Australian Homes

Katie Graham and Family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 12th September 2012

The Melbourne home of Katie Graham and family.  Photos – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins.

Lounge room – ‘Big Boy’ painting by Abby McCulloch (from exhibition ‘Cabin Fever’, 2010).  1960’s tobacco leather Fred Lowen Tessa T Series chair.  Zebra cushion from a new collaboration Katie is working on with Melbourne artist Carla Fletcher, Family Love Tree vintage kantha quilt slung over the couch.  Photos – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins.

Loungeroom with view to front garden.  Bride & Wolfe Timber Birds on window ledge.  Photos – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins.

I’m sure you recall Melbourne-based business The Family Love Tree who we featured recently, established by former film industry costume designer Katie Graham. WELL since featuring her lovely range, I caught wind of Katie’s fabulous mid-century home… and you know I’m never one to pass up an opportunity (!!) – so today we’re back with a little follow up story!

Katie lives in this generous four bedroom home in Elsternwick with husband Jason and kids Billee (8 yrs), Angus (6 yrs) and Wolfe (3 yrs).  Originally designed by well known Melbourne modernist architect Dr Ernest Fooks, the home is full of personality and mid-century flair – and of course these days is filled with the inevitable creative chaos that comes with busy family life!  As Katie’s new business grows, her colourful quilts and soft furnishings are taking over the home – when we visited she had piles of stunning new stock in every room (we carefully nudged them out of these shots!).

Katie and family have been here for just over three years.  Though it looks very polished in these pics, I was amazed to learn that Katie and Jason have actually done very little to the place since moving in.  Even that seriously FAB kitchen is almost as they found it – the yellow tiles are original, they simply painted the timber cupboards white and added the perfect finishing touch, a Verner Panton Flower Pot pendant lamp!

‘We simply did the basics’ says Katie.  ‘White washed the walls, polished the stunning hardwood floor boards under the carpet, and added new curtains and light fittings. Some day we will renovate the kitchen and bathroom, but will endeavour to keep our original 70’s tiles in the kitchen!’

The newest addition to the house is the 1960’s tobacco leather Fred Lowen Tessa T Series arm chair above – already a favourite for Katie.  ‘I love the colour, and it’s so beautifully made – it stands the test of time’ she says.  Aside from this recent acquisition, Katie says it’s the natural light she loves most about this home – as with so many mid-century residences, the layout and orientation of the house maximises natural light, and each room was bathed in warm afternoon sun when we took these shots.

MASSIVE thanks to Katie and family for sharing their beautiful home with us today!  If you have enjoyed today’s post, do share the love with another little visit to Katie’s website – The Family Love Tree!

Dining room – painting by Erhan.  Photos – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins.

Dining room – painting by Erhan.  Photos – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins.

Master bedroom.  Fuchsia Pink King Peacock bed head and vintage quilt from Katie’s business, The Family Love Tree.  Photos – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins.

Angus & Wolfe’s Room – Mister Mista wall decals, Maike soft toys.  Photos – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins.

Billee’s Room – Aqua single Peacock bed head and vintage kantha quilt, Raggidy Rag Dolls, Etsy wall decal.  Photos – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins.

Spare bedroom.  Vintage kantha quilt, vintage kantha ‘cup cake’ cushion, both from The Family Love Tree.  Photos – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins.

Katie Graham at home.  (new season Gorman top!  Love it!)  Photos – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 12th September 2012


  • Candace 4 years ago

    Cool bunk, where is it from?

  • librarygirl 4 years ago

    I love this home. Such a happy kitchen and great, liveable family spaces.

  • DB 4 years ago

    Such a gorgeous family home, absolutely love the natural light that seems to filter through.
    Beautiful pieces scattered throughout, looks effortless (:
    Stunning! Would really love to know if Katie can share the feature wall paint color used in the master bedroom if possible. Thanks (:

  • Melissa 4 years ago

    Gorgeous home. Love all the pops of colour and the those bed heads!! Stunning.

  • Kirsty 4 years ago

    Can you tell me the blue paint colour used in the kids room? Thx!

  • Pippa 4 years ago

    Just love this home, what a delightful array of MC about. I would love to own the flower pot pendant!

  • Chris 4 years ago

    +1 for the bunk – where fom?
    Also, what is the board used in the joinery? Is it a ply substrate wih a limed stain and white laminate?

  • Georgina Campbell 4 years ago

    Wow Katie, your place is looking good. Have you still got the old white wicker cot?

  • Clare 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! I’m in love with that painting by Erhan & would love to see more of his work. Could you please tell me which Gallery represents him &/or his full name please?

  • Pele 4 years ago

    Love the mix of cane, leather and cheery art. Beautiful home guys!

  • Gina 4 years ago

    Wow Katie, I am coveting your mosaic stone wall, so funky.
    I would love this effect it is gorgeous!

  • tessa 4 years ago

    Love Katie and Love her style one of my favourite stores on DTLL for sure x

  • caitlan 4 years ago

    wowsers! love the use of colour… what a fun home this would be to live in!

  • Kimberly 4 years ago

    Ok, seriously, that is my dream kitchen. LOVE the yellow, so happy. Well done Katie!

  • Caroline 4 years ago

    we too have some 70’s tiles in our “original” kitchen which I have come to love and would like to re-use when we renovate but wonder what the trick is to salvage them? love the bookshelves surrounding the guest bed too.

  • Barbara 4 years ago

    Katie, your home is beautiful and The Family Love Tree is such a wonderful name for your delightful business.

  • Lakshmi 4 years ago

    The yellow-white combination in the kitchen is charming. The wall decals in the kids’ room is a winner…particularly the cars one. Another beautiful home as a always on TDF :)

  • Elements 4 years ago

    The dining room is perfect and those bed heads are inspiring.

  • look see 4 years ago

    Gorgeous home! :)

  • Laura 4 years ago

    What a beautiful home! Love, love, love the colour and texture of the curtain fabric in the lounge room and the kantha textiles – I sell these at my online home accessories store if anyone’s looking to source some!

  • Style Inside 4 years ago

    LOVE it…..thanks for introducing us to The Family Love Tree….loved the post so much we blogged about it too!!!!

  • JennyM 4 years ago

    Why why why the dead cow on the floor? I do not get this trend.
    It’s very now and up to the minute – but will the owners get rid of everything when trends change? I have wondered for a while about sustainability in the decor/design industry. Where does the stuff go when the owners get tired of it and want something new? How sustainable is it?

  • Westra Project 4 years ago

    Ah- Mazing! so much love!

  • Emma 4 years ago

    I freakin love this joint. Top Stuff Katie. Such a lovely, real, warm home.

  • msd 4 years ago

    I love the yellow tiles in the kitchen.

    JennyM – huh? Sustainability in design is an important issue but you must be looking at a different house because this one is full of vintage furniture and items.

  • Donna 4 years ago

    As the owner of a somewhat less stylish mid-century home, I’m so inspired by this fantastic house. Especially love the spare bedroom detail of the bookcases built around the spare bed.

  • Margie 4 years ago

    so lovely to see the bones of this house preserved, without removing walls or other large scale interventions. Good design really stands the test of time and doesn’t get chucked out – I think this is a truly sustainable approach.

  • shelley t 4 years ago

    could i come & stay in the spare room please? my bag is packed x

  • mekalie 4 years ago

    this is home is super gorgeous – so far in the top 5 for me …

  • Claudia 4 years ago

    Gorgeous home! Just wondering what paint colour has been used on the walls in Billee’s room? I love the grey!

  • Gorgeous home! Love everything…so much colour and personality throughout!

  • Fiona 4 years ago

    I too love the yellow in the kitchen. Inspired to give the tourquoise tiles in our kitchen a lift by painting the cupboards white. Also love the bedheads and use of colour throughout. Lovely! Great bunks – are you able to tell me where they are from?

  • Lisa 4 years ago

    Really love the Erhan swan print – are you able to tell me where I can source work from this artist?

  • Love, Love, Love this home!!! This is so my style. I even have that floral fabric seen on some of the pillows. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ann Bacon 4 years ago

    A private oasis in the middle of a busy city – impressive.

  • Michelle Cioffi 4 years ago

    OMG those bedheads! And side tables with floral detail! And guest room with amazing bookcase! And Kantha quilts OMG OMG OMG!

  • vanessa 4 years ago

    this was my old house, it looks amazing, congratulations you guys have done a great job!!!

  • Gen 4 years ago

    What a gorgeous family home. Would also love to know where the bunks are from?

  • Katie 4 years ago

    hello everyone – the bunks were from – drum roll please…… SNOOZE – I bought them 8 years ago but I think they are still in stock believe it or not…

  • gonnabe40 4 years ago

    love Billee’s Room !!! so lovely! :)

  • africa 4 years ago

    Did anyone ever find the mystery artist ‘Erhan’? I’ve searched high & low online but can’t find Erhan!

  • Domna Evangelidou 4 years ago

    Great house! Would you be kind enough to tell me the Etsy shop where you got the fabulous wall decal for the girl’s room?
    Many thanks

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    Love your style…incredible. I am so inspired now.

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