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Top Ten Australian Homes of 2016 · Sonia Post and Glenn Manison


Mid century is a common theme around here. We’re always drawn to homes of the 1950s and 1960s, and this year we found ourselves documenting more homes than ever from this era. One of your favourites (and ours!) was the Elsternwick home of  Sonia Post and Glenn Manison!

With an eye for design and a passion for vintage furniture and lighting, Sonia and Glenn really know how to make a mid century home sing!


30th December, 2016
Lucy Feagins
Friday 30th December 2016

When Sonia Post and Glenn Manison purchased their 1960s home in Elsternwick, it was, by their own account, devoid of any real mid century charm.

‘We tried and tried and tried to buy an amazing mid century architect designed house, but we couldn’t afford the good ones as they are so popular and way over our budget!’ recalls Sonia. ‘When we found this house we decided it was so plain and lacking in interesting features, maybe no-one else would like it and we could be in with a chance!’

Despite being a little run down and not particularly ‘fancy’, Sonia and Glenn could see the potential here. They were successful at the auction, and set about updating and re-styling their home, with the assistance of friend and architect Grant Cheyne.

For the full story and many more photos of Sonia and Glenn’s home, do pop back and revisit the original post!

Palm Springs style garden and Koo Koo Letterbox by Playso. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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