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Reviving a Heritage Home for Modern Living

This early 20th-century home marks the 14th renovation project husband and wife team Nick Condon and interior designer Kate Beadle have undertaken in Melbourne’s Malvern and surrounding inner suburbs. Having completed heritage revivals of a similar nature, Nick and Kate instantly recognised the potential of the old home when they first laid eyes on it. 

Built in 1906 and last renovated in the 1980s, Nick Condon refers to the original single-storey home as a “rabbit-warren” typical of the era; narrow hallways, dark and pokey spaces and an overall disjointed feel. “Although it had seen better days, the house had a lovely facade with a return verandah and charming Edwardian period detailing,” Nick reflects. 

In this feature, we explore how Nick and Kate brought the century-old home into the present day without compromising on character, the motives behind the “functional and equally-relaxing” central kitchen and how the pair cultivated a comfortable family retreat to raise their two boys. 

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The modern renovation of heritage-listed Brick and Gable House

The Brick and Gable House renovation is a true marvel, designed with simplicity, functionality, and sustainability in mind. The original heritage-listed home has been given a new life, inspired by the client’s experience in Copenhagen.

Today, we take a look around this stunning home with Director of Houses at Breathe architecture, Madeline Sewall.

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Home to a family of 4, the Brick and Gable house blurs building and garden, private and urbane.

“When entering the open plan living, kitchen and dining space, you instantly feel at home. This is a space where the family can come together, relax and entertain family and friends. A large, operable window opens out to the courtyard — an instant connection to the outdoors and the greenery,” explains Madeline.

“To the rear of the house, roller doors and outbuildings line the street giving the streetscape an informal language. We chose the humble recycled brick material to help the building feel a part of the older, more informal context, blending into the streetscape.

“I have so many favourite features in this home. Firstly, the home office and main house both look onto a shared courtyard, bringing amenity into both spaces. Secondly, the open-plan kitchen and living space. I also like the open bookshelf that acts as a screen between the living space and a mud-room entryway.”

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Originally, the client’s brief had a very different home reno in mind, but with a strong European influence, that changed.

“Located in the historic Port Melbourne suburb, the property is heritage listed. Traces of the original terrace house are embedded throughout. For example, the front of the home has been left unchanged. But, at the rear of the property, we designed the new brick studio.

“Initially, the client’s brief was for a big family house. But, after living in Copenhagen, they realised they needed less space to live comfortably. The project became about making simple, contextual moves that improved functionality for the family within a reduced footprint and modest budget.

“We prioritised updating the kitchen, living and dining room, leaving the front portion of the terrace house and upstairs as is, with the original Victorian character intact. We used the sustainable recycled red brick throughout the studio and the main house, blurring the boundary between house and garden.”

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The beauty of Brick and Gable lies in the details, every detail selected with sustainability and budget in mind.

“At Breathe, we always prioritise ethics over aesthetics. We think very carefully about each material we specify. We advise our clients that they may need less than they think. In other words, smaller footprints, less applied finishes, more robust materials and efficient construction. Ultimately, all to achieve the overarching ethos of ‘build less and give more.’

“Brick and Gable House is an exercise in reduction, enabling the family to live more simply and sustainably. For example, all materials selected had to reduce waste, money and time. Similarly, we minimised plasterboard, applied finishes and toxins in the process. The single material of recycled bricks throughout also helped increase building efficiency and reduce costs.

“This space is a robust, textural and warm space. Characterised by a material palette of recycled red brickwork, Australian blackbutt timber veneer joinery and recycled Tasmanian Oak floorboards. These materials ensure further longevity for the house.”

Design architect — Jeremy McLeod, Breathe
Project architect — Madeline Sewall, Breathe
Interior architect — Bettina Robinson, Breathe
Photographers — Tom Ross, Ben Hosking
Builder — Greg Scott Constructions

A big thanks to Madeline for chatting with us. You can find out more about Brick and Gable House and other sustainable Breathe projects on their website. What are your thoughts on Brick and Gable? Do you connect with the home and the design rationale? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Modern laundry renovation with a retro twist

Modern laundry renovation with a retro twist

Drawn from the client’s personal love of 60’s and 70’s furniture and colours, the Blushing Bulli laundry pays homage to these decades with a modern twist. Today, we explore this stunning tonal terrazzo laundry with functionality at its core.

Let’s take a look around with Leah Rispoli, Founder and Creative Director of Hemma Interiors.

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Drawing inspiration from the client’s love of retro, Leah knew exactly what was wanted for this laundry.

“For me, the design process always begins with listening to the clients. Then, we break their thoughts down and build ideas up again to create their new home,” she explains.

“The interior scheme for this project was inspired by the client’s personal style and interest in 1960’s and 1970’s furniture. We drew inspiration from the colours of this era but combined the style with modern finishes and fittings. My favourite feature has to be the floor and splashback tile, it’s a nod to traditional terrazzo but with a modern twist.

“This project was a renovation. The original home was a traditional style home with many small rooms. The laundry was relocated as part of the renovation.”

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As the founder of Hemma Interiors, Leah has a lot of design experience under her belt. Lucky for us, she was happy to share some of her top laundry design tips.

“Use your space wisely. You want space to conceal your laundry baskets. A large sink for soaking. Try to have tall cupboards for storing ironing boards, mops and vacuums. You also can’t go wrong with a hanging rail for drying shirts, makes for less ironing!

“Splurge on a good benchtop that’s going to last. There are other areas you can save, like lighting which can be simple. Use quality finishes to ensure the space is as beautiful as it is functional.”

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Builder — JWK Constructions
Building designer — Alex Urena Design
Photographer, styling — The Palm Co

Big thank you to Leah for taking us on a tour of this dreamy terrazzo laundry. You can find out more about Leah and Hemma Interiors at their website or connect on Instagram to keep up with their latest projects. What did you think of this modern terrazzo laundry? Has this laundry inspired you to use similar finishes in your home? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Outdoor Arrivals | Modern Additions by Tribù

More than ever before, the past 18 months has seen a rethinking of how we can elevate and maximise our outdoor spaces. We’ve started to look more closely at our current alfresco dining and entertaining areas with a renewed sense of optimism. And when it comes to outdoor inspiration, we turn to Tribu’s effortless approach to furniture design. ‘Living the good life outside’ is at the very core of Tribu’s global brand. Crafting quality, modern outdoor furniture since the early 1990s, the family-owned, Belgian based design house has become a firm favourite on our Australian shores.

We’re exploring the latest additions to Tribu’s premium outdoor collection, exclusive to Cosh Living in Australia, in anticipation of the warmer months ahead. Tribu is part of Cosh Living’s premium outdoor furniture offering, sourced from around the globe and selected for their suitability for the Australian climate. In this edit, each piece offers a personalised approach to mix, match and uplift our outdoor spaces with the longevity to last for many more.

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Historical Charm and Modern Scandi Minimalism Combine in a Danish Farmhouse

Historical Charm and Modern Scandi Minimalism Combine in a Danish Farmhouse

Do you have an image in your minds eye of the perfect house? I have to say, the facade of this Danish cottage comes very close to mine. Thatched roof, whitewashed stone walls and a chimney gently bellowing smoke on a cold winters day - what's not to love? The bad news: It's not for sale. The good news: it's available to rent. Yep, this charming Danish farmhouse in Søllested, southwest of Copenhagen is a new addition to the VIPP portfolio which also includes the VIPP Hotel. Nestled on the incredible Søllestedgaard estate, the former gardener's residence has been beautifully renovated in keeping with the  the time it was built in the late 18th century. Inside, the newly refurbished interior designed by Julie Cloos Mølsgaard combines historical charm with modern Scandinavian minimalism. Featuring three bedrooms and a home office, guests are invited to relax and unwind - or explore the surroundings and make use of the fishing gear to catch dinner in the nearby lake. 

What a perfect place to getaway from it all - and 'work from home' if required!

I'm dreaming about the facade and THAT thatched roof. Beautiful. 

Could you imagine staying here? More details / make a booking here. 
If you're visiting Denmark, I can also highly recommend the design hotel Villa Copenhagen - Per and I had the most wonderful stay there. 

Ha det fint! 


Photography: Anders Schønnemann courtesy of VIPP Farmhouse.

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Modern farmhouse dining room design in Mountain Brook, Alabama by Paul Bates and Melanie Pounds on Thou Swell #farmhouse #alabama #southernhome #hometour #homedesign #interiordesign

Inside a Modern Farmhouse in Mountain Brook, Alabama

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On pastoral, meadow acreage in the countryside of Alabama, architect Paul Bates and designer Melanie Pounds conceived of a contemporary farmhouse designed for easy open-door living and entertaining. The light-filled house makes use of materiality to bring the neutral color scheme to life, and careful architectural details add character to the new-build design. Limestone floors in the dining room above transition to white oak, handsome paneling, and a few key cool-toned Farrow & Ball paint colors. Step inside this modern country home below.

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Creating two modern backyards from the rubble

The fairytale story of the ugly duckling is familiar and well known, but what about turning into two swans? That’s exactly the magic Interior Designer Kate Lawrence and Sydney Swans Footballer Luke Parker wove at a run down property in the eastern Sydney suburbs. The process of creating two modern backyards for a duplex is no easy task.

We went on a tour of the Duplex backyards with Kate and found out more about her reno experience.

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From one to two, creating a modern Duplex takes a lot of time, energy and collaboration to make it work.

“We worked with our architect and pool builder to come up with the most practical backyard design for a duplex,” Kate explains.

“We had to take into consideration things such as Tree Protection zones from neighbouring properties and the most cost effective way to build.

“To save costs and achieve a pool in both properties, we inserted one shell, building a dividing wall through the middle.

“When it came to picking plants and the aesthetic of the landscaping this was Luke’s domain and I happily handed over those reins!” 

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This is not the first reno Kate and Luke have done together, and it’s certainly not the last with another modern duplex project on the way.

“Luke did a lot of work throughout the build, moving soil around and trying to get things level as well as collecting hundreds of glass bottles we uncovered along the way.

“Lucky for us we are normally on the same page with most things design wise. That or I go full steam ahead with my ideas and poor Luke is left behind!” laughs Kate.

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Relaxed boho vibes in the ‘Light’ house backyard

All house renovations take time and planning, but even this power couple couldn’t foresee some of the events that unfolded during the build.

“Just when we were getting closer to the fun phase — laying grass, planting plants, filling the pool, Luke had to go away for work and live in an AFL hub for about 9 weeks to continue his season.

“This meant I had to find someone to fill his position quick smart to avoid delays! We did however still spend A LOT of time on Facetime to go over everything.”

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Calming green backyard at the ‘Dark’ house

The best part of any renovation is watching it come together, and Kate has her favourites.

“The day Blue Haven Pools returned to do the interior lining of both pools and lay all our outdoor limestone paving was a major highlight for me. It was a huge milestone to fill the pools up!

“I absolutely love when plants are established on a project. I think it takes it from looking like a brand-new build to a welcoming home.

“Now that the plants have started to really take off, I absolutely love them flowing over and into the pool. The pool was always the centre piece of the backyard, so it is hard to go past that.

I also love the complementary textures of weathered timber, greenery and limestone paving in the backyard. It feels like a little oasis.

It was the move into her new home at the Duplex that led Kate to change her timeline for future projects.

“We powered on with the construction of both homes and attended to the backyards at the very end of the project.

“In our next project, I intend to do a lot of the landscaping and planting in the early phase so when the owners move in, they too are treated to an established-looking backyard.

“It will also avoid a lot of dirt and mud from being carried around site. My only challenge will be keeping the trades off the grass!”

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Modern fire pit from the ‘Light’ house
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Peaceful and luxurious, the backyard is a haven for the family.

If you would like to know what materials she used, Kate has kindly shared them with us.

“The decking is Blackbutt timber with Cutek CDK50 oil, this will allow it to naturally grey.

“The pool paving is limestone from Eco Outdoors and is the Garonne.

“White Render is Rockcote by Sandcote Hydratech and the colour is Lexicon Quarter.

“And of course the pool is by Blue Haven Pools.”

We loved learning more from Kate Lawrence about creating two modern backyards at once. Are you planning a home reno? Would you have done something differently? Have you had any surprises while completing your home renovation? Let us know in the comments.

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Before and after: from small and poky to modern farmhouse

There’s nothing more satisfying than a before and after home renovation reveal, is there?! We take a look around this fabulous Canberra home, and see how it went from a small and poky home to a modest, modern farmhouse.

Interior Designer and Stylist, Meg Campbell from Neon White Design takes us through how she transformed this tired space into a unique, country-living inspired home.

Related article: From worst to first: An incredible before and after home transformation
Related article: Amazing home transformation: Before and after renovation of the Bardon home

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Home to a family of 3 and a gorgeous — yet slightly chaotic — border collie, the original home was in desperate need of a makeover.

“In this home renovation, the floorpan changed dramatically,” explains Meg. “It required a full redesign of everything, except the bedrooms. We retained walls where possible, but not if they jeopardised the overarching design.

“In its original design, there were important rooms that were awkward, and separate to the main living areas. We changed out some of the entryways and this helped completely open them up. It allowed the light to pour in, and provide a better space for the family to connect and entertain.”

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The kitchen, living and bathrooms were all gutted and given a fresh, bright, modern farmhouse look.

“It’s pretty clear from the before photos, that we needed to start again!” laughs Meg.

“To the living room, we added those fabulous barn doors, built-in bookshelf and the coolest feature… a new bar area including a wine fridge. My client wanted the space to be open so the kitchen needed to be on the other side of the room to create an open plan.

“Their dog Tommy is an escape artist, so the design caters for him most of all. The big barn doors open into the living area, so if he pushes on them he can’t get out the front door when guest are arriving. The laundry door does the same, and he has entry from the backyard to the laundry so he can retreat from the weather during the day.

“The new floors we installed made a huge difference to the overall space. We said goodbye to the slate, and went for Godfrey Hirst spotted gum.

“In the kitchen, everything is new! I really love the long island bench, the different toned cabinetry, and the benchtops and splashback in Essastone Luna Concrete Weathered.

“We also changed one of the windows in the kitchen to make it a sliding glass door. This enabled us to get more visibility and access to the back deck and outdoor area.”

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Living room before
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Living room after

Channeling those modern farmhouse vibes doesn’t mean you have to shy away from bold tile choices or bright colours.

“How good is the powder room colour?! This room was extended to accomodate the vanity. This means there’s no need to walk to the bathroom to wash your hands, it’s a complete room in itself. Plus, it makes a seriously bold statement!” says Meg with a smile.

“The colour is Algerian Coral by Porter’s Paints and I love it!

The modern farmhouse style creates a uniquely fresh take on the country living inspired style. It’s all about sleek clean lines of contemporary design, elegance and comfort.

“For the main bathroom, we didn’t play around with the layout too much. The fixtures were all updated, and we added some beautiful tiles to make the room really stand out.”

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The bathroom before
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Bathroom after
Blue grey mosaic tile
Pink panelled bathroom walls
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Even by keeping most of the existing walls in place, Meg was able to create a light, bright, inviting interior.

“This home really relies on space planning. This is an essential step when designing a home and it’s really important that you get this right in the early stages to ensure circulation is efficient.

“When it comes to creating a light, bright interior, look at your colour palette. Here, the balance of the colour palette creates a warm space with the general walls painted Porter’s Paints in Himalayan Salt. The texture from the VJ panelling and bold colours draw the eye up to key ares such as the kitchen and bar.

The warmth and simplicity is characterised by natural textures and materials.

“The open connection of the kitchen, dining and living spaces is a favourite of mine. The new design has really changed the way the family can use the space. Plus it provides a space that reflects light and has great sight lines to the beautiful trees in the front garden.”

Grey kitchen with lounge and bar area

Photography — Taylah Cunningham
Before photography — All Homes
Builder and joiner — CJC Constructions

Thank you to Meg for showing us around this wonderful before and after home renovation. To see more of Meg’s projects, visit the Neon White Design website or check them out on Instagram.

Did you have a favourite feature of this modern farmhouse makeover? Perhaps it was the tiles or fun colour choice! Chat to us in the comment section below.

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Pink walls and white floor tiles in bathroom

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