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
1. TWO COMPETING STYLES
Interior designer, author and The Block judge Darren Palmer the expert