Oh lord. Hold onto your hats people. We have a KILLER Melbourne Home to share with you today, owned by one of Melbourne's most stylish and inspiring creative businesswomen (and Mum of FOUR!) Natalie Bloom of Bloom Cosmetics. What a woman. What a home!
Natalie and husband Brian moved into this house in 2002, and since then their family has grown to include a gaggle of gorgeous kids - Chloe (9), Amber (8), Zac (6) and Ben (10 months).
Nat says on first glance she instantly fell in love with the house (which was built in 1908) - she was particularly drawn to the balconies and outdoor space around the perimeter of the property. But whilst the exterior was perfect - the entire interior needed reworking. 'Originally, it was a house full of lots of tiny rooms' says Nat. 'We opened up the spaces, and renovated the interior while trying to retain original features, such as the staircase balustrade, some stained glass windows and other window furniture'. Much respected local interior designer Kerry Phelan was enlisted to assist in modernising the space and selecting finishes and furniture. The results are so stunning - the perfect balance of classic and contemporary styling, with just a touch of luxe.
One particularly treasured piece for Nat is the painting hanging above the staircase by Mirka Mora, a dear friend of Natalie's. 'This painting was inspired by our family' she says. 'Mirka named it 'Family' and we knew it had to be ours. It holds many memories and emotions for me, and I love that it’s the first thing I see when I come home'.
Beyond the picture perfect styling, the flow of Natalie's home is so well considered, and this, in combination with its generous proportions, make it a fantastically user-friendly space for this very busy family. Nat is also still very fond of the exterior elements she originally fell in love with- 'our house is surrounded by garden and the changing exterior colours are a charming complement to the interior of our home, and bring me much joy' she says. The central location, not far from the Yarra River and Botanical Gardens has also been a wonderful blessing for Nat's large family - 'It is an absolute treat to be so close to the city and walking distance to incredible parks for the kids' she says.
Massive thanks to Natalie, Brian and family for sharing their beautiful home with us today! As a busy Mum with an incredibly successful business, Natalie's story is inspiring in more ways than one. I feel very lucky to be able to share with you today a slightly more personal look into her world.