This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

A ‘Classic But Quirky’ Interior Revamp For This Ballarat Family Home

Interiors

Pulling an entire interior together across state lines via Skype sounds like a recipe for disaster. But it seems that nothing in this Happy House could go wrong!

Designed by Lena Bruno of interior design studio By Bruno, this family home for four in Lake Wendouree ticks all the boxes for a light and fun-filled family house – with a few tricks of the trade thrown in to maximise every inch of the budget.

10th March, 2020

Photo – Laura Hannan. Styling – Kati Bottomley assisted by Melissa May.

Photo – Laura Hannan. Styling – Kati Bottomley assisted by Melissa May.

Photo – Laura Hannan. Styling – Kati Bottomley assisted by Melissa May.

Photo – Laura Hannan. Styling – Kati Bottomley assisted by Melissa May.

Photo – Laura Hannan. Styling – Kati Bottomley assisted by Melissa May.

Photo – Laura Hannan. Styling – Kati Bottomley assisted by Melissa May.

Photo – Laura Hannan. Styling – Kati Bottomley assisted by Melissa May.

Photo – Laura Hannan. Styling – Kati Bottomley assisted by Melissa May.

Photo – Laura Hannan. Styling – Kati Bottomley assisted by Melissa May.

Photo – Laura Hannan. Styling – Kati Bottomley assisted by Melissa May.

Photo – Laura Hannan. Styling – Kati Bottomley assisted by Melissa May.

Photo – Laura Hannan. Styling – Kati Bottomley assisted by Melissa May.

Sasha Gattermayr
Tuesday 10th March 2020

‘ I had a vision of injecting a sense of happiness and fun into the design, with lots of considered details in unexpected places’ – Lena Bruno.

The biggest challenge when completely redoing the interior of any family home is trying to ensure that even after the renovation, the home still feels lived in. A place where joy and memories have been made. A happy house.

This is the kind of project interior designer, Lena Bruno, jumps on with glee.

‘After discussing the project renovation with the clients at length, I immediately had a vision of injecting a sense of happiness and fun into the design, with lots of considered details in unexpected places,’ said Lena, the Director of interior design studio, By Bruno.

The original Edwardian weatherboard was transformed on the inside, flipping the central living room into a master suite, and restoring the bones of the hallway and children’s bedrooms to their original period charm. Lena’s mission was to create a ‘quirky but fun home with distinctive patterns, contrasting pastels and muted tones and textures throughout’.

Her modus operandi is selecting uncommon finishes and materials – and using them in nontraditional places. Dusty pink grout clouds the white bathroom tiles, demonstrating the economical ways you can experiment with creative tiling, and custom glass shelves were used to bring light into the kitchen without compromising on privacy. A carefully curated paint palette, marble slabs for wow factor, ‘a kaleidoscope of different coloured grouts’ and sot timber textures were Lena’s weapons of choice.

But it’s still the bold materials that leave the brightest impressions. ‘The pink reconstituted terrazzo-like stone from Italy that was used as end panels in the kitchen (which we made into a gorgeous coffee table with the leftovers)’ is the statement piece that Lena can’t quite get over. ‘Anyone who sees it just drools over it!’

This Week

Homes

An Owner-Built, Architect-Designed Renovation Of A Charming 1920s Melbourne Home

Lauren Egan and Glenn Hester collaborate with Project 12 Architecture on a thoughtful update to their 1920s Preston home, with interiors by
Lucy Feagins
  14 hours ago

News

Art Deco Meets The 1980s In Greg Natale’s New Vase Collection

The Australian interior designer launches his latest vase collection, ‘New Wave.’
Amelia Barnes
  3 hours ago

Art

The Nomadic Artist Who Is Always Painting On The Road

Emily Imeson lives her life out of a four wheel drive, travelling the country in pursuit of new landscapes to paint! Her solo show, 'Ancient...
Sasha Gattermayr
  6 hours ago

News

Colourful New Kids Books From A Legendary Local Illustrator

Artist Kat MacLeod teaches us our ABCs in this super cute range of books from Thames & Hudson.

Interiors

The 5 Rules Of Good Kitchen Design, According To Cantilever Interiors

A good kitchen starts with observing these five rules, brought to you by Australian design and manufacturing kitchen brand Cantilever Interi...

Architecture

A Contemporary Beach House Designed By An Architect For Her Parents

The Bendalong Beach House by Madeleine Blanchfield provided such a serene escape for its owners, it became their full-time residence!

Architecture

This Couple's Home Is Two Houses In One!

Coy Yiontis Architects have designed this home with separate areas for a couple who have been living together for 50 years. His and hers goa...

Architecture

A Lean, Clean Renovation To A Grand Heritage Weatherboard

ioa Studio transforms a cavernous Victorian residence into a light, bright contemporary home - and adds an element of surprise!
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

Bigger Isn’t Better In This Newcastle Home

Covering just a 55 square metre footprint, this Curious Practice project in Newcastle proves less is truly more!

Homes

Louella Boitel Gill's Loved And Layered Bungalow By The Beach

Interior and furniture designer Louella Boîtel-Gill has turned her former Airbnb in the Northern Rivers into an idyllic family home.

Studio Visit

The Dreamy New Retail Space Of A Professional Plant Charmer

Consider us charmed by Ryan Klewer’s (aka Plant Charmer) brand new headquarters in East Brunswick!
Sasha Gattermayr

Studio Visit

A Conversation With Artist And Former Youth Prime Minister (!) Aretha Brown

The 20-year-old Gumbaynggirr woman shares her thoughts on the intersection of community and creativity, how she feels around this time of ye...
Bridget Caldwell-Bright

Creative People

The Best News Story Of 2021, So Far!

We check in on Think Thornbury owners Maggie May and Josh Kelly and their son Remy and get an update on their family!
02:40

Small Business

Our (Free!) Small Business Summer School Is Here!

Got a burning business idea but no idea where to start? Small Business Consultant Fiona Killackey is here to guide you through how to get st...

News

Sit Front Row At The Country To Couture Fashion Show Tonight!

The 2020 runway show featuring an incredible lineup of contemporary First Nations designers will be broadcast via Facebook this Friday (toda...

View Comments

Similar Stories

Interiors

This Community-Minded Interior Is More Unique Than Meets The Eye

Sibling Architecture triumph with this flexible home / work interior, to cater for all bodies and accessibility requirements.
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

An Interior Designer's 'Tactile And Feminine' Canberra Home

An interior designer transforms a 1950s brick cottage into a modern and colourful townhouse!
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A House Full of Texture For A Family of Makers

A red brick masterpiece for a painter, a builder and their mechnically-minded sons in Northcote!
Sasha Gattermayr

This Week

Studio Visit

The Dreamy New Retail Space Of A Professional Plant Charmer

Consider us charmed by Ryan Klewer’s (aka Plant Charmer) brand new headquarters in East Brunswick!
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

This Couple's Home Is Two Houses In One!

Coy Yiontis Architects have designed this home with separate areas for a couple who have been living together for 50 years. His and hers goa...

Creative People

The Best News Story Of 2021, So Far!

We check in on Think Thornbury owners Maggie May and Josh Kelly and their son Remy and get an update on their family!

Homes

Louella Boitel Gill's Loved And Layered Bungalow By The Beach

Interior and furniture designer Louella Boîtel-Gill has turned her former Airbnb in the Northern Rivers into an idyllic family home.

Art

The Nomadic Artist Who Is Always Painting On The Road

Emily Imeson lives her life out of a four wheel drive, travelling the country in pursuit of new landscapes to paint! Her solo show, 'Ancient...
Sasha Gattermayr
  6 hours ago

Architecture

Bigger Isn’t Better In This Newcastle Home

Covering just a 55 square metre footprint, this Curious Practice project in Newcastle proves less is truly more!

News

Sit Front Row At The Country To Couture Fashion Show Tonight!

The 2020 runway show featuring an incredible lineup of contemporary First Nations designers will be broadcast via Facebook this Friday (toda...

News

Colourful New Kids Books From A Legendary Local Illustrator

Artist Kat MacLeod teaches us our ABCs in this super cute range of books from Thames & Hudson.

Homes

An Owner-Built, Architect-Designed Renovation Of A Charming 1920s Melbourne Home

Lauren Egan and Glenn Hester collaborate with Project 12 Architecture on a thoughtful update to their 1920s Preston home, with interiors by
Lucy Feagins
  14 hours ago

Architecture

A Contemporary Beach House Designed By An Architect For Her Parents

The Bendalong Beach House by Madeleine Blanchfield provided such a serene escape for its owners, it became their full-time residence!

Studio Visit

A Conversation With Artist And Former Youth Prime Minister (!) Aretha Brown

The 20-year-old Gumbaynggirr woman shares her thoughts on the intersection of community and creativity, how she feels around this time of ye...
Bridget Caldwell-Bright

Architecture

A Lean, Clean Renovation To A Grand Heritage Weatherboard

ioa Studio transforms a cavernous Victorian residence into a light, bright contemporary home - and adds an element of surprise!
Sasha Gattermayr
02:40

Small Business

Our (Free!) Small Business Summer School Is Here!

Got a burning business idea but no idea where to start? Small Business Consultant Fiona Killackey is here to guide you through how to get st...

Interiors

The 5 Rules Of Good Kitchen Design, According To Cantilever Interiors

A good kitchen starts with observing these five rules, brought to you by Australian design and manufacturing kitchen brand Cantilever Interi...

News

Art Deco Meets The 1980s In Greg Natale’s New Vase Collection

The Australian interior designer launches his latest vase collection, ‘New Wave.’
Amelia Barnes
  3 hours ago

Similar Stories

Interiors

This Community-Minded Interior Is More Unique Than Meets The Eye

Sibling Architecture triumph with this flexible home / work interior, to cater for all bodies and accessibility requirements.
Sasha Gattermayr

Interiors

An Interior Designer's 'Tactile And Feminine' Canberra Home

An interior designer transforms a 1950s brick cottage into a modern and colourful townhouse!
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A House Full of Texture For A Family of Makers

A red brick masterpiece for a painter, a builder and their mechnically-minded sons in Northcote!
Sasha Gattermayr

The Design Files acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files – we would love to hear from you.

Please email us here.