Australian Homes

Fiona Richardson and Family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 23rd April 2014

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The truly incredible Melbourne home of Fiona Richardson and family.  The painting is a portrait of Fiona’s husband’s grandfather, and the bust on the table belonged to his grandmother, who had a few artist friends. ‘Legend has it she would pull things out of their rubbish bins and take them home – I think this might be one of those pieces’ says Fiona.  Fiddle leaf fig tree behind table. Wall paint colour – Dulux ‘Juvenile’. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Another angle in that incredible back living room. Armchair from Leonard Joel Auctions, made good with Christopher Farr peony fabric, table also from Leonard Joel Auctions, painted in Dulux ‘Silkwort’, Moller chair an auction find, Armadillo & Co. woven circular rug, fiddle leaf fig tree. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Living room opposite kitchen.  Fornasetti wallpaper,  Italian woven chairs from Geoffrey Hatty, Jardan Stanley Stool, portrait of Fiona’s Mum, lamp by Workroom (now known as Douglas and Bec!) – bought at TDF open house 2012! (EXCELLENT WORK Fiona!). Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Kitchen, looking through to butler’s pantry. Ceiling lamp was purchased in France, hand-me-down bentwood chairs, Gervasoni desk to the left with Zuster stool, artwork by Mike Nicholls.  Wall is painted in full strength Dulux ‘Juvenile’.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Living room opposite kitchen.  Italian woven chairs from Geoffrey Hatty, Jardan Stanley Stool.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

OK here I go again.  We photograph incredible homes every single week (usually more than one a week actually).  Inevitably, in our relentless search we see so many amazing, beautiful, creative and inspiring spaces… and yet, sometimes one comes along that literally knocks my socks off.  We have another such beauty to share today.  It is truly something special.

This incredible home in Prahran belongs to stylist Fiona Richardson and her family. Fiona lives here with her husband and three boys aged 8, 7 and 3.  The family have been here about 12 years, but as is often the case, it wasn’t always quite so photogenic! During the ’50s, the original Edwardian house had been divided in half, with two bedsits tacked on to the back creating four different addresses. ‘What we bought was essentially student digs with incredibly high ceilings’ recalls Fiona. ‘It was a rabbit warren, with bathrooms divided into small cubicles with partitions. I remember feeling mildly horrified when my friend commented that it reminded her of her school!’ However, Fiona was drawn to its generous proportions and farmhouse feel, and could see the grand potential of this rambling, unloved property.

Initially, Fiona and her husband worked with designer Stephen Akehurst to draw up a master plan for the homes renovation, with a view to restoring the house to a single residence over a number of years. Once the plans were done, the family moved into flat number two and did up the front part of the house – ‘mainly cosmetic and a big revamp of the scary bathrooms’ says Fiona. When this stage was complete, the family shifted back into the front part of the house, and rented out the back flats. ‘Two children later and bursting at the seams, we put a hole through the back wall into flat number two, and let the children basically draw on the walls!’  says Fiona.  And then finally, three years ago, when the rising damp and perilous nature of the fifties additions had finally taken their toll on this family of five, the last tenants out the back were let go to allow the final stage of Stephen’s master plan to be completed. ‘We pulled off the back of the house and rebuilt an open plan living area, and extended into the roof to create bedrooms for the children’ says Fiona.  Fiona worked with her sister Sally Richardson on the interiors for these final rooms.

Fiona’s decorating approach is measured, thoughtful and perfectly executed.  She has styled her home with a respectful nod to its Edwardian heritage, and an intuitive sense for how contemporary colour and pattern can be introduced in a period home.  The result is a residence that is grand in scale, yet feels understated, intimate and unmistakably ‘real’, with just enough eclectic detail to keep things interesting!  Fiona’s chosen colour palette of deep blue greys with blonde timbers and accents of yellow and mustard is just so spot on – she has an incredible way with colour and pattern.  With three young boys to consider, Fiona is also refreshingly utilitarian in many ways – dark grey walls have proven the perfect resilient hue for six eternally grubby hands!

Aside from it’s great bones and strong foundation of brave colour and pattern, the real magic here really comes from Fiona’s careful layering of inherited furniture and art pieces, museum-like auction finds and hand-me-downs, new pieces and treasured hard rubbish finds!  Almost everything here tells a story, or harks back to some nostalgic tale, and it shows. ‘If we had to choose a favourite piece it would be the portraits of my husband’s grandfather, who died suddenly a matter of weeks before my husband was born’ says Fiona ‘He was an orphan who was mysterious about his past, and has always been a source of fascination in a Don Draper-esque way – every now and again we learn something new about him’.

Another key focal point of this home is the impressive Aga stove in the kitchen (we seem to be seeing more and more of these beautiful cast iron cookers in the homes we shoot these days!).  ‘I am fascinated by the power of childhood memories and how they influence design’ says Fiona. ‘I grew up on a farm and my grandparents had an Aga, and I have very happy memories of huddling around it first thing on a winter’s morning. Now my new Aga (same colour!) takes me back to a place of great comfort in my life, and I love seeing my own children sprawled in front of it’

‘I think what I love most about our home is being surrounded by our things – so much of it would have little or no value to anybody else but it seems to tell our story’ says Fiona thoughtfully when asked what she loves most about living here.  ‘Most of our pieces are a reference to a trip, a Grandparent, or even a confrontation, like the deer head my better half bought at an auction – I stormed out, he walked home!’.

Fiona has her own fledgling styling business with friend and creative collaborator Belinda Hall, called Richard Hall & Son. Under this name Fiona and Belinda assist residential clients to give personality and meaning to their own spaces through careful editing and layering of colours, pattern, textile and carefully sourced objects – if you love this home, do check out Fiona’s website for a little more about her business and passion for interiors!

OH AND ONE MORE THING.  We’ve been planning experiment with video for some time… and quite coincidentally, Fiona has also been thinking about a way to capture the spirit and energy of her family home on video.  In an unexpected turn of events, this amazing young filmmaker called Paris Thomson entered the scene and made this very short little film which documents Fiona’s home in a new way which I think really complements our photos… and so… here it is, a new collaboration – an ‘Australian Home’ video, by Paris Thomson aka SIRAP for The Design Files. It only goes for 1.5 minutes, would love to know what you think!

The home of Fiona Richardson and family, a film by SIRAP for The Design Files. (If you can’t see this video please click here to watch it on VIMEO)

 

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Incredible enormous light filled kitchen featuring another incredible AGA stove.  Love them.  The ceiling lamp was purchased in France, along with the door hardware, bought from the equivalent of Bunnings in Paris!  ‘The back wall is painted in full strength Dulux Juvenile and yes, I had to lobby my husband every night for four months during our reno before he would let me paint our entire back room in this dark colour!’ says Fiona.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Butler’s pantry.  Fornasetti wallpaper, old scales (a wedding present), and ‘sad basil in sink waiting to be made into pesto!’ – Fiona. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Beautiful master bedroom.  Pendant light by Russell Pinch ‘this was a birthday present – I absolutely love his pieces but unfortunately they are only available in the UK’ says Fiona.  The bedhead was commissioned by Fiona, after seeing something similar in an old magazine by a Sydney designer Darryl Gordon Design.  ‘I absolutely love the Christopher Farr fabric designed by one of my design heroes Ilse Crawford’ says Fiona. (The bedhead fabric is available at Ascraft).  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Master bedroom details.  Wire sculpture by Fiona’s friend Kate Hendry (enquiries to Anita Traverso Gallery).   Lamp bought in France. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Couldn’t resist another angle in the master bedroom! Mirror above fireplace from Geoffrey Hatty – one of Fiona’s absolute favourite pieces.  ‘It acually took me 10 years to find a mirror for above that fireplace, and it was worth the wait’ she says.  ‘Geoffrey’s pieces are so special because you rarely see them anywhere else – they have also done the test of time.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Master bedroom detail.  Bar trolley used as bedside table.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Master bedroom looking to garden.  Fireside chair featuring the boy’s scribbles (‘a good compromise now that the wall are out of bounds!’ says Fiona). Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Study. Floor lamp base found at Leonard Joel Auctions, Pinboard behind cabinetry covered in Florence Broadhurst fabric. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Sitting room.  Fiona’s grandmother’s piano, with her old music books and show programs on top, pineapple lamp base from Leonard Joel Auctions, spray painted and tarted up with a Florence Broadhurst ‘hessian’ covered shade, round arts and craft-style table an auction find discovered by Fiona whilst visiting her sister in the country, portrait of Fiona’s husband’s grandfather above fireplace by Gil Jamieson. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Kids bathroom upstairs.  Stool from Zuster.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Boys’ bedroom with map wallpaper.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Stairwell details.  Deer head named ‘Mortie’ bought at Leonard Joel Auctions, hall table from Geoffrey Hatty, wee chairs a hard rubbish find. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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I think definitely the most beautiful stairwell / balustrade combo we have ever photographed. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Front door.  Pendant lamp a birthday present bought online from the USA, rug a hand-me-down from family.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Back garden.  Butterfly chairs from Angelucci Twentieth Century, ‘Jil’ side table from Tait. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Front exterior.  Chairs from Montreux. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 23rd April 2014

111 comments

  • Flyerverteiler 11 months ago

    Might just be my favourite house yet. Thank-you for sharing!

  • Shelley 11 months ago

    I can’t tell you how much I love what Fi has done with this house. EVERYTHING is so beautiful and warm, including Fi & her whole family. Love Love Love

  • Honeysuckle 11 months ago

    I think you might mean Anita Traverso (rather than Anna Traverso)?

  • Rebecca 11 months ago

    Unbelievably beautiful. Love this place! Would have loved to see a “before” shot – it sounds as though this was a long labour of love.

  • Elizabeth Geddes 11 months ago

    “I am fascinated by the power of childhood memories and how they influence design’ says Fiona.”
    And therein distinguishes houses with heart from cookie-cutter-copy-the-magazine-houses. And massive kudos to you Fiona for waiting and waiting and surviving the room hopping renovations — with 3 kids! You DESERVE this remarkable and beautiful result.

  • Therese 11 months ago

    Oh I love this home!!!! Everything about it is charming – keep up the good work!
    PS Video was great and gives a little more insight to how it feels to live in this space.

  • CJK 11 months ago

    My god this house is beautiful. BEAUTIFUL. I am pretty much lost for words.

  • Maureen 11 months ago

    This house is seriously gorgeous. Well done Fiona, Lucy and TDF team for sharing this stunner!

  • wanda 11 months ago

    superb home, excellent video, very sexy and down to a T

  • Lucy 11 months ago

    Thanks Robbie! YEP of course you are correct, Anita Traverso! I appreciate the pick up :) x

  • Anna 11 months ago

    oh i so love this! … the stories that go along with those artworks has made me even more determined to start getting ‘old fashioned’ portraits painted of our family … and love the grubby-finger-disguising greys and letting the smalls go wild in the pre-reno portions of the house!

    and the video is so perfect … love it and hope to see more in the future!

  • Bronwyn 11 months ago

    Oh My GOODNESS!!! This is truly mind blowing! Fiona you are AMAZING!

  • sarah 11 months ago

    beautiful

  • penny 11 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your home :) This house is just gorgeous, I love the styling and the movie is just so glam! Nice start to the day.

  • Brian 11 months ago

    You’ve raised the bar high with that video – Great editing and fun concepts (Loved the little feet on the stairs!)

  • Anne Damon 11 months ago

    Oh my gosh. This house is really special. The combination of traditional with contemporary is perfection, as is the unique wall color palette. So nice. I LOVE it.

  • Paula Kilpatrick 11 months ago

    Love love love Fi and Nick your house is a masterpiece. Sean’s photos are beyond fab….and the video is great. More please. Thanks Lucy :-) a story of restraint and design excellence…..

  • Cheekie 11 months ago

    Fornasetti love, that is all

  • Engracia 11 months ago

    THE BEST HOUSE EVER, caps for emaphasis! I just love Fiona’s house and her style, so beautiful and thoughtful. The family history together with the house’s history, just add a touch of magic to this beautiful family home.
    Thx Fiona for sharing your home & Lucy for approaching Fiona.

  • Kath Aumau 11 months ago

    L O V E | L O V E | L O V E

  • kelly gilbert 11 months ago

    Best one yet! It feels like a home, anyones home, would love it for my home!

  • Kristan Dwyer 11 months ago

    Amazing house, amazing feel – so talented!!!! Congratulations Fi

  • rebecca 11 months ago

    Beautiful, eclectic home – love it! Would love to have seen more of the outside also, love these old edwardians – such beautiful homes. Any chance of finding out where the timber outdoor setting is from (second last photo)?? thanks for sharing this stunning home xx

  • Alarna 11 months ago

    This house is incredible! Loving the new inclusion of a video, captures the essence of the house. Would love to see more! x

  • Sangi 11 months ago

    Wow – this house has to be one of my absolute favourites! Amazing amount of personality & taste combined. Just perfect! Thanks for sharing x

  • K.S. 11 months ago

    simply beautiful collection of colours, I would love to know what the name of the colour is in the stairwell area – the light grey blue. any chance you could let us know?

  • Tina 11 months ago

    Absolutely stunning – new and old so creatively combined. Video made me smile, which is lovely way to start the day.

  • Caroline 11 months ago

    I love the blend of old with new – very beautiful, elegant, timeless styling.
    Lucy, I would love to know where the wall light featured in the master bedroom can be sourced?

  • Mel 11 months ago

    Stunning, in every way! This is the perfect home to me! The master bedroom is gorgeous, not unlike something from a Kit Kemp hotel in London.

  • Lizzie 11 months ago

    Absolutely one of my favourite EVER TDF houses. It’s just beautiful. And congrats on the video – the collection of detail (children’s feet going down stairs!) is incredible. Wonderful.

  • Judy 11 months ago

    Amazing. Need I say more. This home has so much substance. I love it so much. I love the way she has used the wallpapers. I love the lamps and shades. It is just beautiful!!

  • Fiona 11 months ago

    I was sort of holding my breath scrolling through these – literally breathtaking!

  • kirsty 11 months ago

    Such a refreshingly beautiful home. Can you advise the paint colour in that lovely stairwell shot…

  • Theresa 11 months ago

    Absolutely gorgeous house and story, I love the bold use of greys and the respect to the old combined with new. While the photos were beautiful I am sometimes skeptical of furniture placement and styling for that ‘glam shot’ however adding the video which shows how spaces are used everyday made it that much more authentic. Well done Paris you artfully captured the feel and movement of a beautiful house hope to see more of your work in the future.

  • kirsty 11 months ago

    Such a beautiful home that really draws you in. Can you advise the paint colour in that lovely stairwell shot?..

  • Penelope 11 months ago

    Woah – Video is the way to go! Absolutely love the film – it captures the essence of the space and styling of the home so well and adds another dimension that I would have never seen otherwise! LOVE! More motion, please!

  • Poppy bevan 11 months ago

    What a beautiful space – I love the dark walls, I’ve been thinking about dark grey recently! They look so good in a big, airy room and up against those lovely windows (are they new?), and they sound wonderfully practical too. I also really enjoyed the video, it showed another side of life in this space; that real, human side, and was so evocative alongside the still images.
    … Pikelets on the aga – now I really want one!

  • Chelsea 11 months ago

    YES that video is an amazing addition. The renovation of this house sounds so interesting, would be very intrigued to see a before and after floor plan, sounds like an amazing achievement :)

  • Natalie 11 months ago

    Amazing! adore the fun personality & stylish design in this home – perfection!

  • Carolyn M 11 months ago

    Wow love it! What a delightful family home. Am planning our new house & I too have children with eternally grubby hands & am so sick of cleaning white walls. How timely, this home is a perfect example for me to show my hubby to convince him that yes darker walls are the way to go.

  • Naomi 11 months ago

    What a gorgeous home. Loved the mix. Inspiring! The video was fabulous and gave me another reason to love the design files even more.

  • Kerry Smith 11 months ago

    What an eye!
    Beautifully curated interiors – elegant yet livable with small boys

  • Kerry Smith 11 months ago

    And the video is so sweet & an intriguing glimpse into family life

  • Suzanne Gorman 11 months ago

    Fi your home is unbelievably superb! I love everything about it – your business should be a huge success. And the video is so cooooool! Yeah Lucy and Lisa Marie! SG

  • Shelley 11 months ago

    Fi your house is as beautiful as I knew it would be. The film by Paris Thinson is beyond superb. What a talent!!!!!

  • Shelley 11 months ago

    #Thomson!!!!

  • Tracey 11 months ago

    Delicious home,. Love the video. Well done all for the showcase!

  • Aleksandra Harsic 11 months ago

    I love that the video shows off how the family functions within the home – so often houses are too much like an art gallery where nothing can be touched. This, on the other hand, encapsulates perfectly the families personality and their ability to comfortably move and live throughout the space.

    It would be fantastic to see this with all of the houses featured – it is fantastic edition to a truly wonderful website.

  • Amanda 11 months ago

    I would LOVE to know the music used in the video clip!
    Amazing house. Thanks for featuring TDF!

  • Fi Richardson 11 months ago

    Wow, I am so completely blown away by your lovely comments. It seems some of you love our house nearly as much as we do! And I am equally thrilled you enjoyed Paris Thompson’s (Sirap) film. Thank you so so much.

    Rebecca, the outdoor setting is from Tait – http://www.madebytait.com.au

    K.S. and Kirsty, the grey paint colour in the hall is Dulux Silkwort.

    Caroline,the wall lights in the master bedroom are from Bestlite.

    And Amanda, I will get back to you re the music.

  • Helen Edwards 11 months ago

    love, love the home, the ethos, the styling and the video!

  • ca 11 months ago

    Lovely, thanks for showing. Would you mind telling us the US source for the huge pendant light in the entry? Thank you

  • The balustrade is stunning! Is it original to the house? Seems to be bleached timber? So elegant.

  • Sim B 11 months ago

    Oh Lord! Heart is pounding… Beautiful video, too. Thank you :-D

  • Jen Booth 11 months ago

    oh my god, Lucy, Fiona and Paris. Just totally wow. The video is incredible, the home is just homely and lovely but there were just so many elements in that video that made me smile! Fiona’s reflection in the window while the little one is outside playing… dreamy stuff. What a good Wednesday it has been. xx

  • Michelle 11 months ago

    Speechless. What a home. Totally beautiful yet totally liveable too. WINNER. Love love love the film. Made me want to dance. Made me smile. Team TDF you have an extraordinary ability to find the best talent in every medium. SIRAP you nailed it.

  • Karli 11 months ago

    I am in love. The film is awesome! What a BEAUTIFUL home

  • Garry 11 months ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the VIDEO! More please! A perfect injection into the movement and life within the house – but so stylishly executed and not just like ‘another property video’. Paris Thomson & the SIRAP crew have nailed every aspect – the shots, vision, edit and music all marries blissfully! Congratulations on such a wonderful collaboration – I hope to see more of these videos in every aspect of your fantastic site. Love the TDF – and SIRAP!

  • Cate 11 months ago

    What a brilliant idea, a moving live video home feature. Brings it all so much …. to life! More please.

  • David 11 months ago

    Love the video! Keep them coming!

  • mariana 11 months ago

    what a dynamic trio you are fi, lucy and paris!
    in love with the nuances in the video.. so well done.
    your warm elegant aesthetic is inspiring fi.
    you have styled your home to perfection.
    another stunner lucy.
    mx

  • Sarah 11 months ago

    Incredible home full of beautiful things and people. I love the way it has been captured and mystified.

  • Leanne 11 months ago

    Loved the house and video. My only concern is poor Mortie on the wall. Personal preference but decorating with dead animals doesn’t appeal to me. Its a shame it’s so fashionable at the moment.

  • Felicity Johnston 11 months ago

    Wow, wow, wow. Just stunning. Beautifully shot and the video is perfect.

  • Elise 11 months ago

    Love everything about this! And the video – it’s wonderful!

  • Natala 11 months ago

    Congratulations on such a wonderful collaboration. I love loved the film. From the scribble chair, the pancakes and above all that dreamy room for Fiona’s grandmother’s piano. Beautiful.

  • Heidi 11 months ago

    Just gorgeous! I’ve seen this house before in a magazine years ago. I remember that study. Wondering if this was before the big reno?

  • Joanne 11 months ago

    Lovely story – and the little video really brought it all to life. Charming!

  • Andrea 11 months ago

    Absolutely beautiful home & video is a great addition x

  • Sally 11 months ago

    Isn’t the Australain climate too hot for an Aga? I don’t understand how it works – can it only be used for a few months of the year?

  • lucy 11 months ago

    really enjoyed reading this article but absolutely LOVED the video!!! truly spectacular! so well shot xxx

  • Margie 11 months ago

    Those proportions! A really beautiful job TDF and especially Fiona. And the film is a really lovely adjunct to the stills – I’ve secretly always wanted to see moving images of all the house tours… Please make more!!

  • Kylie 11 months ago

    Wow … Divine Fi ! What a beautiful home your family has to share and grow together ! Just stunning x

  • Diana Watkins 11 months ago

    It would feel so good waking up and living in this house!! I always like a home that is characterized by it’s ‘story’. The collection of objects, art and handle downs! I too grew up in the country with an AGA cooker. The best.
    Is it possible to get the names of paint colours, especially the lounge?
    Thanks…

  • Eddy 11 months ago

    Fantastic home, I love the way all the elements work together. The video incorporates all the great features of the house and makes you feel like your inside the home. Well done.

  • Zara 11 months ago

    Beautiful house, such great rooms full of lovely contrasts. Video is the perfect way to capture a space and the movement it is created for, especially with such well crafted and vibrant film. I hope to see more of them!

  • Emma 11 months ago

    Amazing house and seriously beautiful video — loved this!

  • firehorse jane 11 months ago

    Love this place – how gorgeous! The only thing I’d change is the I’d replace the big deer/stag head with a piece of art. Cheers

  • Deb 11 months ago

    Love the curtains in the study…..where did Fi source the fabric?

  • Jane 11 months ago

    My dream home. SUPERB!

  • Jennifer Von Klitzing 11 months ago

    A very well thought out and executed video to compliment a stunning home. Truly a work of art.

  • Melissa Hanna 11 months ago

    Amazing.

  • Rosie 11 months ago

    A masterpiece! Now I need a butler’s pantry :) The little movie brought it all to life. Love it!

  • Jayne 11 months ago

    The home is incredible……but that video just makes it ‘wow’…….it is just superbly shot…..brings the whole energy of the property to life. Love, love, love Sirap

  • Lucy b 11 months ago

    Definitely one of my favourite top 5 homes. Job very well done! Very inspiring.

  • Rosane Tardin 11 months ago

    Beautiful House. I love houses where life runs free, as in this. About the video… I think is the ‘ natural order ‘, we’re all running for the resource. But nothing replaces a good collection of pictures to see details and learn tricks to make-well done. I sent you the music and the images are not very well …
    I will show your images to my readers, with link and due credits, of course. Okay for you? My readers will love to meet you and this House Special.
    Kisses

  • Annie Craven 11 months ago

    I’m loving this home! Especially all the family heirlooms and paintings, makes the space truly yours. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mel 11 months ago

    AMAZING house!! So stylish yet so effortless with such a cozy family feel. The perfect combo! Love everything about it. Fi, you are very talented!! Was wondering if you could share where your sofa in the living room is from? Love it!

  • Jenny 11 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your amazing home Fiona and family. I could almost smell those pikelets cooking, yummo! The video is first class, I especially loved the playful dynamic. Superb still photography too. Definitely up there with the some of the most inspirational homes featured on TDF.

  • Damy 11 months ago

    Full of inspiration! But the entrance is really above all, who’s is the painting with the snake?
    D.

  • Amanda 11 months ago

    Love the video! Amazing x

  • Sarah 11 months ago

    Gorgeous home beautifully decorated. Love the use of colour, very inspiring!
    Would you be able to tell me where you found the Map wallpaper? Thank you for sharing your home.

  • Fxoxoxox 11 months ago

    Hi Fiona Your home is thoughtfully beautiful. Just wondering where the map wall paper is from? Take care and looming forward to seeing more of your work xox

  • Deborah Edwards 11 months ago

    What a beautiful, balanced yet off-beat home -unique in the most gorgeous way. I have a few questions if at all possible to answer?
    Where is the Fiddleback Fig indoor pot from? (really hard to find large indoor pots)
    What is the mustard yellow fabric on the window seat?
    Is the Dulux Juvenile at full strength throughout your home?
    Thank you for sharing your lovely home!

  • Catherine 11 months ago

    Oh my! WOW. This home is an inspiration. The owners ability to combine their treasured pieces with the practicalities of family life with young children fills me with hope. Thanks for sharing.

  • Darren 11 months ago

    Amazing! Thanks for the insight into your home. Inspired to purchase a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree now!

  • Fi Richardson 11 months ago

    Thanks again for all your wonderful comments. I will try to answer your questions – if I have missed anything, just shout.

    Ca – the hall pendant is the Lora Grande pendant by weplight – http://www.weplight.com

    Kathy (Designer Pinboards) – the balustrade was designed by Stephen Akehurst who referenced original details of this house when he did so.

    Heidi – yes our house was in Home Beautiful 2006 before our big reno! Good memory!

    Sally – Agas are fine for Melbourne’s climate – we turn it right down when there is a heatwave and just use the barbie. I’d say Sydney and Brisbane would probably be possibly too warm.

    Diana Watkins – the back room is painted in Dulux full strength juvenile and the hall in Dulux silkwort.

    Deb – the fabric for the curtains in the study were from Osborne and Little supplied by Seneca Textiles.

    Damy – the painting in the hall is ‘Red Serpent’ by Long Tom Tjapanangka bought at auction.

    Mel – the sofas are from Russell Pinch.

    Sarah and Fxoxoxox – the map wallpaper is from Printed Space – http://www.printedspace.com

    Deborah Edwards – Glasshaus in Richmond has a great selection of indoor plants – http://www.glasshaus.com.au
    The mustard yellow fabric is a cotton velvet from Kvadrat Maharam.
    Yes, the Dulux Juvenile is full strength in the back kitchen/living area – the hallway is painted in Silkwort.

  • Annie Loveridge 11 months ago

    Gorgeous family home – thanks so much for sharing. Could I please add another question into the pool? Are you able to advise the wall colour in the master bedroom please? Getting the right white is so hard but this is exactly the warm white I’m looking for. Thank you and regards, Annie

  • Nikki 11 months ago

    yikes I LOVE it!

  • sabrina 11 months ago

    what an elegant home. Really sensitive use of colour and a wonderful understanding of space.
    Love the stove and i hope you enjoy many beautiful meals and memories in your delightful house.

  • ca 11 months ago

    Love it all. I have been trying to source a similar natural/cream rug for my home. Fi, sorry to ask yet another question, but do you mind telling me where you found yours? The one in front of the fireplace where you light the fire in the video? thank you!

  • KiKi Lappalainen 11 months ago

    Superb! I love every bit of the design…you are a genius!

  • fxoxoxoxo 11 months ago

    Dear Fi, thank you for the answers to the map wallpaper – much appreciated:-)

  • Hannah 11 months ago

    The most beautiful home, thank you. We are (newly) proud owners of an Edwardian home in Devon, England. I am spying on you cool Aussies (via TDF) and this was the most perfect inspiration. Sadly never too warm up here for an Aga…

  • bruno 11 months ago

    Fantastic design ideas! And as a great industrial look, altough it has a cozy environment …
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Truly i design some pieces and i thought in some vintage light ideas for your interiors that i developed. Now Im working for Delightfull – Unique Lamps and I’m really going for this kind of vibe for my designs. Maybe you can have a look here… http://www.delightfull.eu

  • Fi Richardson 11 months ago

    Hi Annie Loveridge, the white in the bedroom is Dulux Navajo White.

    Ca, the rug is by a company called Halycon Lake. The design is Salsa Limone.

  • Mary 5 months ago

    HI Fiona, what paint type did you use for your skirting and trim where you used Dulux Juvenile? It looks like it’s the same as the walls (low sheen). Is this correct? Or is it a semi gloss? Thanks.

  • Jen 3 months ago

    I loved this house when it was shown in early 2014 and I love it more in the Christmas revisit.
    Fiona has both talent and bravery. A fantastic combination.

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