This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Elli and Cameron Walsh

Homes

Today we visit a sweet apartment in Sydney’s Fairlight, belonging to Elli Walsh, an artist, art writer and gallery assistant at Arthouse Gallery, and her partner Cameron Walsh, who works at Universal Music and runs The Sound of Vinyl.

 

16th March, 2016

Main bedroom. Yellow Diva plywood chair from Workshopped, ink paintings by Elli Walsh, and Moroccan Azilal rug purchased from France. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Lounge room details. ‘La Faille’ paining by Gilou Brillant, face screenprint by Elli Walsh, Wirely plant stand, re-upholstered 1960s lounge from eBay and Muskhane Smartie cushion from Pulp Creative Paper. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Lounge room. Ute Design ‘Handle’ magazine rack from Arko Furniture, Saba ‘A Song for You’ table from Café Culture + Insitu, Chinese School painting, and vintage Hopi Kachina wall hanging/rug from Etsy. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The Fairlight apartment of Elli and Cameron Walsh. Above – lounge room. 1960s reupholstered lounge set, vintage ‘butterfly’ coffee table, and Norman Copenhagen ‘Ikono’ pendant lamp. ‘War on war’ painting by Marty Baptist. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Spare bedroom. Face screenprint by Elli, doll photograph by Simon Yotsuya & Kishin Shinoyama, and vintage cane rocker from Gumtree. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Hallway. Pinch pots by Elli’s mum, painting by Indigenous artist Josie Petrick Kemarre, and stoneware vase and small painting by Elli. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kitchen. Tom Dixon ‘Tower’ salt and pepper grinders and leather stools by acciaio Netherlands. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining table details. Felt mat from Kido Store, stump tray from Lime Lifestyle in Fairlight and pinch pot by Elli’s mum. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Main bedroom. Yellow Diva plywood chair from Workshopped, LuckyBoySunday cushion from Kido Store, ink painting by Elli Walsh and Moroccan Azilal rug purchased from France. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Lounge room. Vintage record cabinet, ‘War on war’ painting by Marty Baptist, Pro–Ject turntable from Sydney Hi Fi, vintage KEF speakers, and ‘Blindspot’ neon artwork by Donna Richie. Re-upholstered 1960s lounge chair, and stone lenticular photograph by Kai Wasikowski. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining area. Vintage extension table and wool rug from Bayliss. The power silkscreen by Graham Kuo and Schneid Eikon Pendant Lamp from Connox. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Cameron and Elli Wash on the balcony of their Fairlight apartment. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 16th March 2016

I remember so well the feeling when I moved into my first home. I lived with my Mum until I was 27 (true story – don’t hold it against me!) so by the time I moved out properly, it was well overdue. I made up for lost time by nesting like a crazy person, doing ridiculous things like planting a vegie patch within a week of moving in. I was just SO EXCITED to have a home to call my own.

There is something of that sweet, wide-eyed enthusiasm about this lovely Sydney apartment. It belongs to young couple Elli Walsh, an artist, art writer and gallery assistant at Arthouse Gallery, and her partner Cameron Walsh, who works at Universal Music and runs The Sound of Vinyl.

Elli and Cameron spent AGES apartment hunting before securing this sweet two bedroom flat in a 1960’s block in Sydney’s Fairlight. ‘It was at a crazy time, when Sydney properties were selling before they even hit the market’ recalls Cameron. The pair had seen and loved this apartment, but it was priced way above their budget, so they moved on. Five weeks later, it was still for sale – which Cameron says ‘was an eternity in the property market at that time’ – so they made a ridiculous offer, and to their surprise, it was accepted. The place wasn’t in the best state, but they were keen to renovate, so it was perfect.

After taking possession, Elli and Cameron undertook a few key renovations. They laid new floorboards, painted throughout and updated the kitchen. They took great pleasure in sourcing materials, appliances and design details from various suppliers across Australia – keeping to a very modest budget, of course.

Elli and Cameron have decorated the place with such a meticulous attention to detail, sourcing a beautiful collection of vintage and contemporary furniture, light fittings and other details. Their secondhand lounge set is definitely a favourite – it was purchased for next to nothing on eBay, from an elderly couple who had owned it since the sixties! Originally, it was a mud brown synthetic fabric, but Elli and Cameron have given these classic piece a contemporary update by re-upholstering in natural linen.

As an artist and art gallery assistant, Elli has also accumulated an impressive collection of fine art in recent years, which is proudly on display in her home. ‘We adore all of our artwork, but a standout is definitely the resin wall sculpture by Sydney artist Fraser Anderson that we commissioned in 2014 for our 4-year wedding anniversary’ says Cameron. ‘It’s such a treat to wake up beneath it every day!’

Elli and Cameron’s apartment is a joyful and much loved first home. Nestled amongst lush treetops in a small block of just 6 apartments, this little lovenest has such a friendly, relaxed feel. It’s bright, airy and meticulously clean and tidy – in part due to Elli’s self confessed ’obsessive-compulsive tidiness’! It’s also ever-changing. ‘Elli is perpetually changing our interiors!’ says Cameron. ‘We have lots of art and special objects that we try to display without crossing the fine line into ‘clutter’.

For Elli and Cameron, Fairlight is a totally idyllic spot for their first home together. ‘We’re just a short walk from multiple beaches, and a ferry away from the city’ Cameron says. Lately, evenings after work have been spent floating in the ocean watching the sunset, while picnics, walks and falling asleep on the sand under a beach umbrella constitute most weekends. The apartment is, in Cam’s words, like ‘a beach shack without the sand’.

View Comments

Similar Stories

Homes

A Cheerful Beachside Retreat

A colourful 1980s Anglesea home, just 100 steps from the beach!

Homes

Stylist Nat Turnbull’s Serene Melbourne Home

Stylist Nat Turnbull and photographer Sam Wong turned a rundown Melbourne property into this seriously stunning home.

Homes

A Restored 1930s Cottage In The Southern Highlands

The gorgeous Southern Highlands home of treechangers James Watts and Tony Chapman.

This Week

Interiors

A Curvaceous + Calm Edwardian Home Renovation

Working within the exisiting footprint, CJH Studio transformed this Melbourne home with smart planning and minimalist interiors.
36.05

Podcast

Dinosaur Designs Co-Founder Louise Olsen On Building An Iconic Australian Brand, On TDF Talks

Lucy Feagins talks to the legendary designer and artist about building an iconic Australian design brand.

News

A Lifetime Of Mim Design Projects In One Book!

‘Works’ is a tome celebrating 21 years of Miriam Fanning’s sophisticated interiors + architecture practice.
Sasha Aarons

Architecture

A Minimalist, Semi-Prefabricated Beach House

Architect Hannah Tribe of Tribe Studio developed a prototype for a partially prefabricated kit home for her own family beach house in Bundee...

Architecture

An Elwood Bungalow That Draws From Within

A innovative extension around a circular garden creates an inward focus to this California bungalow extension by Rob Kennon Architects.

Architecture

A Grecian-Inspired Update For A California Bungalow

Alcorn Middleton update a 1980s family home with arches, white-washed columns and a inspired by quintessential Santorini architecture.

Shopping

The New Ceramics Studio Built On Centuries Of Inherited Knowledge

The debut collection from new ceramics studio House Editions by Claudia Lau brings porcelain bowls, plates and vases in experimental glazes

Homes

A Cheerful Beachside Retreat

Virginia Morris' colourful 1980s Anglesea home, located just 100 steps from the beach!

Creative People

The Trailblazing Couple Behind Brisbane's New Indigenous Art Centre

Amanda Hayman and Troy Casey are the entrepreneurial couple behind Brisbane's most exciting new art gallery and retail space!

11 Brilliant Lighting Designs That Will Light Up Your Life!

From delicate frosted tubes to sculptural glass chandeliers, these are the finalists in the Lighting Design category of The Design Files + L...

Architecture

A Mid-Century Reimagining Of A Bells Beach Home

Bones House by Lachlan Shepherd Architects is a mid-century inspired makeover of a brick veneer home facing Bells Beach.

Shopping

A Childrenswear Label That Takes Us Back To The Golden Years - WIN With Goldie + Ace!

Get ready to send the kids back to school in style with the Golden Years collection from Goldie + Ace!
Sasha Gattermayr
  7 hours ago

Interiors

The Timeless Update Of A 1950s Portsea Beach House

Pipkorn Kilpatrick improve the flow and functionality of this 1956 home originally designed by Robin Boyd, ensuring its legacy remains in ta...
2.37

Interiors

YSG Studio Brings 'Afternoon Delight' To This Dreamy Kitchen Design for Laminex

We take a closer look at YSG Studio's stunning new collaboration with Laminex!

14 Brands Making Waves With The Wiggly Trend

From undulating limestone vases to wiggly steel coat-stands, here are 14 wavy furniture pieces and homewares we love!

Similar Stories

Homes

A Cheerful Beachside Retreat

A colourful 1980s Anglesea home, just 100 steps from the beach!

Homes

Stylist Nat Turnbull’s Serene Melbourne Home

Stylist Nat Turnbull and photographer Sam Wong turned a rundown Melbourne property into this seriously stunning home.

Homes

A Restored 1930s Cottage In The Southern Highlands

The gorgeous Southern Highlands home of treechangers James Watts and Tony Chapman.

The Design Files acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files – we would love to hear from you.

Please email us here.