Mariana Garcia-Katz and Family (+ another little giveaway!)

Lucy Feagins
Lucy Feagins
13th of April 2011

The very stylish Thornbury home of Mariana Garcia-Katz and family!

Swoon.  Ikea never looked so good.

Another stunning Melbourne family home today!  This is the Thornbury home of designer Mariana Garcia-Katz and family – husband Mark, teenage kids Madeleine and Joshua, a slightly crazy jack russell x maltese pup named Charlie, a very handsome grey cat whose name I forget, and some VERY large and healthy-looking chickens in the garden!

As you can SEE the Garcia-Katz clan are a little obsessed with mid-century furniture!  Every piece you see here is authentic, and has been collected over many years… the stunning Eames DCM plywood dining chairs and entertainment unit are from Luke Furniture in Prahran, the black webbed lounge chairs (Douglas Snelling, I think?) are from Angelucci many moons ago… (good luck finding similar ones now!) and how about that George Nelson platform bench coffee table…?!  EXTREMELY JEALOUS?  Don’t worry me too. :) But isn’t it lovely to see these classic twentieth century pieces at home amongst a range of eclectic, affordable items – those super popular Ikea PS locker-style cabinets, plywood shelving made by Mariana’s Dad, paintings by Mariana’s talented brother Alan Garcia – and is that a Third Drawer Down tea-towel on the wall?  All in all it makes for a home that is super stylish yet relaxed, homely and down-to-earth… despite the designer details!

It’s no surprise this home is styled so perfectly – both Mariana and Mark are talented graphic designers by trade, although Mariana’s focus these days is her photography and fabulous range of translucent lanterns and photographic lightboxes created under the label M2 Matiz!  Mariana’s ‘t.lighthaus’ is the perfect decorative shade for a tealight or candle in a jam-jar… truly such a simple, genius idea – I’m not surprised M2 Matiz products now have stockists and fans across Australia!   Nice work Mariana!

You’ll spot a couple of Mariana’s M2Matiz lanterns and lightboxes throughout her home… and LUCKY FOR YOU Mariana would also love to share her work with one lucky TDF reader!  If you leave a comment on this post today, you’ll be in the running to win one t.lighthaus lantern of your choice!  Thanks so much to Mariana for this sweet giveaway!  Below you’ll see a selection of designs from her range… of course more can be viewed on her website!

*Update – Thanks so much for all your entries, a winner has now been drawn at random.  The winning comment was #95 – congratulations Myf!

Huge thanks to Mariana and family for sharing their stunning home with us, and for MAKING ME LUNCH (Can you believe it!) and of course for the sweet M2 Matiz giveaway!  Sheesh is there no end to the  giveaways around here?  Clearly not.

M2 Matiz t.lighthaus lanterns!  Choose your fave and leave a comment to be in the running to win one!


Dining details – can’t really go wrong with a set of 6 original DCM Eames dining chairs can you?

Bold details in the TV area – artwork by Mariana’s brother Alan Garcia, couch I think from Luke Furniture, upholstered in a fab chartreuse woolen fabric from JR weave.

Photographs of Mariana’s kids in the kitchen.  Grey stools from Tait.

Kitchen details.  Painting by Alan Garcia.

Hallway.  Limed floorboards.

Study nook where Mariana usually works from!  Bottom shot – M2 Matiz lanterns on display.

LOVE THE BEDROOM!  I WANT that heart lightbox!  (Also love the quilt – hand made by Mariana’s Mum!)

Bedroom details

Mid-century details in the hallway.  I never tire of that cute Eames ‘Hang-it’all’ (have you SEEN the walnut version btw?)

Bathroom details

Madeleine’s bedroom! AMAZINGLY tidy.

AWESOME garden and vegie patch, chickens etc! (we are in Thornbury, I guess it is kind of a prerequisite).

Shed / studio / kid’s retreat at the bottom of the garden!

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