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Top Ten Australian Homes of 2015 · Madeleine and Karl Stamer and Family


We first visited the Stamer family home in Caulfield back in February this year – it was an instant TDF favourite!

Belonging to illustrator and designer Madeleine Stamer, her husband  Karl Stamer and their two daughters, every corner in this Edwardian cottage is bustling with personality, colour, creative projects and artwork by friends and family. It’s a beauty!

31st December, 2015
Lucy Feagins
Thursday 31st December 2015

Karl and Madeleine Stamer purchased their home in Caulfield, Victoria 10 years ago, but rented it out for 8 years while getting their ducks in a row. In the interim, their family grew from two to five, with the additions of their daughters Wilhelmina (8), Ada (6), and Hug, the beloved family cat! The family eventually moved into their sweet Edwardian red brick cottage at the end of 2012, after renovations were complete.

The couple worked within the existing footprint of the home, updating the home room by room, while also reinstating many of the long lost period fixtures. We made the changes on a ‘very tight budget!’ explains Madeleine. Alongside their builder, Madeleine and Karl created a better flowing floor plan, which incorporated wider entrances and an abundance of natural light. Ample storage was also essential, so the family installed in-built cabinetry in almost every room. They also recently converted the attic into a kid’s retreat, and have plans to add a self contained studio in the garden.

Madeleine works as an illustrator, designer and art teacher, and her creative influence can be seen all throughout her home.  She is particularly fond of colour, pattern, folk art, Mexican-inspired motifs and religious iconography. Many of the pieces in the home hold sentimental value, and include a growing art collection by many of the Stamer’s family friends, works by Madeleine and the kids, and pieces collected from family and years of travel. The result is a beautiful, relaxed and creative family home with such a cheery personality!

For the full story and many more photos of the Stamer family home, do pop back and revisit the original post!

Ada (6), Madeleine and Wilhelmina (8) at home. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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