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

An Artful Way To Live!

Homes

One of the concerns many long-term home owners face is how to downsize without leaving the neighbourhood and amenity they’ve grown to love. 

Nick Edwards and Amanda Hall were faced with this dilemma until a new apartment building popped around the corner from their South Yarra family home, presenting the perfect solution. 

Since moving into the apartment in 2015, the couple have made this home look truly their own, filling every space with vibrant art that truly reflects their passions!

4th November, 2020

Yellow sofa by Jardan. Artworks by Bradd Westmoreland, Sampson Martin, Kate Shaw, Sam Martin, Chris O’Brien, Robert Owen, Emily Ferretti.  Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Nick Edwards and Amanda Hall in their living room. Large painting by  Emily Ferretti. Smaller painting by Tom Polo. Sculptures by Ryan Hancock and Brendan Huntley. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli

Art by Bradd Westmoreland, Sam Martin, Chris O’Brien, Robert Owen, Emily Ferretti. Furniture by Jardan.Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Turnip artwork by Benjamin Armstrong. Red chair by Jardan. Sculpture by Caleb Shea. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Hanging turnip artwork by Benjamin Armstrong. Exterior sculptures (left to right) by Caleb Shea and Brett Cohelio. Mirrored artwork by Alexandra Nemaric. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Sculpture by Fiona Taylor. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Paintings, left to right: David Griggs, Miridingkingathi Sally Gabori. Artworks on table: Benjamin Armstrong, Emily Flyod, Tony Garifalakis, Nicholas Mangan, Jon Campbell, Sanja Pahoki, Renee So, Richard Lewer, Walter Shwenen. Pendant lights from Mud. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Artworks, top to bottom: Amanda Hall, Julian Martin, Noel McKenna. Sculptures by Amanda Hall. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Paintings, left to right: David Griggs, Mirdidingkingathi Sally Gabori. Artworks on table: Benjamin Armstrong, Emily Flyod, Tony Garifalakis, Nicholas Mangan, Jon Campbell, Sanja Pahoki, Renee So, Richard Lewer, Walter Shwenen. Pendant lights from Mud. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Blue kitchen stools from Jardan. Artwork in kitchen by Bradd Westmoreland. Pendant lights from Mud. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Artworks, left to right: Trevelyan Clay, David Noonan, Karen Black, Pat Foster + Jen Berean. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

‘The Cyclist’ photo by Selina Ou. Artwork leaning against wall by Sharon Goodwin. Artwork on right Tim McMonagle. by Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Artworks top to bottom, left to right: Nadine Christensen, Bradd Westmoreland, Moya McKenna, Jeremy Eaton, Jake Walker + Dord Burrough. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Artwork by Ildaco Kovacs, Chris Bond, James Drinkwater, Tom Polo + Trevelyan Clay. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Pink painting by Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori. Magpie artwork by Miles Howard Wilkes. Artwork above bed by Tim McMonagle. Sculpture by Terry Williams. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Sculpture by Julia Gorman. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Artworks by Emily Ferretti. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 4th November 2020

‘The display of the artwork was like a giant jigsaw puzzle… the more eclectic the better.’ – Amanda Hall

 

When Nick Edwards and Amanda Hall decided to downsize, they realised they’d likely have to leave their beloved South Yarra neighbourhood of over 10 years… until Nick noticed a new Davies Henderson apartment building being built around the corner.

Turns out the developer was an old friend, and one of the apartments was yet to be sold. ‘We quickly came to the conclusion that this was the solution to a major dilemma: how to downsize in the neighbourhood that you love, without having to compromise on scale or amenity,’ says Amanda.

As the property was purchased before its completion, the couple were afforded some choice in the design of its finishes. The plan was to eventually cover the entire space in art, so they opted for a restrained and neutral interior scheme. ‘Apartments can be somewhat generic, but knowing we were to fill the walls with paintings made the move less challenging,’ Amanda says. ‘We knew we could impose ourselves on the building very quickly.’

Impose they did. Today there’s barely a surface in this home that isn’t covered with vibrant paintings, ceramics and sculpture! ‘The display of the artwork was like a giant jigsaw puzzle,’ says Amanda. ‘We are huge advocates for a tight, ‘French hang.’ The more eclectic the better. I don’t mind leaving them sitting on the floor either.’

Every few years the couple repaint, patch up the walls with half strength Dulux Dieskau, and start the art hanging process all over again, featuring new and old pieces. ‘We have collected art for a very long time and have never based a decision on where it might go; the work is the most important thing to us,’ explains Amanda. ‘There are just as many works in our collection in storage, or at our children’s homes, as there are on the walls in the apartment.’ 

If this is what downsizing looks like, sign us up! 

This Week

News

Shop These Plush Woollen Rugs And Get A Special TDF Discount!

Carpet Court’s customisable rug range is made with 100% New Zealand wool and can be cut to suit the size, shape and colour of your interio...
Sponsored

News

The TDF ‘ALL THE THINGS’ 500k Giveaway!

Help us celebrate half a million (!) Insta followers with epic prize packs for three lucky readers! 

Interiors

Get The Look: Dark + Moody Bathrooms And Kitchens

All the product and styling advice you need to achieve the dark, moody bathrooms and kitchen interiors trend, brought to you Oliveri.

On The Market

A Light + Bright Beachside Home Hits The Market

This property in Sunrise Beach, Noosa is a full time home that feels like a holiday home - and it’s ready for new inhabitants!

Architecture

Everything You Need To Know About Working With An Architect

Four of Australia's best architects answer your frequently asked questions, from what an architect does, to how much they cost!

Homes

A Designer’s 1970s Bells Beach Dream Home!

The incredible eclectic home of interior designer Léo Terrando and Jessica Watts, on Victoria's surf coast.

TDF Design Awards

The Sensational Interior Design Finalists In The TDF + Laminex Design Awards 2021!

The 12 incredible residential projects in the running to win the Interior Design award at the TDF + Laminex Design Awards 2021, presented by...
51:47

Podcast

Country Road’s Managing Director On The Stickiness Of Sustainable Fashion, On TDF Talks

In this podcast conversation, Elle Roseby talks leading one of the country’s most iconic brands through a new age in the fashion industry....

Creative People

The Mother and Daughter Duo Uncovering Perth’s Hidden Terrazzo Treasures

A community exhibition uncovering Fremantle residences containing terrazzo floors by master artisan, Giuseppe Scolaro - as part of the city'...

News

Get Luxe Designer Furniture For Up To 15% Off!

Designer furniture retailer DOMO is discounting in-stock and custom items from HC28 + HC28 Cosmopolitan.
Sponsored

Gardens

A WOW-Factor 'Secret Garden' In Blairgowrie

Ian Barker Gardens creates a private outdoor sanctuary on the Mornington Peninsula.

Interiors

A Glam ’60s-Inspired Makeover For A Drab Suburban Home

Kaiko Design transform a forgettable suburban space into a ritzy family residence, with big personality!

Interiors

A Colour-Drenched, 'Grandmillennial' Home In North Sydney

Bold colour, and both English and Moroccan influences come together in this North Sydney home by Lisa Burdus.

Indigenous Art

15 Excellent Indigenous Art Centres To Support And Celebrate!

We've spoken to some experts, and pulled together this guide on purchasing Aboriginal artwork ethically, and some ideas of where to find it!...

Studio Visit

Two Best Friends' Lockdown Hobby Turned Cult Candle Business

Creative entrepreneurs Ruby Kannava and Emma Cutri pooled their respective small business knowledge to found Blazed Wax - a colourful, cult-...

View Comments

Similar Stories

Homes

A Quirky, Contemporary Harbourside Penthouse, For Stylish Downsizers!

The Neutral Bay penthouse apartment of Tracy and Peter Fleming, renovated by their son Jono Fleming with Strutt Studios.

Homes

An Art-Filled Melbourne Family Home, With Santorini Vibes!

Artist and interior decorator Phoebe Rolleston, and husband George Rolleston, share their relaxed and elegant family home in Glen Iris.

Homes

A Creative Family's Eclectic Apartment in Melbourne’s CBD

Designer Michael Chazan and photographer Ying Ang have made this new Melbourne CBD apartment their character-filled family home.

This Week

News

The TDF ‘ALL THE THINGS’ 500k Giveaway!

Help us celebrate half a million (!) Insta followers with epic prize packs for three lucky readers! 

Homes

A Designer’s 1970s Bells Beach Dream Home!

The incredible eclectic home of interior designer Léo Terrando and Jessica Watts, on Victoria's surf coast.

TDF Design Awards

The Sensational Interior Design Finalists In The TDF + Laminex Design Awards 2021!

The 12 incredible residential projects in the running to win the Interior Design award at the TDF + Laminex Design Awards 2021, presented by...

Interiors

A Colour-Drenched, 'Grandmillennial' Home In North Sydney

Bold colour, and both English and Moroccan influences come together in this North Sydney home by Lisa Burdus.

Studio Visit

Two Best Friends' Lockdown Hobby Turned Cult Candle Business

Creative entrepreneurs Ruby Kannava and Emma Cutri pooled their respective small business knowledge to found Blazed Wax - a colourful, cult-...

Interiors

Get The Look: Dark + Moody Bathrooms And Kitchens

All the product and styling advice you need to achieve the dark, moody bathrooms and kitchen interiors trend, brought to you Oliveri.

Creative People

The Mother and Daughter Duo Uncovering Perth’s Hidden Terrazzo Treasures

A community exhibition uncovering Fremantle residences containing terrazzo floors by master artisan, Giuseppe Scolaro - as part of the city'...

On The Market

A Light + Bright Beachside Home Hits The Market

This property in Sunrise Beach, Noosa is a full time home that feels like a holiday home - and it’s ready for new inhabitants!

News

Shop These Plush Woollen Rugs And Get A Special TDF Discount!

Carpet Court’s customisable rug range is made with 100% New Zealand wool and can be cut to suit the size, shape and colour of your interio...
Sponsored

Architecture

Everything You Need To Know About Working With An Architect

Four of Australia's best architects answer your frequently asked questions, from what an architect does, to how much they cost!

Interiors

A Glam ’60s-Inspired Makeover For A Drab Suburban Home

Kaiko Design transform a forgettable suburban space into a ritzy family residence, with big personality!
51:47

Podcast

Country Road’s Managing Director On The Stickiness Of Sustainable Fashion, On TDF Talks

In this podcast conversation, Elle Roseby talks leading one of the country’s most iconic brands through a new age in the fashion industry....

News

Get Luxe Designer Furniture For Up To 15% Off!

Designer furniture retailer DOMO is discounting in-stock and custom items from HC28 + HC28 Cosmopolitan.
Sponsored

Indigenous Art

15 Excellent Indigenous Art Centres To Support And Celebrate!

We've spoken to some experts, and pulled together this guide on purchasing Aboriginal artwork ethically, and some ideas of where to find it!...

Gardens

A WOW-Factor 'Secret Garden' In Blairgowrie

Ian Barker Gardens creates a private outdoor sanctuary on the Mornington Peninsula.

Similar Stories

Homes

A Quirky, Contemporary Harbourside Penthouse, For Stylish Downsizers!

A Neutral Bay apartment inspired by '90s New York penthouses, renovated by Jono Fleming with Strutt Studios.

Homes

An Art-Filled Melbourne Family Home, With Santorini Vibes!

Artist and interior decorator Phoebe Rolleston shares her relaxed and elegant family home in Glen Iris.

Homes

A Creative Family's Eclectic Apartment in Melbourne’s CBD

Designer Michael Chazan and photographer Ying Ang have made this new Melbourne CBD apartment their character-filled family home.

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.