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Top Ten Australian Homes of 2015 · Adriana Hanna and Arthur Gouvousis


It’s no secret we are rather massive fans of Melbourne architecture firm Kennedy Nolan, who designed Westgarth House, amongst many other beautiful Melbourne homes.

Melbourne architect Adriana Hanna works at Kennedy Nolan, and we spent a good portion of last year unashamedly stalking her via Instagram – as you do. When she finally agreed to let us photograph her Preston family home, we were a little more than excited. It’s a beauty!

Today we finish recapping our TOP TEN Australian Homes of 2015 – back to regular programming on Monday!

8th January, 2016
Lucy Feagins
Friday 8th January 2016

Adriana Hanna has a distinct sense of style. She works as an architect for respected local firm Kennedy Nolan, and when she is not working you can bet that she is out sourcing (or pinning!) the coolest lighting, furniture and homewares, often in the most unlikely of places.

Adriana lives in this home with her husband Arthur and their five-year-old twin daughters, Hanna and Yvonne. The pair bought their home in Preston nine years ago. Arthur had been searching for properties in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne where he grew up – and when he stumbled across this large 1930s ‘Tudor revival’ home, the pair were sold. So far, the couple have only made superficial changes here – painting the home inside and out, sanding and polishing timber floors, reinstating original fireplaces, and replacing picture rails. Rather than trying to make a contemporary architectural statement and stripping the home of its character, Adriana and Arthur have embraced the charm of their house.

When it comes to decorating, Adriana is bold and intuitive. She enjoys juxtaposing contemporary pieces with the original fabric of the home, and her skill at sourcing and bringing together varied contemporary furniture pieces with classic lighting, artwork, ceramics and plant life is demonstrated in every room. ‘We don’t actively pursue a certain style,’ Adriana says. ‘Our house is a platform where we can explore ways to satisfy both my insatiable visual appetite, and our family as it grows.’

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

Living room. Ligne Roset Togo sofa in custom velvet upholstery, vintage rosewood tray table, and Alanda glass table by Paolo Piva. Sculptures by Peter D Cole and Kenya Peterson on mantle. Hand-me-down Flokati rug from Arthur’s mothers village in Greece. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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