Australian anti-minimalist 1970s house that will bring you to colorgasm

By on Apr 21st
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Remember the killer kitchen I teased in Monday's montage post? If you liked that, prepare yourself.

The offbeat occupant: Liz Jones, jewellery and object designer

Other occupants: Hubby, teen daughter, young son, doggy — Chester, kitties — Bella and Pedro

Approximate square footage: 650-1000 sq. feet (about 60-90 sq. meters)

How many bedrooms? 4

Lives in: Thornbury, Victoria, Australia

When did you move into this home? 10 and a half years ago

What makes your home offbeat? The '70s renovation in the kitchen, bathroom and lounge-room. My collection of retro kitchenalia ornaments and artwork, and lots of colored secondhand stuff like curtains, light fittings, furniture, and rugs.

In my Kitchen

What's it like where you live? An inner-city suburb full of mainly weatherboard Edwardian houses. What once was a fairly daggy area has become quite hip after young professional families moved in and started renovating with a vengeance. Most of the original owners became too old to stay in their homes and nearly all have been sold.

In my Kitchen

In my Kitchen

In my Kitchen

What's the most challenging about this space? How do you deal with the challenge? Our little pinky bathroom is tiny. Mornings can be a bit hectic, so we learn to be paitent and take turns. Easier said than done.

Pink Bathroom

What's your favorite feature of your home? My orange tiled kitchen, and 90-year-old baltic pine floorboards.

Festive Colour

What's the most important lesson you've learned from this home? Don't be too quick to remodel your home. Retro fittings and a '70s color palette make ours fun to decorate.

Living Room

What's your grandest plan for the space? We are debating whether to paint the '70s wood panelled loungeroom. After more than ten years living in what feels like a pool hall, a change may be needed.

Wearing Sparrow

We also want to build a studio in the back garden for Liz to work.

My Craft Room


Anodised Kitchen Formation

Show me the decor porn!

Liz has an unbeatable collection of retro objects, like anodized dishes, ceramic figures, kitchen ware, and art. If that tickles you inside, definitely view the decor porn slideshow above or click through to the set of photos. ^Cat

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