When you drive past a giant cream brick 1960s house in Brunswick, replete with white swirly wrought iron railings and a concrete front garden, you immediately get a sense of who might live behind the lace curtains. You might, perhaps, picture an elderly little Italian lady, the kind of house-proud local who sweeps the footpath outside her front door every morning.
You don’t imagine the residents of a house like this would be a cool young couple and their cute little dog. Well, appearances can be deceiving! This is the home of fine arts graduate / graphic designer Ally Oliver-Perham and her partner, musician and maker Harry Dickson.
Ally and Harry lease the house from an elderly Italian lady, who has since moved into an aged care facility. After house hunting for a long time, the couple were thrilled when they inspected this sprawling three-bedroom house in Brunswick. Though the house was in excellent condition, there was one challenge – it came fully furnished! ‘We both love the kitsch Italian vibe!’ says the couple. Somehow, the kooky aesthetic here works perfectly with Ally and Harry’s own sense of style, and collection of secondhand furniture, artwork and trinkets.
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