Be inspired by this eclectic and quirky villa in Melbourne

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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.

1/12 Exterior

exterior of house with flag

(Image credit: Future PLC/Armelle Habib)

An aboriginal flag proudly flies above the tower, which is the perfect spot to enjoy views overlooking the city.

2/12 Hallway

flower pot with pig statue stand

(Image credit: Future PLC/Armelle Habib)

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
Bespoke mirror
Atticus & Milo

3/12 Living room

living room with sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC/Armelle Habib)

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.

Sofa upholstery
Stroheim fabric by Alton-Brooke
J.J rocking armchairs by B&B Italia
Side tables
R+Y Augousti

4/12 Kitchen

kitchen with wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Armelle Habib)

Wood panelling gives this country-style kitchen a relaxed vibe. Large pendant lights hung over the island provide useful task lighting.

Similar Aga
Wine cooler

Worktops, pendant lights and bar stools
Window seat fabric
Designers Guild

5/12 Dining room

dining table with white wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Armelle Habib)

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.

Fornasetti for Cole & Son
Cocktail cabinets
Hermon & Hermon
Similar rug
The Rug Company

6/12 Den

living room with frames on wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Armelle Habib)

A mix and match of classic artwork with modern designs - such as this pop-art pendant - give this living area a funky update.

BangBoom! pendant by Ingo at Made In Design
Floor lamp
Tolomeo Mega Terra floor lamp by Artemide at John Lewis

7/12 Games room

gaming room with books pool table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Armelle Habib)

A quirky painting has been paired with diamond-patterned wallpaper, unusually used to upcycle a Fifties sideboard.

God by Gareth Sansom at the John Buckley Gallery 
Circus by Cole & Son
Table lamp
Front by Moooi
The Ptolomeo 215 bookshelves from The Conran Shop

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8/12 Home office

home office with books

(Image credit: Future PLC/Armelle Habib)

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

9/12 Bathroom

bathroom with bath tub

(Image credit: Future PLC/Armelle Habib)

The pendants made from hats add an offbeat touch to this contemporary bathroom scheme.


Jeeves and Wooster pendants by Jake Phipps at Graham & Green

10/12 Master bedroom

bed with curtains

(Image credit: Future PLC/Armelle Habib)

The bespoke four-poster bed is draped in curtains that can be closed to create a snug sanctuary in the centre of the bedroom.

Similar bed
Cantori Urbino Baldacchino four-poster bed at Heal's
Glow in Steel by Roylston House
Venice by Cole & Son
Atticus & Milo

11/12 Master en suite

bathroom with blue wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Armelle Habib)

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.

Wall tiles
Milano collection by Franco Sargiani for Fantini
Similar cabinets
Pebble Grey

12/12 Veranda

outdoor greenery with chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Armelle Habib)

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.

Designers Guild
Rattan chairs
The Family Love Tree

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Heather Young

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.