When interior stylist Aimee Tarulli and her husband builder Frank Tarulli, director of Thomas Archer, first encountered the site of their current home, they were met with a derelict 1960s brick residence that the real estate agent described as ‘un-rentable.’ Aimee explains ‘the phrase “buy the worst home on the best street” was definitely true for us.’ With the pre-existing home being deemed ‘beyond repair’, the couple started from scratch, with a floor plan designed to cater to family across different phases of life.
The resulting outcome is an impressive double-storey home, with four bedrooms, a study, three living areas, an expansive kitchen, and a sparkling outdoor pool. The objective was to ‘create a home that really reflected our design aesthetic and our personalities, but was also a very practical and liveable home for our young family’, explains Aimee.
The house was designed with the aim to transcend ‘white walls’, offering unexpected surprises and delights as you move through the space. Aimee enthuses ‘at each turning point you are met with a different texture of wall finish, and the surprise of different “wow” moments throughout the entire home.’
Aimee’s collection of contemporary art by local painters adorns many of the walls, and she cites a large original work by Craig Waddell as a particular favourite. ‘It is the first thing you see when you come into the house, and it takes people’s breath away. It’s a beautiful rich oil painting with so much texture and movement and it’s a piece I will love forever.’ As a designer, Aimee often builds the room around a single piece of art, and is lucky to have acquired works by a number of TDF favourites. Miranda Skoczek, Kerry Armstrong, Kirra Jamison, Ali McNabney-Stevens and Heidi Yardley are among her impressive collection…. how many can you spot ?!