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.
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.
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 patient and take turns. Easier said than done.
What’s your favorite feature of your home? My orange tiled kitchen, and 90-year-old baltic pine floorboards.
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.
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.
We also want to build a studio in the back garden for Liz to work.
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