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Top Ten Australian Homes of 2016 · Louise and Graeme Bell


In keeping with our annual tradition, over the Christmas to New Year period we’ll be posting the TOP TEN Australian Homes of 2016!

We’re kicking this series off today with the incredible mid century home of retailer Louise Bell of Table Tonic, her partner, architect Graeme Bell, and their kids Jasper and Anoushka, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

26th December, 2016
Lucy Feagins
Monday 26th December 2016

We do LOVE a mid century home around here, and we know you do too! This particular home is one of our all time favourites.

Last summer, we (photographer Eve Wilson and I) had the great pleasure of visiting and photographing this spectacular 1950s home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, which belongs to retailer Louise Bell of Table Tonic and her young family. With its distinctive ‘butterly’ facade and bold yellow accents, Louise’s home is a well known and much loved local landmark.

Built in 1957, the house was originally designed by Australian architect Loyal Alexander for his own family. The project turned heads even then, first featuring in the August 1958 issue of Australian House and Garden Magazine! As striking now as it was when first built, the design of this home is a testament to the timelessness of mid century architecture.

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

Louise Bell in her Avalon family home (you wouldn’t believe it, but the temperature was 42 degrees on the day we took these shots – top effort from Louise having her portrait taken so effortlessly in these conditions!).  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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