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The Colourful Family Home Of Fenton & Fenton Owner, Lucy Fenton!

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If you’re familiar with the Melbourne-based design store and gallery Fenton & Fenton, you can probably guess who this home belongs to!

The business’s owner, Lucy Fenton, moved into this Malvern home with her husband, Josh Markey, and children Pepa (7) and Woody (4) in 2016. Utilising Lucy’s distinct styling flair, they’ve have since filled the home with an ever changing array of art, Fenton & Fenton furnishings, and sentimental items from travels.

It’s a colourful yet thoroughly liveable space, suitable for this young and very stylish family!

5th August, 2020

Artwork on left by Alexandra Plim via Fenton & Fenton. Two artworks on right by Emma Gale. Fenton & Fenton Leather Strapping Dining Chairs. Fenton & Fenton sample dining table. Fenton & Fenton travertine bowls. Fenton & Fenton Rattan Tall Plant Stand. Fenton & Fenton Flat Leather Bar Stool. Vases and crate picked up on travels. Vintage light pendants. Dulux Natural White wall paint. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Lucy Fenton in her Malvern home! Photo – Eve Wilson.

Sicilian head vase bought travelling. Artwork by Alexandra Plim via Fenton & Fenton. Fenton & Fenton travertine bowls. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Photographic print ‘Changgwang Diving Board’ by Dave Kulesza via Fenton & Fenton. Finch artwork by Leila Jeffreys. Two artworks on bottom right of wall by Marnie Ross. Artwork on top right by Megan Grant. Togo sofa from DOMO. Fenton & Fenton X Frame Coffee Table – Rose Quartz. Fenton & Fenton Himalayan Carpet – Rose.  Fenton & Fenton Travertine – Side Table. Various Fenton & Fenton cushions. Vintage floor lamp. Dulux Natural White wall paint. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Fenton & Fenton Zulta cushions. Photographic print ‘Changgwang Diving Board’ by Dave Kulesza via Fenton & Fenton. Finch artwork by Leila Jeffreys. Two artworks on bottom right by Marnie Ross. Artwork on top right by Megan Grant. Togo sofa from DOMO. Fenton & Fenton X Frame Coffee Table – Rose Quartz. Fenton & Fenton Himalayan Carpet – RoseDulux Natural White wall paint. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Fenton & Fenton X Frame Coffee Table – Rose Quartz. Glass sculpture by Amanda Dziedzic. Vintage Murano glass. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Artwork by Jacques Mauhin.  Sculptures by Nadia Robertson via Fenton & Fenton. Vintage painted cabinet sourced in India. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Photographic print ‘Laid Back’ by Andy Staley via Fenton & Fenton. Painting by Yvette Coppersmith. Hanging sculpture in hallway by Dion Horstmans. Fenton & Fenton Bone Inlay Deco Bedside. Fenton & Fenton Mondo Bench. Fenton & Fenton Universal Earth Dhurrie rug. Bedouin Societe bed linen. In Good Company wall lamp. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Artwork on left is ‘Butterfly‘ from ‘Our Village‘ – a small collection of original artworks by the children of Segno Gebeya, created together with Jasmine Mansbridge, Casey Burrill and Emma Gale, available from Fenton & Fenton. Punk artwork by Liam Snootle. ‘Sausage‘ print by Rachel Castle. Fenton & Fenton tartan bedhead. Ubabub shelves. Fenton & Fenton Shearling Round Cushion. Vintage wall lamp. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Poster from Vintage Posters Only. Cubebot wooden robot. Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba monkey lamp via Fenton & Fenton. Moroccan carpet bought in Marrakesh. Photo – Eve Wilson.

7-year old Pepa’s bedroom. Large artwork by Laura Thomas.  Antique masks sourced in Guatemala. Vintage chair reupholstered with ‘Tattie‘ from Anna Spiro Textiles. Fenton & Fenton Capsule Dhurrie rug. Ethiopian basket on the floor bought at a market in Lalibela. Antique bed bought in Paris and reupholstered in ‘Leilani‘ by Anna Spiro Textiles. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Pink glass sculpture on wall by Dani Marti via ARC ONE Gallery. Fenton & Fenton Lapis Lazuli Coffee Table and Side Table. Fenton & Fenton Rose Plaid Dhurrie rug. Various Fenton & Fenton cushions. Seletti wears Toiletpaper Snakes Mirror via Fenton & Fenton, Vintage Fler sofa. Vintage Alvino Bagni lamp with Anna Spiro Design shade. Photographic print by Dave Kulesza Photo – Eve Wilson.

Fenton & Fenton Luminere Mirror – Blush. Fenton & Fenton Wild Agate Quartz Deco Console. Fenton & Fenton Universal Earth Dhurrie – Hallway Runner. Glass sculptures by Amanda Dziedzic. Leisa Wharington glass wall sconces. Dulux Natural White wall paint. Photo – Eve Wilson.

The Edwardian facade of the home. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 5th August 2020

‘Colour is everything in our house.’ – Lucy Fenton

Believe it or not, when Lucy Fenton, owner of Fenton & Fenton, and her husband Josh Markey, purchased this Malvern home four years ago, she described the property as ‘a little lacklustre’… Clearly, this is no longer the case! 

Despite not making any structural changes to the property since moving in, Lucy has placed her distinct stamp on the home through cosmetic tweaks, vibrant furnishings and homewares, and plenty of colour! ‘We had the floors sanded back to a blonde finish – they were previously a dark walnut stain,’ says Lucy, describing one of the most significant updates made. ‘We also replaced the carpet and repainted throughout. The house was all white inside and we wanted to bring it to life. We started with paint!

A different paint colour has been chosen for almost every room to facilitate various moods. The sophisticated dark grey shade with blue undertones in the front room lends this space a formal atmosphere, while the peachy main bedroom inspires a sense of fun and optimism. ‘Colour is everything in our house,’ Lucy says. ‘It makes the house feel more cosy and each room feels really inviting.’ The main living rooms are painted in Dulux Natural White, creating an ideal contrast between the quieter and communal spaces. ‘We love being able to enjoy the best of both worlds,’ Lucy says. 

There’s also plenty of colour on show in the furnishings of this home – and an ever changing display of art and homewares! The majority of the items are sourced via Lucy’s own store (please note the extensive credits in the image captions!) along with an eclectic assortment of pieces collected on travels. ‘Choosing what comes home from the store is an ongoing battle,’ Lucy says. ‘There are so many more pieces I would have loved to have kept over the years, but by doing regular rearrangements, I can usually find the perfect spot for most things I really fall in love with!’

This is a family home first and foremost, and Lucy hopes this is reflected in its style and feel. While thoroughly stylish, the house retains plenty of space for Pepa (7) and Woody (4) to ride their scooters down the hallway, spread Lego across the floor, and play in the backyard. ‘It feels like our sanctuary away from the mayhem. It is just a really comfortable family home.’ Lucy says, ‘It tells a story of who we are.’

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