers a French provin­cial look with a muted pal­ette of whites and creams. “Now we’ve moved into the house, we’d like to know how we can suc­cess­fully com­bine our tastes to cre­ate a home that works for us both,” says Franky. They’ve de­cided to ditch some of their “IKEA/hand-me-down” fur­ni­ture and buy some new pieces but would also like some ad­vice on how to make the lay­out – and the things in it – work for their fam­ily. They also need stor­age so­lu­tions for Franky’s vast book and mu­sic col­lec­tion and the girls’ toys, and the gar­den needs land­scap­ing from scratch. “We’re very open to in­spi­ra­tion on how we can cre­ate our dream fam­ily home,” says Franky.

Josephine, Franky and baby Victoria. the fam­ily


In­te­rior de­signer, au­thor and The Block judge Dar­ren Palmer the ex­pert

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