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Durham House

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Caroline Novinc and Mark Roderick are the Brisbane couple responsible for reviving this once dilapidated 1920s worker’s cottage. Originally intended to be a family home for six, the family soon outgrew the residence, and have since opened the doors to their home as boutique accommodation.

Durham House is located in Brisbane’s West End. Our Brisbane team of photographer Mindi Cooke, stylist Lyndel Miller and writer Jo Hoban recently visited Caroline to get the low down!

 

1st June, 2016

Durham House street view. The house is elevated from the street and not much has changed. Weatherboards painted in Dulux ‘Whisper White’. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

Verandah. The original flooring was completely rotten, so it was replaced with new hardwood planks. Solid casement windows on both ends of the verandah provide privacy. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

Caroline on the verandah. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

Sitting room at the front of the home, with custom-made daybed covered in Mokum fabric, rug by Armadillo & Co, wicker chairs by HK Living and table by Jardan. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

The sunny sitting room at the front of the home, with custom-made daybed covered in Mokum fabric, bespoke joinery, rug by Armadillo & Co, wicker chairs by HK Living and table by Jardan. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

Living room, with sofa, armchair and tables by Jardan. The rug is by Armadillo & Co, throw by Little Dandelion, plant pot by Pop and Scott. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

The dining room/kitchen looking into the sitting room. A daybed lines the width of the room beneath the window looking out to the street. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

The dining room/kitchen. Bespoke drying rack designed by Vokes & Peters, tapware by Perrin & Rowe, and dining table and chairs by Thonet. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

The dining room. Dining table and chairs by Thonet, and a pendant light by The Family Love Tree. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

The dining room and kitchen. Dining table and chairs by Thonet. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

Master bedroom. Side table by Jardan, photographic artwork by Kara Rosenlund, custom-made joinery and bedhead with integrated lighting designed by Vokes & Peters. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

Ensuite to the master bedroom. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

The original house sign. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

Guest bedroom. Custom-made bed with storage underneath, side table by Artek, and linen by Cultiver. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

A mature Frangipani flanks the outdoor courtyard. Masonry stairs flow down to the garden beyond. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

The outdoor courtyard with fireplace by Jetmaster, built using a custom blend of bricks that Caroline worked on with PGH Bricks. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

Wide masonry stairs lead from the outdoor courtyard down to the shaded garden beyond. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

The rear aspect of the new addition to the home exudes simple beauty, reminiscent of a child’s drawing or storybook. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Styling – Lyndel Miller.

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