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or the owners of this stately home, their love for taking on and committing to grand projects can only be termed as some sort of addiction. In constant need of a challenge and undeterred by sheer size and the restrictions of heritage codes and guidelines, this young family were resolute in their determination to drag the house, Barwon, into the new century. Looking for a house close to the children’s schools, the couple had had their eyes on the historical building for years before being ready to buy. Naturally, they pounced several years ago when they saw it listed for sale and were quick to make plans to restore it into a functional and beautiful family home. Built in 1881 for architect Edmund Ovey, the two-storey Victorian-period house has had just three owners since the Ovey family. The new custodians chose to work within the original floor plan; the only change was to knock over the old tumbledown stables and extend the rear to create a large open-plan kitchen and family living area. With a predilection for mid-century furniture, resulting from their time spent in a much-loved 1950s home in Connecticut in the US, the owners have ensured that the interior design complements the furniture while maintaining the building’s 19th century integrity. ConTinues  P34 32 The weekly review \ june 27, 2012

worDs \ sian MacPHerson


Timber touch: The Tasmanian oak wall accentuates the scale of the family room.

pictureS \ ArMeLLe HABiB

StyLing \ tAMie McLAcHLAn

Hallway highlight: The grand staircase beckons from the front door. june 27, 2012 \ The weekly review 33


Home office: Vintage posters reveal a love of motoring. Master stroke: A timber floating wall adds depth and interest to the main bedroom. Peace and calm: The oversized window is a dramatic architectural detail.

“The interior design complements the furniture while maintaining the building’s integrity as a 19th century home.�

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Pool room: Table tennis, the winter sport of champions. Bench warmers: The place to share stories at the end of the day.

Initial plans involved rewiring and restumping: there had been no major maintenance since World War II. Living in the house while renovating allowed the family to work out how they wanted to interact with the space. Although trying at times, particularly nine months without a functioning kitchen, it seems there is much appreciation for the end result, with the head chef insisting she will never again complain about cooking. Surprisingly, it is the pool and adjacent pool house that are considered by the family to be the most successful part of the renovation. Used and enjoyed year-round, the area was originally designed with the children in mind. However, it is the adults who arguably appreciate it most and use the space to seek calm and respite from an otherwise active life. As with Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, craftsmen spent many hours on their backs restoring the 4.3-metre-high ceilings. The formal dining room, with its intricate stencilling, has been returned to its former glory and pays a respectful homage to the house’s past. The use of Eames dining chairs, paired with a contemporary timber dining table, effectively works to complement the heavy period-style of the room and gives it an undeniably fresh perspective. The home reveals many hidden treasures, none more so than the entrance hall, which exposes a section of an original compositional painting seen in the scenic panel painted in the frieze. continues  P37 june 27, 2012 \ The weekly review 35


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Original finish: The marble mantel imported from Italy. Dining decor: Original stencilling makes a dramatic impact. Kids’ corner: Pops of colour in a child’s room.

FrOm » P35 Choosing to reveal only a section of the artwork contemporises the space. Abstract works in pops of bright yellow and contemporary rugs work perfectly to ensure the space feels current. Antique White USA in half strength was used for the interior walls and works successfully to tie in the period-style features with the mid-century aesthetic. Tasmanian oak veneers were chosen for cabinetry in the kitchen and living areas, as well as the main bedroom. Pirelli rubber flooring in grey is used in the kitchen, allowing for a seamless flow through to the polished cement floors in the living room. The original pine floors at the front of the house were polished along with the impressively regal, panelled staircase. When pressed to name their favourite pieces of furniture, they agree that while the original Eames chair and ottoman, bought during their time in the US, are well loved, it was the serendipitous discovery in London of the original Gio Ponti chairs, covered in dust and debris, that have become sentimental favourites. After a rather unfortunate circumstance that saw their curated collection of artwork disappearing while in storage, never to be seen again, it is the Gio Ponti chairs that take pride of place in their bedroom and they have become the masterpieces of their collection. The chairs are now a poignant reminder of a time that was fun-filled and carefree. A rather pleasant memory to wake to each morning for anyone. \ smacpherson@theweeklyreview.com.au Style + the City wishes to thank rug provided by Loom (P35) reindeer skin provided by Great Dane (this page).

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OBJECT OF DESIRE \ EAMES LOUNGE CHAIR & OTTOMAN

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he Eames Lounge and Ottoman has become somewhat of an icon as one of the more significant furniture designs of the 20th century. Created in 1956 by famous design duo Ray and Charles Eames, the chair in now on display or put to use in homes, museums and offices. Permanently tilted at 15 degrees, the seat effectively works to take weight off the lower spine while the lower cushion acts to support it. The ottoman, too, while sculptural, was designed to restore normal blood flow after standing or sitting all day. The Eames were clearly concerned with ergonomics and as such pursued the notion of function over form. They are available in either hard-wearing, contract-grade leather or the MCL leather, a premium, semi-aniline, dyed, full-grain leather, which develops a rich patina over time. The softer, more supple leather allows the chair to age beautifully, which adds to the character. New, hand-oiled wood finishes have also been reintroduced to realign with the Eamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; original intention of a chair that ages with character and charm, just as we all should. \ SM

faSt faCtS Designer \ Ray & Charles Eames Date \ 1956 \ Country \ US

Concept \ Ergonomical seating Materials \ Leather, rubber, 7-ply veneer, stainless steel

Stockist \ Living Edge, 9009 3940 www.livingedge.com.au

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6 5 7 1. Eames moulded plywood chair \ from $674, Living Edge, 9009 3940. www.livingedge.com.au 2. Favor Cycles and Motos vintage poster\ $1400, Galerie Montmartre, 9486 8686. www.galmont.com.au 3. Lazenby Chair \ $3295, Southwood, 9090 7494. www.southwoodhome.com.au 4. Scandinavian reindeer skin rug \ $595, Great Dane, 9510 6111. www.greatdanefurniture.com

5. Timber Look Porcelain Tile \ $85 per m2, Signorino, 9427 9100. www.signorino.com.au 6. Lava vases \ from $260, Dinosaur Designs, 9827 2600. www.dinosaurdesigns.com.au 7. Ligne Roset Ruche sofa \ $8576, Domo, 8803 8803. www.domo.com.au 8. Karpenter vintage sideboard \ $2025, Curious Grace, 9687 9840. www.curiousgrace.com.au june 27, 2012 \ The weekly review 41


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s the director of leading Melbourne event-hire company The Design Depot, Chyka Keebaugh has worked hard to cement herself as the go-to girl for fabulous events. She shares with us the secret to her style and what three products she can’t live without at home.

Life of the party: Chyka Keebaugh (above) in her natural state. (Platform Eight)

Describe your style

I caN’t LIVE WIthout … Coffee table books \ Gypset Style, $65, and Life & Work, $160. Berkelouw, 9576 2555. www.berkelouw.com.au

I always love a more eclectic and layered look. My house is filled with hundreds of books, candles, frames of friends and family, and always fresh flowers. I am also a massive hoarder of interesting bits and pieces from my travels – I love objects to have a story, and love creating interesting vignettes. When it comes to creating functions, I love to create a loved and warm feeling that always makes people feel special.

your proudest achievements My two beautiful kids, who are now really interesting and wonderful young adults. An amazing husband who has supported and loved me unconditionally. I’m also proud of the success of The Big Group, which we started 22 years ago in my mum’s kitchen.

What do you love about Melbourne? I love absolutely everything about Melbourne. I love our unique shopping strips and fantastic farmers’ markets. I

feel, too, Melbourne is so alive with great laneway bars, art galleries and amazing festivals and, of course, the footy every weekend. Go the Saints.

What are you listening to? At the moment, I’m listening to old Destiny’s Child as I am putting together a video for my daughter’s 18th birthday. I’m now obsessed with listening to it all the time. \ SM

Fresh flowers \ from $50, Vasette, 247 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 9419 4988. www.flowersvasette.com.au Christian Tortu Lily of the Valley candles \ $99, Manon Bis, 9521 1866 june 27, 2012 \ The weekly review 43


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Let a little animal print do the talking while you do the walking. Sambag’s ballet flats are a staple for any wardrobe. Ali shoes \ $112 (on sale), Sambag, 489 High Street, Prahran, 9533 2274. www.sambag.com.au

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Angus Stone has a great drawl and his new album, we think, is perfect for cold, grey days sitting by the fire and staring wistfully out the window. Broken Brights by Angus Stone \ $17.99, Out July 13 on iTunes.

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At the 2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Michelle Ussher’s work is based upon her attraction to the intangible and the possibility of multiple ideas existing together. Some concepts defy words and are best described in imagery. Amaurots Mirror by Michelle Ussher \ Exhibition ends June 30. Kalimanrawlins, 9 Ellis Street, South Yarra, 9826 2470 www.kalimanrawlins.com

insider secret If you find buying jeans as painful as we do – then you will love Dejour Jeans in Brunswick. Before even saying hello, shop owner Nam Huynh knows your size and will tell you what style is best for your shape. Dejour’s knowledge of what makes good jeans in unparalleled and the best part is they start at $40. Dejour Jeans 542 Sydney Road, Brunswick, 9380 4884

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Before hitting Hawkesburn’s shopping strip, be sure to get your daily sustenance at Organica Café. You can take home some treats to keep the whole family happy – and healthy to boot. Organica Café \ Rear 546 Malvern Road (entrance on Errol Street), Prahran, 9510 6787. www.organica.com.au

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If you can’t get to New York for the exhibition, then do the next best thing and immerse yourself in the experience of Karl Lagerfeld’s latest masterpiece The Little Black Jacket. The soundtrack almost convinced us we were part of the super-cool in downtown NYC. The Little Black Jacket \ www.thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com

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Wear your patriotic pride on your sofa this July. With Cadel carving up the Tour de France and our Olympic team going for gold in London, it’s bound to get tense. This cushion will give you something to squeeze – or throw. Vintage map cushion \ $55, My Bearded Pigeon www.mybeardedpigeon.com june 27, 2012 \ The weekly review 45


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