I think it is fairly apt, that a home designed by one of Brisbane’s most talented architects of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s is now inhabited by another talented Brisbane artist.
Welcome to the home of Tiel Seivl-Keevers and her family, at Kenmore, in the leafy western suburbs of Brisbane.
Kenmore – John Dalton designed home
It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for modernist design. It grabs my eye, draws me in and makes my heart go a little haywire.
I had been following Tiel on Instagram for a while as I was drawn to her beautiful artworks. Amongst the snaps of her art and creative processes, I had seen a few peeks in the background of what appeared to be, a gorgeous home.
When I heard that Tiel and her family home was designed by the renowned Brisbane architect John Dalton, I was just a little bit excited to see what was going on inside the walls.
The home has seen some major changes and extensions since it’s original build in 1965 and thankfully, unlike many modernist homes, it survived the 80’s and 90’s without too much damage! It is now a large family home, with plenty of room to move and a peaceful, sun lit studio for Tiel to work paint and create in.
Under the watchful eye of Tiel, the home was updated again last year with a fresh and more modern look. Still with care and respect for the era the home was designed, the home has a beautiful feeling and many features of the 1960’s, such as the amazing exposed beams, remain.
Let’s take a look…
Testament to John Dalton’s brilliant design, the home is perfectly oriented to suit the Brisbane climate, capturing the sun when needed and providing shade from the elements.
The day I visited was scorching hot with a large thunderstorm building, yet the home remained cool, thanks to the wide verandahs and large windows, with ceiling fans assisting the air flow and ventilation.
The bathrooms are flooded with natural light, thanks to the huge skylights and windows that open out to partially enclosed garden beds.
The Master Suite is an addition to the original blueprint of the home and provides a great space for parents to retreat (or hide!) from younger family members.
The beautiful beams are continued in this area and blur the lines between old and new, giving the home a great sense of continuity and flow.
Tiel has an amazing style which is reflected perfectly throughout this home and also in her artwork.
Despite the many changes made over the years, the home still retains a real sense of it’s original character, not only in it’s ‘bones’ but with additional warmth and depth coming from the use of natural timbers and the visual delights of Tiel’s styling.
I can imagine many long dinners, big parties and lazy summer’s days spent in this comfortable and inviting home.