Marita McCausland and family purchased their 1940’s white weatherboard house in Oakleigh four years ago. They were immediately wooed by the expansive floor to ceiling bay windows (and we can see why!), the abundance of natural light warming the house, and the sprawling backyard.
When Marita and Stuart first purchased the property, though, the home came with the original ‘charm’ of the era. ‘It was like a rabbit warren’ Marita describes, ‘you opened the kitchen cupboards and there was no bottom in them…literally the earth!’ When planning their renovations, the family designed the open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen around the bay windows as a centre piece. This area is now truly the heart of the home, as Marita describes how ‘the light filled living space is the central hub for our little family’.
A sense of warmth and cosy comfort extends through the entire house via Marita’s generous jungle of plants, and cheerful application of colour. She explains ‘my style is a very relaxed, happy vibe. I try not to get too serious about it.’ The white weatherboard sings with the addition of bold colours, textures and patterns. Marita draws upon the best of the ’70s, with her love of colour, patterns and plants. ‘I’m a 70s baby, and grew up with indoor plants everywhere’ she confirms.
Drawing on her expertise in botanical styling, Marita describes the value of adding greenery to truly transform a space. ‘Decorating and furnishing can be expensive, so I find that playing around with my indoor plants often fills and void and makes up for lack of beautiful furniture!’ (We agree with this sentiment, but honestly, this home also has SUCH beautiful furniture!).
In addition to those impressive bay windows, Marita cites the custom made Armadillo&Co rug under the dining table as an especially beloved item in their family home. The playful pink floor covering is a perfect counterpoint to the vibrant green plants, and deep indigo dining room walls. ‘I’m definitely not one for a neutral colour palette!’ Marita describes.
For Marita, home is a place for relaxation and joy – and not to be taken too seriously. ‘I just buy things I love and throw it all together, which I guess gives it a slightly eclectic feel’ she muses. In less capable hands, this ad-hoc approach could result in a slightly haphazard aesthetic – but Marita’s mastery has produced a truly beautiful family home.
Marita is keen to give a shout out to her amazing friend, stylist Amber Lenette, for coming over at the crack of dawn to help spruce her home before our team arrived!