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Top Ten Australian Homes of 2016 · Amanda Henderson-Marks and Michael Marks


We’re almost through our TOP TEN Australian Homes of 2016 – just two to go! Today we revisit another immensely popular house in Melbourne – the Northcote home of stylist, interior designer and retailer Amanda Henderson-Marks.

With its soft muted tones and rustic details, this family home is a serene, pared back space, layered with second hand furniture and vintage finds.


5th January, 2017
Lucy Feagins
Thursday 5th January 2017

Interior decorator and retail proprietor Amanda Henderson-Marks describes her home as ‘chalky and neat rustic’ – the perfect descriptor, we think! She and her husband Michael, a landscape designer, stumbled upon this rambling Edwardian home in Northcote seven year ago, and were instantly smitten with the property. Although it was in dire need of some TLC, Amanda and Michael could see the potential here, and were ready to tackle a new creative project together.

As soon as they moved in, Amanda and Michael began renovations, stripping carpet, replacing doors and painting interior walls. Once the cosmetic side of the rebuild was complete, Amanda began layering her home with vintage ephemera and treasured curiosities sourced over the years via her business and her retail store.

Amanda’s aesthetic is an amalgamation of carefully curated vintage pieces, muted tones and soft textures, resulting in an idyllic space that feels relaxed, inviting and lived in.

For the full story and many more pics of Amanda’s beautiful home, do revisit our original post.

Dining room looking through to the lounge room at the front of the house. As soon as Amanda and Michael moved in they opened the living and lounge rooms up to create one big space for their family. Photo – Eve Wilson, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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