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Homes to Inspire | South Yarra House


I felt like a hit of colour today and this home has done the trick! Located in the Melbourne suburb of South Yarra, this stately Victorian house has undergone a complete restoration, carried out by Melbourne Architects Nick Travers and Justin Northrop, founders of the Melbourne firm Techne. The family living here are avid art collectors who also own some fabulous pieces of brightly coloured furniture. Nick and Justin's decision to go with a black and white palette, in order to showcase the art and furniture has worked brilliantly. 

I love that the classical features of the home have been retained, including the ceiling fretwork and fireplace which has a beautiful marble surround. I'm not usually a fan of chandeliers, but they work really well here in keeping with the Victorian theme. Seen throughout the home, the bright colours add a modern touch. Punchy citrus colour is also seen in the artwork by Abbey McCulloch resting on the mantel, and pair of gorgeous vases.  

The stained glass entry way immediately caught my eye, as did the dark floors.

The living room's large windows let in plenty of light, while more zesty colour continues here with an incredible orange modular sofa. I also love the contrasting zebra rug. 

Notice how the floorboards upstairs have been whitewashed, in direct contrast to the dark flooring downstairs, showing that you can successfully have both in one home! The gallery-like walls allows the residents to easily move their art around when the mood takes them. This eye-catching piece is by Australian artist Darren Wardle

The image above is my favourite. I love the black and white art and green door leading to the kid's room. Inside, the polka dot wall and vintage yellow bed frames create a fun and playful atmosphere. 

From this exterior shot you can see how skillfully the architects have preserved the stunning lacework balcony. The monochrome colour scheme is repeated outside, complete with a splash of colour. Love the yellow chairs! 

Here are the standout features that get my heart racing...

Source: | Photo credit: Graeme Boyle

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  1. I love the mix of whitewashed and ebony floorboards. Beautiful unique house.

  2. My kind of home, you had me at "hit of colour"! :) I love the chandeliers - a play on the character of the home, but giving it a modern twist. Also love the kids room with the spotty wallpaper. We're working on a client's home where we painted the outside of the kids' bedroom doors a bright glossy colour. It looks fantastic in the otherwise black and white hallway. x

    1. Great that you had the same idea with the doors! I love it - especially fun for kids rooms x

  3. What a fabulous job they've done! I'm a huge fan of retaining the old and playing with the new and fun. The yellow bed frames against polka dot walls in the kids room rocks - love it!!! Mel x



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