Australian Homes

Harold David Combs and Family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 20th November 2013

The Sydney home of Harold David Combs and family.  Large scale photographs by Harold, blue Pod coffee table by Driade, paintings (top right) by Ben Barreto, Vinyl 50’s Chair by Paul Kafka.   Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining area.  Moller #26 dining table and  Emeco dining chairs, Rhys Lee artworks above window.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Stainless steel kitchen from Ikea.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kitchen details including vintage Atomic coffee maker.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

A few sweet pics of Harold and his twins (and his Mum!) on the ‘fridge!  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Today’s photogenic family home comes to us from sunny Sydney, and belongs to photographer Harold David Combs, who lives here with his gorgeous and seriously energetic 18 month old twin boys, Franklin and Henry.  On the day we visited I think for 3 short hours I had a momentary insight into life with twins – omg, madness!  Franklin and Henry were following us around all over the house and were so inquisitive… they were very interested in what we were up to, and left a trail of toys / milk wherever they went!

Harold has been here two years, and in that time has undertaken a few simple but effective renovations to create a functional, open plan living space for his growing family.  ‘Before moving in I tore down some walls and opened up the living / dining area’ he explains.  The back wall was also knocked out to make way for concertina-folding glass doors across the back room, allowing natural light to flood into the living area. Carpet was removed throughout, and the floorboards beneath polished with a low sheen clear coat, leaving them as natural in tone as possible. The interior rooms were painted ‘the whitest white’, whilst the exterior brickwork was painted matt black.

Harold replaced the old laminex kitchen with an Ikea Stainless kitchen, but was careful to retain the original architrave and cornices. ‘The house was built in 1950, I want to make sure that its true to its vintage, and that it doesn’t all look brand spanking new’ he says.

At present, Harold is having the finishing touches put on a Granny/Nanny flat out back, custom built for his twins’ new nanny. He’s also in the midst of having the yard landscaped with Australian native trees and plants, complete with outdoor play area for the kids, and a mural by Sydney Graffiti artists Skulk and BirdHat. (Sadly it wasn’t quite ready at the time of our shoot!)

‘What I love most about living here is sharing my life with my boy’ says Harold of the relaxed family home he has created here. ‘Even the hard times with them are blessed. I’m even becoming slightly tolerant of messes! It’s great to have nice pieces, but it’s great having the place full of kids and LOVE’.  Indeed!  Huge thanks to Harold and little Franklin and Henry for sharing their home with us today!

Lamp on SideBoard by Verner Panton, ‘Miami’ painting above by Jose Parla.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Living room details – Hans Wagner papa bear chair, Michael Butler decoupage baseball bat, ‘Miami’ painting by Jose Parla.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Master bedroom.  Vintage Eames Chair, Painting by Peter Alund, Pink CowHide from Spence and Lyda. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Twin’s bedroom. Photograph by Harold.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Bathroom. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 20th November 2013


  • Cathg1g2 3 years ago

    What a boys own adventure this household is! Fantastic, real and quirky.

  • Brian 3 years ago

    Love the cuckoo clock!

  • Jasmine 3 years ago

    So many awesome things in this home, I feel like I could shop here! (I’d take the lockers, eames chair, bathroom mirror, some crockery and request the cuckoo clock in blue)

  • Sim B 3 years ago

    Lovely viewing and lots of surprises! What fun :-)

  • ollie 3 years ago

    Looks great! How does he mount his large photo prints? Any recommendations for where to get things printed/mounted locally?

  • Indra 3 years ago

    This home is too fun! Loving the quirky, but very Japanese photographs!

    Question – Can you please let me know where the blue rug is from in the lounge?

    It’s all gorgeous, well done!

  • Ashlee 3 years ago

    Love the IKEA stainless steel kitchen, great work guys!

  • Ella 3 years ago

    Love this house. So inspiring….

  • Skip 3 years ago

    Can anyone please tell me anything about the black fruit bowl with coloured balls? I have one but know nothing about it but have always wondered.

  • Robyn 3 years ago

    gorgeous. full. stop.

  • Rachel Castle 3 years ago

    I want to live here as much as my teenager wants to live with One Direction, but me more. Imagine waking up in that bedroom with all that art to look? Oh my. xxxxx

  • soula 3 years ago

    Oh the portraits!!!!! Well done all of you. Magnificent and can I call it, is it the best one yet?

  • Nicole 3 years ago

    love the ikea kitchen! and beautiful floors

  • Agata 3 years ago

    So beautiful! Georgeous photos on the walls!

  • Dan Kitchens 3 years ago

    Twins can always be a handful especially to rugrat boys. Your house an renovations look simply divine. What a surprise that the Ikea Stainless kitchen would match a vintage style so well. It always takes someone daring to prove that something can mesh well with something else. Thanks for showing us Harold’s living quarters.

  • Lauren Webster 3 years ago

    Loving Harold’s art and vintage pieces! Very rad. x

  • Samone 3 years ago

    Wow, I’m late to the party with this one, but this is AMAZING. Especially the portraits! Harold, you are doing well with twins, as well. Mine are now 5 and a half! What a wonderful environment to grow up in.

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