Bowen Hills Art Deco apartment

Arriving at the building that houses this apartment, you are immediately taken by its presence. Snuggled into a hill, surrounded by lush greenery, it’s like a bird house perched amongst the branches.

Entering the building, you are struck with a calm, almost church-like feeling. The large wood and glass door reminds me of a china cabinet, and leads to an enormous, dark silky oak staircase. Imagine the stories these stairs could tell about the people who have walked up and down them over the years!

Beauty of the building aside, it’s the interiors of this apartment that really shine…

Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment

Kate and Darren originally moved in as tenants and hit the jackpot when their love nest was listed for sale not long after they had settled in. More than content to stay, they purchased the property and lived with its musk coloured paint and floral wallpaper before gradually re-painting, renovating the bathroom and kitchen and polishing the floors.

Today it is a beautiful home, oozing with its own unique style. There’s character galore from the original era it was built in (thought to be around the late 1910’s) with ornate ceilings and cornices, plus modern finishes to make life more comfortable.

Kate’s love of art and her distinctive artistic ability is reflected in the way the apartment is decorated.

Bucking the white-on-white trend, each room is painted a different hue, giving so much personality and equally allowing the ornate ceiling and cornices to be shown off.

Welcome to the love nest.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

 

Vintage keys.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan
Sunroom windowsill.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan
A perfect spot to grow herbs.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

Beautiful hardwood floors.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

Sunroom.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

An ornate carved screen adorned with beautiful necklaces.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

A novel way to display bangles, on old vases!  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

Window seat in the main bedroom.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

A corner of the main bedroom.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

Carefully placed vignettes, unique artwork and stunning lighting (check out the stunning hallway light from Hamimi) add so much more to this home.

 

THAT light!  From Hamimi in South Brisbane.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

The soft yellow hallway and THAT light!   Not to forget the real owner of the home, Winston the cat.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

And again with the light.  The original exposed wiring is a feature too!  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

Hallway details.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

Just one of the perfectly crafted vingnettes that are dotted around this home.  This one on an antique cabinet.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

Stunning original ornate ceilings in the lounge room.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

The most recent addition is the sleek kitchen by Greener Kitchens and Bathrooms (who has worked on projects such as Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food at Ipswich and the Spring Hill Enviro Cottage). Whilst simple in its design, the new kitchen is sooo streamlined and adds some much needed storage and functionality to the space. The timber shelf made from recycled hardwood adds a unique feature.

Sneak peek through the arch into the new stunning kitchen.  '100 1000' artwork by Kate's brother who is a talented Artist.   Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

 

Simple and stunning.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

A slim shelf and chalkboard wall adds a unique touch to the kitchen.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

Stunning recycled hardwood bookshelves on the lounge room side of the kitchen.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

 

Cornice detail in kitchen.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

Repairs to the old fire stairs and landing led to the building of a larger deck, perfect for our crazy Queensland weather and providing a welcome retreat to the outdoors.

Whilst the bustle of the city and its fringe is only meters away, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were further out of town, surrounded by trees and bird life.

 

Perfect spot to catch a breeze.  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Bowen Hills Art Deco Apartment. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

I may be biased, as the home owners are long time friends and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this abode grow and change, but I think you will agree there is a whole lot of ‘something special’ about this place.

Huge thanks to Kate and Darren for graciously allowing me to photograph and publish their home and for helping me start off on this quest to uncover beautiful and unique Brisbane homes to feature on this blog.

Eternally grateful, xx.

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