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Welcome to the gorgeous Toorak apartment of MOZI co-founder Olivia Tipler, partner Daryl, baby Ivy (7 months old) and Stella the Cairn Terrier!
It is great to see a relatively tiny home designed so perfectly! When I asked Olivia if she had made any significant changes to the apartment since they moved in, in her own words - they 'ripped the guys out of it!'. Her partner Daryl is an architect and got his hand on the place late last year. A major reno ensued - they knocked out stud walls and the old kitchen, moved the front door to accommodate a new kitchen that looks on to the living room, put in structural beams (which are now a feature of the house) and re-configured the living room to open out on to the deck. Of course the bathroom also got a makeover, and all doors were taken up to ceiling height to give this modest apartment a much grander feel. Last but not least, the carpets were ripped up and hardwood floorboards polished. 'Basically it's a new apartment!' says Olivia - and just in the nick of time, because earlier this year the creative pair welcomed gorgeous little Ivy into their family!
Olivia loves the sense of space they have created in their little pad, and her favourite details are the marble bench tops in the bathroom & kitchen, and the brick style tiles in the kitchen and bathroom. She also loves the local neighbourhood, especially for it's great cafes (a favourite is the 'Coin Laundry'), a lovely park where Stella meets canine buddy Monte (an old 'bitsa') every morning, and the tree-lined hilly streets. Most importantly she says she loves the proximity to the yarra river, the easy drive to the MOZI office!
Of course in addition to it's new layout and design features, the apartment is styled to perfection with classic mid-century and scandinavian furniture, beautiful textiles, pieces picked up on Olivia's travels, and colourful details including a good sprinkling of MOZI! The new tealight lanterns are my favourite!
Thanks so much to Olivia and family for sharing their beautiful home with us!
* Please note these shots were taken not by me, but by my dear friend Jessica Leski, who is a very talented young film director and knows her way around a Canon SLR much better than I do! Thanks Lesk! x