Australian Homes

Jodi and Brendan York

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 8th May 2013

The Bondi terrace home of Jodi and Brendan York.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Living room.  Light by TVRM Lighting.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kitchen.  Splashback tiles from Jatana Interiors. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

For all the big budget drop dead gorgeous dream homes we showcase here, I always like to ensure there’s a good balance of equally lovely yet somewhat more accessible homes – from cute ‘n crafty spaces, to cheerfully chaotic family homes, and of course the ever elusive first home buyers’ home!  Today’s sweet Sydney pad falls into this category – it’s a  wonderful first home for industrious young couple Jodi and Brendan York, and will soon evolve to accommodate a new addition, as Jodi is expecting her first baby in the coming months! (congratulations guys!)

Jodi is an architect, and like any young designer, she leapt at the opportunity to design her very own home.  After purchasing their terrace in Bondi Junction 2.5 years ago, Jodi and Brendan (an accountant) wasted no time re-designing the home, and planning a significant renovation and re-build.  ‘We actually demolished most of the house and started over’ Jodi recalls. Her design retained the front façade and external walls, but almost the entire internal structure was gutted, from the front bedroom back to the rear lane.

With a vision to maximise light and natural airflow in this narrow space, Jodi opted for a ‘New York’ style loft inspired design.  ‘We wanted to expose as many raw materials as we could, also creating an open plan living format’ explains Jodi. Other priorities including maximising storage (a common challenge in Sydney’s narrow terraces), and the ability to move furniture around to accommodate entertaining (the dining table and island are on wheels!).

Since moving in in April last year, Jodi and Brendan have loved reacquainting themselves with their slick new space. ‘We love the area and the natural light’ says Jodi.  ‘We have noticed in the last 12 months, we spend so much more time at home since moving here – rain, hail or shine’.  Jodi and Brendan also love entertaining, and the open layout downstairs really encourages this –  ‘we have people over often, and really enjoy sharing the space with friends and family’ says Jodi.

Huge thanks to Jodi and Brendan for sharing their home with us today, and best of luck with the bump!

Looking from kitchen through dining to front of house. Table made by Brendan’s brother, Kartell Masters Chairs by Philippe Starck.  ‘Guerilla knitting’ on stair balustrade an by a close friend of Jodi’s. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining room.  Table made by Brendan’s brother, Kartell Masters Chairs by Philippe Starck.  Bowls on table by Mud Australia.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Living room details.  Artwork by artist ‘Kelly’ who has a tenancy at Mitchell Rd Auction House.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Master bedroom.  Artwork – a tapestry replicating Jodi and Brendan’a original marriage certificate, handmade by Jodi’s grandma.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Bathroom.  Tiles from Jatana Interiors. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Front door – stencilled by Jodi and Brendan.  ‘We bought a stencil online and spent a few days creating this!’ says Jodi.  Chest of drawers – Ikea, with a variety of custom knobs picked up at Anthropologie in the US.  White plaster piece sitting on chest of drawers – a section of the original archway.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Exterior raised terrace garden.  Screen by Laser Cut Screens.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 8th May 2013


  • vanessa o 3 years ago

    very very cool!

  • Annie 3 years ago

    Love the front door, would make guests smile ! : )

  • Madeline 3 years ago

    Beautiful house Jodi and Brendan – lovely to see all that hard work has its reward when you get an opportunity to design your space. Love the mix of rough + refined, quirky + simple.

  • Erin 3 years ago

    I wish my first house was like this. Wow!

  • Andy 3 years ago

    Wow! Tile envy X

  • Nicole 3 years ago

    It’s wrong how much I love that bathroom.
    So chic

  • Bridget 3 years ago

    I love the exposed brick!! What s gorgeous place! Am definitely keeping this as inspiration when I one day own a home!

  • Melissa 3 years ago

    Great spaces Jodi and Brendan and congratulations on making it onto Design Files.

  • Fairlie 3 years ago

    Love,love,love this house! Looking for a sofa just like that, would love to know where it is from and the fabric it’s in?

  • Pamela 3 years ago

    Love this home!!! Could someone Please tell me where I can buy the light fitting in the living room LOVE it!!

  • Sonia 3 years ago

    Lucy, you got it spot on. A slew of dream homes can be intimidating, this one has got me excited again. Well done Jodi and Brendan! Its so nice to see homes that really reflect their owner’s way of living and personalities.

  • White Forest Home 3 years ago

    Gorgeous – love the colours and the simplicity of line….lovely!

  • Judy 3 years ago

    Absolutely love that space!!!!!

  • Vera 3 years ago

    I love that bathroom! How big is it? it possible to see more pics?
    There’s a really happy and relaxed vibe about this home.

  • Jo 3 years ago

    Adore those tiles. Wish I had more nerve when I chose mine as they look so fabulous.

  • Lizzie 3 years ago

    I think this is my favourite TDF home so far. So well done.

  • Jess 3 years ago

    LOVE this house – oh so jealous. Gorgeous!

  • Courtney 3 years ago

    Wow! I love every bit of this house. The palette is amazing…

  • chiara 3 years ago

    Nice! Where is the rug from? Is that another Loom number?
    I am on the hunt for something for my place. Ta!

  • Two Ducks Swimming 3 years ago

    The rug is from Freedom (sadly out of stock – last seasons range).

  • Adam 3 years ago

    Can anyone tell me where that clock in the first and second photos comes from?

  • Nick 3 years ago

    Love this house, very cool. Can I find out where the aqua side tables are from?

  • Prlass 3 years ago

    Can anyone ID where the rug is from, in the lounge room? Also, anyone know who the artist is that created the artwork, in the dining room?
    Great house, styled by very liveable.

  • Jodi 3 years ago

    Believe it or not the side tables are from Freedom and the Clock is from a little shop on the Mornington Peninsula, although you can get it at a homewares store in Leura on Leura Mall (I have forgotten the name).

  • Emma 3 years ago

    Love the bathroom tiles

  • Ray 3 years ago

    Love it all, especially the kitchen and bathroom tiles!

  • Kimmy 3 years ago

    Stop it. That is amazeballs!!!!! thanks for sharing :-) x

  • jane 3 years ago

    Love the staircase -it’s inspired me to do similar, as well as the tiles and couch – the design all flows so well. Where is that couch from?

  • Carla 3 years ago

    This house is the direct representation of the beautiful happy couple that Jodi and Brendan are! Well done Jodes. V. proud of you x

  • Jess 3 years ago

    That kitchen is so ridiculously good! I love a non-white kitchen so much. Beautiful house Jodi and Brendan!

  • Katie M 3 years ago

    Amazing, such great quirky little details everywhere!

  • marie 3 years ago

    very lovely house
    dining area flooring is fabulous –

    designed and decorated very cleverly

  • Debra 3 years ago

    Beautiful home.

  • Jo 3 years ago

    Gorgeous! I would love to know where the couch is from…

  • Kirsty 3 years ago

    I love this home. Amazing.

  • Jessamy 3 years ago

    So cool. Thanks for sharing!

  • I love love love the tiles from both the kitchen and the bathroom

  • Melissa 3 years ago

    I would love to know details about the rug in the living room!

  • 3 years ago

    Oh absolute tile love!

  • Lauren 3 years ago

    What a lovely home. The polished concrete is beautiful- lots of aggregate, makes it look like stone. The couch is definitely Jardan. Suspect it’s the Bosko but has the Enzo feet. Love to know what fabric it’s covered in!

  • Kim @ AnecdotalGoat 3 years ago

    I am in love with this bathroom! Such a great space-saving layout.

  • sarah 3 years ago

    loving the tiles, gorgeous…

  • Chris Ioannou 3 years ago

    Hey Guys,

    Loving your place ! I’m looking for a Steel Island for me place. (On Wheels aswell) Where is it from?

  • Hannah 3 years ago

    I’m really impressed by the polished concrete. Also, the bathroom tiles look really cool.

  • Nancy 3 years ago

    What is that flooring called? Does anyone know?

  • Polished concrete (with or without aggregate) is so seldom used within residential homes, I think for fear of being too “industrial” looking. But as seen above I would say its use here is outstanding. It can be made as dramatic (add aggregate) or as simple (no aggregate just polished concrete) as you like. Highly recommended from so many positive reasons. Also, the bathroom with recessed shelving is a must. Gone be the days of protruding, stuck on bathroom shelves and soap holders! Well done and thanks for sharing. This one we’ll be adding to our Pinterest boards (@buildingworksoz)

  • Melinda 3 years ago

    Love it! Inspired me to order those tiles in the kitchen for the base of our Victorian fireplace.

  • Jase 3 years ago

    That clock is so cool. The exposed areas of brick add a nice bit of texture to the otherwise clean and crisp interior. The garden terrace is rather nice too!

  • Sarah 12 months ago

    Those Moroccan bathroom tiles are stunning! I think this is the favourite tiling I have seen in many hours of web-viewing! Thanks for the inspiration :-)

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