Australian Homes

Anna Dimond and Family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 16th November 2011

Loungeroom details from the home of Anna Dimond and family in the Adelaide Hills. All shots – Lucy Feagins
Loungeroom (and levels!) in the 1970’s home of Anna Dimond and family.

I am fast gaining the impression that Adelaide is a GOLD MINE of fabulous Australian homes!  During my recent visit I was so seriously bowled over with every single home I set foot in, and today’s is no exception!  Welcome to the stunning 1970’s  home of Anna Dimond and family!

This beautiful family home is set amongst the leafy surroundings of Stirling in the Adelaide hills. This is the most breathtakingly picturesque area – full of rolling green front gardens and incredibly tall pine and gum trees, and just a short drive from the city.  A truly special place to live.  There were KOALAS  in the FRONT GARDEN, people.  I kid you not.

Anna, (designer and director of jewellery label Palas Jewellery) and partner Chris (an architect) purchased their home 2.5yrs ago, in near original condition.  Whilst it was in need of a little love, Anna and Chris saw the home’s potential immediately – ‘the home was designed by Hassells architects the same time they designed the Adelaide Festival Theatre’ says Anna… ‘the detail and quality is exceptional – it just needed to be revitalised with some love and passion’.  Stage One of the renovation commenced immediately with painting throughout and new flooring, but Anna and Chris didn’t want to change anything structural.   Their goal was to highlight the fantastic original features of the home including stone fireplaces and oak panelled ceilings.

The pair also did a huge amount of work in the garden – ‘Chris used to have a landscaping business before he became an architect, so he has brought life into our stunning garden’ says Anna.  The impressive 2 acre block is dotted with stunning (and massive!) old English trees – Chris added hedges and more modern succulents into the mix.  Check out the exterior shots at the bottom of this post –  truly picture perfect!  In actual fact the exterior of this home is so perfectly manicured it kind of reminds me of a still frame from some 70’s American family sitcom –  I mean that in a good way!

Stage Two of the Dimond home renovation, completed just last month, entailed a total re-fit of all of the wet areas – kitchen, laundry, bathrooms.  ‘Chris designed these great new spaces that are modern and elegant but also tie in with the era of the house’ says Anna, ‘we wanted to really complement rather than just shoving a big white kitchen amongst the earthiness of the original interior. All the new spaces have touches of Danish styling to match the original detail’.

I must say the re-furb of this striking modernist home really is spot on.  It’s been done with such restraint and deference to the home’s existing features – you can tell both Anna and Chris have a particular knack for this!   They’ve pulled the home together so perfectly, right down to furniture and lighting selection.

When asked for her favourite aspects of the home, as is often the case, Anna finds it tricky to edit her enthusiasm! – ‘The space that surrounds the house, the 45 year old massive trees, our resident koalas and ducks, the air, the birds…. it’s all so zen and beautiful, but only a 10 minute drive into the city’ she says. ‘I love the high ceilings and the stone fireplaces – an open fire in the hills brings a house alive.  I feel like my awareness of the seasons and nature has developed so much since we moved here – its quite amazing that when you live on the flat you just don’t see these incredible daily changes in the sky, trees and air.  Everyone who lives here truly loves the hills. Its like living in a little village with all the character, conveniences and fresh air you could want – and a most idylic natural setting that is just iridescent green this time of year’.

Couldn’t have put it better myself!

Massive thanks to Anna and family for sharing their stunning home with us today!  If you’ve enjoyed this tour do share the love by popping over to check out Anna’s Palas Jewellery website – aside from having one seriously lovely house, she’s also one seriously impressive businesswoman (And a recipient of a Telstra Business Women’s award!)

Raised dining area

Dining / entrance details

Entrance hall

Casual dining room

Kitchen / casual dining details

Brand new bathroom, with timber cabinetry that takes it’s cue from the existing cabinetry in the house.

Coco’s bedroom (3 yrs)

Sweet details in Coco’s bedroom

Lola’s bedroom! (9 yrs).  SUPER cute.

Lola’s bedroom details

Lola’s bedroom including stretched Marimekko canvas – SO effective!  Also I am seriously obsessed with that mid-centory red sideboard.

Exterior.  (Koalas were present but a bit camera shy)

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 16th November 2011

31 comments

  • Pippa 3 years ago

    Beautiful home, great furniture, I spotted some Aussie mid century yeah! thanks for sharing!

  • Barbara Fisher 3 years ago

    Oh my, this home is spectacular! What an amazing job Anna & Chris have done in restoring it to it’s original glory. And that bathroom? Straight into the inspiration file!

  • Jennifer Hoyt 3 years ago

    Completely in love with this home tour. I also have a daughter named Lola and her room could use a little design inspiration!

  • Brismod 3 years ago

    How envious I am of their MCM home! I just love their sympathetic renovation. xx

  • Christy 3 years ago

    Far out Lucy, at this rate I’m going to have to move to the Adelaide hills – here’s hoping you’ve got a few more houses up your sleeve to feature from your trip, they’re all amazing.

  • handmaderomance 3 years ago

    wow lovely lovely home! koalas too! lovin’ the splashes of red throughout.

  • Lyndsay 3 years ago

    Home owners who match their decor items to their paintings make me so so happy. This house is just beautiful.

  • megan 3 years ago

    Koala’s in the backyard!?!?! so outstanding adelaide, so outstanding.

  • Kylie 3 years ago

    Simply beautiful.

  • Nic Wesley 3 years ago

    Stunning home. Is that a Marnie Wark painting I spy on the wall of the casual dining room?

  • Edwina 3 years ago

    Love mid century- love this home. A kindred spirit too- so much colour throughout- gorgeous.

  • Ray Garrod 3 years ago

    Stirling is the my favourite place to live ever – so beautiful – and with a stunning house like this even more so. Love the West German and Bitossi pottery too:). NIce taste in Art work as well – and GREAT to see fabric hangings again as decor!

  • janet 3 years ago

    What a beautiful home! The bathroom is amazing – I love those tiles! Does anyone know where they’re from?

  • kat chadwick 3 years ago

    So gorgeous, its my favourite design files home so far!!

  • Suzanne 3 years ago

    Thanks for including Adelaide in your blog. It’s so nice to know we’re not forgotten.

  • mariana 3 years ago

    each one you post is better than the last lucy!
    and you’re spot on…
    ‘done with such restraint and deference to the home’s existing features’
    absolutely stunning home, inside and out.

  • patricia bakacs 3 years ago

    What a great restoration of a beautiful Mid-Century Australian Home! We all need to see more examples of these to know what is possible! I swear some of the most finely crafted Mid-Century cabinetry and interiors in the country are to be found in SA.

  • meg 3 years ago

    Does anyone know pls what the “beautiful here” sign is in Coco’s bedroom? A light/other? Source please! Its gorgeous.

  • jade 3 years ago

    lovely! how cool is lola’s bedroom, i can’t help but be a teensy bit jealous =)

  • Kimmy 3 years ago

    …oh is that blue cat a Bitossi? I die.

  • Shell McClure 3 years ago

    Love this house and it’s contents! Wondering if there was a jacuzzi/ spa or sauna there before renovations?

  • elissa :: ebb & flow 3 years ago

    the lighting in this place is unreal. room after room they delivered. love it.

  • emmanouil K 3 years ago

    I love the paintings, lightings and also the bathroom tiles, its wonderful!

  • Emily 3 years ago

    Meg – The Its beautiful here coat rack can be purchased here: http://www.touchinteriors.com/shopping/shopping3.aspx?cat_id=18&subcat_id=50&product_id=1607

  • Margie 3 years ago

    SUCH a great house! x

  • Sue 3 years ago

    Fantastic! Can anyone tell me where to source Lola’s bedside table/drawer set, a white curved number? Cheers!

  • frauc. 3 years ago

    hi! any source for that blizzand poster? thanks!

  • Bronwen 3 years ago

    Sue – you can get the Componibili units from Space Furniture or Top 3 by Design. Cheers

  • Jane from Adelaide 3 years ago

    frauc. the poster is a classic french vintage poster called L’impermeable moderne c’est Blizzand (Red Raincoat for Audrey Hepburn) by Gruau Rene. It is a classic. You’d need to source from a vintage poster shop – it won’t be cheap though – try these: parisposters.com vintagepostersonly.com letitiamorris.com galmont.com.au studiomvintageposters.com.au and so on. Good luck!

  • frauc. 3 years ago

    thanks, jane from adelaide! i knew it was a classic Gruau design but i have the fantasy of a digital source…

  • Sue 3 years ago

    Thanks Bronwyn, much appreciated! X

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