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

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

Homes

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.’

This Week

Stays

A Quaint Miner's Cottage In Dubbo Made For Slowing Down

A sympathetic renovation to a dilapidated 19th century cottage makes it the perfect regional getaway.
Sasha Gattermayr

Textiles

The Mindboggling Artistry Of The Opera House's Nearly-Forgotten Tapestries

In a brand new podcast series, Australian design aficionado Tim Ross takes a closer look at the four enormous textiles by Le Corbusier, John...
Sasha Gattermayr

News

Vincent Namatjira Wins The 2020 Archibald Prize!

In a historic day for the Australian art world, the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands artist and Western Arrernte man take...
Sally Tabart

Design Eye

Mardi Doherty on The 80’s Revival Interior

From bold colour, to chunky, curvy furniture forms, the 1980s is back, baby! Interior Designer Mardi Doherty gives us her take, in partnersh...

Homes

A Creative Couple's Lovingly Renovated 1950's Home

Lucy Spartalis and Alastair Innes of She Takes Pictures He Makes Films share their renovated 1950s home in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges.

Sustainable Homes

A Sustainable Inner-Suburban Home, Designed To Be Deconstructed + Reused

Rammed earth and recycled timber come together in this creekside Melbourne home by Breathe Architecture.

Gardens

A Dramatic, Multi-Tiered Coastal Garden

A steep coastal slope atop Gordon's Bay is transformed into a lush green oasis, by Secret Gardens.
Sasha Gattermayr
  4 hours ago

Studio Visit

This Adelaide-Based Emerging Designer Is One To Watch

Dean Toepfer's multifaceted creative practice spans furniture, lighting and object design.
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

An Open-Plan Home Partially Inspired By A Hitchcock Film!

Modo Architecture challenge the standard open floor plan in this Melbourne family home – taking partial inspiration from the house featur...
Amelia Barnes

Architecture

This Renovated Victorian Terrace Is Like Living In A Day Spa!

How Timmins+Whyte Architecture and Design turned a dark, Victorian terrace in North Melbourne into a flexible, light-filled home.
Amelia Barnes
  20 hours ago

News

Support A Good Cause And Win This Handmade Sideboard!

A Northern Rivers furniture maker has created a charity raffle to raise funds for motor-neurone disease research – and is putting up t...
Sasha Aarons
  21 hours ago

News

Achieve The Ultimate Heritage Aesthetic With These Affordable Window Shutters

Elevate  your interiors with these fully customisable, heritage style louvres from The Shutters Department!

Interiors

Two Inspiring Kitchen Transformations - From Affordable Update To Complete Overhaul!

Lauren Li shows us what can be done in two very different kitchen renovations on two different budgets – one tiny, and one rather large!
Lauren Li

News

This Enormous Collaborative Beach Artwork Is Actually A Protest

A group of Sunshine Coast-based creatives create an ephemeral work to protest government investment in gas and advocate for an Indigenous kn...
Sasha Aarons

Architecture

A Dramatic Riverfront Home In Tasmania

Views of the river, mountains and surrounding vegetation are all cleverly captured in this house at Otago Bay, by Topology Studio.

View Comments

Similar Stories

Homes

The Delightful Home Of The Design Files’ Managing Editor, Sally Tabart!

Take a tour of The Design Files' managing editor, Sally Tabart, and partner Jeremy's, wonderful 1920s Thornbury home!

Homes

An Expertly Renovated Edwardian Family Home In Northcote

The Edwardian home of Catherine Keating and family in Northcote has been given a fresh overhaul by Clare Cousins Architects.

Homes

A Family Home Full Of Warmth, Fit For A Colour Queen!

This Merricks North abode of Alex McCabe (one half of Kip&Co) is nestled among an abundance of pinot gris vines!
Lucy Feagins

This Week

News

Achieve The Ultimate Heritage Aesthetic With These Affordable Window Shutters

Elevate  your interiors with these fully customisable, heritage style louvres from The Shutters Department!

Stays

A Quaint Miner's Cottage In Dubbo Made For Slowing Down

A sympathetic renovation to a dilapidated 19th century cottage makes it the perfect regional getaway.
Sasha Gattermayr

Sustainable Homes

A Sustainable Inner-Suburban Home, Designed To Be Deconstructed + Reused

Rammed earth and recycled timber come together in this creekside Melbourne home by Breathe Architecture.

Homes

A Creative Couple's Lovingly Renovated 1950's Home

Lucy Spartalis and Alastair Innes of She Takes Pictures He Makes Films share their renovated 1950s home in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges.

Design Eye

Mardi Doherty on The 80’s Revival Interior

From bold colour, to chunky, curvy furniture forms, the 1980s is back, baby! Interior Designer Mardi Doherty gives us her take, in partnersh...

Gardens

A Dramatic, Multi-Tiered Coastal Garden

A steep coastal slope atop Gordon's Bay is transformed into a lush green oasis, by Secret Gardens.
Sasha Gattermayr
  4 hours ago

News

Support A Good Cause And Win This Handmade Sideboard!

A Northern Rivers furniture maker has created a charity raffle to raise funds for motor-neurone disease research – and is putting up t...
Sasha Aarons
  21 hours ago

Architecture

An Open-Plan Home Partially Inspired By A Hitchcock Film!

Modo Architecture challenge the standard open floor plan in this Melbourne family home – taking partial inspiration from the house featur...
Amelia Barnes

Interiors

Two Inspiring Kitchen Transformations - From Affordable Update To Complete Overhaul!

Lauren Li shows us what can be done in two very different kitchen renovations on two different budgets – one tiny, and one rather large!
Lauren Li

Textiles

The Mindboggling Artistry Of The Opera House's Nearly-Forgotten Tapestries

In a brand new podcast series, Australian design aficionado Tim Ross takes a closer look at the four enormous textiles by Le Corbusier, John...
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

This Renovated Victorian Terrace Is Like Living In A Day Spa!

How Timmins+Whyte Architecture and Design turned a dark, Victorian terrace in North Melbourne into a flexible, light-filled home.
Amelia Barnes
  20 hours ago

News

Vincent Namatjira Wins The 2020 Archibald Prize!

In a historic day for the Australian art world, the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands artist and Western Arrernte man take...
Sally Tabart

Architecture

A Dramatic Riverfront Home In Tasmania

Views of the river, mountains and surrounding vegetation are all cleverly captured in this house at Otago Bay, by Topology Studio.

Studio Visit

This Adelaide-Based Emerging Designer Is One To Watch

Dean Toepfer's multifaceted creative practice spans furniture, lighting and object design.
Sasha Gattermayr

News

This Enormous Collaborative Beach Artwork Is Actually A Protest

A group of Sunshine Coast-based creatives create an ephemeral work to protest government investment in gas and advocate for an Indigenous kn...
Sasha Aarons

Similar Stories

Homes

The Delightful Home Of The Design Files’ Managing Editor, Sally Tabart!

Take a tour of our managing editor, Sally Tabart, and partner Jeremy's, wonderful Thornbury home!

Homes

An Expertly Renovated Edwardian Family Home In Northcote

An Edwardian home in Northcote gets a fresh overhaul by Clare Cousins Architects.

Homes

A Family Home Full Of Warmth, Fit For A Colour Queen!

This Merricks North abode of Alex McCabe (one half of Kip&Co) is nestled among an abundance of pinot gris vines!
Lucy Feagins

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.