Robert Froud house in Fig Tree Pocket

If you know a little (or a lot!) about Modernist architecture in Brisbane, chances are you have heard the name Robert Froud.

As one of the architectural brains behind the iconic Torbreck building in Highgate Hill, Froud (along with partner, Aubrey Job) holds a special place in Brisbane’s history for bringing the first residential apartment building to our fair city in the late 1950’s.

Robert Froud house in Fig Tree Pocket

Todays home is a little piece of Froud in the suburb of Fig Tree Pocket and has lovingly housed Nikki and her tribe of boys until recently.  Clearly, a keen eye for architecture runs in this family, with Nikki’s parents also living in a Froud home and her sister at Torbreck.

Nikki has stamped this home with her signature array of bright colours and sunny prints to accentuate the cheerfulness and chaos of life with four boys in this six bedroom home.  Her enviable collection of cushions and love of bright accessories is displayed throughout the home, adding so much personality and life within the walls.

 

Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly - www.walkamongthehomes.com.au
Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly – www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly - www.walkamongthehomes.com.au
Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly – www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly - www.walkamongthehomes.com.au
Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly – www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly - www.walkamongthehomes.com.au
Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly – www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

The modernist bones of this house are prominently displayed and one of Nikki’s favourite features are the high ceilings.  There’s also high windows and exposed beams which show off the mid century style of the home and allow the light to play and bounce around the walls.

Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly - www.walkamongthehomes.com.au
Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly – www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

While a few necessary changes had been made to the home (having four boys and one working bathroom would motivate most people to renovate!), Nikki has ensured the updates were sympathetic with the original style of the house.

 

Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly - www.walkamongthehomes.com.au
Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly – www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly - www.walkamongthehomes.com.au
Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly – www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly - www.walkamongthehomes.com.au
Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly – www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly - www.walkamongthehomes.com.au
Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly – www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly - www.walkamongthehomes.com.au
Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly – www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

The children’s rooms are just as bright and colourful as the rest of the home but sadly, no boys are allowed in the gorgeous guest room which features one of the Anna Spiro wallpapers from Porters Paints and again, shows off Nikki’s love of colour and patterns.

 

Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly - www.walkamongthehomes.com.au
Robert Froud home in Fig Tree Pocket. Photography by Trina Bechly – www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

I love how Nikki has taken her cue from the bright colours, textures and patterns that were prominent in the 1970’s when this home was built, and transported them into the modern day, embracing the latest trends and current designers.

Thanks for sharing your home Nikki!

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