Australian Homes

Brooke and Jay Pertzel and Family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 21st August 2013

The Melbourne apartment of Brooke Pertzel and family.  Open plan living and dining room.  Norman Copenhagen Knot Chair from Great Dane Furniture, Mariano Fortuny floor lamp from Living Interiors, On table – ceramic cheese platter & plate from Mud Australia, Bitossi Metropolis ceramic vase in black from Hub Furniture, Slate Oval Vase from Mud Australia.  On couch – Scholten & Baijings throw from Thomas Eyke, Big Braid Morosso cushions from Hub Furniture.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining table details – Ceramic cheese platter & plate and Slate Oval Vase from Mud Australia, Bitossi Metropolis ceramic vase in black from Hub Furniture.  Enrico Pellizzoni leather dining chairs from Living Interiors.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Beautiful corner in Brooke’s home office.  Featherston Contour Chair from Gordon Mather Industries, custom made cushion in Marimekko fabric, custom made drawer unit, ceramic vase on side table from Ferm Living, Design House Stockholm Cobalt Mug on side table from Vincent 2, Moooi Non Random light from Space Furniture, reindeer skin from Great Dane Furniture.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Brooke’s home office.  Enrico Pellizzoni leather chair from Living Interiors, 3rd Leg side table from Mark Tuckey, On desk – geometric artwork in print made by Brooke, Hay Lup candleholder from Cult, Design House Stockholm Cobalt Mug from Vincent 2, Black stacking boxes from Country Road.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Major inspiration board envy!  Brooke’s inboard incorporates fabric samples, prints, images and magazine tear sheets, layered and regularly updated depending on what she is working on in any given week.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Interior designer Brooke Pertzel in her Melbourne apartment.   Photogenicism just hit a whole new level.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

I had a minor epiphany whilst editing today’s home tour, particularly when admiring Eve’s beautiful portrait of interior designer and stylist Brooke Pertzel, who is as flawlessly radiant as her stunning Melbourne apartment!  I realised that people often kind of look like their homes!  Or vice versa.  You know – artists and creative people will often have eclectic, artfully cluttered spaces, gallerists and/or architects who favour a typically ‘Melbourne’ monochromatic wardrobe seem to live in similarly austere and minimalist homes… and today, the picture perfect styling, consistent colour palette and meticulous attention to detail in this light-filled family apartment is a clear reflection of Brooke’s own personal sense of style – feminine, fuss free and effortlessly chic!

Brooke shares this generous three bedroom apartment with husband Jay, an engineering manager, and their two daughters Lili (4) and Elke (2). The family have been here for eight years in total, after initially renting the apartment, and becoming so attached to the place that they were compelled to put in an offer 18 months later.  ‘At first the owner declined our offer, but contacted us later and agreed to sell it’ says Brooke. ‘Apartments rarely become available in this building, so looking back we were very lucky!’.

Given the nature of Brooke’s work, she was always keen to put her own stamp on the apartment, and create a space that truly reflected her sense of style.  In 2011, that opportunity came. ‘With our second child on the way, creating a space to meet the needs of our growing family became a priority’ she explains.  She and Jay set about renovating the entire interior, including a new kitchen, laundry, new bathrooms, flooring and the addition of a third bedroom, which currently serves as Brooke’s home office.

‘Having lived in the home already meant that we had plenty of time to plan, as well as a practical understanding of how we needed the space to work for us’ says Brooke.  Her key priority was to strike a perfect balance between style and functional family living.  No mean feat!  This meant additional storage, some clever space planning, and a focus on clean lines and a neutral palette.  A tiny laundry and powder room were combined to create a large laundry with an abundance of deep, built-in storage. ‘A practical space that we simply could not live without!’ says Brooke.  Bikes, prams, scooters… they all have a place and are out of sight!

Aside from covering off the practical essentials of family apartment living (storage, storage and more storage!), maintaining a sense of light and space was also very important to Brooke’s overall design.  The generous proportions of the apartment have been retained and enhanced by the strategic removal of some interior walls to reveal wider hallways, the creation of oversized doorways with cavity sliding doors, and the introduction of consistent flooring throughout.  ‘People often comment that the apartment looks and feels larger since the renovation, even though part of the living space was lost due to the addition of the new room’ says Brooke.

Since completing the renovation, Brooke has relished the chance to style her home with treasured finds from some of her favourite local retailers and artists. The Miranda Skoczek artwork was her very first art purchase many years ago (2005!) and still remains a firm favourite. ‘Our white walls are the perfect backdrop for this bold piece, and even though the space has changed over time, Miranda’s artwork has always remained a perfect fit’ she says.

2013 has been a busy year for Brooke, with the formal launch of her own interior styling and design business.  ‘I am excited about what the future holds, with some interesting projects in the works’ says Brooke. ‘My business is evolving and I am looking forward to working with new clients and discovering new opportunities within the design space’.  Brooke’s interior design website has just recently gone live, and I must say she also has the most BEAUTIFUL Instagram account, full of interior design eye candy, well worth a little look!

Living room, looking out to Fawkner Park in South Yarra.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Living room details – Spun Light from Euroluce, Scholten & Baijings throw from Thomas Eyke, Big Braid Morosso cushions from Hub Furniture, Missoni Home Odomez cushion from Top 3 by Design, Tom Dixon scented candle from Safari Living, Muuto Flow Jug from Space Furniture.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Loungeroom detail – Painting by Miranda Skoczek, bench seat from House of Orange, Bitossi Metropolis ceramic vase from Hub Furniture, Black & white pieces from Dinosaur Designs.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Master bedroom overlooking Fawkner Park in Melbourne.  Avalon bed from Jardan, Hay Mega Knit throw from Cult, Hay Ru Chair from Cult, Geometric artwork made by Brooke, By Lassen Kubus bowl in black from Fred International, Ceramic bowl from Mud Australia.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Bedside details.  Avalon bed from Jardan, Gubi Grasshopper floor lamp from Cult, Cappellini Bong side table from Cult, Round vase from Mud Australia, Shell Wrap dish from Dinosaur Designs, Morosso cushion in purple from Hub Furniture, Diamond stitched sham in charcoal from Linen & Moore.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Avalon bed from Jardan, Hay Mega Knit throw from Cult, Morosso cushion in purple from Hub Furniture, Diamond stitched sham in charcoal from Linen & Moore, Hay Ru Chair from Cult, Geometric artwork on wall made by Brooke, By Lassen Kubus bowl in black from Fred International, Ceramic bowl on drawer unit from Mud Australia, Cappellini Bong bedside table from Cult, Shell Wrap dish from Dinosaur Designs.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kitchen.  Alvar Aalto Artek stools from Anibou (custom painted in black).  On kitchen benches – Holme Gaard glass bowl from Anibou, Bitossi Metropolis ceramic vases from Hub Furniture, Bitossi Arkitectura ceramic bird from Hub Furniture, Seletti porcelain pan in black from Space Furniture, Alessi Cohncave bowl.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kids’ bedroom.  Avalon bed from Jardan, drawer unit from Poliform, Kartell table lamp from Space Furniture, handblown glass bonsai piece by Amanda Dziedzic (bought from TDF Open House!), Zig Zag floor rug from Madeline Weinrib, floor cushion from Nomades, Missoni Home cushions from Safari Living, Mexican Suzani bedspread from Market Import, Wire basket from The Woodsfolk.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kids’ bedroom details.  Muuto Dot hooks from Great Dane Furniture, Cloud coathanger from The Woodsfolk, Olba side table from Jardan, Mexican Suzani bedspread from Market Import, bowls from Dinosaur Designs, Fifi Lapin framed print.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

View down hallway from apartment front door – love that amazing curved wall!  Kate Dorrough painting from Fenton & Fenton.  In kids’ bedroom – Olba side table from Jardan, Avalon bed from Jardan, Missoni Home cushions from Safari Living, Mexican Suzani bedspread from Market Import.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 21st August 2013


  • Miranda 3 years ago

    Oh wow Brooke, photogenicism (indeed Lucy) right there in every shot!!! Your home looks stunning as always, as do you!!! Xxx

  • Diana 3 years ago

    The various shades and tones of purple in a black and white scheme work a treat! Such understated sophistication. Good one.

  • soula 3 years ago

    Fabulous, people do look like their homes. So so true. Another beauty Lucy.

  • Patti 3 years ago

    Beautifully done – love it! Would like to know what the flooring is please?

  • Rachel Castle 3 years ago

    Wow. HOW beautiful. xxx

  • Jasmine 3 years ago

    a gorgeous space and I love her style. You’re right homes reflect their owners and hers is gorgeous.

  • Vic @ Cush & Nooks 3 years ago

    What an absolutely stunning home – love it! x

  • Vera 3 years ago

    Love apartment living posts. And what a beautiful home!
    If possible, would love to know which white was used on walls?

  • Jennifer Fraser 3 years ago

    Where is the large laundry talked about? Seeing the storage and the practical spaces is important too.

  • Josette 3 years ago

    Lovingly admiring that Kate Dorrough painting!

  • Lulu 3 years ago

    Hmmm… little too put together, not entirely convincing. Where is the mess and reality of their lives?

  • Ruth 3 years ago

    I agree with Lulu… It beautiful space, with lovely splashes of colour – But where’s the personality? It’s a little too ‘hotel’, rather than a space you can live, without feeling you’ll ruin the look…

  • Kath W 3 years ago

    Although I share the tastes of Lulu and Ruth (a bit too generic Vogue Living for my taste) it really is a wonderful use of apartment space and light, and a superb renovation done with real sensibility. The thing I love about TDF is that you get the full spectrum of styles, budgets, and so on…

  • Nexus Designs 3 years ago

    loving the NYC apartment reference images..!

  • Kelli T 3 years ago

    Gorgeous apartment!! Love it!! But I’d really love to see it one hour after the 2 and 4 year old had been let loose in there!!

  • Indra 3 years ago

    How divine is that bedside table? Love the kid’s bedroom styling also – if only kids really kept their rooms that neat! Lots of inspiration here!

  • Kate 3 years ago

    Great job, love the Ceramic bowl on drawer unit from Mud Australia. I think its a nice light airy space and while some of us have more eclectic tastes, there are people who thrive on spaces with no clutter. Love it!

  • Gaz 3 years ago

    This home is pure class!

  • Cathg1g2 3 years ago

    Inspiring and beautiful…umm, I agree with Kelli T, I would love to see the lived in look with their two little girls too

  • SB 3 years ago

    Beautiful home! As a mother of small children, I think I know exactly what it would look like with kids in everyday living – well, mine is a total mess until the next clean up! I admire Brooke’s ability to be so organized as to live in a small, finely put together place. I think all of us would present our homes at their best if we had TDF in.

  • Amy 3 years ago

    Looks fab! I love that the space looks amazing and Brooke has kids – I aspire to live like this! X

  • Amber 3 years ago

    As a family of 4 in a tiny 2 bedder, I was eager to see this place. It’s beautiful, love every square inch. Loved it even more when I stumbled on our cloud hanger! Amber + The Woodsfolk

  • Catherine 3 years ago

    What a beautifully put together and serene home. Gorgeous colour combinations.

  • Marc 3 years ago

    White desk from IKEA!?

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  • Lisa 3 years ago

    Beautiful images! Perfect colour palette. Was hoping to seeing some images of the clever storage too!

  • Elien 3 years ago

    Just lovely!

  • Melissa 3 years ago

    Just beautiful!! Love it all. Like others, I would love to know the name of the wall colour, please?

  • Jackie 3 years ago

    Gorgeous. I love it. I would like to know what “white” the wall colour is? Any ideas?

  • Brooke 3 years ago

    Thanks so much to all of you for taking the time to post your feedback and comments. In response to your questions…

    Unfortunately I can’t provide you with a paint colour as it was mixed onsite and colour matched to the existing wall colour.
    The floors are Largo by Quick Step.
    The desk is in fact IKEA.
    And yes, Nexus I loved everything about the NYC apartment… definitely a source of inspiration!

    Thanks again for your kind words and honest feedback.

  • Paige 3 years ago

    Maybe if we left you in our apartment for a few months, we could come home to that!! How do you keep your walls clean???!!!

    Congratulations – an aesthetic triumph. Px

  • Nicky Reid 3 years ago

    What a divine home Brooke. You have such a great style which flows beautifully from room to room. I love the choice of colors. They are very tranquil and the children’s room has given me some inspiration . Job well done .

  • Leigh Fortington 3 years ago

    Just Gorgeous Brooke…..your attention to detail is amazing “BEAUTIFUL”

  • smc 3 years ago

    Love your fifi lapin print! So perfect for a girl’s room. Was it hard to come by??

  • Brooke 3 years ago

    Hi smc… I actually purchased the fifi lapin print about four years ago and only recently had it framed. I just had a quick look on the fifi lapin blog and there is super cute limited edition print currently available!

  • Jane P 3 years ago

    This is absolutely THE most stunning home I’ve seen in a long time. If only I could afford to pay Brooke to come to Adelaide and do over my place! I love everything about this home. Just gorgeous. Does anyone know where the charcoal grey lounge chairs are from please? Or anything similar?

  • AlexP 3 years ago

    loved the Loungeroom painting & white bench photo, and the last one. beautiful house.

  • smc 3 years ago

    Thanks Brooke. Lovely interior work – very soothing and considered. Its nice to see interiors completed in a wholestic manner. Congrats.

  • Dom 3 years ago

    Keep coming back to this one. Could honestly move straight in.

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