Australian Homes

Natasha Dumais and family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 15th December 2010

The mid-century home of Melbourne’s Dumais family.  OMG the windows. Amazing.  All shots by James Braund.

Cute Eames coat rack and mid-century sideboard

Super pretty bedroom with pops of bright yellow, and a Howard Arkley print above the bed!

By now it must be getting pretty obvious when photos are NOT taken by me.  If they are awesome and uncluttered, if the white balance is totally spot on and not tinged with pink or yellow, then they are most likely taken by someone else.  In this case they were taken by the VERY talented Mr James Braund, who also happens to be a previous Design Files interviewee!  James was SO generous sharing these shots with you even though they have not been published anywhere else as yet!  Amazing.  If you are reading this and you are the editor of some amazing cool international magazine and would like to pay a reasonable amount of money to publish these (even though they have now already been on The Design Files!) that would be so lovely. :) You should totally get in touch with James here.

OK so this is the beautiful Heathmont home of Melbourne’s Dumais family!  You might remember Natasha & Daniel Dumais best as the husband and wife team behind Ubabub kids furniture and decor?  (I blogged them a little while ago over here.)

Natasha and Daniel Dumais bought their modernist marvel back in 2002 and moved straight in.  They were immediately attracted by the tree-filled views, expanse of light and the sense of space in the house.  Natasha says ‘It was love at first sight when we first stepped into this house for the open for inspection… The sun was setting through the large expanse of windows and the open fire was going and we both immediately gave each other that knowing look that this was the one!’.  I don’t blame them!  Isn’t it amazing!? (Modernist Australia would be most impressed I am sure).

Gradually over the past few years (and 2 kids later!), the Dumais’ have put their creative stamp on the place – the bathroom and kitchen have been re-worked, and the home is now filled with beautiful modernist design classics such as an original Featherston Contour Chair, authentic Eames dining chairs,  George Nelson Pendant Lamps, and a mid-century side board from Angelucci 20th Century!   The Dumais’ colourful art collection is another highlight – it includes a favourite painting by David Band and a Howard Arkley print.  Favourite pieces from the Dumais’ Ubabub furniture range are also proudly displayed in the bedrooms of their gorgeous kids Bianca, 4, and Sabine, 19 months.

Being an original mid-century home, there are many unique details that the Dumais’ love about their home – kooky features such as the unusually designed window levers, the awesome slanted roofline, and the amazing garden. ‘Our favourite feature is definitely the expanse of windows right throughout the house (even in the bathroom!) which we NEVER, EVER tire of gazing out of!’ says Natasha.  WELL yes.  Neither would I.

Huge thanks to Natasha and co. for sharing their stunning home, and of course to James Braund for the gorgeous shots.. wowsers I feel like one lucky blogger when such gorgeousness lands literally in my lap!   If you like these shots please share the love by visiting the Ubabub and James Braund websites!

More master bedroom with Howard Arkley print above bed

SUPER CUTE Ubabub Pod Cot / Junior bed in Bianca’s bedroom

Ubabub Nifty Clear Cot in Sabine’s gorgeous little bedroom

Beautiful kids! (with an early appreciation for classic mid century furniture, clearly!)

Dining room with Eames dining chairs, artwork by David Band and a Lightly fruit bowl.

Dining area – Eames dining chairs, artwork by David Band and a Lightly fruit bowl.

Exterior looking in

Classic Mid Century exterior!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 15th December 2010


  • evie 6 years ago

    wow what an absolutely amazing home. i love the clean lines and its filled with lots of my dream furniture : )

  • Pamela Oberman 6 years ago

    A very serious nod to Australian Cool – great taste, sharp eye for colour and detail.

  • Brismod 6 years ago

    What a great modernist home. Love. x

  • Margo Carlon 6 years ago

    beautiful portrait photos of the kids, no.5 photo on James’ website, good for a laugh.

  • Jessamy 6 years ago

    I am completely inspired. And a bit envious!

  • LAURA ZAVROS 6 years ago

    Absolutely divine house and fabulous taste! As my husband said, ‘that would do us just nicely’!

  • Dawn 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness. This home is CRAZY. CRAZY-beautiful that is! I absolutely love every bit of it. So calming and perfect! Thanks for sharing Lucy!

  • Claire 6 years ago

    That is too much!! Gorgeous! They must be done away with…

  • Trisha 6 years ago

    Their house was in Real Living Magazine – either Nov or Dec.

  • Briar Stanley 6 years ago

    Hooly dooly – those windows are incredible – such a cool home!!

  • carly 6 years ago

    What about those Max Dupain photos, AWESOME

  • Jane 6 years ago

    Yes I thought I recognised this house too.. LOVE it all the same!

  • Ray Garrod 6 years ago

    Love it, what a beautiful and comfortable home. …and those Eames chairs OMG!

  • Vesna 6 years ago

    i love this house! i want this house! It is so clean and natural. what a lovely abode.

  • Danielle 6 years ago

    This is simply beautiful! I especially love the dining room and that wallpaper!!

  • Sarah 6 years ago

    I’m in love with the butterfly light fitting in Bianca’s room. Any idea who it is by and where I can get get one??

  • Natasha Dumais 6 years ago

    Hello Lucy + TDF Friends! Thanks for all your truly lovely comments on our home. I particularly enjoyed the reference to ‘Australian Cool’ as we really do have such amazing creative talent in this country as Lucy gracefully heroes every week.

    Sarah – The pendant lamp in Bianca’s room is designed and made by an Melbourne-based artist Marc Pascal – it is called the Eyoi Yoi Lamp –

  • felicity 6 years ago

    wow – gorgeous home! i especially love the master bedroom, but would also happily curl up in the cot…

  • S. Carmody 6 years ago

    The Max Dupain prints!! They are the winner for me. I can’t wait to own my own little abode, or have a permanent rental. :)

  • Marisol Perry 6 years ago

    What about those Max Dupain photos, AWESOME

  • Emily 6 years ago

    Ooh, anyone know where you could find the gorgeous little round table & chairs in the 3rd picture? I have been looking for something like this for ages!!!

  • Lucy 6 years ago

    Hi Emily! If you’re in Melbourne I would try – Twentieth Century Scandinavia in Brunswick, The Junk Company in the city or Angelucci Twentieth Century in Prahran.

    Talk to the owners and tell you what they’re after… all these stores they often have stuff out the bank / being restored etc! Good luck!

  • Sam 2 years ago

    Anybody who liked this house and is looking to buy, a very similar property in the same suburb just came on to the market.

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