In a couple weeks I’ll be sitting at a table with my partner, Aaron, signing the barrage of paperwork that comes with purchasing a home. And boy, is it a good one. With 22-foot ceilings and a lofted kitchen/second living area, the space is a perfect blend of our respective styles. Not only is it modern enough for him, but it has the original details I’ve always craved as well. Our loft’s location can’t be beat either, but the fact that we found a space we both aesthetically love is hands down the reason we’re purchasing it.
When asked why they chose their home, and tech consultant Tony of Brisbane, Australia had a different reason: “The house was in our price range!” Without a doubt, this was due to the 1930s-era cottage’s age and condition. Before they worked their magic on it the home was small and had a kitchen that wasn’t easy on the eyes or the cook. In fact, it was barely functional.
That was 12 years ago, and the couple has since given their cottage many nips and tucks — the most noticeable of which have been made to the rear of the home. In this portion they added just enough square footage to accommodate a larger living area and fully renovated kitchen. Perhaps the best feature of this new addition, though, is the window seat and adjoining veranda. Both sit amongst frangipani trees and all manner of wildlife.
The renovation overall was quite involved, but Catherine and Tony did strive to stay true to their home’s humble beginnings. No change was made just for looks or to erase the space’s original charms, and not one bit of the cottage’s history has been compromised. This is a house that not only toes the line between urban and rural living, but also seamlessly mixes both retro and current designs. Scroll down to take a peek. Enjoy! —
Image above: The house sits near a bowling alley. While out on the veranda, you can hear the faint cracks of bowling balls knocking down pins.
Builder – Michael Ross Builders
Decking, pergola – red ironbark timber
Window seat cushion – Javad Raghab
Boat yard paintings – Simon McIntyre
Tiles – Petti Bella by ASA Tiles
Kitchen – Tailored Flatpacks Direct
Lighting – TedLec and Andrews Light Up
Cocktail shaker– antique
Chairs – secondhand
Carved wooden shepherd – shop in Peru
Silver lizard – shop in New Zealand
Catherine & Tony’s Bedroom
Various paintings – Rachel Prince
Triptych print – Tony Ogle
Landscape watercolor – Joyce Williams (Catherine’s grandmother)
Wooden bedside table –secondhand