Australian Homes

Maria Villa and Family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 28th September 2011

The Sydney home of Maria Villa and family!  Paintings in dining area by Maria Villa.  This photograph – Lucy Feagins.

Dining room details.  Paintings by Maria Villa.  Photos – Lucy Feagins.

Upstairs patio / balcony, adjoining dining room.  Photo – Lucy Feagins.

Maria Villa is one amazing woman.  It’s kind of hard to describe her immense amazingness… but I’ll give it my best shot.

Firstly, Maria is Argentinian.  She’s been in Sydney many years now, but she’s still got the BEST accent – not to mention the most incredibly warm spirit which, whilst not unique to Argentinians I guess, certainly seems intrinsically linked to her Latino roots!  She’s one of those people you meet and instantly feel as if you’ve known forever – you could easily find yourself discussing your inner most secrets within about 5 minutes over a cup of tea.  (On my visit, though, she bought champagne!).  Maria writes like she speaks, so I hope below you might occasionally ‘hear’ her sparkly Spanish twang!

Secondly, in the last year, Maria has undergone some pretty serious surgery.  She unexpectedly developed an aneurism behind her eye, for which she required emergency brain surgery.  There was a 50/50 chance it would burst.  In Maria’s words – ‘this mean they needed to open upstairscentre management, but thanks to my amazing surgeon I’m back to celebrate the second part of my life..!  I’m indeed a very lucky person!  La vita e bella!‘ (Life is wonderful).  Whilst Maria’s glass is always half full, there’s no denying that this was an extremely risky operation, and it is such an incredible feat that she has bounced back with even more zest for life than before!   She’s so vibrant and energetic, and more than happy to share her story matter-of-factly without dwelling on the negatives.  Like I said – one amazing woman :)

Anyway.  We’re here to snoop in Maria Villa’s house, not hear her life story… but, you know I like to ramble, and houses are so much lovelier to look at when you know the people who live in them, don’t you think?

Maria lives in this gorgeous home on Sydney’s North shore with her husband Eduardo and son Mateo, aged eleven.  Maria has a background in fine art and interior design, whilst Eduardo is an architect, and together they run architecture and design firm Villa + Villa.  Needless to say, their house has undergone a few major changes in the six years they’ve been here!  This creative pair renovated the kitchen and bathroom soon after moving in, and added the finishing touches more recently.  An extra living area was added upstairs, in addition to a very special room downstairs, which opens onto the lush back garden – ‘this is our fav-fab room’ says Maria.  Another favourite feature of the home is the view from upstairs across to the national park, which backs onto the property – ‘having breakfast here is like being on holidays!’ Maria says.  I must agree, listening to the birds from this vantage point really does make you feel many miles away from central Sydney!

Massive thanks both to Maria for sharing her stunning home, and to her dear friend, photographer Ross Coffey, who has kindly allowed us to use some of his own recent shots of the home, taken independently (which of course are so brilliant and full of deep, rich colour).  So super grateful – thankyou thankyou!

Ps. Learn a little more about amazing Maria on Megan Morton’s Homelove blog here!

Maria’s new and much-loved downstairs living room!  Rug by Loom.  Amazing paper sculpture artwork by Tracey Deep.  Photo by Ross Coffey.

Maria’s favourite details –  paper sculpture artwork by Tracey Deep, recently acquired antique carved wooden puppet, Loom rug detail, vintage shoe lasts and tiny shoes!  These pics – Lucy Feagins.

Upstairs living – love that deco curved corner!  Photo by Ross Coffey.

Maria loves GREEN!  Photo – Lucy Feagins.

Mateo’s bedroom – Maria’s favourite colour combo, rich green and red.  Photo – Lucy Feagins.

Details from Mateo’s bedroom – assemblage artwork on bedside table by Maria.  Photos – Lucy Feagins.

Mateo’s bed detail.  Photo – Lucy Feagins.

Maria and Eduardo’s bedroom – love the brave dark walls throughout!  Photo – Lucy Feagins.

Detail from Master bedroom.  Photo – Lucy Feagins.

Rear of house and lush back garden!  (I bet the frangipane is in bloom by now!).  Beautiful photo up top by Ross Coffey.  Bottom photo by me.

SO so lovely.  You guessed it – this gorgeous pic by Ross Coffey.  Thankyou Ross!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 28th September 2011


  • Miss Polly 5 years ago

    GORGEOUS! Such great use of colour and eclectic style. Love the photos as well. Love the detail from the master bedroom of the gorgeous painting. Just shows how little you can tell about the owner from the outside of a house. Dreaming up new colour schemes now for my own home. Thank you!

  • Deborah Wall 5 years ago

    Of the many beautiful homes you have featured I’ve got to say this is the one that took my breath away. The colour palette is so sophisticated and dramatic – it’s just jaw droppingly gorgeous. Love your blog – I get inspired everytime I’m here and today I’m super inspired. Thanks

  • Stephanie 5 years ago

    Absolutely love the colours in this house! Thank you for sharing another inspiring home! Not sure if you know the answer, but I love the cushions on Mateo’s bed – do you know where they’re from?

  • Donna 5 years ago

    Beautiful! I love the succulents on the patio garden wall, and the lush back garden shots too. (particularly the last dreamy, dusk shot looking back up to the house.) Lovely home. Great way to start the day! : )

  • Pippa 5 years ago

    Green so beautifully done, very inspiring, thanks:)

  • Lauren 5 years ago

    I think this is my favourite home yet! Pure beauty

  • Camilla 5 years ago

    Beautiful. I wouldn’t change a thing.

  • clairsy 5 years ago

    ooooohhh.. very unique and bold, love it.

  • Caron 5 years ago

    Such incredible vibrancy and detail in this house. I also really love the back story of the woman behind this project of love and her artwork is amazing.

  • Simone 5 years ago

    wow wow wow… Just when I think you could not provide me with a nicer home to covet, there you go. You did it again. I love the sense of personality and individuality created with colour and an amazingly well selected but minimal collection of ‘things’. This is EXACTLY what i am trying to do with my home so i notice when I see it done this well. Ticks every box. Now off to buy some grey interior paint…

  • Simone 5 years ago

    And also, thanks Maria for sharing your very inspiring story, and your home. And thanks aaggaaiinn Lucy for the great post :)

  • Judy 5 years ago

    Lucy, what an amazing woman Maria is. Every day is special and that is what we should remember. What a beautiful home. Love the use of colour and detail. Thanks Lucy for finding us all such inspiring things to do every morning.

  • MARIA VILLA 5 years ago

    To all, home lovers, thank you for all your awesome comments about our home.
    All paint colours are from Porters. The pigment and the hues are unreal!
    They are indeed deep, rich and beautiful. Viva el colour! :)

  • Stella 5 years ago

    So very very beautiful. I’m always in awe of people like Maria who can make magic from what is essentially a bunch of boxes stacked on top of each other. What a privilege to have a sneak into this wonderful home. Thank

  • megan 5 years ago

    oh sweetness! you people cant believe what a treasure miss villa is.

  • Lauren 5 years ago

    I just realised we have the exact same posters from Cuba! Both of them! A little slow off the mark this morning…

  • MARIA VILLA 5 years ago

    And for Stephanie: Cushions from a store at the Antique Centre. Yes funny to buy cushions at TAC but colours and graphics looked to cool, to be left at the shop…

  • Catherine 5 years ago

    This home is sublime. The combination of colours and the dark walls are everything I love and love experiencing. You can feel Maria and Eduardo’s passion. One of my favourite houses Lucy and Maria. Maria I would love to know whichPorters colour in your

  • Stephanie 5 years ago

    Thanks so much Maria! I am from Melbourne so not familiar with The Antique Centre. If you have the name of the designer that would be fab, then I can do some online hunting. Otherwise I will just admire yours! :)

  • MARIA VILLA 5 years ago

    And again for Stephanie :)
    Hand Woven Ikat cushion, please check on table tonic.

  • MARIA VILLA 5 years ago

    And for Catherine :) Porters Colour is Vanilla Bean, do not accept when you painter says:” I could match with another brand”. there is not match for this reach colour.

  • Catherine 5 years ago

    Thank you Maria and I agree absolutely, you cant reproduce a Porters Colour…. lovely that you are sharing so much with us.

  • Paula Norman 5 years ago

    Gorgeous!!! I am drooling!!!! Thank you Maria for sharing your beautiful home. Can I ask what the plants are in the garden that are clipped into little buns!!

  • Jeano 5 years ago

    I love, love, love the beautiful table. Was it made specially?

  • MARIA VILLA 5 years ago

    and for Jeano: Lightweight Concrete Table

  • deb 5 years ago

    Love seeing a home and knowing more about the owner, it give’s it a warmer light. Great home and post-Thanks Lucy :)

  • deb 5 years ago

    p.s.-love those paintings in dining room!

  • TJ 5 years ago

    WOW, thank you for letting us into your amazing home Maria. Can I ask who the artist of the painting in the master bedroom is (pilot with bird on head)? I love it!
    Wonderful photos Lucy.

  • MARIA VILLA 5 years ago

    And now for TJ: our adored aviator by Pablo Tapia

  • Louise (Table Tonic) 5 years ago

    Oh Maria! Oh Lucy! Oh Ross! This is quite a party!
    SO SO SO beautiful.
    No, wait – PERFECT.

    And yes, Maria you are SO DIVINE to talk to!
    Thanks for the tour girls!

  • Paula Norman 5 years ago

    Maria – you are a very kind lady to share thank you for the link x

  • Bridie 5 years ago

    This is definitely my favourite home that has appeared on DF. What an adventurous and perfect palette. Thank you for sharing your home with us Maria Villa, it is exceptionally wonderful.

  • Liane 5 years ago

    Gorgeous gorgeous Maria! xxx

  • Hannah B. 5 years ago

    Beautiful colors & I’m in love with the outside facade of the house! *swoon!*

  • Joern 5 years ago

    Very beautiful indeed! But I have to say that I would like to see some more photos of the exterior. Do you have any more to show? Thanks a million.

  • Chanci 5 years ago

    Gorgeous home! I fell in love with the paint color in Mateo’s room, do u happen to remember the name of it? I will be painting it in our teenagers room SOON! lol Thanks for sharing.

  • MARIA VILLA 5 years ago

    @ Chanci the colour is wet cement by Porters. :)

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