I’m getting a bit spoilt for choice in my searchings for beautiful Brisbane homes – but I’m not complaining and neither will you be when you see what is on offer today!
The ever-enthusiastic Chris and Susan, who own Eisenmenger House and publish Australian Modern, also have a menagerie of Modernist loving pals! It was through them that I was invited to photograph this stunning home in Carina.
Chater Street – Spencer designed Mid-century home in Carina
I had forgotten the house number when I was driving up the street – and I really didn’t need it, as I caught sight of a 12ft tall hand carved Tiki statue standing proud!!
You have to agree, it is not something you see everyday (if ever) in a suburban street – and that is what makes you think… ok, this house is going to be cool!
And cool it is!
Yvette and Marcus Thorn are unassumingly cool, with their love of vintage fashions, velvet paintings, mid-century design, cool cars and tiki style. Marcus is the carver of the amazing tiki in their front garden and he has many stories to tell about his experiences around the world, carving with his business Tiki Beat.
With their children grown up and moving out, they decided to downsize and move away from their family home on acreage, to this compact mid-century home in Carina.
There is something special about walking into an architecturally designed home. Points of difference and considered design features subtly draw you in.
The Chater Street home is one of those homes.
Yvette and Marcus are gradually restoring this home to it’s former beauty and simplistic style. Designed by Spencer Architects in the late 1960’s, the house had seen a few unsympathetic renovations over the years and they have been gradually stripping back layers to reveal the beauty of the original home.
Keeping with the simplistic styling’s of the era, Yvette and Marcus have furnished their home with many a mid-century piece and decorated with their own unique style.
The original built-in furniture is still going strong and adds to the sleek look of homes from this era, keeping visual clutter to a minimum and much loved pieces are on display in a few places.
The spare room houses the coolest bed you’ve ever seen, perfect for the grandkids sleepovers! I hope they know how lucky they are to sleep on it!
One of the most outstanding features of this home for me, has to be the outdoor dining room.
It’s amazing to think that when this home was designed in the 60’s, the kitchen was designed with large sliding windows to let beams of light in and open out to the dining space.
The kitchen is still in original condition and while it may appear small, it is such a functional space and has everything you could possibly need.
Yvette and Marcus have some plans to add a studio space and still a few things left on the restoration ‘to-do’ list, but I’m sure you’ll agree, its a simple and stunning home and a great example of mid-century architecture.