A two-storey villa in Melbourne, built in 1890, with a three-storey tower. The ground floor has a hall and lobby, living room, dining room, kitchen and larder, billiard room, home office, conservatory (used as a guest bedroom) and WC. On the first floor is the master bedroom suite, the kids' rooms, a bathroom, a WC, den and hall. A veranda runs around both storeys, while the upper level of the tower comprises a rooftop terrace and bar.
An aboriginal flag proudly flies above the tower, which is the perfect spot to enjoy views overlooking the city.
Adorned with a local football team's scarf, the Pig table in the hallway sets the tone for the rest of the house, subverting the imposing entrance with a quirky sense of fun.
Front for Moooi
Atticus & Milo
3/12 Living room
The living room is enlivened with artwork, travel mementos and furniture collected over the years, such as the zebra rug from South Africa and the sofa, which is 20 years old.
Wood panelling gives this country-style kitchen a relaxed vibe. Large pendant lights hung over the island provide useful task lighting.
5/12 Dining room
Much of the furniture in the dining room has been given a bespoke touch, including these display cabinets, which have been lined with textured wallpaper.
A mix and match of classic artwork with modern designs - such as this pop-art pendant - give this living area a funky update.
7/12 Games room
A quirky painting has been paired with diamond-patterned wallpaper, unusually used to upcycle a Fifties sideboard.
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8/12 Home office
Panels on the cupboard doors tell the story of the house, which was named Huntingtower when it was built, before becoming the home of Herbert Booth, who helped set up The Salvation Army in Australia. The home office has a gentlemen's club feel.
Cabinets, desk and laser-cut door panels
Designed by Atticus & Milo
10/12 Master bedroom
The bespoke four-poster bed is draped in curtains that can be closed to create a snug sanctuary in the centre of the bedroom.
11/12 Master en suite
The layout of the house was kept largely the same, with just a few walls moved, including upstairs, where a bedroom was reconfigured into this bathroom.
As the house is located on a hill, it enjoys cool refreshing breezes and overlooks the garden. The Victorian details, with grandiose architraves and wrought-iron balconies provide a dramatic backdrop to family life.
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Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.
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