Australian Homes

Madeleine and Jeremy Grummet and Family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 24th September 2014


The Melbourne home of Madeleine and Jeremy Grummet and Family. This is the ‘good room’ !  Couch from IKEA. Yellow + pink spot cushions by Curio+Curio, Coffee table – Posh Opp Shoppe 1960’s vintage in perfect nick! Silver Ottoman – Kasbah Imports. Marti Guixe’s Light + Architecture Pie Charts on left wall from Luke Furniture .  The stunning glass drop chandeliers are the original fixtures from the house which was built in 1956. When the Grummet family moved in they were opaque and dull, but a quick run of each piece through the dishwasher revealed pristine glass fittings that light up the room and now cast shafts of light across the ceiling. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.


Another angle in the ‘Good Room’.  Memento Mori neon sign commissioned from a local neon sign maker. Op shop treasures on the coffee table including vintage glass + ceramics, shell ball candles bought in Bali and Uashmama silver vase from Safari Living. Artwork rear wall – ‘One Of The Girls’ 2010 by unknown artist, bought from the Mansfield General Store. ‘This one was bought for Jeremy – he’s the lone directional magpie sailing through a flock of flapping screeching gallahs! (ie: me + the girls)’. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.


Artwork titled ‘Homecoming’ by Luisa Rossitto. Chair – Op shop Parker chair covered in Warwick ‘Pantone’ fabric.
Coloured glass – Passed down from family members, bought from op shops + on overseas travels, and from talented local designers including. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.


Madeleine Grummet at home!  Wooden daybed commissioned from local artisan Ari Prasetya and covered in Italian tan leather. Vintage tool chest found on hard rubbish which Madeleine sanded and oiled. Ceramic vase is a contemporary Chinese ceramic piece,  a 40th gift from Madeleine’s sister Mins who lives in Shanghai.   Artwork- ‘Back To Basics’ collage 2012 by Madeleine. Bronze sculpture entitled ‘The World’s Greatest Gymnast’ by Olive Grummet, Madeleine and Jeremy’s 11 year old daughter. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

Most of the homes we feature could be described as ‘Family’ homes (with the odd exception), but today’s beautiful example in North Caulfield seems even more fitting of this descriptor, since Madeleine Grummet and her husband Jeremy have a bigger family than most, with four daughters all living under this roof!  Their girls (Violet, Audrey, Olive and Harriet) are aged between 5 and 13, and each have their own bedroom.  But whilst it’s necessarily large, there’s nothing show-y about this home – it’s filled with love, colour, op shop finds and handcrafted treasures, and it perfectly reflects the busy, creative family who live here.

Madeleine is an ex-journalist, stylist, crafter and proprietor of Do Re Me – a versatile creative business which has seen her run craft workshops and host craft-based activations for a range of clients including South Melbourne Market, Chadstone Shopping Centre and more.  Madeleine’s husband Jeremy is a surgeon. A home with enough space for their four growing girls was not easy to find, so when they came across this generously proportioned 5 bedroom modernist home in Caulfield 3 years ago, their decision was made. The family moved in in July 2011.

‘When we bought this house it was a serious beige and apricot explosion on EVERY single surface’ says Madeleine.  She and Jeremy knew the home needed updating a little before moving in, but were keen to avoid taking on major renovations. They set about refreshing the interior colour scheme, bringing most of the interior walls back to white.  This including painting out the floorboards in the front room – ‘it seemed like a crime at the time, but the white really works well with all the colour in there now’ says Madeleine.

Elsewhere, the original parquetry that runs through most of the ground floor was polished, carpet in the bedrooms and study replaced, and heavy curtains removed to let the light in, and celebrate the home’s beautiful big windows. ‘We called the house ‘Casa del Sol’ because it is constantly bathed in light, and in our family travels through Mexico we love the laid-back, light-filled casual and family-centric living spaces we experienced, so we’ve tried to capture some of that here’ explains Madeleine.

There’s something refreshingly functional and no-nonsense about Madeleine’s approach to styling her home.  She’s an intuitive decorator with a great sense of style, but she’s not a perfectionist, she’s happy to mend and make do, and has done her best to make the most of the home’s existing features. She also has an impressive (compulsive!?) knack for uncovering op shop treasure and re-vamping hard rubbish finds!   ‘We’re big on reclaiming and reinventing – so much of what we have done is low-cost cosmetic refurbs rather than totally replacing, and we’ve tried to retain the integrity of the house without compromising our own aesthetic’ she says.

But Madeleine’s ‘hands down’ favourite elements here are a selection of pieces she fortuitously managed to salvage from her late Father’s home nearby.  By pure chance, a friend recently bought Madeleine’s childhood home in East St Kilda.  Before renovating, she generously allowed Madeleine and family the gift of ‘open picking’ on the house before it was demolished for redevelopment!  Here Madeleine salvaged a number of vintage fittings and building materials – including the original Castlemaine slate that was once her Father’s front steps and rear patio.  These beautiful, multi-hued pavers now adorn the Grummet family’s new outdoor fireplace. ‘I hacked this up piece by piece, and my talented brother Dan and I constructed the fireplace over some long days of loud music and reminiscing (my Dad died 2 years ago)’ explains Madeleine. Meanwhile, Madeleine’s Dad’s much-swung front gate is now her side gate, the family have gorgeous succulent-filled, mid-century pots in the garden that were once her Grandfather’s pride and joy, and the house is now illuminated by amazing atomic saucer lights salvaged from the ceilings of her Dad and Aunt’s childhood bedrooms!  ‘I’m a sentimental gal – and a bit of a bower bird clearly – but the chance to let these parts of provenance (and fab design) live on in our lives is really special’.

Other favourite pieces for Madeleine include her ad-hoc collection of beautiful artwork – including much loved sculptures by her kids, anonymous pieces scoured from second hand shops, alongside the work of collectible local artists. One particularly treasured piece is ‘Home Coming’, a watercolour and acrylic work on paper by local artist Luisa Rossitto.  ‘I bought this for its quirk, vibrance and the ballsy, incongruent sheer kitsch of it all – and I love that it celebrates women – albeit in a troppo way!’ says Madeleine. ‘The colours are seriously amazing and burst off the wall, and it makes a great talking point at dinner parties!’  The ‘Memento Mori’ neon piece that sits above the piano in the front room is a favourite newly installed piece which Madeleine commissioned last year after the sudden death of her Dad. ‘Jeremy and I love a bit of philosophical banter, and this ancient phrase really resonated’ explains Madeleine.  ‘Memento mori is a phrase that originated in ancient Rome – translated literally it means ‘remember (that you have) to die’.  The meaning of this phrase is not as morbid as it may first appear – for Madeleine and Jeremy it’s a reminder and that life is short and therefore for living thoughtfully and consciously, every step of the journey.

Huge thanks to the Grummet Family for sharing their amazing home with us today!



Kitchen.  1960’s lamp with oversized shade and mosaic base from Chapel Street Bazaar. Blackboard wall painted by Madeleine. Grey macrame vase made by Amber of Thread Architecture. Wicker table is actually a basket upended! Tree wall hanging is a tea-dipped linen & ink screenprint by Peninsula based Moo designs. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Colourful TV / family room. Blue Ottoman from Kasbah Imports, Hot pink cushion from Curio+Curio,  vintage ceramic + racing car made by 13 year old Harriet Grummet.  Red/pink vessels on shelving by Madeleine’s friend Emma Davies. Orange acrylic bird by Madeleine’s other friend Madeleine Stamer! Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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A cute vignette in the family room. Artwork is an abstract op shop find – Madeleine painted the frame white. Handmade shell necklace $5.00 in an op shop! Flamingo lights from a variety store – ‘cheap + cheerful kitsch’ says Madeleine! Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Madeleine’s studio space and HQ of her business, Do Re Me! Chair is an Op shop 1960’s find. Orange/white lamp from Curio+Curio. The piano is an old family piano which Madeleine learnt on as a girl.   (Yes, there are two pianos in this house – both Madeleine all the girls play so they make good use of both!). Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.


Master bedroom.  Wire bicycle wall hanging from Down To The Woods. Five prints beneath bicycle bought on Etsy and framed. Grey/white bedcover from Country Road. Yellow polka cushions made by Madeleine from Japanese fabric. Artwork above bed – Collages by Madeleine – ‘Not To Be’ 2014  (left) and ‘Anyplace But Here’ 2014 (right). Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.


Madeleine and Jeremy’s lush ensuite bathroom – due for a renovation, says Madeleine, although we do love it is it is!  Glass candelabra – vintage op shop find. Gold pot spray-painted + planted with Maidenhair fern. Turkish tea set on ledge is an op shop find. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.


Jeremy’s study details. Carpet is  Supertuft, Desk is an original 1950’s desk which came with the house! Shelving is original teak wall to wall shelving. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.


9 year old Audrey’s bedroom. White pegboard artwork – Made by gorgeous Audrey in Emma Davies’ kids’ class. Stools – IKEA birch stools whimsically decoupaged by Audrey during one of Madeleine’s Do Re Me Creative workshops for a Postcards TV show shoot! Yellow stack shelves are a hard rubbish find – Madeleine is an amazing hard rubbish rummager!  Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.


13 year old Harriet’s Room. Mexican throw bought in a small sweaty town on the Baja peninsula during a Mexican summer road trip with the family. Cushions are a mix of vintage fabric from Do Re Me and Curio+Curio. Crochet blanket on top bunk is an op shop find. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.


11 year old Olive’s Room.  Garland from Kikki K. Geometric cushion from Spotlight.  Potplant on side table painted by Olive in Do Re Me School Holiday Workshop. Grey/white blanket Country Road. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.


Outdoor patio complete with new outdoor gas fireplace! Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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Patio details with Noodle the much-adored family Spoodle!  Potplant stand- Wirely Home. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 24th September 2014


  • Kerri 2 years ago

    Love this family home.
    Everything about it.
    It’s real, colorful, eclectic. The mix of IKEA furniture alongside super finds, makes it all the more interesting.
    Total eye candy for me :0)

  • Jackie 2 years ago

    My favourite on here for a long time!in recent years the hard rubbish is just that – rubbish and op shops in my area vigorously raided by secondhand dealers or so overpriced you couldn’t call the treasures a bargain.i doubt madeline(although she looks and sounds lovely!)would be willing to share some her special go to spots with us…(please).would have loved to see a floor plan of this beauty-it must be gigantic if it has five bedrooms,two living areas,a study and a studio.absolutely divine and yes, I am a tad jealous!well done madeline and family.

  • Joanna 2 years ago

    Oh that outdoor patio is just amazing!!

  • Allison 2 years ago

    Just wow! Serious home envy.

  • Donna 2 years ago

    Wow! LOVE this house. Every room is so colourful and mixed. Love the atlas globes hanging over the kitchen; and the outdoor fire area. Fabulous kids’ rooms too. Ironically their ‘good’ room, which I also liked, was probably my least favourite.

  • Melissa Haynes 2 years ago

    What a visual feast! Beautifully put together and oozes character and warmth. Love this home. The photography is just lovely too.

  • Amanda 2 years ago

    Love this house – so much colour, so much clever reuse of existing features. Love that outdoor patio.

  • Jane 2 years ago

    Love the mix of op shop finds and recycling with new items and artwork, it’s really working.
    That is the best outdoor area, the stone wall looks amazing. Any chance you can reveal the source of the stone work? Love it!

  • Madeleine Stamer 2 years ago

    I seriously LOVE this incredibly enthusiastic lady. Mother, crafter, business woman extraordinaire.
    So good to see the ultimate party haus on TDF. xoxoxox

  • Nataly 2 years ago

    Oh my god dream home!!!!!

  • Sarah 2 years ago

    Love it! Please share where that gorgeous outdoor sofa is from?!

  • Jiah 2 years ago

    I love every home you feature here but this one made my heart skip a beat. So much inspiration!

  • Lisa 2 years ago

    My dream home. Seriously! Love the eclectic mix of new and old. Absolute perfection.

    Surely they wouldn’t notice an extra girl living there, when can I move in?! xx

  • Natalie Long 2 years ago

    Wow!!! My kind of dream home, love the eclectic mix and warm, welcoming vibe, thank you Lucy & Madeleine x

  • Rebecca 2 years ago

    Wow. I love everything in this house. Only got a glimpse of the kitchen. Would have love to have seen that.

  • Retro Print Revival 2 years ago

    That outdoor patio, the 70’s glass collection, the lounge room – just WOW!!

  • Jenny 2 years ago

    One of your best!
    Love the warmth, the colour, the practicality and the fact that this is family living at its best.
    thanks for sharing

  • Courtney 2 years ago

    GORGEOUS – I’d love to live here . Beautiful bathroom and LOVE the colour!

  • Carly 2 years ago

    What a great house – full of colour and uniqueness! Having grown up in the area, it is so nice to see this family have preserved a piece of history whilst also putting their own touch on it. So many of the older houses have been replaced with modern monstrosities that will out date in not time. Good job!

  • Sonia 2 years ago

    This is a great feature! Fantastic to see a home that is clearly practical and well lived in by a growing family – and I love Madeleine’s style. Great to see a blend of old and new, and inclusion of affordable items from Ikea. Particularly love the familiar ceramic piece from Shanghai (my current city of residence), which I assume is from one of my favourite stores Spin Ceramics ( My absolute favourite in this house though is the collection of glassware, artfully displayed in a rainbow. Look forward to reading about more colourful family homes.

  • liso cleanse Reviews 2 years ago

    I always spent my half an hour to read this weblog’s content
    everyday along with a mug of coffee.

  • Priscilla 2 years ago

    It’s gorgeous Madeleine! I’ve just remembered you from fellowship days in nth fitzroy! Sorry to hear about your Dad. Your space is happy & lovely

  • Fiona 2 years ago

    The most incredible home! I adore it!!

  • neryl 2 years ago

    How good is that outdoor room!

  • Glenda 2 years ago

    Love, love this house – it is one of my all time favourites!

  • libs 2 years ago

    Such warmth emanating from the screen. A family home with heart. Loved it.

  • Elizabeth 2 years ago

    Utterly love this house. The outdoor fire brought tears to my eyes, so reminiscent is it of my dear Grandparents 70’s(?) fireplace. Agree with Jackie re floor-plan.

  • Holly 2 years ago

    What a gorgeous house! I LOVE the parker dining chair covered in Warwick ‘pantone’ fabric. I did a google search and couldn’t find it – any idea where to source this fabric?!

  • Tina 2 years ago

    Such a lovely, relaxed and unpretentious family home. Thanks for featuring. I, too, would be interested in knowing where the outdoor lounge is from.

  • Ca 2 years ago

    Lovely! Please can you tell us where to buy the outdoor sofas? Thanks!

  • Emma 2 years ago

    The outdoor fireplace is absolutely beautiful, all the more so for the sentimental value it holds – stunning. And I just love that en suite, too!

  • Clare 2 years ago

    I loved seeing that beigey-apricot late 80/early 90s bathroom styled nicely! It was very, very inspiring, and I’m so glad you included it.

  • Martin 2 years ago

    Amazing. Just live it. Congrats.

  • Helen Fatharly 2 years ago

    Gorgeous, and what a feeling of great energy.

  • Kerry 2 years ago

    A family who’ve made themselves at Home!
    Would love to know the stockist of the outdoor furniture setting. Cheers.

  • Penny 2 years ago

    This is a beautiful home – it’s a house full of treasures, giving it so much warmth and character. Love it! Thank you for sharing

  • MUCHAS GRACIAS for all your lovely lively comments about our casa – we’ve been overwhelmed by the response + are so glad so many people dig our colourful thrift-chic digs! :) We’ve had lots + lots of queries about where we’ve hauled our stuff from so here goes (feel free to email me directly at above email if this doesn’t answer your query)

    OUTDOOR SOFAS: These babies are from BUNNINGS – we got two complete settings in beige (3 chairs + one ottoman + striped outdoor cushions) and from memory they were around $550.00 per setting.

    GOOD ROOM SOFA (grey): IKEA! Under $1000.00 + so-fa so-good.

    PATIO SLATE FACING: Vintage dug up from house scheduled for demolition (as story says). Very hard to get these pinkish + variegated hues from the quarry these days – you can still try slate + stone suppliers and sift through stock as sometimes they have old batches if you’re trying to replicate a mid-century tone + face. My very talented practical whiz of a brother Dan of Just Dan It Building + Maintenance constructed it – contact on 0418 564 358.

    WARWICK FABRIC: The pantone multi-coloured fabric on the dining chairs in the front room was from warwick – contact them directly for details.

    FAVOURITE OP SHOPS: The very BEST op shops are those in the outer suburbs that haven’t been stripped bare by inner city treasure hunters or vintage sellers! Country town op shops often have amazing handcrafted stuff from decades prior that you just won’t find anywhere else and of course garage sales or weekend markets are always great for a gander. Failing that, eBay + other local online marketplaces like Gumtree are also great spots to pick up unique vintage pieces or basics ripe for a refurb! Good luck. Go hard!

  • Angie 2 years ago

    Hi there, LOVE this home! Quick question is the grey sofa in lounge the KIVIK
    Three-seat sofa and chaise longue Isunda grey? Thanks!

  • Jodie 2 years ago

    Do you know where she got the blue/green striped rug?

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