INTERIORS. BY TARA MURDOCH MOORE / PHOTOGRAPHY ANDRE CASTELLUCCI
STU AND SAM
riends and business partners Stuart Duckworth and Sam Weckert, two of the talented entrepreneurs behind awesome ventures East End Studios, Little Miss Miami and Royal Croquet Club, invited us into their incredible home, a converted church on a pretty Parkside side street. Duckworth and Weckert moved into their home 12 months ago. Duckworth, who coincidently is the son of a priest, spotted the rental listing online and snapped it up straight away. He even highlighted his dad’s vocation on the rental application in the hope it would give them the winning edge. The building itself has had quite a history, having had a number of previous uses, including, rumours say, a past life as a brothel, before being updated and converted into dwellings. The conversion has been done tastefully with beautiful original features being retained, such as the magnificent feature stained glass window, Duckworth and Weckert's favourite feature of their home. A mezzanine open-plan living space with high ceilings is the heart of the home and incorporates the original choir steps as a stand-out feature. As they are both lovers of Danish designed furniture, much of Duckworth and Weckert’s furniture is sourced from second-hand and antique stores and complements the space well. Although a carpenter and joiner by trade, Weckert has had limited free time to make furniture for their home, however he has made a few pieces including some artistic light boxes displayed on the choir steps. The layout and original features of the church make hanging art on the walls a challenge, however the beauty of the original features shine as artworks in themselves. With Duckworth and Weckert’s business ventures going great guns, the only downside is they are often too busy working to spend as much time in their amazing living space as they would like.
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