Truth be told, this home has left me a little lost for words…. and for those who know me, that would probably be quite hard to believe. I was really trying to conjour up the words to describe this home, but it’s probably more of a feeling. This home makes me want to go back. I could imagine myself living there. I could cook in the kitchen, entertain on the deck, lie about in the sunroom and read on the front patio. It is a home; in every sense of the word. Let’s take a closer look inside…
Holland Park 1930’s Queenslander – Fun and VJ’s aka The Sow’s Ear
I think this home awakens a lot of feelings for a few reasons. The traditional layout of this home is mostly in-tact, give or take a few changes. Perhaps that gives me a sense of nostalgia, I’m not sure. But, each room has a purpose and there are no big, billowing open-plan spaces. That in itself, provides a sense of warmth.
There are textures and layers to these old homes, they have character and tell stories. The vertical join walls and honey coloured floors are warm. Add to that, an eclectic array of furnishings, you get more warmth. Then there is the way the home has been cared for and respectfully restored; that’s warmth and a lot of love.
The modern additions in the home don’t yell and scream for your attention, they blend seamlessly and sympathetically; the old with the new. It’s all there.., like a great, big, cosy hug!!
The renovation of this home has been carefully documented by Anita on her blog Fun and VJ’s. Over the past few years, she has entertained readers with stories of their renovation, the good and the bad, and emparted many tips and tricks that would be useful to anyone working on an old house. Her unstoppable husband, Jason (aka shirtless Jason), has done much of the work himself and deserves kudos for the quality of finishes as they are really spot on.
It’s evident Anita has a great sense of style and as the Editor of Brisbane Modern and Australian Modern magazines, it’s no surprise the house has quite few mid-century pieces dotted around. There are op-shop finds, stunning Murano glass pieces, E-bay purchases, Persian rugs and artworks by the lady of the house herself – such talent!! It is all a wonderful blend, adding again, to that feeling of home and warmth.
If you have read Fun and VJ’s, you will know Anita has affectionately named their home ‘The Sow’s Ear’. The house that I saw and that you will see in the photos below, is a sow’s ear no more.
This home is well and truly transformed into a delightfully warm, soft silk purse.
Thanks so much to Anita for allowing me into your home! It was wonderful to meet you and photograph your beautiful home.
If you want to know more about renovating a Queenslander, be sure to take a look at Fun and VJ’s, its jam-packed with info, advice and lots of fun along the way!