Australian Homes

Adelaide Daniell, Fraser Daniell and Harry Scott

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 21st May 2014

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The Melbourne home of Adelaide Daniell, Fraser Daniell and Harry Scott. Painting by Esther Stewart, daybed by Esther Stewart with the help of Ben Corollo, and coffee table is a 1910 grocers trolley. ‘I love the colours, scale and geometric style of Esther’s artwork. Esther and I met playing tennis and this piece looks a little like a tennis court,’ Adelaide says. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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AMAZING dining space customised with simple sticky dots by Adelaide. ‘I did the dots when I was going through a bored design stage, the plan was originally to change this space every couple of months into something else – but the dots sort of just stayed!’ she says. Photo - Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Small artwork by Lorillee Yang, Ciggie roll sculpture by Oscar Perry. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Siblings Adelaide and Fraser Daniell at their colourful home in Parkville.  Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Today’s sweet story of happy sibling co-habitation bears striking similarities to another home story we recently shared  – in both cases we meet two hardworking and talented kids, who get along ridiculously well (!) and who have played a big role in renovating a home which they rent from their parents.

Originally from Narrandera in South West NSW, Adelaide Daniell and her brother Fraser share their colourful three bedroom art deco apartment in Parkville with a third housemate, Harry Scott.  What is most apparent when you meet these three clever kids (I call them kids even though they’re in their twenties, I think that’s because I’m over 30?) is just how driven and switched on they are!  It’s quite exhausting.

Adelaide is a freelance graphic designer who has built an impressive client base in just a few years since finishing her studies, and she also has a little side business with a friend called Adelaide & Amanda, designing super cute souvenirs (illustrated totes, teatowels and magnets) stocked at various outlets along The Great Ocean Road.  Adelaide’s younger brother Fraser is in his final year of graphic design at Swinburne, and restores old bikes, as well as riding in a cycling team with third housemate Harry.  ‘Fraser and Harry ride bikes like crazy’ says Adelaide!  They must be pretty good, because Fraser has negotiated sponsorship (!) and has designed amazing professional racing gear for their cycling team, Pat’s Veg Racing.  Third housemate Harry is finishing off his Finance and Economics degree at RMIT, while also working at Moss Green Gallery and Auctions.  When not cycling, Harry is also a keen photographer, and often collaborates with Adelaide.

Having lived here for the longest time (six years), Adelaide has probably had the most input in the look and feel of the apartment.  Her design aesthetic, informed by a love of bold colour and eclectic detail, has certainly been injected into the home.  Not long after her parents purchased the apartment, Adelaide and her Dad ripped out the kitchen and the bathroom.  They did most of the tiling and flooring themselves (including those brilliant painted floorboards in the kitchen!), being careful to retain as many of the original art deco features as possible.  The apartment was painted throughout, with brave  colourful shapes painted in the hallway and in Adelaide’s bedroom. More recently, Adelaide added the sticky dots to the dining room walls and furniture, on a bit of a whim. ‘I did the dots when I was going through a bored design stage, the plan was originally to change this space every couple of months into something else – but the dots sort of just stayed!’ she says. (HOW AMAZING do they look!?).

Adelaide also pulled in a number of creative and capable friends to assist with sprucing up her much loved apartment.  An in-built daybed with storage underneath and custom make book shelves were designed and built by local artist and friend Esther Stewart, with the help of another friend, Ben Corallo.

One of the most distinctive features of this apartment is the impressive art collection Adelaide has already begun to amass.  Gotta love a confident twenty-something art collector! Adelaide is particularly fond of a painting she purchased from her friend Esther Stewart. ‘Esther and I met playing tennis, and this piece looks a little like a tennis court – I love the colours, scale and geometric style’ she says.  Another favourite piece is the large painting in her bedroom entitled ‘Working Holiday‘ by another young Melbourne artist, Oscar Perry. ‘My Dad did a season in the Austrian Alps and used to tell these crazy stories about his time there. When I went to Oscar’s show The Eagle has Landing, it was like those stories painted. I showed Dad and he completely agreed!’ says Adelaide.

When observing Adelaide, Fraser and Harry at home, it’s clear these three housemates love living together, and are pretty chuffed with their happy little home. I must admit, I was particularly impressed with how houseproud this young trio are – even the boys’ bedrooms were very considered, super neat and organised!  ‘We’re all from the country and this apartment is between two parks, with a heap of native birds nearby, and it’s really quiet – so it feels like home’ says Adelaide.  ‘It’s a spacious apartment, with a good view, and natural light – there’s just a really positive feeling within these walls’.

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Kitchen designed by Jasmine McClelland Design, tiling and custom painted floor by Adelaide and her father. ‘Dad and I did this floor together, sanding, taping and staining. Afterwards I considered entering us into the amazing race!’ says Adelaide. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Adelaide’s bedroom. ‘Working Holiday’ by Oscar Perry and dress by Kuwaii. ‘My dad did a season in the Austrian Alps and used to tell these crazy stories about his time there. When I went to Oscar’s show, it was like those stories painted. I showed dad and he completely agreed.’ Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Artwork on shelf by Seb Brown, bedlinen by Suku Home. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Adelaide’s childhood chest of drawers. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Fraser Daniell’s bedroom. Chair by Max Design, Artemide light. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Fraser’s bedroom. Pillowcases from Third Drawer Down. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Living Room detail. Red Sculpture by Esther Stewart, Lady prints by Adelaide Daniell. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Green Sculpture by Esther Stewart. Wall mural by Adelaide Daniell inspired by a quote her mum used to say, ‘I’ll Just Walk is a line that came from Mum, when she couldn’t find her car keys, just before giving up looking she’d exclaim ‘I’ll Just Walk!’ Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 21st May 2014

30 comments

  • Ian Jay 6 months ago

    Love this space! I love the poka dot room!

  • harriet 6 months ago

    what a sweet home & occupants! I really love the timber box inserts in the kitchen cabinets. and the mum quote!

  • Meg 6 months ago

    Love it so much! Adelaide’s bedroom wall paint and the kitchen floor especially x

  • Anna Dimond 6 months ago

    An incredibly exciting space, I love the wall details and artwork. Graphic designers really know how to rock an interior with a subtle touch of typographic magic. Inspiring! X

  • Barb Fisher 6 months ago

    I love everything about this home! Imagine having it so together in your 20’s…..

  • dee 6 months ago

    Fantastic spaces… And the dress… Where is that from? I want one!

  • Catherine 6 months ago

    Fabulous kitchen, modern but not aggressively so. The floor is wonderful.

  • Jo 6 months ago

    Typography as both art and inspiration – just love the wall mural – so clever!

  • Cat 6 months ago

    Thank you for sharing beautiful bright and cherry home! A wonderful reminder that homes can be playful and fun.. Hmm i really need stop being over analytical, plotting and planing a kitchen reno, painting, decorating & just need to get on with it! I am in love everything, the kitchen ,the flooring, the DOTS! And the geo painted shapes on your walls. Thanks for this real pearler Lucy!

  • Gaz 6 months ago

    The dots are fabulous! I love this home- and that dress!!Where is it from??

  • sarah 6 months ago

    Just love it…the mural and Esther Stewarts work. Thank you for sharing.

  • Maya @ House Nerd 6 months ago

    Awww I love this. I always look at the photos first and then read the text, and at first I thought, “Aww what a gorgeous happy couple… wow they’re SIBLINGS?!” I loved your other home tour with the sisters and the gorgeous Melbourne home – I am always so intrigued by stories of siblings living together because I know I could never live with my younger sisters. I would probably develop a nervous twitch and start pulling out pieces of my hair. Adelaide and Fraser’s house looks like it is such a beautiful representation of themselves; so unique, fun and unpretentious. I was also going to do the same thing with my dining area (change it up every so often – and yes it too just stayed the same!) and I love the wall quote from your mum :)

  • Guls 6 months ago

    Wheres harry ?

  • PH 6 months ago

    NICE!

  • Amanda 6 months ago

    Love it!!!!!!!

  • Sophie 6 months ago

    Absolutely love this space!! Where are the gorgeous cushions from?

  • Melissa 6 months ago

    Love those dots & I’ll just walk. Fabulous light & colours!

  • Trish 6 months ago

    Love this house – clever & beautiful kids – I’m much older than 30, so I can say that!

  • Andy 6 months ago

    Not nearly enough Harry Scott in these photos.

  • waaaaaah what a happy home!

  • Such a gorgeous, imaginative space! Love, love love the kitchen, crazy dining space and the awesome wall mural, thank you for sharing x

  • jen 6 months ago

    I love this one! Different but not in a try hard way.

  • Natalie 6 months ago

    I want to see Harry’s room

  • Dave 6 months ago

    Nice work radelaide!

  • conor 6 months ago

    LOVE IT!!!!

  • Caitlin 6 months ago

    Dying to know more about the cushions, pleeeease tell us more!

  • Rex 6 months ago

    I know Adelaide too (Fraser not so much!) and she IS this article. Bold, sassy and beautiful, just like her house.

  • jasmine McClelland 6 months ago

    Well done to you both, your apartment looks amazing!!
    I feel very privileged to have worked with such a talented duo..
    Adelaide, love the dots….

  • Jim 5 months ago

    even the boys’ bedrooms were very considered, super neat and organised!

    shock horror. love a good gender stereotype.

  • Lori 2 months ago

    How can I purchase a piece of Esther Stewart’s artwork?

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