Top Ten Australian Homes of 2016 · Jo Dabrowski and Andrew Fisher

One of the most popular houses we featured in 2016 was the vibrant Newport home of former advertising copywriter Jo Dabrowski, her husband Andrew Fisher (a copywriter / creative director) and their kids Fred (age 7) and Herbie (age 5).

There is an overarching theme to this home – COLOUR! We love Jo’s bold approach to decorating. This is a space that proves being brave with a paintbrush really pays off!


Lucy Feagins
Supported by Dulux

The home of Jo Dabrowski and Andrew Fisher. Above – Living room. Brown leather Longreach sofa by Neil Burly for Anibou (Thonet NZ). Coffee table custom built in London and designed by Andrew Fisher. Bertoia Diamond chairs from Alfie’s Market in London. Yellow lamp from Mill Markets, Geelong. ‘The words on mantelpiece spell out our wedding date. Fish had them made for me by Melbourne artist, Tim Fleming, so I never forget our anniversary!’ explains Jo. Photo – Annette O’Brien. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining room. Custom made table, Thonet dining chairs that Jo had sprayed (two-pack) in her favourite shade of green. Fruit bowls from Mud. Polish circus poster in background from Sklep. Various plates have been collected by Jo (and received as gifts) mostly from the couple’s time in London. Photo – Annette O’Brien. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Jo’s feature wall of plates she collected from her time in London, and a few animal plates from West Elm. Photo – Annette O’Brien. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Herbie’s room. Bed linen from IKEA. Wooden gorilla by Areaware. Monster on bed made by Jo, based on one of Herbie’s drawings! Photo – Annette O’Brien. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
3rd of January 2017

Jo Dabrowski and Andrew Fisher purchased their Californian Bungalow in Melbourne’s inner west in late 2013. Since moving in, they have renovated and extended their home, and livened up the interior spaces with a very bold colour treatment!

Every room has been painted a different colour – from the deep grey walls in the front living room, to the softer grey in the master bedroom, and vibrant yellow of the home office.  ‘Choosing different colours for each room was absolutely one of my favourite parts of the process, and even today I’m still thinking about rooms I may re-paint one day’ says Jo!

Another element of this home which really surprised us was Jo and Andrew’s impressive collection of vintage furniture, much of which sourced via a local ‘Buy Swap Sell’ Facebook group. Jo is passionate about restoring pieces otherwise destined for the street curb, and many of the furniture in her home have been given a second life due her seasoned salvaging skills!

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

Master bedroom. Alexander Girard wood print. Ed Carpenter Pigeon light. Rachel Castle bed linen. Yellow blanket from The Conran Shop, London. Yellow mid-century chair and stool bought via Jo’s local Inner West ‘Buy, Swap, Sell’ Facebook group. Photo – Annette O’Brien. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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