Australian Homes

Cecile Boston and family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 9th February 2011

The most perfect dining room in Melbourne belongs to Cecile Boston and family!  Antique ceramic plates from Izzi and Popo.

OH MY Heart shaped seats on these unique vintage Frenchie stools!

Beautiful European details in the dining room… love the wild berries artfully displayed by Cecile in her antique ceramic jug!  Painting on the left by Tory Burke.

Cute kitchen details (spot Charlie and Coco!)

Back garden / decking (outdoor shower!)

What is not to love about this stunning family home in Melbourne’s Middle Park!?  Grand proportions, picture perfect styling and a relaxed, unfussy family friendly vibe that makes you feel completely at home from the moment you walk through the door.  This is the home of French ex-pat Cecile Boston, her Australian husband Guy, and their two gorgeous kids Charlie (4 and a half yrs) and Coco (2 and a half!).

Guy and Cecile bought their grand Italianate Victorian four years ago, and the pair then spent time lovingly renovating the house with the help of builder Chris Hovarth.  Most of the design and styling here is Cecile’s influence – as a retailer of beautiful French homewares  she’s never short of creative inspiration!  Cecile’s nearby shop Bonjour in Albert Park is TOO gorgeous – stay tuned for more on Bonjour next week!

When asked what her FAVOURITE thing is about the house, Cecile earnestly responds – ‘Lucy we love so many things about the house!’.  (Imagine in a French accent – everything sounds better that way).  Cecile continues – ‘The house has a charm that can only be created by age. We have tried to be respectful to the era of the build in our renovation, while also providing modern, functional family spaces’.  I think we can safely say they’ve nailed it!  The home is very functional and contemporary in many ways – yet the styling, influenced by Cecile’s French background and the couple’s love of antiques and vintage furniture, makes for a truly classic and timeless feel.

I love the unmistakeably European details everywhere you look – the deep porcelain sink basins in both the kitchen and bathrooms, delicate glass light fittings and rustic antiques picked up from years living overseas.  In a nutshell, it seems that Cecile and Guy just have exceptionally great taste!

Many of the smaller details you see in this home are items Cecile also stocks in her shop in Albert Park!  Bonjour will be up on the site next week – but if you just can’t WAIT to pay her a visit, the address is on their website!

HUGE Thanks to Cecile and Guy for sharing their beautiful home!


Family room details

Master bedroom

Master bedroom details

Master bedroom

Sconces in the hallway, and formal loungeroom details.  The stunning handmade dolls are by Jess brown from California – stocked in Cecile’s shop!

Formal loungeroom details – stunning handmade scarf from Sam Trotte a la boutique… stocked in Cecile’s shop.  Battered red leather couch from Nicole Farhi Home in London!

Bathroom details – vintage and antique furniture, miniature perfume bottles…

Details from Coco’s bedroom – bunny rabbit light and reclaimed timber hanging angel all stocked in Cecile’s shop.

More from Cecile’s daughter Coco’s bedroom. LOVE the vintage cot / crade (left), and super designer knitted jumpsuit from Les Petits Cailloux Paris. (also available from Bonjour).

Details in Charlie’s bedroom – love the combination of super Frenchie antique details and the AFL caps! At least they work with the colour theme!

Lush front garden details

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 9th February 2011


  • Love the heart shaped stools and the adorable little girls room!

  • Margo Carlon 6 years ago


  • Tracy 6 years ago

    I discovered Bonjour last week it is a beautiful as Cecile’s house.

  • Angela 6 years ago

    Wow! This place is gorgeous! I love it! Especially the hallway details and the greenery outside!

  • Clare 6 years ago

    I’m dying to know the wall paint colour. It looks really similar to ours – Dulux Limed White, and I’m wondering if we’re paint-twins :) Our place is a similar age too, also with white trim, so it really leapt out at me in the pictures.

  • Carla 6 years ago

    This is really beautiful, even though there are many European inspired pieces there’s quite an Australian feel too. It looks so warm and inviting. I love the rustic pieces (especially those heart stools!) and the berries in the jug are a lovely idea.
    Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!

  • Marjorie Rose 6 years ago


  • Allison Taylor 6 years ago

    Love the bejewelled sconces! A beautiful home.

  • Edwina 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful home. Whilst not my preferred design style- it is beautiful and welcoming. I love the heart shaped stools.

  • Pippa 6 years ago

    I want those heart shaped stools!

  • Jessamy 6 years ago

    Luscious. It’s almost poetic. What a wonderful home.

  • holly goes 6 years ago

    You had me at the picture of those heart shaped stools!!!

  • Barbara 6 years ago

    Super cute heart stools! What an inspiring home – thanks for the peek Lucy! Looking forward to the post on Bonjour and a little trip across town for a visit soon too…

  • Kia Sunda 6 years ago

    I love the bright aubergine throw in the bedroom against the muted colours of the rest of the room. Really works well.

  • carol@thedesignpages 6 years ago

    What a beautiful and comfy family home. Stylish and yet it doesn’t look too precious. Not surprising that it’s the home of a French family:)

  • Rachael 6 years ago

    What a tranquil and simply stunningly beautiful home. To many wonderful details to list..Love the touches of greenery around the house.

  • Catherine 6 years ago

    I want to move in here too…or at least make my home just like this one!

  • Gaz 6 years ago

    Lovely home – definitely gonna steal the perfumerie shelf idea in bathroom – like a mini art installation!

  • Caroline 6 years ago

    Hi Lucy – Wonderful! I’d love to know what kind of vine they have around the windows in the back garden – is it a Wisteria? Many thanks, Carolinex

  • Michelle 6 years ago

    I would love to know the paint colour of her walls (inside the home) – it makes it fresh, yet homely.

  • Les univers de Cécile sont si doux …
    Merci pour ce clin d’oeil …
    Merci pour tous ces merveilleux reportages …

  • dee 4 years ago

    hi cecile, what a beautiful home you have. so warm and authentic. will drop by your shop asap. all the best d x

  • GEGE 4 years ago

    Coucou cécile, c’est ta vieille copine auvergnate…quelle magnifique maison, so you!
    J’ai perdu ton adresse e-mail, envoie moi ton e-mail quand tu as le temps, bisous à toute ta petite famille.
    Nous aussi on est 4…bisous

  • Carla 4 years ago

    Beautiful home!! Lovely!

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