Australian Homes

Fysh and Jacqui Rutherford

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 17th November 2010

Painting/assemblage – Fysh Rutherford, Photographs on left – Diane Arbus.  Collection of Wembly Ware on mantelpiece.

Music room.. swooon.

Music room

David Bromley sculpture in the hallway…

Artwork by Edward Waring

Kitchen.  Assemblage – Fysh Rutherford

Beautiful front garden!

Assemblage paintings in the kitchen / dining area – Fysh Rutherford

OK so I have been sitting on this one for a little while.. saving it up for a rainy day because truth be told, it is SUCH a special and unique family home, I have been a bit overwhelmed by it!   I think it is perhaps the most grand and beautiful home I have ever photographed! *not that I don’t love teeny tiny homes too!

This is the Brighton home of the Jacqui and Fysh Rutherford, their two almost grown-up daughters Lucy and Tilly, and Molly the Spoodle!  Amazingly,  the Rutherfords have lived in their much-loved grand old Victorian home for 17 years!  It’s not surprising they’ve managed to put their creative stamp on the place!

The Rutherfords sure are a creative bunch… Fysh is an Advertising executive and part-time assemblage artist and photographer (he has created many of the artwork you see in these shots), Jacqui is a busy Mum and business co-ordinator at an architectural and building supply firm.. – but her passion (apart from being a Mum!) is interior design and architecture.  The house reflects Jacqui’s tastes, and I must say I love the brave and eclectic choices she has made!  Also, as you know I always feel the need to mention when someone is particularly NICE and I must say Jacqui really is the LOVELIEST lady! She was so happy to let me dash about her home with my camera, even entrusting me at home alone whilst she popped out to the shops during my visit!  Thanks so much Jacqui!

It’s hard to believe that when Fysh and Jacqui bought their home originally it was an unloved rental, decked out in a very tired 60’s renovation of flocked wallpaper, shagpile carpet and raw brick walls, not to mention bright red toilet seats and matching towel rails!  Before moving in, they undertook a major renovation to restore the place to it’s former glory!   A classic combination of white walls and limed floorboards was the perfect backdrop for displaying art, collection and objects of interest.

I love the friendliness of this home – it is so relaxed and seems to perfectly reflect the personalities of those who live here!  Whilst it is of course unmistakeably grand in scale, as you walk from room to room there is no fuss or pretension to it at all… each room seems to strike the perfect balance of classic pieces and fun, eclectic details. I particularly LOVE the kids rooms where Jacqui has done some really fun and creative things… because you know, kids bedrooms are the perfect opportunity to go just a little bit bonkers :)

HUGE thanks to Jacqui and Fysh for sharing their amazing home with us!

Artwork under the stairs!  From left – assemblage – Fysh Rutherford, assemblage – Brett Coelho, Illustration – Angela Stewart.

Pet rocks on the stairs! CUTE!

Pair of paintings above the bed – Ian Bracegirdle.  Marc Pascal pendant lights!

Pair of paintings above the bed – Ian Bracegirdle

Artwork in master bedroom from left  – sculpture – “Linus” by Edward Waring, framed photograph – Mimmo Cozzoline, photograph – Lisa Tomasetti

Artwork in master bedroom – Greg Irvine

Painting/assemblage: Fysh Rutherford, and the AMAZING Corallo Chair by the Campana Brothers.

Tilly’s bedroom – love the world map and globe collection!

Lucy’s bedroom!

Assemblage chair made from ceramic / porcelein in Lucy’s bedroom – Brett Coelho

Close up – assemblage by Brett Coelho

Bathroom details (…can’t seem to photograph a bathroom without making a Hitchcock appearance!)

Pooped pooch!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 17th November 2010


  • DonnaZ 6 years ago

    Dream house alert!! Such clever people!!

  • Éva Csomós 6 years ago

    Beautiful Home! Very interesing and inspiring!

  • Kerry 6 years ago

    I really love cute and cozy, but this home manages to be grand and extremely warm and welcoming at the same time. They sound like a terrific family. Thanks so much for the tour.

  • Louise (Table Tonic) 6 years ago

    so many fab ideas here. truly gorgeous in a very aussie way! xxx

  • looks like a house with lots of inspiration to live in. Charmaine

  • Tim 6 years ago

    Fysh also has the best man cave ever.

  • Brismod 6 years ago

    This home is gorgeous. Fun, quirky yet stylish. x

  • Jessica 6 years ago

    Absolutely stunning. x

  • Julia De Bono 6 years ago

    Can I live here please! So beautiful!

  • jess 6 years ago

    Music room?!! love it. Love the girls bedrooms too.

  • Kate Dickson-Battye 6 years ago

    Wow- a fantastic combination of old and new and everything in between. Perfect balance and contrast… and a grand piano!

  • Melanie 6 years ago

    I love the bookcases and the frames up the stairway.

  • julie b 6 years ago


  • Allison Taylor 6 years ago

    It manages to be a wonderful gallery but with the heart of a home.

  • Ray Garrod 6 years ago

    Amazing, what a beautiful house. My idea of perfection – An old house, floorboards, beautiful artwork, bookshelves, ….it has the lot! Love the assemblage Art works – Irvine etc – they really suit the decor.

  • Sonya Matheson 6 years ago

    I have often wondered how to display all our precious family photographs rather than having to pull the albums out all the time. I totally love their idea of all the black and whites in the stairway.

  • Barb Fisher 6 years ago

    Wow, this is like a totally grown up house. Combined with an art gallery or a museum….but yet feeling so lived in and comfortable. It takes a very talented hand to achieve this look. Gorgeous.

  • Rosa Navas 6 years ago

    Really cool space!!!!! And I love all those beautifull details.

  • Tracy 6 years ago

    What a beautifull home!! It has inspired me to finish my photo wall.

  • Kate Rogan 6 years ago

    I love their collection of ornaments. It reminds me of these lovely drawings:

  • Danielle 6 years ago

    This is truly an amazing house!! I love all the unique collections of art and photography and even furniture too! I’m also admiring the paper (?) chandeliers in all the rooms… so inspiring!

  • nina 6 years ago

    such an impressive house and collection! Goes to show that when you LOVE stuff it just fits together naturally. A gorgeous home for a gorgeous family… x

  • Daniel 6 years ago

    One of the most beautiful and inspiring homes I’ve seen. Totally love the photo frames by the staircase.

  • Laserwrite Promotions 3 years ago

    What a stunning house I love they way they have done it
    What a work of art

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