When Lucy Glade-Wright of Hunting for George was hunting (!) for her first apartment ten years ago, she was on the scout for something in an Art Deco style. She lucked upon this Armadale two-bedder, designed in 1940 by Stuart Hall, and immediately fell in love.
The building is located on the original site of an 1880s mansion, which was later subdivided to make way for flats to meet growing housing demand. Lucy explains ‘there was fear these residential flats were going to ruin the character of the suburb, so leading architects were employed to design these apartment blocks.’ Public enthusiasm for the building has grown over time, especially following the body corporates restoration of the site to its ‘former glory.’ A Palm Springs inspired garden and a new lick of paint has enhanced the street view, and Lucy explains ‘people seem to feel an attachment to this building, even those who don’t live here. It’s quite special in that way.’
Lucy’s favourite thing about the apartment is the ‘epic rooftop.’ She admits ‘being a 20-something obsessed with the Secret Life Of Us, I thought I had hit the real estate jackpot!’ While Lucy imagined summers of rooftop parties, she mostly enjoyed the sunlit spot with a good book.
Inside, the apartment is structured around the living room, which connects to the kitchen, courtyard and hallway. Art plays a large role in every room, where Lucy combines her own Hunting for George prints with original works by local artists including Sarah Kelk, Rowena Martinich, and Diana Ellinger.
Lucy describes the space as ‘happy’, with ‘a lot of love in the walls.’ The strong architectural style here has encouraged her to keep her interiors simple, decorating with a gentle ‘modern, coastal theme.’ Over 10 years, Lucy’s aesthetic has also shifted, from ‘oh, look, it’s an op shop, I must buy everything’ approach, to something she describes as a little more pared back and sophisticated!
Lucy hands on the styling baton to the next owner with enthusiasm: ‘we’ve done our best to make this house a home… we hope the next owner won’t have to do much in order to feel welcome.’
For those in the market… the listing is here.