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Daniel To and Emma Aiston

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 30th November 2011

The hallway of Danel To and Emma Aiston – complete with designer Pashley bikes!  (a matching pair, of course!)

Hallway / front door details

Shared study / workspace

Another smashing South Australian home today… this one is a super cute Victorian 2-bedroom home of Adelaide design duo Daniel To and Emma Aiston, aka Daniel : Emma!

This supremely talented pair were such incredibly generous hosts during my recent trip to Adelaide, taking me all over town to visit their favourite haunts, plying me with delicious meals, peculiar asian ice creams and an SA staple – Cibo coffee.  Of course I am a massive fan of Daniel and Emma’s work and I am always impressed with their incredible sense of style –  so whilst in SA I knew I had to seize the opportunity to shoot their home.  I had an inkling it would be cute and quirky and full of ‘not available in Australia’ goodness.  I wasn’t wrong!

Daniel and Emma live in the semi-industrial pocket of Adelaide known as Rosewater/ Port Adelaide.  It’s an area ripe for gentrification – 1km to the port, 5km to the beach, 12km to the city, and full of fantastic old brick warehouses, most of which appear to be vacant.  If this were Melbourne each would be filled with artists, designers and fresh faced uni graduates looking to set up hipster bike shops / cafes / bars.  But this is Adelaide, so there’s none of that going on just yet.  Watch this space!

Daniel and Emma have been here just 2.5 years.   On the first weekend after taking ownership, they set to work ripping out carpet, curtains, built in robes and lino, then polishing the floor boards and painting everything white. They’ve done little else and certainly nothing structural (yet!), other than filling the home with their unique collection of furniture and cute collectables, many of which are souvenirs from Daniel and Emma’s time living and working in London.

When asked for their favourite aspects of the home, Daniel and Emma have too many to mention!  Emma loves the stripey bullnose verandah, Louis Ghost Chair in the bedroom (a wedding gift) and tin toys purchased from her previous employer Thorsten van Elten in London.  Their twin ‘Pashley’ bicycles also score a mention, and Daniel cutely says ‘Emma is the best thing in the house’. Awww!

Massive thanks to Emma and Daniel for sharing their sweet nest with us today!  AND if you are a big fan of their work do come and check out their designed objects / stationery items in person at The Design Files Open House – opening TOMORROW! OMG.

Bedroom complete with ‘Nudie lady painting’ – an Aiston family heirloom!?  ‘This hung in my grandparents home for most of my childhood’ says Emma!

Bedroom details including Louis Ghost Chair

Loungeroom / workspace.  Cute woollen sheep from some international designer whose name escapes me.

Loungeroom / workspace details

Workspace details

Workspace details


Kitchen details

Miniature Kitchen details

Dining room looking through to back door / annex

The cute couple!


by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 30th November 2011


  • Seriously gorgeous home, love it!

  • Rebbecca 5 years ago

    oh my favourites, i knew their house would be picture perfect!

  • Crystal 5 years ago

    what a cute little house full of quirky collections!

    P.S. for anyone that wants that same screensaver (I have the same and I LOOOOVE it) you can get it at this link for WIndows or Mac :)

  • jas 5 years ago

    what a gorgeous home I love the white, wood nad bright colours and vintage details.

  • handmaderomance 5 years ago

    adorable! so much to love!

  • Kezi 5 years ago

    Thanks for the link Crystal – was about to ask that exact question!

  • Gaz 5 years ago

    What a cute house – so much personality!

  • Melissa 5 years ago

    What a lovely cottage. Wednesdays are my favorite on the design files:) thanks for sharing!

  • Jane 5 years ago

    Is it possible to find out where the Dachshund pillow came from? thanks

  • Carly 5 years ago

    Yep, the Port Adelaide area is gold, I seriously dont understand why it hasnt gone gang-busters! Little cottages like that in Melbs go for over a million!!

  • Brian 5 years ago

    Beautiful, elegant, restrained and well … just plain nice.

  • Miss Polly 5 years ago

    Wow these guys must be so happy with all the wonderful press they get on The Design Files. So many nice stories on them.

  • lexi 5 years ago

    What a beautiful home – and so much to look at. Love this home.

  • gluten free gift 5 years ago

    So funny – a “Victorian” home in Australia is very different to what we call the same in Canada (of course it would be – because of the climate, but it never occured to me until now!).

    All that hard work on the floors totally paid off – they really make the place!

  • beci 5 years ago

    so many perfect details. they are genius through and through!

  • Kath W 5 years ago

    You know what’s excellent? Not all their cute vintage stuff, that you can collect anywhere, or the assemblage of bought designer items. I love the fact that they’ve left that gorgeousy kistch fireplace and equally splendid little gas heater. Many people seem to just pull these things out or plaster over (I’m hoping the lino they pulled up wasn’t as excellent!). Bravo, love it, makes the place unique & interesting with its own historical narrative — not simply “renovated Victorian”.

  • Margie 5 years ago

    again another reason to visit Radelaide…

  • Ash p 5 years ago

    So cute!

  • lucy 5 years ago

    Cute place! Yes Port Adelaide/ Rosewater is a hidden gem just waiting to be found!

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