Emily Green and Louis Turner’s lives have changed a lot since they bought their house in 2013, but their house hasn’t!
Since buying this 1930s weatherboard house back in 2013, the couple have welcomed two children into the world (Lotte, 6, and Jens, 3,), and Emily opened her Preston store Pinky’s alongside her friend Beckie Littler.
Emily’s eponymous label has also gone from strength to strength over this time, with her accessories now stocked across the globe.
Emily and Louis house hunted for six months before finally coming across this Reservoir property. The house, with its recently renovated kitchen and bathroom, was the perfect fresh and neutral canvas for their growing family.
‘I actually cried on our way home from the first inspection because it was so great and there was so much competition at auctions at the time that I thought we would definitely miss out on it!’ Emily says.
Fortunately the couple were successful, leaving the couple little to do but add plenty of colour! ‘Lotte’s room is a yummy pink – Dulux Lily Legs Half – and Jens’ room is a pale icy blue – Hindsight Quarter,’ says Emily. ‘I also couldn’t resist a pale lilac Opus Half feature wall in our hallway!’
More colour in the form of artworks, plants, and handmade pieces dotted throughout the home also provide a distinctly ‘Emily’ look and feel. ‘After being a designer/maker in Melbourne for the past 10 years or so, and from opening Pinky’s, I have become friends with a lot of other designers and makers,’ Emily says. ‘Our house is filled with the work of local makers and artists whose work I love.’
More recently, the family converted their garage into a multi-purpose space used for sleeping, playing, relaxing, working and exercising.
The family of four love spending time in their big backyard and deck, which is a haven away from the home’s busy road. They’ve also enjoyed watching Reservoir evolve over the past seven years, which now sees new places to eat and drink opening regularly.
‘When you have kids you also become more connected to your area through spending lots of time walking the burbs and going to local cafes and playgrounds. We now have lots of friends and their kids who live locally, too,’ Emily says. ‘This house has always felt like our home because it is the first house we owned, and we had our kids here. It has changed and evolved with us as we have grown as a family.’