Australian Homes

Armelle Habib

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 14th September 2011

The Yarraville home of photographer Armelle Habib!  Red curved chairs bought in Adelaide 15 years ago – a bargain at $35 a pair. Planet Lamp. Boz Scaggs album cover, ‘I love green’ says Armelle!  All photos in this post by Armelle Habib.

Bathroom.  OH so very The Selby, what with the indoor plant and sci fi figurine!  Cupboard from Camberwell market, blue glass door knob bought in Varanassi, India in 1995. Both framed photos (and all photos in this post) by Armelle Habib.

When a respected interiors photographer sends you an email offering to share their gorgeous Melbourne home with your readers, and also offers to supply the most stunning suite of photographs for the post… well, that’s basically a design blogger’s Christmas.  So a big THANKYOU to Armelle Habib for that recent Santa Claus moment!

Armelle is an amazing photographer who specialises in interiors, food and lifestyle.  Her work can be seen here. You might have spotted  many of her shots in Australian magazines including Inside Out, Gourmet Traveller, House and Garden, Home Beautiful, Real Living, and The Age; Good weekend and Sunday Life magazines. (Can you see now why it is so completely AMAZING that Armelle has given you guys the first peek at her home!?)  Armelle also loves working with local Melbourne designers, and says she is fortunate to work with many lovely local brands including Bonnie and Neil, Poppies for Grace, and Curio & Curio.

Armelle lives in Yarraville in Melbourne, with her partner Bruno Mein (a construction site manager – v. handy), their Kelpie Lab cross (Spencer W. Brown) and a couple of cheerful chickens!  Bruno bought the double fronted Victorian home 13 years ago, and since then has pretty much rebuilt the house from the ground up, adding a second story – only the front 4 rooms remain the same.

I heart Armelle’s super quirky mix-n-match style, and many brilliant op shop and garage sale finds!  (What am I doing wrong!?  I never find anything good at op shops).  She brings together such random elements for great effect in these stunning shots – the vintage planet lamps + indoor plants + kooky figurines and ephemera is just too cool for school.  Todd Selby would be very impressed, and totally jealous. :)

Armelle says she loves the light and space here, (photographers know a thing or two about light!), and she’s also a big fan of her local area.  Yarraville, or  ‘The Village’ as she calls it, has great cafes (Hausfrau, with its world renowned Vanilla Slice, is a favourite!) and the much-loved Sun Theatre cinema just around the corner.

MASSIVE THANKS to Armelle for sharing her beautiful home, and all these gorgeous shots!  Do share the love by popping over to check out her website!

Ikea rug and bookshelves, black chair from Mill Markets in Geelong…  All photos by Armelle Habib.

Blue globe and industrial medical side cabinet both from garage sales. Fish bought for a prop in one of Armelle’s photo shoots, some 6 years ago….!

Light filled mezzanine bedroom with dormer windows and pitched roof, Armelle’s favourite room in the house

Fantastically quirky piano room – complete with chequerboard floor!  Original 80’s Ghetto Blaster.  Letter ‘A’ bought for Armelle by her father when she was 10. ‘He initiated my passion for hunting through op shops and garage sales’ says Armelle. The piano was a gift to Bruno from his Nan. The collection of film and Polaroid cameras continues to grow….

Spiral staircase sourced from a warehouse in Footscray


Kitchen details – Armelle’s cupboards are exploding with vintage pieces collected to use in photo shoots…

Favourite finds – skull candle from Alphaville, Armelle’s favourite shop for new things. NO that is not a real dead bird!  It’s a Postcard in the glass dome, ‘Flying on the ground is wrong’ by Ricky Swallow.
Dining Room – Green Door by photographic artist and close friend Magdalena Bors,  Candelabra and old chairs from various country sourcing excursions.

Hallway. Armelle would like to thank her friend Zena for the ‘semi-permanent loan’ of the vase in this shot!  ‘Thanks Ze!’

Formal Lounge – The antique chairs are over 100 years old from Bruno’s Nan’s country homestead.

Main loungeroom – Armelle says she found the zebra rug at Margaret’s Bazaar in the West, sadly no longer there.

Fancy spare bedroom with four-poster bed!   Cushions and bedspread from The Assembly Hall – a favourite local, just down the road in Williamstown. Lightbox side table for viewing slides.

Spencer W. Brown on rug, again from The Assembly Hall in Williamstown. Pair of chairs – another amazing garage sale find!

‘The girls!’

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 14th September 2011


  • Cathg1g2 5 years ago


  • April 5 years ago

    Wow–definitely one of my most favorite posts you’ve done! Beautiful in every way, love all the use of color. Added a few of these shots to my pinterest for design inspiration for our tiny house! Love how art is incorporate everywhere!!

  • Brismod 5 years ago

    This is a very cool place indeed. Love their style. xx

  • show.pony 5 years ago

    totally fabulous house. very cool. s.p x

  • Pippa 5 years ago

    I love the drops of green in every room, really nice touch and thanks for the eye candy!

  • Scarlet Jones 5 years ago

    Armelle is such a talented photographer, she photographed my store when it first opened three years ago and have followed her ever since. He home is just gorgeous, just like her.

  • Megan 5 years ago

    What a divine piano shot and checkered floor! Oh yes. Yes. Yes

  • Jessamy 5 years ago

    So very cool. I especially admire the skill of the mix. Antique chairs with postal cushion? No problem.

  • Lauren 5 years ago

    Love this house – especially the floor in the piano room!

  • mariana 5 years ago

    mmmm green..
    i love the mix of furniture and the quirky details, especially dead bird postcard in glass dome… and of course ‘the girls’ ! gorgeous home and shots. what a talent she is.

  • mariana 5 years ago

    … and stunning website.

  • Simone 5 years ago

    Love the bathroom shot. I think the figurine is ‘the Stig’. I hope so…

  • Kylie 5 years ago

    Who needs magazines when we’ve got gorgeous homes like this to look at each Wednesday?
    I love the red door/red gladdies/German vase in the hallway v.much.

  • Gab 5 years ago

    i really love this house. it has given me so many ideas for my own. thanks for the great inspiration!

  • Beck Williamson 5 years ago


    I love love love the skull candle, ikat and suzani cushions and b/w spiral staircase and simplicity of the overhead bench lighting.

  • Margie 5 years ago

    love that chequerboard floor…

  • natasha 5 years ago

    I think Armelle might find some more gorgeous pieces to add to her home at the Maribyrnong Makers Market this Saturday in the neighbouring village of Seddon. PS their Facebook page has a great competition too :-)

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    It took me a while to work out that Spencer W. Brown wasn’t sourced from the Assembly Hall but rather the rug! I thought that perhaps they had op-shopped the dog as well!

  • Camilla 5 years ago

    A beautiful home with soul! Im loving the candle wax on the table!
    i was lucky enough to meet Armelle this week when she was shooting one of my projects – shes’ very lovely & fascinating to watch work!

  • Anthea 5 years ago

    Gorgeous staircase – wow !

  • Cat 5 years ago

    GO fishy GO!!!!!!

  • Jenna 5 years ago

    Thats not a si fi figure its the stig from Top gear…(a racing driver)

  • lexi 5 years ago

    Dude! It’s ‘The Stig’!

  • Caroline 5 years ago

    Cool house! I need a piano!

  • Sandy 5 years ago

    Great Shots Ms Habib. Nice looking dog. What’s his name?

  • Jo in NZ 5 years ago

    It is a nicely styled home, to be sure, but I would really encourage the owners to have a heart, and research how much water and air fish reasonably need for comfort. That’s little more than a large tumbler they’ve got there, and the goldfish is actually suffocating on its own waste. Living beings aren’t props, people!

  • Jo in NZ 5 years ago

    (meant to write oxygen, not air)

  • Dani 5 years ago

    Fantastic home… So much character!

  • Laura 4 years ago

    Armelle your place is amazing – I luv, luv it!

  • Frances Lechner 2 years ago

    Armelle – It was so much fun to look through your beautiful shots, knowing that I was just in this beautiful space! Your garage sale finds, sadly, are only an encouragement for me to continue doing the same, and I am OUT OF SPACE! Thanks for the lovely evening with the family, and hope to see you Stateside sooner than later… Frances

  • Frances Lechner 2 years ago

    Armelle – It was so much fun to look through your beautiful shots, knowing that I was just in this beautiful space! Your garage sale finds, sadly, are only an encouragement for me to continue my treasure hunting, too! Hope to see you Stateside sooner than later… Frances

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