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Top Ten Australian Homes of 2015 · Annie Price and Jamie Paterson


In 2015, we found ourselves visiting Melbourne’s bayside suburb of Beaumaris on the regular – there are so many mid century gems in this neighbourhood!

One particularly popular discover in this neck of the woods was the colourful family home of Annie Price and her partner Jamie Paterson, whose lovingly restored 1960s residence was an instant hit when we first shared it back in May.

6th January, 2016
Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 6th January 2016

Annie Price and her partner Jamie Paterson are mid century design enthusiasts. Their cheerful 1960s house in Beaumaris has been home to the couple and their young daughter Dorothy for the past four years, but a good chunk of that time was been spent renovating and restoring the house, which was in serious disrepair when the family first took possession of the property.

The house had to be basically stripped back to the framework – even the roof was replaced. ‘We really wanted to restore it to its former glory, but in a sympathetic mid-century style,’ says Annie. The family retained what they could, including the original Oregon beams, handrails and even the ceramic kitchen cupboard doorknobs, and the couple worked in consultation with their architect Adrian Bonomi. What couldn’t be salvaged was replaced with carefully sourced details, like the original ‘60s tiles for the kitchen.

Annie and Jamie love colour and character, but they’re not purists when it comes to modernist design. Their home celebrates their love of all things mid century, but it’s also relaxed and fun, and full of quirky, sentimental pieces. ‘There’s no point living somewhere that doesn’t make you smile,’ advocates Annie.

For the full story and many more photos of this mid century home in Beaumaris, do pop back and revisit the original post!

Kitchen and dining area. TH Brown stools, Rosando dining suite, piggy jar was Annie’s mum’s, bowls by Nina Van de Goor, apple canisters from a friend, and original 1960s wall tiles rebacked by Urban Edge Ceramics in Richmond. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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